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In this issue of Oregon Research Quarterly: letter from the Vice President, updates from our research units, April award report
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Oregon Research Quarterly – Summer 2015

Letter from the Vice President

Building Academic and Research Strengths

Early last week President Coltrane announced a plan to move forward with funding for two of the proposals identified last year in the Clusters of Excellence hiring program. Across three different clusters, recruitment is underway for nearly a dozen new positions.
 
The Clusters of Excellence program will figure prominently in our future and this latest news comes at a time of tremendous opportunity for the UO. Incoming President Michael Schill has announced his strong support for this initiative and stated that building UO’s academic and research strengths will be one of his top priorities. I very much look forward to working with President Schill, who shares our commitment to research and academic excellence. I hope you will join me in helping to make him feel welcome when he takes office in early July.

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Brad Shelton
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning

shelton@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-2090

Announcements

April 2015 Monthly Award Report

April Award Report
Researchers at the University of Oregon received 20 new awards and one competitive continuation totaling more than $5.5 million in support of research activities in April 2015. 

From Our Research Units

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars selected
Nine University of Oregon students have been selected as members of the first cohort of the Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars (PURS) program, which was established by UO Professor of Chemistry Geraldine Richmond.

Research Development Services

NORDP Conference
RDS Director attends 2015 conference for the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

Farewell to GTF Kayleigh Frater
The Research Development Services Coordinator will be graduating in June and moving to Eureka, California.

Innovation Partnership Services 

Research Innovation Sustainability Award winner announced
International Environmental Agreements Database project (IEADB) wins the 2015 award.

Center on Teaching and Learning launches CTL Marketplace
Intervention and assessment tools developed at the University of Oregon are now widely available and easily accessible.

Sponsored Projects Services 

Training calendar changes
Updated SPS training sessions and FY16 training calendar to launch in August

NCURA conference
SPS associates attend National Council of University Research Administrators conference

SPS staff promotions
Two SPS staff members receive promotions

Research Compliance Services

Updated forms and applications
Updates to human subject research applications and forms are in progress. 

New RCS website coming soon
In conjunction with new forms, the RCS website is being updated and will launch in the next few months. 

Congratulations to RCS staff
RCS team members Carolyn Craig and Kalindi Allen recently passed their Certified IRB Professional (CIP) examinations with flying colors!

Parting Shot

Fort Rock, southeast of Bend in Oregon’s high desert, is one of two volcanic craters highlighted in a recent Register-Guard article on hiking the Oregon high desert. Fort Rock is the location of the discovery of 9,000-year-old sagebrush sandals by University of Oregon anthropologist Luther Cressman in 1938. In 2008, anthropologist Dennis Jenkins, with the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, discovered 14,300-year-old human DNA in desiccated human feces at the Paisley Caves, 50 miles southeast of Fort Rock.

About OVPRI


The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon — the state’s only Association of American Universities member. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality. The office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration.
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