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Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

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.

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

Patrick Phillips, Karen Guillemin, Jim Hutchison, and Bill Cresko

The $500 million gift is the key to a new $1 billion campus for accelerating science

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

UO President Michael Schill at the announcement of the Knight Campus gift.

The story spread like a shock wave — the good kind — from coast to coast

Nike's Phil Knight with UO President Michael Schill

The couple's $500 million gift to the UO vaulted them to No. 1 in the nation

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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