Weekly Wrap for the week of June 21-28

Michael Harms, lead author of paper on two ancient protein mutations

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

UO governing board a step closer

The Register-Guard: Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that would enable the public universities in Oregon to form governing boards.

UO focusing on making education affordable

The Register-Guard: Roger Thompson, UO’s vice president for Enrollment Management contributed a guest commentary about access and affordability of higher education.

Letter: A clarification on public records fees and a goal to support quality journalism

Daily Emerald: Dave Hubin, senior assistant to the UO president, comments on Emerald Media Group’s SunshineCampus, a fundraising campaign to support the cost of public records requests.

UO Research

UO study explains how neural stem cells can create new and varied neurons

AroundtheO: A new study by University of Oregon researchers reveals a novel stem cell mechanism that may help explain how neurons form in humans.

Path of key proteins in health and disease began with two ancient mutations

UO News: Two tiny mutations in a single protein 500 million years ago caused steroid hormones to take on their crucial present-day roles, including key effects on sexual reproduction and development, regulation of stress and immunity, and the growth of breast and prostate cancers, report scientists from the University of Oregon and three other institutions.

UO on the Web

More UO students than ever to “Teach for America”

AroundtheO: The AmeriCorps program Teach for America has claimed the top spot as the program employing the most UO students.

Physics instructor sets sail to track earthquakes

AroundtheO: From June 25 to July 9, UO senior physics instructor Dean Livelybrooks and a team of national scientists on board the Atlantis research vessel will recover earthquake-monitoring equipment in a region of the Pacific Ocean with regular reports from UO writer Matt Cooper.

UO Athletics

‘Slap on the wrist’ sanctions will still have an effect

The Register-Guard: The NCAA concluded its two-year inquiry into the University of Oregon's football program and the Committee on Infractions issued its findings this week.

Ducks Continue Lofty Results in Director's Cup Standings

GoDucks.com: The University of Oregon completed its fourth top-25 finish in five years and topped all institutions with 18 or fewer NCAA sports for a sixth consecutive year in the final 2012-13 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standing.