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LAS media spotlight

The media spotlight often shines brightly on LAS faculty. Check out the high-profile coverage from the following print, online and broadcast outlets, which showcase our college’s impactful research, compelling stories and highly respected experts.

Amy Erica Smith co-authored a political analysis piece for The Washington Post. “Brazil’s president is rallying his base—so that he can expand his power” ran in the Monkey Cage section. Smith is an LAS Dean’s Professor and associate professor of political science.

A BBC Future article, “The world’s forgotten greenhouse gas,” featured research conducted by Steven Hall, a biogeochemist and associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology.

Julie Courtwright, associate professor of history, and Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor of history, were quoted in a Teen Vogue article, “The Dust Bowl Offers Key Climate Change Lessons for the U.S.”

U.S. News and World Report announced its “Best College” rankings. The undergraduate computer science program at Iowa State University has been ranked 60th in the nation.

John Grundy’s research is the subject of a Discover magazine article, “How learning a language changes your brain.” Grundy is a neuroscientist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.

National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” aired an interview with Amy Rutenberg, associate professor in the Department of History. Rutenberg provided historical analysis of the selective service draft as well as arguments for and against women registering.

Craig Rood was quoted in an ABC News article, “Guys and guns: Why men are behind the vast majority of America’s gun violence.” Rood is an associate professor in the Department of English. He has authored a book and several peer-reviewed articles on the subject of gun violence.

Andrew Somerville’s research is the subject of a Forbes magazine article, “Why is your pet rabbit of European descent? Researchers have a possible explanation.” Somerville is an assistant professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Jonathan Hassid was quoted in a BBC News article, “Tokyo Olympics: Chinese nationalists turn on their athletes.” Hassid is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and an expert on the politics of the Chinese news media.

Ann Oberhauser authored an article for The Conversation, “Expanding opportunities for women and economic uncertainty are both factors in declining U.S. fertility rates.” Oberhauser is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

A Gizmodo article, “Will we ever be able to edit or delete memories?” included expert analysis from Jason Chan, a memory researcher and associate professor of psychology.