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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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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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“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.”

“Aspiring party leaders always have a tricky balance to distance themselves a bit from the previous incumbent while not breaking with them completely,” says David Bateman, associate professor of government. 

“It’s baffling to me that we’re in this situation on January 18 when on January 19 these things are supposed to be turned on,” says Aija Leiponen, professor of strategy and business economics. 

Kevin McGowan, senior extension associate in the Lab of Ornithology, discusses the tricky game of crow dispersal. 

“These winter storms are unfortunately going to add delays to an already strained supply chain,” says Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics. “I do think shoppers will see out-of-stocks in stores for certain grocery products.” 

“The country as a whole will benefit from not stranding human capital,” says Erica Groshen, senior labor market advisor.