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Experts across NC State’s campus are available to speak with media about the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 on our world. Meet faculty at the forefront:

Food Safety

Ben Chapman, professor of agricultural and human services and food safety specialist, can discuss food preparation, food handling and care for kitchen surfaces. He can be reached at bjchapma@ncsu.edu or 919.809.3205.

Virus Transmission Through Food

Lee-Ann Jaykus, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is an expert in food virology, specifically the transmission of viruses through the food chain. She can be reached at leeann_jaykus@ncsu.edu or 919.513.2074.

Crops and Commercial Vegetables

Chris Gunter, extension vegetable production specialist and professor of horticultural science, can talk about the pandemic’s potential impacts on crop production and fresh vegetables on a commercial scale. He can be reached at cgunter@ncsu.edu or 919.513.2807.

Economy

Mike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist, can discuss the effects of coronavirus on the U.S. economy. See his recent piece in The Conversation. He can be reached at walden@ncsu.edu or 919.515.4671.

Pandemic Response

Julie Swann is the department head and A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor of NC State’s Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. In 2009, she was on loan as a science advisor for the H1N1 pandemic response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swann’s past research includes the spread of influenza pandemics, access to health care, and disrupted humanitarian supply chains. She can be reached at jlswann@ncsu.edu.

Public Policy in Crisis

Tom Birkland is a professor of public policy who studies the political and managerial aspects of natural disasters and industrial accidents. He is the author of two books — After Disaster and Lessons of Disaster — and many articles on disasters and crises. Birkland can provide context on how governments develop and implement policies during crises and disasters. He can be reached at tabirkla@ncsu.edu or 919.513.1834.

Supply Chain Management

Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, is an expert in supply chain management and can speak about COVID-19 impacts of product hoarding, misdirected consumer habits and hospital needs such as ventilators. See his recent blog post on supply chain issues related to the virus. He can be reached at rbhandfi@ncsu.edu or 843.469.2313.

Tim Kraft is an expert in operations and supply chain strategy. His research focuses on environmental and social issues in supply chains, and he can speak to fundamental issues related to supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19. He can be reached at tckraft@ncsu.edu or 512.825.8950.

Ronalds Gonzalez is an assistant professor of supply chain and conversion economics in the Department of Forest Biomaterials. He can discuss how strong our nation’s supply chain is for hygiene tissue, a timely topic given the panic buying currently happening. He can be reached at rwgonzal@ncsu.edu.

Business Management

Leigh Shamblin, director of leadership for the Poole College of Management, can discuss how business leaders can respond to their employees and customers during this crisis. She can be reached at lsbrown2@ncsu.edu or 919.428.8979.

Youth Outdoor Engagement

Liz Driscoll, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, can discuss youth engagement with the agricultural and natural world through gardening activities, nature discovery and outdoor science explorations. She can be reached at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu or 919.886.3424.

Jason Bocarro is a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. His research focuses on youth development, sport and physical activity and health. He can discuss the benefits of using outdoor spaces (parks, etc.) during this time. He can be contacted at jnbocarr@ncsu.edu.

Enterprise Risk Management

Mark Beasley, professor and director of the ERM Initiative in the Poole College of Management, can discuss how the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 are triggering a multitude of risks affecting all aspects of an enterprise. Beasley can provide insights about how core principles related to effective enterprise risk management can be directly applied to this current crisis. He can be reached at mark_beasley@ncsu.edu or 919.264.3187.

Virtual Education

Mary Ann Wolf, senior director of the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, is an expert on education and educational technology. She can speak about state and local efforts to implement distance learning in response to COVID-19 and remote learning best practices and educator resources. See her current interview on Education Matters: North Carolina’s Education Leaders Respond to the Impacts of Coronavirus and her recent blog post on EdNC about school districts’ response to COVID-19. She can be reached at mawolf@ncsu.edu.

Derek Ham, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and 2020 University Faculty Scholar, is an expert in immersive technology. He can speak on how including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and various gaming technologies can be of great assistance in our work, play, and learning at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives. He can be reached at daham@ncsu.edu.

Coping and Stress-Management

Shevaun D. Neupert is a professor of psychology who studies coping strategies that can be used before, during, and after stressful events. She can be reached at sdneuper@ncsu.edu or 919.513.7952

Surface Transmission

Reza Ghiladi, associate professor of chemistry, specializes in creating materials and coatings that can destroy dangerous microbes when they are exposed to visible or ultraviolet light. He can talk about surface transmission of pathogens and research aimed at decreasing or eliminating this mode of infection. He can be reached at raghilad@ncsu.edu

Risk and Epidemic Communication

Huiling Ding, associate professor of technical communication and rhetoric, is specialized in intercultural health risk communication about emerging epidemics.  She can discuss risk communication, public education and epidemic communication in relation to COVID-19. 

Emotional Well-Being in Family Life

Kim Allen, associate professor of agricultural and human services and human development specialist, can speak on strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety and family relationships. She can be reached at kiallen@ncsu.edu or 919.515.9139.

Finance

Richard Warr, professor of finance, can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the stock market, investments and the Federal Reserve, as well as what the current crisis may mean for retirement portfolios. He can be reached at rswarr@ncsu.edu or 919.513.4646

Disease Modeling

Alun Lloyd is the Drexel Professor of Mathematics and a mathematical biologist. He can speak to the accuracy of models of disease spread. He can be reached at alun_lloyd@ncsu.edu.

On the Web

NC State Extension has numerous research-based and best-practice resources to help people prepare for and cope with the COVID-19 disease.

Contact

If you need assistance reaching experts, email newstips@ncsu.edu or contact our senior media relations strategist:

Lauren Barker
Telephone: 910-528-2285
Email: lauren_barker@ncsu.edu