News from the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic


This panel discussion included nurses working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These NYU Meyers alumni and faculty shared the triumphs, heartbreaks, challenges, and teamwork they have experienced during this health crisis.


Leon Chen
Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Center
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Brian Fasolka
Emergency Department
Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Alyssa Relos (MEYERS '14)
Emergency Department
University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Gina Robertiello
Certified Emergency Nurse
Northwell Health System
Assistant Director of Simulation Learning
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Christin Vaskas (MEYERS '17)
NYU Langone Health Center

Tags: COVID-19, Meyers

A Conversation with NYU's Work Life Office


Grace Cosachov Protos, the Executive Director of NYU's Work Life Office, discusses adaptability and flexibility while working from home with James Hurley, Senior Director of Advancement Programs.

Grace discusses how NYU alumni can adjust to their new reality to maintain a sense of control, practice good self-care, and maintain sanity as many alumni are now working from home.  

How Life Has Changed: A Conversation between a CAS Senior and an Alumna


A conversation between:

Sonjii Ivey (WSC ‘86, STERN ‘90), a Vice President in Client Technology Solutions at BNY Mellon | Pershing, and Noah Mullenix (CAS '20, GSAS '21), a graduating senior majoring in East Asian Studies.

Life After NYU: Seeking Employment in an Unstable Market


A panel of alumni who graduated around the time of our last recession speak to the Class of 2020 about their experiences. Learn how they were able to navigate the job search then and advice they have for job seekers now.

Panelists include:

  • Marketing company co-founder Erika Olson (STERN ‘07)
  • Renter's insurance co-founder Chris Lotz (CAS ’08)
  • Actor and theatre educator Ryan Scoble (STEINHARDT '08)
  • Non-profit administrator Jill Goldstein Smith (CAS ’08)

Moderated by Alexa Loken (STEINHARDT ’12). Sponsored by the NYU Alumni Association for the Class of 2020.  

Losing Control: Managing Stress in the COVID-19 Crisis


How can individuals regain control over their lives during this pandemic? Is there a way to create a sense of normalcy? NYU DC Dialogues presented a discussion on the psychological and physiological impacts of stress and the ways in which individuals can seek to manage it.

Featured panelists included Dr. Emily Balcetis, Associate Professor of Psychology, NYU College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Lawrence Balter (GSAS), Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt, and Dr. Zoe Ragouzeos (MSW '06), Associate Vice President, Student Mental Health, NYU, who moderated the discussion. The panel was introduced by Riley Searcey, NYU First Year Liberal Studies Student and current DC Dialogues Executive Board Communications Manager.

Research for Impact: NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management Responding to COVID-19


NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management is a think/do tank with a noteworthy mission: impact. In the first days of COVID-19, the Institute rapidly reoriented much of its work to addressing the pandemic. During this webinar, faculty from the Institute will share their work on a wide range of issues from COVID-19 and cities, social-distancing measures, prisons, and K–8 education.

Well-being in the Time of COVID


Dan Lerner, MAPP, and Dr. Alan Schlechter, co-instructors of NYU's most popular elective course, "The Science of Happiness" and authors of U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), are here to answer your questions about well-being! Join in for a conversation on how we can stay resilient—and even experience some happiness—during these difficult times.

The event was moderated by Shaquille Sinclair (CAS '17). Shaquille is currently the head teaching assistant for the course, The Science of Happiness.

Leveraging Open Data and Science to Diagnose and Combat COVID-19


Join the NYU Alumni Community to hear first-hand from NYU researchers on the front lines of COVID-19 Research. Join Kyunghyun Cho, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Data Science, NYU Center for Data Science and NYU Courant, to learn more about his work with "Breathe for Science" to potentially diagnose respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, by analyzing coughing patterns via phone calls and his work on launching the Neural Covidex platform with colleagues from other Universities.

The platform provides a service that curates relevant information about COVID-19 and related pandemics to help policymakers and clinicians make better-informed decisions and by helping researchers generate new insights. Professor Cho will focus on how his team was able to rapidly deploy these services using state-of-the-art technologies, enabled by years of open science at NYU and other places.

Julia Kempe, Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics and Data Science and Director of Center for Data Science, moderated the session.  

Mapping COVID: Unlocking NYU Research to Predict Patterns of Exposure and Transmission


Join the NYU Alumni Community to hear first-hand from the New York University researchers capturing highly detailed three-dimensional data on human movements and behaviors—particularly around medical facilities, public transportation systems, and essential services—to document the complex landscape of “surface vectors” and thus opportunities for COVID-19 transmission.

Working under a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant for proposals with severe urgency, the team from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the School of Global Public Health is a first for NYU.

Joint the lead investigator for the project, Debra Laefer, a professor of civil and urban engineering at NYU Tandon who also serves as a professor of urban informatics and director of citizen science at its Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), and the co-leader for the project Thomas Kirchner, director of the NYU mobile health lab and an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at the School of Global Public Health to learn more!

COVID-19: A Conversation with Frank Snowden


The NYU Alumni Club in Italy, in partnership with the Yale Club of Italy and Harvard Club of Italy, presented COVID-19: A Conversation with Frank Snowden. This discussion was moderated by Cristina Gabetti. Frank Snowden attended Harvard University, and obtained his doctorate at Oxford. He taught for forty-five years at London and Yale Universities, and is now Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine. His major publications relating to epidemic diseases are: Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present; The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962; and Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884-1911. His current research includes a study on the origins of Covid-19, and the lack of preparedness to face it. Cristina Gabetti is a concerned citizen, journalist and advisor, devoted to research to promote solutions for sustainable development.

Lessons from the Past: How ISAW students are taking their studies forward during COVID-19


What does research look like when it can only be held on virtual platforms? This discussion with current ISAW students, they will talk about their work in various disciplines, collaborating virtually, and how we can take the challenges faced by ancient cultures and apply them to today.

COVID-19 in Perspective: When Epidemics Wreaked Havoc in America


Join Professor David Oshinsky for a conversation about the pandemics that devastated New York City over the centuries and the way New Yorkers responded, offering clues and lessons for COVID-19.