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In this issue of Oregon Research: Oregon Humanities Center awards, Q&A with Andy Berglund, research core facilities, and much more!

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Letter from the Vice President

New Year, New Roles

To strengthen our operations and create new opportunities for us to advance the UO’s research and innovation agenda, there are some personnel changes in the office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE), effective January 1, 2014. Please share this message with others for whom this announcement is pertinent.

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Sincerely,

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

vpri@uoregon.edu
(541) 346 - 2090

Congratulations


Oregon Humanities Center announces RIGE Completion Award Recipients


Among the recipients of this year’s Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) Faculty Research Fellowships were the first three winners of the RIGE Completion Award. This is the first year that the office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) has funded the completion award as part of the OHC Research Fellowship program.
 
The 2014-2015 recipients include Mark Alfano, assistant professor of philosophy; Katie Meehan, assistant professor of geography; Benjamin Saunders, professor of English; and Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies.

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Mobile Food App Wins Inaugural Colligan User Interface Design Challenge

Four student teams gave it their best shot, but in the end it was Team Tastebuds that came up with the winning concept at the Colligan User Interface Design Challenge, a competition to design a mobile interface. The team won $8,000 for their concept of a mobile foodie app.

Sponsored by the University of Oregon office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, the inaugural event was made possible through the generosity of UO alumnus Ed Colligan, former CEO of Palm Inc. The interdisciplinary program was open to all UO students regardless of their majors.

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December Research Award Tallies


Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded more than $1.5 million in awards and grants during the month of December. You can view the complete list of awards by visiting the link below:
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Q&A

 

Andy Berglund reflects on a time of transition for the Graduate School


Earlier this year, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Andy Berglund joined the UO Graduate School as interim associate dean. The recent news that Berglund’s colleague Sandra Morgen will be stepping down as associate dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate studies and returning to faculty, assures that Berglund will be serving the Graduate School at a critical juncture.

Here’s what he had to say about research, graduate education, professional development and other subjects.

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Need to Know

 

Core research facilities support innovation at the UO


RIGE Research Core Facilities (RRCFs) are organized to support the research and innovation activities of University of Oregon faculty, staff and students in a manner that comports with federal, state and university policies. For over a year, RIGE has been working to formalize and systematize the organization and operation of extant research core facilities, and provide a mechanism for the development of new core facilities.

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Ask the VPRI: Research Advisory Board


Question: What was the UO’s Research Advisory Board working on in 2013?

Answer: Members of the Research Advisory Board (RAB) have been meeting regularly since the board’s inception in December of 2012. Over the past year, the board has met with UO President Michael Gottfredson to discuss furthering our mission of excellence in research and teaching, and provided valuable guidance and council on everything from communications strategies to research compliance to considering draft policy changes.

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Preliminary Guidance on reconciling payment for CBA mandated compensation increases

On December 3rd, Vice President Kimberly Andrews Espy announced via a memo that the Provost had agreed to provide central funding to support the incremental financial burden of retroactively enacting increased compensation as called for by the new faculty CBA for awards closed or closing between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. As noted in that memo, Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) staff along with colleagues in Unclassified Personnel Services (UPS) and the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration will be working in the month of January to finalize the data and develop the mechanisms necessary to execute this action. 

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Grad School Negotiations

 
[SENT ON BEHALF OF THE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL]
December 13, 2013
To: The UO Community
From: Dean Kimberly Andrews Espy

Colleagues, below I provide an update on contract talks between the University and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation. The University presented the balance of its non-economic proposals this afternoon, including drug/alcohol and background check provisions related to existing policies that apply to all UO employees.
 
I invite you to visit our Graduate School website (https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf/bargaining-update-Jan-17-2014), where you’ll find an FAQ on key issues as well as the specific proposal language. We expect to return next Friday (Jan. 24) with a package addressing salary and benefits.
 
As always, please feel free to contact me directly (kaespy@uoregon.edu)  if you have questions or concerns.

[SENT ON BEHALF OF THE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL]
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Do you know a graduate student doing excellent work?

 
Email gradgtf@uoregon.edu to nominate a grad student to be profiled on the Grad School homepage.

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Oregon researchers shed new light on solar water-splitting process


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Oregon scientists offer new insights on controlling nanoparticle stability


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Parting Shot

The Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building as viewed from the third floor. The building was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification is a first for a higher education laboratory building in the state, and one of only a few in the country.

Image courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc.
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