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Dana’s post

Within the past decade, I have witnessed numerous natural disasters that have devastated entire cities and sometimes even countries. Watching the situations unfold from my television, reading about it from newspapers, and seeing heart-breaking pictures has always inspired me to want to help those in crisis situations. The only problem is, I have never known how to help or how to make an impact on those suffering. This class really stuck out to me as a potential field that I have always been interested in pursuing, but have never had the resources to do so. I believe that in the field of disaster relief, there will always be room for skilled professionals who are willing to dedicate their lives in order to respond to humanitarian emergencies. I hope that by … Read entire article »

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Eric’s First Post– Why I Want to Crisis Map?

Hello newly discovered crisis mapping world, Not only is this my first post on a crisis mapping blog, it’s my first ever post on a blog. So obviously I’m not exactly Mr. Web 2.0 (though I am pretty good at iMovie and Garage Band and I do have to help my mom with her facebook account every so often). Why then, am I interested in learning how to crisis map? Well, I’ll let me tell you. I first heard about crisis mapping in an article in The Daily during the Haiti crisis. Even with such little understanding of the new technology, I thought that it was an incredibly ingenious enterprise and was so proud of my fellow Tufts students. I decided to take this class because I was looking for something “different” … Read entire article »

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Sunetra’s First Blog

I chose to take this class because it sounded really interesting and groundbreaking. As a Community Health and History major, I am in particularly interested in the effects of epidemics and crises on the political, social and cultural status of an affected population. The readings for the previous class about the origins of crisis mapping developing from disease outbreaks was thus very interesting to me, and I’d like to learn more about those techniques, and their application to general crises. In addition, I learned some basic GIS for an internship studying the effects of air pollution on health in populations in close proximity to highways, and it was a great experience. To that end, I’d love to learn more about mapping systems, their general functions and applications to real life … Read entire article »

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Kevin’s First Post

As a double major in Architectural Studies and International Relations (focusing on International Security), I have a strong interest in the built environment, international conflicts and humanitarianism, and more specifically how all of my interests can come together. In my opinion, Crisis Mapping seems to be a field that combines my disciplines of study. I think that we are at a very important transitional period right now because technology has advanced so rapidly in the past a few years and its incorporation and integration into anything we do, including humanitarian efforts, would play an unprecedentedly important role. I believe that this class would give me good background knowledge in the field of humanitarianism and how it has changed. More importantly, I think I will also start to think about the … Read entire article »

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Why Crisis Mapping?

Hi Everyone, I chose to take this class because as a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, a lot of my education and experiences have dealt with regions and populations that are in “crisis,” however you choose to define the word.  After I graduate from Tufts, my goal is to work in the humanitarian aid/conflict resolution realm, concentrating particularly on Middle Eastern societies.  I have a wide background in the history, politics, religion, culture, and tradition of the region, however, my only experience with humanitarian aid and crisis relief has been through research on Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan that I conducted during my summer internship at the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights.  Thus, I’m hoping to get a more application-based (and less research-oriented) introduction to humanitarian … Read entire article »

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Melissa’s class blog post

I chose to take this class because I remember being fascinated by the disaster response in Haiti, seeing the call for help on Tuftslife.com, and being frustrated by the fact that although I would have loved to help I had no concrete skills to help the crisis mapping team set up in Fletcher. I have always been really interested in how natural disasters and conflicts affect public health, especially focusing on women and children, and how NGOs and governments coordinate the response. As an International Relations and Community Health major, I have taken numerous courses on public and global health but none of them have addressed health in an emergency or disaster setting. Therefore, as a second semester senior who had not yet taken a course through the Ex College, I … Read entire article »

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So why a crisis mapping class?

Our second crisis mapping class meets tomorrow and I have spent the weekend reading blog posts, answering emails, and watching the students begin to join the wider crisis mapping community. I don’t know if every professor has the luxury that Jennifer and I are experiencing through teaching this class, and that is genuine excitement. In their blog posts and questions, it’s clear that each student is excited about the potential of this field for their own reasons; or they are excited about learning how to realize the potential of this field. I don’t know if the professors of Abstract Algebra get the same reception. I’m going to guess probably not. Although I’m sure you can read through the course documents and get a feel for the course, I want to spend a … Read entire article »

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