Miami Presents: Facing Down a Pandemic - Recent Grads Leading the Way

Presented on: Saturday, February 27th at 12:00 PM EST

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For more than 15 years, Winter College has provided the opportunity to relive the Miami Experience by returning to the classroom for thought-provoking lectures from Miami’s top faculty and experts. This year, we’re bringing the Miami Experience to you virtually.  Join us at this page for the following special presentation:

Join President Greg Crawford and Dr. Renate Crawford in conversation with outstanding young Miami alumni as they discuss how 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their work. This session will highlight the industries of travel, technology, healthcare, and education.

You do not need to register for this specific online event, but we encourage you to register for Winter College to get a listing of all lecture web links.  Simply return to this same page to watch the event on Saturday Feb. 27 at 12:00 PM EST.  Please reach out to Michelle Martin Rosecrans with any questions at


Hayley Berg ’15
B.A. in Economics and Spanish
Hayley Berg ’15 is an economist and product lead at mobile travel app, Hopper, where she leverages her expertise in economics to drive growth and brand affinity. Hayley analyzes Hopper’s archive of 60 billion data points to develop a data-driven perspective on how global events impact the travel industry. Her work has been featured by the Associated Press, NPR, Forbes and NBC Nightly News, among many other news outlets. Hayley also leads collaboration with global airlines to develop the next generation of innovative solutions for demand and pricing in the industry. While at Hopper, Hayley studied the intersection of travel and environmental responsibility and led the development and rollout of a carbon offsetting program to negate the impact of travel booked with the app, through tree planting.  

Alyssa Marcangelo ’12
B.S. in Education
Alyssa Marcangelo is a first grade teacher at Emerson School, a private K-8 school in Ann Arbor, MI. Previously she was an elementary French teacher at Detroit Country Day Lower School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she taught since graduating Miami. In 2018, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan World Language Association. In 2018, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan World Language Association. Alyssa presents regularly at virtual, state and regional conferences where she shares creative strategies for engaging students in the classroom and how to meaningfully incorporate technology to provide all learners with unique experiences. She has also worked with undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Michigan regarding creative uses for Google Earth and bringing virtual reality into curriculum across grade levels and content areas.

Ethan Taylor ’13
B.S. in Zoology
Dr. Ethan Taylor is an epidemiologist with a passion for biosecurity, working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on the influenza IMPRINT study, along with research involving SARS-CoV-2. He has been involved via public health, lab or analytical capacities in six outbreak responses, including foodborne diseases, vector borne illnesses, respiratory viruses and hemorrhagic fevers. These outbreaks have involved animal and human components, oftentimes interlinking the two. Additionally, he has been involved in other disaster responses, including Hurricane Harvey, and has advocated for biosecurity and public health preparedness with state representatives and Congressional staffers.

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