CWOSE 2016 -- Lab Visit Selection
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1. Review the lab information listed below.
2. Decide which are your top four choices (in order of preference).
3. Make your selections at the bottom of the survey.

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Neuroscience: How do owls “see” with their ears?
Barn owls can locate prey in pitch darkness using only their sense of hearing. By studying their brains and behavior, Terry’s lab aims to understand how people with normal hearing are able distinguish a sound source of interest from background clutter –something that declines with age and hearing loss.
Hosted by Terry Takahashi
Paleontology: How ancient animals lived
Lots of people are interested in the relationship between the environment and the animals we see around us now. But in Sam’s lab, you can look back in time at the ecological interactions of animals that have long been extinct. You’ll learn how to reconstruct the ecological roles of extinct mammals that are already known and also search for new fossils in places where dramatic environmental changes have happened in the past.
Hosted by Professor Samantha Hopkins
Nanotechnology: Can you really see a benzene ring?
Nanotechnology is the construction and examination of materials at the level of individual molecules. This takes powerful instruments that are expensive and finicky about their environment. The UO has partnered with other Oregon universities, and with industry, to establish CAMCOR -- a shared center where the full range of instruments that make nanotechnology do-able are well cared-for and publically available. John Donovan will show you what these machines can do – and if you ask him, he might show you a microscope that reveals things as small as a benzene ring.
Hosted by CAMCOR Director John Donovan
Geography: Got data?
The world is full of data. Lots of data. Increasingly, this data is spatial -- linking your location with your behaviors, what you buy, who you know. On a bigger scale, we can map humanitarian needs and learn how human development and the environment influence each other. Come visit our “Why of Where” lab to see the latest techniques in action – and meet some UO students who love big data.
Hosted by UO Geography Club
Neuroscience: What can zebrafish tell us about human disease?
Do not be misled by its tranquil appearance. Zebrafish has proven a powerful organism to study human disease. Monte’s lab showed that this vertebrate is uniquely suited for studying Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deaf/blindness in humans. We will show you how, using the zebrafish, we went from studying sensory cells for vision and hearing to discovering the causes underlying Usher syndrome.
Hosted by Professor Monte Westerfield
Material Science: Into darkness and back again -- A journey to restore vision
During the past seven years more than 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with certain types of blindness. Here at Richard’s lab we design devices to put inside the eye and restore sight to people. We study physical, geometrical, chemical and biological aspects of these devices. Come see how we shine light on the dark side of the moon.
Hosted by Professor Richard Taylor
Biology: The bacteria within us
All animals are complex systems of interacting host and microbial cells. Karen’s lab wants to understand how hosts and their associated microbial communities shape each other. They use model systems, like zebrafish and fruit flies, that can be manipulated genetically and microbiologically. From these studies in simple organisms, they hope to understand how complex host-microbe systems function in humans and can potentially promote human health.
Hosted by Professor Karen Guillemin
Biology: Genes and evolution–What’s the connection?
We know that evolution is the result of genetic changes, but how does this work – exactly? For instance, how big is an evolutionary step? How many genes are involved and how big is the change in each? Bill’s lab is answering these questions by applying the latest genomic technology to natural populations of fish (Sticklebacks) that have evolved separately.
Hosted by Professor Bill Cresko
Physics: Detecting gravity waves
September 14, 2015, 7:30 AM: In Eugene, physics professor Raymond Frey, who leads the UO’s team in LIGO project, was at home preparing for a routine Monday teleconference with LIGO colleagues. An email from Europe to the LIGO team had said: “You guys need to take a look at this.” At first, he and his colleagues thought someone was playing games with them. “It wasn’t long, though, when I think everybody realized, at the same time, that this is real, this is amazing, and we had our jaws on the ground for a while. This is the first time to see gravitational waves directly," Frey said, "This is a confirmation of a huge piece of Einstein's theory."
Hosted by Ray Frey
Developmental Biology: Have a heart – and a bone!
We all have one, but how do hearts form? Kryn’s lab uses mutant mice and zebrafish to understand how cells use a combination of genetic instructions and communication with one another to form and repair vertebrate organs like hearts and bones/fins.
Hosted by Kryn Stankunas
Biophysics: How do membranes work?
We’re made of billions of cells – each surrounded by a membrane that carefully controls what goes in and out and that allows cells to sense their environments and “talk” to one another. All of this sophistication depends on the physical properties of the membrane – and a delicate balance between being too stiff (like an ice cube) or too squishy (like melting ice cream). Raghu’s lab uses some ingenious techniques to see how membranes achieve just the right balance; how they bend – but not too much.
Hosted by Professor Raghu Parthasarathy
Geology: The secrets of super volcanoes
Lurking deep below the surface in California and Wyoming are two hibernating volcanoes of almost unimaginable fury. Were they to go critical, they would most likely bury the western half of United States under ash some two meters deep in a matter of hours. Will they erupt any time soon? Ilya’s lab finds clues in the microscopic crystals in volcanic ash.
Hosted by Professor Ilya Bindeman
High Energy Physics: What is matter – really?
From a cavern 100 meters below a small Swiss village, the 7000-ton ATLAS detector is probing for fundamental particles created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Stephanie’s lab is one of the ATLAS collaborators searching for the Higgs boson, extra dimensions, and dark matter.
Hosted by Professor Stephanie Majewski
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