Are you interested in improving long-term resilience and response to pandemics and disruptions using Covid-19 as the foundation? Do you want to learn about the diversity of campus perspectives exploring this problem and identify ways of connecting research activities more broadly? If so, join us for a three-part series highlighting multiple angles of inquiry in response to resilience and response to pandemics and disruptions.



Resilience and Response to Pandemics and Disruptions

Addressing the Covid-19 pandemic requires working together across disciplines to discover strategies that optimize our responses and build resilience for the current and future pandemics and disruptions. The overarching question related to this effort is:

“What can we learn and how do we prepare the state and society at large to develop resilience in the face of disruptions such as natural disasters and pandemics?”

To begin connecting interested researchers, three lightning talks sessions are planned around different aspects of this challenge.


We aim for that these activities to contribute to: a) introducing and sharing knowledge, b) connecting research communities, c) sparking new collaborations and ideas, and d) positioning researchers in securing external funding.

Lightning Talks: Diverse Interests, Knowledge, and Perspectives

Campus faculty from diverse disciplines were invited to present their interests and perspectives in five-minute talks on the topics below. Each talk will be followed by five minutes of Q&A as well as feedback on the idea. These sessions are designed to spark thinking around interdisciplinary approaches and connections.

Session 1: Understanding, Predicting and Planning for Resilience (Friday, June 5 from 11am-12pm)

Question - How do we integrate environmental, epidemiologic, economic and societal dynamics into planning, prediction and preparedness frameworks?

  • Environmental Modeling: Greg Carmichael (Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
  • Epidemiologic Modeling: Daniel Sewell (Assistant Professor, Biostatistics)
  • Mobility Patterns: Xun Zhou (Assistant Professor, Business Analytics)
  • Social Vulnerability Modeling: Eric Tate (Associate Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences)
  • Health and Privacy Laws: Anya Prince (Associate Professor, Law)

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Session 2: Societal Resilience (Friday, June 5 from 1pm-2pm)

Question: What cultural and socio-economic issues related to disruptions need to be addressed for preparedness, recovery and resilience?

  • Educational Institutions: Cassie Barnhardt (Associate Professor, Education Policy and Leadership)
  • Food Systems: Carly Nichols (Assistant Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences)
  • Vulnerable Populations: William Story (Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health)
  • Employee Well-being: Diane Rohlman (Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health)
  • Family Interactions: Amy Butler (Associate Professor, Social Work)

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Session 3: Sensing, Diagnostics and Mitigation of Pandemics (Tuesday, June 9 from 1pm-2pm)

Question: What new methods and techniques in biomedicine, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, sensing, tracing and detection are being developed and how might they be deployed

  • Telehealth: Emily Kroska (Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences)
  • Artificial Intelligence: Milan Sonka (Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Virus Detection: Matt Nonnenmann (Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health)
  • CT Imaging: Joe Reinhardt (Professor, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Legal Barriers and Incentives to Innovation: Jason Rantanen (Professor, Law)

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Covid-19 Networking Survey

Complete this short survey to share your interests, expertise, and needs for advancing solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see those who have completed the survey and are looking for collaborators.


Stay up-to-date with Covid-19 funding opportunities using this Pivot* search, which updates as new opportunities are announced.
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Sponsored by: Research Development Office, College of Engineering Research Office, and  College of Public Health Research Office.