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Doing Our Part

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold throughout the world, the scholars and practitioners of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy – faculty, students and alumni – have met the challenge with service to the wider community beyond campus, offering experience and expertise to help understand, prepare for and combat the spread of the virus and respond to its impact on the world.

Here is a look at some of the contributions our social scientists are making in the midst of this unprecedented crisis. Scroll down to see the latest related stories posted on our news page, the college's social media posts and news articles published externally featuring faculty, students and alumni.


COSSPP Research

May 30, 2020: James E. Wright II (Askew School) and a colleague published "Social Equity and COVID ‐19: The Case of African Americans" in the journal Public Administration Review on the disproportionate effect of the virus on Black communities.


COSSPP News Stories

April 6, 2020: STUDENT SERVING DURING PANDEMIC WINS PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD (completing a master's while working full time in training and staffing during crisis)

April 3, 2020: COSSPP FACULTY CITED AS EXPERTS ON PANDEMIC IMPACT (affect on electoral politics and isolation among older Americans)

March 31, 2020: FSU STUDENTS PROVIDE VIRTUAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC (Emergency Management and Homeland Security students, faculty and staff identifying trends and reliable data)

March 30, 2020: POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH WILL EXAMINE RULE OF LAW IN TIME OF CRISIS (studying the challenges for long-standing norms that buttress democracy)

March 25, 2020: ECON PROFESSOR KICKS OFF ERA OF REMOTE LEARNING (resourcefulness and innovation during a time of social isolation)

March 24, 2020: PROFESSOR, STUDENTS ASSIST WITH STATEWIDE COVID TRACKING EFFORT (Public Health students tracking disease spread and collecting vital information)

January 30, 2020: COSSPP FACULTY ARE EXPERTS ON CURRENT ISSUES (including corona virus and the economy)


Social Media Posts

April 10, 2020: Planning student deployed as emergency responder and epidemiologist

April 8, 2020: Alan Rowan (Public Health) volunteering at rural health departments

April 7, 2020: Public Health alum Mathew DiFede cited as #HealthCareHero

March 26, 2020: Career Center Liaison hosting virtual advising sessions

March 25, 2020: OLLI@FSU holding holding continuing education classes online


COSSPP in the News

May 31, 2020: Larry Polivka (Pepper Center) on state reopening and rise in nursing home deaths

May 28, 2020: Katrinell Davis (Sociology, African American Studies, Demography) on rising unemployment and stimulus payments

May 17, 2020: 2019-2020 doctoral fellows E. Jason Baron, Ezra Goldstein and Cullen Wallace (Hilton Center) study on child maltreatment cases unreported during school shutdowns

May 17, 2020: Amber Hedquist (Devoe Moore Center) on taking empathy for students from pandemic into classroom

May 10, 2020: Larry Polivka (Pepper Center) on how Florida’s oversight of elder care homes undermines its COVID-19 response

May 8, 2020: Chris Uejio (Geography) on flu vs. COVID-19 transmission in Florida

April 30, 2020: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (B.A. '78 Political Science) profile on how he is taking charge of reopening the state

April 30, 2020: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (B.A. '78 Political Science) protecting the state's supply of testing kits

April 28, 2020: Alum Hadley Peterson (M.S.P. '18 Urban & Regional Planning) and co-authors research on community engagement during a time of social distancing

April 23, 2020: Larry Polivka (Pepper Center) on nursing homes

April 23, 2020: Alan Rowan (Public Health), alum Shamarial Roberson (M.P.H. '09 Public Health) featured in article about public health students helping in crisis

April 22, 2020: Justin Adams (Research Fellow, Center for Disaster Risk Policy), et al. on robots on the front line of battle against COVID-19

April 20, 2020: Alum Kent Shoemaker (B.S. '84 Economics), CEO of Lipman Family Farms, on challenges faced by farmers in pandemic

April 16, 2020: David Merrick (Emergency Management & Homeland Security) on actions governments can take

April 16, 2020: Larry Polivka (Pepper Center) on proposed limit to nursing home negligence suits

April 15, 2020: Report on a company co-founded by alum Bobby Pittman (B.S. '97 Economics) that is sharing free data on vulnerable populations in Africa to governments and organizations focused on the global COVID-19 response

April 15, 2020: Blog by Dawn Carr (Sociology, Pepper Institute) on importance of pets during social isolation

April 14, 2020: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (B.A. '78 Political Science) on governors making best decisions about reopening economy

April 12, 2020: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (B.A. '78 Political Science) on disproportionate coronavirus deaths among African Americans

April 12, 2020: Dawn Carr (Sociology, Pepper Institute) on seniors and students as pen pals during isolation

April 10, 2020: OLLI@FSU provides online continuing education

April 4, 2020: Sam Staley (Director, Devoe Moore Center) on best practices for working remotely

April 1, 2020: Dawn Carr (Sociology, Pepper Institute) on isolated seniors updating tech skills

March 30, 2020: Alan Rowan (Public Health) on epidemiology

March 25, 2020: Deana Rohlinger (Sociology, Associate Dean) on surging gun sales

March 24, 2020: Dawn Carr (Sociology, Pepper Institute) on effect of social isolation on older adults

March 22, 2020: Tom Taylor (Urban & Regional Planning) on helping each other

March 19, 2020: Hans Hassell (Political Science) on effect on voter turnout


Resources from Our Departments, Centers and Institutes

May 21, 2020: International Affairs graduate students Amanda Panchery, Samuel McLane, and Kathryn Vigrass video chat with about their academic experiences during the pandemic and the need to stay connected during social isolation

Claude Pepper Center

Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy