In this issue of Oregon Research: Mandatory PI Training, RAINMaker Fund and more!
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Letter from the Vice President

Research took center stage during the recent UO Board of Trustees visit. Board members had the chance to meet our outstanding faculty members and students in the Department of Human Physiology as they toured the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core and I presented an overview of Federal Research Funding. It was a great opportunity for us to talk in depth about the current climate for research funding and to show off an area of research excellence on our campus.

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Brad Shelton
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning
(541) 346-2090


Mandatory Principal Investigator (PI) Certification

As previously announced, the mandatory PI certification module will go live this December 31, 2014. PIs and Co-PIs will have to complete the module by March 31, 2015, and annually thereafter. Completing the module should take approximately 15-20 minutes and does not have to be completed in one sitting; PIs may start and stop as suits their schedule.

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UO's CASE offers workshops in longitudinal data analysis

The Center for Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation (CASE) at the University of Oregon is offering a series of hands-on noncredit workshops in winter term. Designed for researchers who want to learn more about handling common issues in longitudinal data analysis, these hands-on workshops prepare you to manage data, choose and complete appropriate analyses, and interpret findings using the R environment for statistical computing and graphics.

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Log into using your Duck ID

UO's participation in the InCommon Federation, now allows faculty and research staff accessing the website to log in using their Duck IDs and passwords. In addition to access, the site offers access to research-related services at a variety of partner institutions across the U.S.

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Calling all student entrepreneurs

Do you know a student entrepreneur with a good idea? The first call for applications for the recently announced UO RAINMaker award (see story below) is now open to current UO graduate students and junior and senior undergraduates in all disciplines. First round grant applications are due January 16, 2015.

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GradTalks series at the Barn Light

The UO Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Barn Light Bar and Coffee Shop have joined forces to create GradTalks, a series that gives graduate students and faculty members 10 minutes to speak about their work and research. Two GradTalks events were held in 2014. Look for more sessions in 2015.

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Oct./Nov. 2014 Monthly Award Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded $3.96 million in grants, contracts and awards during the month of October and $1.13 million during the month of November. To view a list of all the October and November awardees, including the granting organizations and the award amounts, please visit our Monthly Awards Reports page.

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Richmond named as a U.S. science envoy

The U.S. State Department announced that chemistry professor and Presidential Chair Geri Richmond of the University of Oregon has been selected as a United States science envoy to work with researchers in other nations on global issues. She was one of four researchers named as science envoys by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Fellowship furthers grad student's study of microbial diversity

As a general rule, humans like vegetation. They build neighborhood parks, landscape yards and keep houseplants on windowsills. But what about those who live in urban concrete jungles where greenery is rare? Are they less happy or healthy when deprived of green spaces? Gwynne Mhuireach, a doctoral student in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, is interested in the potential negative health impacts for people who lack “microbial diversity from nature and the outdoors.” 

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Longleat Maze by Flickr user Jon Candy is licensed under CC by 2.0

Research News

Research & Innovation on dispaly for UO Board of Trustees

Research and innovation were on display for the University of Oregon Board of Trustees during their December campus visit. Members toured the Department of Human Physiology’s flagship research and instructional facility, the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core on Dec. 11 and heard a presentation from Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation Brad Shelton on federal research funding on Dec. 12.

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Lewis-Burke leads UO discussion on federal research funding

Despite an expectation of flat budgets for the remainder of the Obama Administration, there are still new opportunities for UO researchers across the federal research enterprise.

That was one of the takeaways from a discussion for UO faculty and staff led by the specialty consulting and government relations firm Lewis-Burke. The Dec. 2 talk, “Succeeding in the Remaining Years of the Obama Administration,” was held in the Knight Library Browsing Room and broadcast live via webcast.

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UO announces RAINMaker Fund for student entrepreneurs

When Paul Anthony Troiano founded a music startup out of his UO dorm room in 1996, he received well-timed support from a former dean of the Lundquist College of Business. The creator of Rumblefish now has committed more than $300,000 to help the UO establish the RAINMaker Fund with the intent of helping today's student entrepreneurs avoid some of the hurdles that he had to jump. Each year the RAINMaker Fund will provide up to five highly motivated UO student entrepreneurs with $5,000 in seed funding to help launch their companies, along with coaching, mentoring and other strategic resources.

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New undergraduate program creates opportunities

Geraldine Richmond, UO Presidential Chair in Science and professor of chemistry, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, are pleased to announce the creation of a new undergraduate research program at the University of Oregon.

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Digest this: Gut microbes may affect brain and behavior

A four-member team has just launched a federally funded project that uses zebrafish to see if microorganisms in the gut influence brain development and behavior. Their theory is that something goes wrong with certain microbes that live in the digestive system, which in turn causes problems with genes that control development of the central nervous system. Ultimately, those  genetic errors may play a role in later-in-life conditions such as autism, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.

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A new look for the Lewis Center for NeuroImaging on the Web

The Lewis Center for Neuroimaging has officially launched a new websiteThe site will provide a wealth of information about LCNI services and serve as a dynamic resource for information on MRI research through wiki-style entries on acquisition, analysis and peripherals. 

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In the News

Give the gift of the Nolli Map, ARCHITECT magazine says

ARCHITECT, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, has included the UO reproduction of the Nolli Map of Rome in its 2014 gift guide - The Gift of Good Design. The map was selected for the gift guide by Griz Dwight, AIA, principal and owner, Grizform Design Architects, Washington, D.C. "Cartographic connoisseurs will love this fine reproduction of the Nolli map of Rome," Dwight said. "It’s the perfect thing for an architect to geek out on."

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UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

A UO specially designed scanning tunneling microscope puts a spotlight on the surface structure of quantum dots for designing new solar devices. The research collaboration between UO and industry researchers may lead to a potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells.

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Richard Chartoff is profiled in Men's Journal

Richard Chartoff's research to develop a stronger, thinner heat-activated condom material is profiled in the current Men's Journal. 

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Parting Shot

Andy Berglund, interim dean of the UO Graduate School, addresses the crowd at last year's Graduate Student Research Forum. The forum provides opportunities for graduate students in all programs to connect with one another and showcase their research and creative expressions. The Graduate School is now accepting proposals for its sixth annual Graduate Student Forum, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ford Alumni Center.
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