In this issue of Oregon Research: A farewell, new LCNI director, big data on campus and so much more!

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Letter from the Vice President


As many of you know, I will be leaving the University of Oregon next month to become the Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona. During my time here, the University has faced a number of significant challenges — the tight federal climate, reductions in state budgets, a shrinking office resource base, previously unaddressed unit debts, federal grant payroll violations, and a series of leadership changes to name a few. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with many great colleagues and thank those who have worked so hard to build a better office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education that serves our campus community.

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Need to Know

New LCNI director to meet growing interest in MRI-related research

Fred SabbFred Sabb recently joined the University of Oregon’s Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI) as director. In his new role, he oversees the center, which supports interdisciplinary research in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging and houses a Siemens Skyra 3T MRI unit. 

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Save the Data!

On August 8, the University of Oregon office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education is hosting a meeting to bring together Industry experts in big data and members of the University of Oregon and other state universities to discuss the big data challenges and opportunities. The four sessions of the meeting will be (1) Big Data Challenges for Industry, (2) Big Data and Biology, (3) Medical Informatics and (4) Big Data, the Internet and Social Media. The event's keynote address and reception/poster session will be shared, crossover events with the

META Center to present symposium "Modeling our microbial selves"

METAThe UO's Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Systems Biology will host its first annual symposium on Aug. 8-10. The symposium, entitled "Modeling our Microbial Selves," will explore the assembly, dynamics, and evolution of the microbial communities that co-exist with animals. The event's Aug. 8 keynote address and reception/poster session will be shared, crossover events with the RIGE Big Data meeting scheduled for that same day.

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Core Facilities Guidance Complete

The University of Oregon office for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education has been working to formalize and systematize the organization and operation of extant research core facilities, and provide a mechanism for the development of new core facilities. The end result is the document, Guidance for RIGE Research Core Facilities.

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Update on UO-GTFF Negotiations (4/25/14)

Today the University presented an updated compensation package to the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation reflecting a shared priority with the union to raise minimum GTFF salaries as well as the University’s ongoing need to be fiscally responsible, given the limited new resources available over the next two years.
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UO professors receive $11.7 million grant to develop new models for student achievement

Gerald Tindal and Joe StevensGerald Tindal and Joe Stevens, UO professors of education, are co-principal investigators (PI’s) with Stephen Elliott and Ann Schulte, professors of education at Arizona State University, on a grant worth over $11 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The grant—spread across five years—supports the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Education (NCAASE), which conducts research to develop and test new approaches for measuring the academic success of students with disabilities.

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CSWS Director Carol A. Stabile Receives 2014 ACLS Fellowship

Carol StabileCarol A. Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, has been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for 2014. A professor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Dr. Stabile was selected for her book project, “Pink Channels: Women and the Broadcast Blacklist.”

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Recipients of I3 awards announced

The office for Research, Innovation & Graduate Education announced the recipients for the 2014 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) awards, which enhance research at the UO by supporting the development of large-scale research opportunities.

This year’s award recipients represent a wide range of research interests throughout campus, including traumatic brain injuries, curriculums that focus on student health, internet privacy and quantum coherence.

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Berglund receives grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Andy BerglundAndy Berglund, associate dean of the graduate school and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received a grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to continue research into Myotonic Dystrophy, one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy in adults.

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UO Research goes to Washington

White HouseMarch saw several UO professors attend meetings hosted by the White House. Psychology professor Jennifer Freyd met with the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, Lynn Rosenthal, to discuss the subject of sexual assault on college campuses.

Later in the March, physics professor Richard Taylor participated in a meeting convened by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) along with Matt Beaudet, CEO of NemaMetrix, a firm spun out of UO biology professor Sean Lockery’s research.

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UO Research Excellence Award winners announced

rigeThe Vice President for Research and Innovation has announced the recipients of the UO Research Excellence Awards. The UO Research Excellence Awards are intended to recognize the significant impact and reach of UO researchers and the outstanding research activities taking place at the UO. This year, the format includes five awards presented to seven individuals at an awards ceremony on June 10, 2014. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

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CSWS announces 2014 Jane Grant Fellowship and Grant Awardees

Jenée WildeThe Center for the Study of Women in Society recently awarded almost $80,000 to support graduate student and faculty research grants on women and gender. In all, 12 UO graduate students will receive awards ranging from $2,400 to almost $16,000. Six faculty scholars will receive awards of $6,000 each.

This year's Jane Grant Fellowship was awarded to Jenée Wilde, a Ph.D. candidate in English and Folklore, for her interdisciplinary research project on bisexual representation, science fiction, and the overlaps among bisexual and fan communities.

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March & April  Research Award Tallies

Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded over $19.7 million in research grants and awards during the months of March and April. To view a list of all the awardees, including the granting organization and the award amount, please visit our March 2014 Awards and our April 2014 Awards page.
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Open House at the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging

The Lewis Center for Neuroimaging will be hosting an open house for the entire campus research community on Thursday, May 29 from 12:30-4:00 PM.

Fred Sabb, the center's new director, will be available to meet with faculty members who have worked with the LCNI in the past and to meet members of the campus community who are interested in using MRI techniques for their research. LCNI staff will be available to give informal demonstrations and to discuss the center's services.

CSWS to host Kathleen Blee

The UO's Center for the Study of Women in Society is hosting Kathleen Bee, May 8-9. A distinguished professor of sociology and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the University of Pittsburgh, Bee will present sessions on political imagination in activist groups and securing funding for qualitative research.

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Sports science symposium to focus on performance and technology

Mike Hahn was singularly focused on developing the new Bowerman Sports Science Clinic when he learned that the University of Oregon would be the host site for the 2014 World Junior Championships for track and field.  As the latest high-profile track meet to be held at Hayward Field, the meet is taking place in the United States for the first time and also is making its inaugural visit to a university campus.

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UO's Thornton chosen for Guggenheim Fellowship

University of Oregon biologist Joe Thornton is among 178 scholars, artists and scientists named as winners of 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships. Thornton is widely known for his research that brings evolutionary and molecular biology together. His work has involved the resurrection of ancient genes, which are then subjected to molecular experiments to trace genetic changes that have evolved to provide their present-day functions.

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Doe and Rothbart join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two University of Oregon scientists –Christopher Doe and Mary K. Rothbart â€“ are among the newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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UO technology spinout gets Oregon BEST award for field testing

University of Oregon spinout SupraSensor Technologies is getting $120,000 from Oregon BEST to install and field test 150 of the wireless nitrate sensors the company is developing to help farmers reduce fertilizer use. The aim of the Oregon BEST commercialization funding is to put technology on a fast track to the marketplace.

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Changing climate and diet shaped equine teeth

Environmental changes likely explain the difference in tooth enamel of four horse groups living 16 million years ago compared to the lone surviving group of modern horses, say University of Oregon researchers Nicholas A. Famoso and Edward Byrd Davis.

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Driving Innovation Through Investment

In written remarks to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, UO President Michael R. Gottfredson says federal support for research and higher education has helped Oregon universities make positive contributions to the state's economy, but funding cuts threaten the nation's economic security. The statement was submitted to the committee's Tuesday meeting on "Driving Innovation through Federal Investments" and comes at a time of continued cuts to research funding related to sequestration and a push to reduce federal spending including student aid.

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Eugene catches 'Particle Fever'

An April 21 screening of the film "Particle Fever" at the Bijou Metro in downtown Eugene was followed by a discussion featuring UO physicist Jim Brau. The film follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, and examines the search for the Higgs boson particle.

Brau and his team in the UO Center for High Energy Physics played a role in the collaborative project, which seeks to explain the origin of all matter. Following the film, Brau, Knight Professor of Natural Science; Spencer Chang, assistant professor; Graham Kribs, Alec & Kay Keith Science Faculty Fellow and associate professor; and Stephanie Majewski, assistant professor, led the group in an hour-long physics discussion.

"There were many questions and they kept coming," Brau said.

Sustainable design and product life cycles

UO chemist Jim Hutchison is featured in a recent UO-produced educational video module that highlights light metals, and the importance of considering “product life cycle” in any discussion on sustainability. The video was created by OR Media, the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s in-house video production team. The concept for the video emerged in March 2013 when the Materials Research Society put out a call for modules to help educate students about light metals and why they are important to modern society.

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Grad students advance to the Three Minute Thesis UO Finals

The second preliminary round of the Three Minute Thesis competition was held on Wednesday, April 23 in Lawrence 177. Eleven students shared their research in three minutes or less. Ten finalists will compete in the UO finals on May 7.

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Parting Shot

UO's Geri Richmond with members of the International Visitor Leadership Program on March 28. The Chinese delegation’s visit to Oregon was arranged by the World Affairs Council of Oregon under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). It also served as a follow-up to a 2011 meeting in Beijing organized by COACh, the organization co-founded by Richmond to provide mentoring and support to women scientists. As part of their UO visit, members of the Chinese delegation met with students and faculty members, and participated in presentations and tours of UO labs. 
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