UO researchers share expertise on COVID-19, March 16-20

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From the New York Times to the Washington Post, University of Oregon researchers have been at the forefront of media coverage around COVID-19 as journalists seek out experts on the national and world response, reaction and preparation for the virus.

Here are some of the stories featuring UO faculty members from the week of March 16-20:

March 20 —

Universities urge U.S. leaders to boost science budgets by 15 percent, ease rules to cope with pandemic:
Science Magazine:
 UO vice president of research and innovation David Conover is quoted. 

New federal sick leave law – who’s eligible, who’s not and how many weeks do you get:
The Conversation: UO law professor Liz Tippett writes for The Conversation. 

  • The story also appears in the following outlets: Flipboard, Considerable, Idaho Press-Tribune, Newsify, New Haven (CT) Register

From testing to quarantine, 4 things to know about your individual rights during COVID-19:
Fast Company:
 UO law professor Latisha Nixon-Jones wrote a piece for The Conversation. It was published in Fast Company.

In times of uncertainty, let nature be your refuge:
The Guardian: The story mentions research by UO physicist Richard Taylor. 

Find A New Normal: Psychologist Encourages Mindfulness In A Stressful Time:
KLCC: Eugene clinical psychologist and UO professor Ruth Ellingsen is featured.

Arts and culture organizations work together to bring work to homebound audiences
KDRV: The story mentions UO Today, a production of the Oregon Humanities Center.

Update: University of Oregon will not hold in-person commencements (The Register-Guard)

People from Eugene get stuck in Latin America amid COVID-19 global pandemic:
Curtis Dlouhy, doctoral candidate of economics at the University of Oregon, is stuck in Ecuador.

March 19 —

Coronavirus quarantines and your legal rights: 4 questions answered:
The Conversation: UO law professor Latisha Nixon-Jones writes for The Conversation.

  • The story was picked up by the following outlets: Business Insider, The Raw Story, Business Insider, Snopes, Considerable, Lee Enterprises newspaper chain, Flipboard, Connecticut Post, Idaho Press Tribune, Big News Network

March 18 —

Pandemics spread in hospitals. Changes in design and protocols can save lives:
The Washington Post: Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, professor of architecture director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and co-director of Biology and the Built Environment, is featured.

I spent 4 years imagining a pandemic. And then it came true:
TODAY Online: UO creative writing professor Karen Thompson Walker writes for TODAY. 

As Long as You’re Social Distancing, You Might as Well Do It Right—Here’s How:
Real Simple: UO Clark Honors College professor Melissa Graboyes is featured.

March 17 —

Research Outlines Best Practices for Minimizing COVID-19 Transmission in the Built Environment:
ARCHITECT Magazine: Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's online pathogen identification database MicrobeNet and the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center at have expediently published a paper outlining transmission pathways of COVID-19 in the built environment, hoping to provide the industry guidance on minimizing the virus’s spread.

Why Did the Fed Cut Rates to Near Zero?
Kiplinger: UO economist Tim Duy provides expert commentary.

March 16 —

Fed slashes rates to near zero, eases bank lending rules:
Marketplace: UO economist Tim Duy provides expert commentary. 

Communicating About COVID-19:
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Ellen Peters, director of the Center for Science Communication Research, is featured.

Coronavirus to deliver fresh hit to staggering media sector:
TechXplore: UO journalism professor Damian Radcliffe provides expert commentary. 

Lessons for the coronavirus from the 1899 Honolulu plague:
Oxford University Press Blog: 
Contributor James C. Mohr is College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History and Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science Emeritus at the University of Oregon.