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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.


UO team led by biologist Paul Cziko found that Weddell seals produce sounds at frequencies that are ...
Weddell Seal
Economics student and Ronald E. McNair Scholar Matthew Dodier examines the effect of wildfire smoke ...
Mathew Dodier story
A study co-authored by UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond found that insufficient ...
Chemistry story
Physicist Tien-Tien Yu and biochemist Scott Hansen were named recipients of the NSF’s Career ...