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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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Expert Quotes

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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.

In The News

In this op-ed, Kaushik Basu, professor of economics, and Nicole Hassoun, a former Einaudi Center visiting scholar, argue that global health leaders must adopt a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response and that it must prioritize new incentives for pharmaceutical companies and equity between nations.

Sherry Colb, professor of law, says, “The ability to breathe is essential for life, but it is not the sort of thing to which we attach moral status, any more than the ability to see or to walk or to speak are such abilities.” 

“This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence, to use a state court to stop picketing during a strike,” says Cathy Creighton, senior extension associate in the ILR School. 

Todd Schmit, associate professor of applied economics and policy, says, “If we can agree that access to broadband is a public good — for educating our children, for access to health care, for expanding business opportunities — there should be a defensible basis for government assistance in funding the operations of those programs. But I think that’s a harder story to tell.” 

Joseph Margulies, professor of practice in law and government, says the cases around the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery are similar in that they involve the “convergence of citizen’s arrest, open carry gun laws and stand your ground.” 

Gen Z have "seen opportunities for their generation disappear and are afraid they are going to be worse off than their parents,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research and a senior lecturer at the ILR School, about why Gen Z is unionizing.