Quarterly Message from the Vice President: Winter 2018

Dear Members of the UO Research Community,

It’s hard to believe it, but March is nearly upon us. As the term winds down, we continue to celebrate many notable research successes. And looking ahead, there is no shortage of remarkable events and opportunities in the realm of research and innovation.  

Last week, we announced a new collaborative seed funding program between the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University that aims to build on the strengths of faculty at both institutions, deepen UO-OHSU partnerships, and prepare teams to apply for external funding that will provide long-term support for research programs. We issued a Request for Applications (RFA) with a submission deadline of April 6, 2018.

Our Research Development Services unit will host a March 1 information session on the Collaborative Seed Grant program (see story below). I hope you will consider attending the session. In the meantime, please visit the OHSU-UO Partnership website for more information.

I was thrilled to learn recently that five of our junior researchers secured NSF CAREER Awards during the academic year. As many of you know, the awards fund research and education activities for five consecutive years and help identify early career faculty members poised to become leaders in their fields.

It’s always exciting to see our faculty recognized for the exceptional work they do, especially with a competitive award such as the NSF CAREER. Please join me in congratulating Ellen Eischen, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics; Brice Kuhl, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology; Jim Prell, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Nadia Singh, associate professor in the Department of Biology; and Cathy Wong, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Finally, I wanted to congratulate the most recent group of graduates of our 2017-2018 Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Affiliate Program. The program enhances public understanding of science by training our researchers to communicate more effectively with those outside their own disciplines. 

This year’s cohort included Daniel Lowd, associate professor, CIS; Catherine Page, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Liliana Pazdan-Siudeja, instructor of mathematics; Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, biology instructor; Annie Powell, assistant professor, biology; Jim Prell, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Jana Prikryl, director, General Science Program; Adam Saunders , temp. lab tech. 2, Institute of Molecular Biology; Nadia Singh, associate professor, biology; Isis Sroka, learning specialist, Undergraduate Studies/Teaching and Learning Center; and Nelson Ting, associate professor, anthropology.

There’s never been a more important time for scientists to be adding their voices to the public conversation and I commend our researchers for making the investment in this vital training.