RIGE Centers and Institutes Strengthen the UO Research Mission

In addition to contributing to a longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research, Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education (RIGE) centers and institutes provide opportunities for research and graduate training in a wide variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and a variety of technical fields. The dedicated faculty and staff members of RIGE’s research organizations support the active research and graduate training taking place at the UO and strengthen the UO’s research mission. Here are some of the exciting new developments from RIGE centers and institutes:
 
The Center for Brain Injury Research and Training, formerly affiliated with Western Oregon University, has joined RIGE. The center conducts research that makes a big difference in the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injuries. The focus is on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. The center develops training activities that promote the use
of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Principal investigators and project directors include Ann Glang, Bonnie Todis, Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, and Deborah Etter.
 
The Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACH), an outstanding research and advocacy organization for women scientists that has an international presence, is now affiliated with RIGE. Founded by Geri Richmond, the UO’s presidential chair in science, COACH has helped transform the careers of more than 6,000 women faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, computer science, geology, medicine, materials science, engineering, and other areas of expertise.
 
The Prevention Sciences Institute (PSI) is a new RIGE interdisciplinary unit that brings together activities previously conducted in the Child and Family Center with new translational neuroscience and implementation science efforts by faculty members in the psychology, counseling psychology, and special education departments. The Child and Family Center will serve as the brand name for the clinic services only. PSI recently located in the Riverfront Research Park under the leadership of counseling psychology professor Beth Stormshak.
 
The Center on Teaching and Learning has moved from the College of Education to RIGE, reflecting its broad and deep impact in research and innovation worldwide. The center is codirected by Hank Fien and Professor Edward Kame’enui.
 
The Environmental Science Institute, directed by Professor Scott Bridgham, debuted under RIGE last fall. The institute aims to promote interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the environmental sciences. Members come primarily from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geological Sciences, and Geography.
The Center for Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation (CASE), is a new university-wide research core facility to be housed within RIGE. CASE serves as a research support resource for faculty members and graduate students throughout the university and to the research community in Oregon who need assistance with design, analysis, statistics, or methods. CASE will provide technical support for statistical analysis and research design using a variety of models and software; assist in assessment and measurement issues in instrument development, validation, and administration; and serve as a contract unit to provide program evaluation, research design, and analysis support for researchers carrying out grant activities and preparing grant proposals. The center is led by Dave De Garmo and Terri Ward.