Transformative Resiliency Building: Multi-Disciplinary Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Honors COVID 19 Symposium Flier

On February 26, the Honors Program hosted its first symposium in the spring semester, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Transformative resiliency building: Multi-disciplinary responses to the Covid-19 pandemic symposium, which was part of the Race and Equity Symposium, brought together Syracuse University researchers from different disciplines in a showcase of current and ongoing research on COVID-19. It provided a space for faculty, students and alumni across disciplinary boundaries to re-envision our society and to imagine how we can continue to build a more just and equitable society during COVID-19 and in its aftermath. The presentations were organized in three panels focusing on the themes of wastewater surveillance, health security and environmental research.

Symposium Schedule:

9:00                       Opening Remarks

Dr. Ramesh Raina, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences and Interim Vice President for Research

9:05 – 10:30 am  Panel 1: Wastewater Surveillance and Testing

Panel Moderator: Rick Burton, David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, Falk College


Brittany Kmush, Assistant Professor, Public Health, Falk College

  • Scalable, Fast and Accurate SARS-COV-2 Wastewater Monitoring

David Larsen, Associate Professor, Public Health, Falk College

  • The Science of Wastewater Surveillance: Building Interdisciplinary Teams to Address Problems

Aishwarya Chaya Raj, MS, Information Management, Patrick Prioletti, MS, Applied Data Science, Anishka Tahiliani, MS, Information Management, School of Information Studies

  • The Importance of Resilient Cloud: Performance under Pressure of COVID-19

Watch Panel 1 Recording

10:45 – 12:00 pm        Panel 2: Health Security

Panel Moderator: Nardia Lipman, MA Candidate, Department of African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences


Vivian Yang, Advertising and Marketing (2024), Newhouse School and Whitman School

  • A Renewed Vision: Racial Disparities in COVID-19

Haejoo Kim, PhD Candidate, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Medical Liberty: A Historical Perspective

Samuel Gorovitz, Professor, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Ventilators, Guidelines, Judgment, and Trust

Danielle Smith, Director, Renée Crown University Honors Program

  • Health Security: Consolidating Health Gains during Covid-19

Watch Panel 2 Recording

12:15 – 1:30 pm         Panel 3: Environmental Research

Panel Moderator: Danielle Smith, Director, Renée Crown University Honors Program


Betania Allo, Vice President of Global Accounts, NSION Technologies, Inc.

  • Applying NSC3 Platform to Emergency COVID-19 Response

Eric Schiff, Professor, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences and Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence

  • Post-pandemic Changes in Building Design and Retrofit: A Focus on Communities with Poor Housing

Jensen Zhang, Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science

  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Strategies Can Help to Reduce the Risk of Infection

Lee W. McKnight, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies

  • Mobilizing Rights: Early Warning Technologies and Community Resiliency by Design

Watch Panel 3 Recording

1:30 pm                   Closing Remarks

Danielle Smith, Director, Renée Crown University Honors Program

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