Appointments in the OVPRI

June 8, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce two new appointments to our executive team.

Dr. Mike Pluth has accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Mike’s research uses synthetic chemistry to enable new investigations into chemical biology and catalysis. Mike received his B.S. in chemistry and applied mathematics from the UO in 2004 and his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Berkeley in 2008. Prior to joining the UO faculty in 2011, he was an NIH Pathway to Independence Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. In 2016, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Mike has received numerous awards recognizing his research accomplishments including the ACS Young Investigator Award in 2008, an NIH Pathway to Independence Award from 2010-14, an NSF CAREER Award in 2015, as well as a UO Outstanding Early Career Award in 2016. Dr. Pluth will provide management and oversight for research core facilities and work on special projects. His role in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is part-time and begins July 1, 2018. He will continue his faculty roles in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and maintain an active program of research.

In addition, Dr. Fred Sabb is taking on the position of Senior Advisor for Research Implementation, effective immediately. Fred is the director of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI) and his research focuses on using clinical cognitive neuroscience and neuroinformatics to elucidate the neurobiological origins of mental health and illness. Prior to coming to the UO in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at UCLA, where he also received his Ph.D., and Assistant Director of the Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience MRI Facility. Fred has received numerous awards including the Semel Scholar Award in 2008 and NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee in 2008-2010. His work is highly collaborative and he is an active PI on NSF and NIMH grant-funded research. In his work in my office, Fred will focus on the implementation of special projects to advance the VPRI Strategic Plan. He will also continue to serve in his role as the director of the LCNI.

Finally, Dr. Jim Hutchison and Dr. Bill Cresko will be ending their terms as Associate Vice Presidents for Research in my office on September 15, 2018. Over the last three years they have been instrumental in shaping Research and increasing our impact. We will more fully recognize their numerous contributions to OVPRI at a later date this summer.

Please join me in congratulating Mike and Fred and thanking Jim and Bill for their service in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.




David O. Conover, PhD
Vice President for Research and Innovation Professor of Biology
1266 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1266