The following Oregon State University faculty and staff have expertise related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below. For help with other OSU faculty experts, contact Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, sean.nealon@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Response

    Steve Clark, 541-737-3808, steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

    Clark is the vice president of university relations and marketing and the OSU spokesperson. He has been working closely with university and public health leaders to develop OSU’s plans for university health and safety regarding the potential spread of the virus. He can speak to:

    • University health services available for students, faculty and staff
    • University informational resources for students or community members seeking more information
    • University preparedness and disease management plans
    • Concerns facing international students

    Public Health

    Chunhuei Chi, 541-737-3836, chunhuei.chi@oregonstate.edu

    Chunhuei ("Choon-hweh") Chi is the director of the Center for Global Health at OSU, and a professor of health management and policy within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He studies comparative health systems and universal health care around the world, global health development and policy, and health system finance and assessment. His areas of expertise include:

    • The history of how this COVID-19 emerged
    • The epidemiology of how this COVID-19 pandemic evolved since December 2019
    • Different national responses to this pandemic, especially that of Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, U.S. and Italy 
    • National and state strategies/policies addressing this pandemic
    • Prevention and protection steps people can practice to limit the spread of the virus

    Chi has been featured in the LA Times, the Oregonianthe Washington PostThe Independent (UK), The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and many others.

    Melissa Haendelmelissa.haendel@oregonstate.edu, @ontowonka on Twitter

    Haendel is OSU's Director of Translational Data Science, as well as the Director of the Center for Data to Health at Oregon Health & Science University. She leads a number of initiatives that are focused on leveraging basic research data, clinical data and patient-generated data. She works specifically in rare disease and cancer, but assists many biomedical areas in their data modeling and management needs. Her areas of expertise include:

    • Community outreach and coordination on best practices for reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; see https://www.flattenthecurve.com/
    • Coordinating clinical and research data and knowledge sharing across the U.S. and abroad 
    • Open science policies and scientific communication

    Haendel has been featured in the Salem Reporter and the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

    Gaurav Sahay, 402-216-9713, sahay@ohsu.edu

    Sahay is a researcher in the College of Pharmacy working on nanotechnology-based platforms for gene therapy, including the platform behind the coronavirus vaccine being tested by Moderna Inc. He is a principal investigator on awards funded through the National Institutes of Health, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His areas of expertise include:

    • The coronavirus vaccine currently under testing in Seattle
    • Vaccine development
    • Gene therapy for treating rare disorders
    • Delivery of genes for therapy, especially using lipid-based nanoparticles 

    Christiane Löhr541-737-9673, Christiane.loehr@oregonstate.edu

    Löhr is a veterinary pathologist and professor of anatomic pathology in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. She studies animal diseases and their causes, and how they develop and spread. Her areas of expertise include:

    • Mechanisms of animal diseases (veterinary pathology)
    • Infectious diseases including disease caused by coronaviruses and influenza viruses
    • Disease transmission among species

    Löhr has been featured on OPB's Think Out Loud and in the Los Angeles Times

    Ryan Reese, 541-322-2021, ryan.reese@osucascades.edu

    Reese is an assistant professor in the Master of Counseling program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. His research focuses on how connections with nature can increase emotional wellness, a study area referred to as ecowellness. His areas of expertise include:

    • Integrating the natural world into counseling practices
    • How time outdoors can reduce anxiety and improve emotional health 

    Reese has been featured in the Mercury News, the Bend Bulletin and OPB.

    Kenny Maes, 541-737-7870, kenneth.maes@oregonstate.edu 

    Maes is an associate professor and director of the Applied Anthropology Graduate Program at OSU. He is a medical and biocultural anthropologist who studies health systems from cross-cultural perspectives, and the roles of socioeconomic inequalities in driving health inequalities. His areas of expertise include:

    • How stigma, racism and other forms of discrimination exacerbate epidemics and suffering
    • The roles of community health workers in responding to epidemic and endemic health problems
    • How to respond to stigmatizing speech and behavior

    Alexander Michels, 541-737-8730, Alexander.Michels@oregonstate.edu

    Michels is a research associate and communications officer for the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU. His areas of expertise include:

    • How vitamin C functions in the body
    • The differences between IV vitamin C and taking vitamin C supplements
    • Reliability of various claims that vitamin C can "cure" coronavirus
    • General information about vitamins, minerals and the immune system

    Michels has been featured in the KPTV and Portland Monthly

    Heather Broughton, 541-322-3133, heather.broughton@osucascades.edu

    Broughton is an anatomy and physiology instructor in the biology program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. She has a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM) and a Ph.D. in integrative biology - infectious disease ecology. As a veterinarian, she has worked directly with coronaviruses in other species. As a disease ecologist, she researches zoonotic diseases (diseases that move between humans and animals), the concept of "One Health" (connectedness of human, animal, and environmental health), coinfections, and ecoimmunology (how host and population level factors impact a host’s immune system and ability to fight infections). Her areas of expertise include:

    • Coronavirus behavior and transmission in model veterinary species
    • Ecosystem, individual, and population level factors that influence disease spread, host health, and disease outcome
    • Within-host interactions between different infectious pathogens that occur simultaneously
    • Interactions between viruses, bacteria, and parasites with the host’s immune system

    History

    Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-3530, christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu

    Nichols is the director of the Center for the Humanities at OSU and an associate professor of history in the school of history, philosophy, and religion, within the College of Liberal Arts. Nichols' expertise centers on U.S. political history and U.S. foreign policy, Oregon and U.S. politics, international relations, and the historical dimensions of contemporary issues. His areas of expertise include:

    • Lessons learned from the Influenza Epidemic in 1918-19 and broader WWI era
    • The historical dimensions of globalization, isolationism, and internationalism as they undergird the U.S.'s role in the world community today
    • The history of national and state strategies/policies addressing the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19 in comparison to the current pandemic

    Nichols has been featured in BuzzfeedThe New York Timesthe International Business Times, the Associated Press, OPBthe Oregonian and many others.

    Business

    Aimee Huff, 541-737-3688, aimee.huff@oregonstate.edu

    Huff is an assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business. Her research explores consumer culture in contexts that are socially contentious, including gun culture and consumer relationships with guns. Her areas of expertise include:

    • Consumer interest in guns and ammunition during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Political and public health messaging during the pandemic, including clarity and interpretation issues. For example, why did Oregonians streaming to the coast over the weekend consider that acceptable social distancing? And why are many people over age 65 failing to heed warnings aimed at the high-risk groups, including seniors?

    Huff has been featured in The New York Times

    Todd Montgomery, 541-322-2086, todd.montgomery@osucascades.edu

    Montgomery is the executive-in-residence, an instructor, and the lead of the Hospitality Management program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. He has 23 years of experience in the travel industry in sectors including airline, cruise, rental car, restaurants and gaming. His areas of expertise include:

    • Guiding companies through external economic shocks including SARS, the Asian financial crisis, terrorism and catastrophic weather events

    Montgomery has been featured in the Portland Business Journal and the Astorian

    Dina Ribbink, 541-706-2180, dina.ribbink@osucascades.edu

    Ribbink is an assistant professor of business administration at OSU-Cascades who teaches and conducts research on supply chain management. She can address supply chain issues and business impacts related to coronavirus, including:

    • Potential impacts of coronavirus on global manufacturing and distribution of supplies
    • Challenges of disaster response planning for supply chain disruption in a global crisis
    • Potential government interventions to ward off economic downturn or ensure needed supplies are available
    • Company responses to supply shortages, including reducing demand for products or shifting manufacturing to new locations

    Ribbink has been featured in the Register-Guard

    Online Learning/Remote Teaching

    Regan A.R. Gurung, 541-737-1371, regan.gurung@oregonstate.edu

    Regan (pronounced ree-gan) Gurung is a professor of psychological science and interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State. His areas of expertise include effective teaching practices and systematic changes to pedagogy. He addressed the shift to remote teaching at many universities in a recent blog post:  https://beav.es/4T2.

    Gurung can speak to: 

    • Challenges and opportunities for remote teaching
    • Tips for educators shifting to online instruction
    • Engaging students in new ways online

    He also spent many years researching social support and conflict in relationships, and can speak to:

    • Stress, coping and close relationships in times of crisis

    Gurung has been featured in the Portland Monthly, USA Todaythe Teaching Professor and many others.