In anticipation of the March for Science on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, the OEC is celebrating the many women and men who help innovate solutions to protect Oregon’s air, water and climate by sharing snapshots of a few scientists who help inform the OEC’s work.
A research paper by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack was featured in an article in the March edition of the Nexus – Green Chemistry Newsletter titled “Effectively Communicating the Need for Green Chemistry.”
The paper, “If Chemists Don’t Do It, Who Is Going To?” Peer-driven Occupational Change and the Emergence of Green Chemistry, was co-written by Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Andrew J. Nelson, Andrew G. Earle, Julie A. Haack, and Douglas M. Young. It was first published January 19, 2017 in Administrative Science Quarterly.
In their paper, Dr. Haack and her colleagues investigate the emergence and growth of “green chemistry”—an effort by chemists to encourage other chemists to reduce the health, safety, and environmental impacts of chemical products and processes—and explore how green chemistry advocates influence how their peers do their work.
Sarah Hashiguchi first became interested the connection between product design and chemistry when she took CH 114 Green Product Design, a course designed and taught by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Sr. Instructor Julie Haack. That interest led Sarah, a Clark Honors College student, to pursue a Product Design major with a minor in Chemistry, and for Dr. Haack to help arrange for Sarah to meet with one of the head chemists at Nike to learn more about working in the field.
Sarah got an opportunity to put her knowledge into practice when, after Assistant Professor of Product Design Beth Esponnette won a 2016 Faculty Research Award for her proposal to explore chemical-reactive 3-D printing, she hired Sarah to assist her with her research.
Read more in the Oregon Quarterly piece, Fashion Statement – Collaborative Reseach
Researchers in the UO lab of chemist Michael Pluth are part of a global battle against oxidative stress in the human body. It happens as we age and when we eat too much, smoke and drink alcohol. Affected cells release reactive oxygen that damage cells.
Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more than 70 other diseases involve damages from oxidative stress.
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