Linda H. Mantel
Northwest Regional Director
Dr. Linda H. Mantel received a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois. She was a Research Fellow in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, after which she joined the Biology department at City College of the City University of New York. During her 25 years at CCNY, Dr. Mantel was a faculty member, department chair, and Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Research. She carried out research on crustacean physiology, endocrinology, and toxicology, and trained a number of undergraduate and graduate students. She was also active in the City College chapter of Sigma Xi and served as nominations coordinator for Biology for several years. Since moving to Portland, OR in 1993, Dr. Mantel has served as Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology at Reed College, as Interim Vice-President for Academic Administration at Willamette University, and as Assistant Vice-President for Technology Services at the University of Portland. Dr. Mantel has focused on increasing the diversity of students and colleagues in science throughout her professional career. She was active in the Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (OCEPT), as a member of the Diversity Committee. She participated in the activities of Project Kaleidoscope, a national organization of institutions dedicated to reform of undergraduate education in science. Dr. Mantel serves regularly as reviewer for biological journals and as a panelist for NSF grant programs. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Association for Women in Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Mantel is Associate Research Professor in the Center for Science Education at PSU and Executive Director of the Northwest Science Expo System (NWSES). She is also Director of the Student Research for Secondary Science Teachers program and Project Coordinator for the proposed Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Progress. In addition, Dr. Mantel serves as President of the Sigma Xi Chapter of the Columbia-Willamette and is a member of the Board of the Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association. She also serves as Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Craft.