Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), under the direction of Professors Matthew Connelly and Thomas DiPrete, is launching the Center for Pandemic Research (CPR) to mobilize resources and expertise vital to the study of COVID-19.
To kick off this new center, ISERP is organizing a five-day online course, June 8-12, to discuss leadership and decision-making during pandemics.
Participating experts include U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, chairs of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittees; President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Program Andrew Weber; Jennifer Nuzzo, who designed Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker; and Columbia professors Wafaa El-Sadr, Stephen Morse, Irwin Redlener and Jeffrey Shaman with the Mailman School of Public Health. Mayor of Seattle Jenny A. Durkan, and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation G. Naledi Pandor will also participate, along with representatives from the World Bank and World Economic Forum. Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will share his recorded message.