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CMOP to Honor Alan Parker at Oceans, Climate and Human Health Event

10/27/09 Portland, Ore.

Parker to receive the CMOP Leadership Award at OHSU on October 28, 2009 Alan Parker

The Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will honor Alan Parker, attorney and scholar. Parker is being honored for his efforts to bring people together around river-to-ocean ecosystems, climate change effects, and indigenous knowledge systems.

Parker will receive the CMOP Leadership Award at OHSU on October 28th during a dinner and panel discussion titled “Oceans, Climate and Human Health”. The CMOP Leadership Award honors contemporary leaders whose work in science, technology or science-based policy and education has brought indigenous and non-indigenous communities closer in addressing issues of importance to the sustainability of the Pacific Northwest coastal margin.

Alan Parker (Chippewa-Cree, Rocky Boy Indian Reservation) is the first recipient of the CMOP Leadership Award. He is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and director of the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute. Parker is also the founding Secretary to the United League of Indigenous Nations.

In 2007, he was instrumental in creating an Indigenous Nations Treaty that included establishing an international alliance to advance common interests regarding the impacts of climate change on Indigenous Nations’ homelands.

The award will be presented as part of an evening event that includes a panel discussion featuring: Alan Parker; Terry R. Williams, head of the Tulalip Tribe’s Treaty Rights Office; Dennis Martinez, founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Restoration Network of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Co-Director of the Takelma Intertribal Project; Antonio Baptista, director of CMOP; and Peter Spencer, director of the Global Health Center at OHSU.


About The Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction at OHSU

The Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP) advances scientific understanding of the coastal margin environments that sustain much of the world's population. As a multi-institutional National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, CMOP characterizes complex physical and biogeochemical processes at work in river-to-ocean ecosystems and explores links between environmental and human health. The center is a collaborative effort of many academic and industry partners, lead by Oregon Health & Science University (host institution), Oregon State University, and University of Washington. Learn more at

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and Oregon's only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.