Academic Advisors

Michael L. Barton, Ph.D.

Michael L. Barton, Ph.D.Michael L. Barton, Ph.D., “was born and raised in Portland back when transit was private and you could pick your own garbage company.”

In the City of Roses, he met and married his wife Mary Ann and in 1999 they had an instant family with the birth of their triplets. Dr. Barton was able to leave his position as a computational scientist at Intel and spend his time chasing his children and working for Cascade. His interests include, but are not limited to, free market approaches to transportation and land use, the effect of government interference in the arts and the importance of the separation of state and education.

A Cascade research associate since 2002, Dr. Barton has co-authored The Mythical World of Transit-Oriented Development: Light Rail and the Orenco Neighborhood, Hillsboro, Oregon with Cascade environmental policy director John A. Charles, Jr. He continues to write for Cascade and is presently working on a policy paper on the arts and a report on another Portland-area Transit-Oriented Development.

Dr. Barton earned his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic and his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Michael Bliziotes, MD

Matthew Michael Bliziotes, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and section chief of endocrinology at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Biliziotes has sat on numerous Quality Assurance Committees and is a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Endocrinology Society, American Society for Cell Biology, International Society for Clinical Densitometry and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has done extensive medical research on osteoporosis, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Osteoporosis Board and has been published extensively in medical books and journals.

Dr. Bliziotes earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a member of the National Association of Scholars.


Chana B. Cox, Ph.D.

Chana B. Cox, Ph.D.Dr. Chana B. Cox is senior lecturer in the humanities at Lewis & Clark College. During her career at Lewis & Clark, Dr. Cox has taught in the philosophy, business and political science departments, with classes in political theory, intellectual history, business policy and American studies. She is the author of the recently published Liberty: God’s Gift to Humanity (Lexington Books, 2006) and the forthcoming A Critique of Monism, Reflections on Plato’s Republic.

Prior to resuming her teaching career, Dr. Cox was a business planner. Her work included interfacing with regulatory agencies and the research and preparation of business plans, environmental and socio-economic impact statements.

Additionally, Dr. Cox and her family lived for eight years in seclusion on the Salmon River in Idaho, where they were one of a very few private landowners in an area designated as Wilderness and Wild River.

Dr. Cox graduated from Reed College with a degree in mathematics and earned her doctorate from Columbia University.


Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D.

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D.Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D. is a physicist known recently for his Op-Eds in The Oregonian on Global Warming. One of them titled “Global Warming: Climate Orthodoxy Perpetuates a Hoax” criticized Governor Kulongoski for forcing State Climatologist George Taylor out of his position at Oregon State University because he expressed doubts about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).

Dr. Fulks’s background is similar to that of scientists promoting AGW with notable exceptions: he has never accepted ANY money to promote or oppose any theory because that is unethical, and he is considerably more experienced than most who have.

He received a BS in Physics in 1967 and went on to get an MS and Ph.D. in Physics, all from the University of Chicago. He worked initially for the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago studying the solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays, using a large charged-particle spectrometer flown in the Arctic. One crucial question at the time was the size of the heliosphere filled by the solar wind blowing from the surface of the sun. The prevailing view was that it was relatively small. In a paper published in 1975, Dr. Fulks argued that it had to be huge, stretching beyond our solar system. Twenty years later, two NASA spacecraft finally reached interstellar space, 8 billion miles from the sun and far beyond Pluto.

Dr. Fulks later worked for a think-tank in Santa Barbara, California, supporting the US Defense Nuclear Agency on nuclear weapon effects. When that agency faded away at the end of the Cold War, he supported the Department of State designing new embassies and working at the US Embassy in Moscow. More recently, he has consulted for business and government clients seeking to better understand electromagnetic phenomena, related scientific scares, and the concept of ‘acceptable risk.’

Dr. Fulks is an avid mountaineer, caver, orchid collector, and tree farmer. He has climbed most major peaks in the Cascades and High Sierras and several major world peaks. He has also explored many caves, including the deepest cave pits in the world, located in central Mexico. He has an extensive orchid collection and grows many trees including 360 Giant Sequoias (which are the largest of all living things and were once native to the Pacific Northwest). His property east of the Sandy River near Corbett is maintained for wildlife including Pileated Woodpeckers, the largest surviving North American woodpecker.


James L. Huffman, JD

James L. Huffman, JD, is former dean and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. He is co-founder and founding director of the Natural Resources Law Institute, serves on the Board of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, is a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and served for nearly a decade on the Board of the American Law Dean’s Association.

Professor Huffman is author of the book Government Liability and Disaster Mitigation: A Comparative Study. He has written over 100 articles, chapters and reports on various topics including constitutional law, water law, property rights, public lands law, torts, environmental law, and legal philosophy.

Professor Huffman earned his Bachelor of Science at Montana State University and his Master of Arts at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuffs University. He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.


Richard Meinhard, Ph.D.

Richard Meinhard, Ph.D.Richard Meinhard, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist who specializes in the development of cognitive systems, particularly those in fields of elementary mathematics and sciences.

After leaving the Air Force as a communications operations officer, Dr. Meinhard used his math and science training to teach at the elementary, intermediate, junior high and college levels. In 1987 he left teaching to form the Institute for Developmental Sciences so he could work more intimately with schools to bring research into the classroom. His Institute continues to provide coursework, summer institutes for teachers, research and assessment services for public schools, and services to Oregon Outreach charter school and at-risk students. He has been active in Oregon’s charter school movement since 1993.

Dr. Meinhard graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, earned a Master of Arts in school administration from the University of California at Riverside and received a Ph.D. specializing in cognitive development from the University of Iowa. He conducted post-doctoral research into physicians’ cognitive development and then accepted a joint appointment in education and mathematics at the University of Portland in 1984.


Gerard C. S. Mildner, Ph.D.

Gerard C. S. Mildner, Ph.D.Gerard C. S. Mildner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State and the Director of the PSU Center for Real Estate. His expertise is in real estate, housing policy, local public finance, transportation, sports economics and housing policy.

Dr. Mildner is co-author of the book, Scarcity by Design: The Legacy of New York City’s Housing Policy; the chapter, “Baseball and Basketball Stadium Ownership and Franchise Incentives to Relocate,” in Sports Economics: Current Research; and the Reason Public Policy Institute study, Urban Growth Boundaries and Housing Affordability: Lessons from Portland. He has authored reports for Cascade on the subjects of light rail and taxicab regulations. His latest research examines the increase in land prices in the Portland region.

Dr. Mildner is a volunteer Finance Council of St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church. He received his Bachelor of Arts in public affairs from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in economics from New York University.


Randall J. Pozdena, Ph.D.

Randall J. Pozdena, Ph.D.Randall J. Pozdena, Ph.D., is managing director of the economic consulting firm, ECONorthwest, and head of its Portland office. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Dr. Pozdena was vice president of regional and financial research for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He has taught economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and Graduate School of Administration at the University of California, Irvine, where he also was associated with the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Dr. Pozdena is nationally recognized in applied economics and econometrics, banking and securities markets, and he has written over 50 published papers and books. His client base includes Fortune 500 companies, major litigation firms, public agencies and research organizations.

Dr. Pozdena has served on numerous public and private boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the CFA Institute, the Portland Society of Financial Analysts, the Oregon Investment Council, the Pacific University Investment Committee the Symphony Endowment Fund, the Portland Art Museum Endowment Fund, and the Governor’s Quality Education Commission.

Dr. Pozdena received his BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley. He has received additional education in economics at the University of Stockholm and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Anthony Rufolo, Ph.D.

Anthony Rufolo, Ph.D.Anthony M. Rufolo, Ph.D., is a Portland State University professor of urban studies and planning. Prior to joining PSU, he spent six years as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Dr. Rufolo has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of state and local finance, transportation, labor issues, urban economics and regional economic development. He is co-author of the book, Public Finance and Expenditure in a Federal System, and author of the Cascade Policy Institute reports, Low cost solutions to Portland’s traffic problems, Cost-based road taxation, and The equal tax: A step backward in public finance.

Dr. Rufolo has practical experience with local economic development and finance issues in addition to his research and teaching. He has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Cost Allocation, Oregon Department of Transportation (1996), Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors (1983-1994), City of Beaverton Budget Committee (1989-1995), Advisory Committee on the Budget for Tri-Met (1991-1995), and the Investment Advisory Committee for the City of Portland (1992 to present).

Dr. Rufolo earned his Bachelor of Science in economics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.


Fred Thompson, Ph.D.

Fred Thompson, Ph.D.Fred Thompson, Ph.D., is the Grace and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy Analysis at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University. He is a specialist in the field of tax policy and regulation.

Dr. Thompson is co-editor of the Handbook of Public Finance. He was the founding editor of the International Public Management Journal and is currently associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, Public Administration Review, Public Choice and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

In 2000, Dr. Thompson received the Distinguished Research Award of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. In 2005 he received the Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for Outstanding Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in the field of public budgeting and financial management of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. In 2006 he served on the United Nations Development Program’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Macedonia.

Dr. Thompson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Pomona College and his PhD from the Center for Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University.


Zenon X. Zygmont, Ph.D.

Zenon X. Zygmont, Ph.D.Zenon X. Zygmont is an associate professor of economics at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. He joined the Western faculty in 1998. From 1993-1998 he was a visiting professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Zygmont also taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his master’s and doctorate in economics from George Mason University. Dr. Zygmont’s dissertation concerned privatization and the transition to market economies in post-Communist countries. His current research interests are the economics of collegiate and professional sports, and economic education. His research has appeared in Cascade publications, newspapers, and academic journals and books. He is co-author of a textbook, The Economics of Intercollegiate Sports, to be published in 2007.

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