Innovation and Impact

Voices of
Innovation and Impact

Learn how the University of Oregon is helping solve some of society’s biggest problems.

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Join our event!

Thursday, May 28, 2020 ​​​​​​
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Webinar


How different will our world look after COVID-19? The UO is pioneering research into how architecture and city planning can change to better protect public health and safety. Join the Institute for Health in the Built Environment’s expert panel for a dynamic presentation and conversation about how buildings and communities can adapt to be healthier. Associate Professor Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Research Assistant Professor Mark Fretz, and others will present cutting edge research on the intersection of biology and architecture.

    Our panel includes:

    • Mark Fretz is an Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director of Outreach at the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment.
    • Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon and is the Director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in Eugene and Portland, OR.

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    Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

    "Our findings will help optimize building parameters, such as fresh air rate, filtration, indoor humidity, lighting and spatial relationships, ultimately resulting in new design concepts for the realization of healthy and sustainable inhabited space of the future."
    Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, director of UO's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory


    "The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasizing the fact that design and human health are inseparable. Our research brings together architects and scientists to help better understand how design can influence patterns of behavior."
    Mark Fretz, associate director of outreach at UO’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment

    Mark Fretz