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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, 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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“These decisions continue the Roberts Court’s campaign to ensure that religious actors are maximally protected,” says Nelson Tebbe, professor of law.

“The music discussion community, the relationship advice community, the community for talking about swimming — you wouldn’t normally see communities like that as focused on social change, so it’s actually a big deal,” says J. Nathan Matias, assistant professor of communication.

Professor in earth and atmospheric science Natalie Mahowald, says, “All our hard work today, we will not be able to see for 20 or 30 years — this is the crux of the problem. Humans have a really hard time doing something for future generations.”

“The Trump administration is sure to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court,” says Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration.

“If they speak up for health protections like masks or social distancing, they are likely to lose not only their livelihood but also their housing,” says Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law.

Cristobal Young, associate professor of sociology, talks about the study on which he was a lead author finding that a patient’s hospital recommendation had almost no correlation with the quality of medical care but rather focused on the hospitality aspects such as quiet rooms and good food.