COVID-19 and ISPS Yale Updates

April 16, 2020

Updated  May 28, 2020

Yale is taking actions to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Current scientific and medical evidence suggests that preemptive public health measures are more effective than those that are reactive. By being proactive as a community, we can safeguard our own health and the well-being of those with whom we interact. See new guidance on the university’s COVID-19 page on keeping students off campus and moving teaching online through the full spring semester, staffing considerations, and other important university operations.

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Please check our events calendar for special COVID-19-related online events.

ISPS Faculty and Scholars Insights

ISPS’ interdisciplinary social science faculty continue teaching and conducting research in keeping with university guidelines, and working on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Zack Cooper’s interview on the social value of testing (CBS Radio)
  • Zack Cooper’s op-ed on how Govt can scale up testing (Washington Post)
  • Zack Cooper on How Do You Reopen a Country? (Freakonomics Podcast)
  • Jacob Hacker’s op-ed on Medicare-for-All during a Pandemic (New York Times)
  • Zack Cooper explains the economics of hospital bed shortages (NPR Planet Money)
  • Jacob Hacker (and Oona Hathaway) explain why we need a universal health care system now more than ever (Just Security)
  • Zack Cooper  addresses economic challenges of pandemic (Yale News)
  • Stephane Andrade (Policy Fellow) on the population the stimulus bill harms (Slate)
  • A series of online conversations hosted by the Computation and Society Initiative  with interdisciplinary scientists and social scientiest addressing COVID-19 issues (ISPS Events)
  • Jacob Hacker’s op-ed “How Joe Biden Can Own Health Care” (New York Times)

Graduate Policy Fellows Program

Due to current uncertainties, ISPS will not be opening applications for Graduate Policy Fellows in April. The program remains central to our mission of developing rigorous and interdisciplinary research that informs public policy, and we fully expect to welcome a new cohort of fellows in the next academic year, albeit on a modified schedule. We plan to give a complete update on the program and application process by the end of August.