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Teaching Hurricane Katrina

  1. 1. Teaching Hurricane Katrina Lois Ann Scheidt AOIR Conference Presentation October 8, 2005
  2. 2. The genus of the idea <ul><li>Overheard comments like the following said on campus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Well if they are stupid enough to stay then they desire what they get.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m just a student I can’t help I don’t have money.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Gosh I’m so glad I don’t live anywhere where anything like this could happen.” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Tying the disaster into students lives
  4. 4. New Madrid Fault <ul><li>Last quake in 1811 </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated intensity 7.5 or 8.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Expected at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Damage zones likely to extend from Oklahoma to Indiana. </li></ul><ul><li>Estimates say that 2/3 of Memphis could be destroyed. </li></ul>
  5. 5. In class activity Individual and then as a Group of the Whole
  6. 6. What would you do? <ul><li>Geologists have found a way to accurately predict earthquakes 24 hours in advance. (Don’t we wish.) </li></ul><ul><li>List a minimum of 5 things you would do before the predicted time of the local earthquake. </li></ul><ul><li>You have 5 minutes to make your list. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What would that do? <ul><li>Roughly 10% said they would not leave their homes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons included </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Unless my house is going to be destroyed specifically I’m staying.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The roads will be too busy so I’m staying home rather than being caught out in the open.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Earthquakes don’t last that long so why leave?” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Those that said they would go <ul><li>Realized very quickly, as our to-do list grew, that there was no way to get everything done before such a deadline. </li></ul><ul><li>If they did try to do everything on their lists they would be caught at home and unable to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Better to just go and pickup the pieces afterward. </li></ul>
  9. 9. As Informaticists What Responsibilities Do We Have in a Time of Disaster? How can we help?
  10. 10. Specifically <ul><li>Bio Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>Health Informatics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human Computer Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>New Media </li></ul><ul><li>Social Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>Any others? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lab Assignment <ul><li>Volunteer to assist Hurricane Katrina refugees and survivors. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Review newspapers and news magazines (hardcopy or online) for three stories then write a short paper showing how your current or future informatics skills could help resolve the problems discussed in the articles. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lab results <ul><li>46 students in the class </li></ul><ul><li>36 completed the lab assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>39% volunteered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>61% chose the paper option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Several commented that they had not thought about how they could use their skills to help others. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Lois Ann Scheidt Email – [email_address] Blog – Professional-Lurker.com Presentation – available through a keyword search on Professional-Lurker.com

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