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Freedman Fellows: Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners

Date: Wed. February 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room (2nd floor)


A Digital Humanities Event


Dr. Gallagher will discuss his research, as well as the challenges it has presented and how the Freedman Fellows program provided both solutions and support.


Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individuals’ finances and migration decisions. Data on the destruction paths of tornadoes are being correlated with financial and migration information using GIS software. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.


Evan Meszaros (Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Gallagher to discuss aspects of the data collection process as well as best practices related to research data management. Specific considerations such as file organization, protocol development, and data storage and backup will be discussed.


This presentation is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.


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The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. This program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.


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