The annual undergraduate research symposium will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019.The symposium is part of the UO’s Week of Research events, which will run Monday through Friday.
This year’s symposium will host 513 presenters and 290 faculty mentors, including 10 student presenters from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Poster presentations will run from 5:30-7:30 in the EMU Ballroom on Thursday. May 16th.The finalized schedule for oral and creative work presentations will be available on the symposium website.
Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a free, co-curricular program where students from different majors come together for one week to build a sustainable business model. Students will be able to apply life cycle analysis, design thinking and business model development to a wide range of sustainability challenges. Students will come away from the experience with an ability to apply these skills in many individual and team-based settings (e.g. portfolio and resume building, creative collaboration, startup development). Sustainable Invention alumni have gone on to launch startups as well as receive significant industry-focused grants.
The collaborative program is free and open to all students, from all majors (including undergraduates and graduate students). The program will provide all project materials along with two meals a day over the week-long boot camp.
May 8th Information Session
Learn more about the Sustainable Invention Immersion Week program by attending the Info Session on May 8th from 6-7pm in the Science Library B040 room. Hear how the Algotek founders (David Crinion, Tanner Strikling and Justin LeBuhn) came up with their idea for a 100% biodegradable plastic at the 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week and developed their idea into an actual business.
Program Website and Application: http://www.sustainableinvention.com
Questions? Contact Julie Haack
Application Deadline: Friday, May 24th!
2019 Less but Better Challenge:
Participants will be challenged to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials. We will explore strategies to get optimal effect with minimum input. Examples include eliminating the need for a lawn mower by inventing grass that only grows 2 inches and does not need to be mowed, or eliminating a window washing system by inventing self-cleaning glass. These kinds of innovations disrupt existing solutions requiring us to think in different ways. The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is sponsored by the UO’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of Product Design, the Department of Biology and the Center for Sustainable Business Practices.
Author and UO Chemistry and Biochemistry lab preparator Autumn Bradley has been invited to read from her children’s book series as part of the winter term Family Day at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) on the UO campus.
The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and includes games, activities, crafts, and performances for the whole family. Autumn will be reading at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Autumn’s books encourage young readers – especially girls – to imagine themselves pursuing a career in the sciences. Astrophysicist Akimie takes readers on an exploration of galaxies, stars and planets, and Astrobiologist Aurora takes an even closer look – examining the science behind our search for life on other planets. A third book in the series is currently in the works!
UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack will participate in the Williams Fund Showcase on Wednesday, November 7, from 11am – 1pm in the Erb Memorial Union’s Crater Lake North room.
Williams Fund Showcase will share innovations in teaching
Every year, the Williams Fund recognizes faculty members from across campus for their insightful approaches to undergraduate teaching.
An upcoming showcase will feature a panel of Williams Fund fellows and instructional grant recipients who will share insights and takeaways from their experience enhancing undergraduate education at the UO.
The panel will include Michelle McKinley, the Bernard B. Kliks professor of law; Kate Harmon, an instructor in the Lundquist College of Business; and Julie Haack, a senior instructor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a few other past fellows and grant recipients.
Harmon and Haack are the faculty members behind the UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, which was one of seven instructional proposals chosen by the Williams Council for 2017-18.
Read more here
Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tyler Invention Greenhouse with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the College of Design. UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Julie Haack is a Program Director and Faculty Facilitator for the event.
The UO’s eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, May 17, 2018. The event will host 382 undergraduates engaged in original research, creative work, and community-based projects from over 71 majors, 13 minors, and eight colleges. The full schedule and research abstracts are available here
Eighteen undergraduates will be presenting their chemistry and biochemistry research at the following sessions:
Concurrent Oral Session 2 – 11:45-1:15 p.m.
SPRUCE ROOM – SESSION 2S: CHEMISTRY, MATH, AND COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Makenna Pennel − CHEMISTRY
Faculty Mentor(s): Jim Hutchison, Kenyon Plummer
Concurrent Oral Session 3 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.
MAPLE ROOM – SESSION 3M: DNA & GENES
Rachel David − BIOCHEMISTRY
Investigating the Role of Genomic Positioning in Directing Meiotic Double-Strand DNA Break Repair
Faculty Mentor(s): Diana Libuda, Erik Toraason
Poster Session – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
EMU BALLROOM & GUMWOOD ROOM
HUSSEIN AL-ZUBIERI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Determining Scrib binding partners relevant to its spindle orienting function
Faculty Mentor(s): Ken Prehoda, Nicole Paterson
DYLAN BARDGETT − CHEMISTRY
Quantitative Analysis of Thin Films via X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson
BRIAN CHASTAIN − GENERAL SCIENCE
The Effect of Different Substituents on the Optoelectronic Properties of Diindenoanthracene
Faculty Mentor(s): Michael Haley, Justin Dressler
ANSON DANG − BIOCHEMISTRY
Mapping Interactions Of Single-Stranded (Ss) DNA With the Ss-DNA Binding Protein (Gp32) of the T4 DNA Replication Complex at Specific Nucleotide Residue Positions
Faculty Mentor(s): Pete von Hippel
WILLIAM EDGELL − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of Alkyne Substituted Cycloparaphenylenes for Conjugated Polymers Research Area: Organic Synthetic Chemistry
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti
ADRIAN GORDON − CHEMISTRY
Title: Energetic Loss From the Use of Hole Scavengers to Measure Photoelectrochemical Cell Efficiency Limits
Faculty Mentor(s): Shannon Boettcher
SHAYAN LOUIE − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Cycloparaphenylene Complexes
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Jeff Van Raden
ALEXANDER LYGO − PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY
Properties and Synthesis of Three Component Heterostructure: (BiSe)1+δ(Bi2Se3)1+ δ (BiSe)1+ δ (TiSe2)
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson
SHAWN MELENDY − BIOCHEMISTRY
Assay of Insulin-Stimulated Signaling by Flow Cytometry: Key Points of Regulation Research Area: Natural/Physical Science
Faculty Mentor(s): Carrie McCurdy, Byron Hetrick
TRISTAN MISTKAWI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 7,14-Diarylfluoreno[3,2-b]fluorenes
Faculty Mentor(s): Josh Barker, Michael Haley
BENJAMIN MULLER − CHEMISTRY
Modeling the Behavior of Pyruvic Acid at the Air-Water Interface Research
Faculty Mentor(s): Brittany Gordon, Dr. Geraldine Richmond
MADELYN SCOTT − CHEMISTRY
Optimization of Deposition Techniques for Thin Film Production and Analysis
Faculty Mentor(s): Cathy Wong, Kelly Wilson
KEVIN SPIES − BIOCHEMISTRY
Developmental Synchronization Of The Purple Pitcher Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia Smithii, as a Result Of Increasing Temperatures
Faculty Mentor(s): William Bradshaw, Christina Holzapfel
MARIBELLE STANLEY − PRE-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Drug Development with New Catalytic Molecules
Faculty Mentor(s): David Tyler
ASHLEE VISE − CHEMISTRY
Characterization of GaSbP as a photocathode For Water-Splitting
Faculty Mentor(s): James Young
CYRUS WATERS − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 6,13-pentacene-incorporated cycloparaphenylene
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Brittany White
UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison will participate in a panel discussion titled “Disruptive Strategies for Product Innovation” on May 10, 2018 at the Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon.
The participating educators, scientists, and engineers who will seek to inspire the audience to consider new strategies for product design at the nexus of disruptive innovation, materials selection, and systems thinking that maximize product performance and minimize impacts.
Read more at bit.ly/2rwRk81
Chemistry graduate students Samantha Young and Nicole Paterson will be participating in the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday, May 11th.
Samantha, a member of the Hutchison lab, will present on the Dixon Scholars Panel from 10:00- 11:00am in the EMU Swindells Room.
The Dixon Fellows are recipients of the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award, which supports doctoral students interested in developing their skills and experiencein innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Each year, the Dixon Fellows present at the Grad Forum to showcase their experiences and findings.
Nicole, a member of the Prehoda lab, will present her research at the Poster Session from 12:00 – 2:00pm EMU Ballroom. Her presentation is titled “Role of Gukholder and Scribble in Spindle Orientation.”
The full schedule of events for the 2018 Grad Forum is available at bit.ly/2KL6dfI
With graduation around the corner, are you (or your friends and family) asking what’s next after your bachelor’s degree?
Get some answers and create an individual development plan (IDP) that will help you build a roadmap for the next stage of your career!
Workshop: Introduction to Individual Development Planning
When: Wednesday, April 11th, 7-9 pm (week #2 of spring term)
Where: 107 Klamath
For: Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors
Presenter: Julie Haack, undergraduate academic advisor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
In preparation for the workshop, feel free to check out:
And be on the lookout for an RSVP request at the beginning of spring term!