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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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Diego Diel, associate professor of population medicine, explains how his COVID-19 testing lab is working to identify variants and mutations in the coronavirus genome. “It’s really important to identify variants as early as possible after they emerge,” says Diel.

Eswar Prasad, professor of economics and international trade policy, talks about why the People’s Bank of China want a digital currency. 

“These companies have tremendous power and are reaping tremendous rewards from the creator economy, but they don’t provide the mechanisms of support that a traditional workplace would,” says Brooke Erin Duffy, associate professor of communication. “The job is profoundly individualized and precarious. The fact is, it’s all on you.” 

“The more eruptions that we study, the more we are going to understand how they behave,” says Esteban Gazel, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. 

“The Supreme Court will uphold the Mississippi 15-week ban,” says Sherry Colb, professor of law. “It will say that it is not overruling Casey because it does not need to reach the question, since a 15-week ban does not impose an undue burden. That statement will be at best manipulative and at worst dishonest.” 

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.