ISE Fall Seminar – Ling Rothrock


11:45 am-12:35 pm
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Title: “Communicating Strategies to Congregations for Exiting a Pandemic”

Abstract: The purpose of our project was to humbly communicate scientific strategies to exit the current pandemic to a religious community in a manner to overcome science skepticism. Differences between trust in science and trust in religion is more pronounced in secular societies where various ideas and values compete for attention. Most congregations, both nationally and locally, have responded to the SARS-CoV-2 with a mix of closures, soft-reopenings, and program re-design. However, many congregations are affected by cultural and political factors to sometimes believe that the virus presents little danger and many congregations’ size, organizational capacity, and demographic make-up limit their ability to respond. Our team adopted the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, and Sustainment (EPIS) framework to advise policies based on scientific findings. We worked with 14 local congregations using the framework and I will discuss our findings and lessons learned.

Bio: Ling Rothrock is currently Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published over 100 research articles. His research interests include human-in-the-loop simulations, behavioral decision making, display visualization, and human-machine performance assessment.

He is a senior member of both the IEEE and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He served as the editor of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. He also served as the associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems and the IIE Transaction on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. He is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee 4.5 (Human Machine Systems).

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