UWM faculty members can assist media with a range of stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, from the latest public health developments to the impact of the crisis on education and the economy. Please contact the UWM Media Services team at media-services-team@uwm.edu if you need help scheduling an interview.

Public health

Amanda Simanek
Associate professor, epidemiology
Zilber School of Public Health
simaneka@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Public health strategies to manage the COVID-19 crisis; how COVID-19 is transmitted; preventative measures that people can take to protect themselves; importance of social distancing.

Amy Kalkbrenner
Associate professor, environmental health sciences
Zilber School of Public Health
kalkbren@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Public health strategies to manage the COVID-19 crisis. This includes a confidential online survey she developed that collects by ZIP code and day the symptoms people with respiratory illness are experiencing. Those who are sick, both in Milwaukee and across the United States, can contribute using their smartphone or computer at wecountcovid19.com. She can also talk about the importance of social distancing and what motivates people to practice it.

Mustafa Hussein
Assistant professor, public health policy and administration
Zilber School of Public Health
husseimh@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Models of the spread of coronavirus and the health care system capacity; how disease spread may be exacerbated by social and economic inequality, how it may widen disparities, and the government policy response.

Timothy Ehlinger
Associate professor, nursing and peacebuilding
College of Nursing
ehlinger@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Socioecological interactions that lead to zoonotic diseases like COVID-19; how governmental policies can increase our resilience in the future; an approach to public conversations needed about inequities that the outbreak has exposed.

Natalie McAndrew
Assistant professor, nursing
College of Nursing
mcandre3@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: The burden that the coronavirus presents in the intensive care units of hospitals.

Joel Rast
Associate professor, political science
College of Letters & Science
jrast@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Association between coronavirus spread in Milwaukee with race and patterns of segregation. Rast is director of the Center for Economic Development at UWM, which recently released a study on the subject.

Mental health

Shawn Cahill
Associate professor, psychology
College of Letters & Science
cahill@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Importance of mental health care, including telehealth options during the pandemic; recognizing symptoms of anxiety and PTSD, and how to address them.

W. Hobart Davies
Professor and chair, psychology
College of Letters & Science
hobart@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Importance and availability of mental health services by telehealth options during the pandemic; how professionals can be helpful during this time, specifically as it relates to child anxiety/adjustment.

Reproductive health

Maria Novotny
Assistant professor, English
College of Letters and Science
novotnmt@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Impact of COVID-19 crisis on fertility treatments; how infertility patients are using advocacy blogs, social media to discuss impacts on their fertility treatments; best communication practices for reaching out to infertile friends and family during crisis; how artistic expression can help individuals cope during time of isolation. Novotny is co-director of The Art of Infertility, a national arts organization that supports the infertility community. She is a rhetoric and professional writing core faculty member at UWM.

Courts

Sara Benesh
Associate professor and chair, political science
College of Letters & Science
sbenesh@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Broad impacts on the court system and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Economy

Scott Adams
Professor and chair, economics
College of Letters & Science
sjadams@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Unemployment and labor markets; health economics.

Avik Chakrabarti
Associate professor, economics
College of Letters & Science
chakra@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Economic impact, including fiscal and monetary policy.

Kundan Kishor
Professor, economics
College of Letters & Science
kishor@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Stimulus relief package; impact on Wall Street and housing market.

Hamid Mohtadi
Professor, economics
College of Letters & Science
mohtadi@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Unexpected pandemics and public policy. Mohtadi is analyzing national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and global data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in trying to determine whether the U.S. public health system could have been better prepared for COVID-19. Also, impact of crisis on international monetary policy, trade and income equality.

Rebecca Neumann
Professor, economics
College of Letters & Science
rneumann@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Monetary policy; issues related to exchange rates or international trade; personal finance; basics of financial planning.

Brett Peters
Professor, industrial & manufacturing engineering
Dean, College of Engineering & Applied Science
petersba@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: How digital transformation of manufacturing can help Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry be more resilient during disruptions like the coronavirus pandemic; changing industrial workforce needs.

Barbara Zabawa
Clinical assistant professor, health informatics & administration
College of Health Sciences
Can discuss topics including: Paid sick or family leave requirements; unemployment and small business loan requirements; telehealth, health insurance and testing for COVID-19.

Education

Simone C O Conceição
Professor, administrative leadership
School of Education
simonec@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Tips and best practices for students and instructors new to online education.

Mark Keane
Professor, architecture
School of Architecture & Urban Planning
Can discuss topics including: Ideas and resources for free project-based learning for families, children and teachers. Keane is the president of NEXT.cc, a nonprofit connected to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning that offers free online projects and activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics through its award-winning website.

Labor

Barbara Zabawa
Clinical assistant professor, health informatics & administration
College of Health Sciences
Can discuss topics including: Paid sick or family leave requirements; unemployment and small business loan requirements; telehealth, health insurance and testing for COVID-19.

History

Christopher Cantwell
Assistant professor, history
College of Letters & Science
cantwelc@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: The COVID-19 MKE project developed through his class. The digital archive chronicles the experiences of residents in the greater Milwaukee community during the pandemic.

Older adults

Anne Basting
Professor, theatre
Peck School of the Arts
basting@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Creative ways to help older adults in isolation stay engaged; importance of having family and friends stay connected with older loved ones in isolation during the pandemic. Basting is the founder of TimeSlips, a nonprofit organization that engages older adults through the arts and creativity.

Colleen Galambos
Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology
Bader School of Social Welfare
galamboc@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Social isolation and loneliness, and advice to engaging older adults in isolation during the pandemic; approaches to palliative care and end-of-life decision making; what nursing homes can do to deal with the crisis.

Ellyn Lem
Professor, English and gender studies
College of General Studies
leme@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Misperceptions of age and rise of ageism due to COVID-19, with older adults at higher risk of developing more serious complications from the coronavirus; generational conflicts arising from the pandemic; isolation of seniors due to quarantine; popular culture/entertainment for older adults in isolation.

Performing Arts

Alvaro Saar Rios
Associate professor, playwriting
Peck School of the Arts
riosa@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: The changing landscape of the performing arts during the pandemic, and how theaters and performing artists are adjusting. Rios was commissioned recently by the Kennedy Center to write a short play for the Play at Home project, which is a collaboration aimed at inspiring joy and creativity during the pandemic.

Nicki Roman
Assistant professor, saxophone
Peck School of the Arts
romann@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: How the pandemic has affected live musical performance, and how musicians are responding; challenges for faculty members and creative ways that instructors are teaching students, including this recent performance by the UWM Saxophone Ensemble; tips for instructors and students getting acclimated to online lessons.

Politics

Sara Benesh
Associate professor and chair, political science
College of Letters & Science
sbenesh@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Impact on the state Supreme Court election campaign and turnout.

Paru Shah
Associate professor, political science
College of Letters & Science
shahp@uwm.edu
Can discuss topics including: Impact on presidential campaign and congressional races this fall; racial disparities in COVID-19 cases.