In this issue of Oregon Research Quarterly: Message from the Vice President, award reports, updates from our research units.
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Oregon Research Quarterly – April 2017

Letter from the Vice President

In recent weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about the future of federally funded research. On March 16, President Trump unveiled his proposed FY18 budget. The picture it painted for research and innovation was not a pretty one.

But as I stated in a message to the UO research community, the budget proposal is still just a proposal and the president faces a very long negotiation with Congress over the final terms of the FY2018 budget. There is still broad bipartisan support for federal research funding in Congress, and it’s important that we in the research community do not panic and that we continue to make the case for the tremendous impact that federally funded research makes in the lives of Oregonians and all U.S. citizens.

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David Conover
Vice President for Research & Innovation,
(541) 346-2090

OVPRI Announcements

February New Awards Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon received 22 new awards in February totaling more than $1.8 million in support of research activities.

February Award Report →

Associate Vice President Position Opening

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation will be conducting an internal search for an associate vice president for research.

Outstanding Research Award Nominations Now Open

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 UO Outstanding Research Awards through April 7. This year, the research division format will include seven awards presented at an awards ceremony this spring. See the nomination guidelines.
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From Our Research Service Units

Research Development Services (RDS)

More than 50 researchers attended a 2015 grantwriting workshop designed to help maximize the competitiveness of UO proposals to federal agencies. An updated version of the session will be held on June 15.

Grant Writing Seminar Returns

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, through its Research Development Services unit, is sponsoring a one-day seminar, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. Faculty members and post-doctoral appointees who wish to attend can apply by sending an email to Questions may be directed to or (541) 346-8308.

Faculty Research Awards Announced

Twenty UO researchers whose work ranges from studies of cultural heritage in Columbia and Brazil, to new exercises to promote childhood activity, to a look at Roman architecture of “in-between” spaces have received Faculty Research Awards for 2017.

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Innovation Partnership Services (IPS)

MIT's Douglas Hart will lead an April 6 talk on university entrepreneurs and the nexus between academic research and innovation.
Innovation talk to explore university entrepreneurial endeavors

Doug Hart, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, will discuss the role of universities in entrepreneurial endeavors, in a talk titled, "Ideas to Impact: The Third Option," at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 in the Crater Lake South room of the Erb Memorial Union.

Students Win Product Design Award

The fall term product design studio awarded two student teams $2,500 and the opportunity for the Portland LED lighting company Luxium to commercialize their lighting design. Innovation Partnership Services facilitated the private-public partnership.

Sustainability Awards Nominations

The UO Sustainability Awards Program is now accepting nominations for five award categories, including Research Innovation. The Research Innovation Award recognizes research that has led to new sustainability products or services.

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Sponsored Projects Services (SPS)

David Conover and Liz Denecke congratulate Mage Burmer, who received the 2017 VPRI Excellence Award for his work as a Contract Specialist with Sponsored Project Services.
VPRI Excellence Awards

Mage Burmer, SPS contract specialist, received the 2017 OVPRI Administrative Excellence Award. Other Excellence Award recipients included JoLynn Burdett, who won the Department Grant Administrator Award, and Steve Golledge who won the Core Research Facility Award.

Bob Lawson is Retiring
Bob Lawson, a sponsored projects administrator, is retiring. We wish Bob a happy and well-deserved retirement.

Additional Announcements
  • We are moving to a blended rate structure, effective July 1, 2017. Look for additional details, including an upcoming informational session.
  • Registration for SPS education sessions is migrating to the HR ODT site. Session information can still be found on our calendar, but beginning with our April 2017 sessions, the system will redirect you to the ODT site for class registration.
  • For many Department Grant Administrators, it is time to renew your DGA Certification in EPCS
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Research Compliance Services (RCS)

Students work with children in the HEDCO Clinic
Updates to Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

Research Compliance Services (RCS) is addressing new rules surrounding the protection of human research participants issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will keep the UO research community updated on these important changes.

Upcoming Workshop Topics
  • IRB Submission and Protocol Development
  • Research Involving Children and Teens
Visit the RCS website for details and registration

RCS Office Hours

Discuss the research compliance topic of your choice with one of our administrators at our RCS Office Hours, 677 East 12th Ave, Suite 500:
  • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
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Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation (SIRI)

Graphic credit: New York Times

Boyle Gift Leads to Murdock Charitable Trust Grant
SIRI is pleased to announce a $320,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust to complete the build out of the UO’s Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility made possible by the fund established by Tim and Mary Boyle through their $10 million gift to endow life sciences research.
Powell Gift Supports Center for Genome Function
In other recent research fundraising news, longtime UO donors Sharon and Lloyd Powell — a 1955 UO graduate — made a significant gift to the Center for Genome Function, a UO Cluster of Excellence Initiative led by an emerging team of UO biologists seeking to understand the underlying processes of human genetics.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Ian Reinhart, an undergraduate researcher working with David Tyler in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was a 2015-2016 Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholar. His work was featured in the fall Issue of Cascade Magazine.

UROP Recipients Featured in Fall Issue of CASCADE Magazine

UROP students were featured in the annual undergraduate research edition of the UO College of Arts and Sciences’ CASCADE magazine.
Fall 2016 Mini-grant Recipients and 2016-2017 HURF Recipients Selected

17 UO undergraduate students have been selected as Mini-grant recipients. Six UO undergraduate students conducting humanities-related research were selected as Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipients.
Upcoming Opportunities:

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Parting Shot

A research project from UO's Institute of Molecular Biology and Institute of Neuroscience was featured as the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences' Biomedical Picture of the Day on April 5. The image of two zebrafish guts came from a study examining fish that model an inherited human condition known as Hirschsprung’s disease, which is sometimes caused by a faulty version of the Sox10 gene. The disease prevents proper bowel movements, meaning food (shown in green) remains in the intestines rather than moving out of the body as it should. Photo by Kristin Alligood from a paper by UO META Center postdoctoral scholar Annah Rolig and colleagues (PLoS Biol. 2017 Feb 16;15(2):e2000689).


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