MEDIA ALERT: Experts available on coronavirus

Cornell faculty members can speak about coronavirus from a variety of perspectives: the science and health implications of the disease, its impact on the global economy, the science of vaccines and impact on healthcare systems, labor and specialized industries, effects on countries around the world and the broader impact the crisis is having on our daily lives.

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Britney Schmidt, associate professor (A&S, ENG) is in Antarctica through February 2022 with a small team of researchers to explore the confluence of glaciers, floating ice shelves and ocean using a submarine robot called Icefin – the first mission of its kind. But the whole time, she’ll also be thinking about worlds beyond Earth. The members of her Planetary Habitability and Technology lab, which is transitioning with Schmidt from Georgia Tech to Cornell, are working to better understand how oceans work both on Earth and beyond, and to develop tools for further exploration. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle.

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“This is just evidence that none of the cryptocurrency assets provide a good, stable enough means of payment,” says Dan Awrey, professor of law. “It is just too volatile.” 

Steve Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law, says administrative actions “provide a small but significant step to help keep U.S. companies competitive in a global economy and to address workforce shortages. Larger actions, such as increasing the number of employment-based green cards, will require congressional action.” 

Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies, writes this opinion piece about gerrymandering in the U.S. 

“The U.S. is hardly an island amidst this storm of supply disruptions and rising demand, especially for goods and commodities,” says Eswar Prasad, professor of economics and trade policy.

“With Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the employees of Activision Blizzard can continue to exercise their rights to engage in collective activity — including their efforts to unionize,” says Risa Lieberwitz, professor in the ILR School and director of the Worker Institute. 

“I don’t think you can underestimate the power the White House has in supporting labor,” says Ariel Avgar, professor in the ILR School. “Biden is sending a strong signal that support for labor is a good thing, which comes at this moment where there’s this shift in public perception of workers’ rights and unions. Biden’s rhetoric didn’t cause this — but it’s part of the mixture of forces that are happening to create a clear opportunity for labor.”