Science graduates honored by OSU Alumni Association

Jackson Dougan (’13) and Kent Thornburg (’70,’72), who earned his master’s and Ph.D. in zoology at OSU, were selected for prestigious¬† awards by the Oregon State University Alumni Association (OSUAA). Two of six alumni OSUAA award recipients, the College of Science alumni and others were honored at a Friday, Oct. 28 celebration in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus and during the Saturday, Oct. 29 Homecoming football game against Washington State in the Reser Stadium.

A graduate of the College of Science and the University Honors College, Dougan received the OSU Young Alumni Award. He earned his degree in integrative biology in just three years and graduated summa cum laude with honors in biology at the age of 20. He served as a U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations in 2014-2015, where he focused on policies related to climate change and LGBT rights. An impassioned LGBT and minority rights activist and an ambitious data scientist, Dougan was chosen from more than 600 applicants to be a U.N. Youth Observer, where he was responsible for engaging young Americans in the work of the United Nations and international issues. Currently, Jackson works as an energy analyst for The Cadmus Group, Inc. in Portland, Oregon.

He served as a U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations in 2014-2015, where he focused on policies related to climate change and LGBT rights. An impassioned LGBT and minority rights activist and an ambitious data scientist, Dougan was chosen from more than 600 applicants to serve as a U.N. Youth Observer, where he was responsible for engaging young Americans in the work of the United Nations and international issues. Currently, he works as an energy analyst for The Cadmus Group, Inc. in Portland.

Established in 2006, the Young Alumni award recognizes alumni, age 35 or younger, for exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or Thornburg, Kent_15volunteer activities, which bring credit to Oregon State University.

Kent Thornburg was named OSU Alumni Fellow. Dr. Thornburg is a globally renowned scientist in cardiovascular physiology, adult-onset chronic disease, and maternal-fetal health He is the M. Lowell Edwards Chair and Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is also the director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at OHSU.

OSUAA established the Alumni Fellows award to in 1988 to recognize eminent alumni. Honorees have distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. Each college of the university nominates an eminent alumnus every other year.

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