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November 9, 2017

Mike Raymer in Congressional Testimony

An Oct 24 congressional hearing by the House Science Committee on a National Photonics Initiative featured Mike Raymer. In her presentation, committee member Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon acknowledged Prof Raymer and and questioned the expert panel about the commercial opportunities for the U.S. in the area of quantum technology, which includes quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. The panel included Chris Monroe, our Nov 2 colloquium speaker. The hearing followed the submission earlier this year of a white paper on the the National Quantum Initiative authored by Prof Raymer and solicited by the Committee. A description and video recording of the hearing is here, and Bonamici’s acknowledgement of Raymer is at 1:14:23. The Optical Society of America tweeted a photo of Raymer meeting with Bonamici.


October 30, 2017

Recent PhD Graduate Jeremy Copperman Featured in Around-the-O

A discovery in Marina Guenza’s UO chemistry lab, published in a major physics journal, is already being tapped by outside scientists working on a new medical treatment for tuberculosis.

The UO research, however, included a detour. Jeremy Copperman, a doctoral student leading it, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the final year of his doctoral studies in physics. His work slowed amid six months of chemotherapy.

Copperman, with his health restored, graduated and left the UO for a postdoctoral position in Wisconsin. His lab mates, graduate student Eric Beyerle and postdoctoral associate Mohammadhasan “Hadi” Dinpajooh, proceeded with the project, which was detailed in a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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October 12, 2017

UO undergraduate Physics Major, Manju Bangalore, Featured in ‘Around the O’

Physics senior, Manju Bangalore just returned from an internship at NASA where she worked on the Orion spacecraft, which is designated to return astronauts to the moon and eventually, to Mars.

Bangalore’s first NASA internship in 2015 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, “focused on the economics of in-space propulsion,” and in the fall of 2016 she worked on spaceships at NASA, where she had the opportunity to help develop technology and science policy at the White House.

It’s also vital to Bangalore, a first generation Indian-American, to recognize that as a woman of color, especially one in the sciences, she is not expected to attain such coveted positions. “Women in the sciences or people of color in the sciences are just marginalized communities who are told that failure is really prevalent for them,” she says. “When people have really low expectations of a woman or a person of color in the sciences, it’s easy to surprise them but it makes it even more worth it to surprise them.”

In January, Manju be heading back to Houston for her third internship at NASA.

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October 4, 2017

UO Physics Senior Taylor Contreras Research Internship at CERN Featured in CASCADE

Taylor Contreras, a UO senior majoring in Physics spent six weeks this summer with the group housing the collider, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN.

Contreras is a member of a team run by UO physicist Stephanie Majewski that is studying dark matter and other topics through data collected by ATLAS, one of the detectors at the collider. Majewski’s is one of several UO groups involved in experiments at CERN.

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August 2, 2017

UO Physics Professor Taylor’s Bio-Inspired Retinal Implants Featured in an Around the O Article

The UO Physics research team, lead by Professor Richard Taylor, studied the potential performance of their bio-inspired implant, which would be inserted behind the eye’s retina. The implant features an array of fractal electrodes designed to stimulate retinal neurons.

In theory, fractal implants act much like a pixel array at the back of a camera. They use a lot of pixels within a confined space at the back of the eye, providing electrically-restored vision at a higher resolution, Watterson said. In retina-damaged eyes, the cones and rods that do such intermediate work disappear. The implants would replace them and stimulate the still-intact neurons.

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July 6, 2017

Defining Dark Matter

Professor Graham Kribs research into dark matter highlighted in an Around-the-O article:

Defining dark matter isn’t easy. It is thought to be particles that can only feebly interact with the known particles of the universe. The particles, whatever they are, are tied to the expansion of the universe, beginning with the Big Bang.

Scientists have strong evidence from observations of the first light, when the universe became transparent to visible wavelengths of light. So far, however, the evidence has been revealed only through dark matter’s gravitational effects on galactic and larger scales.

Finding dark matter, Kribs said, is about advancing fundamental knowledge about the universe.

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May 24, 2017

Robert Schofield receives 2017 Research Excellence Award

The award for an Outstanding Accomplishment Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Researcher goes to Robert Schofield, a research assistant professor in the Center for High Energy Physics. The award honors a non-tenure-track faculty member engaged in independent research activities.

Celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Awards.Tuesday, June 6, 2017 • 5:00pm • Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom, 1720 East 13th. RSVP to

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May 10, 2017

Parthasarathy, UO Research Team Recipient of Kavli Microbiome Grant

The UO team of ecologist and evolutionary biologist Brendan Bohannan, microbiologist Karen Guillemin and biophysicist Raghuveer Parthasarathy won out over nearly 100 applications from 17 countries.

The research team plans to develop tools that allow bacteria to report on their activities, such as a probe that lights up once a gene that enables motion is activated or when a bacterium is experiencing stress. The research builds on existing projects that all three researchers have been working on, including three-dimensional microscopy that examines the insides of zebrafish.

“It is this combination of molecular biology, biophysics, imaging and ecology that is particularly exciting, and I firmly believe it’s only through a combination like that that we’re going to actually learn something insightful about these systems,” Parthasarathy said.

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March 14, 2017

UO Undergraduate Physics/Math Major, Manju Bangalore, Featured in an ‘Around the O’ Article

University of Oregon junior Manju Bangalore has been selected as a finalist for the nationally competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Bangalore, a double major in mathematics and physics from Corvallis, hopes to become an astronaut and science policy advisor.

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February 3, 2017

Richard Taylor Profiled in The Atlantic About why Fractals are Soothing

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“Your visual system is in some way hardwired to understand fractals,” said Taylor. “The stress-reduction is triggered by a physiological resonance that occurs when the fractal structure of the eye matches that of the fractal image being viewed.” If a scene is too complicated, like a city intersection, we can’t easily take it all in, and that in turn leads to some discomfort, even if subconsciously. It makes sense that our visual cortex would feel most at home among the most common natural features we evolved alongside. So perhaps part of our comfort in nature derives from fluent visual processing.

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