NC State Experts on COVID-19

EconomyMike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist, can discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy. See his recent piece in The Conversation here. He can be reached at or 919.515.4671.

Food safetyBen Chapman, professor of agricultural and human services and food safety specialist, can discuss food preparation, food handling and care for kitchen surfaces. He can be reached at or 919.809.3205.

Virus transmission through foodLee-Ann Jaykus, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is an expert in food virology, specifically the transmission of viruses through the food chain. She can be reached at or 919.513.2074.

Pandemic Response: Julie Swann is the department head and A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor of NC State’s Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. In 2009, she was on loan as a science advisor for the H1N1 pandemic response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swann’s past research includes the spread of influenza pandemics, access to healthcare, and disrupted humanitarian supply chains. She can be reached at

Supply chain managementRobert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, is an expert in supply chain management and can speak about COVID-19 impacts of product hoarding, misdirected consumer habits and hospital needs such as ventilators. See his recent blog post on supply chain issues related to the virus. He can be reached at or 843.469.2313.

Supply chain managementTim Kraft, is an expert in operations and supply chain strategy. His research focuses on environmental and social issues in supply chains, and he can speak to fundamental issues related to supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19. He can be reached at or 512.825.8950.

Animals and COVID-19Steve Marks is the associate dean and director of Veterinary Medical Services at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He can talk about pets and COVID-19, and answer operational questions concerning NC State’s veterinary hospital. He can be reached at

Animals and COVID-19Barbara Sherry is a professor of virology and head of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State. She can talk about how viruses spread both through the general population and between people and animals. She can be reached at:

Emotional wellbeing in family lifeKim Allen, associate professor of agricultural and human services and human development specialist, can speak on strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety and family relationships. She can be reached at or 919.515.9139

Youth outdoor engagementLiz Driscoll, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, can discuss youth engagement with the agricultural and natural world through gardening activities, nature discovery and outdoor science explorations. She can be reached at or 919.886.3424.

Enterprise risk management: Mark Beasley, professor and director of the ERM Initiative in the Poole College of Management, can discuss how the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 are triggering a multitude of risks affecting all aspects of an enterprise. Beasley can provide insights about how core principles related to effective enterprise risk management can be directly applied to this current crisis. He can be reached at or 919.264.3187.

Disease Modeling: Alun Lloyd is the Drexel Professor of Mathematics and a mathematical biologist. He can speak to the accuracy of models of disease spread. He can be reached at

On the Web: NC State Extension has numerous research-based and best-practice resources to help people prepare for and cope with the COVID-19 disease.

This post was originally published in NC State News.