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Welcome to the Department of Human Physiology

by Li-Shan Chou, Department Head

On behalf of the faculty and students of the Department of Human Physiology, I would like to welcome you to our website. Our department is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. (more…)

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April 13, 2015

Commencement 2015

The 2015 Human Physiology commencement ceremony is on Monday, June 15th at noon. The location is the lawn behind the Knight Law School, corner of Agate and 15th streets. Check-in begins here at 11:30. The ceremony should last about 1-1/2 hours. No tickets are required for this ceremony (or the all-university one at Matthew Knight arena). There will be light refreshments afterwards.

The deadline to apply for spring graduation on Duckweb is April 26th. There is a sign-up sheet in a red folder in the HPHY office where you can indicate if you’re participating in the HPHY ceremony. Next time you’re in the office, please sign “yes or no” by your name. You may also pick up a program exit evaluation and grad registration card, which may be filled out in the office or brought back at a later date.

Regalia may be ordered online ( Order by April 19 to receive special pricing. Students can order announcements for individual ceremonies as well as the main ceremony. Announcement orders can be placed with CB Graduation Announcements at or call 1-800-433-0296.

The optional all-university ceremony is on Monday, June 15th beginning at 9 a.m. Graduates line up in front of Johnson Hall on 13th by 8:15 a.m. to march in the Duck Walk parade to the Matt Knight Arena. This ceremony should end by 11 a.m.

The University strongly recommends parking at Autzen Stadium and taking a shuttle to campus. Last year there were 38,000 visitors on campus, so parking is at a premium. There will be golf carts around campus to transport folks who need assistance getting to ceremony sites. There will be ADA parking on campus in the Columbia lot below the Matt Knight Arena. A disability hangtag is required to park there. If you or one of your guests needs any special accommodations, please contact Cindy Wiser. We’re happy to arrange wheelchair seating for easy access.

We use GradImages professional photographers at our ceremony. If you want to view proofs and place an order, you can do so at or call 1-800-211-0436.

The University has a commencement web site:
Please refer to this site for lots of helpful information about the all-university ceremony, maps, plus campus activities.

February 13, 2015

Former PE Professor bestowed French Legion of Honor

Michael Reuter was a favorite professor of PE and taught Statistics for the Physical Education program before the Human Physiology Department existed. Also known as a wrestling coach when he came to the University of Oregon in the 70’s. Reuter retired from the University of Oregon in 1984.

Much before going to school on the G.I. bill and then receiving his PhD from the University of Illinois, Reuter served in the military starting in 1942 during WWII.

The 93-year-old former Lt. Colonel received France’s highest honor for soldiers, a Knight of the Legion of Honor in a ceremony held in Eugene on Wednesday. After the war, he was also awarded several military honors, The Bronze Star, Purple Heart and others.

Read here for more coverage on the special occasion and why the Lt. Colonel received such high honors…

February 4, 2015

HPHY Professor Emeritus Marjorie Woollacott Presenting at UO Symposium of Mindfullness

Come and see Human Physiology Professor Emeritus Marjorie Woollacott present “Effects of Meditation, Tai Chi and Aerobics on Neural Activity Associated with Executive Attention” on February 9th at 3:30pm. A workshop on February 10th at 3:00pm will also be presented: “UO Mindfulness Research with Cris Niell, Marjorie Woollacott and other UO researchers”.

February 9th Symposium held in the Ford Alumni Center
February 10th Workshops are located in the EMU Gumwood Room

Researchers at the UO are now finding that meditation and mindfulness can lead to improved learning and attention as well as increased self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.

Full details of all guest speakers, sessions & workshops are available here:
UO Symposium for Mindfullness

January 15, 2015

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation awards 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award to former HPHY student

Congratulations to Dr. Li-Shan Chou’s former student Dr. David Howell PhD. who will receive this distinguished award this summer at their annual conference in St. Louis. The Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding doctoral student research in athletic training and health care. David is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Congratulations David!

January 2, 2015

Lovering Lab Original Research Article Featured in Annals of the American Thoracic Society