Fundación Runa seeks interns for development projects in Peru and Ecuador

February 28, 2014

The Fundación Runa is looking for interns to carry out a participatory analysis of community based resources and livelihoods in the Amazon.  Interns will gain knowledge in areas such as sustainable agricultural practices, business and management, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

APRU report: Bridging the gender gap in higher education

February 28, 2014

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) published its Gender Gap Report for 2013. The objective of the report is to help identify the key areas and issues that each university has to address and encourage member institutions to participate in a collective effort in bridging the gender gap in higher education.

Thailand names new green chemistry lab for Ken Doxsee

February 27, 2014

Note: This article first appeared in Around the O on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

What began with a visit from a dignitary at the UO has led to a lab named in the honor of a UO faculty member and administrator.

University of Oregon chemistry professor Ken Doxsee visited Thonburi, Thailand, in December to speak and perform experiments at the grand opening of a facility named in his honor – Assumption College’s Doxsee Green Chemistry Laboratory.

Doxsee started teaching at the UO in 1989 and also serves as UO associate vice provost for academic affairs.

Award-winning journalist, advocate Cacho to visit UO

February 25, 2014

Award-winning journalist and human rights advocate Lydia Cacho will visit the UO to deliver the 2014 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies. Her talk, entitled "Defending Human Rights: The Amazing Journey of a Mexican Journalist," will take place on Thursday, May 29, at 182 Lillis Hall, 7 p.m.

Born in Cancún, Mexico, in 1963, Lydia Cacho is widely recognized as one of the most courageous journalists in the world for her reports on domestic violence, child prostitution, organized crime, and political corruption.

Harry Potter study abroad program encourages empathy, social justice

February 3, 2014

Note: This Article was first published by the Daily Emerald on Sunday, Febraury 2, 2014.

The large wooden doors swung open and she staggered inside, her feet touching the stone floor. A golden, candlelit hue enveloped her. She stood gaping in wonder as sparkles danced before her eyes. The house tables for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were set. Lifelike mannequins resembling professors Dumbledore, Hagrid and Snape were positioned on the podium in the front of the room.

Year of the Horse: Kung Hei Fat Choy!

January 31, 2014

Today, Friday, January 31 marks the end of the Chinese calendar. Around midnight, millions of people around the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year.

At the UO, a few student organizations will be sharing their cultural traditions and events with all UO community.

Check out the following links for a full list of events and schedules:

Vietnamese Student Association Tết Celebration

Apply for the Global Oregon 2014 Graduate and Undergraduate Grants

January 30, 2014

We are excited to announce that the application period for the 2014 Global Oregon Graduate and Undergraduate Grants is now open. These grants are intended to enhance students’ global education experiences, such as study abroad, international internships and international research opportunities. We invite UO graduate students to apply for one of five $2,000 research awards and UO undergraduate students to apply for one of ten $500 research awards.

Global Oregon is an initiative of the Global Studies Institute ( in the UO Office of International Affairs.

In the News: Five things you didn’t know about UO President Michael Gottfredson

January 27, 2014

Note: This articcle first appeared in the Emerald newspaper on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Halfway through his second year as University of Oregon president, Michael Gottfredson is still a mystery to many students. Here are five tidbits about the UO president that will leave you feeling like you’re on a first name basis:

Former U.S. Ambassador Benjaminson picked to lead GOC

January 2, 2014

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Gabon and to Sao Tome & Principe, Eric Benjaminson, as the first executive director of the Gabon Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development (GOC—Eugene, OR branch).  

Ambassador Benjaminson, originally from Brownsville, Oregon, and a UO alumnus (1981, History, Honors College), recently retired from a 32-year career with the US Foreign Service, having served in Europe, China, Canada, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Namibia, and Gabon.  

Wooten appointed new Associate Vice Provost, Director of Study Abroad for OIA

December 27, 2013

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has appointed Professor Stephen Wooten as its new Associate Vice Provost and Director of Study Abroad.
Jointly appointed since 2001 to the Departments of International Studies and Anthropology, Wooten brings a wide range of prior research, administrative and programmatic experience to his new role in OIA.