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May 17, 2018

UO’s Sustainable Invention Immersion Week – July 7 – July 12, 2018

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.

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Application Deadline – May 25, 2018
Program Dates – July 7 – July 12, 2018
2018 – The Do More With Less Challenge: The more materials, the bigger the impact. There are many strategies for reducing the use of materials to meet human needs. 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.
Your challenge will be to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials. The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
November 3, 2017

1st Annual Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact may not have broken ground yet, but its impact got a jump start by sponsoring five, $500 Knight Campus Student Innovation Fellowships for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines who participated in the Sustainable Invention workshop that kicked off the 2017-18 academic year.

The week-long workshop, titled Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, took place September 10-15th at 942 Olive Street, the UO’s innovation hub in downtown Eugene. Participating students had the opportunity to learn from experts in design, business, chemistry and communication as they worked in interdisciplinary teams to create their own green product over the course of the event. The teams then pitched their product ideas to win funding to move their idea forward. Awards were given for the top four product ideas.

The five Innovation Fellowship recipients were Genevieve Dorrell (undergrad, biochemistry), Carl Hartzell (post bac, physics), Ruth Maust (graduate student, chemistry), Makenna Pennel (undergrad, chemistry, honors college) and Pallavi Webb (undergrad, CIS). The fellowship funds could be used to offset academic expenses such as tuition, books, school supplies and travel to scientific meetings.

Photo Julie Haack

Julie Haack

The workshop was organized by professor Julie Haack, the assistant department head of the UO’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Kate Harmon, the undergraduate program manager and management instructor at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.  Their goal is for Sustainable Invention Immersion Week to become an annual event, with a changing theme that will be tied to what’s happening at the Knight Campus.

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May 22, 2015

Professor DeRose and UO PhD Students attend Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat


Last weekend seven UO women PhD students attended the Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Victoria DeRose.

The event, held outside Seattle, Washington, attracted over 50 junior women chemists from the Pacific Northwest for workshops and panel discussions. The retreat also provided participants with valuable opportunities to enhance their professional networks and build leadership and communication skills.

Future Retreats may move south to Oregon, which was well-represented as seen in this picture of UO and OSU attendees.  UO student participants included Mary Collins, Rachael Cunningham, Jackie McGrath, Laura McWilliams, Leticia Montoya, Kara Nell and Emily Reister.

January 29, 2014

Data from Marcus Lab Featured on the Cover of the Pacific Conference on Spectrocopy and Dynamics Brochure

PCSD-Cover 2014-012114-DOUO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Andrew Marcus will be speaking at the Pacific Conference on Spectrocopy and Dynamics this week, and data from his research lab is featured on the cover for the event brochure. Professor Marcus’ talk is titled Studies of Structure and Dynamics of Protein-DNA Complexes by Single Molecule and Two-Dimensional Fluorescence Spectroscopy (2DFS). The conference is being held in Pacific Grove, California, from January 30 – February 2, 2014. Conference details are available at

As one of the longest running scientific conferences in the United States, the Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics provides a forum for dissemination and discussion of the latest results in the fields of chemistry, physics, and their confluence with biology.

– 2014 PCSD brochure

January 15, 2014

2014 Green Chemistry in Education Workshop

13th Annual Green Chemistry in Education Workshop

July 12-17, 2014 – University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


The Green Chemistry in Education Workshop is a five-day workshop for educators in the chemical sciences interested in incorporating green or sustainable chemistry concepts into the organic chemistry curriculum and laboratory. The primary goals for this workshop are to increase the number of educators who incorporate green chemistry experiments and concepts into their teaching and establish a network of chemical educators who promote green chemistry.

The workshop is a combination of lectures, discussion, and hands-on time in the laboratory. Leaders in the field will address the need for green chemistry in the undergraduate curriculum and provide strategies for designing, adapting and incorporating new green experiments into existing organic chemistry curricula. During the laboratory sessions, participants will have an opportunity to perform and evaluate greener organic laboratory experiments developed at the University of Oregon and elsewhere. Past participants from the workshop will be present to share their experiences infusing green chemistry into their courses and on developing new green chemistry materials. Participants are encouraged to share and refine their own plans for integrating green chemistry at their institution. Preference is given to applicants who focus on organic chemistry laboratory and who have the potential to significantly impact students, colleagues and the community.  

The  application deadline is February 15, 2014.

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