The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it, IU study finds

Teresa Lynch

Teresa Lynch

On June 29, the IU News and Media Team issued a news release about new research by assistant Professor Nicole Martins and Ph.D. student Teresa Lynch in The Media School, “The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it, IU study finds.” The study received coverage at several media outlets, including:

3 institutions offer advice on building corporate partnerships

Richard Magjuka

Richard Magjuka

On June 23, the IU News and Media Team fielded a query from a reporter at Education Dive, a web site for education professionals. The reporter was looking for insights from colleges and universities that offer their courses to employees of partner corporations, how they forge these partnerships and how they benefit the university. Arrangements were made for the reporter to speak with Richard Magjuka, faculty chair of Executive Degree Programs and executive director of Kelley Executive Partners in IU’s Kelley School of Business. IU was the leading institution featured in the resulting June 30 article, “3 institutions offer advice on building corporate partnerships.”

U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus

474311_actualOn June 23, the IU News and Media Team responded to a query from a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, who was writing a trend story about how American colleges are adapting to the increasing number of Chinese students coming to campus. Arrangements were made for the reporter to talk to Dennis Groth, IU vice provost for undergraduate education. Groth discussed the IU2U program, which introduces incoming international students to life at the university. On June 30, the resulting article, “U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus,” appeared online, featuring Groth and the program.

IU Media School professor’s new book examines implications of an aging workforce

Joe Coleman

Joe Coleman

In February, working closely with the Media School at IU and Oxford University Press, the IU News and Media Team issued a news release about a new book by professor Joseph Coleman, “Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce.” Over the following months, Coleman and his project was covered by a variety of news outlets around the world. Coverage included articles in Forbes and Healthy Aging magazines, a book excerpt in Salon, a review by the Wall Street Journal and an extensive interview by ABC News Radio in Australia.

What to Do When You Squabble with Your Boss

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A reporter reached out in March to the IU News and Media Team for an expert about about bosses — the “good, bad, miserable, inspiring, ineffective and all points between.” Arrangements were made for him to speak with Carolyn Goerner, clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at the IU Kelley School of Business. Goerner is prominently featured in Success magazine’s June 16 article, “What to Do When You Squabble with Your Boss.”

Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions, IU study finds

Lil' Bub

Lil’ Bub

Working closely with the Indiana University Media School, the News and Media Team issued a news release about research by Professor Jessica Gall Myrick, “Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions, IU study finds.”

Given the worldwide popularity of Internet cat videos, it seemed likely that the public and news media would be receptive of this research — finding it as irresistible at catnip.

After the release went out on June 16, the News and Media Team responded to numerous media requests from around the world for the paper and interviews with Myrick. It also pushed the study out on social media and helped fuel it going viral online.

In response to all of the interest in the study, TheConversation.com asked if Myrick would write an article about the value of the research and why she chose to do it. She wrote the article, “Study shows the paw-sitive effects of watching cat videos.” Her article subsequently was picked up by the popular sites Slate, Mashable, Digg, Quartz and Fortune Magazine.

Professor Myrick has been interviewed extensively on radio and TV stations and networks, including National Public Radio (see below), Los Angeles radio station KABC-AM, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio (numerous times), RTE Radio in Ireland and stations in Australia. She has spoken to the New York Times and featured on HuffPost Live.

Other coverage included:

An article on the popular site “I F______ Love Science” has been liked by more than 100,000 Facebook followers and shared by nearly 40,000 people.

Professor Myrick even received a congratulatory email from “Disco the Parakeet,” the “smooth-talking budgie from ‘Pets – Wild at Heart’ on BBC One.” George Takei of “Star Trek” fame, who has 1.66 million followers on Twitter, tweeted about the study. Satire site The Onion parodied the study.

Growth Of Blended Online And Campus MBA Learning Gathers Pace

phpowell_lrgIn late May, the editor of BusinessBecause.com, a highly read web site for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in business reached out to a member of the IU News and Media Team regarding a feature article about online and blended MBA programs. Arrangements were made get email responses to questions from the reporter from Phil Powell, faculty chair of the Kelley Direct Online MBA Program. An article, “Growth Of Blended Online And Campus MBA Learning Gathers Pace,” features Powell’s comments about the growing trend of “digital MBAs.”