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Natural Sciences

Our science departments are committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge in their fields by combining research and teaching, a principle devised by Wilhelm von Humboldt in the early 1800s, and followed by research universities today throughout the world.

Our 200 faculty members — including fellows of many learned societies and academies — are engaged in research that spans a broad range from the basic to the applied, from questions about the foundations of quantum mechanics, to the development of cancer cells and the workings of the brain, to work that results in the spin-off of high-technology companies. They share their excitement about their research with their students, training them to become part of the next generation of scientists who will push the frontiers of human knowledge.


Physicist Jim Brau is named to the international group developing the next generation of particle ...
Humanities dean and English professor Karen Ford is honored with an MLK Award for her work in ...
One geography student heads to Ecuador while another travels to Nepal to study natural resources.
UO neuroscientists studying vision in mice are learning more about how we make decisions.