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June 23, 2016

Congratulations 2016 Graduates

On Monday June 13th, Human Physiology celebrated candidates for 257 Baccalaureate degrees, 11 Master’s degrees and 4 Doctoral degrees in front of a large crowd of family, friends, faculty & staff. .

Also celebrated were numerous awards and scholarships awarded to 22 graduates and a special award presented to Dr. Jerold A. Hawn MD for the Louis Osternig Clinical Educator Award.


2016 Commencement program (659x1024)

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A grand total of 4,192 bachelor’s degrees, 688 master’s degrees, 86 doctoral degrees, 121 law degrees and 46 certificates were conferred to 5,067 men and women in total at the University.

The Class of 2016 was notable for being the most diverse, with the most students of Hispanic descent and members of ethnic minorities earning degrees. In addition, the class has 615 students from 65 nations, the most ever.

Resident Oregonians account for nearly half of the graduates. All told, 48 states, 65 countries and two territories were represented in the Class of 2016.

Congratulations to all!


Dr. Chris Minson with PhD graduate Dr. Vienna Brunt


Dr. Andy Lovering (Right) congratulates Clinical Educator Award Recipient Dr. Jerold Hawn


Dr. Mike Hahn (Right) with HPHY Honors graduate Tyler Baca


Dr. Li-Shan Chou (Right) and PhD graduate Dr. Bryson Nakamura

May 4, 2016

HPHY Announces Inaugural Graduate Teaching Award Winner

HPHY is excited to announce its inaugural Graduate Teaching Award winner – Austin Hocker.

Austin HockerA rigorous rubric was used to evaluate the applications, and Austin rose to the top specifically due to the incredible investment he has made regarding professional development as an educator in the five years he has been at the University of Oregon. For example, Austin completed an online course titled “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Education”, lead a workshop in 2015 for the NW Biology Instructors Organization titled “Identifying Core Teaching Values: Aligning philosophy and pedagogy”, contributed to a discipline-based education research project recently accepted for publication in Advances in Physiology Education, and participated in numerous Teaching Effectiveness Program and Science Literacy Program workshops and journal clubs. He is currently working towards his Graduate Teaching Initiative certificate through the Teaching Effectiveness Program. Austin joined the Department of Human Physiology in 2011 to begin a Master’s degree researching muscle physiology and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Adrianne Huxtable investigating the neural control of breathing. Since arriving at UO he has taught in six different classes, and has been the lead instructor for both HPHY 211 Medical Terminology, and HPHY 322 Human Physiology I. Austin is known for his commitment to excellence, professionalism, desire to learn, intellectual ability and willingness to question the status quo. He is an exceptional student, colleague and teacher and we are thrilled to recognize his efforts through this Graduate Teaching Award.

More information about the Graduate Teaching Award can be found here


April 26, 2016

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic to get new home

hayward_field_1_800_pxThe University of Oregon’s iconic Hayward field will see a major renovation starting Fall 2016. One of the Human Physiology departments core facilities is located in the Bowerman building adjacent to Hayward field and is slated for demolition. The Bowerman Sports Science Clinic will move to the new west grandstand upon completion which will double it’s current research space and provide direct access to an indoor training facility.

The completed project will be named Hayward Field at the Bowerman Track and Field Complex and is expected to be complete by Fall 2017.

UO Foundation: Hayward Field Renovation

Around the O article

Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Website

April 15, 2016

Dr. Halliwill study published and featured in Around the O

john-halliwill-2016Dr. John Halliwill, Human Physiology Professor and Director of the Exercise & Environmental Physiology Lab has recently been published in the Journal of Physiology. The abstract lead by Doctoral Student Steven Romero is titled: “Evidence of a broad histamine footprint on the human exercise transcriptome”.

A full feature interview can be found here: Around the O article

March 2, 2016

HPHY mourns loss of former Adjunct Faculty Dr. Dick Brown

Dick BrownThe sad news of the passing of Dr. Dick Brown rippled through HPHY and the Track and Field community this past weekend. It was reported that Dick lost his 6 year battle with cancer at the age of 78 on Saturday February 27th.

Dr. Brown was a top US track & field coach, Physiologist and a long-time adjunct faculty member of Human Physiology. He coached many highly decorated athletes including Mary Decker (Slaney), Marla Runyan and Suzy Favor (Hamilton), all top middle distance runners throughout his long career.

A celebration of life will be announced later this Spring.

The faculty, staff and students of Human Physiology wish the Brown family our sincerest condolences.

January 27, 2016

Congrats to HPHY Adjunct Research Assistant Pedro Abdala!

Pedro Abdala, 2014 Human Physiology Graduate and current Adjunct Research Assistant has been awarded a highly competitive award from OHSU and the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI). Pedro will start at OHSU School of Medicine Fall 2016.

SHOI provides eligible students with a unique opportunity to help address healthcare disparity in the state of Oregon. In return, funding recipients agree to practice as a healthcare practitioner in a rural or underserved community in Oregon for a minimum of one year longer than the total years of funding received.

Pedro Abdala graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology and a Minor in Biochemisty. He has been working as the Adjunct Research Assistant under John Halliwill in the Exercise & Environmental Physiology lab since July 2014.

Congratulations Pedro!

More information about the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative can be found here.

January 21, 2016

HPHY Graduate Student Teaching Award

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The department has announced a new GTF Teaching award to recognize excellence in graduate student teaching in the Department of Human Physiology and select one graduate student from our department to be nominated for the graduate school’s Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.

More details regarding eligibility and application information can be found here.

Applications for HPHY Graduate Student Teaching Award are due the Friday of Finals week Winter Term


December 8, 2015

Hello World Champ!

Mattox World Trail Champion

Congratulations to Kimber Mattox on her BIG WIN at the 2015 XTERRA World Championship trail run in Hawaii.

Kimber defended her title at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship crossing the finish line for the 21k in 1:36:44 on a picture-perfect Hawaiian morning along the northeastern shore of Oahu on Sunday December, 6th 2015. More than 1,500 runners from 20 countries and 40 states participated in the event at historic Kualoa Ranch.

Kimber Mattox is a Human Physiology Adjunct Instructor and former University of Oregon All American from Bend, Oregon.

Read the full article from here and race results here


October 19, 2015

2015 HPHY Graduate featured in APS’ Student’s Corner

Recent Human Physiology graduate Mairin Peck provides her perspective as an undergrad through the HPHY program. The article titled “Discovering Human Physiology” was published in the September issue of the American Physiological Society’s journal.

Full article here


September 23, 2015

HPHY Staff selected for Guest Coach Program

Congratulations to Jen Strong who was nominated by the Registrar staff to get a behind the scenes look at this Saturday’s football game vs. Utah.

The Guest Coach Program, a project of Support Services for Student Athletes & Athletics, has been bringing together faculty, staff & athletes together for over 30 years. A unique way to get a different perspective as to what student athletes experience on game day.

Recipients who are selected get to attend a pre-game meal with the team, receive a tour of athletic facilities, attend the team meeting, watch the game from the sidelines, hang out at a special tailgater and also attend the post game press conference and reception.

WOW! Congrats Jen! Look for her on the sidelines this Saturday!

Here is a picture of Guest Coach Strong on the sidelines!
Guest coach Strong & Harrison

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