New EMU with students

With its tasty eateries, modern study areas, and light-filled spaces for clubs and student services, the Erb Memorial Union is open and ready for business again following a three-year renovation period that started in spring 2014. “I am so excited and honored to present a space where we can come together as a community,” says Laurie Woodward, EMU director. “There is really something for all.”

The EMU has been the heart of campus since opening in 1950—a place where students gather for everything from a last-minute study group to an exciting Fishbowl Friday. The renovated building has a new auditorium for hosting movies, lectures, and other events. The Craft Center holds classes and workshops, and offers space to let loose and get creative. Falling Sky Pizzeria and Public House, one of a number of eateries, is the best place to stop for a cheesy, oversized slice and a pint of locally crafted ale. Dessert is just around the corner at Red Wagon Creamery, where you can indulge in a scoop or two of mint chocolate chip or salted caramel.

The Duck Store also has a spot in the EMU. A new wellness center called the Duck Nest serves as a place for students to de-stress. The Associated Students of the University of Oregon and many student organizations also have offices where Ducks work together to better their communities.

Spacious study spaces with plenty of tables, comfortable chairs, and cozy booths are scattered throughout each floor. Although the EMU has always been a place for community and collaboration, the new renovations have made connecting and making memories with fellow Ducks even easier.


Charity Woodrum

Even when Charity Woodrum was a nurse, her heart was in quantum mechanics and her eyes focused on the stars. Finally, after reading everything she could find by Stephen Hawking, she made the bold decision to pursue her dream of becoming an astrophysicist. “I chose the UO because it has a strong physics program, the best in the state,” says the junior from Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

The mother of a two-year-old, Woodrum quickly distinguished herself by winning UO’s Weiser Undergraduate Research Prize. Next, she became the second UO student in two years chosen for a prestigious summer internship with NASA, where she joined the hunt for gravitational waves.

Now she’s cowriting a paper on galaxy evolution—for the Astrophysical Journal—with the associate director of the Gemini Observatory, and is well on her way toward her career goal of working for a large telescope facility.


Design paralympian equipment
Students in the UO’s Portland-based adaptive products class, where they create innovative product designs for athletes with disabilities, had the chance to work with the Rio 2016 US Paralympics team, and were then featured along with their work in Portland Monthly. The students worked with Terrazign, a textile studio in Portland, to create functional, innovative gear for the rugby team, designing gloves and armguards sported by rugby player Seth McBride during the Paralympics.


Greenland Ice Sheet

A newly released paper coauthored by UO doctoral student Dustin Carroll and his mentor, David Sutherland, addresses why Greenland’s ice is melting from both top and bottom.

The paper, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, highlights the dangers of rapid ice loss. Massive water surges caused by melting ice start at the surface of Greenland, then flow under glaciers and enter into tremendously deep areas of the ocean. “This river of fresh meltwater is lighter than the salty ocean water, so it rises as a plume along the glacier,” Carroll says. “The plumes entrain warm ocean waters and transfer the heat into the ice, melting and causing a glacier face to erode, often from the bottom up. This can cause the glacier to become unstable, calve more icebergs, and retreat inland.”

Scientists are now trying to predict if this is an indicator of how fast we’ll lose ice this century. “Ultimately, understanding how the ocean controls loss from ice sheets is critical for predicting global sea-level rise,” Carroll says.


Following the recommendation of President Michael H. Schill, the UO’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of Dunn Hall, a dorm named for 1920s- and 30s-era classics professor Frederic Dunn.

The Black Student Task Force had identified the name as offensive because Dunn was an “exalted Cyclops” in the Ku Klux Klan. “Frederic Dunn was the head of an organization that supported racism and violence against African-Americans, Catholics, and Jews,” Schill said. “No student, particularly no student of color, should have to move into a residence hall named for a man affiliated with one of the most despicable organizations in American history.”

The building will be temporarily named Cedar Hall until a permanent name is selected through a process with broad input.


Ed and Cyndy Maletis

Sarah Nutter, who becomes dean of the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business on January 17, will have additional resources thanks to a $5 million naming gift from Cynthia, BA ’78, and Edward Maletis, BS ’76. “Cyndy and Ed share a passion for education and a ‘Go, Ducks’ spirit that is simply infectious,” says interim dean Bruce Blonigen. “Their contributions to the UO and the Lundquist College have now helped us secure a new dean, as well as retain top-tier faculty members and assist outstanding students. We’re so grateful for this support, which will have an enduring impact on the college.”

The income from the endowment created by the gift will provide the Edward Maletis Dean with resources to take advantage of fast-rising entrepreneurial and strategic opportunities, Blonigen said.

Museum Diorama
Who were Oregon’s first people, and when did they get here? How are ancient Oregon cultures reflected in the traditions of today’s tribes? Visitors to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History can explore these questions at the newly redesigned exhibit “Oregon—Where Past Is Present.” The revamped exhibit features rare artifacts, enhanced basketry and weaving displays, touchscreen learning stations, and an interactive zone titled “Paisley Caves and the First Americans.” Through remains like stone tools, woven fibers, and even ancient feces, this exhibit tells the story of Oregon’s earliest known human occupation as well as the more recent story of how research by museum archaeologists is reshaping long-held theories about the peopling of the Americas.


What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

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Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises