LAWRENCE – In the year since COVID-19 was designated a global pandemic, individuals and groups have found new ways to engage in thoughtful decision-making. University of Kansas social sciences researchers will offer their expertise in a two-part series, “Mapping Behavior Around the Virus: Behavioral Scientists Examine Activity amid COVID-19 Pandemic,” to explore lessons from the last year.
The first event, at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18, will feature four members of the Faculty Advising on COVID Team (FACT), whose research addresses the following questions:
- What did we know before March 2020 about trends in human behavior amid natural disasters?
- What did we learn in the course of the last year with COVID-19, locally and globally?
- How can policymaking be responsive to prevent future problems?
- What are the implications for the fall 2021 semester, based on data?
The presenters are Ward Lyles, associate professor of public affairs & administration; Derek Reed, associate professor of applied behavioral science; Tim Pleskac, professor of psychology, and Donna Ginther, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics.
A second event, at 4 p.m. March 25, will focus on ways to build interpersonal understanding and compassion, inspired by KU research. The event will cover these topics:
- What can we learn from behavioral sciences during this pandemic?
- What is participatory modeling, and how is it used?
- How does this work offer ideas for interpersonal understanding and policymaking?
- How has this work engaged communities, and how does it serve them?
- Where are opportunities for compassionate community on campus?
Presenters will be Vincent Francisco, Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Applied Behavioral Science; Kyle Metta, KU postdoctoral fellow in community systems, Center for Community Health and Development; Lyles; and Megah Shah and Radhia Abdirahman, both KU students.
Hosted by the Institute for Policy & Social Research and The Commons, both events are free and open to the public.