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UO researchers discover a gut bacterial protein that stimulates insulin-producing cells to expand in zebrafish


Researchers at the University of Oregon have identified a novel bacterial protein that induces pancreatic beta cell proliferation during zebrafish development. Beta cells in the pancreas are the only cells that produce the hormone insulin, which regulates sugar metabolism in the body.

The research appeared online on Dec. 13 in the open access journal eLife.

UO to lead national comprehensive literacy center


The University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning — working in partnership with Florida State University’s Florida Center for Reading Research and RMC Research Corporation — has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help improve literacy through evidence-based interventions and assessments. The new technical assistance center, which launched officially in October, will support schools across the country to translate and apply existing research to help students with disabilities attain full literacy skills.

UO to host inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16–20

The University of Oregon will host its inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) next week, November 16-20.

Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funders of education and entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Week calls itself the world’s largest celebration of the people who launch startups, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. GEW events are planned in more than 160 countries this year and will reach over 10 million people around the world.

Spooky Science Stories from the University of Oregon, Just in Time for Halloween

Gather around the eerie glow of your smartphones, friends, and make sure your doors are tightly locked. We’ve got all the geeky Halloween stories you’ll need this year to entertain your friends with tales of creepy crawlers, ghosts, and chilling scientific studies from the laboratories of the University of Oregon’s mad scientists.

Night of the living microbes

We are not alone.


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