In this issue of Oregon Research: Presidential Research Lecture, support for the Grad Forum, UROP opportunities for undergraduates
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Letter from the Vice President

It’s a new year and already we have some outstanding research successes to celebrate. Congratulations are in order for John H. Postlethwait, professor of biology and neuroscience, who was recently awarded the George W. Beadle Award for outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers by the Genetics Society of America. Congratulations are also due to Michael Pluth, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award — the NSF’s most-prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists. In addition to supporting his research examining hydrogen sulfide interactions, the award will allow him to expand a successful science outreach program with students from area middle and high schools.

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Brad Shelton
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning
(541) 346-2090


Gavin and Bridgham appointed directors of UO institutes

The Office of the Vice President is pleased to announce the appointments of Dan Gavin as Director of the Environmental Science Institute and Scott Bridgham as Director of the Institute for Ecology and Evolution (IE2).

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Innovation road show at the UO

Innovation Partnership Services (IPS) is excited to bring our “mobile office cart” to the Willamette atrium on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Swing by if you have questions about intellectual property, patents, copyrighted works, material transfer, industry collaborations, startups, or if you just want to talk about your research. Technology managers from IPS will be available on a weekly basis beginning Thursday Feb. 5th.

Deadlines Approaching for Multiple Summer Undergraduate Research Positions

Do you know a talented undergraduate student that could benefit from an immersive summer research experience? February is a big month for application deadlines for undergraduate research programs, with over 50 opportunities around the U.S. available to UO students. These positions often offer a stipend, room and board, and some funds for travel expenses. Encourage your students to apply.

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Faculty Seed Grants & Research Travel Grants

The Vice President for Research & Innovation invites faculty from all academic disciplines to apply for two new award programs in support of research, scholarship, and creative inquiry: Faculty Seed Grants and Research Travel Grants.

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Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) Seeking Submissions for Spring Edition

The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) is a student-run, open access, scholarly publication that showcases UO undergraduate research and creative scholarship from every field. Students may submit an honors thesis, term paper, and creative work. If you know of students that have conducted exemplary research and creative scholarship, please encourage them to consider submitting their work by Feb. 6.

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December 2014 Monthly Award Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded $11.7 million in new grants, contracts and awards during the month of December 2014. To view a list of all the December awardees, including the granting organizations and the award amounts, please visit our Monthly Awards Reports page.

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Upcoming Events

Winter 2015 Presidential Research Lecture – Mapping Rome: Portraits of a City 

James Tice, UO professor of architecture specializing in the cartography and urban history of Rome, will deliver the 2015 Presidential Research Lecture on Friday, February 6 in 177 Lawrence Hall. As a recipient of the Outstanding Research Career Award, Tice will share his passion for one of the world’s great cities through a series of magnificent cartographic portraits. The presentation is free and open to the public.
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2nd Annual Symposium on Mindfulness in Science and Society

On February 9-10 the University of Oregon will host the 2nd Annual Symposium on Mindfulness in Science and Society, exploring research on mindfulness at UO and beyond. At 7 pm in the EMU Ballroom, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson will deliver the symposium keynote address entitled â€œChange Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind: Neuroscientific Studies of Meditation.” 

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The 6th Annual Grad Forum

Don’t miss this year’s Grad Forum, which offers more awards, competitive group sessions, a new location, and lots of food. This year’s Grad Forum, held at the Ford Alumni Center, will showcase the work of 150+ grad students from 30+ disciplines. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has something for everyone. 

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Write Winning Grant Proposals Workshop

Save the Date: Friday, March 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, composed of successful university researchers and well known for their comprehensive and high quality training programs for faculty investigators, will present this one-day seminar. The seminar will provide a step-by-step guide to developing successful applications for funding by federal funding agencies, including NIH and NSF.

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Outside the Academic Box: Working in Social Media

On February 16th from 10:00-11:30, Outside the Academic Box: Careers after your Doctorate presents a seminar on applying research skills in a career in social media. Judd Antin, User Experience Researcher at Facebook, will speak about his career path that includes research in Anthropology, Psychology, and Behavioral Economics, work at Yahoo, co-founding a startup, and a Ph.D. in Information Management Systems.

A previous Outside the Academic Box seminar featured speakers from Floragenex and Eugene’s Fertilab Thinkubator, speaking about their experiences in startup companies and provided information about local resources available to help students launch their own enterprise.

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NSF awards CAREER grant to UO researcher Michael Pluth

UO chemist Michael Pluth has won a National Science Foundation career grant to study hydrogen sulfide interactions in his lab and expand a science outreach effort with students from area middle and high schools.

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Paper by UO chemist named one of the best of 2014

The editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry have designated a paper by UO chemistry and biochemistry professor Bradley Nolen as one of the best papers published by the journal in 2014. Nolen’s paper was one of only 21 papers selected from thousands published by the journal last year. 

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Research News

A look back at NSRC's Internet development activities around the world

Looking back at the center's activities in 2014, the NSRC team participated in 63 network training and engineering assistance activities in 32 countries, which included more than 3,000 network personnel and their institutions. The center created a video collage capturing some of NSRC's internet development activities around the world in 2014.

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With UO help, startup to make city of light a little brighter

Founded by Wayne Skipper and Yona Appletree of Concentric Sky, Light at Play is the creator of the Radiance Orb, a 200-pound sphere of panels illuminated by LED lights that respond to sound and motion. With support from the University of Oregon, Intel, Business Oregon, and Oregon Story Board, Light at Play is headed to Paris this month to take part in the opening ceremonies of UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, where they will serve as ambassadors from the state of Oregon.

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Memorial set for renowned UO scientist John Schellman

An important chapter in the UO’s history of scientific research closed recently with the death of retired chemistry and biochemistry professor John Schellman at the age of 90. Schellman came to the UO in 1958 just as the university was trying to build up its strengths in the natural sciences. He was one of the early members of the groundbreaking Institute of Molecular Biology. 

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A new look for the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation on the Web

As the New Year begins to pick up, you may notice that the OVPRI websites have undergone a major renovation in order to better serve the campus research community.
Several major improvements include:
  • A resources section for faculty & staff researchers
  • Improved statistics about awards, proposals, and research funding
  • New resource pages for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Improved search function that returns results from all OPVRI websites
  • An updated news section with information about recent honors and awards, campus research events, and more.
We will continue to add additional improvements throughout the year, including more statistics and additional resources for faculty and students.

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In the News

Voice of America highlights Richmond's trip to Southeast Asia

UO Presidential Chair of Chemistry, Dr. Geraldine Richmond, traveled to Thailand and Vietnam January 4-21 as the U.S. Science Envoy in support of President Obama’s initiative to strengthen the United States’ science and education relationships overseas. Dr. Richmond met with representatives from the scientific, academic, and business communities to discuss ways to build and strengthen research collaboration networks between scientists and engineers in the United States, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her trip, the first by a U.S. Science Envoy to those nations, is profiled in Voice of America.

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New marine museum and aquarium close to completion on Oregon Coast

Spearheaded by UO OIMB and seven years in the making, the Charleston Marine Life Center is opening this spring in the South Coast. The $1 million, 6,000-square-foot aquarium/museum across from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology will be the only facility of its kind on the Southern Oregon coast.

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Parting Shot

Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times and author of “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” visited the UO's Lewis Center for Neuroimaging this week for a an up-close view of the new MRI and a chance to participate in an obesity research study. Moss is currently working on a new book.

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