Research and innovation were on display for the University of Oregon Board of Trustees during their December campus visit. Members toured the Department of Human Physiology’s flagship research and instructional facility, the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core on Dec. 11 and heard a presentation from Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation Brad Shelton on federal research funding on Dec. 12.
The board’s tour of Human Physiology labs began with a brief introduction and overview of the research group by Department Head Li-Shan Chou and professors John Halliwill and Andrew Lovering. Graduate and undergraduate students led board members on a tour of the Human Cardiovascular Control Lab, the Exercise and Environmental Physiology Lab and the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core Chamber Area. The chamber, which can produce a range of temperatures, elevations and other environmental factors, is used to test human physiology as well as clothing and products. Board members saw firsthand how researchers use the chamber to investigate the human response to environmental stresses such as extremes of heat, cold, and altitude.
The following morning Shelton delivered a presentation on Federal Research Funding in the Ford Alumni Center ballroom. He discussed the challenges and opportunities for researchers seeking funding in a climate in which funding is largely flat. He reviewed 10-year trends and pointed to some recent successes, including a $3.5M Department of Education grant for the Prevention Science Institute to develop family-centered interventions for students transitioning into elementary school.