Meet the 2019-2020 Freedman Student Fellows!

Composite of headshots of the 2019-2020 Freedman Student Fellows

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is happy to announce the selection of the 2019-20 Freedman Student Fellows. This program supports students in two ways: offering several grants for students to independently complete a digital project and a paid internship for a single student working 5-10 hours a week in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship and the University Archives on a library-initiated digital project.

Encoding Sibling Relationships: Support in Times of Trauma
Anna Bender MSW, LSW is a Doctoral candidate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Her grant research explores how witnessing intimate partner violence affects children’s development, what factors promote resilience in trauma-exposed youth and the protective role of sibling relationships in the aftermath. This project involves analyzing video recordings of sibling interactions through the novel approach of mobilizing qualitative data analysis software to code audio/video data of sibling interactions following a devised coding protocol.

Tracking Cleveland’s “Food Deserts”
Gwendolyn Donley, BA, BS, MsC is a Pre-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. Her grant research will focus on Cleveland as a case study for nutrition inequity. Nearly 60% of the population lives in “food deserts,” or areas that lack access to grocery stores and healthy food options. Spatial video geonarratives (SVGs) will create audio and video recordings. Used in association with Geographic Information Systems software (GIS), they will help identify key environmental variables and provide context to quantitative data layers. This is the first study to use SVGs to understand perceptions of food availability. Objective and subjective measures of spatial patterning and narratives of these local environments will reveal more precise levers to guide future interventions aimed at improving diet and reducing health inequities.

Mapping Cleveland’s Music
Kelli Minelli is a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology in the Department of Music. Her grant research seeks to create interactive data maps of Cleveland’s music publishing industry in the early twentieth century. The project will process the extensive metadata of Dr. Daniel Goldmark’s sheet music collection and format the data for analysis. That data includes the (few) existing recordings of the songs, scans of the cover art, and the locations where the music was created and/or sold.

Documenting Women’s Suffrage at CWRU
Dalia Zullig, a third-year undergraduate student majoring in History and Political Science is the 2019-20 Freedman Student Fellow in the Internship Track program. Over the course of the 2019-20 academic year, she will research materials in the University Archives, identify and select valuable articles, excerpts, images and content and work with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team to digitize and assemble the materials. The final product will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by building a narrative on women’s suffrage at CWRU. An exhibit will be hosted in CWRU’s Digital Case online repository.

This program is funded by the Walter G. Freedman and Karen Harrison Freedman Student Fellowships.