22 Responses to President Schill’s youtube message about week 1

  1. Caption Dog says:

    No I think the caption should read

    “Mike’s reaction to being told, by the cook, that UOmatters has tenure”

    • uomatters says:

      Comment of the week, contact our swag office for your U of Nike coffee cup.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “the campus recycling program has reached a point where the university recycles more material than it brings in”… Come again?

    • uomatters says:

      “pre-cycling”, they call it.

      • Duckduckgo says:

        I think it is re-recycling. You bring in the material. You recycle it. Then, just to make sure, you recycle it again.

    • Daffy duck says:

      Sounds good. I’m no physicist, but doesn’t more out than in violate something?

      • awesome0 says:

        Not if include the org charts which can be recyled over and over again at no costs.

        • Steve Mital - UO Sustainability Director says:

          Campus Zero Waste (formerly Campus Recycling) says it now recycles more (by weight? by volume?) than UO sends to the landfill. Our recycling program is one of the nation’s oldest and is likely responsible for helping to establish our national – even international – “green” reputation.

  3. Licensed to Drive says:

    Doug Park *still* won’t let you bake your special brownies?

  4. Dammit Jim, I'm a "Journalist" not a Cartographer says:

    “This is Schill’s first long-term stint anywhere near the Pacific Ocean. He has spent most of his professional career on the East Coast.”

    But wait….

    “Before he was hired as the UO’s newest president, Schill served as the dean of the Harry N. Wyatt Law School at the University of Chicago. Before that, he was the dean of the law school at UCLA.”

  5. Andy Stahl says:

    From the Emerald article: “We want to win more Nobel prizes.” Someone needs to clue Mike that he ain’t at Chicago anymore. UO has never had a Nobel Laureate on its faculty.

    • Fishwrapper says:

      He’s welcome to drive north about an hour and look upon one, though, housed in the Valley Library at OSU.

      Parking’s a bitch, though…

      • Thomas Hager says:

        Two, actually — OSU grad Linus Pauling is the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. If you’re counting students (not necessarily graduates) as well as faculty, then UO has at least a couple that went on to win Nobels: Walter Brattain and William P. Murphy.

    • anonec says:

      Well, two UO alumni got Nobel prizes – William Murphy and Walter Brattain. So “more” could imply either alumni or faculty. Both would be great achievements for UO.

      • honest Uncle Bernie says:

        I had no idea that UO had two alumni who had won Nobel prizes. True, Brattain only got a master’s here, and Murphy was a B.A. graduate long ago, 1914. Still, this is information that few people know. UO should publicize this much more.

        I think it’s great that Schill is talking about future Nobel prizes at or related to UO, however unlikely they are to happen. I’ve never heard a UO pres mention such a possibility or aspiration.

        • Old Man says:

          One never knows what a Nobel Committee will do, but I must think that UO would have had a real shot at one (in Physiology and Medicine) if George Streisinger had not died before the significance of his work was widely appreciated.

          • honest Uncle Bernie says:

            Aaron Novick used to say that about Streisinger as well. Perhaps you could give a simple explanation of what he did?

          • Thomas Hager says:

            Streisinger’s work with zebrafish was outstanding. The argument could also be made that Frank Stahl should have shared a Nobel with Matt Meselson for devising and carrying out what has been called “the most beautiful experiment in biology,” the Meselson-Stahl demonstration of the semiconservative replication of DNA. I would be surprised if Stahl hasn’t had multiple nominations for a Nobel.

          • Old Man says:

            You can Google (Streisinger zebrafish) and find popular summaries of George’s work. Here’s an even easier one for those in need: Our molecular understanding of life came from studies on bacteria and the viruses that parasitize them. That success was predicated on the rapidity of development of those wee critters (experiments took little time), the fact that they had one (not two) copies of genetic material (which facilitated the detection of mutants), and they were inexpensive to grow and maintain.
            After making important contributions to those studies, George was dissatisfied — those little creatures have no backbones and no brains, so they can tell us nothing about aspects of development and behavior that are peculiar to humans and their close relatives, the vertebrates.
            George figured out how to make zebrafish, which develop fast and are inexpensive to maintain, that have (in effect) just one copy of genetic material. En route, he figured out how to grow fish that get their genes only from their mother — i.e., he cloned a vertebrate (the first to do so!). (That work inspired the delightful New Yorker cartoon in which aproned housewife says to husband holding a string of fish, “You cloned ‘em, you clean ‘em.”)
            The U of O can be proud that George’s work initiated a VERY IMPORTANT field of biological science, which is well represented on our campus and studied throughout the world

  6. UO 4 ever says:

    “I had no idea that UO had two alumni who had won Nobel prizes. True, Brattain only got a master’s here, and Murphy was a B.A. graduate long ago, 1914. Still, this is information that few people know. UO should publicize this much more.”

    You mean, like, in a branding campaign? Look around! This and other amazing academic facts are on billboards up and down I-5, on a huge banner at Eugene airport, TV commercials and too many other places to mention!

    • honest Uncle Bernie says:

      I have to admit, have missed this. I usually try to avoid “branding campaigns” of most any kind and ignore billboards and don’t watch much TV. I do remember seeing a banner at the airport that mentioned the Nobel prize people, and wondering who they could possibly be. Now I know.

      Whether this “branding” will result in better academic success remains to be seen, from what I can tell. As far as I know, UO student SAT scores have been stagnant for decades, at a pretty unimpressive level.

      Perhaps Schill with his recent background at impressive schools will help UO hit the “sweet spot” in image-building.