Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift spoke at UO on “Hair, Hemlines and Husbands: The Image of the Female Politician.” She was invited to UO by Professor James Harper as part of his “Art and Politics” class, offered every election year.
Efforts by UO researchers to study how climate change may change Pacific Northwest grasslands have blossomed into global collaborations with two recently published reports and a third on the way. Department of Landscape Architecture Professor Bart Johnson is one of the UO researchers collaborating in the effort. The three studies focus on the ability of soils to store excess carbon in the face of warming conditions. Studies at individual research sites have produced mixed results, but the new findings may help to change the scientific understanding.
Drawn by the opportunity to work with industry innovators and creative faculty, students in the UO’s new sports product design master’s program are also finding their fellow students’ varied backgrounds ideal for collaboration. The uniquely Oregon program attracted a mechanical engineer, a soccer jersey designer, and a museum exhibit installer, among others, eager to explore the hands-on nature of sports product design. Several students formed a team that won first place in the QuackCon in October, the country’s first collegiate sports and technology hackathon competition.
Zudegi Giordano, office coordinator in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, and Beth Roy, executive administrative assistant in the Department of Art, are recognized for their service.
Beth Esponnette envisions a world in which clothing is made to order on a 3-D printer that builds each item with no waste in a process that could include scanning a person’s body measurements. After winning a Faculty Research Award, Esponnette, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Product Design, hired Sarah Hashiguchi, a Clark Honors College student majoring in product design and minoring in chemistry, to assist with the research. The Oregon Quarterly winter 2016 issue profiled their work.