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Natural Sciences

Hofstadter Honored

A colored image of a fractal

Douglas Hofstadter, who earned his MS (’72) and PhD (’75) in physics at the UO, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.  (Left: A colorized image of "Hofstadter's Butterfly," a fractal discovered by Douglas Hofstadter when he was at the UO.)

The Beauty of Math

A stained glass window

On display in the second floor student lounge in Deady Hall are four stained glass windows designed by David Jordan and his father while David was a senior math major at the UO (fall/winter 2005).

The Russians are Coming (and the Chinese, too)

In the worldwide academic community, there are disciplines and research interests that rise above the machinations of international politics. Luckily for the UO, mathematics is one of them.

Make It, Break It and Do It All Over Again

Black objects connected to the center of a circle by wire

One of the best-kept secrets on the UO campus is the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), a non-profit activity


housed in Information Services that provides technical assistance to universities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries.

Training the Spine, One Section at a Time

A young child wearing a head and arm monitor in a laboratory

Cerebral palsy (CP) has deep and lasting effects on a child’s quality of life, but human physiology has hit on something that could permanently improve mobility even in severe cases. Graduate student Sandra Saavedra studies spinal control in normal infants as part of her research into interventions for CP.

IMB Turns 50

A multi-tiered cake

The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) turns 50 this year, and a celebration is planned for October.

Biologist and Landscape Architect Team Up On Climate Change

It’s clear now that climate change solutions won’t be found in academic “silos” — i.e., within the narrow confines of one discipline or another. Instead, researchers across a spectrum of disciplines must combine their expertise and resources if effective answers are to be found.

Online Extras

Gödel, Escher, Bach

A comment iconRead about a UO alum's provocative book, plus his further explorations into cognition.

The Perpendicular

A comment iconFind out why Mark Thoma's economics blog is a must-read.

Humanists Stake Their Claim

An audio icon Read the Q&A from our lively humanities roundtable and/or listen to the entire discussion.

Post Your Klonoski Tribute

A comment iconAdd your own remembrance and learn about the reinstated dollar check-off (a Klonoski point of pride).

A Pakistan Primer

A comment iconThe last two years have been turbulent, even by Pakistan's standards. 

McNeely's Talk at Google

A video icon Watch Ian McNeely's talk at Google, Inc. and read a chapter from his book, Reinventing Knowledge.

Math Does Windows

A camera iconCheck out the dazzling "math windows" in Deady Hall.

Fairy Tales for Modern Times

A comment icon A while back, in a city that shall remain nameless, lived a media mogul, his trophy wife, and their daughter...

Visitors from Malawi, Kenya and Nepal

A video iconWatch video interviews with engineers who came to the UO for a computer networking workshop.