A graduate student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management is looking forward to spending his summer in Thailand feeding elephants, bathing with them, and shoveling their waste. Master of Public Administration candidate Craig Wiroll’s internship during summer 2015 will be with the Save Elephant Foundation at Elephant Nature Park in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Wiroll was awarded a $6,000 Freeman Fellowship grant by the UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies to help cover expenses related to the internship.
More than a dozen A&AA students presented a broad range of work at the recent Graduate Research Forum held at the Ford Alumni Center, with architecture students Annie Chiang, Ryan Dirks, Lindsay Rasmussen, Eric Schmidt, and Ashly Tuffo winning a prize for their poster, "An Energy Analysis of The Stellar Apartments."
A collaborative project is helping design signage improvements and alternative strategies for wayfinding in the event of a tsunami on the Oregon Coast. “Up and Out: Oregon Tsunami Evacuation Wayfinding Project” combines input from architecture professionals and students, Oregon Coast community members, and state emergency management experts. It was spearheaded by UO Associate Professor of architecture Hajo Neis in partnership with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
Product Design Program bachelor of fine art candidates Hana Hiratsuka and Liz Zarro were honored recently for their work by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), earning invitations to the Western District Conference April 10-11 in San Jose, California. “I am thrilled that we have such great students in general and that we will have a strong presence in San Jose this year,” says Assistant Professor Trygve Faste, UO’s IDSA faculty adviser.
Department of Architecture Professor Hajo Neis, director of the Department of Architecture at UO in Portland and director of the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL), has announced a collaboration between PUARL and Pursuit of Pattern Languages and Societal Change (PURPLSOC) to present the international 2015 conference on pattern language, at Danube University in Austria in July.