The Freedman Fellows is a program funded by the CWRU College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. The program supports full-time faculty in integrating new digital tools and technology into their research. This annual award is given to full-time CWRU faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
Rachel Lovell and Misty Luminais were named Freedman Fellows in 2017 and have been named Fellows again as part of the 2018-2019 cohort.
In 2017, using The Freedman Center’s ArcGIS visual mapping software, Lovell and Luminais were interested in exploring the spatial relationships between attackers, victims, and the surrounding environment. By exploring the geographical data and making it available to public, they aimed to be a resource to criminology circles where data at this level of detail has not been seen before.
In 2018, they will use Risk Terrain Modeling to examine factors that increase the risk of sexual assault, with special interest in examining how the built environment, such as the presence of a grocery store or gas station, can affect crime rates in a particular area.