President David Wippman co-authored an opinion piece published by The New York Times on June 1 titled How Colleges Can Keep the Coronavirus Off Campus. Written with Cornell Professor of American Studies Glenn Altschuler, the essay offers a broad, top-level discussion of “the significant physical and logistical obstacles in protecting their students” faced by colleges planning to reopen this fall.

Although the authors point out that the processes recommended by the American College Health Association are “much easier said than done,” they offer concrete methods for implementing them.

“To keep students, faculty, and staff safe on campus, colleges and universities will need to create and support a culture of respect for physical distancing — and students will need to be part of the effort,” the authors conclude.

Philip Klinkner
Philip Klinkner

Two members of the faculty also commented on COVID-19 issues in national media outlets in the last week.

Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government,  spoke to U.S. News & World Report on May 29 for an article titled Study: COVID-19 Deaths Concentrated in Urban Areas Represented by Democrats about research he had authored earlier in the month in a Vox article titled The pandemic is hitting counties that voted for Hillary Clinton harder — for now.

 Ann Owen
Ann Owen

Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Chair of Economics, commented on an American Public Media Marketplace report titled said that without government help, the April personal income number would have fallen quite a bit.

“Income for the month of April would have gone down substantially,” she said. “Instead of being up 10%, we would have been down roughly 5%.”

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