South Asia Center Speaker Series: Micro-volunteering, Global Health and the Future of Connected Humanitarianism

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the South Asia Center invites you to a round-table talk on Micro-volunteering, Global Health and the Future of Connected Humanitarianism. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in mobilizing faculty and students to be involved in humanitarian projects with social impactMicro-volunteering Poster in South Asia and other emerging economies. Through examples, this panel will demonstrate how AarogyaSeva Global Health Volunteer Alliance has been a catalyst in creating a win-win model for all stakeholders involved. The panelists will share lessons that have led to scalable and replicable models. 

Panelists will include Dr. Dayaprasad Kulkarni (founder and director of Aarogya Seva), Dr. Chilukuri Mohan (Professor of Electrical Engineering at Syracuse University), Dr. Pun To (Douglas) Yung (Assistant Teaching Professor in Bio-engineering at Syracuse Unviersity), Dr. Sunny Aslam (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Upstate Medial University) and Jim Joseph (Dean of Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College). 

The talk will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 4pm. We hope to see you there!

Panelist Bios: 

Chilukuri K. Mohan holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. He has been teaching at Syracuse University since 1988 and has previously served as Department Chair and Interim Dean. He has authored/co-authored three books and over two hundred research papers and book chapters, on various topics in Artificial Intelligence. His current research focuses on machine learning and anomaly detection algorithms, and their biomedical, cyber-security, and financial applications.

Dr. Yung is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the bioengineering undergraduate program at Syracuse University. He is interested in interfacing of microbes with engineering tools on a microand nano-scale. He is unravelling methods to rapidly assess the viability of superbugs and harness energy from extremophiles using a combination of electrochemical, optical techniques and MEMS devices.

Dr Dayaprasad G Kulkarni is the Founder and Director of AarogyaSeva, a Global Health Volunteer Alliance a trans-national, not for profit, humanitarian, micro volunteering platform that provides access to local, sustainable, quality and comprehensive healthcare to marginalized communities in India, USA, Nepal, Rwanda, Mexico, Haiti and elsewhere for low or no cost. Their work is to meaningfully engage various stakeholders and provide a structured platform for doctors, hospitals, med tech innovators and non medical volunteers to offer their services and help communities in need.

Sunny Aslam, MD, is a recovery-oriented psychiatrist at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dept. of Psychiatry. Sunny is a forceful advocate for goal-based treatment versus illness-based treatment, and enjoys challenging psychiatry residents and medical students to question traditional psychiatric treatment.

Jim Joseph is an alumnus (’83) of Le Moyne, with a baccalaureate degree in accounting. He also earned a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse in University in 1987. He has served as dean of the Madden School since 2014, was executive-in-residence from 2012 to 2014, and held a seat on Le Moyne’s board of trustees from 2008 to 2011. Before returning to the College, Jim served in various senior leadership positions at Oneida Ltd., including CEO and president.