There are numerous reasons to celebrate research over the past year at the University of Oregon—and good cause to look forward to 2013. A few of the developments on the horizon include:
- The opening of the new Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology (META CSB), a systems biology research and education center devoted to the study of animal-associated microbial communities funded by a $10.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The center will include twelve UO researchers from four institutes and five departments.
- South Willamette Valley Technology Business Accelerator, a proposed community partnership centered on UO and Oregon State University research, designed to foster job creation by advancing the initiation, support, growth, and retention of technology-based startups in our region.
- Bridging Open Networks for Scientific Applications and Innovation (BONSAI), a National Science Foundation–funded program to build a high-speed data network to connect researchers in biology, chemistry, computer science, neuroscience, and physics.
- A proposed Oregon University Research Information “Collaboratory” program with Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and Oregon State University, which calls for a $17 million investment in higher education information technology infrastructure.
- New research collaborations coming out of the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building. New connections are already being made between researchers from different departments and the seeds are being sown for some great discoveries.
Research excellence abounds at the University of Oregon. Faculty members are training the researchers of tomorrow using tools and technologies that didn’t exist just a few years ago, and researchers are working collaboratively to develop solutions to society’s grand challenges today. The year ahead will bring untold research breakthroughs, awards, achievements, grants, donations, and other research successes.
Research energizes our state’s economic, cultural, and political structure, and furthers the UO’s mission of creating and transferring knowledge to the state, the nation, and the world.