Oregon Research & Innovation News — Week of November 9, 2015
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Oregon Research & Innovation News

Week of November 9, 2015

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

A full slate of events has been scheduled at the UO throughout the month of November in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Highlights include lectures by University of Minnesota law professor David Wilkins (Lumbee) and Columbia University anthropology professor Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk). Additional events include a Women of Color Retreat, a children's storytelling hour and a Native American movie night.

UO takes part in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

The University of Oregon will host its inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-20. GEW claims itself as the world's largest celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. Inspired by innovation across campus in multiple disciplines, UO is offering workshops and panel discussions designed to help faculty, staff and students explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.


UO's Eisen and Nolen to be honored by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon 

Judith Eisen will become the tenth UO recipient of the Discovery Award for scientific contributions that have significantly impacted the health field. Eisen will receive the award "for her seminal work in transforming the aquatic vertebrate model, the zebrafish, into a groundbreaking research model for biomedical science." 

Brad Nolen will receive the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award for his "sophisticated biochemical and biophysical techniques to answer fundamental questions about cytoskeleton regulation."

RAIN graduates receive $75,000 investment for food-buying startup

The Eugene startup, Manage My Co-Op, recently received a $75,000 investment from Oregon BEST, a nonprofit focused on clean technology innovation. Founded by Kimmy and Nathan Gustafson, UO alumni and RAIN Eugene graduates, Manage My Co-op provides software that allows consumers to purchase food that has been shipped directly from farmers to local buying clubs.

Research News

October 2015 Monthly Award Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon received 26 new awards totaling more than $4 million in support of research activities in October 2015.

Computers could decide who lives and dies in a car crash

In the coming era of driverless vehicles making life-and-death choices, Azim Shariff of the UO Culture and Morality Lab believes there are ethical questions that need to be resolved before driverless cars fill the streets. Along with researchers from France and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shariff set out to test public attitudes on the cold, hard decisions computer programs will have to make when lives are on the line.

Turn-Taking in the Surfers' Lineup

UO's Kenneth B. Liberman, professor emeritus of sociology, has studied and analyzed the relationships between surfers, the rules of wave riding, and the moral values found in the surf. According to Surfer Today, Liberman's academic analysis, "Turn-Taking in the Surfers' Lineup," is one of the most relevant contributions to the knowledge of wave scarcity, surf etiquette and the corresponding effects on surfers.

Clear science education, as judged by 11-year-olds

In the world of scientific peer-review, there’s a new crowd in town: 11-year-olds. Over the past four years, thousands of fifth- and sixth-graders have been judges in an annual competition called the Flame Challenge, rating grown-up scientists on their answers to basic questions about how the world works. Sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, the Flame Challenge aims to encourage scientists to communicate complex material simply, clearly and engagingly.

In May the UO hosted a science communication workshop led by faculty from the Alda Center and recently the UO joined the Alda Center as an affiliate. More information will be provided in the near future about about what that affiliation will mean for the UO.

Masculinity and sexuality in high school

Why do so many young males still refer to gay men in pejorative terms? UO sociology professor C.J. Pascoe — whose research focuses on gender, sexuality, youth and masculinity — has studied this question and published her findings in her book, "Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School."

Parting Shot

A photo of larval plankton taken this summer by Laura Hilbert of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). UO researchers collected samples in collaboration with scientists from Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution using a new underwater vehicle.  Continue Reading →


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