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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, 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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Cornell researchers led by Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending, and strain. Read the story on the Cornell Chronicle here.

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“Our research shows that the benefits of environmental regulation have likely been underestimated,” says Ivan Rudik, assistant professor in applied economics & policy and co-author of the study. “Reducing pollution has positive impacts in unexpected places and provides an additional policy lever for conservation efforts.”

“The numbers we’re looking at now are [far higher than] anything we’ve seen before,” says Erica Groshen, senior labor market advisor, about employment numbers. “We’ve never seen a shock like this.”

Isaac Weisfuse, epidemiologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine, says that people should try to spend as little time in stores as possible. “You just want to go in and out,” he says. “Get your shopping done and move on.” 

Maria Figueroa, director of labor and policy research at the Worker Institute, says, “In addition to getting low pay, they don’t get enough work from each of the applications, so they have to work for at least three or four of them, and there are more workers than the market can hold.”

Vanessa Bohns, associate professor of organizational behavior at the ILR School, notes that charismatic people often boost other people and that “People tend to perk up when you talk about them.”

“Whittle it down to the folks who are being prosecuted and either prosecute them or don’t, but don’t just hang on to them,” says Joseph Margulies, professor of law, about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.