Roering to be honored at Oregon-Nevada game

Oregon (0-1) hosts Nevada (0-0) Saturday  at Autzen Stadium in its 2011 home opener.

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.

Forecast: Sunny, highs around 95

TV: FX with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Tim Brewster.

Radio: In Eugene, KUGN (590 AM) and KZEL (96.1 FM), with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Jay Allen. Satellite radio: XM 194; Sirius 218.

Oregon leads the series 5-1. The last time the teams met, in 2003, Oregon won 31-23 in Eugene. Nevada’s only win, 13-6, came the first time the schools met, in 1947.

Nevada has won seven straight games, dating to last season. The Wolf Pack went 13-1 last year and won a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship. WAC coaches and beat writers picked Nevada to finish third in the conference this year, behind Hawaii and Fresno State.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Josh Roering, associate professor of geological sciencesJosh Roering, associate professor of geological sciences, will be recognized during Saturday’s game. Roering, a member of the UO faculty since 2001, recently received the American Association of Geographers’ G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research, in recognition for his research into the role of trees in regulation of dynamic changes in landscape.

In a paper published last year in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Roering and colleagues explored the question of what the Pacific Northwest would look like without trees.

Roering said he was honored to be recognized at an Oregon football game.

“Anytime we can inject science into the public eye it’s a good thing,” he said.

Roering said he tries to catch at least one home game each year, and likes to wear his “old school” Oregon hat with the interlocking U and O.