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Experts in Investing, Teleworking w/Kids at Home, New Grad Job Seeking, Global Markets, Entrepreneurship, Economic Risk Assessment Related to Covid-19

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Experts from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to speak about wide range of business and economics topics related to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be updated.

Entrepreneurship Implications

David Kirsch (Bio), associate professor of management and entrepreneurship can discuss strategy for entrepreneurs and businesses amid pandemic disruption.  From his recent comments in Maryland Today’s ‘When Eating Out is Out’: “[Kirsch] recommends consumers apply a sort of economic triage when determining which businesses could most benefit from their dollars. Meanwhile, restaurant owners may find themselves “forced to reconsider their entire raison d’etre.’”  Co-author of the 2019 book Bubbles and Crashes: The Boom and Bust of Technological Innovation, his expertise covers History of Modern Tech, Entrepreneurial and Tech Failure, Industry Emergence and Global Environmental Management Systems.

Working from Home with Kids

Nicole Coomber (Bio), associate clinical professor of management, can discuss telework and ad hoc home-schooling strategy. She is a source in the CNN piece ‘How to work from home with kids’ and her expertise broadly covers Work-Life Balance, Women in the Workplace, and Gender Equity and Equality.

New Grad Job Seeking

Rachel Loock (Bio), associate director of executive MBA Career Coaching and Programming and Outreach for Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services, can discuss Covid-19 implications for new graduates entering the job market. She also can give advice for ‘Acing the Web-Enabled Job interview.’ Contact: rloock@rhsmith.umd.edu, 301-405-5399

Economic Stimulus Effect on Business and Consumption

Roland Rust (Bio) marketing economist and Distinguished University Professor, can discuss the coronavirus economic stimulus measures and implications for consumers and businesses. He recently argued in this Newswise post that such measures “must prioritize the needs of individuals, rather than the economy as a monolithic and impersonal entity.” Rust also is an International Research Fellow of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and was founding Editor of the Journal of Service Research and served as Editor of the Journal of Marketing.

Tax Season Filing and Policy

Samuel Handwerger (Bio), CPA and accounting lecturer, recently gave insights in “Tax Advice for the Pandemic Era.” His expertise covers Tax Policy/Reforms, Individual Taxes, Business Taxes and IRS Policy.

Economic Risk Assessment

Clifford Rossi (Bio) professor of the practice in finance, can comment related to his forthcoming webinar on “Sizing the Eventual Economic Damage of COVID-19: A Risk Assessment.” With 25-plus years of experience as a senior risk executive at top financial institutions and as a federal-banking regulator, his expertise broadly covers markets, banking policy, housing policy and risk management.

Stock Market and Investing

David Kass (Bio) clinical professor of finance, can discuss the pandemic’s effect on the stock market and investing. He further draws expertise from previously serving as a health economist in senior positions with the federal government.  See related, recent commentary in “Don’t Touch Your Face or Stocks.

Global Markets

Albert “Pete” Kyle (Bio), professor of finance, can discuss the coronavirus effect on global markets and the economy. In recent, related commentary, her addressed how ‘Covid-19 underscores flawed eurozone single currency system’. Kyle’s research focuses on market microstructure, including topics such as high frequency trading, informed speculative trading, market manipulation, price volatility, the informational content of market prices, market liquidity, and contagion. 




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Those with IDD more likely to die from COVID-19, study shows
Syracuse University

A new study published recently in ScienceDirect by researchers from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University shows that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without IDD.

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Released: 29-May-2020 6:25 AM EDT
Invention by a Finnish start-up speeds up coronavirus testing
Aalto University

An Aalto University spinoff company has come up with a way to use existing lab microscopes in a completely new and much more effective way with their innovation of nanocoated glass. While this is very relevant to covid19 research, it holds great promise for many other viruses and diseases

Newswise: Tourism: what’s our new normal?
Released: 29-May-2020 6:20 AM EDT
Tourism: what’s our new normal?
University of South Australia

After months of lockdown, it’s no surprise that people are itching to get out and about. But with ongoing debates about how and when to open Australia’s state and territory borders, it’s hard to know what to expect.

Newswise: Calibrated approach to AI and deep learning models could more reliably diagnose and treat disease
Released: 29-May-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Calibrated approach to AI and deep learning models could more reliably diagnose and treat disease
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In a recent preprint (available through Cornell University’s open access website arXiv), a team led by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientist proposes a novel deep learning approach aimed at improving the reliability of classifier models designed for predicting disease types from diagnostic images, with an additional goal of enabling interpretability by a medical expert without sacrificing accuracy. The approach uses a concept called confidence calibration, which systematically adjusts the model’s predictions to match the human expert’s expectations in the real world.

Newswise: Researchers Develop Experimental Rapid COVID-19 Test Using Innovative Nanoparticle Technique
Released: 28-May-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Researchers Develop Experimental Rapid COVID-19 Test Using Innovative Nanoparticle Technique
University of Maryland Medical Center

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the virus in 10 minutes. It uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present. The test does not require the use of any advanced laboratory techniques, such as those commonly used to amplify DNA, for analysis. The authors published their work last week in the American Chemical Society’s nanotechnology journal ACS Nano.

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Tackling airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors
University of Surrey

Preventing airborne transmission of Covid-19 should be the next front of the battle against the virus, argue experts from the University of Surrey.

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Mental health outcomes among health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic in Italy
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and insomnia among health care workers in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic are reported in this observational study.

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Genetics May Explain High COVID-19 Mortality in Italy, Inform Global Pandemic Response
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

On March 11th 2020 the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic.

Released: 28-May-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Finding working capital is key to small businesses efforts as reopening accelerates
RAND Corporation

As small businesses reopen after a lengthy pandemic shutdown, one key challenge will be finding working capital to replenish inventories and pay employees until revenue returns to normal, according to a new RAND Corporation perspective based on interviews with a select group of small business owners.


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