Media week: UO scholars in the news in recent weeks

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UO researchers and scholars were recently featured in stories about language learning, big data, gun laws and biodiversity­­, among other topics.

Melissa Baese-Berk, associate professor of linguistics and director of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program at the UO, talked to CNN about keys to learning a language through television.

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

  • UO philosophy professor Colin Koopman wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about how democracy can survive big data.
  • Leland O'Driscoll, manager of the UO's Oregon Seismic Network, was interviewed by CNBC about the federal spending bill and funding for the West Coast earthquake warning system.   
  • Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and Univision published an article by UO geophysicist Diego Melgar that originally ran in The Conversation.
  • UO sociologist Jill Ann Harrison provided expert commentary for a Washington Post story about tariffs.
  • UO law professor Caroline Forell talked to The Guardian about Oregon’s new gun control law.
  • Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, director of the sports product management program, was mentioned in an Inc. story on Portland’s startup scene.
  • UO psychology professor Elliot Berkman wrote about his recent research on behavior change in Psychology Today.
  • Research by UO chemist Christopher Hendon appeared in dozens of national and international media outlets, including the Daily Mail UK and Inverse.
  • UO biologist Roo Vandegrift was interviewed for a Deutsche Welle story about biodiversity.

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 If you would like to learn more about writing for The Conversation, email Molly Blancett at