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University of Oregon professor trains AI to distinguish between real and fake Jackson Pollock paintings
Richard Taylor, a College of Arts and Sciences professor of physics, psychology, and art has been using computers for more than 25 years to analyze Jackson Pollock’s paintings and help authenticate canvases of uncertain origin. He spoke with Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud program about his work and the role AI could play in the art world.
A body temperature expert explains why some people are always freezing
Christopher Minson, a professor in the department of human physiology, studies thermoregulation. He spoke with Upworthy about how the brain and body interact and adapt as we heat and cool, and the scientific reason why being cold is more common for women.
“Buying Time,” and Other Charismatic Temporalities of Climate Change
College of Arts and Sciences geography researcher Mark Carey writes an essay in the publication Edge Effects about the concept of "buying time" against climate change through geoengineering policies, such as a long 100-meter-high wall, or curtain, on the seafloor near Greenland to address glacial melting.
How to Run in the Heat Like the Pros
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY - Heat will only become a bigger issue for summer sports, such as track and field. Outside Magazine's Alex Hutchinson tries out the heat adaptation protocol created by Chris Minson and John Halliwill, both of whom run the Exercise & Environmental Physiology Lab at the Bowerman Sports Science Center.
Kari Lake campaigns in front of Confederate flag, and AZ GOP rival Mark Lamb stay silent
Chandler James, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon, tells USA Today researched norm-violating behavior in the Trump era. He said the Confederate flag may not be significant to all of Kari Lake’s supporters, but it does signal to them that she is willing to push her politics in a way they want.
The evolution of the song of the summer, from 'Afternoon Delight' to 'I Had Some Help'
For younger people, summer allows more time to listen to music, as many students are out of school and going out more, Philip Scher told USA Today. Scher is an anthology professor with academic expertise in pop culture and chair of the Department of Cinema Studies.
Manhood 2024: Do Republicans own it?
“American politics has long been a contest over who is the real man,” C.J. Pascoe, an associate professor of sociology. “Part of what is now happening with Republicans is they are trying to legalize these cultural visions of masculinity." Pascoe spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the 2024 presidential election.
Child care costs, groceries stretching parents thin financially
Ben Hansen, an economics professor in the Department of Economics, told The National Desk that not only are prices going up, but financial aid provided during the pandemic, such as expanded child tax credits, no longer exists.
Undamming the Klamath
Kari Marie Norgaard, Professor of sociology and environmental studies, speaks with High Country News about dam removal on the Klamath River. In her interview, she says there's a direct link between these health disparities and settler colonialism, including the creation of the Klamath Dams.
Utilities in Oregon Advise to Prepare Now for Wildfires
The increase in wildfires started in or exacerbated by extreme wind events has grown, making electrical power shutoffs more common and making wildfires harder to predict, according to Amanda Stasiewicz, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies. Stasiewicz focuses on policy and human impacts of wildfire, as well as forest and rangeland management. Stasiewicz spoke to Government Technology about wildfires.
The Inside Scoop on How America Became Obsessed With Protein
America can’t get enough protein. From whey smoothies to protein-packed pancakes, pasta, and ice cream, the muscle-building macronutrient has become the guaranteed solution to all health ills. “It’s this catchall,” Hannah Cutting-Jones, a food historian and director of food studies at the University of Oregon, tells Inverse. Want to gain muscle? Eat more protein. Lose weight? Focus on protein. Everybody, from your dog to your grandparents, needs more protein. But do they, really?
'It's a shame': NCAA admits three-point lines were different lengths for women's tournament games in Portland
Courtney Cox, an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, provides expert commentary to KING-TV in Seattle. Cox, who is currently finishing a book on women's basketball around the world, researches identity, technology and labor through sports media.
Maple-scented cacti and pom-pom cats: how pranking at work can lift lab spirits
Jennifer Phillips, a research associate at the Institution of Neuroscience, tells Nature that pranking co-workers in a lab often comes down to whether it’s “the right time, in the right place, with the right people.”
L'Oréal 3D Prints Human Skin in Partnership With University of Oregon
Researchers at the University of Oregon have created new artificial skin with L’Oréal that more accurately mimics real human skin and could be used for future health advancements. The team developed the skin through a novel 3D printing technique invented by Paul Danton, an associate professor at the University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.
Stephen King, Shakespeare, and Many Writers Agree: Eclipses Are Doom
Martha Bayless, Director of the Department of Folklore and Public Culture at the UO, provides expert commentary on humans being scared of eclipses. She thinks this a Bible reference is one of the first written associations between eclipses and misfortune in Western literature.