John M. Barry (MA '69) one of the authors of Lessons From the Covid War: An Investigative Report (Public Affairs Press), 2023, a cooperative enterprise of 34 subject matter experts from public policy to the pharmaceutical industry to virologists who have done research in China. In addition to their own expertise, they interviewed more than 300 people directly involved in the response in many states, in industry, and in both the Trump and Biden administrations. The book analyzes which failures and successes were systemic and which depended upon individual judgments. It also makes recommendations to improve preparedness for the next pandemic ranging from governance to manufacturing to international surveillance.
Brandon Beck (PhD '78) writes: "My father Lewis White Beck, taught Philosophy at UR for many years. When I was in 5th and 6th grade I spent large parts of my summers with the groundskeeping staff or in the various camps the different coaching staffs offered, not directed to any one sport, but to history, nature, etc. I never attended UR, except to finish my Dissertation while being a TA in History. My PhD was in 1978, after I had been teaching at various colleges for a decade. In teaching and writing I migrated from the history of the Ottoman Empire to the American Civil War. In all I wrote about ten books, mostly in the latter field. I retired from teaching at East Mississippi Community College a few years ago, but I am still at work on various works in Civil War history. That's the road map I've followed, but there are so many backroads, roads not travelled, and memories of UR that I could share... I taught and wrote from 1968 until 2010."
Byron Raco (BA '05) writes: "One of my passions is the intersection of history, finance, and fundamental data-based research. I have spent the past 15+ years living in NYC, working in finance and corporate strategy roles, and taking active advisory roles with many early-stage technology start-ups. Thankfully I am at the point in my career where I have time to pursue my true passion for historical research. One of my favorite memories from the U of R was going through microfilm in the library to create a database of 18th-century port records from areas around the Atlantic Ocean to conduct research for Prof. Jarvis."