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COVID-19 Speaker Series

The School of Public Health presents COVID-19 Conversations, a free video series open to the public that is aimed at helping our community better understand the background and details of the COVID-19 pandemic and a public health response.
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A question and answer session with Texas A&M public health & COVID-19 response experts to answer your questions!
Click LIVE to view this installment as our team addresses misconceptions and common questions relating to COVID-19. Panelists included Dean Shawn Gibbs of the School of Public Health, a national leader in the research, training and policy related to national and international responses to highly infectious disease outbreaks. In addition, the panel will include Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Dr. Rebecca Fischer and Project Manager of the Brazos Valley COVID Investigation Operations Center, Dr. Angela Clendenin. Both Drs. Fischer and Clendenin are faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and members of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group. Questions may be submitted in advance on the registration page.  

Featured Speakers

Dean Shawn Gibbs

Dr. Heather Clark

Dr. Angela Clendenin

Dr. Rebecca Fischer

 

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Click the link below to view our complete first installment.

COVID-19 Conversations

Featured Speakers

Dr. Angela Clendenin
"Contact Tracing: What it is and What it is not"

Dr. Murray Cote
"Curbing Myths and Flattening the Curve"

Dr. Rebecca Fischer
"What does an Epidemiologist do?"

Dr. Marcia Ory
"Be Older and Wiser about COVID-19"

Dr. Tiffany Radcliff
"Looking to the Future - What Comes Next?

 

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Aug. 27, 2020
NBC News spoke to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about college students serving as contact tracers. The Eagle in Bryan-College Station spoke to Clendenin about the state’s COVID-19 data backlog and what to expect as public schools reopen.

Aug. 22, 2020
The Eagle spoke to Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president, and Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about randomly testing A&M students for COVID-19. KHOU 11 in Houston also talked to Fischer about random COVID-19 testing on campus.

Aug. 20, 2020
KAGS in Bryan-College Station talked to Natalie Johnson, School of Public Health, about the need for local residents to get a flu shot.

Aug. 17, 2020
KBTX 3 News in Bryan-College Station talked to David Washburn, School of Public Health, about local hospitals preparing for students to return to public schools.

Aug. 23, 2020
The Texas Tribune talked to Rebecca Fischer and Hongwei Zhao, both in the School of Public Health and members of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about COVID-19 case data.

Aug. 16, 2020
KBTX-TV News in Bryan-College Station spoke to Shawn G. Gibbs, School of Public Health, about Texas A&M’s efforts to increase the amount of fresh air circulating through campus buildings to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug. 13, 2020
KAGS in Bryan-College Station asked Mark E. Benden, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about wearing a mask as protection from the coronavirus.

Aug. 13, 2020
A&M Health Podcast interviewed Rebecca Fischer and Angela G. Clendenin, both in the School of Public Health and members of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about common misconceptions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. BuzzFeed News talked to Clendenin about a decline in coronavirus testing among hot-spot states.

Aug. 11, 2020
CBS-19 Tyler/Longview talked to Marcia G. Ory, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the difference between dying of and dying with the coronavirus.

Aug. 11, 2020
The Austin American Statesman spoke to Angela Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about how there is a declining rate of COVID-19 testing, but a continuous spread of the virus.

Aug. 4, 2020
The Texas Tribune spoke to Angela Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the factors that played a role in the increase of COVID-19 in Texas. Clendenin also talked to the Tribune about COVID-19 data and corrections over the last four months.

Aug. 3, 2020
Fort Worth Star-Telegram spoke to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about how the number associated with COVID-19 recovered cases in a suburban city may differ with the state’s assessment. KBTX also spoke with Clendenin about students returning to Brazos County and how it will affect the COVID-19 numbers.

July 28, 2020
Variety talked to Shawn Gibbs, School of Public Health, about patrons not attending movie theaters upon reopening and the possibility of closing them again due to health risks.

July 28, 2020
The Battalion spoke to Rebecca Fischer and Murray J. Côté, both members of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), and Shawn Gibbs, all in the School of Public Health, about Texas’s response to COVID-19.

July 28, 2020
Idea2Impact podcast featured Mark Benden, School of Public Health, in a video about how to be a successful inventor while still on tenure-track.

July 28, 2020
Spectrum News talked to Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about understanding the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 23, 2020
Texas Monthly spoke to Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about educating college students returning to campus on their chances of contracting COVID-19 and the risk they may pose to others. 

July 21, 2020
KAGS-TV talked to Selina Stasi, School of Public Health, about staying fit and healthy during the pandemic.

July 29, 2020
Verywellhealth.com talked to Marcia Ory, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about how long-term care facilities are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as they resume visitations.

July 29, 2020
Washington Examiner talked to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about evidence the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a plateau in Texas.

June 29, 2020
Texas Tribune talked to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about a surge in COVID-19 cases among Texans in their twenties. The Eagle in Bryan-College Station spoke to Clendenin about efforts to increase contact tracing in the Brazos Valley area 

June 25, 2020
Yahoo News quoted Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), in a story about how some US states are rethinking their strategy for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

June 25, 2020
Business Insider quoted Melissa DuPont-Reyes, School of Public Health, in a story about the federal government’s decision to end funding for coronavirus testing in five states, including Texas. 

July 20, 2020
NBC News Global Hangout featured Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), on Ask the Experts regarding COVID-19 infections and immunity.

June 19, 2020
Texas Tribune spoke to Rebecca Fischer , School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group  (TEMAG), about the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurants and bars . Reform Austin (RA) News talked to Fischer about health precautions for recreation and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Tribune also quoted Fischer in a story on how the state has tripped one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s “warning flags” for measuring the spread of the coronavirus. 

June 19, 2020
Time talked to Murray J. Côté , School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group  (TEMAG), about the potential effects of reliable testing on COVID-19 infection data . The Guardian in the United Kingdom later quoted Côté from the Time story. 

June 19, 2020
The Guardian
in the United Kingdom quoted Marcia Ory, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), in an article about a cultural split among Americans in their approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 17, 2020
CNBC spoke to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about a recent surge in hospital cases for COVID-19 in Texas. KAGS in Bryan-College Station asked Clendenin about the use of face masks to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus. 

July 13, 2020

Texas Tribune spoke to Rebecca Fischer, member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), and Hongwei Zhao, both in the School of Public Health, regarding updated data on coronavirus cases in Texas.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), in a story about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic onpersonal beliefs, regional values, and social responsibility in Sun Belt states.

June 10, 2020
The Hill spoke to Marcia Ory, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas.

June 9, 2020
Texas Observer quoted  Rebecca Fischer , School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group  (TEMAG), in an article about how rural Texas counties are coping with contract tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Tribune spoke to Fischer about a surge in Texas hospital patients with COVID-19.

July 6, 2020

Yahoo News quoted Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), in a story about how some US states are rethinking their strategy for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 1, 2020
The Eagle in Bryan-College Station quoted Tiffany A. Radcliff, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), on challenges to predicting the future path of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

May 22, 2020
The Dallas Morning News spoke to Tiffany A. Radcliff, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG),  about how bars and restaurants are evolving to manage the spread of COVID-19. 

May 21, 2020
USA Today quoted Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), in a story about Americans who may have suffered from COVID-19 during the initial outbreak. National Public Radio’s Morning Edition asked Clendenin to comment on the distribution of COVID-19 test sites in the six largest Texas cities. KVUE ABC in Austin interviewed Clendenin about changes to COVID-19 test data in Texas. WNYC in New York City talked to Clendenin about the use of contact tracing to contain the novel coronavirus.  

May 19, 2020
The Washington Post talked to Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about new data that suggests COVID-19 cases in twenty-four US states are growing at epidemic rates. Yahoo!News quoted Fischer in a story about how some US states are presenting their COVID-19 data to the public. 

May 19, 2020
Texas Monthly quoted Rebecca Fischer, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), and Peter J. Hotez, Hagler Fellow, Class of 2019-20, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, on the then-current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. Texas Monthly also quoted Fischer in a later story about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to gradually reopen the state’s economy

May 19, 2020
The Texas Tribune talked to Angela G. Clendenin, School of Public Health and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about where Texas ranks among US states in total number of recoveries from COVID-19. The Dallas Morning News later quoted Clendenin in a similar story.

May 14, 2020
The Hill
talked to  Rebecca Fischer, assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the public health challenges facing Texas as it gradually reopens its economy. The Eagle in Bryan-College Station quoted Fischer in its coverage of a panel discussion about Texas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. KBTX-TV 3 News in Bryan-College Station asked Fischer about the risks to public health of reopening the state’s economy.

May 13, 2020
Associated Press (AP) talked to Shawn Gibbs, dean, School of Public Health, about counterfeit N-95 masks that are reaching frontline healthcare workers. The Daily Beast quoted Gibbs in a story about using robots to help disinfect jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 13, 2020
USA Today
talked to Timothy Callaghan, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, about the implications of COVID-19 infections inside the White House and about a poll on whether President Trump and Vice President Pence should wear protective masks in public.

May 12, 2020
WalletHub
asked  Marcia Ory, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about precautions recommended to protect at-risk populations as the US economy reopens.

May 6, 2020
KAGS News in Bryan-College Station spoke to  Angela G. Clendenin, instructional assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the need for US residents to maintain precautions against COVID-19 as the nation reopens its economy.

May 4, 2020
The Hill spoke to Rebecca Fischer, assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about how small businesses will adapt to social distancing and other COVID-19 countermeasures. PolitiFact asked Fischer about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ assertion that US domestic travelers brought the novel coronavirus to his state.

May 3, 2020
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
asked Tiffany A. Radcliff, professor and associate dean for research, and  Murray J. Côté, associate professor, both in the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, and both members of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the connections between data on the spread of COVID-19 and the government’s decision to relax limits on social distancing.

May 2, 2020
Statesman in Austin asked Angela G. Clendenin, instructional assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about indications Texas may have inadvertently undercounted the death toll from the novel coronavirus during the first three months of 2020 .

April 29, 2020
Newsweek and Times Record News in Wichita Falls quoted Melissa J. DuPont-Reyes, assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, on what residents in individual US states can do to help local at-risk population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 28, 2020
Texas Standard talked to Bita A. Kash, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, about the possible long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare workforce in Texas.

April 20, 2020
Houston Public Media interviewed  Rebecca Fischer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), on the importance of reporting  accurate numbers on at-home COVID-19 fatalities. KBTX-TV 3 talked to Fischer about Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans to reopen the Texas economy in phases.

April 18, 2020
CNN talked to  Timothy Callaghan, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, about  Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to restart the Texas economy

April 17, 2020
Texas Tribune and KERA News in Dallas-Fort Worth asked Rebecca Fischer, assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and a member of the  Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), about the likelihood Texas will see a significant spike in COVID-19 cases after the state reopens economic activity. Texas Tribune also quoted Fischer in a story about the state’s plan to reopen the economy in phases.

April 16, 2020
KBTX-TV 3 spoke to Murray J. Côté, associate professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, and a member of the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG), on how public health officials use modeling to track COVID-19.

April 14, 2020
Chemical & Engineering News profiled S. Camille Peres, associate professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, and her research into improving human-machine interfaces, especially in high-risk industrial settings.

March 8, 2020
Al Arabiya spoke to Rebecca Fischer, assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, about the World Health Organization’s standards for declaring a pandemic.

 

Funding opportunities pertaining to COVID-19 may be found by visiting the Texas A&M Vice President of Research Office site