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The University of Oregon's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The Knight Campus will work to reshape the state’s public higher education landscape by training new generations of scientists, engaging in new interdisciplinary research, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.


Science at the Nexus of Life and Death

On Tuesday, May 9, Patrick Phillips, acting director of the Knight Campus, gave a community lecture at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts where he discussed his research on aging and the challenges and opportunities created by the potential for prolonging human life.

Message from the Executive Director

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips
Acting Executive Director
Phil and Penny 
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

February 16, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The exhilaration of announcing the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact will not soon fade. As many said at the time, it marks a historic and transformative leap for the University of Oregon. Now that we’ve announced the gift, the hard work of turning an idea into reality is just beginning. 

Much has happened behind the scenes over the last few months, and I want to bring you up to speed on some of our early milestones. First and foremost, we’re starting to build the Knight Campus team. Moira Kiltie, associate vice president and chief of staff for the Knight Campus, along with Naomi Crow, our business operations manager, Julie Langenberg, our administrative assistant, and I have moved into offices in Johnson Hall. We’re starting to build a website where we are posting administrative and organizational updates.

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Updates from the Acting Executive Director

News

OHSU President Joe Robertson (left) and UO President Michael Schill

Faculty members from both institutions identify opportunities to work together as campuses build on Knight gifts

Philips discuss life, death and science

More than 400 people filled the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts for the talk

The Oregon Capitol building

A letter urges legislators to allocate $100 million in state bonds to support the project

President Michael H. Schill at the announcement of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

It lays the groundwork for a breakthrough $1 billion science initiative

George Streisinger

Working behind the scenes, a team of faculty members helped envision the new Knight Campus

Collage of images of projects designed by Bora Architects and Ennead Architects

Bora Architects of Portland and Ennead Architects of New York will design the buildings

Collage of construction and building images from some of the projects Hoffman Construction has completed

Hoffman Construction will be the construction manager/general contractor

Jennifer Hampton Hill

A UO graduate student's unexpected discovery could someday lead to new treatments

Alex de Verteuil in the lab

Students of Color Opportunities for Research Enrichment — or SCORE — is now in its second year

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Accelerating Impact

The Future Starts Now

The University of Oregon is proud to introduce the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact—a game-changing initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generation of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

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