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In this issue of Oregon Research: internal research opportunities, an award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and much more!

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Letter from the Vice President

This time of year, the office for Research, Innovation & Graduate Education releases many of our internal research opportunities, starting with the Faculty Research Awards. These awards are provided annually through our office to UO faculty from all disciplinary backgrounds — up to 20 awards will be made with proposals competitively reviewed by a Faculty Research Committee. Proposals are due on Monday, Dec. 2.
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Sincerely,

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

vpri@uoregon.edu
(541) 346 - 2090

Congratulations

 

Chartoff receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for global health and development research


The University of Oregon announced that it is the winner of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant – an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Richard Chartoff, research professor in the UO Department of Chemistry and director of the Polymer Characterization and Thermal Analysis Laboratory at the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR), will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “High Strength, Ultrathin Adaptable Condoms for Enhanced Sensitivity.” 
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Learn more about Chartoff's project by exploring press coverage & multimedia content related to his award.

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Rejaie awarded $500k NSF grant to study Internet connectivity


Reza Rejaie, an associate professor in the University of Oregon department of computer and information science, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Network Systems (CNS): CorePrograms. The $500,000 award is focused on improving techniques to capture a geography-aware view of Internet topology which in turn enables better analysis of real-world Internet problems such as those caused by natural disasters, economic disputes, malicious attacks, interdependencies and cascading failures.

Titled “NeTS: Small: Towards an Accurate, Geo-Aware, PoP-Level Perspective of the Internet's Inter-AS Connectivity,” the project is one of four active NSF grants being led by Rejaie, whose research has focused on peer-to-peer networks, multimedia networking, network measurement, congestion control, online social networks, and content distribution networks. He directs the Oregon Network Research Group (ONRG) where his team works on several research projects funded by the NSF, Cisco systems and Thomson Research Labs.

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Award Announcements


Researchers at the University of Oregon were awarded over $40 million in awards and grants during the months of September and October. You can view the complete lists of awards by visiting the links below:
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LCNI Magnet is Among the Most Powerful in the Region


MRIThe centerpiece of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI) is the powerful Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. That tool, which is a little more than a year old, is about to get an upgrade that will expand the range of imaging options available to researchers.

The upgrade to the LCNI magnet involves the addition of new hardware and software for parallel radiofrequency (RF) transmission. Parallel transmission allows shaped RF transmit pulses, which improves image quality and enables selective excitation of partial fields of view. This is the second major upgrade to LCNI’s Skyra, the first of which was an upgrade adding multinuclear spectroscopy. That upgrade allows researchers to detect the MR signal of elements – including phosphorous-31 and carbon-13 – that most MRI machines cannot detect.

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Upcoming Events


Dec. 3, 2013 â€“ 4:00 p.m.
RIGE Innovation Seminar Series: Dr. Timothy Behrens
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Dec. 5, 2013 â€“ 12:00 p.m.
RIGE Brown Bag Lunch on Cost Share & Institutional Support
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RIGE Innovation Seminar Series

The RIGE Innovation Seminar Series, in partnership with the Institute of Molecular Biology, will be presenting a lecture by Dr. Timothy Behrens entitled "Personalizing Medicine for Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases."

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Cost Share & Institutional Support


Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) — the RIGE service division that works with the UO community to provide proposal budget preparation, institutional clearances and grant and contract administration — will host a Brown Bag on Cost Share & Institutional Support from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. See the SPS Continuing Education Calendar for more details and additional opportunities.
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UO researchers say supplement cuts muscle loss in knee replacements


Twenty grams of essential amino acids taken twice daily for a week before and for two weeks after knee-replacement surgeries helped 16 patients, mean age 69, recover faster and with much less muscle atrophy than a control group ingesting a placebo. 

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UO researcher finds abusive parenting may have biological basis

Parents who physically abuse their children appear to have a physiological response that subsequently triggers harsher parenting when they attempt parenting in warm, positive ways, according to new research.

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Let it RAIN: O-Corps Workshops to begin in January 2014

The inaugural O-Corps workshop of the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) will begin in January 2014 with a series of weekly sessions designed to guide researchers through the process of innovation development. This winter’s program is intended for graduate students and post-doc researchers working in human physiology who are interested in learning more about how research can be moved from the laboratory and into public or commercial use.

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Parting Shot: Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Open House

Two-time Olympic marathoner and sportswriter Kenny Moore with Jon Bowerman at the open house for the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic. Jon Bowerman is the oldest son of famed UO track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.
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