UO Weekly Wrap for Dec. 6-13

UO's Hayward Field is the new, longtime host of the NCAA Track & Field Championships (photo courtesy of GoDucks.com)

The Weekly Wrap is an update each Friday morning from the Office of Strategic Communications. It provides highlights of news you may have missed during the week and showcases UO stories about amazing students, faculty, staff and alumni.

UO Research

Scientists Offer New Insights On Controlling Nanoparticle Stability

Science Daily: University of Oregon chemists studying the structure of ligand-stabilized gold nanoparticles have captured fundamental new insights about their stability.

Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode

Phys.org: A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oregon has used melanin as an ingredient in a cocktail that led to the creation of a biodegradable battery anode.

Breakthrough in study of aluminum should yield new technological advances

The Almagest: Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon today announced a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years -- a platform to fully study and understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world’s most important metals.

UO in the News

Investigating Comics

The Register-Guard: The University of Oregon’s Comics & Cartoon Studies program has received an anonymous donation that will enable it to establish a $200,000 endowment. The money will be used to bring creators, teachers, publishers and other professionals from the world of comics to the UO campus.

UO to establish UNESCO Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting

The Oregonian: UO to establish UNESCO Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting to further the mission of building a global community through education and dialogue.

UO students document sustainability efforts in Uruguay through Study Abroad program

The Oregonian: In the summer of 2013, the UO launched a new Study Abroad program called “Nature & Culture: Multimedia Storytelling in Uruguay,” which brings 8 SOJC students on a month long experience in the rustic country of Uruguay.

UO on the Web

Kiplinger's list for top values in public colleges includes UO

AroundtheO: The University of Oregon has been rated as one of the 100 best values in public colleges and universities for 2014 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

UO leadership thrilled by Secretary of Education’s praise for PathwayOregon

AroundtheO: President Michael Gottfredson and Vice President for Enrollment Management Roger Thompson were thrilled at the remarks made by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praising the University of Oregon’s PathwayOregon program.

UO professor receives art grant for photography project

AroundtheO: University of Oregon Art Professor Terri Warpinski received a grant of $1,500 from the Oregon Arts Commission plus $6,074 from the Ford Family Foundation to fund a field excursion to the Middle East to conclude her photography project “Surface Tension.”

UO Happenings

UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History to fete Winter Solstice

UO News: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon will host "The Gift of Storytelling" — its 12th annual Winter Solstice Celebration — on Friday, Dec. 13. The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 1680 E. 15th Ave., near Hayward Field. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation.

UO to offer hands-only CPR classes for faculty and staff

AroundtheO: Starting this month, the University of Oregon will offer training to faculty and staff on how to perform hands-only CPR. Although the class does not offer a certification, participants will gain skills that can make a difference. The first training is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

UO Athletics

Oregon Lands Long Term Agreement to Host NCAA Track

GoDucks.com: The University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field will be the home of the NCAA Track and Field Championships for each of the next eight years.

Women's Basketball Junior Reporter Contest Announced

GoDucks.com: The junior reporter contest for the 2013-14 women’s basketball conference season seeks youth reporters, ages 5-12, who will be selected to interview Oregon women’s basketball team members after select Pac-12 home games.

Did You Know?

10 awesome things that didn’t go viral during Friday’s snowfall

Daily Emerald: A video of students taking their fun too far may have gone viral, but here are 10 awesome things that also happened during this Friday’s snowfall.

- from the UO Office of Strategic Communications