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Syracuse University Faculty Provide COVID Vaccine Expertise
Syracuse University faculty from a variety of disciplines can provide perspective regarding the anticipated availability of COVID fighting vaccines. Please contact Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a faculty member for an interview.
Brittany Kmush: Kmush is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Her areas of specialization include vaccines, infectious diseases, epidemiology, global health, and immunology and environmental exposures, particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases. Kmush has been interviewed by the media multiple times for stories about COVID-19 vaccines, anti-vaccination trends, and measles outbreaks.
David Van Slyke: Maxwell School Dean David Van Slyke is an expert in the political side of vaccine distribution along with the barriers that may prevent its success. Van Slyke can provide a wide variety of perspective in terms of where the system might fail, and how it might best succeed.
David Larsen: Falk College Professor David Larsen is an epidemiologist and public health expert who leads Syracuse University’s COVID wastewater surveillance program and is an expert on the spread of disease. He can offer a perspective about how the vaccine will begin to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Shannon Monnat: Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion; co-director of the Policy, Place and Population Health Lab in the Aging Studies Institute; and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research in the Maxwell School. Monnat and her team of researchers have studied the impact of COVID-19 on various demographics and can speak to the distribution of vaccines and their importance to these groups.
Josh Introne: School of Information Studies Associate Professor Joshua Introne studies anti-vaccination online communities and can speak to reporters on misinformation around coronavirus and vaccines. Introne has observed that the anti-vaccination movement has been joining forces with unaffiliated groups (such as gun rights groups and anti-government organizations) to reject public health guidelines during the pandemic.
Burak Kazaz: Whitman School Professor Burak Kazaz is an expert in supply chain management and vaccines. Kazaz can offer perspective in terms of the vast supply chains needed to distribute the vaccine worldwide, along with his concerns regarding possible delays with manufacturing.
Sam Gorovitz: Gorovitz, professor of philosophy and former dean of the of the College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert in the field of medical ethics and author of the book “Drawing the Line: Life, Death and Ethical Choices in an American Hospital.” Gorovitz can offer perspective regarding the ethical decision-making process of vaccine distribution protocol.