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CONVERGE Virtual Forum – New and Proposed Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Recorded Forum: March 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm MT


Participant Questions, Shared Information, and Resources

Due to the number of cases and cascading consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we hosted a CONVERGE Virtual Forum to share research information and resources. Participants had the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about calls for proposals, including the recently issued National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) inviting researchers to help to “model and understand the spread of COVID-19,” “inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention,” and “encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.”
  • Hear from researchers who have already launched investigations focused on the social, behavioral, and economic consequences of COVID-19.
  • Share insights regarding emergent research questions and identify possibilities for ethical and effective cross-disciplinary coordination.

Participants from all disciplines and organizational backgrounds highlighted projects and other information related to the COVID-19 pandemic during this Virtual Forum,

This recorded meeting is posted on the CONVERGE Virtual Forum page. Please sign up for updates for future events and free resources through the CONVERGE website.

Our thoughts are with all the people, globally, who have been affected by the spread of this disease. Thank you for being a part of the hazards and disaster research community that has so many past lessons to share, and new insights to offer.

Format and Presenters:

This recorded forum opens with a brief presentation on funding opportunities. The duration of the forum then takes the form of a “roll call briefing” where researchers give 1-2 minute updates on research projects and research collaboratives focused on COVID-19. All remaining time is dedicated to Q&A and open discussion regarding research priorities and possibilities for ethical coordination and data sharing.

Welcome and Overview: Lori Peek, Principal Investigator, CONVERGE, SSEER, and ISEEER, Director, Natural Hazards Center and Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder

Updates on Funding Opportunities:

  1. Jacqueline Meszaros, Science and Technology Advisor, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation
  2. Walt Peacock, Program Director, Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation
  3. Robert O’Connor, Program Director, Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences Program, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
  4. Jennifer Tobin, Deputy Administrator, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Updates on Research Projects:

  1. Nicole Errett, Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Co-Director, ColLABorative on Extreme Event Resilience, University of Washington
  2. Jeannette Sutton, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Director, Risk and Disaster Communication Center, University of Kentucky
  3. Melissa Finucane, Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist, RAND Corporation and Senior Fellow, East-West Center
  4. Eric Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, York University
  5. Karl Kim, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Executive Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, and Director, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Program, University of Hawaii
  6. Mindy Shoss, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida
  7. Chelsea LeNoble, Assistant Professor, I/O Psychology, Department of Applied Sciences, Worldwide Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  8. Aaida Mamuji, Assistant Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, York University
  9. Jack Rozdilsky, Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, York University
  10. Adam Rose, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), University of Southern California
  11. Laura Stough, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Director, Center on Disability and Development, Texas A&M University
  12. Janet Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo
  13. John Aloysius Zinda, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Development, Cornell University
  14. Maurie Cohen, Professor and Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Humanities Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  15. Jane Henrici, Professorial Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Independent Gender Advisor and Senior Researcher, World Bank-Haiti
  16. Alicia Frasier, Senior Survey Director, Survey Research Division, RTI International
  17. Kimberly Noels, Professor, Social and Cultural Psychology Area, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta

Funding Opportunities:


Information and Resources:

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If you have questions about the SSEER network or the CONVERGE initiative, please contact Lori Peek at

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