Media week: UO scholars in the news during the past week

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UO researchers and scholars were recently featured in stories about archaeology, urban academic centers, 17th century tapestries and many more areas of faculty expertise.

Research by Dennis Jenkins, an archaeologist at the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, earned global media attention. Jenkins’ paper on ancient bedbugs was covered in ABC News, Yahoo! News and

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

  • UO President Michael Schill mentioned the Knight Campus in an interview with The New York Times about elite universities building innovation hubs in large cities.
  • James G. Harper, an associate professor of art history at the UO, was also interviewed by The New York Times. In A ‘Triumphant Return’ for 17th-Century Tapestries, Harper discussed his work on restoring old tapestries. A similar story ran in the New York Daily News.
  • UO geography professor Amy Lobben talked about how wayfinding plays a role in human evolution in Time magazine.
  • UO marketing professor Troy Campbell co-authored a piece for Scientific American about people’s relationships to science and misconceptions of science denial.
  • UO Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh wrote a piece for Inside Higher Ed about the challenges many women of color face in higher education.
  • Phil Scher, an anthropologist at the UO, was interviewed for National Geographic’s series called Weird Animal Questions of the Week.
  • National Public Radio’s Marketplace program interviewed UO law professor Liz Tippett about workplace harassment
  • Craig Kauffman, a political science professor at the UO, talked to the Christian Science Monitor about rights of nature laws. The interview was in response to an Indian court ruling that granted legal personhood to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The story also appeared in Business Insider.
  • C.J. Pascoe, a professor of sociology, was interviewed by USA Today about masculinity.
  • Alisa Freedman, a professor of Japanese literature and film, was interviewed by Vox for a story called “How Gudetama, a lazy egg yolk with a butt, became an unstoppable cultural phenomenon.”

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