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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…)

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June 27, 2016

The Way to Grow

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

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May 29, 2016

Cutting Edge Comics

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

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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…)

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May 27, 2016

Imagination Exploration

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

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May 25, 2016

Worth The Wait

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

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May 12, 2016

“An Optimistic Eye on the Future”

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

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May 11, 2016

Small Matters, National Stage

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

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Quantum Conundrum

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


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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.


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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…)

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The Dirt on Wine

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

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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.

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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…)

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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.


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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).


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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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December 6, 2015

Map Quest

Geospatical Lab

UO geographers are at the forefront of a booming new tech sector: geospatial technologies.


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November 16, 2015

Remembering Susan Hardwick, Educator, Mentor and Scholar

Beloved geography professor Susan Hardwick died on Nov. 11 at age 70, after a brief illness. (more…)

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November 13, 2015

Ehud Havazelet, 1955-2015, “Fiery, Brilliant, Unstinting”

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The UO mourns the loss of creative writing professor Ehud Havazelet, who died Nov. 5 at age 60. (more…)

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October 23, 2015

Sloan Awards $1.3 Million

Jessica Green

A new Sloan Foundation grant will support the Biology and the Built Environment Center, led by biologist Jessica Green. (more…)

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July 31, 2015

Joe Lowndes Nerds Out

Poli sci professor talks about the influence of black social movements in presidential campaigns, on MSNBC’s “Nerding Out.” (more…)

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UO to Host Forum on “The Really Big One”

UO geologists to discuss earthquake preparedness and efforts to expand a West Coast early warning system. (more…)

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Patent Granted for Fractal-Based Technology

Physicist Richard Taylor is applying his expertise in fractals to restore sight to the blind. (more…)

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July 28, 2015

Diving Deep

Robotic sub

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is part of a team behind an innovative robotic sub that does plankton sampling, Nature World News reports.

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July 7, 2015

Miriam Bolton Recognized for Outstanding Service

Miriam Bolton, Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations for CAS, received the 2015 UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration.

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July 6, 2015

Minor Heart Condition May Come Into Play At High Altitude

Andy Lovering, professor of human physiology, conducted at six-week study in Bolivia, involving 15 scientists and 21 subjects, including UO students. (more…)

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UO Historian Cited in Supreme Court Ruling

Ellen Herman and 19 fellow historians filed a brief that was cited in the recent ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry. (more…)

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June 29, 2015

Psychologist Named Assistant Dean of Graduate School

Sara Hodges, a professor of psychology, will join the Graduate School this summer as associate dean.  (more…)

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Grants Fund Studies of Gut Microbiota

Physicist Raghu Parthasarathy is part of a multi-university team using zebrafish to develop ways of manipulating bacterial ecosystems. (more…)

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Susan Anderson Named Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Congrats to German professor on her appointment to a key leadership position. (more…)

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May 1, 2015

Fresh Faces, New Knowledge

Twenty-six new tenure-related faculty have joined CAS, bringing expertise in glacial geomorphology, black feminism, classical archaeology and more. (more…)

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