Science at the University of Oregon

The science faculty at the University of Oregon includes many parts, and the Physics is one of them.

The UO Department of Physics is located at the Willamette Hall. On the Physics website, people can see the Physics Weekly Event Schedule by the Current Events. There is also a link called UO Physics Outreach to help people get information about the projects or activities. Physics Worldwide is another part of the Physics website which people can use  to search some information by the internet. On the Research page, everyone can gets any information about the Physcis that which part they are doing research, and who is the teacher in the part.

The Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon is also a part of Science study area. The department is located at the Deschutes Hall. People also can use the website of CIS to do some research that they need, and get some information they want to looking for. The CIS students can follow the page of Internships to see if there are some positions are good for them. There is also a link called Activities that can help students to getting to know some activities.

Another school is the biology department. The Department of Biology includes in its disciplines neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology and marine biology. It has four separate research institutes, The Institute of Ecology and Evolution, The Institute of Molecular Biology, The Institute of Neuroscience, and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. The former three institutes are located on campus, but two research marine biology students travel to an institute located on the oregon coast. Marine biology students can spend several months or terms studying there. The practice originated at the university in 1924, when students used to sojourn in the summer to study coastal life, staying in tents and makeshift structures.

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The Physics Department, Extended

The University of Oregon Physics faculty is a mysterious and highly impressive lot. With countless degrees from Harvard, Yale, and other on-point institutions, and with fields of specialization as diverse as observational astrophysics, theoretical high energy physics, experimental optical physics, and biophysics, it’s hard to know where to start asking questions. Fortunately, the UO Physics website features reports on some of the most notable recent achievements by the faculty.

For instance, as reported by The Oregonian, the University of Oregon members of faculty and graduate students working at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland assisted very actively in the discovery of the Higgs boson last July. The Higgs boson particle is apparently the crucial missing link in the Standard Model of physics, which explains “why matter has mass.” Also, just this past December, five University of Oregon physicists working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University helped to discover new properties of time. To quote an article published on the UO website: “The group confirmed a preferred direction for some subatomic processes to take in time.”

On a more animate note, in 2011 Professor Richard Taylor published an article in Physics World in which he explained his idea to use nanoflowers to grow “fractals” that would ultimately assist people with macular degeneration with their vision. The list goes on, but suffice to say there is a lot of extremely intriguing research being conducted by the University of Oregon faculty, both in Eugene and around the world. And since many professors will likely be to busy to speak about their work to student reporters, the key to understanding what is happening on the Science campus will be to find students who can explain concepts and assist in finding sources to interview.

–Ben Stone

About Linhan Yang

A Chinese student at the University of Oregon.
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One Response to Science at the University of Oregon

  1. brad5071 says:

    I feel like you may need to go back and work on some of the misspellings and more importantly your diction. Maybe work with a native English speaker to help correct some of these errors.

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