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As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, faculty in the School of Humanities and Sciences are providing insights into the latest developments. From biology and chemistry to economics, history, political science, and more, H&S faculty are working to help solve, understand, and explain the COVID-19 crisis.

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May

May 26, 2020 | Can America’s middle class be saved from a new depression? | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | New York Times

May 26, 2020 | How to be closer with teammates when you're miles apart | Jamil Zaki (Psychology) | Forbes

May 25, 2020 | The coronavirus is deadliest where democrats live | Matthew Gentzkow (Economics) | New York Times

May 25, 2020 | How will we remember the pandemic? Museums are already deciding | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | New York Times

May 21, 2020 | A Bay Area without smiles: Coronavirus masks are taking away our most vital form of nonverbal communication | Jeanne Tsai (Psychology) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 20, 2020 | Stanford virtual conference will focus on ways AI can aid COVID-19 recovery | Rob Reich (Political Science) | Stanford Report

May 19, 2020 | 'Age is a sloppy proxy': Older adults push back on idea that staying safe from coronavirus means staying isolated | Laura Carstensen (Psychology) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 18, 2020 | 'Sports can't become the next nursing homes' as California restart approaches | Roger Noll (Economics, emeritus) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 17, 2020 | Coronavirus: How we decide the risks we’re willing to take to venture out | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | Mercury News

May 14, 2020 | Future of women’s sports uncertain after the coronavirus halted momentum | Roger Noll (Economics, emeritus) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 14, 2020 | The unthinkable became reality — now we need radical solutions | Walter Scheidel (History, Classics) | Bloomberg

May 13, 2020 | Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic: How to cope | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | USA Today

May 12, 2020 | Sports is plotting a return. The stakes are huge | Roger Noll (Economics, emeritus) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 12, 2020 | For Renaissance Italians, combating black plague was as much about politics as it was science | Paula Findlen (History) | Stanford Report

May 10, 2020 | Can you catch coronavirus swimming? What about 5G? Debunking bizarre myths | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 9, 2020 | Is the pandemic driving you toward childhood obsessions? You’re not alone | Jeanne Tsai (Psychology) | Datebook

May 8, 2020 | Bay Area braces for fallout as nation’s unemployment skyrockets to historic 14.7% | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | San Francisco Chronicle

May 8, 2020 | White-collar companies race to be last to return to the office | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | New York Times

May 8, 2020 | Soaring joblessness could shake U.S. economy, politics for years | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | Washington Post

May 7, 2020 | Stanford statisticians work on different fronts to help understand and find solutions in the battle against COVID-19 | Julia Palacios (Statistics) | Stanford Humanities and Sciences

May 7, 2020 | Stanford statisticians: Exploring uncertainty | Susan Holmes and Claire Donnat (Statistics) | Stanford Humanities and Sciences

May 7, 2020 | Stanford statisticians: Finding new treatments | Tze Lai (Statistics) | Stanford Humanities and Sciences

May 6, 2020 | A lesson from history: How the yellow fever epidemic changed society | Kathryn Olivarius (History) | Palo Alto Online 

May 6, 2020 | Civil strife may undermine pandemic response | Mikael Wolfe (History) | Washington Post

May 5, 2020 | Can COVID-19 stress have an impact on pregnancy? | Petra Persson (Economics) | Psychology Today

May 4, 2020 |  Work from home is here to stay | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Atlantic

May 4, 2020 | Coronavirus made telework necessary. Now Santa Clara County wants to explore ways to keep it | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Mercury News

May 4, 2020 | In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, we must go big. Really, really big. | Susan Athey (Economics) | New York Times

May 1, 2020 | Scholars’ plea: U.S. and China, work together on the pandemic | Matthew Kohrman (Anthropology) | New York Times

April

April 30, 2020 | New work-life reality raises equity and inclusion concerns | Shelley Correll (Sociology) | Stanford Report

April 30, 2020 | Stanford biologists transfer specialized skills to COVID-19 testing | Paul Bump (PhD student, Biology), Brendan Cornwell (Hopkins Marine Station) | Stanford Humanities and Sciences

April 30, 2020 | Remote work is here to stay. But what does that mean for productivity -- and mental health? | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Newsweek

April 29, 2020 | The COVID-19 crisis shows how dangerous misinformation becomes infectious | Robert Proctor (History) | Los Angeles Times 

April 29, 2020 | The Great Depression demonstrated the indispensable role of government | David Kennedy (History) | Stanford Report

April 28, 2020 | Why remote work sucks, according to science | Jeremy Bailenson (Communication) | NPR

April 28, 2020 | Economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will need a balancing act | Michael Boskin (Economics) | The Guardian 

April 28, 2020 | How the face mask became the world's most coveted commodity | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | The Guardian

April 27, 2020 | In case of emergency, be kind | Jamil Zaki (Psychology) | Stanford Magazine

April 25, 2020 | Will a pandemic shatter the perception of American exceptionalism? | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | New York Times

April 24, 2020 | 'I don't need this right now': States may have coronavirus reopening plans, but Americans are still wary | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | USA Today

April 23, 2020 | What's 'Zoom fatigue'? Here's why video calls can be so exhausting | Jeremy Bailenson (Communication) | USA Today

April 21, 2020 | Stanford research reveals reasons why job applicants get screened out of the hiring process | David Pedulla (Sociology) | Stanford Report

April 21, 2020 | Back to work? Companies finding it easier said than done | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Chicago Tribune

April 21, 2020 | Fighting coronavirus feels like fighting a war. That might bring us together | Jamil Zaki (Psychology) | Wall Street Journal

April 19, 2020 | How the coronavirus might reduce income inequality | Walter Scheidel (History) | Wall Street Journal

April 17, 2020 | In Antebellum New Orleans, immunity from yellow fever was a form of privilege. Could that happen with COVID-19? | Kathryn Olivarius (History) | NPR

April 17, 2020 | Column: Gun-toting Republicans ignoring quarantine orders? Yes, even coronavirus has become part of the culture wars | Matthew Gentzkow (Economics) | Los Angeles Times

April 16, 2020 | Is it ethically okay to get food delivered right now? | Debra Satz (Philosophy) | Atlantic

April 16, 2020 | Simple cues can make people feel connected, even while being physically apart | Greg Walton (Psychology) | Stanford Report

April 15, 2020 | From balcony concerts to cyber drinks — The power of ritual in the corona age | Jeremy Bailenson (Communication) | Financial Times

April 15, 2020 | With confidence shattered, the road to a 'normal' U.S. economy looks long | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Reuters

April 15, 2020 | How do political beliefs impact the response to coronavirus? | Matthew Gentzkow (Economics) | CNN

April 15, 2020 | 'Coronavirus culture war'? Shedding light on the role of political beliefs in social distancing | Matthew Gentzkow (Economics) | SIEPR

April 14, 2020 | Work and a desire to exercise, socialize are why people didn’t social distance | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | Stanford Report

April 13, 2020 | Coronavirus tips: How to build better relationships remotely | Jeremy Bailenson (Communication) | BBC

April 13, 2020 | Economic pain will persist long after lockdowns end | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | New York Times

April 12, 2020 | The dangerous history of immunoprivilege | Kathryn Olivarius (History) | New York Times

April 10, 2020 | Could the pandemic wind up fixing what's broken about work in America? | Walter Scheidel (History and Classics) | New York Times

April 9, 2020 | Why the wealthy fear pandemics | Walter Scheidel (History and Classics) | New York Times

April 8, 2020 | Fighting isolation with the art of design and computer music | Ge Wang (Music) | Stanford Report

April 8, 2020 | Why Trump has received a much smaller approval bump than other world leaders during the pandemic | Matthew Gentzkow | Washington Post

April 7, 2020 | The Trump administration is raising the application fee for U.S. citizenship. That will cost the U.S. later on | David Laitin (Political Science) | Washington Post

April 6, 2020 | How to stay up to date with coronavirus news without losing your mind | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | Inc.

April 6, 2020 | The coronavirus crisis will change America in big ways. History says so | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | Los Angeles Times

April 6, 2020 | How long will we be working from home? What we know -- and what we don't | Erin Mordecai (Biology) | Los Angeles Times

April 3, 2020 | Stanford Pulitzer Winner David Kennedy on Lessons for COVID-19 from the 1918 Flu Epidemic and Great Depression | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | Learning Curve

April 3, 2020 | Why Zoom meetings can exhaust us | Jeremy Bailenson (Communication) | Wall Street Journal

April 2, 2020 | The 1930s Depression was "Great." This one might be greater | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Insights by Stanford Business

April 1, 2020 | Stanford seeking to expand space for COVID-19 research | Carolyn Bertozzi (Chemistry), Chaitan Khosla (Chemistry)

April 1, 2020 | In stressful times, make stress work for you | Alia Crum (Psychology) | New York Times

March

March 31, 2020 | Frances Perkins was ready! | Margaret Levi (Political Science) | Social Science Space

March 30, 2020 | Journalists must understand provenance, motivation when reporting disinformation | Janine Zacharia (Communication) | Stanford Report

March 30, 2020 | Stanford-developed interactive model explores how different interventions affect COVID-19's spread | Erin Mordecai (Biology) | Stanford Report

March 30, 2020 | The productivity pitfalls of working from home in the age of COVID-19 | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Stanford Report

March 29, 2020 | WFH with a roommate or loved one? 5 ways to avoid killing each other | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2020 | Coronavirus crisis awakens a sleeping giant: China’s youth | Xueguang Zhou (Economics) | New York Times

March 28, 2020 | Habits of kindness that will endure | Jamil Zaki (Psychology) | Wall Street Journal

March 26, 2020 | Failing to coordinate against the coronavirus pandemic may be very costly for the world | Matthew Johnson (Economics) | Stanford Report

March 26, 2020 | Stanford students map free meals for Bay Area schoolchildren | Cheryl Phillips (Communication) | Stanford Report

March 26, 2020 | In California: Officials field calls about cars in parking lots, people too close | Mark Duggan (Economics) | USA Today

March 25, 2020 | New outbreak, familiar anxieties: Stanford historian examines yellow fever outbreak in 19th-century New Orleans | Kathryn Olivarius (History) | Stanford Report

March 24, 2020 | Coronavirus outbreak may prompt policymakers to seriously consider pros, cons of universal basic income | Jennifer Burns (History) | Stanford News

March 24, 2020 | Can we put a price tag on a life? The shutdown forces a new look | Walter Scheidel (Classics and History) | New York Times

March 23, 2020 | No immunity from political attacks as coronavirus sweeps the country | David Kennedy (History, emeritus) | Los Angeles Times

March 22, 2020 | The dangers of relying on philanthropists during pandemics | Robert Reich (Political Science) | Wired

March 22, 2020 | Choose economic freedom, choose things that work | John Taylor (Economics) CNBC

March 19, 2020 | Instead of social distancing, practice “distant socializing” instead, urges Stanford psychologist | Jamil Zaki (Psychology) | Stanford Report

March 19, 2020 | Coronavirus could be ‘make or break’ for universities’ finances | Caroline Hoxby (Economics) | World University Rankings

March 19, 2020 | The side effects of social distancing | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Freakonomics

March 17, 2020 | Former Fed governor on how the central bank can help small businesses with coronavirus volatility | John Taylor (Economics) | CNBC

March 16, 2020 | People’s uncertainty about the novel coronavirus can lead them to believe misinformation | Jeff Hancock (Communication) | Stanford Report

March 15, 2020 | Because of coronavirus we're doing things differently. How long will that last? | Russell Poldrack (Psychology) | San Francisco Chronicle

March 13, 2020 | It's more important than ever for Fed to clarify strategy | John Taylor (Economics) | Bloomberg

March 13, 2020 |  'You can hear birds': Bay Area grows quiet as the coronavirus spreads | Duana Fullwiley (Anthropology) | San Francisco Chronicle

March 6, 2020 | Expect sales to increase in areas outside travel and leisure amid coronavirus outbreak, says Stanford economics professor | John Taylor (Economics) | CNBC

March 5, 2020 | Trump’s economic cheerleading is suddenly tested | Shanto Iyengar (Political Science and Communication) | New York Times

March 3, 2020 | Fed likely won’t cut rates before March meeting because of coronavirus concerns | John Taylor (Economics) | CNBC

March 1, 2020 | ‘They’re chasing me’: the journalist who wouldn’t stay quiet on Covid-19 | Zhou Xueguang (Economics) | Guardian

March 1, 2020 | Coronavirus is different. It’s rapidly hitting supply and demand | Nicholas Bloom (Economics) | Wall Street Journal