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Story of a Critical Movement Sheds Light on Oregon’s Latino Population

In August 2012—just as incoming University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson was headed to Woodburn, Oregon, for one of his first public appearances at the Fiesta Mexicana— the UO’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) was also focused on Woodburn with the release of the book The Story of PCUN and the Farmworker Movement in Oregon (CLLAS, 2012).

Economic Impact of Research at the University of Oregon

Return on research through licensing (yield)

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of “Very High Research Activity” in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and is nationally recognized for translating basic research discoveries into practical applications.

EDA Grant to Sustain UO’s Lasting Rural Economic Development Efforts

A common problem in rural economic development is that communities with economic development agendas often lack adequate technical knowledge or staffing to achieve the innovation and entrepreneurship goals they are pursuing. A new $125,000 grant is helping the University of Oregon’s Economic Development Administration Center (EDAC) with its long-running effort to fill those needs.

UO chemistry faculty members win Dreyfus Grant for Furlough Friday Science Days

Three faculty members in the UO chemistry department have been awarded a grant for $25,785 from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences for their work on a science education outreach program for middle school and high school students. The Furlough Friday Science Days program brings Springfield students into the laboratory for hands-on learning opportunities on no-school days.

UO Research partners with Eugene Chamber for Day One workshop

SmartUps, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce’s entrepreneurial support group, took its show on the road to the UO recently, partnering with UO’s Research, Innovation & Graduate Education to offer a workshop specifically tailored to faculty members and graduate students/post docs. About 20 interested researchers showed up for the inaugural program, dubbed UO Day One, held on Jan. 10-11.

UO's COACh organization sponsors international gathering of women scientists

The first in a series of three-day workshops geared toward women scientists who have the potential to use their scientific expertise to save lives and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, was held in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12-15. The program was funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and presented by COACh, a grass-roots organization founded at the University of Oregon that works to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers.

UO professors focus on secondary STEM studies

Students from Hermiston High School’s science club stepped into Willamette 100 recently … and what appeared to be a Pink Floyd laser light show.

After dimming the lights in the lecture hall, physics instructor Stanley Micklavzina cranked up Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” on a laptop hooked up to speakers. Then, using a fog machine and laser pointers, he and assistant Ben Wright put on a dazzling light show, shooting the lasers through the smoke to illustrate how light is only visible once it interacts with the fog particles.

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