COVID-19 Panel Talk

Wednesday, 8 April 2020 - 11:45am to 1:20pm

COVID-19 Panel Talk
Order of Presentations
John Bower - Biology of epidemics
Frank James - Infectious disease transmission/prevention
Hilary Schwandt - Public Health/ global south perspective
Jack Herring - modelling the epidemic in Whatcom County
Kevin Delucio - Mental health challenges
Jessica Navedo - Economic system in a global crisis




Jack Herring

Jack's research interests are primarily in the search for solutions to the most pressing of today's environmental and social quandaries.  While he always considers these problems in a systematic, global framework, he is often drawn to community-based solutions that scale better to our natural forms of human organization.  

John Bower

John Bower has spent 25 years studying the natural world.  Getting his start as a birdwatcher, his research includes acoustic communication in bowhead whales and song sparrows, as well as population ecology of Pacific Northwest marine birds.  Most recently, John and his family lived on Isla Robinson Crusoe, 500 miles off the coast of Chile, where he studied competition for flowers between the endangered and endemic Juan Fernandez firecrown hummingbird and the green firecrown, a recent arrival from the South American mainland.

Hilary Schwandt

Hilary Schwandt earned her BS in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in 2002. After graduating from Calpoly she lived in Jamaica for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She then earned her master’s degree in 2006 and her doctoral degree in 2009 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Hilary’s doctoral dissertation was on unsafe abortion in Ghana and included a qualitative study on the pathways to abortion, a comparison of incomplete pregnancy patients and a randomized, noninferiority trial of group vs. individual family planning counseling. Her main areas of research interest are gender and reproductive health.

Kevin Delucio

I am Assistant Professor of Multicultural Psychology & Mental Health and I joined the Fairhaven and broader WWU community in Fall 2017. I am counseling psychologist by training and my work explores how we can improve the well-being of marginalized communities in the U.S.

Frank James

Dr. James is active in teaching, research and medical practice both at home and abroad. For 20 years, he has practiced travel medicine in Whatcom and San Juan Counties. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He is involved in service projects in India, Nepal, Taiwan and East Timor.

Jessica Navedo

A student of interdisciplinary studies, Jessica uses systems thinking approaches and narrative to understand sociocultural dynamics, particularly focusing on systems of power and how culture changes. She maintains a high-level and holistic view, contextualizing events and relationships in shared stories which define our characters’ behaviors and roles in society. As a dominating cultural narrative encompassing much of the globe, economic systems and policy determine the way these events and relationships play out. Looking to living systems, or ecology, for clues into how to design our world in ways which encourage life to thrive, she often approaches regenerative economics and cultural redesign in her work. How can we tell a more beautiful story through the way we design ourselves and our livelihoods? How do we get there? She also has a vested interest in ritual revival and the cultivation of resilience in mental wellbeing and public health initiatives, understanding the way economic circumstances intersect with these spaces.