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Faculty Available to Speak on 2016 Olympic Games

Georgetown University faculty members are available to comment on a range of topics on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (including Brazilian culture and politics, urban planning, sports medicine, the Zika virus and more). For assistance in booking an interview with any of the experts listed below, please contact the Georgetown Office of Communications at 202-687-4328 orgucomm@georgetown.edu. Georgetown has a broadcast studio on campus available for use by broadcast outlets. Booking information can be found here.

Uwe Brandes, associate professor of the practice in urban and regional planning, has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of new buildings, public infrastructure and the urban landscape. He is the founding executive director of the urban and regional planning master's program in the School of Continuing Studies.

Areas of Expertise:

• Urban and Regional Planning

• Design and Construction

 

Peter Byrne is the John Hampton Baumgartner Jr. Professor of Real Property Law at Georgetown. He serves as faculty director of Georgetown’s Environmental Law and Policy Institute and the State-Federal Climate Resource Center. He also teaches and writes in the areas of property, land use, constitutional law and higher education law and policy.

Areas of Expertise:

• Environmental Law

• Urban Planning

 

Marty Conway, adjunct instructor for sports industry management at the School of Continuing Studies, has been at the forefront of sports marketing and digital media for more than three decades, holding executive roles in high-profile organizations, including AOL, Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazil Global Sports Immersion

• Sports and Event Management

• Sports Leadership

• Business of Sports Media

 

Ricardo Ernst, professor of operations at the McDonough School of Business, researches economic competitiveness in Latin America. He serves as managing director of the university’s Latin American Board, and edits a global journal on Latin American Competitiveness and Governability. As director of the Global Business Initiative, he oversees the school’s efforts to create a global education for all business students.

Areas of Expertise:

• Olympics Economic Impact on Brazil

• Strategic Analysis of Logistics Systems

 

Michael Ferreira, associate professor or Spanish and Portuguese, who was raised in Rio de Janeiro, has edited and transcribed several old and early Portuguese texts, and serves as director of the Dictionary of the Old Portuguese Language Project. In the classroom, he specializes in the application of computer techniques to philology, having taught workshops in Portugal and Brazil on paleography, electronic transcription of Old Portuguese texts, as well as computer-based lexicography techniques.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian Culture

• Brazilian Economics

• Brazilian History and Politics

 

Bobby Goldwater, adjunct instructor of sports industry management at the School of Continuing Studies, has a distinguished career in the sports entertainment industry in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He has served as president and executive director of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission with the primary responsibility of leading Washington’s efforts to bring Montreal Expos – now the Washington Nationals – to the District of Columbia.

Areas of Expertise:

• Facility Management Industry

• Sports Event Management and Marketing

 

Ronald Goodstein, associate professor of marketing at the McDonough School of Business, researches brand positioning, marketing and endorsements. He also explores customer focus, building and managing brand equity, strategic marketing management and positioning, integrated marketing communications and consumer behavior.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brand Marketing

• Olympic Endorsements

 

J. Bradford Jensen, professor of international business and economics and McCrane/Shaker Chair in International Business at the McDonough School of Business, focuses on the relationship between international trade and investment and firm performance. His recent work – including his book, Trade in Services – examines the relationship between increasing import competition on U.S. manufacturers and the impact of trade in services on the U.S. economy.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian Economy

• International Trade

 

Stephen Lane, adjunct professor of American studies, researches communication technologies, cultural studies, sports and culture, sports and politics, the sports-media complex, politics and mass media.

Areas of Expertise:

• Media and Sports

• Sports and Culture

• Sports and Politics

 

Jimmy Lynn, adjunct instructor of sports industry management at the School of Continuing Studies, is an experienced business, innovation and technology leader and one of the pioneers in the digital sports sector. He is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the sports industry.

Areas of Expertise:

• Digital Sports Marketing

 

Prashant Malaviya, associate professor of marketing at the McDonough School of Business, is a consumer psychologist. Malaviya examines how consumers use information to make product judgments and consumption decisions. He also is senior associate dean for MBA programs.

Areas of Expertise:

• Consumer Marketing and the Olympics

 

Bryan McCann, professor of history, teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin America, particularly Brazil. He has published works on a wide range of topics in modern Brazilian history. His books investigate the history of favela politics in Rio de Janeiro, the history of Brazilian radio and popular music, and the transformation of Brazil since the 1980s. McCann is available for radio and print interviews only.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian History and Politics

• Security Preparations for Olympic Games

 

Robin Dillon-Merrill, professor of operations at the McDonough School of Business, has conducted research on how and why people make decisions t under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This research specifically examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes including hurricane evacuation; terrorism, cybersecurity and NASA mission management.

Areas of Expertise:

• Decision Making

• Risk Management

 

James P. Moore Jr., managing director of the Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative at the McDonough School of Business, served as principal deputy assistant secretary of commerce for international affairs before joining Georgetown, He was responsible for negotiating a series of trade and economic agreements for the United States with Japan, China, Brazil and South Korea, among other countries. Moore also was one of the chief negotiators in launching the Uruguay Round of International Trade Negotiations, which led to the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian Economy

• Brazilian Politics

• Nuances of Brazilian Trade

 

Bonnie Morris, adjunct professor of women and gender studies, is a leading expert in U.S. women’s history – work, wartime, ethnic identity, politics, music, sports and feminist movements.

Areas of Expertise:

• Women and Sports

 

Amanda Munroe, social justice curriculum and pedagogy coordinator at Georgetown, oversees community-based learning and social justice curriculum infusion for Georgetown undergraduate courses and supports global immersion initiatives for CSJ-affiliated students and teams.
 
Areas of Expertise:

• Sports and Peace Building

 

Joseph Page, professor emeritus of Latin American studies and director of Georgetown Law’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas, is a leading expert in torts, product liability and food, drug and cosmetics regulation. Page's latest volume on the subject, The Brazilians, explains what makes Brazilians Brazilian.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian Culture and History

• Brazilian Politics

• Rule of Law in Latin America

More information on Georgetown University’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas.

 

Dennis Quinn, professor of business and public policy at the McDonough School of Business, researches democratization and economic liberalization in emerging markets. He also explores the origins and consequences of international financial liberalization, globalization and international political economy.

Areas of Expertise:

• Economic Liberalization

• Globalization and the Olympic Games

 

Vivaldo Santos, associate professor and director of the Portuguese program, is an expert in Brazilian literature, Latin American avant-garde poetry and Brazilian poet and writer Carlos Drummond de Andrade. He teaches courses in Portuguese language, Brazilian literature, Brazilian popular music and Brazilian cinema.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brazilian Culture

• Brazilian Cinema

• Brazilian History

 

Debora Thompson, Beyer Family Term Associate Professor of Marketing at the McDonough School of Business, focuses on branding and celebrity endorsements in relation to the Olympics. Her areas of research include judgment and decision-making, information processing and attitude change.

Areas of Expertise:

• Celebrity Endorsements

• Judgment and Decision-Making

 

Catherine Tinsley, professor of management at the McDonough School of Business, has conducted research on how and why people make decisions under conditions of uncertainty and risk. Her research examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes such as hurricanes.

Areas of Expertise:

• Weighing Risks of Zika Virus

• Women and Sports

• Decision Making

• Risk Management

 

Marlene Morris Towns, adjunct professor of marketing at the McDonough School of Business, focuses on understanding consumer sources of information about products or brands and how they are influenced. She also researches entertainment, fashion, branding, nontraditional advertising and promotion, target marketing and youth and urban markets.

Areas of Expertise:

• Brand Positioning

• Celebrity Endorsements

• Social Media Marketing

 

Carlos Vazquez, professor of law, joined Georgetown after serving as the U.S. member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee – the organ of the Organization of American States responsible for juridical matters and for promoting the progressive development and codification of international law in the Americas. He has written and taught primarily in the areas of international law, constitutional law and federal courts.

Areas of Expertise:

• Conflict of Laws

• Human Rights Law

• International Law

Brazil and the Zika Virus

 

Lawrence Gostin, the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law, is the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. The WHO director-general has appointed the professor to several high-level positions that include the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. Gostin, also faculty director of Georgetown's O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, has served on the WHO director-general's Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization, as well as numerous WHO expert advisory committees on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, smallpox and genomic sequencing data.

Areas of Expertise:

• Global Health Law

• Health Law Policy and Bioethics

• Human Rights Law

More information on Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

 

Maggie Little, associate professor of philosophy and director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, researches issues in reproduction, clinical research ethics and the structure of moral theory. Little has twice served as Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the National Institutes of Health' Department of Bioethics, and was appointed to the ethics committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is  co-founder of The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women.

Areas of Expertise:

• Research and Ethics Related to Zika Virus

Numerous experts from Georgetown University Medical Center are available to discuss topics related to the Zika virus, including WHO International Health Regulations, infectious disease (clinical and molecular biology), microcephaly, child and maternal health, Guillain-Barré syndrome, biology, bioethics, global health, environmental history and occupational safety.

 

Sports Medicine and Psychology

Judith Kupersmith is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Georgetown's School of Medicine who has devoted her 40-year career to helping performers and athletes triumph over the stresses, trials and tribulations that can accompany performances and competitions. Kupersmith says barriers that may seem trivial to non-performers can interfere tremendously with a performance or competition. Performance-related obstacles include paralyzing anxiety, eating disorders or career-ending injuries.

Areas of Expertise:

• Sports Psychology

 

William Postma, assistant professor of orthopedics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and associate orthopedic surgeon for Georgetown University athletics, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with an emphasis on knee ligamentous reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy and hip arthroscopy.

Areas of Expertise:

• Sports Medicine

 

Allen J. Taylor is a professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and chief of cardiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Taylor is available to address fitness and cardiac performance, including adaptations to various forms of exercise. He also can explain forms of heart disease that may or may not pose a risk to athletic performance. 

Areas of Expertise:

• Athletic Performance

• Cardiac Performance & Fitness

 

Joseph Verbalis, an internist, is chief of endocrinology and metabolism in the department of medicine at the School of Medicine, and directs the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Verbalis is an expert on exercise-associated hyponatremia EACH, or water intoxication, which can cause death during endurance events. He also is part of an expert group charged with understanding the biological basis of EAH to reduce athletes’ risk of death.

Areas of Expertise:

• Endurance Training 

• Sports Medicine