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2020 Online Events Schedule

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COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Monday, July 27, 2020

Faculty Experts

Steven Gjerstad, Ph.D., will be joining us again, this time to discuss the recent upsurge in cases, the decline in mortality, and his projections for the minimum time required to bring new cases down to a few hundred per day, as is now the case in most of the developed world.  Dr. Gjerstad is a Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute and the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

Dr. Gjerstad Presentation

Claudine Jaenichen is a Professor in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art. Professor Jaenichen has expertise in graphic design and information design. She is part of the Design Network for Emergency Management (dnem.org) and it currently with FEMA to develop a national Shelter-in-Place campaign to improve the understanding of protective actions in all hazards, including pandemics. More recently, she assisted Chapman in the CU Safely Back planning by proving feedback on visual direction focusing design decisions that support campus risk literacy as well as considerations of processing information under various levels of stress and anxiety.

Professor Jaenichen Presentation

Sara LaBelle, Ph.D.,is an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Faculty Development, and Associate Director of the Graduate Teaching Program in the School of Communication. Her research is focused on the intersection of instructional and health communication. Specifically, Sara has published on the teaching-learning process as it applies to the college classroom, the impact of student-to-student communication on academic and health outcomes, and the implementation and evaluation of health communication campaigns. Recently, Sara served as Chair of the Health and Safety Campaign Subcommittee for the CU Safely Back Communication Task Force. She will be providing an overview of the research that was conducted for this purpose, along with key takeaways for campus messaging regarding COVID-19 safety behaviors. 

Dr. LaBelle Presentation

Jeff Goad, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Goad runs the Travel Clinic at the Student Health Center and his research program focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of consumer and healthcare professional’s decision making process and outcomes related primarily to immunizations and travel medicine. Dr. Goad will be presenting on the continuum of COVID protection: the Swiss Cheese model.

Dr. Goad Presentation

California Feudalism: Addressing California’s Inequality Crisis - Tuesday, July 14

Join us for a presentation on Kotkin and Toplanksky's research brief titled California Feudalism: A Strategy to Restore California's Middle Class discussing inequality in California and how a change in state policy could restore our state’s dream. Kotkin and Toplansky will be joined by distinguished panelists for commentary and Q & A.  The event will be moderated by Lisa Sparks Dean of the School of Communication at Chapman University. 

Sponsored by the Orange County's Credit Union and hosted by Tom Piechota, Ph.D. PE, Vice President of Research, Chapman University

Presenters:

Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures, R. Hobbs Professorship in Urban Studies, School of Communication, Chapman University

Marshall Toplansky, MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics, and Research Fellow at the C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate, Chapman University

Panelists:

Lucy Dunn is president and CEO of Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to ensure the region’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. She has a record of public service as California’s Director of Housing and Community Development, and currently as a member of the California Transportation Commission. Lucy is also an attorney, founder and/or director of numerous organizations including Homeful Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Orange Catholic Foundation and Pacific Symphony.  Lucy will share thoughts on how to keep businesses and middle-class jobs in California, and promote upward mobility through changes in public policy.

Jennifer Hernandez has practiced land use and environmental law for more than 30 years and leads Holland & Knight's West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group and divides her time between the firm's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Ms. Hernandez is the only California lawyer ranked by her clients and peers in Chambers USA in the top tier of both land use/zoning and environmental lawyers. In addition, she was recognized as the top environmental litigator of the year in the San Francisco Bay Area by Best Lawyers, and received a California Lawyer of the Year award from the State Bar of California for her work on California's largest and most innovative land use and conservation agreement between her private landowner client and five major environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council. She also has received numerous civil rights awards for her work on overcoming environmentalist opposition to housing and other projects needed and supported by minority communities.

Steve Pontell is the chief executive officer and president of national CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable and senior housing. National CORE owns, operates, and/or manages nearly 9,000 units serving more than 27,000 residents in California, Florida, and Texas. Under his leadership, CORE has earned wide acclaim for their proven and effective approach to building and preserving affordable housing that positively impacts communities. He has become a passionate advocate for the residents and communities we serve and today is one of the leading voices and public speakers on the topic of housing affordability and community transformation. He has led several regional and national symposiums on our nation’s housing crisis, and he is a nationally recognized authority on community development and creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments. In addition, Steve has addressed the California Assembly on the challenges facing the affordable housing industry.

Beyond Feudalism Presentation

 

COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Monday, June 22, 2020

Faculty Experts

Jennifer Bevan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Communication. Her research has focused on how individuals in close relationships navigate health issues. She is currently co-editing a special issue in the international, interdisciplinary Journal of Special Relationships entitled "Relationships in the Time of Covid-19: Examining the Effects of the Global Pandemic on Personal Relationships." Dr. Bevan will discuss her own, preliminary research on family caregiving stress related to COVID-19 and relational dynamics, as well as anticipate how a variety of close relationships may be fundamentally impacted by the implications and edicts related to COVID-19. Jennifer Bevan's Presentation.

Riva Tukachinsky, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication. Her research interest lies in media psychology. She uses cognitive and social psychological models to understand how people process information in the media and the effects that media exposure has on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Riva Tukachinsky's Presentation.

Megan A. Vendemia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication. Her research centers on the social and psychological implications of communication technology. She primarily uses quantitative methods to examine factors that make people perceive mediated information as authentic, credible, and ultimately, more influential. Their current project examines the effects of news consumption on COVID-19 protective behaviors. Data from a national survey are used to identify predictors of following CDC recommendations (e.g., social distancing) and engaging in socially undesirable precautionary behaviors (e.g., stockpiling).

Andrea Molle, Ph.D., FRAS, is a quantitative social scientist. He is Assistant Professor in Political Science and Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society at Chapman University. From 2006 to 2008, he was JSPS Fellow in Anthropology at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan) studying the religious implications of martial arts and traditional warfare. His current research agenda focuses on religion and politics, international relations, religious violence, disaster studies, and martial arts and warfare studies. His work on COVID-19 addresses complex social factors that affect the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and the US, and he is co-leading a research group on “COVID-19 and Social Vulnerability: Computational Modeling, Data Analytics, and System Interoperability” supported by the National Science Foundation-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Andre Molle's Presentation.

Uri Maoz, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Psychology at Crean college and the Brain Institute. Together with students and collaborators, he studies the neural underpinnings of volition: how desires, decisions, and intentions transform into action. He also leads a large, international group of neuroscientists and philosophers who investigate how the brain enables conscious, causal control of decisions and actions. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maoz initiated a collaboration of neuroscientists, psychologists, political scientists, law scholars, and others who have been gathering longitudinal data from over 1000 US participants weekly to biweekly since early April. We are tracking various dynamic psychological, economic, political, legal, and other trends related to the pandemic. Besides explicit questionnaires, we also employ different implicit measures to help us build a more-complete picture of the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on the US.

The Future of Real Estate Research Town Hall - Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Moderators

Marshall Toplansky, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics, and Research Fellow at the University’s C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate

Joel Kotkin, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics, and Research Fellow at the University’s C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate

Special Guest

Richard Florida, Ph.D., best-selling author, professor and urbanist

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a dual health and economic crisis.  The economic fallout has devastated businesses, workers, and reshaped how we come together in on our communities. But no pandemic or plague or natural disaster has killed off humanity’s need to live and work in urban clusters. That’s because the clustering of people and economic activity – the motor force of innovation and economic growth—is just too strong. This crisis will challenge us to rethink about how gather in our communities and build enterprises in our cities, possibly shaping the future of the built environment. In his presentation, international best-selling author, professor and urbanist, Richard Florida will speak to the questions that may impact real estate: (1) will urbanization increase?  (2)  how will the impact of remote work change the office? (3) how will we gather in the future? (4) will there be a period of affordability readjustment? (5) will private amenities and the desire for space push residents to the suburbs? 

Prestigious Panelists

Jennifer Hernandez, partner at Holland and Knight, LLP, and expert on the impact of environmental regulations on real estate. Pre-pandemic, the civil rights agenda had been contemptuously dismissed as anachronistic by atomized academics and foundation-funded specialized experts who preferred to focus on “environmental justice” instead of decades of racially discriminatory residential redlining. The simple fact is the pandemic has made the housing crisis worse, and has stripped away the illusion that we can continue to spend billions and trillions of taxpayer dollars building $750,000 “affordable” small apartments. The pandemic also opened a new chapter in the transportation and housing wars over an all-high, high cost density urban/bus agenda (for the climate!), and a mixed and lower cost recipe of new town homes, flats and smaller apartment buildings in “infill” urban, suburban, edge and even greenfield locations – all of which must comply with California’s suite of environmental, labor, and other laws?  The combatants in this war will not reach a compromise, with the most ardent climate/environmental advocates perfectly pleased to see more Californians (and California jobs) move to higher per capita greenhouse gas states.   The issue we see, in our law practice and in our larger policy sphere, is the greater potential for leaders who are pragmatic problem-solvers.  Whether that potential is realized or not is the question for the remainder of 2020. 

Luis Torres, Texas A&M University, and an expert on the key Texas real estate market- measuring and analyzing real estate markets to understand and forecast current and future trends. Especially, during this unprecedented period of economic hardship and uncertainty people are looking even more for insightful, reliable and timely information. COVID-19 has moved analysis from estimating monthly indicators to weekly indicators when possible. Also, it is important to distinguish short-run shocks from long-run structural changes. Currently, not everyone can work from home due to infrastructure, industry mix, labor skills, etc. This implies that some changes will happen in the long run.

Daniel Young, former president of the Irvine Company and former mayor of Santa Ana will speak to the future of real estate from the vantage point of his more than 35 years of experience in the industry. Dan worked for the Irvine Company for over 16 years serving most of those years as president of community development. The Irvine Company has built one of the largest and most successful master planned communities in the nation spanning over one fifth of Orange County and owns over 100 million square feet of diversified real estate including office buildings, apartments, retail and hotels. In addition, Dan has a background in public service having served as mayor of Santa Ana as well as on the boards of OCTA, Toll Road Authority, and Metropolitan Water Authority. He will be speaking to the issues cities and developers of real estate will face in the post COVID19 world.

Steve PonTell is the chief executive officer and president of national CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable and senior housing. National CORE owns, operates, and/or manages nearly 9,000 units serving more than 27,000 residents in California, Florida, and Texas. Under his leadership, CORE has earned wide acclaim for their proven and effective approach to building and preserving affordable housing that positively impacts communities.
He has become a passionate advocate for the residents and communities we serve and today is one of the leading voices and public speakers on the topic of housing affordability and community transformation. He has led several regional and national symposiums on our nation’s housing crisis and he is a nationally recognized authority on community development and creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments. In addition, Steve has addressed the California Assembly on the challenges facing the affordable housing industry.

Alex Hayden focuses on global corporate real estate advisory esrvices, specializing in portfolio planning and site acquisition transactions on behalf of companies and organizations with diverse and complex real estate portfolios. Mr. Hayden is a key leader in the development of strategic planning for the team’s corporate clients. Mr. Hayden’s corporate clients include; ADP, Avery-Dennison, Experian, Ingram Micro, Wyndham Worldwide, Henkel Corporation, MEDNAX, UPS, Chapman University, and CoreLogic. Mr. Hayden has been the #1 office producer for CBRE’s Newport Beach office since 2015. Mr. Hayden currently serves as chairman of the Board of Counselors for Chapman University George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics. Additionally, Mr. Hayden is a founding board member for the new Master of Science in Real Estate Degree program at Chapman University. Mr. Hayden is leading the “friendraising” and fundraising efforts which led to the successful approval of their program that will be accepting student enrollment for the fall of 2020 school year. Mr. Hayden serves as a member of the Board of Directors for JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Mr. Hayden graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance.

Hosted by

Tom Piechota, Ph.D., PE, Vice President of Research, Chapman University
Tom Turk, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

 

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COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Faculty Experts

Seth G. Benzell is a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy in the group on Productivity, Employment, and Inequality.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. Seth’s work is in the economics of automation, digitization, and networks. He is also interested in public economics generally. Current research focuses are social networks, optimal regulation, and taxation of online digital platforms, and predicting how new technologies, especially artificial intelligence, will impact investment, wages and welfare. His work has received significant press attention, he has briefed legislative assistants at the U.S. Capitol. Seth will be presenting his research on how to ration social contact during the pandemic and discuss other social mobility reduction research currently underway at MIT. He will be joining Chapman’s Argyros School of Business and Economics in Fall 2020.

NPR Marketplace: Is it safe to visit gyms, cafes and stores?

NPR Latest Style Trend: Clandestine Haircuts During Stay-at-Home Orders

PNAS: Rationing Social Contact During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transmission Risk and Social Benefits of US Locations

Jennifer Totonchy, Ph.D is Assistant Professor of Immunology and Immunotherapeutics at the School of Pharmacy. She is an accomplished virologist and has worked on host-virus interactions for both DNA and RNA viruses. Her laboratory is currently focused on infection of human B cells with Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus.  In response to the pandemic, Dr. Totonchy has organized a multi-disciplinary collaboration of faculty at the School of Pharmacy and the Fowler School of Engineering to develop a low-tech but highly sensitive antigen test for COVID19 infection.

Steven Gjerstad, Ph.D will be joining us again, this time to discuss characteristics of persons with serious and fatal cases of COVID-19. Dr. Gjerstad is a Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute and the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

Steven Gjerstad Presentation

Dr. Michelle Samura is Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. She also is the founding Co-Director of the Collaborate Initiative and principal investigator of the Architecture of Belonging project. Dr. Samura conducts research, publishes, and speaks on the relationship between space and belonging. She currently is drawing upon insights from the fields of design and architecture to identify key design principles and elements of built environments that promote belonging in educational, workplace, and community settings. Dr. Samura will share preliminary insights into how social distancing as a result of COVID-19 affects student belonging and connectedness.

David Frederick, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. He conducts national studies on the prevalence and predictors of body image and disordered eating, attraction, and factors promoting relationship and sexual satisfaction in romantic relationships.  He teaches courses at Chapman on Human Sexuality and Research Methods.  Along with 11 other faculty members at Chapman, he launched the Chapman University April 2020 COVID-19 National Mental Health Study. Dr. Frederick will share preliminary insights from the 4,000 participants on how the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing are impacting people's mental health, physical health, romantic relationships, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination.

David Frederick Presentation

Recorded Event:

COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Thursday, May 7, 2020

Faculy Experts

Tara Gruenwald, Ph.D., MPH

Tara Gruenewald, Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Tara is a social and health psychologist with additional training in Public Health and Geronotology. Her research focuses on the social and psychological factors which shape functioning, physiology and health across the life course.  As a stress researcher, she views the potential harm to mental, physical, social and economic well-being from the COVID-19 pandemic as unrivaled among societal stressors in the last century, yet she has been intrigued by the fact that many Americans and others worldwide have responded in ways targeted to benefit the collective good.  Dr. Gruenewald is investigating how such prosocial orientations might not only help society but also benefit givers’ mental, social and physical well-being as they cope with the pandemic threat.

Marc Weidenmier, Ph.D.

Dr. Marc Weidenmier is a Professor of Economics and Finance in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. He will be providing an update on the impacts of COVID-19 on consumer confidence as measured from the Chapman–CMC Orange County Consumer Sentiment Index. See recent article in OC Register.

Anna Leahy, Ph.D.

Anna Leahy is a Professor of English in the Wilkinson College or Arts, Humanities, and Social Science.  Dr. Leahy will discuss the ways that writers have been affected by and are responding to the global pandemic, with a focus on journalism and science writing, new initiatives in literary culture that have emerged over the last several weeks, and the importance of individuals documenting their experiences of this historical moment of change.

Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry book Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the nonfiction book Tumor. Her essays have won top prizes from Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program and edits the international Tab Journal. See more at amleahy.com.

Daniel Tomaszewski, Ph.D.

Daniel Tomaszewsi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Administration in the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Dr. Tomaszewski has focused his research in three primary areas, use of opioids in pediatric patients, medication adherence, and drug pricing/policy. Regarding youth, Dr. Tomaszewski’s program evaluates the use of opioid prescribing patterns in inpatient care facilities, emergency departments, and ambulatory clinic visits.

Dan is currently examining, as it is expressed in academic institutions, how changes in stress during the coronavirus pandemic impact student health and learning and how psychosocial resources reduce the impact of stress on health and learning outcomes to help pinpoint resources that should be targeted in future interventions.

Recorded Event:


COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Monday, April 27, 2020

Faculty Experts

Jim Doti, Ph.D. is president emeritus and professor of economics.  He founded the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and has presented the Chapman Economic Forecast for 42 consecutive years.  Dr. Doti will be providing analyses relating to when and how the California economy should hit the restart button.

Jennifer D. Keene, Ph.D. is a professor of history and dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is a well-published expert on World War I. She has been involved in numerous public history projects that underscore the relevance of the World War I-era to the present day. She has served as an historical advisor to the World War I Centennial Commission, an historical consultant for numerous exhibits and films, and was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, The Great War. She will speak about the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and how learning about this pandemic of a century ago may give us a clearer perspective on today’s COVID-19 crisis.
Jennifer Keene presentation.pdf

Jason Douglas, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science. Guided by the principles and practice of community-based participatory research, Dr. Douglas works with disadvantaged communities to investigate social and environmental determinants of public health disparities. Dr. Douglas is collaborating with Drs. Lawrence Brown, Angel Miles Nash, Emmanuel John, and Georgiana Bostean in an interdisciplinary context to examine the extent to which ethnocultural minority groups in the cities of New York and Los Angeles may be at higher risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality than non-minority groups. By examining COVID-19 impacts in these distinct geographies, this collaborative research seeks to: (1) identify social and environmental factors that may manifest in COVID-19 health disparities, and (2) develop a Viral Pandemic Risk Index based on study results.

Gregory Goldsmith, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of biology and the director of the Grand Challenges Initiative. Dr. Goldsmith will present preliminary results from a project that is building a comprehensive database of the response of U.S. colleges and universities to the emergence of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Working with a team of 10 Chapman University undergraduates, Goldsmith and his collaborators have collected data on when higher education institutions transitioned to online learning, closed residence halls, and instituted remote work for faculty and staff. The results have the potential to improve epidemiological models of disease transmission, inform policy developed by public health officials, and provide insights for decision makers within the higher education community.
Gregory Goldsmith presentation.pdf

Erik Linstead, Ph.D. is associate professor and the associate dean of academic programs and faculty development in the Fowler School of Engineering. He is the principal investigator of the Machine Learning and Affiliated Technologies (MLAT) lab. Prior to his current role, he spent 12 years at Boeing as an embedded software engineer and currently serves as a consulting senior engineering specialist for the Aerospace Corporation in the areas of deep learning and computer vision. He will be sharing how students and faculty at Chapman have leveraged curriculum related to 3D printing and modeling to manufacture face shields as a response to PPE shortages arising from COVID-19. To date, over 2,000 units have been donated.
Erik Linstead presentation.pdf

Recorded Event:

COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Thursday, April 16, 2020

Faculty Experts

Steven Gjerstad, Ph.D will be joining us for his regular update. Dr. Gjerstad is a Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute and the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. He will be providing the latest COVID-19 numbers for the local community, State of California, nation and world.

Stephanie Saldivar, MS, PA-C is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the PA Studies Program within Crean College. She is a certified Physician Assistant (PA) and specializes in Emergency Medicine. Stephanie currently practices medicine in a local Orange County Emergency room and has been on the front lines as a healthcare provider during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will be sharing how her workplace is currently preparing for and managing suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, how medical education has been affected, and how PAs are responding to the pandemic.

Hillard Kaplan, Ph.D is Professor of Health Economics and Anthropology in the Economic Science Institute within the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. He is the principal investigator on a collaborative and multi-disciplinary research program studying cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease among two tribal populations in lowland Bolivia. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the team has paused their research and are now redirecting their efforts to mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 on the tribal populations with whom they work. They are currently engaged in a collaborative effort with the tribal leadership and government authorities responsible for responding to the pandemic engaging in a collective decision-making process to determine the response needed to combat the epidemic. They hope to create an approach that can be adapted more generally for global tribal and aboriginal populations.

Shenyue Jia, Ph.D. along with her colleagues in the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations (CEESMO) within the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University are working on identifying at-risk communities for COVID-19 using crowdsourced connectivity data. The team’s research focuses on rural and relatively isolated communities of the hardest-hit states in the U.S. by the COVID-19 pandemic. She will share how information from crowdsourced connectivity data from Facebook Disaster Maps and the CDC’s vulnerability index can help decision making in vulnerable communities as cases surge. Team members include Drs. Seung Hee Kim and Menas Kafatos from CEESMO at Chapman, Dr. Son V. Nghiem from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Dr. Andrew Schroeder from Direct Relief.
Shenyue Virtual Town Hall Presentation
Recent media coverage of work by Dr. Shenyue Jia can be found here.

Recorded Event:

COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 

Faculty Experts:

Dr. Steven Gjerstad – Economic Science Institute

Drs Gjerstad is a Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute and the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. He will be providing the latest COVID-19 numbers for the world, national, California and local community
Gjerstad COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Presentation

Dr. Michael Burney – Chair, Department of Physician Assistant – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Burney is Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. He has been a Physician Assistant for 28 years and practiced Family Medicine in the Orange County area for over 15 years. He is works in an occupational medicine clinic. Dr. Burney and others in the Physician Assistant program are working on the front lines of the caring for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients during this critical time.
Burney COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Presentation

Dr. Peter Simi  – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Department of Sociology

As part of their long-term efforts to investigate the causes and consequences of domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Dr. Simi and his research group are monitoring how violent extremists are responding to COVID-19 as well as how anti-Asian racism related to COVID-19 is fueling a substantial increase in both hate crimes and verbal harassment. Their studies are examining the role of social media in terms of providing extremists a platform to discuss how to “weaponize” COVID-19 as well as providing a mechanism to circulate COVID-19 related propaganda suggesting various conspiracy theories about the origins and spread of the virus.
Simi COVID-19 VIrtual Town Hall Presentation

Claudine Jaenichen – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art

Professor Jaenichen is part of the Design Network for Emergency Management (dnem.org) that launched a survey to collect data to benchmark the effectiveness of information and visual infrastructures (this includes written text in print and on screen) distributed to the public on COVID-19. They plan to assess the data and determine a timeline of distribution to identify communication gaps. They will map these communications onto the disaster risk management cycle and produce best-practices and guidelines in visual communication with a high-level of understanding public cognitive processing in crisis. In addition, she has been working with FEMA since November 2019 to improve public understanding terms shelter-in-place, stay put, and sheltering for various disaster scenarios. FEMA’s objective was to make actionable items more clear but COVID-10 is altering this work with additional conceptual (and confusing) terms, including safer-at-home, lockdown (previously associated with active shooting), stay-at-home order, and social vs. physical distancing.
Jaenichen COVID19 VIrtual Town Hall Presentation

Recorded Event:

COVID-19 Research Town Hall - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Faculty Experts:

Dr. Jerika Lam – School of Pharmacy, jlam@chapman.edu

Dr. Lam, an infectious disease pharmacist, is a member of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation COVID-19 Task Force that webinars every Friday morning, where Task Force members provide the national and international members weekly updates about the coronavirus, particularly about preventive and management strategies of COVID-19 from an interdisciplinary group of healthcare professionals (medicine, pharmacy and nursing) in different healthcare settings. They also provide updated perspectives from European clinicians, including those from the World Health Organization. Last week’s webinar topics included: assessment of the current COVID-19 situation, recommendations for the general public, general guidelines from the CDC and WHO, vulnerable populations (pregnancy, lactating mothers, newborns and infants, children and teenagers), recommendations for hospitals, recommendations for clinicians, coronavirus testing, telehealth/telemedicine, and treatments. She is the only Infectious Diseases pharmacist on the Task Force and provides updates about the drug treatments and management strategies against COVID-19.
Lam-Chapman COVID-19 Town Hall
Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
Temperature and latitude analysis to predict potential spread and seasonality for COVID-19

Dr. Steven Gjerstad – Economic Science Institute, gjerstad@chapman.edu and Dr. Andrea Molle – Political Science, molle@chapman.edu

Drs. Gjerstad and Molle have published a note that considers the question of whether age is an independent factor that contributes to mortality or whether comorbidity factors such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension are the major contributors to mortality.  These morbidity factors increase rapidly with age, but otherwise healthy people appear to have low mortality at all ages. Dr. Molle is working with a team of Italian computational social scientists to address social factors that affect the spread of COVID-19. They focus on the role of social networks, such as the prevalence of extended family cohabitation in Italy, in the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Gjerstad is predicting COVID-19 cases over the next several weeks in the U.S.  The predictions are based on the past exponential case growth, the impact of a lowered transmission rate that will arise after social distancing is implemented, and the lag between implementation of the social distancing measures – which results from the 6 day incubation period for the disease and the 3 day lag from test to test result – and the fall in the number of new cases.
Molle-Chapman COVID-19 Town Hall
Gjerstad-Molle Chapman COVID-19 Town Hall
Comorbidity_Italy_2020/04/01

Dr. Hesham El-Askary – Schmid Science and Technology, elaskary@chapman.edu

Dr. El-Askary and the Earth Systems Science Data Solutions lab (EssDs) Scientists are processing remote earth observations to monitor how different countries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and their response level matching with the outbreak. Their work is monitoring the emissions (Nitrogen oxides) which can be used as the indictor of human activities, such as fossil fuel combustion, and biomass burning for three COVID-19 hotspot regions, namely East Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. These three periods are selected to show how the aforementioned regions are responding to this global situation: 1) before the outbreaks of Wuhan; 2) during the outbreaks of Wuhan; and 3) after the outbreak in Wuhan and the period of the global outbreak.

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