Dr. Jeremy Richman knows violence.
His daughter, Avielle, was one of the children shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut five years ago.
“As you can imagine our whole world was flipped upside down,” Richman said.
Richman, a neuroscientist, and his wife, also a scientist, set out to explore the links between the brain and violent behavior.
To forward that effort they founded the Avielle Foundation.
“In an effort to prevent others from suffering the way we were suffering and that we continue to suffer to this day we play to our strengths as scientists,” Richman said.
Tuesday at St. John Fisher College Richman will give a talk in which he will discuss some of the research his foundation has funded and their campaign to build compassion.
“When we know more about the brain and we can diagnose pathologies or things that are wrong with the brain that will bring people a lot of hope and much more likely to get help for themselves or their loved ones,” Richman said.
Asked about the Las Vegas shooting, Richman says his heart breaks for the victims while at the same time he finds himself angry so little has been done to prevent such violence in the five years since the Sandy Hook massacre.
“It unfortunately bolsters our conviction to continue to do the work that we’re doing, to try to compel others to get involved,” Richman says.
Click here if you want to learn more about the Avielle Foundation.
The talk is sponsored by The Coalition of Regional Nursing Organizations, which includes the Genesee Valley Nurses Association.
Doors open at 5:30 pm Tuesday at Kearney Hall on the St. John Fisher Campus.