» COVID-19 Research Continuity

Chapman is rapidly responding to the changing COVID-19 pandemic throughout it’s many units and services. All activities of the Office of Research continue and any changes in operations will be communicated here and on the Chapman Coronavirus website.  For any questions not covered on this website for Research Continuity, please visit the FAQs for Research Continuity. Also, feel free to reach out to the contacts below or the Office of Research at (officeofresearch@chapman.edu)

Tom Piechota, Vice President for Research, piechota@chapman.edu, 714-628-2897

Jill Borland, Director of Sponsored Projects Service, jborland@chapman.edu, 714-628-7383

Michael Briggs, Director of Research Integrity, mibriggs@chapman.edu, 714-628-7201

Lawrence Lau, Director of Industry Alliance and Commercialization, lalau@chapman.edu, 714-628-2875


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Essential Research and Personnel

Essential Research

Essential research activities are limited to research that cannot go unattended or neglected as this would lead to an unrecoverable loss of data or irreparable harm to equipment, endangerment of animals, or other specimens, and COVID-19 research that requires on campus resources. Any requests for continuation of such a project (i.e., it can not be suspended in a reasonable amount of time) should be submitted to the College/School Dean who will share with the Provost and Vice President for Research.  The health and safety of those involved in essential research activities should be considered as to limit these activities and time spent on campus if needed.

Essential Research Personnel

The continuation of essential research activities will require essential research personnel which includes:

  1. The faculty and/or research staff who are necessary to ensure the ongoing viability of research that includes not easily replaceable perishable research materials. Not easily replaceable perishable research materials could include primary cell lines or long-term experiments for which there would be considerable cost and/or time associated with requiring the experiment to end. (An example would be a continual, ongoing one-month experiment that requires regular measurements or maintenance, without which all previous data would be lost)
  2. Responsible for maintenance of equipment that, if not done, could result in damage to equipment or extraordinary cost — for example, cryogen fill on NMR spectrometers.
  3. Researchers working on experiments that have a small window for completion — for example, research that relies on the ability to make specific measurements only a few times a year or COVID-19 related research that requires on campus resources.

Note that graduate students are not mandated to serve as essential research personnel. The decision whether to report to campus lies with the graduate student, not with their faculty supervisor/faculty chair.

  • PIs should minimize their reliance on graduate student employees to maintain their research and assign them remote work to the fullest extent possible.
  • Graduate students who are not research employees and are working exclusively on their own thesis or dissertation research on campus must be conducting essential research, as defined above, and should be anticipating defending in spring or summer 2020.

Undergraduate students are not permitted as essential research personnel.

Paying Research Personnel

Personnel charges will continue to post to sponsored projects (internal and external awards) as they were originally allocated through ERCRs and/or hiring documents.  Sponsored Projects Services will evaluate each sponsor’s allowability of personnel charges where the effort was not expended.  If allowable, the personnel charges will remain on the sponsored project budget. If unallowable, SPS will work with each department to identify the appropriate alternative funding source and transfer those personnel charges accordingly.

All non-essential research personnel should report their time according to HR guidance for Fully Remote being sure to mark time worked as they regularly would and time they are unable to work as [Paid Time Non Work] in the time reporting system.

Sponsored Activities

Sponsored Projects Services will be able to submit proposals when staff are working remotely. Our experience is that federal agencies are flexible about deadlines under difficult circumstances that are beyond our control. We are monitoring any changes in offices of the federal agencies and if agencies are officially closed, proposals will most likely remain in a queue, pending resumption of agency operations – as has been the case during federal budget-related shutdowns. Information will be updated regularly.

For existing grant funded activities (externally and internally funded) where activities are delayed due to a campus closure or disruption in activities, you will need to work with Sponsored Projects Services if an extension is needed from the sponsor. If you have any questions related to existing projects, allowable expenditures, need for extensions, or anything else related to your sponsored activities, contact Sponsored Projects Services at sps@chapman.edu or Jill Borland (Director of Sponsored Projects Services) at jborland@chapman.edu, 714-628-7383.

Agency Specific Sites

Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

US Department of Education (US/ED)

US Department of the Interior (USDI)

US Department of State

Remote Research

Resources are available for all students, post-docs, staff, and faculty involved in research projects that can be conducted remotely. These are included at the Working Remotely and Faculty/GTAs websites as part of the Chapman Coronavirus Updates and Resources. In addition, the Leatherby Libraries Remote Resources has information for access to materials and services. Examples of remotely researching activities include literature reviews, analysis of existing datasets, writing new papers of research results, development of new proposals, writing the background sections of theses, computational work, meetings, discussions, etc. Specific questions for tools for working remotely can be directed to workingremotely@chapman.edu

Working Remotely
This page provides written instruction, video tutorials, and other resources to assist Staff and Faculty for working remotely.

Human Subjects Research

Given the directives from the Orange County Health Care Agency, research activities involving in-person interactions with subjects shall be suspended until further notice. The only exceptions are if canceling or postponing the activities would either (A) increase the risk to the subject’s safety or wellbeing or (B) deprive the subject of a potential direct benefit. This is being done to protect research subjects.

Researchers should assess the risk to the subject’s safety or wellbeing and whether there is a need to change the study procedures to remote participation or pause the activity given the situation. Remember that substantial protocol changes must be approved in advance by the IRB as a Modification to the study, unless they are necessary to eliminate immediate apparent hazards to participants. (e.g., temporary suspension of interviews or modifying face-to-face interview to online or phone interviews would not require modification). Complete information can be found at the FAQs for COVID-19 Research Continuity 

If you have any questions about whether any of these options are possible and approvable, contact Michael Briggs (Director of Research Integrity, mibriggs@chapman.edu, 714-628-7201). The IRB will be prioritizing and expediting these modifications.

Animal Research and Vivarium Operations

Until further notice, Vivarium operations have been reduced to essential activities to maintain the welfare and safety of animals. Only staff, faculty, or others deemed as essential personnel are permitted to enter or work in the vivarium.  If you have any questions on animal welfare in the vivarium, please contact Vanessa Salvary (salvary@chapman.edu, (714) 516-5504).

IACUC Administration is fully operational; however, we are practicing social distancing by working remotely. In light of this, there may be delays in response and turnaround times as we dedicate efforts to addressing animal welfare issues related to the COVID-19 response – your patience during this challenging time is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding approved protocols, please contact Bruce Kennedy at brkennedy@chapman.edu.

PHS has also issued an important notice regarding PHS sponsored activity under OLAW assurance.  The purpose of this Notice is to inform institutions of flexibilities provided in the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities

Sponsor: US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO)
Posted On: 5/22/2020
 
Sponsor: Mercatus Center
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior & Psychology; Community & Social Services; Data Science, AI & Computing; Epidemiology & Public Health; Humanities; Life Sciences; Policy, Economics & Labor
Posted On: 5/15/2020
 
Sponsor: Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior & Psychology; Community & Social Services; Data Science, AI & Computing; Engineering; Humanities; Policy, Economics & Labor; Instruction
Amount: Anticipated Range $50K-$100K
Posted On: 5/14/2020
 
Sponsor: NIH NCI-NIAID
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: $500,000 to $3,000,000 per year depending on funding mechanism
Posted On: 5/14/2020
 
Sponsor: CETF and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Up to $1M
Posted On: 5/12/2020
 
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Fundraising Area(s): Community & Social Services; Policy, Economics & Labor
Amount: Typically up to $1,000,000
Posted On: 5/12/2020
  
Sponsor: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Fundraising Area(s): Community & Social Services; Instruction
Amount: $25,000-$500,000
Sponsor Deadline: 6/12/2020
Posted On: 5/12/2020
 
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior & Psychology; Community & Social Services; Humanities; Policy, Economics & Labor; Instruction
Amount: Up to $50K
Sponsor Deadline: 6/8/2020
Posted On: 5/8/2020
 
Sponsor: Booz Hamilton Foundation
Grant/ Award Title: Innovation Fund
Fundraising Area(s): Community & Social Services; Epidemiology & Public Health; Policy, Economics & Labor
Amount: Up to $100,000
Sponsor Deadline: 6/5/2020
Posted On: 5/5/2020
 
Sponsor: American Lung Association
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Up to $100,000
Sponsor Deadline: 5/30/20
Posted On: 5/1/20
 
Sponsor: NIH NIBIB Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN)
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Phase 0 $25,000; Phase 1 $500,000; Phase 2 tens of millions expected
Posted On: 4/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Typically up to $500,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/30/21
Posted On: 4/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Up to $275,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/30/21
Posted On: 4/30/20
 
Sponsor: Microsoft
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI & Computing
Sponsor Deadline: 6/15/20
Posted On: 4/29/20
 
Sponsor: Social Sciences Research Council
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior and Psychology; Community and Social Services; Policy, Economics, and Labor
Amount: Up to $50,000
Sponsor Deadline: 6/30/20
Posted On: 4/25/20
 
Sponsor: Alianza UCMX and InnovaUNAM
Fundraising Area(s): Community and Social Services; Data Science, AI, Computing; Engineering; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences; Policy, Economics, and Labor
Amount: $10,000 for first stage; $25,000 for second stage
Sponsor Deadline: 5/30/20
Posted On: 4/24/20
 
Sponsor: DARPA
Grant/ Award Title: COVID-19 + DARPA
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior and Psychology; Data Science, AI, Computing; Engineering; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences
Posted On: 4/23/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Army
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI, Computing; Engineering; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences
Posted On: 4/23/20
 
Sponsor: EdTech Hub, mEducation Alliance, Global Innovation Exchange (GIE)
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior and Psychology; Community and Social Services; Instruction
Sponsor Deadline: 5/29/20
Posted On: 4/23/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCATS
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences
Sponsor Deadline: 11/10/20
Posted On: 4/23/20
 
Sponsor: Pfizer
Grant/ Award Title: Competitive Grants Program
Fundraising Area(s): Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences
Amount: Up to $250,000
Sponsor Deadline: 5/22/20
Posted On: 4/23/20
 
Sponsor: DOD Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Fundraising Area(s): Engineering; Epidemiology / Public Health
Sponsor Deadline: 5/2/20
Posted On: 4/22/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Army
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI, Computing
Amount: $7,000,000 total for up to six awards
Sponsor Deadline: 4/27/20
Posted On: 4/20/20
 
Sponsor: NIH, NIMHD, NIA, NIDA, NCI
Fundraising Area(s): Public Health / Health Disparity 
Sponsor Deadline: 10/5/20
Posted On: 4/20/20
 
Sponsor: NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI, Computing; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences
Sponsor Deadline: 5/8/20
Posted On: 4/20/20
 
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Fundraising Area(s): Community and Social Services; Epidemiology / Public Health
Amount: Up to $500,000
Posted On: 4/20/20
 
Sponsor: USDA-NIFA
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI, Computing; Engineering; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences; Policy, Economics, and Labor
Amount: Up to $1,000,000
Sponsor Deadline: 6/4/20
Posted On: 4/20/20
 
Sponsor: NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior and Psychology; Epidemiology / Public Health; Life Sciences; Policy, Economics, and Labor
Amount: Up to $100,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/15/21
Posted On: 4/17/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Fundraising Area(s): Data Science, AI, Computing; Epidemiology / Public Health
Amount: Up to $75,000
Sponsor Deadline: 6/1/20
Posted On: 4/17/20
 
Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Fundraising Area(s): Life Sciences
Amount: Up to $125K
Sponsor Deadline: 5/15/20
Posted On: 4/15/20
 
Sponsor: NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR)
Fundraising Area(s): Behavior and Psychology; Community and Social Services; Epidemiology / Public Health; Policy, Economics, and Labor
Amount: Up to $100,000
Sponsor Deadline: 3/31/21
Posted On: 4/15/20
 
Sponsor: NEA
Grant/ Award Title: NEA CARES Act Grant Program 
Amount: $50,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/22/20
Posted On: 5/4/20
 
Sponsor: NIDCD
Sponsor Deadline: 6/1/20
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH (NCI, NCCIH, NHGRI, NIAID, NICHD, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMHD, NIBIB, NCATS)
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCATS
Sponsor Deadline: 1/25/22
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCCIH, NIH-NIA, NIH-NIAAA
Sponsor Deadline: 10/6/20
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCI
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIBIB
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIBIB
Sponsor Deadline: 11/10/20
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIDDK
Sponsor Deadline: 6/1/20
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIDDK
Sponsor Deadline: 6/2/20
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIEHS
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIMHD, NIH-NIA, NIH-NIMH
Posted On: 4/10/20
 
Sponsor: CDC
Sponsor Deadline: 5/1/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Defense Health Program
Amount: up to $4M in total costs
Sponsor Deadline: 5/28/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Defense Health Program
Amount: up to $2M in total costs
Sponsor Deadline: 5/28/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Defense Health Program
Amount: up to $30M in total costs, shared among five awards.
Sponsor Deadline: 6/8/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: Donaghue Foundation
Amount: up to $400,000
Sponsor Deadline: 5/11/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: Google
Grant/ Award Title: Google Cloud research credits
Posted On: 4/9//20
 
Sponsor: Harrington Discovery Institute
Amount: $150,000, with the potential to receive up to $1M
Sponsor Deadline: 4/30/20
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Posted On: 4/9/20
 
Sponsor: DARPA
Grant/ Award Title: COVID-19 + DARPA
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Air Force
Sponsor Deadline: 9/30/20
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI)
Amount: Up to 2 million Euros
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIGMS
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: Omidyar Network
Posted On: 4/8/20
 
Sponsor: DOD Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Amount: Up to $1,000,000
Sponsor Deadline: 5/4/20
Posted On: 4/7/20
 
Sponsor: DOD Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF)
Posted On:  4/7/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Army
Posted On:  4/7/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Army
Posted On: 4/7/20
 
Sponsor: DOD-Army
Amount: $30,000,000-$37,000,000 total for up to six awards
Posted On: 4/7/20
 
Sponsor: HHS-AHRQ
Posted On: 4/7/20
 
Sponsor: HHS-AHRQ
Posted On: 4/7/20
 
Sponsor: HHS-BARDA
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: Mercatus Center
Amount: $1,000
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: NASA
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: NEH
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: Novartis
Grant/ Award Title: COVID-19 Response Fund
Amount: $100,000-$250,000
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: Pfizer
Grant/ Award Title: Competitive Grants Program
Posted On: 4/7/2020
 
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount: $100,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/22/20
Posted On: 4/6/2020
 
Sponsor: DOD
Amount: up to $50,000 for a single investigator or $100,000 for a collaborative team
Sponsor Deadline: 5/15/20
Posted On: 4/6/20
 
Sponsor: Russell Sage Foundation
Grant/ Award Title: Research Grants
Amount: Up to $175,000
Sponsor Deadline: 5/21/20
Posted On: 4/6/2020
 
Sponsor: UCOP
Amount: up to $25,000
Posted On: 4/6/2020
 
Sponsor: Elevate Prize Foundation
Grant/ Award Title: Elevate Prize
Amount: Minimum of $300K prize
Sponsor Deadline: 6/29/20
Posted On: 4/3/20
 
Sponsor: Allen Institute for AI
Amount: $1,000 per task award
Posted On: 4/2/20
 
Sponsor: DOC-NIST
Amount: Up to $10,000,000
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: DOE-Office of Science
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Erlha
Amount: no funding limits
Sponsor Deadline: 5/4/20
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Mastercard, CZI
Amount: no funding limits
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Ginkgo Bioworks
Grant/ Award Title: Free Access to Ginkgo Platform
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: HHS-BARDA
Grant/ Award Title: Broad Agency Announcement
Sponsor Deadline: 10/31/20
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: HHS-BARDA
Sponsor Deadline: 2/3/23
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS)
Grant/ Award Title: Open Source Support Awards
Amount: Up to $50,000
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIA
Sponsor Deadline: 5/1/20
Posted On: 4/2/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIMH
Sponsor Deadline: 5/1/20
Posted On: 4/2/20
 
Sponsor: NSF
Posted On: 4/2/20
 
Sponsor: NSF
Posted On: 4/2/20
 
Sponsor: OSTP DOE IBM
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Amount: No funding limitations
Posted On: 4/2/2020
 
Sponsor: Amazon Web Services
Sponsor Deadline: 6/20/20
Posted On: 3/31/20
 
Sponsor: CITRIS
Amount: Up to $50,000
Sponsor Deadline: 4/24/20
Posted On: 3/31/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCATS
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NCATS
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NHGRI
Sponsor Deadline: 5/15/20
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NHLBI
Sponsor Deadline: 10/5/20
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Sponsor Deadline: 6/29/20
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Sponsor Deadline: 9/9/20
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Grant/ Award Title: Administrative Supplements
Sponsor Deadline: 2/6/21
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
Sponsor Deadline: 4/5/21
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIAID & NIGMS
Posted On: 3/30/20
 
Sponsor: NIH-NIDA
Sponsor Deadline: 3/31/20
Posted On: 3/30/20

Chapman COVID-19 Research Experts

Dr. Hesham El-Askary – Schmid Science and Technology

Dr. El-Askary and scientists are monitoring the emissions (Nitrogen oxides) which are indicators of human activities. These include fossil fuel combustion and biomass burning for selected COVID-19 hotspot regions: East Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. This research shows how these 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.

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Dr. Steven Gjerstad – Economic Science Institute and Dr. Andrea Molle – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Political Science

Drs Gjerstad and Molle have published a note that considers whether age is an independent factor that contributes to COVID-19 mortalities, 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 for COVID-19 cases.

Claudine JaenichenWilkinson 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 communication distributed to the public on COVID-19. They plan to assess the data and analyze if the messaging supports the various intended performance tasks. They also see an opportunity to apply evidence-based design to improve the quality and consistency of messaging with a high-level of understanding public cognitive responses. In addition, she  was asked to work with FEMA to complete a comprehensive literature review and launch a national design campaign to clarify the definition and actionable items for “shelter-in-place.” She is still working on the project and the information we are living is already altering how we think about sheltering and the degrees of confusion.

Dr. Jerika Lam – School of Pharmacy

Dr. Lam, an infectious disease pharmacist, is a member of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation COVID-19 Task Force. This group holds 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. She is the only infectious diseases pharmacist on the task force and provides updates about drug treatments and management strategies against COVID-19.

Dr. Pete Simi – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Sociology

Dr. Pete Simi and his research group are working on a couple COVID-19 related projects as part of their larger study of white supremacists groups: 1) Based on a long-term study of online activity among white supremacists and their use of different social media platforms (e.g., Telegram), we are now specifically examining white supremacists’ discussions of COVID-19 including advocacy for spreading the virus and using it as a biological weapon of mass destruction; and 2) the research group is also in communication with the Orange County Human Relations Commission regarding hate crimes and hate incidents related to COVID-19 and will be monitoring the nature and prevalence of this problem both locally and nation-wide.

Stephanie Saldivar, MS, PA-C – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physician Assistant Studies

Stephanie Saldivar 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.

Dr. Hillard Kaplan – Economic Science Institute, School of Pharmacy, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

Dr. Hillard Kaplan 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.

Jim Doti, Ph.D. – The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

Jim Doti 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. – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of History

Jennifer D. Keene 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.

Jason Douglas, Ph.D. – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Health Sciences

Jason Douglas 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. – Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences

Gregory Goldsmith 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.

Erik Linstead, Ph.D. – Fowler School of Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Pharmacy, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

Erik Linstead 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.

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.

Shenyue Jia, Ph.D.

Shenyue Jia 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.

Tara Gruenwald, Ph.D., MPH Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology

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. – The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

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. Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English

Anna Leahy, Ph.D.  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. School of Pharmacy

Daniel Tomaszewsi, 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.

Seth G. Benzell

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.

Jennifer Totonchy, Ph.D – School of Pharmacy

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.

Michelle Samura, Ph.D – Attallah College of Educational Studies

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.