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Blog post 1: It has so many applications

I wanted to take this course mostly because it is the type of work that I want to go into. At Tufts I am a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and Community Health. Over the past few years, I have found that my interests lie in the field of global development, with a specific focus on global health. While humanitarian aid is different from development in a couple different ways, there is definitely an overlap between the two. I think that crisis mapping is an excellent method that can be used to really help people that are in need The technology that can be used from such a grass roots base can go a long way towards tackling a number of different things. I think that this class will be … Read entire article »

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Why Crisis Mapping?

I chose to take this class primarily because it was something that I had never heard of before. I liked the idea of crisis mapping because I realized that it was an up-and-coming field, which utilized practical skills and forced people to think in different ways. I thought that to be able to crisis map would be a unique skill which would give me a different perspective on some situations, and in general would set me apart from others when I do finally enter the professional world for real. While I can certainly get by using technology, I also liked the idea of working with technology in new ways and becoming more adept in general with the various functions of computers and maps. My math major/computer engineer dad also really … Read entire article »

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Why a Crisis Mapping Class?

My name is Maha Mian, and I’m a freshman here at Tufts University. I was born in Staten Island, NY, but I’ve lived most of my life on Long Island. Though I come from a small town, I have seen quite a bit of the world. My family is Pakistani; as a result, I’ve spent my fair share of summers in Pakistan. Over the years, I’ve seen the country go through so many horrifying ecological and political problems, and they only seem to get worse with time. Every time I go, I think a lot about how the people of the country rally and attempt to recover for each unique disaster. When I saw the description for a crisis mapping class in the ExCollege, I was at first confused as … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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