Government & Community Relations Blog

Construction cranes dot the sky from Dad's Gate to Hayward

December 11, 2018
By Athony St. Clair; first appeared in UO Giving
Brown leaves crunch underfoot, and low clouds hide the sky—but there may be hints of blue to come. Students talk and smile, or review a book or device as they make their way to the next class, meeting, or lab. Throughout the UO campus, construction equipment beeps and rumbles.This might be the home of the Ducks, but right now campus is the home of the cranes—construction cranes, that is. They dot the sky from Dad's Gate to Hayward. 
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Governor releases two versions of 2019-21 recommended budget

November 30, 2018
On Nov. 28 Governor Brown released her recommended budget for the 2019-21 biennium. State law requires the Governor to craft a balanced budget based the state’s current means. The December 2018 revenue forecast from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis shows that the state is expected to have $20.5 billion in General Fund revenues, which is $1.9 billion more than at the close of the 2015-17 biennium.
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Oregon senators call on Administration to rescind rule cracking down on international students

November 28, 2018
Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined 16 of their colleagues in signing a letter urging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director (USCIS) Francis Cissna to rescind a policy change that would unnecessarily target international students who inadvertently violate the terms of their visas. Many students don’t know they are in violation of the terms, but under this new rule students could still be barred from re-entering the United States for up to 10 years.
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UO chemist serves another term on the National Science Board

November 20, 2018
First appeared in Around the O, November 19, 2018 University of Oregon chemist Geri Richmond will spend another six years as a member of the National Science Board.
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How 2018 election results impact UO

November 8, 2018
Now that the 2018 midterm elections are over, all social media newsfeeds and TV commercials will go back to their regularly scheduled programming. But how did the election play out in Oregon? Voter turnout and engagement by Oregonians was huge, with at least 1.87 million voters casting ballots. Turnout was likely driven by national momentum from both political parties, the race for Governor, and several hotly contested ballot measures. Five statewide measures asked voters to weigh in on everything from taxes to immigration.
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UO research may soon make Oregon safer in quakes and fires

October 17, 2018
Article first appeared in Around the O on October 16, 2018 Research by UO seismologist and earth sciences professor Douglas Toomey is shaping a new set of policy agendas designed to help Oregon prepare for a Cascadia earthquake and other natural disasters.
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UO scientists help pave the way in quantum science efforts

October 12, 2018
Article first appeared in Around the O on October 11, 2018 UO researchers on the forefront of quantum information science continue to make major strides toward passing legislation, and last week three of them were awarded a major grant to pursue studies in quantum science.
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Campus street scene gets lively with new welcome-back party

October 12, 2018
Article first appeared in Around the O on October 3, 2018 Friday, Oct. 12, will be a busy day on the UO campus. The ASUO Street Faire, Black Alumni Reunion, Duck Preview and Board Summit will bring hundreds of future and forever Ducks to campus. UO athletics will be preparing for Matt Knight Madness that evening and the next day’s football matchup against rival University of Washington Huskies. It’s the perfect time for a party.
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UO to seek $54M from the state to renovate Huestis Hall

August 28, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on August 24. The University of Oregon will ask state lawmakers for $54 million in bonds next year to renovate Huestis Hall after making the project its top capital construction priority for the coming legislative session.
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New online advocacy tool helps Ducks support their university

August 28, 2018
University of Oregon supporters have a new way to engage with federal, state and local elected officials about legislation that affects the university and students. It’s called UO Advocates. UO Advocates is a new, one-stop-shop digital tool alumni across the state and nation can use to take action and ask elected officials to support the work the UO does to serve people and create tomorrow’s leaders.
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Oregon congressional delegation supports funding for NEH and NEA by rejecting amendment

July 20, 2018
On July 19, a bipartisan group of the U.S. House of Representatives, including all five members of the Oregon delegation, voted 297 to 114 to reject an amendment to the Interior appropriations bill that would have cut the budgets of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by 15% or nearly $23 million. The bill will go forward with $155 million in funding for NEH, reflecting a $2 million increase over FY18 levels and $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
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UO researcher influences federal quantum physics legislation

July 10, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on July 4. A call to action by a UO professor has helped catalyze bipartisan legislation recently introduced in Washington, D.C.
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UO's Urbanism Next research is featured in Capitol Hill briefing

June 27, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on June 27. Few American cities are prepared for the changes already taking place because of rapid shifts in transit and technology, a UO professor said at a recent briefing for lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
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University of Oregon launches Around the O Community Edition

May 11, 2018
UO Government and Community Relations launches newsletter to keep neighbors informed of events and resources that matter to them: major events that impact campus neighbors, construction updates, news on important collaborations, and UO resources for community members.
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UO SOJC professor shares NSF-funded research findings with federal policy makers

May 21, 2018
Donna Davis, assistant professor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), traveled in May to Washington, D.C. to share with policy makers her research studying the effects of embodiment, creativity and community in virtual worlds for people with disabilities.  The research project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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UO recognized for hosting International Town & Gown Association conference

May 15, 2018
On May 3, the University of Oregon and City of Eugene were awarded the 2018 Convention Leadership Award by Travel Lane County for bringing the International Town & Gown Association (ITGA) Conference to Eugene and the Erb Memorial Union. The annual award recognizes the local residents directly responsible for implementing a meeting or event that brings significant number of overnight visitors to Lane County. The award presentation included a video highlighting the impacts of the conference.
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UO science museum is awarded highest national honor

May 1, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on May 1. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced May 1 that the Museum of Natural and Cultural History has won a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries.
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Merkley, Bonamici lead advocacy efforts for Institute of Education Sciences funding

May 1, 2018
Congress has begun considering appropriations for FY19. Of particular concern to the University of Oregon is the President’s Proposed Budget Request for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
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UO undergraduate advocates for science funding in D.C.

April 26, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on April 26. It’s a good thing Rachael Cleveland had early exams last term. That’s because the environmental science major spent her finals week in Washington, D.C. learning about science policy and speaking with the staff of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio about the importance of funding scientific research.
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Summary of FY18 Omnibus Bill Funding

April 16, 2018
In mid-March, Congress passed the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill – H.R. 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 – to fund the federal government until the end of the current fiscal year, ending September 30, 2018. On March 23, President Donald Trump signed the package into law.
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Federal funding increase moves ShakeAlert closer to reality

April 10, 2018
Article first appeared in Around the O, April 10, 2018 A recent boost in federal funding will move the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system closer to completion.
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UO science museum is tapped as a national medal finalist

March 14, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on March 5, 2018 The Institute of Museum and Library Services has selected the Museum of Natural and Cultural History as a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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State grant helps expand UO Student Veterans Center services

March 14, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on March 7, 2018. A grant awarded to the University of Oregon’s Student Veterans Center by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will help the center expand its programs and resources. 
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Action supporting Dreamers, Knight Campus moves forward

February 27, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on February 27, 2018

University of Oregon leaders and students have seen the inside of the Oregon Capitol building often now that lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the 35-day legislative session. The university has set clear priorities: defend against cuts to the university’s operating budget, protect Oregon ’Dreamers,’ and secure the second phase of investment in the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.
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Rep. DeFazio gets a taste of quantum science in UO visit

February 5, 2018
This article first appeared in Around the O on February 2, 2018. The importance of photonics and quantum physics was on full display Friday during a visit to campus by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.
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UO joins higher education advocacy effort in Salem

January 24, 2018
First published in Around the O, January 16, 2018 Students, alumni, faculty and staff from all seven Oregon public universities will gather to advocate for higher education funding at the Oregon Capitol in Salem on Thursday, Feb. 15. Advocates, including UO President Michael Schill and ASUO President Amy Schenk, will thank legislators for increased funding in 2017. They also will urge lawmakers to protect universities from cuts in 2018 that may endanger programs and services that students rely on to graduate and be prepared for the 21st century workplace.
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House and Senate appropriation bills mixed for research, student aid priorities

August 2, 2017
With two months to go before the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1, Congress has taken some level of action on all twelve of the appropriations bills that make up the federal budget. But no budget resolution setting overall spending authority for each appropriations bill has been set nor has Congress addressed issues related to budget caps and the debt ceiling. As Congress heads toward its August recess, it remains unclear whether a government shutdown can be avoided when the fiscal year begins October 1.
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Summary of 2017 Legislative Session

July 7, 2017
The 79th Oregon Legislative Assembly has adjourned. By many measures, this was a difficult session for lawmakers, who were faced with a more than $1 billion budget shortfall and major packages of policy to negotiate, including a multi-billion dollar transportation package and a Medicaid package to ensure thousands of Oregonians are able to stay on the Oregon Health Plan.
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Big issues remain as Legislature closes in on session's end

June 23, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on June 20, 2017. University of Oregon leaders and supporters are staying visible in Salem as legislators continue to work through important bills and policy issues.
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UO leaders oppose proposed National Institutes of Health budget cuts and research indirect cost caps

June 16, 2017
UO leaders have joined other AAU and APLU member leaders in expressing opposition to the Trump Administration’s request to Congress to cut the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY18 budget and impose caps for research cost reimbursements on NIH grants.
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Session winding down: Tuition support, capital construction and revenue measures are on the table in the Legislature

June 6, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on June 6, 2017. With the Oregon Legislature in the last five weeks of the 2017 session, both the House and Senate chambers recently announced they would move to 24-hour notice for public hearings, an indication that the end of the session is near.
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Administration’s FY18 Budget calls for cuts to student aid, research

May 23, 2017
On May 23, President Donald Trump released his proposed budget, which includes cuts that could prove devastating to students and higher education research if enacted.
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FY17 budget finalized with seven months left in the federal fiscal year

May 8, 2017
On Friday, May 5, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 244, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year (through September 30, 2017).
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UO’s Knight Campus gets first hearing in state Legislature

March 28, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on March 28, 2017. The UO’s Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact made its debut before the Oregon Legislature last week when a group of university faculty and students spoke about the potential of the $1 billion initiative before a House committee.
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More than 500 universities sign letter to White House calling for support of Dreamers

March 23, 2017
On March 17, the American Council on Education (ACE) delivered a letter to President Donald Trump regarding Dreamers, young people brought to the United States by undocumented parents before the age of 16. More than 750,000 individuals are registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and many are currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.
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Ducks swoop into Salem to make a case for a budget boost

March 9, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on March 9, 2017 Almost 100 university leaders, students and alumni rallied in Salem on Thursday to urge lawmakers to boost state support for public universities and protect the affordability of a college degree.
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Oregon legislators solicit feedback on proposed budget

February 7, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on February 7, 2017

As campus leaders at Oregon’s seven public universities urge state lawmakers to boost state funding for higher education, the co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee are making their way across Oregon to solicit input on what should be funded during the next two years.
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Higher education leaders express concern about visa limits

February 6, 2017
The University of Oregon joined higher education associations, scientific societies, and individual colleges and universities in expressing strong concerns about President Donald Trump's January 27 executive order that halted for 90 days the entry into the U.S. of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Statements included, in date order:
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University leaders ask Legislature for improved funding

January 24, 2017
This article first appeared in Around the O on January 24, 2017.

The presidents and campus leaders at Oregon’s seven public universities are urging lawmakers to boost state funding for higher education, saying recent budget proposals from the governor and Legislature could force record increases in tuition.
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UO outlines priorities for 2017 Oregon legislative session

January 23, 2017
During the 2017 legislative session, UO leaders are proposing and/or monitoring a variety of topics and bills introduced that have budgetary or policy implications for the institution. State Affairs staff study all bills introduced during the session, confer with faculty and staff with content knowledge about the effects of proposed legislation, and work in coalition with university and other partners to share implications with decision makers and ensure the mission and strategic of the institution is advanced..
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The end of the 114th Congress: Sweeping innovation and medical research legislation signed into law, government shutdown avoided

January 23, 2017
The 114th Congress finished in December with the passage of important legislation, including a FY17 Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund the government through April 28, 2017, avoiding a government shutdown.
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Proposed BRIDGE Act shields DREAMers from deportation

January 23, 2017
On January 12, bipartisan groups in the U.S. House and Senate introduced the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, to shield DREAMers – (Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors) undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children – from deportation until their status can be addressed through comprehensive immigration reform.
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Oregon Impact Map updated for 2017

January 23, 2017
The Oregon Impact site now includes the most current data about the University of Oregon’s impact around the state. UO Campus GIS & Mapping team of Safety and Risk Services created the interactive site in collaboration with the government and community relations group.
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Governor's recommended budget includes funding for two UO projects

December 7, 2016
The budget proposal recently released by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for 2017-19 includes funding for several UO priorities, including bonds for two projects that are key to the university’s future.
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US House approves Cures Act

December 6, 2016
The US House of Representatives on November 30 passed the 21st Century Cures Act (now HR 34) in a vote of 392 to 26. The Cures Act, which authorizes increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), enjoys broad support from the research community and has been endorsed by the White House, but other groups oppose using the Public Health and Prevention Fund as the offset to pay for increased funding.
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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden discusses Presidental Tax Transparency Act bill with law students

September 30, 2016
On Thursday, September 29, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with Oregon Law students today about his bill, the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, to require presidential candidates to release their recent tax returns.
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US Senator Merkley and Congressman DeFazio visit campus to speak with students and faculty

June 6, 2016
On May 31, both US Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) separately visited the UO campus to talk with students and faculty. The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics hosted Senator Merkley for a talk on the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. After offering opening remarks, Senator Merkley was joined on a panel by Stuart Chinn, UO associate professor of law, and James Mohr, Distinguished professor of History and Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Sciences.  Senator Merkley is pictured below with Professors Chinn and Mohr. 
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Congressional committees move budget bills

June 6, 2016
Before heading to the Memorial Day recess, several congressional committees took action on funding bills. As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. this week, the week of June 6, appropriators are scheduled to meet again. On May 24, the US House Appropriations Committee approved its FY17 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill with funding for research programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA.
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Senator Wyden hosts cyber security roundtable; Congresswoman Bonamici hosts innovation discussion at White Stag Block

May 23, 2016
On May 6, US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) UO’s visited campus to hold a roundtable with UO computer and information science faculty members, students, and local tech sector companies on cyber security and privacy.
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Oregon driver's license will no longer be accepted for entry into certain federal facilities starting in Oct. 2016

May 23, 2016
Beginning October 10, 2016, Oregon driver licenses will no longer be accepted identification to access certain federal facilities and nuclear power plants. Congress, in enacting the REAL ID Act in 2005, began a phase-in process requiring states to either update the security of driver’s licenses or require their citizens to provide an additional form of acceptable alternative identification for some activities.
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IRS grants delay in tax reporting (1098-T) requirement change

May 23, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service announced in late April that it will grant a delay in implementation of a change in tax reporting requirements for qualified tuition and related expenses on IRS form 1098-T. The UO joined with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and other universities in asking for the delay.

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Senate Appropriations Committee funds advanced wood research initiative, increases funding for AFRI

May 23, 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee on May 19 approved its FY17 Agriculture appropriations bill with $375 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), an increase of $25 million above the FY16 enacted level. That funding is the same amount approved for AFRI by the House Appropriations Committee on April 19.
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