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April 4, 2019

Fantastic Plastic: Algotek Aims for Environmental Solution

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Julie Haack, a faculty member specializing in green chemistry, helped them refine their plastic recipe!

September 5, 2018

New Company has Roots in 2017 UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Photo: SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

2017 SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

A team from the 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week (SIIW) has taken the idea they developed at the event to market. The week-long workshop was put on by the UO’s chemistry, product design, journalism and business departments, and co-organized by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack.

Read more in the Daily Emerald:

Local startup AlgoteK creates dissolving plastic

July 2, 2018

Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison Receive Sustainability Awards

Photo: Julie Haack and Jim HutchisonBeginning in 2015, the University of Oregon launched the Sustainability Award Program to recognize individuals whose contributions deepen our culture of sustainability across a range of institutional activities.

The 2018 Sustainability Award recipients were announced at an awards ceremony on May 30th, 2018. Two Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members were among the award recipients.

 

Julie Haack was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Teaching Engagement Program, this award recognizes faculty who have developed pedagogy and curriculum which reinforce and advance principles of sustainability through course design and instruction. Dr. Haack was selected for her national leadership in the teaching of green chemistry, her multidisciplinary partnerships across UO’s schools and colleges, and for developing courses and workshops with a focus on green chemistry and life cycle thinking, including the UO’s Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Jim Hutchison received the Research Innovation Award, which is sponsored by the Associate Vice President for Innovation.  This award recognizes University of Oregon projects whose innovations were developed in the course of UO research and are now offered as commercially available products or services that improve sustainability. DeFUNKify laundry products, which were developed as a result of research discoveries made in the Hutchison Lab, exemplify this type of innovation. Professor Hutchison also founded the first center for green nanoscience, the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI). The goals of  SNNI are to develop new nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing approaches that offer a high level of performance, yet pose minimal harm to human health or the environment.

To learn more about the UO Sustainability Award Program, visit bit.ly/2K3habY or read about the 2018 awards in AroundtheO

 

May 9, 2018

Sustainability Event in Bend Features Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison

Photo: Jim Hutchison & JulieHaack

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

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.

One chemistry graduate student and two undergrads were among the five fellowship recipients: 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.

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.

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.

Read more in AroundtheO or visit the event website:  http://www.sustainableinvention.com

September 28, 2017

Research by Julie Haack Looks at Tensions that Drove Green Chemistry

Recent research finds that differing ideas about the benefits on Green Chemistry helped the field to grow rapidly.

Julie Haack, assistant department head and senior instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon, collaboratted with Andrew Nelson, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation and a professor of management at UO, and management scholar Jennifer Howard Grenville, now at Cambridge University, on a recently the published paper.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2xBrDsa

 

April 19, 2017

OEC Celebrates Scientists: Julie Haack, Green Chemistry

 

The Oregon Environmental Council recently profiled UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack as part of their Scientists blog.  Read the blog post at http://bit.ly/2pChGXy

 

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.

March 17, 2017

Paper by Julie Haack Featured in the ACS Nexus – Green Chemistry Newsletter

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.

 

February 20, 2017

Hutchison Discusses Green Chemistry and Nanomaterials with R & D Magazine

R & D Magazine caught up with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Jim Hutchison at the AAAS Annual Meeting to talk about a “green chemistry” approach to nanomaterial production.

Read more at http://bit.ly/2l0Fs9S

February 2, 2017

Green Product Design Student Applies her Knowledge as UG Researcher

Sarah Hashiguchi (L) and Beth Esponnette

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

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