STEM

The University of Oregon's STEM experts not only lead their fields in the areas of science, technology, education, and math, but also work locally and globally to make STEM more accessible to the masses. Find the full list of experts in STEM, below.

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Brendan Bohannan, professor of biology and expert in microbes and our health

Brendan Bohannan, Department of Biology

Brendan Bohannan is an expert in microbes, from how they affect (or are affected by) climate change, to how they affect our health, especially when microbes that are meant to live outside are brought into indoor locations, like classrooms, hospitals, and schools through the air or by users of indoor spaces.

Jim Brau, Department of Physics, Center for High Energy Physics

Jim Brau is an expert in particle physics and astronomy, and the importance of federal and private investment in scientific research. He is a member of the ATLAS Collaboration, studying high energy physics at the Large Hadron Collider, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, where he searches for gravitational waves.

David Conover, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

David Conover is an expert in ocean science who specializes in marine conservation, the ecology of marine fishes and fisheries science. He serves as the vice president for research and innovation and is also available to speak about the importance of federally funded research and the ways in which research and innovation improve human health, strengthen the economy and address the grand challenges that society faces.

Bill Cresko

Bill Cresko, Department of Biology

Bill Cresko is an expert in evolution, development, genomics and molecular biology. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the associate vice president for research. Bill is interested in how the evolution of genes and developmental processes produces to the amazing diversity of life on earth.

Chris Doe, Department of Biology, Institute of Neuroscience

Chris Doe is an expert in neural stem cells, the generation of neurons, and how neural circuits are formed in model organisms such as fruit flies and mice. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the co-director of the Institute of Neuroscience. Chris has studied how neural stem cells continue to divide without forming tumors, how stem cells change over time to produce different types of neurons, and how the very first neural circuits form and function to generate movement. 

Scott Fisher, Outreach Director of the Department of Astronomy

Scott Fisher, Department of Physics

Scott Fisher is an expert about space, NASA, and all things astronomy. His particular strength is making science and STEM accessible to non-scientists. If it involves the stars and what we can learn from the universe beyond this home we call Earth, he can speak to it.

Jessica Green, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Jessica Green is an expert in biology, ecology, engineering and sustainability of the "built environment," (i.e., buildings, homes, apartment complexes, offices, subways, etc.). She studies ways we can improve our health by improving how and what we build. Jessica also speaks about women in STEM careers and encouraging advancement in STEM.

Karen Guillemin

Karen Guillemin, Department of Biology

Karen Guillemin is an expert in microbiology, cell and developmental biology and host-microbe systems. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of biology in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

Samantha Hopkins, Department of Earth Sciences, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Samantha Hopkins is an expert in paleontology, climate change and evolution. She studies the evolution of ecology in mammals, primarily fossil mammals, and is interested in the role climate change and geologic activity play in mammal evolution.

Jim Hutchison

James Hutchison, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jim Hutchison is an expert in environmentally sustainable product and energy development through the use of green chemistry, biochemistry. His nanoscience research explores solar and hydrogen energy production and storage, plus rapid recharging battery technology. Jim is also adept at translating complicated science into terms anyone can understand.

David Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Johnson is an expert in nanotechnology, the future of technology and materials analysis. He travels around Oregon giving “science pub” talks, making cutting-edge science accessible and understandable to the general public.

Seth Lewis, School of Journalism and Communication

Seth Lewis is an expert in social media, media innovation, emerging technologies, technology and society and digital culture. At the University of Oregon, he is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media. A former journalist turned Ph.D., Seth’s research explores the digital transformation of journalism. He can also speak about robot journalism and journalism in an era of big data.

Andrew Lovering, Department of Human Physiology

Andrew Lovering is an expert in cardiopulmonary and respiratory physiology. He studies the heart, lungs and breathing and the impact of environmental conditions such as high-altitude and heat/cold on the human body. His lab, the Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, has been funded by the Department of Defense, NASA, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association in Oregon.

Ken Kato, Director of the Infographics Lab

Ken Kato, InfoGraphics Lab

Ken Kato is an expert in mapping and related mapping technologies and apps, transportation planning, geographic information systems (GIS), and "smart cities." His award-winning mapping technologies have been used to help emergency management, risk, planning, operations, and police departments.

James Meacham, Department of Geography

Jim Meacham is an expert in GIS (geographic information systems), the technology behind real-time mapping. A world-class cartographer and atlas designer, Jim's work includes mapping the migration patterns of big game in Wyoming and co-authoring the Atlas of Yellowstone National Park.

Cris Niell, Department of Biology

Cris Niell is an expert in neuroscience, interested in understanding how the brain interprets sensory information and drives our actions. His lab has developed methods to study the activity of neurons and brain regions during perception and cognition, with applications that range from childhood development and education to understanding autism and schizophrenia.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips, Department of Biology

Patrick Phillips is an expert in ecology and evolution, the biology of aging, molecular biology and the genetics of complex traits.

Ken Prehoda, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ken Prehoda is an expert in molecular biology and molecular evolution. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Ken studies how cells evolve over time and how cellular evolution can help find clues to diseases. He is particularly interested in how proteins work inside cells. Ken and his team identified an ancient mutation that contributed to evolution of multicellular animals.

Geri Richmond, U.S. Science Envoy to Southeast Asia and expert in STEM career paths for women

Geri Richmond, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Geraldine Richmond is an expert in science, science policy, and STEM. As a U.S. Science Envoy to Southeast Asia, Geri works to empower women and girls in the U.S. and abroad to pursue careers in the sciences. She also co-founded a career development program for women chemists known as COACh.

Josh Snodgrass, Department of Anthropology and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Josh Snodgrass is an expert in human evolutionary biology and global health, describing how humans adapt to environmental stressors, such as sustained extreme cold, and the influence of economic and cultural change on aging, diet, cardiovascular health and metabolic diseases.

McKay Sohlberg, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

McKay Sohlberg is an expert in special education, early intervention, communication disorders, and brain injury recovery, especially related to concussion. She also collaborates with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences to design technologies to help people with brain injuries.

Richard Taylor, Department of Physics

Richard Taylor is an expert in chaos theory, fractals, and the relationship between art and science. His research focuses on "bioinspiration" in which artificial systems benefit from using nature's patterns. He also uses computer analysis to study and authenticate art works, and is considered the leading expert on the artist Jackson Pollock.

David Tyler, expert in the life cycles of everyday items and Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Inorganic, Organometallic & Polymer Chemistry

David Tyler, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Tyler is an expert in sustainable materials, plastics, and natural gas. He studies the life cycles and environmental impacts of everyday items, like Keurig cups, and also studies light-sensitive materials that can transform sustainable production.

Yuan Xu, Department of Mathematics

Yuan Xu is an expert in mathematics, analysis, scientific computing, and applied Mathematics. At the University of Oregon, he is professor of mathematics. Yuan specializes in approximation theory, harmonics analysis and numerical analysis.