This series showcases the work of accomplished faculty from underrepresented groups. Invited scholars will give a research presentation and lead a second workshop to share their personal perspective on navigating an academic career. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to foster diversity within the College of Natural Sciences, the Dean’s office, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has launched the Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series.

Faculty from CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. Nomination instructions

Second Annual Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series

Damien Fair

Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

Professor Fair investigates mechanisms that underlie the developing brain using functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity to assess typical and atypical populations. Additionally, his work is testing the feasibility of using these techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism) in order to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies. Collectively, his program of research explores the concept of the brain’s “Functional Fingerprint” and aims to guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies. Dr. Fair also has a strong focus on science outreach programs and has developed the multi-faceted Youth Engaged in Science Initiative (YES!) in order to end educational and health disparities in underrepresented communities. Through this initiative Dr. Fair and his team bring underrepresented elementary, middle, and high-school students to the University and travel to area schools to provide interactive lessons about the brain using the “Brain in a Box” program.


Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series