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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's College of Human Ecology is celebrating the completion of PolyForm, a 34-foot-wide, walk-through installation designed by Jenny Sabin, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, as a centerpiece of the newly renovated Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. The sculpture embodies CHE's mission of interconnectedness with humans at the center. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle.

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A federal labor board ruling that green-lighted unions’ use of the inflatable protest symbol “Scabby the Rat” highlights longstanding tension between free speech protections and federal labor law restrictions. Risa Lieberwitz, professor of labor and employment law at the ILR School, discusses the ruling. 

The pandemic may permanently change the hotel industry’s approach to services like housekeeping and check in. Christopher Anderson, professor in the School of Hotel Administration, says we could see a system similar to airlines – where guests choose the services they are willing to pay for. 

This op-ed from Russell Weaver, quantitative geographer at the IRL school, discusses enhanced unemployment insurance. He writes workers getting these benefits are now in a stronger position to reject exploitative and dehumanizing work.

“People are building really interesting – but mostly experimental – tools. These are being built mostly by amateurs who do not understand how actual finance works,” says Emin Gün Sirer, associate professor of computer science. “So some of these ‘LEGO building blocks’ are quite interesting and do things that Wall Street cannot do. But some of them end up interacting in unforeseen ways.” 

“Rapid increases in sea level rise and heat that will affect many of Asia's apparel workers directly have received little attention,” write Jason Judd and J. Lowell Jackson of the New Conversations Project out of the ILR School.

“It's still a career field that I think is not relatively understood,” says Brooke Erin Duffy, associate professor of communication. “Like any feminized career field, it is seen as frivolous and therefore not taken seriously and not valued.”