UO Weekly Wrap for Jan. 31 to Feb. 7

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 in the News

Excellence is key at university, UO provost candidate says

The Register-Guard: Provost candidate Jorge José is excited about the university’s prospects.

Honors College is plugging Oregon’s brain drain

The Register-Guard: The dean and the chairman of UO’s Clark Honors College want to motivate young Oregonians to take advantage of what UO offers.

Reviving a History of Inequality

New York Times: The NY Times ran an opinion piece by UO Professor Dan Tichenor on the topic of immigration.

Phil Knight's big night: a birthday, bobbleheads and basketball

Portland Business Journal: UO honored its most generous donor with a courtside birthday bash and bobbleheads.

Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living continues to progress

Daily Emerald: For the last ten years, UO’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living has been collaborating with students on building a highly sustainable home.

UO Athletics

A&AA student set to compete at Winter Olympics in alpine skiing

AroundtheO: Laurenne Ross is both a UO junior and a U.S. Olympian who will be competing in alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Oregon's "Women in Flight" program gets off the ground

AroundtheO: Women in Flight will increase awareness of Oregon's women's athletic programs and increase support and facilitate better experiences for those teams

UO Research

Amputating zebrafish tails helps us learn how to regrow human bones

Wired: A research team at UO wanted to uncover the mechanics behind the incredible regenerative properties of the vertebrates, to see if they could one day be replicated in humans.

Oregon researchers show how building design impacts indoor bacteria

UONews: The Lillis Business Complex set the bar for sustainable buildings 10 years ago when it opened at the University of Oregon. Now microbes drawn from the dust in 155 of its rooms have provided clues that could inspire future architectural designers to encourage a healthy indoor environment.

Data-driven team is key to sustaining positive behavior framework in schools

UONews: A new study finds that a dedicated team that makes decisions based on data is crucial for launching and sustaining a framework designed at the University of Oregon in the early 1990s to prevent and reduce behavioral problems in the nation's schools.

UO on the Web

UO’s e-textbook pilot program wrapping up

AroundtheO: The University of Oregon Libraries, Information Services and Academic Affairs joined forces to launch a pilot program fall term to evaluate the use of electronic textbooks, or e-texts, instead of traditional printed texts in university courses.

Q&A with new AAAS president-elect Geri Richmond

AroundtheO: Geri Richmond talks about her new role with AAAS, the state of funding for basic science research and her goal to promote scientific diplomacy and education both nationally and internationally.