Public Affairs Communications

Public Affairs Communications develops and manages content for the University of Oregon’s primary storytelling hub, Around the O, while serving as the liaison with student, local, regional, national and international media. The team also curates content from across campus, collaborating with leadership communicators from within schools, colleges and departs to support the university’s mission and share a cohesive and inspiring message.

If you are a journalist looking for news contacts or a faculty or staff member seeking guidance in working with the media, visit UO News. In addition, Science and Research Communications promotes the UO’s innovative work around the state, nation, and world.

Around the O

Around the O is the UO’s go-to place for information about the university, its people and the difference they make in Oregon and around the world. It brings stories of the university’s groundbreaking research and world-class faculty and students to the broadest possible audience, while also serving as the hub for news, announcements and information of interest to the campus community.

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Oregon Experts

The University of Oregon is home to many elite researchers and experts in a variety of fields who are available for media interview and related requests. These experts are changing the way we think about everything from the drought to germs, and childhood obesity to sporting goods. They are reshaping the world through green chemistry, and examining life at the nano-scale. To book, contact or 541-346-9134.

Oregon Experts

Quack Chats

Quack Chats is a University of Oregon public-outreach initiative that brings the campus community together with the local community. Faculty members share their research with the public during regular pub talks and host a monthly Run With a Researcher event that merges recreational group runs with research salons. Quack Chats events are held both on and off campus and include an array of local happenings that highlight UO research.

WHEN: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month*
WHERE: Ax Billy Grill & Sports Bar at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette Street, Eugene
COST: Free
CONTACT: For questions, contact or 541-346-3314
PARKING: Validated parking is available at the city garage between the club and Oak Street

Quack Chats

Run with a Researcher*

*–Run with a Researcher is taking the winter off. Please check back in the spring for updates on new dates and times.

The first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m., the University of Oregon will host “Run with a Researcher” runs and walks. Meet at the “O” desk at the new Erb Memorial Union and tour campus at a good clip. No sign-up required. Participants will head past libraries and research labs before enjoying Pre’s Trail, inspired by the late, great Steve Prefontaine. Best of all, each run and walk will be led by one of our leading researchers.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m., the first Saturday of the month
WHERE: Meet the researchers at the “O” Desk at the UO Erb Memorial Union (1395 University Street)
ROUTES: Choose from a 3.1-mile walk or 4.5-mile run. Both routes are flat and go to Pre’s Trail and back.
CONTACT: For questions, contact or 541-346-9134

Run with a Researcher

For Journalists

The University of Oregon Media Relations team connects journalists with university experts and can be a resource for story ideas and information. Contact us to receive official university press releases and to request interviews with UO President Michael Schill and other university leaders. We can be reached at 541-346-3134 or

For Journalists