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Health experts worry that protests might impact minority communities

Newsday

Mass demonstrations that include people who aren’t complying with face masks “will just foster new cases and new spread,” said Dr. Bettina Fries, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Medicine. She said infectious disease experts are especially worried that people of color, who have some of the highest rates of COVID-19, are at risk. “As much as I completely sympathize with the frustration and the outcry, this is just happening at the wrong time,” Fries said. “It’s almost tragic. It’s like a double whammer. Who is going to get infected? It’s again going to be the minorities.”

Stony Brook University Plays Key Role In COVID-19 Research

WCBS-AM

Some of the knowledge about coronavirus is being generated on a campus on Long Island.  There are 180 different COVID-19 studies currently taking place at Stony Brook University, the results of which could be looked at for decades, even centuries, to come. Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky said some of the studies include why does COVID-19 cause blood clots and what role does genetics play when it comes to severe cases

SBU’s Jennifer Keluskar combines clinical work with research in autism

Times Beacon Record

In the second of a two-part series, Times Beacon Record News Media describes the clinical and research work of Jennifer Keluskar, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University. Keluskar and Matthew Lerner, an Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Pediatrics (see last week’s paper), recently received a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research & the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine to study the effects of COVID-19-induced social isolation on people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Stats show dramatic drop in coronavirus cases on Long Island as reopening starts

Newsday

“It’s safe to say social distancing is responsible for this drop,” said Jaymie Meliker, an epidemiologist and professor in Stony Brook University’s Program in Public Health, in reviewing Newsday’s analysis showing the decline in cases. Though critics complained about the financial and emotional toll of social distancing, Meliker said the safety precautions saved many lives and spared many others from suffering bouts of serious illness. He said it would have been much worse without these measures.

NY Fed chief: Consumer spending key to recovery

Newsday

John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said 70% of economic activity, on Long Island and across the country, depends on consumer spending. And as businesses reopen, consumers have been cautious in opening their wallets. “The biggest question mark is how is the consumer going to behave, how long will it take for people to want to take advantage of the tourism and other things that are really vital to this region’s economy,” he said during a virtual town hall organized by Stony Brook University’s College of Business.

Medical experts say second wave of virus could strike in fall if precautions ignored

Newsday

In general, the primary reason there are more upper respiratory infections in the fall and winter than in the summer is that “people are in less-ventilated spaces, so there’s a higher chance of you being exposed to aerosols that contain the virus,” said Dr. Bettina Fries, chief of the infectious disease division at Stony Brook medicine.

NY Fed’s Williams says central bank has tools more powerful than negative rates

Reuters

Negative interest rates are not a tool that makes sense for the U.S. central bank, New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said on Thursday.“We have other tools that I think are more effective and more powerful to stimulate the economy,” Williams said during a moderated conversation organized by Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York.

Here’s why black Americans were mad at Biden’s comment — even if they’d say the same thing themselves

Washington Post

Article co-written by Julian J. Wamble (@jwamble25) who is an assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University.  On May 22, in a cringe-worthy exchange with Charlamagne tha God on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you are for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Advisers from the Biden campaign attempted to walk back the comment, suggesting it was made in jest. Biden apologized.

Alan Alda Wants Us to Communicate

AARP

If one subject stands out in these heart-to-hearts, it’s science. For 11 years, Alda — who describes himself as “a walking question mark” — was the engaging host of Scientific American Frontiers, a PBS show in which he got brainy engineers, medical researchers and Nobel laureates to talk more like the rest of us. He turned the gig into a full-time mission. In 2009, he established the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on Long Island, where he loosens up scientists using improvisational techniques he learned during 50 years of acting. Some 15,000 participants have come through Alda Communication Training, so they can better share their critical work with clarity and passion.

At Renaissance School, A Closer Look At Depression

Innovate LI

A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression.

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