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Weathering the Storm: Examining Long-Term Disaster Resilience and Recovery

 Weathering the Storm: Examining Long-Term Disaster Resilience and Recovery


Alexis Merdjanoff​ | New York University
Alexis Merdjanoff’s recent work examines the mental health patterns of individuals highly affected by Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to establish trajectories of mental health recovery. Her research tells a comprehensive story of the disaster recovery process and how it is deeply connected to displacement, mobility, and social support. By establishing sociodemographic, household, and social explanatory frameworks, she identifies various stressors and support mechanisms used by disaster victims during their recovery.  Her work reveals important contextual factors that can help propel affected residents on different paths of post-disaster mental health recovery, which can contribute to increased resilience, more efficient recovery, and help shape better post-disaster health interventions. 
Alexis Merdjanoff is a Research Assistant Professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and an Associate Research Scientist in the Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resiliency (PiR2).  As a scholar working at the intersection of public health and sociology, Dr. Merdjanoff’s research explores how social inequities shape the impact of disaster on health, recovery, and resiliency, particularly for vulnerable populations.     


Thursday, April 20 | 6:00 pm

Bobst Library | 7th Floor, Room 745


Open to the Public | Light Refreshments will be served

This Salon is sponsored by the Bobst Library Reference Departments (Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center) 

What is a Salon?

salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings.

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Publication that premiered at a Salon!

Michelle Greenwald presented at an April 4, 2013 Salon entitled, "Optimizing and Inspiring Innovation to Create New Products and Services."  Catalyzing Innovation: 60 Lines of Thinking to Drive Innovation , her new book which grew out of her presentation, is now available at the iTunes Store.  In her own words, Michelle describes the book as, "different from anything written on innovation before.  It's an extremely visual tool (over 500 categorized examples), and it links to strategically building product and services.  Companies, entrepreneurs & designers can use the framework to innovate in a more methodical, complete & creative way.  Several international business schools have inquired about using it to teach innovation." 

Glad you were able to give us a preview Michelle!

History of Salons at NYU Libraries

NYU Libraries first started hosting salons in 2007.  The Coles Science Salons were a speaker series created and organized by the Coles Science Center, the science reference department at Bobst Library.  The early Salons had a Science focus and proved to be quite popular.  The Business and Government Documents Center, drawn by the success of the Science salons, also began hosting business focused salons in 2012.  Social Sciences & Humanities Reference were also drawn by the success of the Salons and were planning to host their own.  But, rather than all the reference centers hosting competing salons, it was decided to join forces to create the unCOMMON Salons.  These Salons are a reflection of the interdisciplinary research being conducted at NYU, and are now co-sponsored by Business and Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center.  

The reinvigorated unCOMMON Salons are scheduled to be held 2-3 times per semester as a space for NYU scholars to share their work. The purpose of the salons is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue,  encourage networking across disciplines, and provide a vibrant place in the library for students, faculty, and library staff to informally socialize with each another.

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