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Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute unveils virtual ‘Research Engagement Series’

All are invited to join the virtual HCRI Research Engagement Series, which will take place the first Friday of each month from 3 to 4:15 p.m. (MST).

This new monthly series invites campus research and action groups to share how their work aligns with the HCRI research pillars (see pillar descriptions below). The format is a short presentation followed by an interactive Q&A session. Some events may take the form of a panel discussion.

The purpose of these meetings are to:

  • Learn from research and action groups across campus
  • Build stronger relationships and connections across campus and with Idaho communities
  • Build and strengthen the work of HCRI by promoting interdisciplinary and cross-sector community collaborations to identify and address resilience-related challenges

Details for first meeting:

Topic: Climate, Environment and Social Determinants of Health

Date and Time: 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 via Zoom, meeting link here.

This presentation will begin with a case study that demonstrates the intersection of public health with the HCRI pillars of resiliency. Next, the presenters will facilitate a discussion to explore what opportunities are inherent to our work, in particular the work of public health professionals, to identify vulnerabilities and build resilience.


  • Luke Montrose (CEH assistant professor) is an environmental toxicologist with research interests in public health, epigenetics, and chronic illness, particularly as it relates to vulnerable and understudied populations.
  • Desmond Banks (CEH clinical assistant professor) has more than 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and care coordination among disadvantaged populations.
  • Sarah Toevs (CEH professor and director for the Center for the Study of Aging) is actively engaged with students, faculty, and community partners in efforts to maximize quality of life for individuals of all ages.