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In this issue of Oregon Research: Chemistry Department racks up the awards, strategic planning workshops, 2015 Faculty Research Awards announced
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Letter from the Vice President

Making an impact with UO research and innovation

Last month, I had the pleasure of co-chairing a pair of workshops devoted to generating ideas to boost the impact of UO research, scholarship, creative inquiry and graduate education.
 
The sessions — which drew a healthy mix of faculty members, students and staff —were enlightening, inspiring and entertaining, and I was reminded how simple conversations among small groups of intelligent people can generate powerful ideas. Those ideas are helping to define our priorities and goals for the future

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Brad Shelton
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning

shelton@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-2090

Congratulations

Three UO chemists chosen as 2015 Sloan Foundation fellows

Shannon Boettcher, Michael Harms and Michael Pluth, are among 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers from 57 institutions to win 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The three faculty members, all assistant professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, bring the total of UO researchers chosen as Sloan fellows to 32 since the awards began in 1955. 

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Goodman named a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study

UO history professor Bryna Goodman was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study. She will spend six months at the Institute's research campus in Princeton, New Jersey, working on her book, Finance and the New Chinese Republic

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NSF CAREER grant to help UO chemist study carbon nanotubes

George Nazin, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will receive $640,933 over five years in his grant from the NSF's Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program. With this award Nazin will focus his lab's one-of-a-kind microscope on the development of next-generation materials needed to improve the efficiency of electronic and optoelectronic technologies.

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Stephen to deliver two major lectures

In recognition of her years of scholarship and accomplishments in anthropology and Latin American studies, UO anthropology professor Lynn Stephen will give the Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture at the meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Pittsburgh in March. In May, Stephen will deliver the LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association.

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Dossin elected as new Liszt Society vice president

 Alexandre Dossin, associate professor of piano performance and piano literature at the UO School of Music and Dance, has been named vice president of the prestigious American Liszt Society. The society is the most important organization in the US dedicated to the music and life of the great 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

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UO graduate student awarded Oregon Sea Grant fellowship

Sarah Allison, master’s student in the Community and Regional Planning program, has been awarded the 2014-2016 Resilience and Adaptation Graduate Fellowship from Oregon Sea Grant. The $16,000 award will support Allison’s research helping economies on the Oregon coast prepare to withstand natural hazards and recover from them.

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Recipients of RAINMaker Award Announced

Two University of Oregon student-led startup companies, Lawger and the Common Ground Music Project, have been named first-round 2015 recipients of the Paul Anthony Troiano RAINMaker Seed Grant. The award provides student entrepreneurs with $5,000 in seed funding to help launch their companies. They will also receive coaching, mentoring and access to other strategic resources.

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Stormshak receives NIDA award for substance abuse intervention program

Beth Stormshak, director of UO’s Prevention Science Institute, and John Seeley, senior research scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, have received a $3.4 million award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The award will support their efforts in testing the efficacy of an online, family-centered intervention model designed to reduce problem behavior and substance abuse in middle-school youth.
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Announcements

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PI Certification deadline nears

Thanks to the principal investigators who have completed their PI certification modules. Completing the module is an annual mandatory requirement for all PIs/Co-PIs at the University of Oregon. So far, more than 85 percent of you have finished your certification. Remember, the deadline to complete the certification module is March 31, 2015.

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Alan Alda Center to lead Communicating Science Workshop

The UO’s Science Literacy Program and STEM CORE are partnering to offer a free, two-day workshop on Communicating Science facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The May 14-15 workshop is open to UO faculty members. To apply, visit the Science Literacy website. Applications are due by April 1.

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2015 Faculty Research Awards Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the Faculty Research Awards! Designed to stimulate research, the Research Awards provide faculty with support for research expenses, which can include travel, equipment, or student research assistance.

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Spring 2015 Faculty Seed Grants application deadline is March 20

The deadline to apply for the spring term 2015 Faculty Seed Grants and Research Travel Grants is March 20. Awarded during each academic term of the year, Faculty Seed Grant program is designed to support new programs of research, scholarship, and creativity.

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February 2015 Monthly Award Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon received 20 new awards and 3 competitive continuations totaling over $12.1 million in support of research activities during the month of February 2015. To view a list of all the February awardees, including the granting organizations and the award amounts, please visit our Monthly Awards Reports page.

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Science and Invention Fair coming to UO in May

Do you know of any young scientists, inventors or investigators who would like to show off their skills? The 2015 UO Science and Invention Fair is happening on the UO campus on May 9 and is open to all Lane County students in grades K-8. Project registration is open until April 30.

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Three-Minute Thesis applications due April 3

Three Minute Thesis is a great opportunity for grad students to practice communicating their research in under three minutes to a non‐specialist audience. Applications are due April 3 for this year's fun and challenging event. Preliminary rounds are in April with the UO Finals and State Championship happening in May. Monetary prizes go to the top three presenters in the UO finals and the statewide competition.

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Innovation Roadshow continues on Thursdays

Innovation Partnership Services (IPS) technology managers are available in the Willamette Hall atrium on Thursdays from 10 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. 

Wilde delivers CSWS Noon Talk

Jenée Wilde, a Ph.D. candidate in English and Folklore, will deliver a Noon Talk on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the Jane Grant Conference Room in Hendricks Hall. Wilde will discuss her interdisciplinary project “Speculative Fictions, Bisexual Lives: Changing Frameworks of Sexual Desire.” Wilde is the 2014-15 Center for the Study of Women in Society Jane Grant Fellowship Award recipient.

Research News

Oregon researchers detail new insights on arsenic cycling 

In a paper online ahead of regular publication in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Oregon geologist Qusheng Jin's five-member team reports on a bacterial process that turns toxic inorganic arsenic into organic forms that usually are considered to be less dangerous. Jin's conclusion is that organic arsenic should be monitored.

Traditionally the presence of the organic form in groundwater has been ignored, says Jin, a professor in the UO Department of Geological Sciences. That approach over-simplifies the view on arsenic levels and overlooks how human activities, including pumping and irrigation, or environmental factors such as heavy rain or drought may influence organic forms.

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Innovation takes center stage at UO Board of Trustees meeting

Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation Brad Shelton and Associate Vice President for Innovation Chuck Williams gave a presentation to the UO Board of Trustees on "UO's Innovation Ecosystem" during the Board's March 4-6 campus visit. The presentation charted the history and evolution of innovation management at UO and offered an overview of the commercialization of university-based research. Shelton highlighted SupraSensor, a startup making wireless soil sensors for precision agriculture that was spun out of research technology invented by UO Department of Chemistry professors Mike Haley and Darren Johnson.

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Nanoscience Open Research Initiative paper tops journal's most accessed list

A research paper co-authored by UO chemist Jim Hutchison and published in ACS Nano was the most widely accessed article in the journal in 2014. The paper was the result of a partnership between the UO through Hutchison's lab and Sony called the Nanoscience Open Research Initiative. It details a new method of tuning the properties of metal oxide nanocrystals that produces crystalline, monodisperse nanocrystals and allows for the creation of core/shell nanocrystals. Interest in the article is likely driven by the fact that metal oxides are among the most prevalent substances in commerce and new, practical methods of producing them are making it possible to study and utilize the nanoscale forms more effectively, Hutchison said.

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Mapping a course for excellence in research, graduate education

Some of the many suggestions that came up during a pair of recent workshops designed to explore excellence and envision the possibilities for research, scholarship and creative endeavors included:

  • Ways to increase funding for graduate students
  • Methods to more quickly establish leadership positions in emerging fields of study
  • Plans to free up time for faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Ways to define and measure excellence in disciplines across campus
  • Creative ways to bring members of the community together (lunches, coffees, symposiums, etc.)
The sessions were part of the UO’s larger efforts, organized through the provost’s office, to create and implement a new strategic plan.

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In the News

UO role in earthquake early warning system for the Northwest grows

An earthquake early warning system for Oregon and Washington rolled out its testing phase recently with Boeing, Microsoft and local hospitals trying out the tool before it is made available to the public. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network system will emit a blaring siren and a vocal warning. The UO's role in the network is growing, says Douglas Toomey, a professor of geosciences in the Department of Geological Sciences. The technology, still in beta mode, is based on a similar tool being implemented in California.

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UO Graduate Research Forum highlighted in TV segment

KMTR-TV cast its cameras on the Graduate Research Forum, highlighting the breadth and depth of research and creative works on display at the annual event. A reporter from the local NBC affiliate interviewed Interim Dean Andy Berglund, who emphasized the student-driven nature of the event.
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Parting Shot

Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) Director Paul Peppis welcomes members of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees during the board’s March 4-6 campus visit. Board members toured the center and received an overview of OHC activities. Recipients of OHC Faculty Research Fellowships and a Graduate Student Fellow spoke of the center’s mission of supporting research, teaching, and public outreach in the humanities.

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