Kathleen S. Roos, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and energy physics at the University of La Verne, California since 2016 after a 47-year career in the environmental science industry working with the private sector, academia, government agencies, and ultimately the military.
Though Kathleen has authored over 20 publications in environmental texts and technical journals she admits her qualifications for writing this compilation are none. She is a scientist/teacher, not a writer or even politically motivated. All too often today, mainstream media treats the topic of immigration in a totally political light. Far beyond the rhetoric of blustery sound bites and agenda maneuvering, these stories illustrate the important human story that accompanies each and every immigrant that reaches our county. It comes from a desire to portray what these people experienced and portray what she sees as deleterious actions of some for political power and not the betterment of the Country or ‘we the people’.
Dr. Roos obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Hartwick College, her Master of Science from Long Island University, and her Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Southern University in 2001. In 2019 she received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award as a leader in the environmental science industry and was inducted into the Norwalk High School Wall of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Science in 2007. She has received numerous awards from local, Federal and State EPA and agencies for her contributions to environmental protection both nationally and internationally. For her service in Iraq, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) the Civilian Service Medal, and by the U.S. Army she was awarded the Civilian Service medal for serving in the Global War on Terror.
Her hobbies include volunteer work, playing violin in the local orchestra, teaching yoga, reading, field studies with her students and hiking with her dog.