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Faculty Newsmakers

Each year, University Communications and Marketing (UCM) celebrates OHIO’s faculty for the exemplary work they do to elevate the University’s national and global profile via media coverage of their research and subject matter expertise.

Every year since 2015, Ohio University community members have honored hundreds of OHIO faculty who promote their research, expertise and overall excellence of our University through their interactions with the press.

Individuals who are recognized are forever known as “OHIO faculty newsmakers.” They are consummate faculty who, regardless of their title or classification, currently teach at Ohio University and have been included in media placements provided by Cision, a media monitoring platform utilized by UCM to track University news.

 

2020 Faculty Newsmakers

Calendar year 2020 saw some of the biggest news stories in recent history, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the 2020 election and murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Many of Ohio University’s faculty experts were quoted in the media about these stories and many others. Aside from commenting on these major headlines, 270 faculty newsmakers were featured in 4,080 media reports and more than 1,000 news outlets from all over the world, providing their expertise and thoughts on a variety of topics during the 2020 calendar year.

“Our faculty demonstrate daily what it means to be a Bobcat – amplifying Ohio University as an institution of research and innovation through providing their expertise to the media and by teaching students how to make a difference in the world,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said. “I am incredibly grateful to work with these brilliant minds who have dedicated themselves to serving our students and community.”

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were named OHIO’s Top 10 Newsmakers for the most media placements in 2020:

1. Katherine Jellison

Katherine Jellison, history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was mentioned 1,209 times in the media in 2020. She has been a newsmaker every year since its inception, making the top 10 list five times and being named top newsmaker twice before. She is an expert in gender in politics, women’s history, contemporary U.S. politics, marriage and wedding customs, and first ladies. Most of her media mentions came from comments on Dr. Jill Biden’s transformational role as First Lady, as well as Melania Trump’s role as her predecessor. She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books, and is currently working on a book about Old Order Amish women in the 1930s and 1940s. She was also featured in OHIO’s Ask the Experts series in 2020 talking on women in politics. 

2. David Ridpath

David Ridpath, associate professor of sports management in the College of Business, was mentioned 879 times in the media in 2020. Many of his mentions include theories on how the pandemic may change sports, as well as the NCAA’s Election Day Off message. He has been in the top 10 newsmakers every year since its inception, being named the top newsmaker last year, as well as top newsmaker of 2016. Ridpath is an expert in intercollegiate athletics, intercollegiate athletic governance, sports law, sports administration, and governance reform, among others. He has also appeared before Congressional committees and served as an expert witness in numerous cases involving intercollegiate athletics and college athlete rights. Ridpath has published several articles in publications like the Journal of Law and Sports, The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, and the Journal of Intercollegiate Athletics. 

3. Daniel Skinner

Daniel Skinner, associate professor of health policy in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was mentioned 266 times in the media in 2020. This is Skinner’s first time ranking in the top 10. He was often quoted talking about public health in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering information about policies, as well Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Skinner is an expert in health policy, Medicare, Ohio’s opioid crisis, social medicine, and politics. He is editor-in-chief of World Medical & Health Policy, co-director of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, and director of OHIO’s Comparative Health Systems-Cuba program. Skinner also hosts “Prognosis Ohio,” a weekly podcast about health and healthcare in Ohio on WCBE.

4. Patrick O’Connor

Patrick O’Connor, professor of anatomical sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was mentioned 171 times in the media in 2020. He is an expert in paleontology, addressing how organisms are matched to their environments and how changing environments influence biotic diversity on the planet. Many of O’Connor’s mentions come from stories about his new discovery, the Falcatakely, a bird that lived around 68 million years ago in the Mesozoic era. He has been a faculty newsmaker every year, ranking in the top 10 for now the fourth time. O’Connor has been involved with the discovery and description of several animals new to science, including the titanosaurian sauropod Rukwatitan bisepultus and the crocodyliforms Pakasuchus kapilimai and Rukwasuchus yajabalijekundu from the Cretaceous era in what is now Tanzania, among many others.

5. Elizabeth Beverly

Elizabeth Beverly, associate professor and Heritage Faculty Endowed Fellowship in Behavioral Diabetes in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was mentioned 92 times in the media in 2020. This is Beverly’s fourth year as a newsmaker and second year making the top 10. She was quoted by many media outlets about a study she led that found 80% of medical students feel low sense of personal achievement. Beverly is an expert on behavioral diabetes, psychosocial factors, diabetes self-care and qualitative methods. She has also collaborated with OHIO’s GRID Lab and OhioHealth to help train health care providers through virtual reality simulations.  

6. Robert Föehl

Robert Föehl, executive-in-residence for business law and ethics in the College of Business, was mentioned 79 times in the media in 2020. He has been a newsmaker for four years, making the top 10 the last two years in a row. Föehl’s expertise is in business ethics, business law, ethical leadership, and corporate social responsibility, among others. Many of his mentions included commentary on companies speaking out against racial injustice after the killing of George Floyd, and how they should back their words with action. He also was quoted on whether it’s ethical to recommend travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his work at OHIO, Föehl was Target’s first director of corporate compliance and ethics, practiced law in-house for multinational corporations, was a compliance professional for one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and served as a federal regulator. 

7. Lawrence Witmer

Lawrence Witmer, Chang Ying-Chien professor of paleontology and professor of anatomy in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was mentioned 76 times in the media in 2020. Witmer has been a newsmaker since the beginning of the Faculty Newsmakers honors in 2015, being named a top newsmaker four times. His expertise is in paleontology, fossils, vertebrate morphology, and evolution, among others. Witmer graced the October 2020 cover of National Geographic, highlighting his latest cutting-edge achievements in paleontology. Many of his mentions also came from a story about using CT scans to determine if dinosaurs released heat from their bodies, finding that T-rex used its large nose sinuses to let out excess heat. 

8. Jim Kahler

Jim Kahler, executive in residence with the College of Business and Department of Sports Administration, was mentioned 68 times in the media in 2020. Many of his mentions were about a new partnership at OHIO that aims to prevent sports betting fraud, as well as ideas on how sports teams can get fans back in the seats amid COVID. Kahler has previously been awarded the Charles Higgins Distinguished Alumni Award by the Ohio University Sports Administration Program. His expertise includes sports sponsorship, sports fan consumer behavior, ticket sales, and sports marketing, among others. Kahler has been a newsmaker every year, being named in the top 10 twice. He has previously developed successful collegiate and corporate programs at Arizona State University, Riverfront Coliseum, St. Louis Arena, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, serving as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Cavaliers and Gund Arena.

9. Edna Wangui

Edna Wangui, associate professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, was mentioned 50 times in the media in 2020. Most of her mentions were from being quoted on how several African World Heritage Sites are under threat of deteriorating from climate change. Wangui’s research examines the gendered dimensions of rural development and rural livelihood change, environmental conservation, and climate change adaptation. She is currently examining the gendered dynamics of sustainable land management practices in the Upper Tana watershed in Central Kenya. Her research has been funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Canadian International Development and Research Council, and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development.

10. Thomas Suddes

Thomas Suddes, assistant professor of journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, was mentioned 41 times in the media in 2020. Suddes writes a weekly column for the Columbus Dispatch that ranges from talking about state legislative issues to current events in the state and country. He is a recipient of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s L.J. Hortin Distinguished Alumnus Award and is a member of the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He has been a newsmaker every year, claiming a top 10 spot four of those years. Suddes has previously been a writer/editor at media outlets including the Ohio State Lantern, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Des Moines Register and Tribune, the Foster’s Daily Democrat, the Jackson Daily News, the Plain Dealer, and more. 

2020 Faculty Newsmakers
Name Affiliation Number of Placements
Aimee Edmondson Scripps College of Communication 3
Akil Houston College of Arts and Sciences 37
Alan Patrick Kenny College of Fine Arts 1
Alexander Govorov College of Arts and Sciences 2
Alexander Sergeev College of Health Sciences and Professions 20
Amy Taylor-Bianco College of Business 3
Anahita Sanandaji Russ College of Engineering 1
Andie Walla Scripps College of Communication 19
Andrew Holbrook College of Fine Arts 1
Andrew Weems Russ College of Engineering 1
Ani Ruhil Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 2
Ann Dietrich Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Anna Kerr Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
AnnCorinne Freter-Abrams College of Arts and Sciences 1
Arthur Smith College of Arts and Sciences 1
Barry Tadlock College of Arts and Sciences 6
Bayyinah Jeffries College of Arts and Sciences 1
Ben Bates Scripps College of Communication 2
Benny  Simon College of Fine Arts 1
Berkeley Franz Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 29
Bernhard Debatin Scripps College of Communication 2
Beth Longenecker Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Bhaven Naik Russ College of Engineering 1
Bill Burke Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 6
Bill Owens College of Arts and Sciences 1
Bill Reader Scripps College of Communication 3
Bob Klein College of Arts and Sciences 2
Brad Jokisch College of Arts and Sciences 1
Bradley  Naylor College of Fine Arts 1
Brandon Kendhammer College of Arts and Sciences 7
Brian Clark Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
Brian Collins College of Arts and Sciences 1
Brian Evans College of Fine Arts 2
Brian Plow Scripps College of Communication 16
Brian Schoen College of Arts and Sciences 3
Carey Snyder College of Arts and Sciences 2
Carl Brune College of Arts and Sciences 1
Chang Liu Russ College of Engineering 4
Char Miller College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Charles Smith College of Fine Arts 2
Cheryl Prusinski College of Arts and Sciences 1
Chester Pach College of Arts and Sciences 4
Christi  Camper-Moore College of Fine Arts 2
Christopher Fisher College of Fine Arts 1
Christopher France College of Arts and Sciences 43
Colin Gabler College of Business 3
Cory Baumann Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Cory Cronin College of Health Sciences and Professions 5
Craig Nunemaker Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Cynthia Anderson College of Arts and Sciences 1
Dan Skinner Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 266
Daniel Phillips College of Arts and Sciences 4
Daniel Torres College of Arts and Sciences 6
Darlene Berryman Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
David  Ingram College of Arts and Sciences 1
David Haugen College of Fine Arts 1
David Ingram College of Arts and Sciences 6
David Koonce Russ College of Engineering 1
David Ridpath College of Business 879
Dawn Wohn College of Fine Arts 1
Deb Murray College of Health Sciences and Professions 16
DeLysa Burnier College of Arts and Sciences 1
Dina Lopez College of Arts and Sciences 2
Dominik Mischowski College of Arts and Sciences 25
Donald Miles College of Arts and Sciences 1
Dorothy Sack College of Arts and Sciences 1
Doug Clowe College of Arts and Sciences 1
Doug Goetz Russ College of Engineering 7
Dustin Grooms College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Eddith Dashiell Scripps College of Communication 10
Edna Wangui College of Arts and Sciences 50
Eliza Harper College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Elizabeth Beverly Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 92
Elizabeth Hendrickson Scripps College of Communication 8
Eric LeMay College of Arts and Sciences 4
Eric Williams Scripps College of Communication 3
Eve Ng Scripps College of Communication 10
Faith Knutsen Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 3
Frederick Lewis Scripps College of Communication 2
Gabe Giordano College of Business 1
Gang Chen College of Arts and Sciences 1
Gary Holcomb College of Arts and Sciences 2
Geoff Buckley College of Arts and Sciences 1
Geoff Dabelko Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 3
George Eberts College of Arts and Sciences 4
Gerry Krzic College of Arts and Sciences 4
Gilbert Michaud Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 39
Gillian Ice Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 34
Glenn Dutcher College of Arts and Sciences 5
Greg Kremer Russ College of Engineering 1
Gursel Suer Russ College of Engineering 1
Guy Riefler Russ College of Engineering 14
Haley Duschinski College of Arts and Sciences 12
Harold Perkins College of Arts and Sciences 1
Heather Harmon College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Holly Raffle Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 2
Howard Dewald College of Arts and Sciences 3
Ian Klein College of Arts and Sciences 3
Isaac Kirstein Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 4
Jackie Wolf Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 10
Jacqueline Yahn Eastern 3
Jamie Lambert College of Business 1
Jana Houser College of Arts and Sciences 12
Jane Broecker Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Jared  Deforest College of Arts and Sciences 2
Jarrod Tudor Lancaster 3
Jason Jolley Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 7
Jason Smith College of Fine Arts 2
Jason Trembly Russ College of Engineering 1
Jeff Kuhn Scripps College of Communication 3
Jeff Russell College of Health Sciences and Professions 17
Jennifer Fredette College of Arts and Sciences 3
Jennifer Hines College of Arts and Sciences 3
Jesus Pagan Russ College of Engineering 1
Jim Kahler College of Business 68
Jim Strode College of Business 3
Jim Zhu Russ College of Engineering 5
Jody Gerome Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 5
Joe Bianco Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
Joe Johnson College of Arts and Sciences 4
John Born Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 1
John Bowditch Scripps College of Communication 4
John Kopchick Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
John McCarthy College of Health Sciences and Professions 2
John Sabraw College of Fine Arts 14
John Schriner Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 4
John Stowe College of Business 1
Joseph Gingerich College of Arts and Sciences 1
Joseph Groenke Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 8
Joseph Shields College of Arts and Sciences 1
Josh Antonuccio Scripps College of Communication 45
Josh Coy College of Fine Arts 4
Judith Grant College of Arts and Sciences 2
Julie  Paxton College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Julie Elman Scripps College of Communication 1
Julie Suhr College of Arts and Sciences 3
jw Smith Scripps College of Communication 3
Kate Hampel College of Fine Arts 2
Katherine Jellison College of Arts and Sciences 1209
Kathy Normansell Zanesville 1
Katie  Hartman College of Arts and Sciences 1
Katie Schacht College of Business 4
Kelly McCall Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 8
Ken Hicks College of Arts and Sciences 7
Ken Johnson Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 26
Kerri Shaw College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Kevin Mattson College of Arts and Sciences 1
Kevin Spiker Eastern 3
Khairul Alam Russ College of Engineering 1
Kim Keffer Southern 2
Kim Thompson College of Arts and Sciences 4
Kimberly Jordan College of Business 2
Kristin Schuller College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Kyle Butler College of Arts and Sciences 1
Laeeq Khan Scripps College of Communication 18
Larry Witmer Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 76
Laura  Miele-Pascoe Patton College of Education 1
Laura Black Scripps College of Communication 1
Lauren Elliot-Dorans College of Arts and Sciences 12
Li Xu College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Lijing Yang Patton College of Education 3
Lindsay Dhanani College of Arts and Sciences 14
Lisa Harrison Patton College of Education 3
Lisa Williams Patton College of Education 2
Liz Wanless College of Business 3
Loren Anthes Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
Loren Lybarger College of Arts and Sciences 4
Luke Pittaway College of Business 15
Mark McMillis College of Arts and Sciences 1
Mark Nevin Lancaster 2
Mary Rogus Scripps College of Communication 1
Mashawna Hamilton Southern 2
Matt Cacciato College of Business 9
Matthew LeRiche College of Arts and Sciences 2
Melissa Haviland College of Fine Arts 6
Michael Held College of Arts and Sciences 1
Michael Lincoln College of Fine Arts 1
Michael McTeague Eastern 1
Michael Schor Eastern 2
Miki Ward Crawford Southern 2
Molly Gurien College of Arts and Sciences 1
Molly Morrison College of Arts and Sciences 1
Morgan Vis College of Arts and Sciences 1
Muhammad Ali Russ College of Engineering 1
Nancy Stevens Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 26
Natalie Kruse-Daniels Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 7
Nathan Andary College of Fine Arts 1
Nathan Weyand College of Arts and Sciences 1
Nathaniel  Szewczyk Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Nerissa Young Scripps College of Communication 1
Nicole Smith College of Business 1
Nik Allan College of Arts and Sciences 2
Nikolaos Panagopoulos  College of Business 1
Orianna Carter Southern 1
Patrick O'Connor Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 171
Patty Stokes College of Arts and Sciences 3
Paul Benedict College of Business 3
Paul Jones College of Arts and Sciences 1
Paul Mass College of Business 1
Paul Milazzo College of Arts and Sciences 2
Peggy Zoccola College of Arts and Sciences 4
Peter Harrington College of Arts and Sciences 2
Purba Das Southern 4
Rachel Terman College of Arts and Sciences 4
Randal Longenecker Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 7
Rebecca Vernooy College of Fine Arts 6
Rebekah Crawford College of Health Sciences and Professions 2
Renee Middleton Patton College of Education 9
Richard Greenlee Eastern 1
Robert Brannan College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Robert Foehl College of Business 79
Robert Ingram College of Arts and Sciences 2
Robert Peppers College of Fine Arts 1
Robin Muhammad College of Arts and Sciences 3
Roger Aden Scripps College of Communication 2
Roger Cooper Scripps College of Communication 4
Ronan Carroll College of Arts and Sciences 2
Rosemarie Basile College of Fine Arts 2
Ryan Fogt College of Arts and Sciences 25
Sarah  Adkins Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Sarah Mahan-Hays Eastern 1
Sarah Rubin Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Sarah Webb College of Health Sciences and Professions 1
Savas Kaya Russ College of Engineering 1
Saw Hla Russ College of Engineering 13
Scott Anzalone Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Scott Wright College of Business 4
Sharon Casapulla Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 2
Sherleena Buchman College of Health Sciences and Professions 3
Shouan Zhu Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 1
Sinan Gokkaya College of Business 4
Smoki Musaraj College of Arts and Sciences 1
Stacey Saunders-Adams Chillicothe 1
Stephen Bergmeier College of Arts and Sciences 2
Steve Owens Russ College of Engineering 1
Steven Leffue College of Fine Arts 1
Steven Ross College of Fine Arts 1
Susan Burgess College of Arts and Sciences 15
Susan Metzger Lancaster 1
Susan Williams Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 3
T. Oliver Reid College of Fine Arts 1
Tad Malinski College of Arts and Sciences 5
Terrence McTier Patton College of Education 1
Thomas Stevenson Patton College of Education 2
Thomas Suddes Scripps College of Communication 41
Tiffany Arnold College of Health Sciences and Professions 4
Tim Anderson College of Arts and Sciences 1
Tim Jordan Zanesville 1
Todd Fredricks Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 3
Todd Myers Russ College of Engineering 2
Tom O'Grady College of Arts and Sciences 4
Tom Porter College of Arts and Sciences 2
Tony Vinci Chillicothe 9
Travis Gatling College of Fine Arts 2
Tresa Randall College of Fine Arts 9
Ursula Castellano College of Arts and Sciences 2
Vic Matta College of Business 3
Victor Jones Lancaster 2
Victoria LaPoe Scripps College of Communication 2
Vinny Just College of Arts and Sciences 9
Viorel Popescu College of Arts and Sciences 2
Ward Randolf Patton College of Education 1
William Owens College of Arts and Sciences 1
Xiaozhuo Chen College of Arts and Sciences 1
Yang Li Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 3
Yolande Helm College of Arts and Sciences 1
Yuqiu You Russ College of Engineering 3
Zelalem Haile Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 9

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