1. DeeDee Bennett
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters
  4. http://www.surgedisasters.com
  5. University of Nebraska at Omaha
  1. Nnenia Campbell
  2. https://hazards.colorado.edu/biography/nnenia-campbell
  3. Postdoctoral Research Associate
  4. Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters
  5. http://www.surgedisasters.com
  6. University of Colorado Boulder
  1. Hans Louis-Charles
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters
  4. http://www.surgedisasters.com
  5. University of Nebraska at Omaha
  1. Terri Norton
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters
  4. http://www.surgedisasters.com
  5. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  1. Lori Peek
  2. Professor
  3. Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters
  4. http://www.surgedisasters.com
  5. University of Colorado Boulder
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 13, 2018 | 09:30 p.m.

    Thank you for visiting our video. The Minority Scholars from Under-Represented Groups in Engineering and Social Sciences (SURGE) Building Capacity in Disaster pilot is a new initiative sponsored by NSF INCLUDES. We are in our 8th month and selected students in January 2018.  Please feel free to leave comments below. 

     
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  • May 14, 2018 | 05:14 p.m.

    Our video will be voted Public's Choice. We are the definition of greatness and the uniqueness of this program makes no other able to outcompete. 

     
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    Isaac Kamweru

    Researcher
    May 16, 2018 | 03:15 a.m.

    This is such a great initiative!. I congratulate you all for having an agenda for action.

    Looking further back, most disastrous events have been water related. In the natural nexus therefore, water is a weak link within our interconnected and mutually dependent global systems. Strengthening this link to cope with increasing climate variability and extreme events is a no-regret strategy for climate adaption. Better climate information and robust early warning signals are essential, to help people and businesses avoid or minimize loss and damage from disasters. With satellite imagery and mobile communications, information can be shared more quickly and effectively than ever before!

     

     
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  • May 16, 2018 | 07:57 a.m.

    Isaac, thanks for your comment and insight.  I love this program because it actually focuses on hazard and disasters research in third world countries such as US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and improvish areas that have very poor infrastructures and antiquated designs. 

    This program draws on the skills and expertise of minority students from underrepresented groups in STEM and social sciences in universities across the United States, including Puerto Rico. 

    We, the minority scholars best understand  and represent the challenges and difficulties pre- and post disasters in these areas. We are best suited to create that nexus between science and citizen and politicians. We as scientists like never before have acknowledged how important citizen science is. 

    It is one of our duties to put our boots on the ground in these disaster prone areas, connect with the locals, learn their countries / communities and tradition, conduct long term follow up research and elevate the consciousness of the people about natural and anthropogenic disasters and how they can contribute to building more resilient and resistive systems that are sustainable and livable. 

    Can you imagine a team engineers, social scientists, natural scientists, and expertise from various organization putting their great minds together to execute a single project? Greatness will be the result. 

    We need intelligent cities but more so intelligent designs and constructions that integrate ecology and disaster mitigation plans, this will lend to sustainability via resilience and resistance. However, it is highly important that we educate, enlighten and empower people living in these disaster probes areas. 

    I'm happy to be apart of this initiative. I'm motivated and inspired to just do great things. 

    King, witness the greatness we will unveil as aunique group. 

    Thanks.

     

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 09:31 a.m.

    Thank you, Isaac. We hope that this initiative will help with the broader understanding of how to reduce disaster vulnerabilities. 

    Thank you, Covel, for showing so much enthusiasm for the project. 

  • May 16, 2018 | 10:13 a.m.

    Thank you, Dr. DeeDee Bennett. Programs such this I want to be used by. I'm expecting to get the most out of myself. Also, I hope to trecruit other scholars inthe future that will add more value to this program. 

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    George Hein

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2018 | 07:37 a.m.

    Wow, a bold and complex project.  If I understand your video, you have recruited both the mentors and the participating students from beyond the sponsoring institutions.  That alone seems a big effort. I'd be interested in knowing the time commitment for the participants. Also, are the students younger undergraduates or students who have already chosen professional careers in some field relevant to your goals?

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 07:49 a.m.

    Thank you. Yes, we have recruited both mentors and students from beyond the sponsoring institutions. The students are pursuing graduate degrees. The students have an interest in research or practice around hazards mitigation and disaster management. 

     
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    Nnenia Campbell

    Co-Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 10:52 a.m.

    Thanks for taking an interest in SURGE, George!

    Regarding the time commitment for the mentoring program, we strive to maintain a balance that keeps the mentors and mentees engaged while respecting their other obligations. This component of SURGE has just kicked off in the past several weeks so we have minimal data to share at this time; however, we have requested that mentors spend about an hour per month with each mentee (they are assigned up to three). The mentoring program and other components of the broader SURGE initiative will undergo routine monitoring and check-ins as part of our Collective Impact strategy, so we will continue to make adjustments based on participants' feedback over time. 

     
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    Kay Goss

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2018 | 12:06 p.m.

    Thanks to NSF and Dr. Dee Dee Bennett for making this vital initiative possible and available. Very impressive video. 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 12:09 p.m.

    Thank you, Kay. This has been a group effort and a very rewarding experience. Also, thanks to iMovie software!

     
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    Rachel Shefner

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2018 | 04:09 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing this important project! We certainly need growing expertise in this area. I had similar questions to George regarding how the whole large network comes together, and how the partner institutions manage the mentors and scholars. What is their connection to the partner institutions since they are from institutions outside the partner institutions-what role do the partners play in coordinating this work? Also, I know this is a "young" project, but how are you measuring/monitoring impact? 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 04:35 p.m.

    Hi Rachel, 

    We created a mentor web portal. The portal contains mentor names, bios, affiliations, and a short video to introduce them to the scholars. Currently, mentors may have up to three mentees, and scholars can select up to four mentors. The portal allows us to monitor the self-selection process of the students. We have developed both a mentor and mentee guidebook and created a communications log for both parties. Our internal evaluator plans on meeting with scholars and mentors during the process. All team leaders are from the hazards and disasters community, various disciplines. Therefore, we initially targeted academics and practitioners in the disasters community, all disciplines. We developed an application for individuals interested in becoming a mentor and encouraged those interested in applying. Thank you for viewing our video!

     
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    George Hein

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2018 | 05:50 p.m.

    I'm intrigued by the concept of a "hazards and disasters community," especially in academic settings.  I can imagine that individuals might be interested in such work in just about any academic program leading to an advanced degree.  With your broad outreach to a large number of institutions, are you in the process of actually creating such a community?  I think that would be a powerful additional contribution to society from your project.

     
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    Nnenia Campbell

    Co-Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 06:57 p.m.

    Hi George, 

    Fortunately, one of the key partners for SURGE, the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center, has spent more than 40 years fostering the development of a community around hazards and disasters. The NHC hosts events and creates information products that place academic and non-academic researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and others in conversation with one another. These linkages have created a wealth of social capital that we have drawn on to expose SURGE students to diverse perspectives. We hope that this will in turn increase the students' own social capital and prepare them to pursue transdisciplinary approaches in their future work. 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 07:06 p.m.

    Hi George,

    There are nearly 300 programs in the U.S., which offer at least one course related to emergency management or includes disaster-related curricula, Bennett - 2017 Higher Education Emergency Management Programs final. Additionally, there are over 90 research centers focused on hazards and disasters research in the U.S.  Thank you Nnenia for highlighting the Natural Hazards Center, one of our partners.  Furthermore, there are nearly 10 different closed social media groups (with an average of 1,343 members each - one with over 5,000 members) focused on academics, practitioners, or specific topics in of current concern in the field - to help maintain regular communication among members of the hazards and disasters community.

     
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    Henry Fischer

    Researcher
    May 14, 2018 | 07:31 p.m.

    Impressive! So necessary on many levels. Congratulations to everyone involved.

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 07:39 p.m.

    Thank you!

     
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    Sarah Hampton

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2018 | 08:00 p.m.

    I love that you are advancing STEM while tackling a practical and complex issue. So often in education, I see students learning STEM subjects outside of meaningful context and without a real end goal. I am afraid this approach won't do much to prepare them for life after graduation other than exposing them to content knowledge. Your holistic and authentic approach, on the other hand, makes sense to me.

     

    I also appreciate your efforts to connect multiple stakeholders and to build a community of support. What measures will you take to ensure the longevity of the community, especially given that grant funding can be unpredictable? I have seen worthy projects lose momentum after initial support slows. I hope to see your project take root and grow for many years!

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 14, 2018 | 08:12 p.m.

    Thank you, Sarah.

    We anticipate preparing our Masters and Ph.D. students for academic or practitioner careers related to hazards mitigation and disaster management. I found life after graduation. I teach and perform research on disasters in higher education (undergraduates and graduates), as do our team members and several of our mentors. There are also positions at all levels of government, in non-profits, and private sector businesses, related to the field. 

    We just started and are working on several plans to ensure longevity. First, we are identifying need and interest among students and stakeholders. 

     
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    George Hein

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2018 | 07:25 a.m.

    Nnenia and DeeDee,

    Thanks for your responses.  I had no idea that there was such a strong, coordinated community that focused on disasters.  You may be a model for interdisciplinary approaches to complex science and human problems.  And your project provides a means to further the development of that community.

     
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    Nnenia Campbell

    Co-Presenter
    May 15, 2018 | 11:58 a.m.

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words, George! We still have a long way to go, but we do believe that the hazards and disaster community holds a lot of promise as a model for breaking down disciplinary silos in support of solutions to complex problems--And we hope that SURGE and its scholars will be at the forefront of those efforts! 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 09:29 a.m.

    Thank you for your kind words, George. 

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    Shirley Feldmann-Jensen

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 16, 2018 | 10:39 a.m.

    Thanks to all who worked on this important film project; it brings together a number of significant strands, highlighting community building.

    DeeDee and Nnenia, with your permission, I would love to use it in one of my summer classes. 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 12:04 p.m.

    Hi Shirley, 

    Thank you for visiting our page! Yes, you can use this video. I believe it will live on this site indefinitely, and we will also have it housed on our homepage (www.surgedisasters.com) after the showcase concludes. 

     

     

     
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    Michael Belcher

    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2018 | 12:31 p.m.

    This is a very exciting and inspiring project! Do you think this type of model could work with younger students (high school/middle school)? Also, in your summary you mention that students in the program are qualified and STEM-focused. Can you talk more about how students are selected to participate in the program? Do you think your program could encourage students who are less STEM-focused to become STEM-focused?

     
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    Hans Louis-Charles

    Co-Presenter
    May 16, 2018 | 01:17 p.m.

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the great questions. Yes, we absolutely think this project can encourage non-STEM focused students to become STEM-focused. We believe this project and our participants will see firsthand why we need more STEM scholars and how they can apply their knowledge beyond the classroom setting. Younger students are highly motivated to make an impact in their community and often feel STEM disciplines are too far removed. Therefore, our project strives to connect what is learned in the classroom to the most impacted areas of our society.

    We absolutely believe this model can be expanded to include younger students. We are currently focused on graduate level students but hope to expand in the future. Our application pool opened in October 2017 and within two months, we received over 50 applications that were both demographically diverse and from of a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Graduate students representing 20 universities located in 16 states and U.S. territories submitted applications. The 10 selected were chosen for their high academic achievement, interest in applying their STEM knowledge to a post-disaster setting, dedication to improving the lives of the most vulnerable populations in U.S.A, and career goals related to the hazard mitigation field.

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    Sylvia Mendez

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2018 | 05:05 a.m.

    As noted by others above, I appreciate the attention to real-life disaster relief! The fact that disasters disproportionately impact the lives of communities of color and low-income populations create opportunities to address issues of social justice in our world. 

     
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    DeeDee Bennett

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2018 | 06:22 p.m.

    Thank you, Sylvia. 

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    Comas Haynes

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 19, 2018 | 04:40 p.m.

    DeeDee and Terri,

     

    This is an excellent initiative. There is even as aspect of heroism that I think you're revealing. Continued successes!

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