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Letter from the Vice President

The UO’s collective bargaining agreement with United Academics, which was finalized and ratified in October, provides us with an opportunity to strengthen our organizational and administrative practices and to focus squarely on fulfilling our mission, which includes achieving excellence in research and teaching.

The 90-page agreement has also, of course, resulted in some significant changes

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Sincerely,

Kimberly Andrews Espy
VP Research & Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School

vpri@uoregon.edu
(541) 346 - 2090
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UO graduate students take top awards


Two outstanding graduate students from the UO College of Education recently won awards from the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Yen Pham ’13, now an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, was the finalist for the Pat Sitlington Emerging Research Award, and Laurie Gutmann Kahn, doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, was the runner-up. Overall, the University of Oregon received two of the top three graduate research awards at the DCDT conference, which took place Nov. 14-16 in Williamsburg, Va.

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November Research Award Tallies


Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded more than $1.8 million in awards and grants during the month of November. You can view the complete lists of awards by visiting the link below:
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Farewell

 

Director of professional partnerships for UO's Graduate Internship Program retires


Farewell, Farrell!

A reception was held on December 11, 2013, to celebrate Farrell Ford’s substantial contributions to the Graduate Internship Program at the University of Oregon. Ford joined the Graduate Internship Program team in 2009 and has been an instrumental part of the program’s growth and success. Under her guidance, over sixty companies have joined the university as industrial partners where graduate students can complete internships in laboratories studying semiconductors, optical materials, polymers, and bioinformatics, among other fields.

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Need to Know


Nominations for 3rd Annual RIGE Administrative Excellence Awards


Each year in early February the research community at the University of Oregon gathers to honor the administrative employees whose work supports the innovative discoveries being made every day around campus. Nominations are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) Administrative Excellence Awards in recognition of employee excellence in research administration.

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Graduate School Awards


Several Graduate School awards and fellowships have deadlines in February:
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Putting Rivalries Aside


As the University of Oregon football team prepares to face the University of Texas at Austin as adversaries in the Alamo Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30, collaboration away from the gridiron between researchers from both institutions is helping explain the effects of climate change and melting glaciers in Peru.

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Richmond Receives SSP Award


UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award for her significant contributions in the field of applied spectroscopy. The award is handed out by the non-profit educational corporation Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP).

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UO geologists use lasers to map lava flows in Hawaii


Katherine Cashman and a geology team from the UO were recently featured in LiveScience for their colorful maps of lava flows in Hawaii. The published article will appear in 2014, but you can get a preview of their work with laser mapping now by reading the LiveScience article.

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Gates Grant Announcement Draws Coverage


The UO's Richard Chartoff attracted some significant media interest after being named a recipient of a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Nov. 20. Chartoff was interviewed about his research team's task of developing the next generation condom by The New York Times, the New Republic, The Oregonian, The Register-Guard, KVAL-TV and other outlets. Chartoff will appear on the OPB radio show "Think Out Loud" at noon on Monday, Dec. 30.

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Parting Shot: Willamette Hall in the Snow

The University of Oregon experienced a rare heavy snowfall that began in the early hours of Dec. 6, 2013. The campus area was blanketed in 7" of snow as students, faculty and staff finished the last day of the fall term.

Photo by Lori Howard
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