Alumni Programs


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Past recordings

November 17, 2020
Understanding What Just Happened – Post-Elections Analysis

Flavia Bortoleto ’17, digital marketer, Grace Haley ’17, gender and race researcher, and Kasra Shokat ’14, political media strategist, shared a dynamic conversation about the factors that defined the 2020 election. They talked about trends they witnessed in campaign spending over the past four years, how race and gender affected election outcomes, and what happened with state legislatures and ballot measures in Oregon. Interviewer: Paul Gronke, professor of political science and director of the Early Voting Information Center (EVIC). Length: 60 min.

September 30, 2020
Improving Food Security for the World’s Poorest Farmers: Plant Genetics and the Future of Food with Pamela Ronald ’82


Professor Pamela Ronald ’82 is known for her leading role in the development of climate-resilient rice varieties grown by more than six million subsistence farmers in India and Bangladesh. In this virtual presentation, Professor Ronald shared her research and discussed the role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture. Length: 60 minutes.

September 17, 2020
Gamifying Mental Health: Leveraging Technology to Deliver Therapy At Scale with Acacia Parks ’03

Conversation with Acacia Parks, Ph.D. ’03, chief science officer of Happify Health, about how digital therapeutics are being used to improve wellbeing at schools, in workplaces, and in the general public, and what trends she sees in chronic disease progression stemming from increased mental health duress. Interviewer: Alumni Board President Melissa Osborne ’13. Length: 60 minutes.


August 27, 2020
Watchdog Reporting on the Pandemic’s Effect on the US Food System with Sam Fromartz ’80

Conversation with Sam Fromartz ’80, editor in chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) about his award-winning, high-impact investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health during the pandemic. Interviewer: Reed Trustee John Sheehy ’82. Length: 60 minutes.