A&S scholars sharing their COVID-19 expertise in the media this week

May 1, 2020 by Jovana Jankovic - A&S News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our community and the world, scholars from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Arts & Science are sharing their expertise on pressing issues in the media — from the mental and physical effects of social isolation to teaching students about the history of past pandemics.

Here’s some of what A&S scholars had to say this week.

April 30, 2020

April 29, 2020

  • Assistant Professor Sean Speer of the Munk School is featured in a National Post article about Canadian economic policy in light of the pandemic and a changing global context. Formerly an advisor to Stephen Harper during his time as prime minister, Speer has co-authored a new report that advocates for bold policy responses to challenging new geo-economic realities.
  • Professor Janelle Taylor of the Department of Anthropology is featured in a KUOW Seattle radio segment about the mental and physical effects of social isolation. “Human beings are social creatures,” says Taylor. We are now realizing “how much we care about and rely on opportunities to connect with people. It’s pretty profound.”

April 27, 2020

April 26, 2020

  • Albert Berry, professor emeritus at the Munk School and in the Department of Economics, is quoted in a Toronto Star article on the economic recovery of tourism- and remittance-dependent countries like Jamaica, whose economies rely heavily on investment and travel from Canada and the U.S. 

April 25, 2020

  • Christopher Parsons, a senior researcher with the Citizen Lab at the Munk School, comments on CBC Radio’s The House on the possibility of people falsifying COVID-19 immunity status in order to re-enter society. “How do we build social policies to ensure that people aren't tempted to cheat the applications or generate false presentations of immunity certificates?” asks Parsons.

April 24, 2020