University of Oregon Top Research Stories from 2022

As the pandemic waned, research, innovation and discovery at the University of Oregon swelled. Here’s a sampling of some of our top stories.

Research shows our brains would rather look at trees than buildings

UO physicist Richard Taylor, who is internationally known for his innovation using bioinspiration to improve health and wellbeing, and a team of collaborators have found that our brains prefer the repeating, naturally occurring patterns found in nature over more urban settings. Read more.

How do smartphones affect our mental health?

Researcher Nick Allen partnered with Google Health Studies for a national study on the effects of smart phones on our mental and physical well-being. Allen is nationally renowned for his work understanding adolescent mental health disorders, and developing early intervention. Read more.

A trio of Ducks collaborate to help winter Olympians fend off the cold

Two graduate students from our Sports Product Management program and an alum teamed up to develop heated shorts that keep winter athletes warm during lulls in competition. Read more.

A burned landscape is rejuvenating and abuzz thanks to the efforts of UO scientists

UO ecologist Lauren Ponisio and her graduate students strategically sowed 20 species of native plants in the McKenzie River Valley that was torched by wildfire in 2020 to lure pollinators back to the area and spur regrowth. Read more.

Can our portrayal of the creatures at the bottom of the sea affect conservation efforts?

Stacy Alaimo, director of English graduate studies and a core faculty member of the Environmental Studies program, is researching the effects of beauty and aesthetics on deep-sea science and conservation efforts for the creatures that live there. Read more.

Refining outreach techniques results in more COVID testing for Latinx communities

Using newly developed and culturally informed methods, a UO team from the College of Education's Prevention Science Institute, was able to more than triple the number of Latinx people getting tested for COVID-19. Read more.

Opening your windows at night and closing them during the day is surprisingly effective

The findings by UO building scientist Alexandra Rempel, who led the study, are increasingly relevant due to the effects of climate change. Read more.