2023 BSOS Resilience Research Showcase
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) highlighted the innovative, multidisciplinary research of its faculty and students at a Resilience Research Showcase in the Grand Ballroom of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on May 4, 2023.
More than 300 guests from across campus—and throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and beyond—gathered to experience BSOS research in action through the multimedia showcase.
"This landmark event gave our researchers not only a spotlight to showcase their extraordinary work, but a rare opportunity to make in-person connections with one another and with collaborators in government, nonprofit, and industry sectors,” said Dean Susan M. Rivera. “It was so exciting to watch the research and collaborations highlighted in the web version of the BSOS resiliency hub ‘come to life’ in this unique, interactive event. BSOS is proud to be investigating and tackling the grand challenges of our times."
The event brought to life the BSOS Resilience Research Hub, featuring approximately 40 poster presentations and videos across several resilience themes, including environmental, economic, health and safety, democratic, and more.
"In our current times, understanding how and why humans adapt, evolve and thrive in challenging environments and circumstances certainly is an appealing and important research area. Indeed, there is no doubt resilience is a crucial domain of research for our campus, national and global endeavors," Rivera said as she welcomed attendees. She later invited Board of Trustees member Singleton McAllister, AFAM/GVPT '75, to offer remarks. McAllister reflected on the timeliness and the urgency of themes of the day, including gun violence, climate change, and threats to democracy.
The showcase offered a unique and engaging format, providing attendees the opportunity to directly interact with researchers and learn more about their work.
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education Jean McGloin said she was excited to see so many collaborators on campus for the event, including guests from the Maryland Governor’s Office; the National Institute of Health; the National Science Foundation; NASA; the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency; the Democracy Fund; and the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, among many others.
“This event showcased the amazing research talent of faculty in our college and was an opportunity to share it with the larger community. In bringing our Resilience Research Hub to life, we showed how BSOS faculty are leading the way in the sort of interdisciplinary work that will foster real solutions to the great challenges of our times,” McGloin said. “I’m so proud of my colleagues’ work, and hope this will lead to more collaboration and research success.”
The posters and videos were displayed according to theme, with projects from multiple disciplines exhibited. The research covered a broad array of topics, including the Impacts of Global Environmental Change on Malaria Persistence, Cognitive Resilience in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Youth, Democratic Resilience to Terrorism in Africa, Supporting Resilience in Underserved Families with ADHD, Crop Planting and Harvest Monitoring Over Ukraine, NASA Harvestʼs Africa Program, Pro Stadiums and Safe Voting During COVID, and many more.
Published on Mon, Nov 6, 2023 - 9:18AM