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Clark Honors College historian Keller lauded for 2012 paper

A paper written by Vera Keller, an assistant professor of history in the UO's Robert D. Clark Honors College, and published in November 2012 is getting fresh attention.

Keller's paper, "The Authority of Practice in the Alchemy of Sir John Heydon (1588-1653)," was selected as a top 20 member of the "best of the archives" of the journal Ambix, which began publication in 1937.

Berkman talks 'brain training' on The Academic Minute

University of Oregon psychology professor Elliot Berkman was the featured guest on "The Academic Minute" on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio on Feb. 27.

Berkman's audio essay that discussed the findings of his group's study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, saying the study explains "how brain training improves performance on a given task and also why the performance boost doesn’t generalize beyond that task."

Doxsee's work in Thailand grows a green-chemistry lab

It began with his putting green chemistry into a distance-learning program shared with educators in Thailand.Now the UO's Kenneth Doxsee, a professor of chemistry and UO associate vice provost for academic affairs, has a building named after him in the Southeast Asian country.

Read about how the foundation was laid for Assumption College's Doxsee Green Chemistry Laboratory in an Around the O story titled "Thailand names new green chemistry lab for Ken Doxsee."

The UO team working on CERN's ATLAS project

The search for the Higgs boson — a theorized particle that is believed to provide for mass to the basic building blocks of matter — began more than two decades ago.

The Higgs boson was first predicted by a group of physicists that included Peter Ware Higgs, now an emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. When Nobel laureate Leon Lederman authored a book on the search, the publishing company dubbed it "the God particle" to generate interest; while the term has stuck, many scientists avoid it.

With a pioneering approach and a generous spirit, Streisinger created a legacy that endures

Researchers around the world are the beneficiaries of decades of research on the zebrafish that began at the University of Oregon and continues to this day. George Streisinger, a faculty member in biology and a member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, introduced zebrafish as a model organism for the study of vertebrate development and genetics in the early 1970s. His commitment to using molecular principles to study the genetics and development of vertebrates set the stage for many of the University of Oregon’s most important contributions to developmental biology.

How we think about teaching molds learning

Anyone who has ever built a house, or a chicken coop for that matter, understands the usefulness of a building plan. Having a good idea of what a structure should look like provides a vision of a successful finished product. You’d expect this same level of thoughtfulness would go into designing the curricula in our public schools, but unfortunately “the architecture of instruction” is not something that most schools think about — or at least not in the right way.

UO’s Michael Bullis recognized for career contributions

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present the Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award to UO professor of education and sociology Michael Bullis at their annual conference in November. The award recognizes researchers who, over the course of their careers, have contributed a substantial body of research that has directly benefited at-risk youth and furthered overall research into support systems for adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).

UO physicists gain data leadership roles at CERN's ATLAS program

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva is shut down for scheduled retooling, but as crews work to double its energy capacity for proton collisions to 14 trillion electron volts (TeV), two University of Oregon physicists are rising into pivotal leadership roles for the data handling system of the ATLAS experiment.

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