Coping with Pandemic-Two Webinar on May 12 and May 13,2020.

Relief to Recovery_May 12 2020_BIC

Dear Colleagues,
There are two important webinar programmes today and tomorrow.
Both of them are related to RESILIENCE in the disaster situations.
I thought this will be of interest to you. Both are free and you need to register to join the Webinar.
Best wishes,
Prof. R.Srinivasa Murthy

1.Bangalore International Centre, Bangalore.
I Am Not a Fisherman but I Have a Boat | BIC Streams
From Relief to Recovery after disasters.

If ‘room’ full, please view here –

When everything is swept away or swallowed by the earth, history lives on in memory.
When development plans and government documents display a picture of successful recovery, loss, destruction and memory beg to differ.
At Exploring Exciting Texts XXVIII, guests Yashodara Udapa and Jasmitha Arvind will present snippets of their research ‘Recovery with Dignity.’
Through accounts from survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and 2018 Cyclone Gaja, they will share their learnings on challenges to long term recovery and how the recollection of a disaster plays a role in recovery and development.
Exploring Exciting Texts XXVIII discusses the road from relief to recover and asks the question – when tangible proof ceases to exist, can memory serve as archive?

2. Alone Together: Coping with the Stress of Social Isolation

National Academy of Medicine, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM PDT/4:00-5:00 PM EDT

India: May 14 2020: 2.30 to 2.30 A.m.

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Human beings are social creatures by nature. Even the more introverted among us instinctually enjoy the simple pleasure of gathering. Indeed, there is ample research to demonstrate that strong social connections are directly related to good health. Conversely, it is increasingly clear that social isolation and loneliness can lead to higher rates of mortality, depression, and cognitive decline. Startling research from AARP showed that more than a third of adults aged 45 and older report being lonely. The serious risks of social isolation have become suddenly relevant to an even wider population as the world has been forced to quarantine. The essential public health measure of social distancing – a phrase that most of us had never heard of or used before this year – quickly severed many of the ties that bind us. What does this mean for our health and well-being? Are Zoom dance parties and virtual happy hours enough to carry us through this period of enforced isolation? Join the Science and Entertainment Exchange for this event and learn more from three experts whose work provides us with a better understanding of how to cope in these uncertain times.


Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. Her research examines the influence of both the quantity and the quality of social relationships on long-term health and on risk for mortality, and the biological pathways (cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, genetic) by which these associations may occur. Her work also considers the potentially detrimental influence of negativity in close relationships. Julianne has examined social relationships at a network level, among married couples, in mother-and-infant relationships, and within friendships.

Diana Tamir is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. She uses functional neuroimaging, behavioral techniques, and machine learning to study the cognitive and neural basis of self-referential thought and social behaviors. To better understand the world of the “self”, Diana studies the thoughts, cognitive processes, and behaviors that occur at the place where our internal world meets the external social world. She employ methods like functional neuroimaging, machine learning, and behavioral experiments to gain empirical insights into questions about the self and the social world.

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and Director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab. From neurons to social networks, Jay’s research examines how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the mind and brain. This work addresses issues of group identity, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, moral judgment and decision-making, and group regulation from a social neuroscience perspective.

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