In this issue of OREGON RESEARCH: Welcome,  NSF CAREER Award winners … and so much more!

Welcome to this first edition of Oregon Research, an e-newsletter devoted to news and information regarding the University of Oregon office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education. Each month, we will feature awards, accolades and new projects and initiatives in our Congrats and Oregon Research News sections. You will find training opportunities... Continue reading →


Three University of Oregon Assistant Professors have been awarded National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. 

The CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of early career faculty.  The NSF grants successful applicants a minimum of $400,000 for exemplifying the role of the “teacher-scholar,”   demonstrating both outstanding research and innovative approaches to education.

Kevin ButlerKevin Butler, assistant professor of computer and information science, has been awarded a CAREER Award that will support work in the development of techniques and architectures for the secure storage and monitoring of embedded systems, such as smart grids and industrial control systems. A key research goal is to provide... Continue reading →

Mark CareyMark Carey, assistant professor of history in the Clark Honors College, studies the early development and evolution of glaciology. His work will result in a book which will illuminate the complex ways in which science, nature, and human society intersect in the formation and evolution of glaciology as a field of study. Carey’s educational goals include... Continue reading →

Eric CorwinEric Corwin, assistant professor of physics, explores the transition of “jammed” particles – such as a sand dune which appears solid – to flowing – such as a sand dune pushed by a bulldozer.  For all their ubiquity, jammed structures are poorly understood. Dr. Corwin’s project will combine new experimental and simulation-based techniques to explore jammed systems and understand... Continue reading →

Research Development Services Session Research Development Services, a unit of Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, offers an annual information session on the NSF CAREER Award, which includes a panel discussion led by successful UO CAREER recipients. Carey, who was among those who participated in... Continue reading →

Cris Niell wins $356,000 award from the National Eye Institute

Cris Niell, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and member of the University of Oregon’s Institute of Neuroscience, has won a $356,260 grant from the National Eye Institute. Niell researches the neural circuitry of the visual system to explain the mechanisms behind visual perception He will use the award for research involving neural pathways and behavioral state in the mouse visual system.

Recipients of the 2013 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) Award announced

Four recipients of the office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education’s Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) Award were recently announced. The I3, a new award program, aims to foster interdisciplinary research groups at UO in support of developing of large-scale projects. Awardees are furnished 12 months of funding to support the following research projects: Continue reading →

Oregon Humanities Center announces 2013-14 fellows

The Oregon Humanities Center supports exciting and innovative research by faculty and graduate students. Humanities scholars expand and illuminate our understanding of human experience through the exploration and interpretation of a wide range of cultural questions. This year’s list of fellows includes: Continue reading →

Need to Know

New research compliance measures enacted

On April 8, 2013, Provost and Senior Vice President Bean and Vice President Espy sent out a memo to the sponsored research community regarding a review of our research compliance systems and the implementation of enhancements to the processes by which government filings and other submissions are reviewed and approved.... Continue reading →

Sequestration, tight federal budget to negatively impact research community

Mandates from the federal government’s sequestration legislation and a difficult federal budget landscape will negatively impact the research community for the foreseeable future. The office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) will continue to monitor the federal agency situation and distribute information to...  Continue reading →

Integrative Graduate Training Grant Opportunity

In the past, the National Science Foundation has issued an RFP for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) every spring.  This year, the agency has indicated that a solicitation for an integrative graduate training grant will be issued in the late spring/early summer. The program may differ from the existing IGERT significantly. The details are still being determined. We strongly encourage... Continue reading →

Advanced budgeting workshop offers tips for DGAs and PIs

Advanced Budgeting, a training session scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 9, will offer help with Sponsored Project Services budget forms and sponsor forms, F&A, base salary verification, COLAs and rates, spreadsheets, budgeting up to a CAP, Graduate Teaching Fellows, participant support, the... Continue reading →

The NIH wants YOU to help create better biomedical workforce data

In a recent blog post NIH Extramural Research Director Sally Rockey wrote about the NIH’s efforts to improve data collection on NIH-supported students and scientists. The initiative stems from a biomedical research workforce working group and their finding that they were “frustrated and sometimes stymied” by the quality of the data available on the biomedical research workforce... Continue reading →

Ask the VPRI

Question: I have heard that the new research compliance measures have delayed proposal submissions causing UO researchers to miss external deadlines? Continue reading →

Richmond to deliver 2013 Presidential Research Lecture

Geri RichmondGeri Richmond, the University of Oregon’s Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry, will deliver the Presidential Research Lecture on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Lillis Business Complex Auditorium, Room 182.  A 28-year veteran faculty member, Richmond was appointed by President Obama to the National Science Board in November 2012. She specializes in chemistry, materials science and chemical reactions on liquid surfaces.

Richmond’s lecture, "At the Water's Edge: Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Aqueous Surfaces," will examine the perplexities of... Continue reading →

Research Advisory Board sets UO research agenda

The Research Advisory Board (RAB), a 15-member board launched in December 2012 by the office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, provides a forum for faculty feedback and serves as a sounding board for the vice president for research and innovation. Composed of faculty members from across campus, the board meets once a month.

The RAB was formed to support the UO’s research mission, and to provide a forum for open communication with faculty across our diverse research community. The board deliberately includes... Continue reading →


May 2-3, Defining the Human and the Animal, interdisciplinary conference presented by the department of German & Scandinavian
Knight Library Browsing Room

May 6, Innovation Open House, featuring UO Start-up companies
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Room
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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O.R. in the News

The cover story in the latest issue of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce's Open For Business magazine details the proposed Oregon RAIN business accelerator project, a collaboration to encourage new startup companies, involving the UO, OSU, Eugene, Corvallis, state of Oregon, entrepreneurs and other partners. UO VPRI Kimberly Andrews Espy is among... Continue reading →

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