NSF PA/M 01-38 - October 5, 2001
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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
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.
NSF QUICK RESPONSE RESEARCH AWARDS (Part 2)
- 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: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/media/01/ma0136.htm