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Footnotes - May-June 2020: Announcements: In the News

May/June 2020

In the News

In the News

Mitchel Y. Abolafia, University at Albany-State University of New York, was interviewed on April 24, 2020, on NPR’s Here & Now on the topic of actions by the Federal Reserve to address the struggling economy. 

Anthony Browne, Hunter College-CUNY, wrote an op-ed, “Coronavirus, a Black Plague: Early Evidence Is That the Pandemic Is Hitting African Americans Especially Hard,” published April 7, 2020, in the New York Daily News on why America’s long history of racially discriminatory policies put African Americans at substantially greater risk of contracting and dying from the coronavirus. 

Steve Buechler, Minnesota State University, Mankato, was interviewed about his memoir “How Steve became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (with Jokes)" on local CBS affiliate WCCO television in Minneapolis, MN on January 10, 2020.

Michael Haedicke, Drake University, published two articles in The Conversation, a news website, about COVID-19’s impact on food system workers. “How the Coronavirus Threatens the Seasonal Farmworkers at the Heart of the American Food Supply” was published on April 3, 2020, and “To Understand the Danger of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Plants, Look at the Industry’s History” was published on May 6, 2020. 

Thomas R. Hochschild, Valdosta State University, published a guest column titled “Low Wage Workers as Reluctant Heroes” in the April 8 Valdosta Daily Times.

Tania Jenkins, University of North Carolina, and Elaine Hernandez, Indiana University, provide sociological insight on how the current COVID-19 pandemic is changing the landscape of American healthcare in a series in The Society Pages called “COVID-19: Dispatches from Medical Sociology”. 

Carol Joffe, University of California-San Francisco, published an op-ed with co-author David Cohen in the Washington Post on February 26 on the recent Supreme Court case on abortion, June v. Russo; Joffe was also interviewed by Salon, the New Yorker, MS. magazine and Mother Jones about her new book with Cohen, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America.

James W. Loewen, University of Vermont, was mentioned in the Winter 2020 National Parks Conservation Association magazine article, titled “An Honest Reckoning.”

Stacy Torres, University of California-San Francisco, was interviewed in Vox about helping others during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, including older adults who may face a higher risk of severe illness, on March 9. She wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle on March 13 about the danger of social isolation for older adults, people with underlying illnesses, and ultimately all navigating social distancing recommendations with COVID-19. She wrote in CalMatters on March 23 about the rippling effects of the pandemic and statewide shelter-in-place order in California on unhoused communities, which include a growing number of older adults. A March 23 New York Times article quoted her about mitigating the negative effects of isolation on older adults. Torres wrote an op-ed in the March 24 Washington Post about hydroxychloroquine shortages, spurred by some early but anecdotal promise in treating COVID-19. She was quoted in a May 11 CNN article about her research on social ties and gossip among older adults. 

Nancy Wang Yuen, Biola University, appeared in the first episode of the PBS documentary, “Asian Americans,” which aired on May 11 and May 12 on local PBS stations and streaming.