Academic experts available to discuss COVID-19
Northwestern University scholars can speak to medical, public health, economic angles and more
- Updated: September 02, 2020
Northwestern University experts are available to discuss the rippling impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts can speak to the physical and mental health impacts of the virus, testing and vaccine development and the public policy response. Business and economics experts are available to address the global economic impact; and University spokespeople are available to discuss Northwestern's response to the pandemic.
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COVID ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage - Sept. 2
Prone positioning saves lives, but nerve pressure injuries impair arms and legs
A contactless bus designed for the pandemic age - Aug. 22
'We got our inspiration from the dandelion flower'
Research exposes new vulnerability in SARS-CoV-2 - Aug. 11
Researchers discovered that nanometer-scale electrostatic interactions enhance the novel coronavirus' spike protein bonds to host cells, making the virus more infectious.
Survey: Most Americans willing to vaccinate for COVID-19 - Aug. 6
Report discovered racial disparities in vaccination likelihood
Northwestern launches COVID-19 registry for vaccine trials - July 27
Northwestern Medicine has launched a COVID Prevention Trials Registry for people who are interested in participating in COVID-19 clinical trials to prevent infection from the virus.
Popular hypertension drugs don’t increase risk of COVID-19 severity, fatality - July 21
Study dispels fears for patients with hypertension, cardiovascular and diabetic kidney disease
New A.I. tool is a potential timesaver for COVID-19 researchers - June 18
CAVIDOTS provides easy-to-skim summaries of academic papers
Comforting, monitoring 7,600 COVID patients at home - June 16
Daily check-ins to know when patients need to go to emergency department
COVID-19 threatens the entire nervous system - June 11
Neurological symptoms may appear before fever or cough
Imprecise findings in drug trials could steer clinicians away from innovative treatments - June 8
Small sample sizes make estimates of treatment effects imprecise, expert says
Placentas from COVID-19-positive pregnant women show injury - May 22
Findings suggests abnormal blood flow between mothers, babies in utero
Vitamin D appears to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates - May 7
Patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience severe complications, including death
Northwestern team develops new antibody test for COVID-19 - May 6
Minimally invasive approach requires single drop of blood
AI speeds up search for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines - May 4
Researchers develop machine model that exponentially shortens expert review period
One-step diagnostic tool receives NSF RAPID grant - April 20
Rapid, easy, point-of-need test could enable global tracking of infectious diseases
Peptide therapies could disable coronavirus’ spike proteins - April 13
Nanostructures could safely deliver a notoriously fragile drug to virus
Cell-free biotechnology could help accelerate COVID-19 therapeutics - April 2
Platform could produce new antiviral drugs more than 10 times faster
COVID-19 drug trial launches at Northwestern Medicine - March 31
Remdesivir was developed for Ebola and has antiviral activity for coronaviruses
COVID-19 testing now taking place in transformed Northwestern lab - March 30
Goal is to quadruple number of processed tests at Northwestern Medicine hospitals to 360 per day
New drug target found for COVID-19 - March 19
Scientists discover critical protein that lets virus hide from immune system
New coronavirus protein reveals drug target - March 2
Drugs previously in development for SARS could be effective for COVID-19
No coronavirus transmission in womb, study suggests - Feb. 13
Study of nine pregnant women in Wuhan finds no evidence that coronavirus can jump from mother to fetus in the womb
- New COVID vaccine trial does not analyze sex data - July 16
- Faster COVID-19 test results are critical to saving lives and restarting the economy - July 9
- When COVID-19 meets flu season - May 29
- COVID-19 vaccine debate: will people want it? - May 28
- Remdesivir distribution needs more transparency: JAMA Viewpoint - May 14
- Risk of COVID-19 transmission through wastewater - May 8
- No evidence of link between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease, expert says - May 7
- Two of China’s front-line COVID-19 doctors to discuss virus in May 5 webinar - May 4
- 'Don’t rush unproven novel COVID-19 therapies,' expert says - April 29
- 'COVID toes probably more rampant than we realize' - April 21
- Heart disease, racial disparities and COVID-19 - April 13
- Serology (immunity) tests are next step in COVID-19 fight - April 2
- No higher risk for COVID-19 from hypertension drugs - March 25
- COVID-19 and antibiotics - March 23
- What could a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. look like? - Feb. 28
- Trying to stop coronavirus: first step is to find vulnerability - Jan. 24
- Infectious disease expert says U.S. is 'totally unprepared' to handle epidemic - Jan. 21
COVID-19 clinical drug trial leader
Babafemi Taiwo, chief of infectious diseases at Feinberg and Northwestern Medicine, is the principal investigator of a clinical trial for the drug remdesivir. The anti-viral was developed to treat Ebola and has been found to have antiviral activity against coronaviruses including MERS and now SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.
Dr. Robert Murphy
Infectious disease and global health pandemic expert
Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Feinberg , is well versed in the ever-evolving facts surrounding COVID-19, including physical symptoms, how it spreads, updates on potential treatments and vaccines, and how public health officials are managing the disease’s spread. As a global health expert, Murphy can speak about this epidemic and how it compares to previous disease outbreaks.
Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D.
Infectious disease and epidemiology expert
Mercedes Carnethon, vice chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Mary Harris Thompson Professor of Epidemiology and Pulmonary and Critical Care at Feinberg, studies the epidemiology of the disease and can speak to its broad effects across population subgroups.
Jaline Gerardin, Ph.D.
Expert in infectious disease modeling
Jaline Gerardin, assistant professor of epidemiology at Feinberg, is working on predictive models for the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously she served as the malaria lead at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Seattle, working on models to treat, prevent and eliminate malaria across diverse endemic settings.
Dr. Igor Koralnik
Studies COVID-19's impact on the nervous system
Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious disease and global neurology and the Archibald Church Professor of Neurology at Feinberg, conducted a study finding that COVID-19 poses a threat to the entire nervous system.
Karla Satchell, Ph.D.
Expert on the process and challenges of developing drugs to fight the virus
Karla Satchell, professor of microbiology-immunology at Feinberg, leads a national team of scientists who are investigating the structure of the coronavirus to understand how to stop it from replicating in human cells.
Drug manufacturing expert
Michael Jewett, professor of chemical and biological engineering and director of Northwestern's Center for Synthetic Biology, has developed a new platform that can produce antiviral drugs more than 10 times faster than current methods. He is working to produce new medications that can be quickly produced and distributed to COVID-19 patients. Jewett also is a co-principal investigator on research to develop a one-step COVID-19 diagnostic tool.
Julius B. Lucks
Rapid test development researcher
Julies B. Lucks, professor of chemical and biological engineering at McCormick, is a co-principal investigator on research to develop a one-step COVID-19 diagnostic tool. Similar to a pregnancy test, the tool uses one sample to provide an easy-to-read negative or positive result on-site. The research is funded by an NSF RAPID grant.
Joshua Leonard, Ph.D.
Rapid test development researcher
Joshua Leonard, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at McCormick, , is a co-principal investigator on research to develop a one-step COVID-19 diagnostic tool. Similar to a pregnancy test, the tool uses one sample to provide an easy-to-read negative or positive result on-site. The research is funded by an NSF RAPID grant.
Dr. Elizabeth M. McNally
COVID-19 testing expert
Elizabeth McNally is the director of Feinberg's Center for Genetic Medicine, the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine and a professor of cardiology and biochemistry and molecular genetics. She can speak to the processes and issues surrounding developing a test for COVID-19.
COVID-19 testing expert
Xinkun Wang, director of the NUSeq Core Facility and research associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics, can speak to the processes and issues surrounding COVID-19 testing.
Antibody testing developer
Thomas McDade, a biological anthropologist at Weinberg, led a team of researchers to develop a new method for testing for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) antibodies. The method requires only a single drop of blood collected from a simple finger prick.
Expert in drug development
Samuel Stupp - the Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering - is developing a new therapeutic to target and disable the coronavirus' so-called "spike proteins" that cause COVID-19.
Dr. Michael Ison
Infectious diseases expert
Michael Ison, professor of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at Feinberg and a Northwestern Medicine physician, can speak about the clinical side of the virus, including symptoms and the promise of potential treatments. As one of Northwestern's go-to influenza experts, Ison is well versed at speaking to media about the flu and other respiratory viruses.
Dr. Jeffery Goldstein
Studies coronavirus in pregnant women
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, director of perinatal pathology in Feinberg's department of pathology, led a study that found abnormal blood flow between mothers and babies in-utero, showing evidence of injury to the placenta.
Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Studies coronavirus in pregnant women
Wei Zhang, associate professor of preventive medicine at Feinberg, recently co-authored a study of nine pregnant women in Wuhan, China, that found no evidence that coronavirus can jump from mother to fetus in the womb. Based in Chicago, Zhang provided epidemiology and data interpretation for this study and is continuing to work with scientists in China to research COVID-19.
Dr. Daniel Batlle
Daniel Batlle -- the Earle, del Greco, Levin Professor of Medicine at Feinberg -- can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on heart health.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Linder
Primary care physician
Jeffrey A. Linder, Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine at Feinberg, can speak about telemedicine, general patient-care questions and the use of antibiotics during the pandemic -- including drugs that are being touted to treat COVID-19 but have not been fully tested.
Dr. Benjamin Singer
Pulmonary and critical care expert
Benjamin Singer is an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine and of biochemistry and molecular genetics at Feinberg. He can address general health-related COVID-19 questions, pulmonology questions, and questions about ventilator use.
Dr. Robert Bonow
Dr. Robert Bonow, vice chair of development and innovation in the department of medicine at Feinberg, can address the impact of COVID-19 on the heart as well as claims that hydroxychloroquine, a common malaria treatment, can treat COVID-19 when combined with the antibiotic azithromycin.
Dr. Clyde Yancy
Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology in the department of medicine and vice dean for diversity and inclusion at Feinberg, can address the racial disparities around COVID-19 as well as the impact of the virus on the heart.
Kiarri Kershaw, Ph.D., MPH
Studies health disparities
Kiarri Kershaw, is a social epidemiologist who studies how the social environment impacts health. She can discuss the racial disparities around COVID-19.
Michael Wolf, Ph.D., MPH
Studies impact to older adults
Michael Wolf, professor of medicine at Feinberg, conducted a study that found that many individuals in the highest risk category for COVID-19 because of multiple chronic health conditions didn’t think the disease would affect them and reported not changing their behavior at the beginning of the outbreak. He can discuss the reasons for the behavior as well as differences in behavior across demographics.
Charlesnika Tyon Evans, Ph.D., MPH
Expert on healthcare-associated infections
Charlesnika Tyon Evans, associate professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at Feinberg, studies the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly healthcare-associated infections. She can discuss risks to healthcare workers and others working on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
Studies role of vitamin D in COVID-19
Vadim Backman, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Environmental Engineering at McCormick, led statistical analysis of data from hospitals around the world, finding that countries with the highest COVID-19 mortality rates also had lower levels of vitamin D.
Monica Olvera de la Cruz
Studies how the coronavirus bonds to host cells
Monica Olvera de la Cruz is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Her lab works on the development of models to describe the self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules including amphiphiles, copolymers, and synthetic and biological polyelectrolytes, as well as the segregation and interface adsorption in multicomponent complex fluids. She can talk about the study she lead that uncovered a vulnerability in the coronavirus' spike protein.
Dr. Amy Paller
Studies skin conditions caused by COVID-19
Dr. Amy Paller, chair of Feinberg's department of dermatology and director of Northwestern's Skin Disease Research Center, can discuss skin conditions related to COVID-19, including "COVID toes."
Dr. Anne Rowley
Kawasaki disease expert
Dr. Anne Rowley is an expert on Kawasaki disease and can discuss symptoms of COVID-19 appearing especially in children. Rowley is a professor of pediatrics (infectious diseases) and microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University and an infectious diseases physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Waterborne disease expert
Aaron Packman, professor of civil and environmental engineering at McCormick and director of Northwestern’s Center for Water Research, is an expert on the dynamics of water systems and waterborne disease transmission. He can discuss how novel coronavirus-contaminated water can be disinfected.
Wastewater treatment expert
George Wells, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at McCormick, is an expert on wastewater treatment and environmental microbiology. He can discuss wastewater monitoring and the effectiveness of U.S. wastewater treatment systems against the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for water security - Aug. 24
Researchers urge global policy makers to invest in water infrastructure
National Survey: Most Americans not confident school reopening can be done safely - Aug. 18
Report found differences across groups of Americans, notably by gender and race
COVID-19 risk model uses hospital data to guide decisions on social distancing - July 29
General framework has led to policy changes in Austin, could help other communities
Antibody testing research receives NSF RAPID grant - June 17
Project will investigate the origins of social inequalities in COVID-19 across neighborhoods in Chicago
Americans’ trust in institutions to handle COVID-19 is fading - June 8
New survey data shows the largest drop among police, with trust falling by nearly 10 points
Food insecurity triples for families with children during COVID-19 pandemic - May 18
Data show nearly half worry they will run out of food and have no money for more
- Experts available to media on Republicans' plan to cut unemployment benefits - July 23
- ‘Respect for human rights protects public health during a pandemic’ - July 16
- Experts available on the use of masks, social distancing in schools to stem spread of COVID-19 - July 14
- Webinar: The great unraveling? Media, geopolitics and the COVID-19 pandemic - June 15
- Law professor studies impact of coronavirus lockdown on domestic violence - May 29
- How do you put a price on COVID-19 treatment? - May 20
- How COVID-19 is disrupting marginalized communities worldwide - April 23
- What the world may look like after COVID-19 - April 22
- Trump is eroding U.S. global influence by halting funds for World Health Organization - April 15
- COVID-19 pandemic shining a spotlight on deep racial inequalities - April 8
- Professors available on Wisconsin primary voting underway despite COVID-19 - April 7
- Don’t make the doctor decide who lives and who dies - April 7
- Federal government must step up in fight against COVID-19, says infectious disease expert - March 25
- Food insecurity and food handling during the pandemic - March 16
- ‘Appalled’ by O’Hare scene: ‘This is not poor planning. This is no planning’ - March 15
- Webinar: Northwestern anthropologist Adia Benton to discuss coronavirus response in U.S., globally - March 13
- Rep. Lipinski and local healthcare experts hold telephone town hall on the coronavirus - March 13
- How nonprofits, businesses, government agencies must work together to save lives, mitigate downstream impact - March 13
Health care economist
Craig Garthwaite, the Herman R. Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services and the director of the Program on Healthcare at Kellogg, is available to discuss pricing strategy and medical ethics around COVID-19 treatments. Garthwaite's research examines the business of health care with a focus on the interaction between private firms and public policies. His recent work has focused on private sector effects of the Affordable Care Act, economic effects of social insurance programs such as Medicaid and the responses of nonprofit hospitals to financial shocks.
Dr. Kelly Michelson
Medical ethics and public health policy expert
Kelly Michelson is director of Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She is available to discuss the ethical questions surrounding patient care protocols at hospitals.
Expert on stochastic optimization
David Morton is chair and David A. and Karen Richards Sachs Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at McCormick. He studies stochastic optimization and its application to energy, security and health systems. He can speak about the modeling framework he co-authored that helps policymakers determine which data to track and when to take action to protect their communities in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social policy expert
Diane Schanzenbach, director of Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, can speak about impacts on low-income populations in the the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of inclusion of food assistance in the stimulus bill.
Expert on partisan conflict in American politics
Laurel Harbridge-Yong is an associate professor of political science and a faculty fellow with the University’s Institute for Policy Research. She can speak about partisan tenions and Republicans' plan to cut unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert on global health and health disparities
Lori Post is the director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and a professor of emergency medicine and medical social sciences and at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Post is an expert in global health and health disparities and can speak about potential disruptions to the food supply during the COVID-19 outbreak and if it’s safe to eat food handled by people who have tested positive for COVID-19. She also can discuss the increased risk for domestic abuse when people who have an existing violent person in the house are quarantined at home together.
Expert on interorganizational networks
Michelle Shumate, professor of communications studies in the School of Communication, is a leading researcher on interorganizational networks who can speak to interagency collaboration and response. For 15 years, she’s researched how organizations can work together to respond to social issues.
Expert on humanitarian logistics
Karen Smilowitz, the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, studies how pressure on the food supply chain could impact those who need supplies the most, including public school students and those who rely on food banks.
Global anthropology expert
Anthropology researcher Adia Benton can speak to issues surrounding the global response to the pandemic - how scientific and public health expertise is brought to bear in calibrating recommendations at various levels of governance and alternative ways of framing conversations about efforts to curb infection in communities.
Studies trust in institutions
James Druckman, the Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and associate director of Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research, has studied public opinion about institutions' ability to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert on public opinion of COVID-19 impact and response
Beth Redbird, assistant professor of sociology in Weinberg, leads a daily national representative survey of U.S. public opinions, behaviors and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “COVID-19 Social Change Survey” asks, for example, how isolated respondents feel, how they are preparing, whether they think the pandemic is a hoax and whether they think the crisis is fostering a sense of solidarity or community.
Political expert, focusing on minority populations
Jaime Dominguez, assistant professor of political science, studies urban politics, race, ethnic and and Latino and Chicago politics, as well as the politics of immigrant integration. He can speak to the community impact of COVID-19 policies as well as the impact on the 2020 elections.
Michael S. Kang
Campaign and politics expert
Michael S. Kang is the William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a nationally recognized expert on campaign finance, election laws, voting rights, redistricting, judicial elections and corporate governance. He can speak to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the 2020 elections.
Alvin Tillery, associate professor of political science and African American studies and director of Northwestern's Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, can speak about the impact of the pandemic on the 2020 elections.
International relations expert
Ian Hurd, professor of political science, is an expert in international law and politics. He can speak about how nations' handling of the crisis impacts their standing on the world stage.
Expert on child development
Terri Sabol is an assistant professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy and a former elementary school teacher. Her research focuses on the individual and environmental factors that lead to healthy child development, and she can speak about varying safety precaution needs for different age groups of students in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Language development expert
Adriana Weisleder is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Child Language Lab. Her research investigates early language development and processing in young children from diverse linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with a focus on dual language learners. She can speak about potential implications of mask-use for dual language learners.
Dan P. McAdams
Expert on human development and social policy
Dan P. McAdams is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and professor of human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He is available to speak to media about President Donald Trump's behavior and response in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Studies shutdowns' impact on domestic violence
Sarath Sanga, associate professor of law, has studied how COVID-19 shutdowns have impacted domestic violence rates.
Anthropologists Katherina Amato and Thomas McDade receive grants for COVID-19-related health projects - Aug. 6
Interdisciplinary research on social, cognitive and biological implications of the pandemic
More lonely deaths in hospitals and nursing homes from COVID - July 17
Patients who died from COVID-19 in 2020 are 12 times more likely to die in a hospital than patients who died from any cause in 2018
App helps COVID anxiety, depression - May 22
Free mobile apps – IntelliCare – significantly reduce mental health symptoms
Older adults didn’t think COVID-19 would affect them - April 9
They didn’t change daily routine, delayed social distancing
Sociologist leads national survey on impact of COVID-19 - April 9
Interdisciplinary team to assess how public thinks, feels and behaves during global pandemic
- Safely expanding your COVID-19 bubble - June 24
- Dads being more involved in kids’ lives is silver lining of COVID-19 - June 12
- ‘Caution fatigue’ could dent efforts to stay safe - April 28
- Experts discuss pandemic’s impact on small business, family and relationships - April 22
- How to persuade people to stay home - April 13
- Preserving doctors’ and nurses’ mental health during COVID-19 - April 10
- Domestic violence during COVID-19: 'Like throwing gasoline on a fire' - April 7
- Narrative psychologist breaks down President Trump's "strange" response to COVID-19 - March 18
- Social isolation and guns are not a good mix - March 17
- Coronavirus: mortality fears; working remotely; and leadership response in a crisis - March 12
- Coping with COVID-19 social isolation - March 12
- Coronavirus anxiety? Experts offer coping tactics amidst uncertainty - Feb. 26
Catherine Belling, Ph.D.
Can discuss hypochondria and concerns about the virus
Having written a book about the state of hypochondria in America, Catherine Belling, as associate professor of medical education at Feinberg, can discuss anxiety and how to decipher what might be hypochondria versus rational concern about the virus. Belling says the real issue with COVID-19 is the uncertainty surrounding the disease, which leads some people to panic while others underreact, become complacent and neglect to take the necessary precautions to be safe.
Stewart Shankman, Ph.D.
Expert on dealing with anxiety caused by the epidemic
Stewart Shankman, chief of psychology at Feinberg, can speak about coping mechanisms for anxiety related to the spread of a disease such as COVID-19, including deep breathing, exercise and not reading or researching too much about the epidemic. He said it’s important to strike a balance between being informed and catastrophizing.
Expert on anxiety and treatment
Richard Zinbarg, professor and chair of psychology, studies anxiety and treatments and can also speak about the tendency for people to think about mortality in the wake of extreme events.
Depression and anxiety expert
Jacqueline Gollan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Feinberg, is a mental health expert with a focus on psychotherapy for depression and anxiety. She can discuss the concept of "caution fatigue" and how constant worry and vigilance impacts overall mental health.
Dr. Phyllis Zee
Expert on how light affects sleep and overall health
Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology and director of the Northwestern Medicine Sleep Disorders Center, studies the impact of sleep and light on overall health. She can provide advice on how to use sun and artificial light to improve mood, physical health, and general well-being, which can be especially helpful during periods of self-isolation due to coronavirus social distancing.
Judith Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Studies impact of emotions on health
Judith Moskowitz, professor of medical social sciences at Feinberg, studies how to increase positive emotion. She can discuss strategies to maintain positivity while in isolation.
Andrea Graham, Ph.D.
Mobile/online health expert
Andrea Graham, assistant professor of medical social sciences, studies the use of online and mobile technologies for medical treatment. She can discuss strategies to maintain positive mental health while in isolation.
Dr. Joan Anzia
Expert on strategies to maintain positive mental health
Joan Anzia, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg, can discuss the particular mental health challenges faces by doctors and nurses on the front-lines of COVID-19.
Alexandra Solomon, assistant clinical professor in Northwestern's Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program and a staff therapist at The Family Institute, teaches the course “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101” and is the author of “Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want.” She can speak about the complications of working from home and being in constant contact with a spouse.
Eli Finkel, author of the bestselling book "The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work," is available to discuss how stay-at-home orders impact marriages, family dynamics and relationships with coworkers. Finkel also is a professor of psychology at Weinberg and a professor of management and organizations at Kellogg.
Expert on emotions across the life span
Claudia Haase, an assistant professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, studies emotions in individuals and couples across the life span. She can discuss ways we can deal with our own and others’ emotions amidst COVID-19. A special focus is on emotion regulation in older adults and educators and what we can and cannot control.
Expert on environmental, cultural, institutional and social influences on health
Maryann Mason is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and leads violence and injury research at Feinberg’s Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health. She is available to speak on the dangers of firearm ownership when combined with social isolation and provide tips on how to minimize risk during this period of coronavirus-related social distancing.
Clinical-grade wearables offer continuous monitoring for COVID-19 - July 1
Sticker-like medical device streams symptom data to physicians
Smart PPE project receives NSF RAPID grant - June 9
Sensors integrated into masks could assess proper fit, health risks
Wearable COVID-19 sensor receives NSF RAPID grant - June 3
Device monitors early signs, disease progression and response to treatment
Adapting emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients - May 21
Detailed instructions and how-to videos are available online
UV-resistant elastic for N95 masks receives NSF RAPID grant - May 19
Material can withstand damage from disinfection, enabling masks to be safely reused
Monitoring COVID-19 from hospital to home: First wearable device continuously tracks key symptoms - May 4
Wireless sensor gently sits on throat to monitor coughs, fever and respiratory activity
New planning tool to help states estimate ventilator needs - April 6
Model could be used as a planning framework for state and federal agencies
New app allows NICU families to ‘visit’ baby during COVID-19 pandemic - March 31
During period of extremely limited visitation, app provides updates, support, education
Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day - March 29
Researchers hope to make a dent in hospitals’ need with a single 3D printer
Self-sanitizing face mask project receives NSF RAPID grant - March 24
Chemically modified mask design could potentially slow the spread of viruses
- ERx connects healthcare providers with COVID-19 medical supplies - April 14
- COVID-19 pandemic motivates physical scientists and engineers to create global solutions - April 9
- New COVID-19 webinar series focuses on transportation and logistics issues - April 1
- Expert tips for safely disinfecting your home - March 18
Developed sensor to monitor COVID-19 patients at home
Engineer John Rogers led development of a wearable device and data algorithms tailored to catch early signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to monitor patients as the illness progresses. Rogers is the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at McCormick.
Engineering self-sanitizing face mask
Jiaxing Huang, professor of materials science and engineering at McCormick, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a self-sanitizing face mask. He can discuss that work, as well as the role engineers can play in fighting the pandemic.
Engineering "smart" mask
Josiah Hester, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at McCormick, received an NSF RAPID grant to develop smart face masks that use small, battery-powered sensors to assess proper fit and monitor health signals.
Engineering reusable N95 mask
Mark Hersam, a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at McCormick, received an NSF RAPID grant to develop a new elastic material that could enable N95 medical face masks to be disinfected and reused dozens of times.
3D printing face shields
Chad Mirkin, professor of chemistry and and biomedical engineering, is using a new 3D-printing technique called “high-area rapid printing” to make components for up to 1,000 face shields per day.
Engineered ventilator adapter
Engineered ventilator adapter
Ed Colgate, professor of mechanical engineering at McCormick, helped design a device to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better suited for COVID-19 patients.
Expert in medical supplies allocation
Sanjay Mehrotra, a professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at McCormick and director of the Center for Engineering Health, has developed a new model to help U.S. states allocate and share ventilators and other life-saving resources in the fight against COVID-19. His lab develops optimization models to better allocate health care resources in order to reduce geographic disparities and reduce waste in the health care system.
Uses artificial intelligence to allocate medical supplies
Kris Hammond, the Bill and Cathy Osborn Professor of Computer Science, is collaborating with Chicago tech startup Rheaply to launch the Emergency Resource Exchange (ERx), a new platform that connects organizations with personal protective equipment and other critical resources.
Erica Hartmann, Ph.D.
Studies how microbial communities respond to human-made chemicals
Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of environmental engineering, studies microbiomes inside built environments. She can discuss how best to disinfect homes and workplaces to kill viruses but without unintentionally causing bacteria to develop antimicrobial resistance.
Developed app for NICU families
Craig Garfield, associate professor of pediatrics and medical social sciences at Feinberg, developed an app that allows parents to check in on their babies from afar to help ease the anxiety as hospitals restrict visitor access. The app sends updates on their babies' vital signs (breathing, weight, bowel movements, medications, etc.) and personalized information and education, such as common NICU terminology and who is caring for their baby at any given point.
Pandemic disproportionately affects scientists with young children - July 15
A Northwestern University study finds parents are drastically reducing work hours during the pandemic, which could have long-term effects on their careers.
New COVID-19 webinar series focuses on reopening cities across the country - July 8
Northwestern University scholars can speak to medical, public health, economic angles and more
Consumers react to coronavirus crisis, increasingly move online - April 7
March survey shows which consumers 'extremely worried' versus which 'not at all worried' about virus
- 'Baseball is a microcosm for this time,' showcasing creativity through challenges - July 28
- Financial support isn’t enough to combat COVID-19 impact on small-businesses, expert says - May 13
- Former U.S. Treasury official leads webinar on how economic response to pandemic compares to 2008 - May 5
- COVID-19 webinar focuses on air cargo and supply chains - April 22
- Experts discuss pandemic’s impact on small business, family and relationships - April 22
- Webinar focuses on ocean shipping and supply chains - April 15
- Implementing small business support is essential for economic rebound - April 13
- Increased interest in Amazon, Netflix during COVID-19 impacts workforce - April 8
- 'Politics overshadowed real economic concerns,' says Northwestern finance professor - March 25
- Religious studies expert available on church's decision to cancel mass, limit funerals in response to COVID-19 - March 19
- Expert perspectives on Trump's cash plan, remote work and other economic concerns - March 17
- Religious studies expert available on decision to call off mass in response to COVID-19 - March 13
- Northwestern experts available on economic impact of coronavirus - March 4
- Concerns over coronavirus send stocks tumbling - Jan. 27
Can address the economic impact on business and stock markets
Phillip Braun, clinical professor of finance at Kellogg, specializes in emerging market economies and financial markets. He can discuss the impact of the epidemic on business, stock markets and the global economy.
Expert on economic policy, particularly relating to small businesses
Benjamin Jones is the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and a professor of strategy at Kellogg. He is available to discuss the particular importance of small businesses to the larger economy as well as the complications of supporting them through federal policy.
Small business innovation expert
Linda Darragh, the Larry Levy Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, is available to discuss the unique challenges the pandemic brings for small businesses, as well as the tools available to help them. Specifically, she can address ways in which small businesses will have to adapt their business models to meet the demands of a changing economic landscape.
Can discuss the impact on supply chain and distribution networks
Sunil Chopra, the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management at Kellogg, is an expert in operations management, logistics and distribution networks and is able to discuss how coronavirus might impact the global supply chain.
Consumer behavior expert
Martin Block, professor of integrated marketing communications at Medill, conducted survey analysis to determine how the pandemic will impact consumer behavior. He can discuss issues such as how the pandemic will influence online and mobile consumer behavior and how different demographics will react to the crisis.
Expert on brand and innovation
Paul Earle is an adjunct lecturer of innovation and entreprenuership at Kellogg, as well as a brand and innovation professional, entrepreneur and intrapreneur. He can speak about the MLB as a brand in relation to its handling of the sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert on popular culture, crisis management and place marketing
Irv Rein is a member of the MLB's commission on the future of baseball in the 21st century and professor of communication studies at Northwestern's School of Communication. He can speak about the MLB as a microcosm for the national COVID-19 pandemic.
Crisis management expert
Jorg Spenkuch, associate professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Kellogg, is an expert in strategic crisis management for businesses. He helps business leaders develop decision protocols and procedures for crises, including pandemic.
Expert on values-driven leadership
Nicholas Pearce, clinical associate professor of management and organizations at Kellogg, studies leadership and is the author of "The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work." He can speak about how leaders should balance profits and values as they lead their companies through crisis.
Expert on business law
Mark McCareins is a clinical professor of business law in the strategy department and co-director of the JD/MBA program at Kellogg. McCareins is available to speak with media on consumer contracts and care.
Family and small business expert
Jennifer Pendergast, the John L. Ward Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise and faculty director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg, is available to discuss the long term impact of the pandemic on small and family businesses. She can also discuss best practices for small business owners.
Expert on organizational management
Dashun Wang is an associate professor of management and organizations at Kellogg and director of Northwestern’s Center for the Science of Science and Innovation. He can speak about recent research on the disproportionate effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on scientists with young children.
Expert on virtual business communication
Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management and an adjunct professor of psychology. She is available to speak on the common issues that come up with virtual communication between colleagues, peers, bosses and customers.
Expert on how AI impacts labor markets
Hatim Rahman, a Donald P. Jacobs Scholar faculty member of Management and Organizaitons at Kellogg, studies how artificial intelligence is impacting the nature of work and employment relationships in organizations and labor markets. He can discuss how employees of major technology companies will be affected as reliance on such platforms grows.
Religious studies expert
Cristina Traina, chair of religious studies at Northwstern, is available to comment on the Catholic Church's response to COVID-19.
- Northwestern makes tests optional for class of 2025 applicants - June 18
- Medill students launch ‘COVID-19 Analyzer’ fact checking tool to fight misinformation - May 28
- Kellogg alumni and students partner with local businesses to navigate pandemic - May 12
- ‘We show up differently now’: New York Showcase seniors reach casting directors online - May 5
- Northwestern commencement will be virtual, with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood as keynote speaker - April 22
- Imagine U comes to you: Northwestern theater students, faculty and alums share weekly stories on video - April 17
- Northwestern partners with Evanston on food pantry - April 10
- Video: Medical students organize volunteers to collect, donate COVID-19 PPE -- #GetMePPEChi - March 28
- Medical students organize volunteers to help community - March 26
- Law professor offers pop-up course, 'Law in the Time of Coronavirus' - March 24
- 'Take this seriously,' say Northwestern doctors in COVID-19 video - March 19
- Teaching in the time of COVID-19 - March 16
- First case of COVID-19 confirmed at Northwestern - March 13
- Dance Marathon fundraising will continue after decision not to hold event - March 4
- Update for the community on coronavirus - Feb.10
Primary contact on Northwestern University's on-campus response
Bob Rowley, assistant vice president of media relations at Northwestern University, will handle any questions about the university's response and preparations. University coronavirus statements and response plans also are available online.
Primary contact on Northwestern University's on-campus response
Jon Yates, director of media relations at Northwestern University, will handle any questions about the university's response and preparations. University coronavirus statements and response plans also are available online.
Expert on remote teaching for theater and music performance
Jon Haas is an academic advisory and music theater lecturer at the School of Communication. Haas is available to speak about moving to remote teaching and learning and how remote learning is a good fit for some of the arts.
Expert on remote teaching for theater performance
Cindy Gold is a theater professor at the School of Communication. Gold is available to speak on adjustments being made to theater classes now being taught remotely and how remote learning is a good fit for some classes.