May 29, 2020 Education, Podcasts
Imagining the Future of Higher Education: What Comes Next?
Not all colleges and universities will survive this pandemic, says Kate Foster *93, president of The College of New Jersey. But the forest fire raging through higher education will also make room for new growth — opportunities for creative partnerships and possibilities.
May 28, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Policy
Politics & Polls #187: South Korea’s Response to Covid-19 Featuring Asaph Young Chun
When COVID-19 first emerged in South Korea, the country’s rapid response and decisive intervention enabled the country to detect cases early, slowing the spread of the infection and controlling mortality rates. Now, the country faces a new spike in cases, leaving many to wonder if a second wave is coming. Sam Wang and Julian Zelizer discuss South Korea’s response to Covid-19 in this episode featuring Dr. Asaph Young Chun, director-general of Statistics Research Institute in South Korea, the state-run think tank of official statistics and data innovation.
May 26, 2020 Community, Podcasts
Cherishing Continuity: Rabbi Ira Dounn on Grief, Closure and Remaining Princetonians
Even as the “Princeton diaspora” is scattered across the world, Rabbi Ira Dounn of the Center for Jewish Life finds that students are maintaining relationships and finding, if not closure, the continuity of being part of the University now and for the rest of their lives.
May 21, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Policy
Politics & Polls #186: Using the 1918 Pandemic as a Blueprint for Today
In grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, many scientists and government officials are looking to the 1918 pandemic as a reference point for lessons learned. Also known as the “Spanish Flu,” this epidemic was the most sweeping of the 20th centurys. John M. Barry, a New York Times best-selling author, joins this episode to discuss his book, “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”
Responding in Real Time: Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson *03 Negotiates COVID-19’s Many Unknowns
How do you make sound policy decisions for one of the U.S.’s largest cities when faced with limited information about a fast-spreading disease? Eric Johnson *03 explains how he’s charting a course for his constituents through uncertain times.
May 19, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts
‘We Roar’ podcast: A COVID vaccine in 12-18 months? Don’t count on it, says Gordon Douglas ’55
In the latest episode of the “We Roar” podcast, Gordon Douglas ’55, the former president of Merck’s vaccine division and a doctor with decades of clinical and academic experience, describes what it will take to produce a coronavirus vaccine in less than two years — and why that timeline is already “miraculously fast.”
May 12, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Research
Warning the Public: Coronaviruses are Deadlier in Larger Amounts
Catching COVID-19 isn’t all-or-nothing, says immunologist Caroline Bartman: like poison, a high dose of virus can kill while a low ‘viral load’ may cause mild infections.
May 11, 2020 Education, News, Podcasts
‘We Roar’ podcast: Princeton’s First Black Valedictorian Marks Multiple Milestones
Princeton senior Nicholas Johnson reflects on becoming the first black student to achieve this honor in school history. He also explains the impact he hopes to have with his computational research into human behavior — including behaviors related to COVID-19 — and how he and his 2020 classmates have persisted through one of the worst crises in modern times.
May 8, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Research
‘We Roar’ podcast: Battling the Racial Inequities of COVID-19
In the new “We Roar” podcast, surgical resident Glenn Wakam ’11 urges broad-based action to remedy health disparities exposed and amplified by the pandemic. “When this all started, COVID-19 was touted as the great equalizer,” said Wakam, currently volunteering in a Detroit-area hospital. “Officials said it didn’t matter your race, your religion, your socioeconomic status, that this would affect us all the same. That’s just not true.”
Rebounding from Recession: Can the Economy Roar Back from the Pandemic?
Economist and Princeton Professor Alan Blinder ’67 considers the parallels between the Spanish flu of 1918 and the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the current disruption “one of the most extreme economic events that has ever taken place.”
May 1, 2020 Podcasts, Research
‘We Roar’: Laura Conour maintains care for Princeton’s research animals
Even as about 90% of Princeton’s research labs are shuttered, care for research animals continues uninterrupted under the direction of Laura Conour, the University’s attending veterinarian and the director of Lab Animal Resources. “We’re still here,” Conour said on the latest episode of the “We Roar” podcast. “We’re doing what needs to be done.”
April 30, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Policy
Politics & Polls #183: Economic Inequality and Covid-19 Featuring Sir Angus Deaton
Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on at-risk populations, shining the spotlight on economic inequality and instability. Issues such as limited access to health care, unemployment, and financial vulnerability are now driving much of