"O" E-Clips: highlights of media coverage involving the UO and its faculty and staff

UO E-Clips is a daily report prepared by the Office of Communications (http://comm.uoregon.edu) summarizing current news coverage of the University of Oregon.

Media mentions for April 17

Economist hits 'legacy' report

The Advocate: An Oregon economist told legislators Monday that a report by an LSU professor on which the oil and gas industry has relied to support its arguments for restricting lawsuits over old oilfield damage is riddled with "rookie errors."W. Ed Whitelaw, a professor of economics at the University of Oregon, said the widely quoted analysis omitted relevant facts, including any mention of two hurricanes.

Fed Tries to Steer Clear of Controversial Bond Buys

Money News: The U.S. Federal Reserve is independent but it does not exist in a vacuum, as waning appetite at the central bank for contentious bond purchases suggests.Minutes from the Fed's March meeting released this month showed support thinning for further bond purchases. Officials are unlikely to develop any more appetite for them by their meeting next week, despite disappointing March jobs figures ... "A number of officials are very vocal in their expectations of tighter policy sooner than later," said Tim Duy, an economics professor at the University of Oregon and author of a popular blog on the Fed. "I don't think they would be so vocal if they thought there was likely to be a policy shift (in the opposite direction) in the near term."

Omnivores' ancestors primarily ate plants, or animals, but not both

Daily News & Analysis: Researchers have revealed that the feeding habits of mammals haven't always been what they are today, particularly for omnivores. Some groups of mammals almost exclusively eat meat -- take lions and tigers and other big cats, for example. Other mammals such as deer, cows and antelope are predominantly plant-eaters, living on a diet of leaves, shoots, fruits and bark ... Co-author Samantha Hopkins of the University of Oregon explained "Plant- and animal-based foods require different digestive chemistries and different processing mechanisms in the mouth and stomach."

Three Cheers for the Rise of Acro

TIME: As an article in this week's issue of TIME explains, the burgeoning sport of acro -- the short form of "acrobatics and tumbling" -- is striving to distance itself from its cheerleading roots. Likewise, when photographer Holly Andres visited the University of Oregon acro team to shoot the young athletes at practice, she wanted to avoid the tropes of cheerleading photography. There would be no green backgrounds or vivid colors. Instead, the shoot had been planned entirely in black-and-white, the participants envisaged as frozen shapes on a stark field--an idea planned by TIME in order to match a story about a sport striving to be taken seriously.


Media mentions for April 16

Mock and Shurtz: The TurboTax Crime Wave

Wall Street Journal: This year more than three-fourths of all individual tax returns will be filed electronically, and a growing number will come from people who used tax-preparation software. As modern and efficient as this is, the law has not caught up. Taxpayers who employ an accountant or other preparer have some protection from daunting penalties if the IRS finds mistakes. Software users who prepare their returns without help have little or no protection ... Ms. Shurtz is a professor of law at University of Oregon School of Law.

OUR OPINION: Something new to pay for college

Grand Forks Herald: Sure, it's hard on individuals when the changes knock whole industries for a loop. Just ask anyone in the newspaper business, among others. One such change may be under way in California, where University of California-Riverside students have developed a proposal that could upend the way Americans pay for college educations ... when the president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon heard about the plan, he responded by saying, "A movement like this would be absolutely acceptable. I don't see any reason why we can't see a 'Fix Oregon University System' movement at Oregon."

No Coal Eugene Holds Demonstration on UO Campus

KEZI: A coal train chugged its way through the University of Oregon campus Monday afternoon. It was meant to bring attention to the coal trains that could soon head through Eugene and other parts of Western Oregon. It was quite the spectacle if you happened to be studying or eating lunch near the Erb Memorial Union around noon. Members of No Coal Eugene hopped on their no coal train, leaving a thick cloud of activism behind them.


Media mentions for April 15

Oregon man paralyzed by storm dies

KVAL: On January 18, David Tai was driving home when strong winds blew a tree onto his truck.Tai was left paralyzed; his family saddled with expensive medical bills.That's when three University of Oregon students brainstormed ways to help his family cover costs."We thought about a movie night, what about a bake sale?" said UO senior Micaela Sicroff. "All the money was originally planned to go to hospital bills."


Media mentions for April 14

Angel Oregon draws heavily on consumer brands for this year's contest

Oregonian: Dozens of investors will collectively make a quarter-million-dollar decision Wednesday, choosing from among a handful of Portland-area startups competing for their money ... Wild Squirrel Nut Butter's story has already spread across the U.S., thanks in part to coverage this month in Glamour and O magazines. Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh founded the brand in their shared apartment near the U of O last year. Inspired by initial interest, they moved back to their parents' Portland area homes to pursue the brand full-time. Keeley's father joined the company as its chief executive.


Late mentions for April 13

Oregon's Union Membership Has Actually Grown Since the Recession Began

Democratic Underground: As anti-worker forces try to strip unions of their rights from state to state, Oregon is making laws that facilitate organization of workers. The result has been that union membership is up over the past five years in the state that now sports the 7th-highest membership rate (17.1) in the nation ... "It is a striking figure," said Bob Bussel, an associate professor and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon.

Former U. of Oregon president to head Field Museum

Chicago Tribune: The former president of the University of Oregon, Richard Lariviere, is expected to be appointed the next chief executive of The Field Museum, pending a board vote next week, according to a memo from museum chairman John Rowe. Lariviere's contract at the university was terminated at an emergency meeting of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in November after a political dispute among Lariviere, the board and the governor.