In this issue of OREGON RESEARCH:
CSWS prepares to celebrate 40 years, Lewis-Burke on campus, October Research Month draws to a close… and so much more!
The month is not quite over yet, but it’s worth reflecting on some of the highlights from October Research Month — a series of events spotlighting research and scholarly activity at the University of Oregon.
Across campus, groups of students, faculty, and staff met for a variety of seminars, discussion panels, and symposiums that explored every facet of research going on at the University of Oregon. The month began with a presentation by researcher Joe Loureiro, senior investigator at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, about the innovations and changes taking place in biomedical research. The event was part of Research Innovation and Graduate Education’s (RIGE) Innovation Seminar Series. Continue reading →


Kimberly Andrews Espy
Vice President for Research and Innovation,
Dean of the Graduate School


CSWS 40th Anniversary

Read all about it! Jane Grant, co-founder of The New Yorker magazine, was the independent feminist who inspired the endowment of UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society, now celebrating its 40th year. That story and others are in a special anniversary edition of the CSWS Annual Review.

Bullis recognized for career contributions

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present the Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award to UO professor of education and sociology Michael Bullis at their annual conference in November. The award recognizes researchers who, over the course of their careers, have contributed a substantial body of research that has directly benefited at-risk youth and furthered overall research into support systems for adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.
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Sanchez presents research

During the first week of the fall term, Gabriel Sanchez, a member of the McNair Scholar’s program at the UO, attended the 40th national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Sanchez was presenting the results of his recent undergraduate research project, which included a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in June. Sanchez’s project was well received by the conference judges and the senior anthropology major from Ukiah, Calif., was awarded an undergraduate research award.
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Advancing Oregon

Lewis-Burke offers strategies for success in a competitive funding climate

Flat is the new up.
That was one of the messages offered by federal research funding specialists during a lunch presentation on Tuesday on the future of federal research funding. In addition to discussing the impacts of sequestration on the federal research agenda  presenters from the Washington, D.C. specialty consulting and government relations firm Lewis-Burke offered strategies for accessing grants and other federal awards  in the current environment.
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Ask the VPRI

Question: I’ve heard the UO has retained a Washington, D.C., government relations firm? Why do we need this service?

Answer: In this extremely competitive funding environment, the office of University Advancement and RIGE have collaborated to retain the firm of Lewis-Burke, which has represented research universities, research facilities, and scientific associations for more than 20 years. Their clients include Boston University, California Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Fermi Research Alliance and the Association of Independent Research Institutes. The firm has deep knowledge and expertise in federal research agency processes and strong working relations on Capitol Hill and with the presidential administration. Continue reading →

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28, 2013 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Graduate School Open House

Oct. 30, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Presidential Research Lecture

Nov. 1, 2013 - 1:00 p.m.
Symposium: the Science of Mindfulness & Meditation

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Neuroscience: through the eyes of a mouse

UO Prof. Cris Neill was recently featured in a new article in Nature Magazine. Neill's research studying the visual cortex in mice has led to a "new age" in neuroscience research.
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UO scientists invited to November journal conference in Seattle

Scholarly journals are the primary vehicle to communicate discovery to the science community and the public. But as the number of journals in print has exploded, the information is getting harder to access due to high subscription costs and copyright restrictions. 
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Federal government back in gear

The partial government shutdown may be over, but the fallout will be felt for some time. As the government resumes operations, the UO’s Sponsored Projects Services division will continue posting announcements as they become available. 

UO students can win $15,000 for best mobile interface

The UO’s office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) officially launched the Colligan User Interface Design Challenge with a Kickoff Coaching Session on Oct. 10 designed to get teams excited about competing.
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Not in a million years, says Oregon geologist about Yellowstone eruption

After probing volcanic fields of the Yellowstone hotspot track, University of Oregon geologist Ilya N. Bindeman says a massive, climate-altering volcanic eruption, "probably somewhere in Montana," is at least a million years away. The last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago.
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UO team played significant role in Nobel Prize discovery

The theoretical work of Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, honored today by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, "is an amazing intellectual achievement," says UO physicist James Brau.
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UO researchers to host symposium on the neuroscience of meditation

Meditation has long been associated with a sense of inner calm and physical relaxation. Researchers at the UO are now finding that mindfulness can lead to improved learning and memory as well as increased self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.
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UO welcomes 40 new tenure-track faculty this year

One new professor is Leslie Leve, professor in the College of Education’s Counseling Psychology and Human Services department, who also works with the UO’s Prevention Science Institute. She shared her early impressions on campus in a video.
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UO's new META Center combines research, training, outreach

The Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology, launched last fall at the UO with a $10.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. A year into the grant, the center has moved to the national stage as one of just 15 National Centers for Systems Biology.
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Parting Shot: Signing the Book of Members

Jon Erlandson, executive director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History; professor of Anthropology; Knight Professor of Arts and Sciences, signs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Book of Members at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. The book signing tradition dates back to 1780. Erlandson was among 164 artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted into the academy. Continue reading →
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