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The prize is awarded by prize by The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University.
Student Nicole Wales mapped her own brain using an MRI scan and learning code, so she could research the physics of melting glass.
Scientific discovery is a cornerstone of the UO mission as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, and its various forms take center stage in the latest Oregon Quarterly.
The research comes from the Kuhl lab in the UO Institute of Neuroscience.
The study comes from UO psychologist Phil Fisher’s team at the Center for Translational Neuroscience.
The awards are for scholarship, research and creative work on women and gender, the center’s largest funding year in well over a decade.
Jesse Nett earned his degree in Geography from UO and now he’s the Regional Cartographer for the USDA Forest Service in Colorado.
Jesse Nett graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 with a degree in Geography, specializing in geographic techniques such as cartography, remote sensing and mobile data collection. Nett came to the UO after 10 years of working in another industry. He was ready for a change, and cartography at the UO was calling his name. Now, he’s the Regional Cartographer for the Rocky Mountain Region at the USDA Forest Service. After popping into a career fair in the EMU, Nett was hired at the USDA Forest Service, and he attributes his success in cartography thus far to the opportunities he had while at the UO.
“I think my tenure at the InfoGraphics lab was instrumental in me landing my position at the Forest Service,” Nett said. “There’s really only one cartography course that I took, with Jim Meacham, and through that class, I got to apply and learn new skills and software while I was working at the lab. That gave me the competitive advantage to get the position I have today.”
The InfoGraphics Lab is a cartography and geospatial technologies facility that’s housed in the department of geography. The lab has worked with the university, the local community, and the state of Oregon, and Nett said their work on the Atlas of Oregon was one of the reasons he had his eye on the geography department at UO. Both undergraduate and graduate students can work on lab projects that equip students with crucial cartographic experience needed to enter the competitive field of cartography.
The work Nett is doing right now at the Forest Service draws from skills he learned through his time at the lab. Nett recently worked on the Shoshone National Forest visitor map, where he handled the production, printing, and distribution, both digital and hard copies, for the visitor map program. Thanks to the experience he had with the software and the opportunity to do production cartography on the Atlas of Yellowstone in the InfoGraphics lab, Nett had the necessary skills to jump right into his cartographic work for the USDA Forest Service before he even graduated.
“I never realized that I could get a job doing mapping for my entire career. It’s not something you can take a career skills test for,” Nett said. “But I love the art and the science of the discipline. I learned the necessary skills working with the UO faculty, the lab, and actually doing production cartography there at the UO.
Nett is currently based in Colorado, and in addition to his position as Regional Cartographer, he’s also the Regional Geographic Names Advisor for the area. He works with the State Names Authority to rename culturally insensitive features. Through community outreach, working with the tribes, and working directly with the states and forests, Nett said they are able to improve the naming process at both the state and federal levels.
Nett said his involvement with the non-traditional student union, the North American Cartographic Information Society, and the Association of Geographers gave him distinctive resources to draw on at UO that helped him launch his career. For current and prospective cartographers at the UO, Nett suggests specializing. “Now, Geographic Information Services (GIS) is a common skillset. So specializing—finding those connections, expanding your skills, focusing on the programming, analysis, or the cartographic side—is really important,” he said. Simply knowing the GIS application will not make students as competitive as it did when the software was relatively new, Nett adds.
“The InfoGraphics Lab is a unique resource at the UO, and it’s what makes the geography department as competitive as it is,” Nett said. “I can’t speak highly enough of the program and the faculty. Everyone is dialed into the community and willing to help. It’s that cohort at the UO that’s always been strong, and I value those relationships. I’m a proud duck.”
By Victoria Sanchez, University Communications
Carol Paty contributes to NASA’s exploration path, studying the impossible and invisible.
UO Chemist Christopher H. Hendon, also known as Dr. Coffee, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement! Congratulations!
Hendon was selected for the proposal “Inorganic Defects in Metal-Organic Frameworks.”
A longstanding area of research excellence and a popular new major, neuroscience takes center stage at the University of Oregon.
Celebrating Women’s history month and the incredible work by women across the UO.
UO professor and director of comic studies Ben Saunders’s Marvel Universe exhibit reopens in Chicago.
UO researchers helped develop and rollout new technology for ShakeAlert, an earthquake alert system.
UO computer scientist Brittany Erickson has earned two NSF grants, both of which involve building high-performance code for seismic modeling that will be available to the greater scientific community.
University Theatre will present a play reading of Dominic Taylor’s “Personal History.”
UO biologist Stilianos Louca plans to explore how microbial life has evolved over billions of years.
UO researcher and volcanologist Josef Dufek’s research is discussed.
UO earth scientist Greg Retallack’s research is discussed.
Bennet Voorhees double majored in Chinese and Economics, and now he’s using both as a data scientist.
“When I got to campus, I immediately knew I was in the right place,” said Bennet Voorhees. “The UO has one of the best Mandarin programs in the country.” Voorhees, UO class of ’09, originally came to the University of Oregon to study Mandarin Chinese, but after taking a course in economics, he found his second calling. Not only did his love for language learning flourish, but it also crossed-over into a rich career in economics.
During his time at the UO, Voorhees received multiple scholarships to study abroad in Shanghai and then Beijing, one of which was funded by the Chinese Flagship Program through the East Asian Languages and Literatures department. These opportunities to be immersed in the language, accompanied by his continued language studies at UO after his return, fast-tracked his Chinese language skills. Because of his training here at UO, Voorhees was able to complete his graduate studies in China through John’s Hopkins University.
“I don’t think that any other school could have prepared me to study in China for my graduate studies in the way that the UO did,” Voorhees said. “I just don’t think it would be possible anywhere else.”
Voorhees carried his love for language learning over into his career as a data scientist, and now, he has the opportunity to use both skills in conjunction for the next step in his career. “I only started learning Chinese at the UO, and I was able to become fluent and finish my graduate studies in Chinese,” Voorhees said. “And now, 10 years after graduation, my company is sending me to China to do workforce analytics on our companies’ labor force.”
As a data science lead for Merck, Voorhees uses the skills he learned through his economics major, combined with his fluency in Mandarin Chinese, to help make predictions for his companies’ workforce. For the past five years, he’s been diving into people analytics, which is the data science or analytics for human resources. He helps companies make decisions around talent through using a variety of data sources.
Voorhees also teaches introduction to data science at the New York University School of Professional Studies, in their human capital management department. And Voorhees attributes a lot of his success to the UO economics department. Through the honors program at UO, Voorhees was able to get hands-on experience working with the city of Eugene, where he helped develop a revenue forecasting model for both Eugene and Springfield to use for the year to come. Voorhees said this is very similar to what he does today.
“The econ program really prepared me for my career as a data science lead. It taught me a lot about systems and how people behave and react in those systems,” Voorhees said. “I fell in love with the power of those tools because you can use them to explain reactions and make predictions, and that really planted the economics seed for me.”
For Voorhees, the liberal arts education that the College of Arts and Sciences offered him set him on the path for where he is today and gave him the resources he needed to achieve his goals. “Econ and Chinese are hard majors. I think when you’re young, you hear that and it’s intimidating, but don’t let that hold you back. The university has resources to help you succeed, and if you put in the work, the UO takes care of you,” Voorhees said. “I really do believe that.
– By Victoria Sanchez, University Communications
Josef Dufek is working to identify hazard forecasting for the Three Sister’s Volcanic Complex.
Postdoctoral researcher Thomas Brussel in the department of geography shows the link between pollen records and ecosystem benefits.
Professor of Political Science Alison Gash and students’ create cookbook that brings awareness to food insecurity.
UO team led by biologist Paul Cziko found that Weddell seals produce sounds at frequencies that are inaudible to humans.
Economics student and Ronald E. McNair Scholar Matthew Dodier examines the effect of wildfire smoke on respiratory health.
A study co-authored by UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond found that insufficient interactions with advisers and peers, along with financial problems, are derailing career aspirations of women and minority groups pursing graduate degrees in the nation’s highest-funded chemistry programs.
Physicist Tien-Tien Yu and biochemist Scott Hansen were named recipients of the NSF’s Career Awards, which fund research and education activities for five consecutive years.
Kelly Robles, doctoral student in psychology at the UO, lead the new study.
The Modern Language Association has awarded Kirby Brown an honorable mention for Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing 1907-1970 for the MLA prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages.
Eric Zhao, assistant professor of economics, is part of the research team that found the improved air quality and reduced ozone pollution that followed the 1970 passage of the U.S. Clean Air Act and later amendments have saved the lives of 1.5 billion birds across the continent.
In celebrating 2020 Native American Heritage Month, Around the O has created a collection of stories spotlighting individuals across the university.
Carol Stabile writes about the history of “law and order” TV programming that ignores the perspective of the policed.
Sociolinguist Devin Grammon presented recommendations to the City of Eugene.
Laura Pulido, professor of Geography and Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies, has been recognized for her scholarship and leadership.
La Serenata (“The Serenade”) has won the inaugural “HBO Latino/ Official Latino Short Film Competition.” (more…)
Epic migration of 242 miles—from southwest Wyoming to eastern Idaho—revealed in new maps and documentation from UO Infographics team.
Philosophy professor Bonnie Mann, in aTimes op-ed, responds to Congressional testimony of Marie Yovanovitch.
Geographer Peter Walker says attacks by militias on federal employees have unintended effects, creating community sympathy for those workers. (more…)
Creative writing instructor Brian Trapp memorializes his severely disabled brother in this moving Kenyon Review essay. (more…)
WaPo features historian Jeffrey Ostler’s new book, which explores how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans. (more…)
Thorrson, associate professor of English, is currently writing a book about Morrison in the 1970s. (more…)
Sociologist CJ Pascoe found that “no homo” conveyed positive emotional expressions like friendship. (more…)
Alaí Reyes-Santos transformed her Race, Ethics, Justice course into an opportunity for her students to take part in a humanitarian intervention. (more…)
15 CAS faculty—from classics to cinema studies to psychology and biology—have been honored. (more…)
History prof Leslie Alexander interviewed by Mo Rocca on CBS Sunday Morning re: civil rights pioneer Elizabeth Jennings. (more…)
“Visual Clave,” co-curated by anthro/folklore prof Phil Scher, at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through 4/21. (more…)