New Window on the Universe

Elite in basketball and beyond

Duck fans everywhere are celebrating the upcoming trip to the Elite Eight in the NCAA men's basketball championship, which got the team at University Communications thinking about all the ways the UO lands in the nation's elite.

The University of Oregon is a leader in research into the vast forces that govern the universe as well as the tiny microbes that affect our health. Its students reach the heights of scholarship right alongside their professors. And its graduates are helping shape a new world and a new era.

It's a great time to be a Duck, whether you're cheering from the stands, the Fish Bowl or an observatory on Pine Mountain, and here are eight reasons why.

Two colliding black holes
February 11

UO team helps catch a gravity wave for the first time ever

A UO researcher's decision to get some sleep gave a super-sensitive detector a chance to confirm Einstein's theory on gravity and space-time.

Amelia Fitch is the first UO student ever to win a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
February 15

Bio student first at UO to win Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Amelia Fitch, a biology student in the Clark Honors College, will pursue a master's degree at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.

Microbial cloud illustration by Gwenda Kaczor
March 9

Like it or not, we all have our own cloud of microbes (OQ)

Thanks to research conducted by BioBE scientists, we now know that each of us emits a one-of-a-kind microbial cloud into the surrounding air.

Jon Erlandson
March 25

Rethinking the first Americans

Stone tools found in Eastern Oregon have reshaped archaeologists’ view of how and when the first settlers came to our state and to North America.

Jason Lewis-Berry
March 25

A UO graduate stakes out the front lines of peace

A graduate of the UO’s Robert D. Clark Honors College, Lewis-Berry now works to prevent outbreaks of violence in Latin America, East Asia and South and Central Asia.

Stephanie LeMenager
March 25

UO pioneers the study of environmental humanities

For more than 20years, the UO has been home to a thriving Environmental Studies Program that urges students to consider the human element behind the science and policy.

Elliot Berkman, left, and Phil Fisher
October 20

Researchers will meld sciences to uncover new health treatments

The Center for Translational Neuroscience, led by Phil Fisher and Elliot Berkman, aims to deliver what is found in research to practical application.