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February 8, 2017

BSSC experts chime in on Tom Brady’s football future

Tom Brady may have his 5th Super Bowl ring, but how many more are in his future? HPHY Associate Professor and BSSC Director Mike Hahn and PhD student Jake Hinkel-Lipsker provide their insight in this Reuters article on the oldest starting Quarterback in the NFL.

January 9, 2017

Associate Professor Mike Hahn Featured In Expert Panel For WalletHub Article

WalletHub, a financial “fitness” website, recently published their list of the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. HPHY Associate Professor and BSSC Director Mike Hahn lent his expert advice on introducing positive changes.

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November 22, 2016

HPHY Monetary Awards 2015/2016

Congratulations to these faculty, graduate and undergraduate 2015/2016 award winners! A total of $484,677 has been awarded to those in Human Physiology.


  • Andrew Lovering – NASA
  • Carrie McCurdy – National Institutes of Health
  • Sierra Dawson – 2016 UO Teaching Excellence Fellowship
  • Christopher Minson – UO Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiative Award

Graduate students:

  • JJ Hannigan – International Society of Biomechanics Travel Grant
  • Vienna Brunt – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Vienna Brunt – American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section
  • Brett Ely – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Vienna Brunt – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Brett Ely – Evonuk Fellowship in Environmental and Stress Physiology
  • Brett Ely – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • JJ Hannigan – McCue Fellowship for Human Performance and Development
  • JJ Hannigan – Jan Broekhoff Graduate Scholarship
  • Austin Hocker – HPHY Graduate Teaching Award
  • Bryson Nakamura – Evonuk Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • Shannon Pomeroy – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship

Undergraduate students:

  • Taylor Eymann – ACSMNW Undergraduate Thematic Poster Award
  • Alysia Lovemark – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Jared Steele – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Keeley Debar – ACSMNW “Student Bowl” Champions
  • Teale Andreason – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Antonio Barrera – HPHY Physiology TA of the Year
  • Varneet Brar – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Varneet Brar – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Varneet Brar – Henry V. Howe Scholarship
  • Lindan Comrada – McNair Scholarship
  • Mai’ana Feuerborn – UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Mini-grant Award
  • David Gallacher – Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • David Gallacher – HPHY Shapiro Scholarship
  • Sarianne Harris – UO Undergraduate Research Award
  • Sarianne Harris – Clark Honors College
  • Alyssa Hardin – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Wendy Peters – Ursula (Sue) Moshberger Scholarship
  • Jared Steele – Stephanie Jackson Human Anatomy TA of the Year
  • Jared Steele – Anatomy TA of the Year
  • Jessica Walker – HPHY Sue Grigsby Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Centurian Award
  • Jonathan Wallace – Edward C Sargent Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Dunbar Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Honors College Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wallace – Presidential Scholarship
  • Austin Thompson – HPHY Fieldman Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Hao Tan – HPHY Shapiro Scholarship
October 18, 2016

HPHY Graduate climbs her way into Science Journal

HPHY Alumni Lauren Earthman (’15) participated in an altitude effects study in Bolivia during her Freshman year. Results from that study have been featured in the international weekly science journal, Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Research.

Check out the full article here:

September 28, 2016

Seminar Series for Fall 2016 announced

The department hosts a yearlong seminar series that explores various topics from obesity, exercise science, bio-mechanics and other Human Physiology related topics.

Four guest speakers are slated every two weeks for the fall term visiting from around the country. This term the department is also having graduate student speakers present during the off weeks. Thurman Lockhart, PhD, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University will be the first guest speaker on Oct. 7th, presenting “Postural Stability and Falls in Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Patients”.

All seminars are free and will take place Fridays at 11 a.m. in McKenzie Hall Room 221.

Human physiology graduate students are required to attend, however the general public is also welcome.

The full schedule is available on our website.

August 23, 2016

PhD Candidate Matt Ely’s study gets a run on Runner’s World

Jog on over to and check out the featured article from HPHY PhD student Matt Ely. His study on Antihistamines and its effects on muscle soreness are reported after being published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Nice job Matt!

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 16, 2016

Faculty member Jon Runyeon awarded Distinguished Teaching Award

Runyeon family

Jon Runyoen with wife Alissa and son Jack

Congratulations to Human Physiology Instructor Jon Runyeon on winning the Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy.

The Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes faculty members early in their careers who have demonstrated exceptional abilities to induce students to reason and who have expertise in a particular area of teaching.

Distinguished Teaching Award presentation and Reception

The Human Physiology department has no shortage of award winners within the department. Other awards of distinction include The Williams Fellowship 2015, Dr. John Halliwill; Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award 2008, Susan Verscheure;  Fund for Faculty Excellence, 2013 Andy Lovering, 2009 Li-Shan Chou, 2008 John Halliwill, 2007 Chris Minson.


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For further information regarding Academic Affairs awards:


May 10, 2016

New Allen Price Science Commons and Research Library taking shape

Take a sneak peak with Margaret Bean, Head of the University of Oregon’s Science Libraries. The new space will feature some exciting new upgrades such as a new maker space with 3D printers, a visualization lab and group study rooms. A new study room for Human Physiology students is already available in the remodeled space of the existing library.

The $16.75 Million dollar project is expected to be completed by Fall 2016.

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


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