Media week: UO scholars in the news this week

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UO researchers and scholars were recently featured in stories about mergers, psychic numbing, and marijuana legalization and traffic deaths among other features in popular media. 

UO economists Mark Thoma and Bruce Blonigen teamed up in a piece on mergers for CBS Money Watch. In “Are mergers good or bad for the economy?,” Thoma cites a recent paper by Blonigen that looks at the effects of mergers on market power and efficiency.

Here are some other places where UO researchers were mentioned in the media:

  • Research by UO psychologist Paul Slovic was cited on psychic numbing in a New York Times story titled "To Make the World Better, Think Small."
  • UO physicist Richard Taylor talked about the intersection of science and art in The Guardian article "Paintings reveal early signs of cognitive decline, claims study."
  • Elliot Berkman, associate professor of psychology, provided tips for successful goal-setting in an article in Shape Magazine.
  • Economist Ben Hansen provided expert commentary about the effects of legalized marijuana on traffic deaths in a Reuters story that was picked up by dozens of outlets around the word.
  • A UO poetry and art study summer program was mentioned in a New York Times story about affordable study abroad programs.

Around the O would like to know when members of the UO faculty, staff or students are interviewed by media or have written for publications based on their role at the UO. If you or a colleague have been in the news please send an email to