April 16, 2020

Faculty invited to present pandemic-related knowledge in short videos for the public

Maggie O'Haire with dog Milo Professor Maggie O'Haire is one of more than a dozen Purdue faculty members – and growing ¬– who are now sharing knowledge pertinent to the pandemic crisis in short videos collected on a new website, "Purdue experts on COVID-19." (Photo provided) Download image

If you're sheltering in place and finding that having a pet as a co-worker makes you feel less isolated it's no surprise.

“Pets can actually provide a unique form of social support and companionship,” says Maggie O'Haire, a faculty member in Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine, who studies the bonds between humans and companion animals. “Studies have shown that people rate this support as equal or similar to what they get from their families, friends and significant others.”

O'Haire is one of more than a dozen Purdue faculty members – and growing ­– who are now sharing knowledge pertinent to the pandemic crisis in short videos collected on a new website, "Purdue experts on COVID-19."

The idea is for Purdue faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to employ their expertise to inform and better prepare the public to respond safely and successfully to the pandemic.

Faculty members should work with their college’s or department's communications team to develop videos highlighting their own work for the COVID website. Completed videos that meet the criteria below should be sent to Jason Fish at jfish@purdue.edu.

Already, the videos cover a diverse assortment of subjects. That includes big-picture topics such as the economy, unemployment and the workings of supply chains and those closer to home like food shopping and produce safety, personal finance tips, and exercising at remote work stations.

The videos should:

  • Cover two to three major points about the faculty member’s area of expertise as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Run between two and four minutes (don't exceed four minutes).
  • Be designed to reach a general audience with knowledge that can inform their understanding of the virus, the pandemic and its effects.

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