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.
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 Molly Blancett by email or at 541-346-9134 (this number rings to her mobile phone).
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
CONTACT: For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-346-3314
PARKING: Validated parking is available at the city garage between the club and Oak Street
Run with a Researcher
The University of Oregon hosts “Run with a Researcher” runs and walks. Meet at the “O” desk at the new Erb Memorial Union and tour campus. 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: Check back for upcoming dates and times
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 Molly Blancett by email or at 541-346-9134.
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. Media relations manager Molly Blancett can be reached by email or at 541-346-9134.