COVID-19 Research at IU

IU faculty, staff, and students are hard at work helping to detect, manage, and ultimately eradicate the threat of COVID-19. This page highlights just a few of the bold and creative efforts of IU’s world-class researchers to address not only the public health and scientific aspects of COVID-19, but also to inform policymakers, industry and community leaders, journalists, and the public about the broader social, economic, legal, technological, and cultural facets of the pandemic. Read on to learn about some remarkable individuals who are engaged in this important work and their many collaborative partnerships in this quest.

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Justin Garcia

Areas of Expertise: Evolutionary behavioral sciences, gender, intimate relationships, romantic love, social and sexual monogamy, sexual behavior, sexual and reproductive health, social/sexual monogamy, sexual and gender diversity

"COVID-19's impact on sex and relationships" WTHR Channel 13, June 15, 2020


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Seema Mohapatra

Areas of Expertise: Health care law; bioethics; public health law; bioethics, gender and the law; family law; genetics and the law; health care quality and safety; torts; health equity; surrogacy and assisted reproduction; reproductive rights; biosciences and the law; clinical trials and research ethics

"COVID-19 and the Conundrum of Mask Requirements", by Robert Gatter and Seema Mohapatra, Washington and Lee Law Review Online, May 28, 2020

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IU experts in The Conversation

"How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans", by Tamika C.B. Zapolski and Ukamaka M. Oruche, The Conversation, June 29, 2020

"A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus", by Patricia Foster, The Conversation, June 24, 2020

"US giving reached a near-record $450 billion in 2019 as the role of foundations kept up gradual growth", by Anna Pruitt, The Conversation, June 16, 2020

"States are making it harder to sue nursing homes over the coronavirus, and that’s a bad idea," The Conversation June 9, 2020

"When it comes to reopening churches in the pandemic, Supreme Court says grace ain’t groceries", by Ross Silverman, The Conversation, June 3, 2020

"India’s coronavirus pandemic shines a light on the curse of caste", by Sumit Ganguly, The Conversation, June 2, 2020

"Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest", by Danielle Kilgo, The Conversation, May 29, 2020

"Why COVID-19 immunity passports may violate US law", by Seema Mohapatra, The Conversation, May 27, 2020

"Why Ford, Chanel and other companies pitch in during a crisis – without the government ordering them to", by Elham Mafi-Kreft and Steven Kreft, The Conversation, May 22, 2020

"People with substance use disorders face greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic", by Melissa Cyders, Kevin Ladd, Melissa Fry, The Conversation, May 19, 2020

"Bankruptcy courts ill-prepared for tsunami of people going broke from coronavirus shutdown", by Paige Skiba, Dalié Jiménez, Michelle Miller, Pamela Foohey, Sara Greene, The Conversation, May 13, 2020

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For more information or assistance, please contact:

Nicole Wilkins, executive director of research communications
(812) 856-2119

April Toler, senior associate director of research communications
(812) 855-3851

Lauren Bryant, associate director of research communications
(812) 855-4152