March 19, 2020
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world. Wilfrid Laurier University has several experts available to speak about topics related to the virus.
Justin Cavallo, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on close relationships and social support. He is available to speak about the mental health implications of isolation and what people can do to stay well. Cavallo’s research examines relationships from a social cognitive perspective, exploring how people's motivational preferences affect interpersonal thought and behaviour. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Dej is an assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Criminology and an expert in social exclusion. She is available to discuss the impact of the pandemic on people experiencing homelessness and poverty, as well as the impact of loneliness on mental health in the context of self-isolation and social distancing. Dej’s research focuses primarily on homelessness, as well as mental health and homelessness prevention. Contact: email@example.com
Julie Mueller, associate professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Education, is available to speak about the importance of keeping children active while at home; the many sites and apps available to broaden their learning online (e.g., virtual field trips to museums, zoos and historical sites); the need for critical evaluation of information children hear and see; and the social connections they are able to make through digital platforms and social media. An expert on digital technology and learning, as well as physical activity and learning, Mueller is also a former elementary school teacher. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn FitzGerald, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Education, is an expert in mental health in education. She is available to speak about how the COVID-19 outbreak may impact the mental well-being of children and youth and what parents can do to help their children during these uncertain times. FitzGerald’s research focuses on the mental health of pre-service teachers, teachers and school administrators, as well as ways in which educators can offer effective programs to respond to the mental health needs of Ontario’s children and youth. Contact: email@example.com
Tammy Schirle is a professor in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and a research fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute. She is available to comment on income support programs announced by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Schirle is an expert on labour economics, public policy and the economics of gender and aging. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre Siklos is a professor in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. He is available to speak about the possible impact of COVID-19 on the global economy. Siklos specializes in macroeconomics with an emphasis on the study of inflation, central banks and financial markets. Contact: email@example.com
Jurek Konieczny, professor of Economics in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is available to speak about how the coronavirus has affected the world economy and markets, why the Bank of Canada has lowered its key interest rate and what can be expected if the virus continues its course. Konieczny is an expert in macroeconomics, monetary economics, monetary and fiscal policy and the Great Recession. He is the former director of the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis and has spoken recently about the possibility of another recession. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet McLaughlin is an associate professor in the Department of Health Studies and a research associate with the International Migration Research Centre. She is an expert on migrant workers’ rights, health and safety, and compensation. McLaughlin’s research has focused on temporary foreign workers from Mexico and Jamaica who work in Ontario agriculture. McLaughlin is available to speak about how policies put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic may affect migrant workers and how this could impact the goods and services that Canadians rely on. Contact: email@example.com
Ellen Russell, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Liberal Arts, is an economist and expert on labour, public policy, wage trends and growing inequality. She is available to comment on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Canadian workers and the role of public policy in improving labour market conditions and promoting economic recovery. Russell was formerly senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Dean, instructor in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert in labour and health economics. He is available to discuss how COVID-19 may affect the employment and wages of Canadian workers. Dean’s research has focused on topics including the Canadian housing market and the work of Canadian immigrants dating to before the First World War. Contact: email@example.com
Mark Humphries is an associate professor in Laurier’s Department of History, the Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience, and director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He is available to comment on how Canada is reacting to COVID-19 in comparison to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Humphries wrote a book in 2013 titled The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Blay-Palmer is a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the founding director of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and UNESCO Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies. She is an expert in sustainable food systems (from growing and harvesting to consumption and disposal) and food security, especially in Canada. Blay-Palmer is the author of Models and Best Practices for Building Effective Local Food Systems in Ontario and available to speak about the potential impacts the coronavirus pandemic could have on local food systems and communities. She can be reached at email@example.com
Michael Haughton is a professor and CN Fellow in Supply Chain Management in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. He is an expert on the management of operations in the international transportation of goods via land and water. Haughton is available to speak about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the flow of goods and services internationally, from the disruption of manufacturing operations to troubles meeting consumer demands. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Anderson is the community pastor at thirdspace_, an alternative worshipping community at Martin Luther University College. She is an expert on alternative worship and new ways to encourage youth and young adults to explore and connect with their faith. Since late last week, thirdspace_ has been offering services online. Anderson is available to speak about alternative ways for religious communities to gather and worship. Contact: email@example.com
Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, an associate professor in Laurier’s Health Sciences and Biology programs, is a virologist and immunologist. She studies how human and animal bodies detect and respond to viral infections. DeWitte-Orr is available to speak about how viruses affect human health, how they spread across populations and how infections can be prevented and treated. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Wenn, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, is available to speak about the potential impacts of the coronavirus on the upcoming Summer Olympics Games in Japan. Wenn is an expert on sport and commerce; Olympic history and scandals; and the financial and logistical challenges of hosting the Olympics. He is the co-author of Selling the Five Rings: the IOC and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism and the lead author of Tarnished Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Bid Scandal and the recently released The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympic Games. Contact: email@example.com or 519.884.1970 x4160.
Penelope Ironstone is an associate professor in the Department of Communications and director of the master’s in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory program. She can speak about how fear and misinformation around the virus are generated and perpetuated and how they can contribute to racism and xenophobia. In a follow-up to her research project, “From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus,” she is monitoring media portrayals of viruses, including the coronavirus, and analyzing how our understanding of viruses can help or hinder public health efforts. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd Coleman, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, is an epidemiologist and expert in population health. He is available to speak about the epidemiology of infectious diseases, such as the coronavirus, how we can use statistical information to understand trends in disease transmission, as well as public health efforts to control further transmission. He can also speak about how some populations, especially marginalized communities and certain subgroups, may experience health care services differently. Contact: email@example.com or 519.884.0710 x2127.
Ahmad Firas Khalid is a faculty member in Human and Social Sciences, a medical doctor and a health policy advisor. He is available to speak about what the public can do to protect themselves from the virus, the Canadian government's role in controlling the spread of the virus, what other countries are doing to control its spread and what the future might look like. He recently published an article about ways to put evidence about coronavirus into action. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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