A Message from the Vice President

It’s an exciting time at the University of Oregon. There’s a renewed collaborative spirit on campus and a fresh optimism that stems from some big developments. This past year, the many research news events coming out of the UO are reasons for our academic community to celebrate:

  • There’s the opening of the new Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building. The $65 million facility was designed from the ground up for interdisciplinary research, which is something we’ve always done well at the UO. The Lewis Building will encourage even more collaboration across departments and represents the future of research excellence at the UO.
  • Numerous other grants and awards, including a recent partnership for innovation award from the National Science Foundation to accelerate the commercialization of inorganic nanoparticle technologies, and an award from the Department of Education to fund new courses and enhancements to the Latin American Studies (LAS) Program and Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS).
  • Members of our faculty continue to excel on a number of fronts. Chemistry professor Geri Richmond was appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama. Scientists with our Center for High Energy Physics played a pivotal role in the recent discovery of what could be the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

You’ll read about some of these discoveries and achievements in this report. Scattered throughout the publication you’ll also find descriptions of our UO Strategic Research Themes. These were devised by junior, midlevel, and eminent faculty members from across the campus to identify strategic research themes that reflect our competitive advantage at the UO and serve as focal points of excellence. You can read the complete themes on our website at research.uoregon.edu, where you will also find up-to-date UO research news.

The stories in this report demonstrate a few of the many reasons the UO continues to attract preeminent researchers, top-notch graduate students, and generous donors who step up to make research excellence happen every day. Thank you for supporting research, innovation and graduate education at the University of Oregon.

Michael R. Gottfredson
President, University of Oregon

Kimberly Andrews Espy
Vice President for Research and Innovation