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On The Pandemic

18 EpisodesProduced by Rutgers Communications and Marketing (R-COMM)Website

A Rutgers podcast exploring the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact, and recovery across the university.Hosted by Mary Marchetta O’Dowd, Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration.Transcriptions available at

18 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 3 : What to Expect this Holiday Season

November 16th, 2021


What will the holiday season look like? Guest Perry Halkitis, Dean of the School of Public Health, shares some good news and steps we can take to …

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 2 : Back in the Game

October 19th, 2021


Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Pat Hobbs, Athletic Director, to discuss the return and importance of in-person sports here at Rutgers.

On The Pandemic : S 2 - Ep 1 : Back on Campus/Back in the Classroom

September 14th, 2021


Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Antonio Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Rutgers, to find out how repopulation is …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 10 : What to expect this summer

May 18th, 2021


Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health, to discuss what to expect from the COVID-19 …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 9 : Lessons learned from around the globe

May 3rd, 2021


Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Richard Marlink, Director,  Rutgers Global Health Institute, and Nir Eyal, Founder and Director,  Center for …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 8 : Kids, School, COVID

April 19th, 2021


Host Mary Marchetta O'Dowd is joined by Lawrence Kleinman (Chief, Division of Population Health, Quality, and Implementation Science) and Steven …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 7 : The NJMS Call Center - What are New Jerseyans asking about?

April 6th, 2021


Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd is joined by Dr. Diane Calello and Dr. Bruce Ruck from the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System  (NJPIES) Hotline to discuss what COVID-19 questions are being asked by New …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 6 : Trust: How it affects testing and vaccinations

March 23rd, 2021


Host Mary Marchetta O’Dowd discusses the issues of trust and how it affects testing and vaccinations for COVID-19 with Shawna Hudson, Professor and Research Division Chief, Department of Family Medicine and Community …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 5 : A Year of Reflection and a Vision for the Future

March 10th, 2021


New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli and host Mary  Marchetta O’Dowd reflect on the first anniversary of the COVID-19  pandemic and discuss New Jersey’s investment in the infrastructure of  public health …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 4 : Emotional Impact and Resiliency

February 24th, 2021


Rutgers' experts discuss the emotional impact and mental health toll of the pandemic on us, our families, and our communities, and what  strategies …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 3 : Life on Campus

February 10th, 2021


Tune in to learn about Rutgers' experience during the pandemic and the tools and strategies being used to keep the university community safe. Mary …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 2 : Impact of COVID19 on our Health Care/Public Health Workforce

January 27th, 2021


This week, we explore vaccinations, the impact of the pandemic on our health care workers, and the surge in interest in health care education. …

On The Pandemic : S 1 - Ep 1 : Statewide Vaccine Distribution and Safety

January 13th, 2021


Join us for the new RutgersCast series, On the Pandemic, where university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this premiere episode, …

Through Trying Times

May 20th, 2020


For this week's RutgersCast, we take a deep dive into Rutgers’ fascinating history with Erika Gorder of the University Archives, uncovering surprising relevance to today’s challenges.

A Mindful Moment

May 6th, 2020


Join us for a quick mid-week de-stress session with "A Mindful Moment" guided by Dr. Kathy Shoemaker.

COVID-19: Let's Talk Mindfulness

April 29th, 2020


In this RutgersCast, psychologists Peter Economou and Nikki Rubin discuss the value of incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives to support …

COVID-19: Helping Children Manage Anxiety

April 9th, 2020


In this episode, we're speaking with psychologist Kelly Moore about the unique emotional challenges that children are facing right now. Listen to …

COVID-19: Allergies, Cold, or Coronavirus?

March 30th, 2020


In this episode, Dr. Reynold A. Panettieri, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine, helps break down the …

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