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Disaster Studies Speaker Series – Spring 2015

3:30 – 4:45p.m.

Lecture Center 100

Thursday, March 12

Chaos Theory & Disaster Management

Greg Brunelle – MS

Vice President for Disaster Management Services, Tetra Tech

The discipline of Emergency Management has evolved considerably over the past half century, from its birth in the Civil Defense era to the creation of "Homeland Security" after the attacks of 9/11, generally being shaped by the most recent major disasters to strike our nation. The catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have led to a focus of embracing and achieving 'resilience’ by current practitioners, yet that term remains ill-defined in a practical sense. Greg Brunelle will explore the history of Emergency Management and, through examples of complex systems and rare events drawn from theoretical astrophysics and Chaos Theory, outline how Emergency Managers can best position themselves, their communities and their discipline to truly achieve resilience in an ever more complex society.

Psychology-Related EvoS Talks for Spring, 2015

Monday, April 6***

Facebook Frenemies and Selfie-Promotion: Intrasexual Competition in the Digital Age
Mandy Guitar, M.A.
Binghamton University Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant
Department of Anthropology
Location: LC 102


Monday April 20***


The Evolutionary Psychology of Breaking up and Making up
Joel Wade, Ph.D.
Bucknell University
Department of Psychology
6-7 p.m.
Location: LC102

*** This talk counts as two credits toward the NP Psychology Subject Pool via SONA Systems - http://newpaltz.sona-systems.com/



Leadership in Mass Casualty Events

Tara Hughes, L.C.S.W.-R

Tara Hughes, New York State Disaster Mental Health Lead at Red Cross, has worked for 26 years with individuals, families, and communities experiencing life-changing events and leading teams as they respond to emotionally intense events like Mass Casualty Incidents (e.g., Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon Bombing). Her talk will concentrate on leadership strategies that address the goals of disaster mental health response in mass casualty events, as well as the challenges of doing thorough needs assessments and the need for collaboration with other agencies and for responder self-care. 

Thursday, Nov. 6
Lecture Center 100
3:30 - 4:45p.m.

Sponsored by: IDMH, School of Liberal Arts & Science, and the Psychology Department
Psychology subject pool credits are available.
Please encourage your students to come, and join us yourself!