Graduate Rotation Talks
331 Klamath Hall
Monday, 9 December 2013
Graduate Rotation Talks
331 Klamath Hall
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
UO News on the work of the Thornton lab
EUGENE, Ore. — (June 25, 2013) — Two tiny mutations in a single protein 500 million years ago caused steroid hormones to take on their crucial present-day roles, including key effects on sexual reproduction and development, regulation of stress and immunity, and the growth of breast and prostate cancers, report scientists from the University of Oregon and three other institutions.
The findings — placed online this week ahead of regular publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — are the newest in a long-running series of work under the direction of biologist Joe Thornton of the UO’s Institute of Ecology and Evolution, and Michael J. Harms, a postdoctoral scientist in Thornton’s lab.
Read the full story here
Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Spring Term 2013
Note New Location: Room 171 Onyx Bridge
Thursday, June 13th
1:00 PM – Andrew Nishida
1:15 PM – Allison Fuiten
1:30PM – Felipe Campos-Cerda
2:00 PM – Dan Thomas
2:15 PM – Rudy Borowczak
2:30 PM– Christine O’Connor
2:45 PM – Kyle Meyer
3:00 PM – Luke Wheeler
3:15 PM – Adam Struck
The award is designed to support outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development or training enrichment opportunities during Summer 2013. Holly is using the award to participate in the Complex Systems Summer School at Santa Fe Institute.
During her time as a Guggenheim Fellow, Jessica plans to work on two closely related efforts: (1) the development of microbial community assembly theory for urban environments and (2) the production of a graphic novel about the built environment microbiome, titled Cities Unseen.
Read the full story in UO News here
The University of Oregon president, Michael R. Gottfredson was in Salem this week reinforcing the importance of funding valuable university research.
Research professors at the university say the field has received less and less funding over the years. While they understand the budget strain everyone’s under, they hope the president’s testimony could at least help keep the status quo.
President Michael Gottfredson says it’s important for legislators to be reminded of what these universities provide for not only the students but the community as a whole.
Last year, in terms of non-resident tuition and the research grants and contracts generated by faculty, half a billion dollars were spent in the Eugene area alone.
“Thinking about the research university broadly, what this university does and all great other universities do, has a mission to provide the highest educational opportunities to the citizens of the state and broad access to great educational opportunities,” Gottfredson said.
Gottfredson says the investment in these institutions is truly an investment in everyone’s future.
Professors and students hope that legislators will recognize the impact these basic programs have on advancement of our society and that they continue to support the work being done.
See the Phillip’s lab featured on KEZI news here
Michelle Wood received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi during TAMUCC’s Homecoming celebration on Feb. 9. Michelle began studying phytoplankton as an undergraduate at the college when it was the University of Corpus Christi, a private institution. During meetings with the university’s faculty at Harte Research Institute, a premier center for coastal systems science, she discovered her four-year study of seasonal cycles of plankton abundance in Matagorda Bay during the 1970s may be a valuable basis for collaborative work on climate change on the Texas Gulf coast.
Wednesday, March 20
3:15 Christine O’Connor (Streisfeld lab)
3:30 Dan Thomas (Carroll lab)
3:45 Felipe Campos-Cerda (Guillemin lab)
Thursday, March 21
2:00 Allison Fuiten (Phillips lab)
2:15 Kyle Meyer (Bohannan lab)
2:30 Andrew Nishida (Conery lab)
2:45 Rudy Borowczak (Cresko lab)
Brendan Bohannan and an international team of microbiologists have revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest — a troubling net loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem. See feature in Around the O.
The new research in the Amazon Rainforest was recently published in PNAS (read the original study) and has since been the subject of a podcast by EarthSky. http://earthsky.org/science-wire/amazons-diversity-loss-shows-up-in-the-soil In addition, Science Magazine has just published a news article on Bohannan’s PNAS paper (see ECOLOGY: Microbial Conversion).
Monday, December 3 – 327 Pacific
12:30 – 2:30
12:30 PM – Rudy Borowczak
12:45 PM – Felipe Campos-Cerda
1:00 PM – Allison Fuiten
~ break ~
1:30 PM – Kyle Meyer
1:45 PM – Andrew Nishida
2:00 PM – Christine O’Connor
2:15 PM – Dan Thomas