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NSF PA/M 01-38 - October 5, 2001

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

Post-Attack Grants to Study Human, Social Responses to September 11 Crisis

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five grants to social scientists to study human and social behavior responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The five grants follow eight earlier grants to engineering and social science researchers to conduct post-disaster assessments at the attack sites.

A description of the awards is attached.

Additional grants or other updated information on the NSF response to the attacks will be posted.




  • Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University, is collecting data for before-and-after September 11 comparisons of attitudes and values in Morocco, Iran, and Egypt regarding religion, Westernization, national identity, trust and other issues.

  • Mehdi Bozorgmehr, City University of New York, is looking at the organizational response of U.S. based groups threatened by the backlash of the September 11 events by gathering longitudinal data on their efforts to monitor hate crimes, follow media reports and contact important policy makers. He will compare this data with accounts of previous crises.

  • Craig Jenkins, Ohio State University, is gathering reports from local nationals trained in the field in five former Soviet republics in Central Asia to compare their accounts with event reporting from the Reuters news service. The objective is to evaluate the complex relationship between civil instablity and international conflict.

  • Andrew Conway, University of Illinois at Chicago, is studying "flashbulb memory" and its relationship to the crisis. This kind of memory is thought to be nearly photographic, and Conway will gather information on what people remember from the crisis shortly afterwards and check in one year's time to see how their memories may have changed.

  • Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, is studying how people learned of the disaster, what their reactions were to the event, what their general psychological response were, and how their basic beliefs and values were affected by the event. This study builds on previous studies of national trauma and crises such as the assassination of President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

For the list of eight previous awards (Part 1), announced on Sept. 28, see:





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