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.

--IU President Michael A. McRobbie

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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

"Coronavirus is hundreds of times more deadly for people over 60 than people under 40", by Nir Menachemi, The Conversation, September 10, 2020

"Could religious exemptions trump a COVID-19 vaccine mandate? Well, that depends", by Ross Silverman, The Conversation, August 31, 2020

"Outdoor classes hold promise for in-person learning amid COVID-19", by Tracey Birdwell and Tripp Harris, The Conversation, August 21, 2020

"Poor, minority students at dilapidated schools face added risks amid talk of reopening classrooms", by Hardy Murphy, The Conversation, July 31, 2020

"Energy is a basic need, and many Americans are struggling to afford it in the COVID-19 recession", by Sanya Carley and David Konisky, The Conversation, July 30, 2020

"Random testing in Indiana shows COVID-19 is 6 times deadlier than flu, and 2.8% of the state has been infected", by Nir Menachemi, The Conversation, July 21, 2020

"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

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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