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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Where is it Headed Next? (11/23/21) Let’s Talk Risk Podcast is happy to welcome back Ben Trump, a research social scientist at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center to talk about vaccine and booster shot rollout. Ben discusses the everchanging COVID climate including the vaccine for kids from ages 5-eleven, where the pandemic may be headed next, closing the equity gap, improving communication, and everything in between. Disclaimer: Opinions are the speakers’ alone, and not representative of the US Government or any state government.

How Do You Apply Complex COVID-19 Risk Model for Safe Reopening a Major University and Elementary Schools (10/22/2021) Dr. Seth Guikema discusses complex risk modeling for the University of Michigan’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Seth is a professor in the Department of Industrial Operations Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan as well as a past SRA president. Seth explains his university’s process in developing the reopening plan and the challenges along the way and how this same modeling process can also be used for elementary schools and other institutions.

COVID-19 Vaccines from a Risk-Based Perspective (5/25/2021) What does vaccination development look like from a risk-based perspective? Seth Guikema, Ph.D., University of Michigan, talks with Ben Trump, a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, about the complex process of COVID-19 vaccine development. Between accounting for technical science perspectives, considering various forms of regulatory approval, and addressing risk assessment-based challenges, parsing through the process for COVID-19 emergency use vaccination efforts can seem arduous. Disclaimer: Opinions are the speakers’ alone, and not representative of the US Government or any state government.

Texas Energy Crisis – Sustainability vs. Resilience, a Risk Perspective (4/30/2021) What happens when the power grid fails and resilience is lacking? Seth Guikema, Ph.D., University of Michigan and Mark H. Weir, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, have a timely conversation about the Texas Energy Crisis with Roshi Nateghi, Ph.D., who teaches industrial engineering at Purdue University and particularly focuses on infrastructure sustainability and resilience. They discuss the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) oversight on the bulk power system and what happens when their resilience falls under the jurisdiction of states when it comes to distribution systems. Simple assignment of blame is incorrect and counterproductive, and through risk sciences, can be avoided.

Compound Hazards: Should I Stay or Should I Go? (6/25/2020) Robyn Wilson, Ph.D., Ohio State University, and Gina Eosco, Ph.D., NOAA, discuss compound hazards and how that impacts the decision making process for individuals and communities when threatened by both extreme weather events and COVID-19. What actions should people take when faced with both evacuation and stay-at-home orders?

COVID-19 Impacts on Risk Research (5/28/2020) Four panelists discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their research projects in various disciplines of risk analysis. Panelists: Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Ph.D., Stanford University, Khara Grieger, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Mark Borsuk, Ph.D., Duke University, and Roshanak Nateghi, Ph.D., Purdue University

Insights into Reopening the Economy (5/15/2020) Robin Cantor, Ph.D., and Dubravka Tosic, Ph.D., Berkeley Research Group, discuss how businesses and non-profits can begin to re-open and regain their customers post-COVID-19.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Is History Doomed to Repeat Itself? (4/29/20) Vicki Bier, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, discusses lessons learned from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

New Challenges for Risk Analysis from COVID-19 (4/15/20) Rae Zimmerman, Ph.D., research professor at NYU Wagner, discusses the new challenges for risk analysts posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, from a NYC perspective. 

Emerging Health Technologies: Do The Risks Outweigh The Rewards? (6/11/19) Sally Wyatt, Ph.D., Maastricht University, and Marie-Valentine Florin, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), discuss direct-to-consumer genetic testing and human genome editing with an overarching theme of risk vs. reward. This episode is hosted by Catherine Wong, University of Luxembourg. 

Risk Communication on Social Media: Making Your Messages Go Further (10/1/18) Sarah Vos, Ph.D., a research analyst at the University of Kentucky, and Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, discuss risk communication on social media and the factors that increase the likelihood of a message being shared and re-tweeted. 

Facing Extreme Weather: How do YOU Prepare? (9/10/18) Julie Demuth, project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, discusses how individual experiences with extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, impact how we prepare for future events. Demuth’s research indicates that people’s risk perceptions are highly influenced by a memorable past tornado experience that contributes to unwelcome thoughts, feelings and disruption, which ultimately increase one’s fear, dread, worry and depression.

How Do We Determine if Our Food is Safe (8/13/18) Christine Hassauer, research associate and doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Munich, discusses her work in developing a conceptual framework to describe food safety. 

Building Urban Resilience (7/30/2018) Charlotte Heinzlef, PhD student at the University of Avignon and the University of Mons, discusses her research on the concept of resilience in relation to urban floods. Heinzlef aims to develop a holistic methodology to operationalize resilience by redefining its objectives and actions. 

Risk Science and the Regulatory Environment (7/16/18) Frederic Bouder and Mikael Karlsson, PhD, senior researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, discuss risk science and policy, with a focus on European policies. 

A Paradigm Shift in Injury Risk Reduction (7/2/18) Gary Wilkerson, EdD, professor of graduate athletic training at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, discusses his recent research on developing an individualized approach to injury prevention for athletes. Using screening tests that measure physical performance in conjunction with Internet of Things devices, Wilkerson was able to gather data to understand the odds of injury recurrence for each athlete. 

Emotions Control Your Appetite for Risk (6/18/18) Peter Ayton, associate dean research & deputy dean social sciences at City University of London, discusses the psychological influences on risk and risk perceptions. 

Power Systems Resilience: Can We Rely on Renewables? (6/4/18) Hiba Baroud, PhD, professor of civil engineering and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, and Andrea Staid, PhD, senior technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, discuss short and long term solutions to making our country’s power systems more resilient, especially as extreme weather events become more severe. 

Boundaries in Risk Analysis: What’s In and What’s Out? (5/21/18) Robert Goble, PhD, research professor of environment, technology and society at Clark University, discusses what belongs, and doesn’t belong, in a risk assessment. Goble argues that the choice of boundaries is a foundational and practical concern and something that constantly requires revisiting. 

Infrastructure Management: Communities Can Profit From Disaster (5/7/18) Seth Guikema, PhD, professor of industrial & operations engineering and civil & environmental engineering at the University of Michigan and Giovanni Sansavini, PhD, professor of reliability and risk engineering at the University ETH Zurich, discuss infrastructure management and anti-fragility. Their research shows that disasters can be an opportunity for infrastructure systems to improve. 

Clearing House at the EPA: An Attack on Science (4/23/18) Joe Arvai, PhD, professor of sustainable enterprise and director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, and Robyn Wilson, PhD, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at the Ohio State University discuss their interactions with the EPA and new regulations impacting the Science Advisory Board. 

The Preservation of a Culture (4/9/18) Lukasz Bratasz, PhD, head of the Sustainable Conservation Lab at Yale University, and Barbara Swiatkowska, from the National Museum in Krakow, Poland, discuss risk analysis in relation to the preservation of cultural heritage. 

We’ve Been Underestimating Climate Change (3/27/18) Roshanak Nateghi, PhD, professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University, and Seth Guikema, PhD, professor of industrial & operations engineering and civil & environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, discuss harnessing data driven risk analytics and predictive modeling with regard to weather extremes, climate change and the resiliency of critical infrastructure. 

The Uncertainty Component (3/27/18) Hiba Baroud, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, discusses resilience in the context of risk analysis, including reconfiguration on systems, anti-fragility, vulnerability, modeling and assessments.