Media week: UO scholars in the news this week

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UO researchers and scholars were featured in stories about climate change lawsuits, President-elect Trump and conflict of interest, the benefits of hearing foreign languages, Esma Redzepova's legacy, the Large Hadron Collider and the Colorado River.

A New Yorker article mentioned UO law professor Mary Wood and her theory that the public trust doctrine should also be applied to the atmosphere.

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

  • UO law professor Liz Tippett wrote that people tend to overestimate their ethical tendencies in a piece for The Conversation titled “Why President-elect Trump doesn’t think he has a conflict of interest problem.” The story was picked up by dozens of other media outlets around the country, including The Raw Story, the Associated Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  • Melissa Baese-Berk, a linguist at the UO, was interviewed in Scientific American about a study she co-authored on the benefits of listening to a foreign language in the background.
  • Carol Silverman, professor of anthropology and folklore, was interviewed by BBC World Service about Esma Redzepova's legacy.
  • UO physicist Jim Brau was mentioned in Physics World about his appointment as the associate director for physics and detectors for the Linear Collider Collaboration.
  • New research by UO geologist Rebecca Dorsey and graduate student Brennan O’Connell was featured in

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