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In this issue of Oregon Research: Research Advisory Board, Graduate Student Research Forum, NSF CAREER Award info session and more!

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Letter from the Vice President

Resources for Researchers

Here in the office for Research Innovation and Graduate Education, we recently took time out to recognize our outstanding research administrators who keep our efforts moving forward at the University of Oregon. The RIGE Administrative Excellence Awards (see related story below) recognize leadership, dedication, teamwork and an overall willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done. These are qualities we see demonstrated every day by our research administrators and we are extremely grateful for the support they provide to researchers across campus.

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Sincerely,

Kimberly Andrews Espy
VP Research & Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School

vpri@uoregon.edu
(541) 346 - 2090

Congratulations


Geri Richmond Named President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Geraldine Richmond, the Presidential Chair and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Richmond will begin her three-year term as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the AAS Board of Directors on Feb. 19 at the close of the 180th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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Boettcher receives 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award

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Shannon W. Boettcher, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is among 12 U.S. researchers honored with a 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science and Advancement.

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Oregon Institute for Marine Biology recognized by Secretary of the Interior for research & conservation project


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recognized the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology (OIMB), a research institute under the auspices of Research, Innovation and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon, for its contributions to research and conservation efforts with the Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award.

The OIMB was part of a consortium of 17 institutions—including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and 11 other research universities from both sides of the Atlantic—that collaborated to survey and explore the diverse biological communities located in the deep-water canyons of the Atlantic Ocean.

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College of Education receives $1.2 million grant to support graduate education


Kent McIntosh and Chris Murray, associate professors in the UO’s College of Education, have received a new Doctoral Leadership Training Award worth $1.2 million from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to support a new cohort of doctoral students starting in September 2014. 

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RIGE Administrative Excellence Awards Highlight Staff Service

When it comes to UO research, innovation and graduate education, “collaboration” was an operative word in 2013 and will continue to be increasingly relevant in 2014.

That message was one of the themes delivered by Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president for research and innovation and dean of the UO Graduate School, during a Feb. 5 breakfast ceremony celebrating the RIGE Administrative Excellence Awards. The event, an opportunity to recognize staff achievements over the past year and look forward to future goals, was put on by the office for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education.

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The Vice President for Research and Innovation announces the recipients of 2014 Faculty Research Awards

The purpose of the Faculty Research Awards program is to stimulate research by providing faculty with support for research expenses, including travel, summer stipend, equipment, supplies, contractual services, shared facility use, and graduate or undergraduate student research assistance.  

The Faculty Research Awards Committee, composed of faculty appointed by the University Senate, evaluated proposals on the basis of their intellectual merit. Vice President for Research and Innovation Kimberly Andrews Espy funded twenty-one awards. We would like to congratulate the 2014 Faculty Research Award Receipients.

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January Research Award Tallies


Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded over $3.9 million in research grants and awards during the month of January. To view a list of all the awardees, including the granting organization and the award amount, visit the link below:

5th annual Graduate Student Research Forum; "Engagement: Community, Creativity, Connections."


The 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum is a one-day conference held annually at the University of Oregon to showcase research and creative expressions by graduate students in all of the UO’s graduate colleges and schools. The 2014 Grad Forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in the EMU.

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Presidential Research Lecture scheduled for March 4, 2014: "Lines and Voices."


The office for Research, Innovation & Graduate Education will present the next Presidential Research Lecture on March 4, 2014. This year's featured lecturer will be Gordon Sayre, professor in the Dept. of English.

Using 18th century maps and narratives, Dr. Sayre will take the audience on a historical adventure through the Mississippi/Missouri basin, focusing on the often forgotten role of French explorers in American history. He will discuss research in the humanities and literature, including his own work examining a magnificent hide painting that depicts a battle between Spanish and French colonists on the Great Plains in 1720.

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Ask the VPRI: RIGE organizational changes

Question: I heard that you made some organizational changes recently, can you elaborate?

Answer: With the expansion and increased importance for our innovation portfolio and its associated external engagement, the Associate Vice President for Research Finance and Business Administration position will be revised to provide greater focus on advancing the University’s innovation agenda. Retitled as Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, Dr. Patrick Jones will oversee UO’s involvement in the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (RAIN) – the statewide initiative to leverage our research strengths and entrepreneurship programs to enable more small business startups

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Sandra Morgen steps down after transformative tenure at UO Graduate School

Sandra Morgen, after serving the University of Oregon Graduate School for more than five years, stepped down from her position as Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies on January 31, 2014. Morgen joined the Graduate School in September 2008 as Associate Dean before also becoming Vice Provost for Graduate Studies in July 2010. An open house event in her honor was held on February 26 at the Graduate Student Center in Susan Campbell Hall.

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Upcoming


Presidential Research Lecture
Mar. 4 â€” 7 p.m.
182 Lillis
Gordon Sayre, lecturer

RIGE Innovation Seminar
Mar. 5 — 4 p.m.
331 Klamath Hall
Rasmus Nielson, guest

Graduate Research Forum
Mar. 7 â€” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
EMU

NSF CAREER Award
April 2 — 3 p.m.
Location TBD

NSF Career Award Training Session


Research Development Services (RDS) is presenting an information session on the NSF CAREER Award on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of early career faculty.  Faculty who successfully compete for these awards exemplify the role of the “teacher-scholar,” demonstrating both outstanding research and innovative approaches to education.

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Grants & Administration Training Sessions

Advanced Budgeting
Mar. 4 â€” 10 a.m.
Peace Health North, Rm. 506
Kari Vandergust/Josh Kerber
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RAB to evaluate RIGE Model for Resource Distribution

As part of an overall review of University budgeting, the UO’s Research Advisory Board has been tasked with reviewing the office for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education’s current model for resource distribution. The task will be the board’s primary focus for the coming months

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Call for nominations: Dixon Award 


RIGE is now accepting nominations for the new Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Innovation Award. Designed to support up to six doctoral students pursuing innovative experiences in preparation for careers outside of academia, the student-driven fellowship begins funding in fall 2014. 

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PDX Monthly Picks Chartoff


What does UO research scientist Richard Chartoff have in common with Portland's Belmont Goats and a teenage fencing champion? The recent Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner is featured in the Perfect Party section of Portland Monthly, "a made-up mash up of the month's most fascinating people."

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Zebra fish fins help Oregon researchers gain insight into bone regeneration


University of Oregon biologists say they have opened the window on the natural process of bone regeneration in zebra fish, and that the insights they gained could be used to advance therapies for bone fractures and disease.

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You are your microbes:
Video by Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin


A video by UO professors Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin was featured recently in a story by the American Cancer Society. Guillemin, who was consulted as an expert in microbial communities ...

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Oregon researchers show how building design impacts indoor bacteria


The Lillis Business Complex set the bar for sustainable buildings 10 years ago when it opened at the University of Oregon.

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San Francisco's 1906 quake was third of a series on San Andreas Fault


Research led by a University of Oregon doctoral student in California's Santa Cruz Mountains has uncovered geologic evidence that supports historical narratives for two earthquakes in the 68 years prior to San Francisco's devastating 1906 disaster.

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RIGE Innovation Seminar Series features Dr. Rasmus Nielsen on March 5, 2014


The office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) will be presenting a lecture on March 5, 2014 by Dr. Rasmus Nielsen entitled "Human Genomics: A Window into our Evolutionary Past."

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Graduate School to Fund Professional Development Initiatives


The Graduate School has announced its annual “Innovations in Graduate Education” seed funding program for 2014. The call, which invites proposals from any faculty or staff member who is, or would like to be, engaged in professional development for graduate students ...

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Parting Shot

Judges Rob Haitani, principal UX designer at Amazon (left), and Ed Colligan, founder of Palm/Handspring, (right) enjoy a lighthearted moment during the Colligan User Interface Design Challenge in January. The group presenting at the time--Tastebuds--went on to win the competition's $8,000 prize for the best new mobile design.

Photo by Jack Liu
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