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April 10, 2019

2019 Faculty Research Awards

15 CAS faculty—from classics to cinema studies to psychology and biology—have been honored. (more…)

October 4, 2018

CAS Welcomes 45 New Faculty Members

Spanning the range of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences disciplines, our new faculty bring deep expertise and fresh perspectives.  (more…)

May 19, 2018

Marvel Exhibit Opens in Seattle

Curated by English professor Ben Saunders. Read the Forbes magazine coverage.  (more…)

March 20, 2018

Five Receive NSF Career Award

Five scientists receive National Science Foundation’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty”  (more…)

November 21, 2017

Six CAS Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

Four biologists, a chemist and an economist receive prestigious honor.  (more…)

November 13, 2017

Research Meets Radio

JPR interview with Betsy Wheeler: How people with disabilities are represented in literature  (more…)

Environmental Justice For All

Laura Pulido helped start a movement to protect minorities from health hazards  (more…)

September 15, 2017

The Spy Who Taught Me

George Wickes, professor emeritus of English, is featured in new Ken Burns documentary, “The Vietnam War.”  (more…)

Life Lessons

Mike Copperman set out to teach poor kids in the Mississippi Delta. But who was teaching whom?  (more…)

September 1, 2017

UO Lands Nobel Laureate

David Wineland, a physicist who earned a Nobel Prize in 2012, is joining CAS.  (more…)

July 25, 2017

Gender Inequality at Uber

CJ Pascoe interview: “The Science of Sexism—Why Workplaces Are So Hard To Change.” (more…)

July 15, 2017

Global Gypsies

Confronting persecution of Europe’s largest ethnic minority  (more…)

June 28, 2017

Celebrating an Achievement

Many CAS faculty are among those honored at recent ceremony for having received promotions or tenure. (more…)

June 21, 2017

Recognizing Promising Projects

Two research teams led by CAS faculty win UO interdisciplinary awards. (more…)

June 13, 2017

Hive Mind

These curious kindergartners got as close to bees as a person can without getting stung. (more…)

June 12, 2017

Twelve Talented Teachers

A dozen members of the College of Arts and Sciences are selected to receive Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards. (more…)

June 1, 2017

Honored for Their Inquisitiveness

Seven College of Arts and Sciences faculty are recognized with 2017 Research Excellence Awards.


May 31, 2017

Seeking Fundamental Knowledge

UO physicists join researchers from across North America with aim of shining light on dark matter. (more…)

May 30, 2017

Two from CAS Honored

A psychology professor and the College’s director of communications are among those receiving awards. (more…)

May 24, 2017

Distinguished Educators

Seven College of Arts and Sciences faculty are among those receiving the University’s top teaching award. (more…)

May 12, 2017

Scher Named Divisional Dean

Professor Philip Scher of anthropology has been named Divisional Dean for Social Sciences. (more…)

April 29, 2017

A Study of Sounds

One psychology lab is listening to what infants hear with the goal of seeing how they learn. (more…)

March 18, 2017

Overly Harsh Criticism

The European Union is faring better than the critics say, according to political science professor Craig Parsons. (more…)

March 10, 2017

Dean Honors Tykeson Winners

Three faculty members were recently honored with the 2017 Tykeson Teaching Awards. (more…)

February 18, 2017

Superpowers of His Own

Look for Ben Saunders, of the comic and cartoon studies program, in a documentary on superheroes this weekend.


November 16, 2016

Looking for Insight

UO neuroscientists studying vision in mice are learning more about how we make decisions. (more…)

November 12, 2016

Ape Expert

Anthropologist Frances White‘s research shows bonobo apes are more human-like than we think. (more…)

November 1, 2016

Chief Atom Smasher

Physicist Jim Brau is named to the international group developing the next generation of particle colliders. (more…)

August 25, 2016

Occupation Aftermath

Geography professor Peter Walker says you can still see effects in the community from the takeover of the Malheur refuge. (more…)

June 27, 2016

The Way to Grow

Professor Tim Duy weighs in on the most effective ways that states can boost their economies. (more…)

May 29, 2016

Cutting Edge Comics

Ben Saunders organizes an exhibit about the irreverent comic book company EC Comics. (more…)

May 28, 2016

Getting the Dirt on Garbage

It’s been a challenge since the dawn of civilization: How do we get rid of our garbage?dicus (more…)

May 27, 2016

Imagination Exploration

Psychology professor Marjorie Taylor‘s study on children with imaginary friends gets attention from NPR. (more…)

May 25, 2016

Worth The Wait

After a weather-related delay, chemistry professor Geri Richmond receives the Medal of Science. (more…)

May 12, 2016

“An Optimistic Eye on the Future”

W. Andrew Marcus has been named permanent Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences. (more…)

May 11, 2016

Small Matters, National Stage

Biologist Jessica Green was recently on an elite panel discussing research on complex systems of microorganisms. (more…)

Quantum Conundrum

UO scientists ask the question, “is life a classical physics process or a quantum physics process?”


May 3, 2016

Lending a Fuzzy Hand

Phil Fisher and two Muppets

Two Muppets upstaged one of the world’s leading neuroscientists at a recent conference, but it was all in good fun.


April 28, 2016

Easy Decision

Psychologist Paul Slovic, an expert on risk and decision-making, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. (more…)

The Dirt on Wine

Geologist Greg Retallack explores the connection between wine and soil. (more…)

April 27, 2016

Cracking Glass Mysteries

Eric Corwin

Eric Corwin of physics joins an international team that will study how temperature changes the unusual material.

April 21, 2016

Trio of Top Teachers


A trio of faculty was recently named winners of the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Tykeson Teaching Awards. (more…)

March 31, 2016

Small Mosquito, Big Gift

A Community of Scholars

Genetics researchers Bill Bradshaw and Chris Holzapfel create an endowed professorship in the hard sciences.


February 19, 2016

Understanding the Occupiers

Peter Walker at Malheur National Wildlife refuge

UO geography professor Peter Walker (left) spent several weeks at armed occupation in eastern Oregon (photo: Jason Patrick).


January 28, 2016

Jack Sanders

The following was published by The Register-Guard:

Jack Thomas Sanders

Jack T. Sanders, former head of the Department of Religious Studies, died on January 21, 2016, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 80. He was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on February 28, 1935. He earned his B.A. degree from Texas Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Emory University, and his Ph.D. degree from the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California in 1963. After spending a postdoctoral year at the University of Tübingen, Germany, he shuffled through three teaching positions before landing at the University of Oregon in 1969. There he stayed, serving as head of the religious studies department for many years before retiring in 2002. He and his wife, Susan Elizabeth Plass, then moved to Pendleton, Oregon, to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed life in a drier climate.

Sanders was the author of numerous scholarly articles and books. Most of his published work deals with one of two subjects: the way in which religious ideas flowed from one culture to another and were adapted into new contexts (New Testament Christological Hymns; Ethics in the New Testament; Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom; and Charisma, Converts, Competitors); and the origins of Jewish-Christian conflict (Jews in Luke-Acts and Schismatics, Sectarians, Dissidents, Deviants).

After moving to Pendleton, he became interested in local history and produced two more books. Samuel Rothchild: A Jewish Pioneer in Eastern Oregon in the Days of the Old West brought attention to an important but forgotten pioneer businessman and civic leader in eastern Oregon and central Washington, and also emphasized the role that Jews played in the development of the West. Most recently, he organized and edited War on all Fronts, a collection of reminiscences of World War II by Umatilla County residents, published in 2015 by the Umatilla County Historical Society.

In 1959, Sanders married Patricia Chism, who died in 1973; together they had a son, Collin Thomas Sanders (Shelly), born in 1965, now living in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 1979 he married Susan, a UO graduate student at the time, and they enjoyed a very happy, deeply compatible marriage for almost 37 years. Sanders was a highly ethical and rational man who was concerned with social justice; after retiring from the UO, he continued to teach in informal ways. He enjoyed listening to classical music, writing, traveling, fly fishing, and gardening; and he was an avid follower of politics and of national and world news. He is survived by his wife and son and by a brother, Ed, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bell Tower Funeral Home of Post Falls, Idaho, has been entrusted with arrangements. Please share your thoughts and memories of Jack in his online memorial at or visit for more information.


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