Olympic Experts

Article ID: 613524

Released: 7-Feb-2014 2:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: University of Michigan

Expert Pitch


Rajeev Batra, professor of marketing, is an expert on global branding and advertising. Contact: (734) 764-0118 or rajeevba@umich.edu


Michael Woodford, assistant professor of social work, is an expert on the social exclusion and inclusion of marginalized groups, specifically the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. He can discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin defending his country's controversial new anti-gay law. Contact: (734) 615-2582 or michwood@umich.edu


Thomas George, assistant professor of clinical practice, health and fitness, and sport management, is an expert on various aspects of the psychology of performance. Contact: (734) 476-8828 or trgeorge@umich.edu


Michael Makin, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, has published extensively on 20th century Russian literature and travels regularly to Russia, where he conducts research. He is particularly interested in the Sochi Olympics as an intended showcase for Russia as a 21st century global power and as an arena for competing and for often highly contentious ideas about the direction taken by contemporary Russian culture and society. Contact: (734) 646-4821 or mlmakin@umich.edu


Phil Potter, assistant professor of public policy, studies and teaches in the areas of international security, terrorism and American foreign policy. His research interests also include the impact of public opinion and media on foreign policy. Contact: (734) 615-6905 or pbkp@umich.edu


Scott Campbell, associate professor of communication studies, can discuss the role of social media at the Olympics. Contact: (734) 764-8106 or swcamp@umich.edu


Stefan Szymanski is an international expert on the economic and social impact of major sporting events, in addition to expertise in a wide variety of other topics: sport history, culture and society; European sport and the internationalization of sport; international sports federations and the governance of sport. Szymanski, the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management at the U-M School of Kinesiology, has been quoted widely by media worldwide, including New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, and Financial Times. He may be reached at (734) 647-0950 or stefansz@umich.edu.


Dr. David Alvarez, assistant professor of orthopaedics and family medicine, is an expert on musculoskeletal injuries and concussions and a team physician at Eastern Michigan University. Contact: dalvarez@med.umich.edu

Dr. Asheesh Bedi, assistant professor of sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, is a team physician at U-M and Eastern Michigan University and consultant for the National Football League and National Hockey League Players Association. He specializes in both arthroscopic and open surgery for athletic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. Contact: abedi@med.umich.edu

Dr. Keri Denay is a clinical lecturer in family and sports medicine and a team physician at Eastern Michigan University. A former collegiate and national level figure skater, she is also a member of the U.S. Figure Skating National Network of Sports Medicine Scientists and Providers. Contact: (734) 223-7199 or kschwide@med.umich.edu

Dr. Andrew Haig, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is an expert on neck and back injuries in athletes and on endurance sports. Haig has worked with American and Austrian winter sports medicine experts. Contact: andyhaig@med.umich.edu

Dr. Amy Miller, assistant professor of family and sports medicine, is a team physician for the U-M women's basketball team who sees U-M athletes in every sport. Contact: (734) 764-0531 or amybohn@med.umich.edu

Dr. Bruce Miller is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and serves as a team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams. He also serves as head team physician for the U-M football team and the USA Rugby Team. His clinical interests include sports injuries of the shoulder, knee and elbow, in addition to rotator cuff disease and joint replacement surgery of the shoulder. Contact: bsmiller@med.umich.edu

Dr. Edward Wojtys is a professor of orthopaedic surgery specializing in sports medicine. His clinical work and research focuses on knee injuries, and much of his research explores ACL injury susceptibility screening and ACL injury prevention programs. He serves on the National Football League's Injury and Safety Committee and as the editor-in-chief of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Contact: edwojtys@med.umich.edu


Amanda Lotz, associate professor of communication studies, can discuss the technology and economics of streaming and multiplatforms available to U.S. television viewers. Contact: (734) 615-4036 or lotz@umich.edu


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