Media week: UO scholars in the news in recent weeks

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UO researchers and scholars were recently featured in stories about a travel ban, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and truth in the era of fake news, among other topics.

Some of those other issues include artificial intelligence in journalism, school lunch shaming, leadership, math education, parks in Africa and campus technology.

Alaska Airlines Magazine featured stories on several UO programs. The in-flight magazine highlighted the Sports Product Management program as an example of the way universities are creating programs to meet industry demands. UO journalism alum Rachel Bracker was interviewed about her work on virtual reality storytelling in a separate story on the multimedia journalism program.

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

  • UO faculty members penned two op-eds in the last week: Peter Laufer, a journalism professor, and Dennis Galvan, the university's vice provost for international affairs, propose that American study abroad sites serve as de facto "pop-up" overseas campuses where foreign students can enroll and matriculate in U.S. colleges and universities while waiting for their visas to be approved. The op-ed ran in The Oregonian. UO professors Ellen McWhirter, Michelle McKinley and Kristin Yarris wrote an op-ed for The Register-Guard about the UO’s commitment to Dreamers.
  • Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, vice president of equity and inclusion and professor of political science, wrote a story for University Business about how the way leaders react to criticism sets examples for the entire campus community.
  • UO journalism professor Seth Lewis commented about the use of artificial intelligence in journalism in a story for Digiday.  
  • College of Education Professor Sarah Riggs Stapleton was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud program after writing a piece about school lunch shaming for The Conversation. The initial story was picked up by dozens of media outlets, including Newsweek.  
  • Education Professor Jennifer Ruef also wrote for The Conversation. Her article on four easy steps to make you a math whiz was picked up by dozens of outlets, including the Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle and the Daily Mail.
  • UO marketing professor Troy Campbell was one of several experts who looked at objectivity and truth in the fake news era. The Conversation piece was picked up by PBS.
  • Brooke Muller, a professor of architecture, appeared in Portland Monthly about his work on building parks in Cairo, Egypt.  
  • Helen Chu, associate dean of libraries and chief academic technology officer, was interviewed by Campus Technology about leveraging intensive teamwork.  

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