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COVID-19 PRESSROOM: OSU Experts and Media Resources

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Part of Oklahoma State University's land-grant mission is sharing knowledge and information. For members of the media, faculty experts from across OSU are available to comment and answer questions about COVID-19. 

Faculty available to discuss COVID-19:


Steven Shepherd, PH.D. — Assistant Professor in the Spears School of Business
Shepherd can speak to the social consequences of self-isolation and the importance of maintaining social connection without physically meeting up with friends, the potential value of social media here, the role of social norms and the behavior of others in shaping individual's behavior, how people respond to resource scarcity and how effective messaging/communication might help increase adoption of recommended health behaviors  

918-594-8165 or


Engineering, Architecture and Technology

Sunderesh Heragu, PH.D. — Regents Professor and Industrial Engineering & Management Department Head
Heragu can speak to preparedness and response to pandemics.

405-744-6055 or


Arts and Sciences

Thad Leffingwell PH.D. — Clinical health psychologist and head of the OSU Department of Psychology

Leffingwell can speak to effective coping methods for these new situations.

Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases

Lin Liu, Ph.D. — Regents Professor, Director of the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases, Lundberg-Kienlen Endowed Professorship in Biomedical Research

405-744-4526 or


Veterinary Medicine. 

Jared Taylor, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., DACVIM — Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology
Taylor is available to  speak on the public health aspect.

405-744-7537 or


Tom Oomens, Ph.D. — Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology
Oomens can speak about the virus and the disease.

405-744-4397 or


Clinton Jones, Ph.D. — Regents Professor, Sitlington Professor of Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Pathobiology
Jones can speak about the virus and the disease.

405-744-1842 or


Jeff Studer, DVM, DACVO — Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Studer can speak about hospital operations/protocols, how veterinary practices and the veterinary industry is responding, etc. 405-744-8464 or


Lyndi Gilliam, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM — Associate professor of Equine Internal Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Gilliam can speak to COVID-19 and horses.

405-744-7000, ext. 2 or



Dr. Ravi Jadeja — Food Safety Specialist for the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University


Dr. William McGlynn — Food Scientist for the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center


Jake Nelson — Meat Processing Specialist for the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center



Sarah Johnson, PH.D. — Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center
Johnson can speak on wellness while at home.

405-744-9188 or


Danielle Brown — OSU Tulsa Wellness Coordinator
Brown can speak on being productive at home.

918-594-8126 or

Oklahoma State University news on COVID-19:

General University updates

News releases:

OSU lab on Stillwater campus to assist state with COVID-19 test analysis

Science fair students persevere amidst coronavirus challenges

OSU Psychologist offers tips for coping with coronavirus challenges

OSU Extension services and programs continue through pandemic

Immune system tips

Shopping for food safely

Q&A: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Food Industry

Horse owners urged to plan care during pandemic

Coronavirus concerns high in rural areas

Family members with coronavirus should be isolated at home

Simple recommendations for making a disinfecting solution

OSU suspends all transit services through April 3

This page will be updated regularly. For general media inquiries, contact:
Monica Roberts |Director of Media Relations | |405-744-4800

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