As the way we live and learn has changed virtually overnight, Bryant faculty have not only stepped up to meet the needs of nearly 3,700 students, but also they have been generously sharing their expertise to help inform the broader community about the impact of coronavirus on several fronts at and beyond Bryant.
Here’s a look at how Bryant faculty are contributing. Stay tuned to this story for updates as they develop. Also, check our “Bryant in the Media” page to see how Bryant faculty are continually providing expert commentary on the most important issues of the day.
"We are stronger as a community than we are as individuals. Let's rely on each other, provide support where necessary, and keep forging forward. Expect the unexpected but know that this too shall pass. There is a lot we will all learn from this experience."
With the current push at many colleges and universities to move face-to-face classes online, faculty members may be at least a little worried about how this is going to go. Here are some steps you can take to learn a few basic online teaching survival skills:
We are stronger as a community than we are as individuals so rely on each other, provide support where necessary and keep forging forward. Expect the unexpected but know that this too shall pass. There is a lot we will all learn from this experience.
“I would not let blood type be something that would put fear or rest assuredness into people. We should all still be considered vulnerable to this infection despite blood type or any other quantifiable trait.”
“The faster we can isolate ourselves and limit contact, the faster we can get this virus to fizzle out so to speak. ... If [the virus] can’t find its next host, we stop it dead in its tracks.”
"Seeing your friends IRL right now is kind of like playing a game of pool where coronavirus is the cue ball. If the white ball is the virus and you have a table full of balls to target, the ‘virus’ has a lot of options.
"Once in the air, the particles can be dispersed by way of air currents from ventilation or fans, which help them move beyond their immediate space."
“If you were to open your mouth and say ‘Ahh’ and look straight back, that’s the region, right where the respiratory (tract) meets the back of your mouth,’’ said Kirsten Hokeness.
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT REVIEW
The coronavirus is the first of several events that will be recalled in hindsight as moving along an inevitable technological shift. Technology isn’t a cure-all, but it will drive the great simplification of physical supply chains while increasing the importance of informational and financial relationships between organizations.
“In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen anything close to this,” said Peter Nigro, professor of finance at Bryant University. The crisis of 2008, Nigro pointed out, was “primarily the financial system, and the Fed counteracted that [and] did a fairly good job of pulling us out of that. Now, monetary policy will not be enough.”
“Any type of bailout has to come with very strict restrictions,” Nigro told Fortune, floating requirements that companies maintain at least a percentage of their employee payrolls or constraints on stock buybacks as examples.
Small businesses are the economic engine of the U.S. — and they are about to seize up because of lack of oil. What can we do to help them survive and prosper?
For the good of the economy, it’s not a matter of if there will be bailouts in the coming months, but when and how. The real question is: who should get them and how they should be structured?
Any industry or corporate bailout needs to come strict conditions…These are extraneous circumstances – but the survival of the big guys severely impacted by the crisis cannot be solely at the expense of taxpayers (and the little guy).
Over the next few months, we can expect both Central Banks and the entities they regulate to take the necessary steps to minimize the duration of a recession. They all can learn from each other and replicate best practices. These initiatives provide a ray of hope in a very turbulent and troubling time and can do some real good.