"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 June 20
Register-Guard: With a $2.8 million public safety budget to work with, security officials at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials “are prepared to handle any situation imaginable,” Oregon track coach Vin Lananna said Tuesday. Presumably, that includes a dose of Eugene-style weirdness that could accompany a group of costumed political protesters who hope to walk through Hayward Field’s security gates on Friday and enlighten track fans about police treatment of homeless people in downtown Eugene.
Register-Guard: Lane County commissioners discussed more ideas on Tuesday for turning the county’s “butterfly” parking lot into a farmers’ market, but like a number of earlier plans it’s questionable whether this one would fly. As with past concepts, the ideas offered by University of Oregon landscape architecture students face at least two big hurdles. … Neither of those were the focus of the presentation Tuesday, however. UO landscape architecture professor Ron Lovinger and several students presented conceptual designs that were done as part of a class project …
Cape Breton Post, Canada: The construction of Julian Sellers' bungalow in St. Paul, Minn., was started in 1926 and finished in early 1927. The builder was a Swedish immigrant. … Sellers learned all this by sorting through building permits, tax records, city directories, maps, old newspapers on microfilm and more. … This research "feeds into the notion of pride of place," said Kingston Heath, professor and director of the graduate Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon.
Helvete forebygger kriminalitet (Hell prevents crime)
forskning.no (Science Nordic.com), Norway: In countries where many more believe in heaven than in hell, it is likely that the incidence of crime is higher. Where religion has a stronger punishment component in it, and many fear hell, it is likely that it committed fewer crimes. … The findings are consistent with controlled experiments we have done in the lab, but here we see a clear effect in the real world, says psychology Professor Azim F. Shariff.
MeD India: Marijuana use by teens has been soaring since 2005. But economists at three universities analysed data from 1993 through 2009 stating lack of evidence to link the legalization of medical marijuana to increased use of the drug among high school students. "There is anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is finding its way into the hands of teenagers, but there's no statistical evidence that legalization increases the probability of use," said Daniel I. Rees, a professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. Rees co-authored the study with Benjamin Hansen, assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon …
Late media mentions for June 19
KEZI-TV: There are a lot of obvious factors that can lead to a town's high crime rate, but a belief in hell might play a role too. A University of Oregon Professor came to this conclusion after conducting a study that recently appeared in the Public Library of Science Journal Plos One. The findings surfaced from 26 years of data involving nearly 144,197 people in 67 countries.
Belief in hell better predictor of crime than promise of heaven, UO professor finds
Oregonian blog: Belief in hell, as opposed to heaven, may curb criminal behavior, according to a study published this week by a psychologist from the University of Oregon. Religion generally frowns on unethical behavior, but specific beliefs may be the determining factor when it comes to criminal acts.