Penn State’s faculty experts with media experience are available to provide context and commentary on a variety of topics. You can search by name or by topic to identify the most appropriate expert for your story.
Penn State has a wide range of faculty experts studying the many economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, from the global and domestic economic impact and gig economy to supply chain logistics and impacted industries like restaurants and hotels—all with a goal of informing best practices in recovery measures.Explore Available Resources
Penn State has one of the largest clusters of infectious disease, data and policy scientists. Faculty members frequently serve as sources for major media and are readily available to speak on unfolding events of the coronavirus pandemic. Our experts are actively publishing research on COVID-19, as well as on dengue, zika, West Nile and measles, and zoonotic diseases like avian and swine flu.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact societies across the globe in ways far beyond the immediate health concerns. Penn State faculty are looking at the long-term consequences of these areas — all with an eye on how we can cope and what our changing societies may look like in the future.Explore Available Resources
As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out across the United States, questions related to vaccine safety and effectiveness, side effects, variants, vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media, remain top of mind for many Americans.
Penn State researchers bring their deep knowledge in their fields of expertise to bear on these questions, providing simple explanations to the complex issues we face with these vaccines. Our experts are readily available to offer their insights during the pandemic’s constantly shifting landscape.
Upcoming observances like Pride Month, Juneteenth, and National Hispanic Heritage Month will happen during the peak of the vaccine roll-out. Penn State experts can discuss how these events developed, and why they are celebrated – while considering the effects the pandemic will have on summer gatherings.Explore Available Resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Penn State hosts the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the newly-formed Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) to help find research-based solutions to adress substance misuse and mental health.