In this issue of Oregon Research: UO Research Excellence Awards, research on display for UO Board of Trustees, CBIRT in the news and more!

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Letter from the Vice President

UO Research Excellence Awards

The nomination process has begun for the UO Research Excellence Awards. The awards are hosted and sponsored annually by our office. This year, the format will include six awards presented at an awards ceremony this spring. The award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Career Award (to be awarded to two tenured faculty of associate or full professor rank)
  • Early Career Award (one for a tenure track faculty member at the assistant professor rank)
  • Outstanding Accomplishment Award
    • One for a career NTTF engaged in independent research activities
    • One for a career NTTF engaged in technical activities in support of research, (e.g. core facilities or statistical analysis)
  • Innovation and Impact Award (one award for an individual or team for outstanding entrepreneurial activity)

The awards and related event are intended to raise the visibility of research activities taking place at the UO.

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Kimberly Andrews Espy
VP Research & Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School
(541) 346 - 2090

Need to Know

UO Research takes center stage during Board of Trustees visit

UO Board in LISBUO Research took center stage during a recent three-day campus visit by the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon. During a brown bag lunch on March 27, members of the board met with UO faculty to discuss the role of a public research university and to witness firsthand the transformative nature of research. Patrick Phillips, professor of biology and associate vice president for research, welcomed the group, before dividing them into three research tour groups.

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Update on Revision of RIGE Distribution Model

Revision to the RIGE Resource FrameworkMembers of the University of Oregon Research Advisory Board are well underway with their efforts to review and make recommendations on the resource distribution model for the office for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education. The board is charged with providing faculty advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the UO’s mission of fostering research and innovation excellence.

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Green speaks at symposium on microbiomes and the built environment
Jessica Green

Jessica Green, associate professor in the UO Department of Biology, was a featured speaker at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Symposium on Microbiomes of the Built Environment, on March 27 in Washington, D.C.

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Oregon Computer Security Day

Computer SecurityAs information storage and computing power continues to move toward scalable, cloud-based solutions, industry and government organizations must develop new methods of securing large amounts of personal information. These issues and more will be addressed on Friday, April 11 as part of Oregon Computer Security Day, sponsored by the UO’s Department of Computer and Information Science.

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RIGE Research Advisory Board welcomes Mark Blaine

Mark Blaine, senior instructor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication, has joined the Research Advisory Board (RAB). An award-winning writer, investigative reporter, and editor whose research interests include science journalism and new media, Blaine

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Three-Minute Thesis Returns

The Graduate School will host the second annual Three-Minute Thesis competitionThree-Minute Thesis, starting on April 16. The program is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, for research students.

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Research Development Services in the News

The UO’s office for Research Development Services is featured in two articles in the March/April edition of the National Council of University Administrators. Director Lynn Stearney was interviewed for a story on starting a research development office titled “Research Development: Where to Begin?”

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IPS Oversees Launch of UO's First MOOC

The UO's Innovation Partnership Services worked with Coursera, an educational technology company that partners with top Korean English Teachersuniversities and organizations worldwide to offer free online courses, on an agreement to make the Massive Open Online Course "Shaping the Way We Teach English" available.

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February Research Award Tallies

Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded over $1.5 million in research grants and awards during the month of February. To view a list of all the awardees, including the granting organization and the award amount, please visit our February 2014 Awards page.
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NSF CAREER Award Info Session
Wednesday, April 2
3 p.m.
Location TBD

PACE Graduate Student Workshops
     "Experiential Learning as Career Development"
     Friday, April 4
     Noon to 1:20 p.m.
     Graduate Student Center
     111 Susan Campbell Hall

     "Research Services Orientation"
     Friday, April 11
     Noon to 1 p.m.
     Graduate Student Center
     111 Susan Campbell Hall

Three-Minute Thesis
Preliminary Rounds
Wednesdays, April 16 and April 23
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence 177

Dixon Graduate Innovation Awards

The UO Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Innovation Award. This new fellowship is designed to support up to six doctoral students who are interested in pursuing innovative experiences that will prepare them for careers outside of academia. Application and nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Welcome Santiago Jaramillo

The UO Department of Biology welcomed a new faculty member affiliated with the Institute of Neuroscience this year. Santiago Jaramillo’s research career began as an engineer in Colombia, where his interest in computational systems inspired him to begin studying the human brain.

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Zebrafish Hold Key to Regrowing Limbs

New research by UO's Kryn Stankunas, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, has identified two molecular pathways that allow zebrafish to regrow lost limbs.

The research was highlighted in a recent episode of "Quirks and Quarks," a weekly CBC radio segment.

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RAIN innovation fellows selected

Two students from the University of Oregon School of Law have been selected as Innovation Fellows for the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN). Third-year students Cameron Miles and Dustin Littrell will work with an attorney in the UO's Office for Research, Innovation & Graduate Education and the university's General Counsel to help launch the initiative.

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Sayre takes audience on historical journey

University of Oregon professor of English and RIGE Career Excellence Award winner Gordon Sayre delivered the Spring 2014 Presidential Research Lecture on March 4, exploring the often-forgotten role of French explorers in American history. “Lines and Voices: Maps and Narratives in 18th-Century Middle America," was the title of Sayre's talk, which drew a big crowd to Lillis 182. A video of the talk is available on the UO Channel website.

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Calling all students with 'ideas worth spreading'

The organizers of TEDxUOregon are looking for a few great students to speak at their April event. If you know any UO students who might have an "idea worth spreading" please encourage them to apply to speak. 

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Science Odyssey

On the day of the Civil War basketball game, Oregon policy makers, community leaders, and industry representatives converged on the UO campus to participate in the UO President’s Invitational and Science Odyssey.

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Studies show value of advanced degrees

Reports were released this month by the Pew Research Center and the Urban Institute with impressive data on the earnings premium enjoyed by workers whose highest educational attainment was an advanced degree.

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CBIRT weighs in on sports concussions

Ann Glang and Bonnie Todis, research professors and co-directors of the UO’s Center on Brain Injury Research & Training, along with Slocum physician Michael Koester, wrote an op-ed that appeared in The March 20 edition of The Register-Guard. March was Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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Parting Shot

The 2014 Graduate Student Research Forum featured 190 graduate students representing 50 disciplines from every college and school across campus. This was also the first year of the new poster competition, which awarded $1,000 each to six winners from around campus. To see a short video about the poster session, visit AroundtheO.
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