Current contributors

 

Cheryl Holzmeyer

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Postdoctoral Researcher, April 2017- present

Educational background:
B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
Ph.D., Sociology, UC-Berkeley

Cheryl is a postdoctoral researcher and outreach associate of the Fair Tech Collective in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives. She works with residents of fenceline communities to investigate how real-time air quality data, available through Air Watch Bay Area, might be leveraged in environmental justice activism and health equity advocacy. She sees work toward social and environmental justice as fundamental to public health and to advancing health equity. She is also interested in how science and technology might better serve equity, sustainability, and democracy.

 

Amy Gottsegen

Programmer, April 2016- April 2017
Research Assistant, April 2017- present

Pursuing B.S., Computer Science with Politics minor, Drexel University

Amy’s research interests include computational social science, urban analytics and machine learning. Her work at the Fair Tech Collective was part of the Meaning from Monitoring Project, developing web and mobile technology for fenceline communities. As president of the Drexel Women in Computing Society, she earned the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing Student Seed Fund Award for her work developing a new model for sustained mentorship.

 

Kristen Kepics

Graduate Research Assistant, June 2016-present

B.A., Government & Political Affairs, Millersville University M.S., Environmental Policy, Drexel University

Kristen has been with the Collective for about a year. At present, she is thinking about community-expert interactions, particularly how installed base and organizational capacity influences an expert’s ability to develop meaningful collaborations with community groups. She is interested in the intersection of science and society, particularly how physical and life science information is conveyed outside the research lab. Her goals are to help researchers convey complex topics to the public in engaging ways. Currently, she is looking at citizen-scientist interactions and what components are necessary for scientists to forge meaningful collaborations.

 

Kelsey Boone

Research Assistant, September 2016- present

B.S., Biological Science with Politics minor, Drexel University

Kelsey is a former Drexel co-op student who has been working on the upkeep of the Fair Tech Collective media pages as well as researching different means of adding visual monitoring to the Meaning from Monitoring project. She is hoping to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy with a focus in Environmental Policy and is thankful for the opportunity to work with Environmental Justice communities and learn firsthand how citizen science and access to clear, usable data is vital in aiding such communities in accomplishing their social and political goals.

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Sufyan Abbasi

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Programmer, June 2017- present

Pursuing B.A., Physics and Computer Science, Vassar College

This summer, Sufyan will be adding an air quality reporting feature to the current Air Watch Bay Area website and optimizing the site for mobile, among other things. Having worked for the Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab, he is passionate about implementing web tools to empower communities and creating compelling visualizations to share insights into our world.

 

Amos Akinola

Data Analyst, September 2017- present

Pursuing B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University 

Amos works on sensor data from Bay Area oil refinery air pollution sensors mainly gathered from ESDR an open source data repository intended for storing and retrieving time series environmental data. By writing open-source analysis script for the project, Amos tries to examine the relationship between Bay Area oil refinery air pollution and pollution in the residential areas close to the refineries. He is excited about the potential to leverage modern data analysis to advance citizen science efforts for critical environmental justice issues. 

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Sarah Stalcup

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Research Assistant, January 2018- present

Pursuing B.A., Environmental Studies and Sustainability and M.S., Environmental Policy, Drexel University

Sarah is passionate about the environment and individuals rights to it, which plays a great role in how research is done and how policies are made. Her work at the Fair Tech Collective, which has turned into her Master’s Project, is based on community led citizen science and peer review. From her work she hopes to learn more about the interactions between a dominantly professional practice, peer review, and citizen science and, more specifically, if traditional peer review is useful and confers status to those citizen science communities seeking change.

 

Alumni

 

Derek T. Parrott

Graduate Research Assistant, June 2015-June 2016

B.A., Physics, Vassar College, 2014
M.S., STS, Drexel University, 2016
Pursuing Ph.D., STS, Cornell University

As a GRA for the Meaning from Monitoring project, Derek helped design, plan, and implement our participatory design workshop and the subsequent testing. Additionally, he designed and implemented an online survey for members of fenceline communities to help better understand how current data access tools are being used and what characteristics make them more helpful in making ethical claims. Working with the Fair Tech Collective gave him a rare opportunity to learn, through practice, valuable skills for his career as a scholar while engaging meaningfully with a community that’s directly affected by the neoliberal regulatory and social patterns he studies.

 

Sarah Gates  

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Summer of Maps Fellow, May 2017- August 2017

B.A., Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Pursuing M.S., Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, Clark University

Sarah was a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea and she conducted a geospatial data analysis project with the Fair Tech Collective investigating petrochemical pollution footprint in the San Francisco Bay area. She is passionate about the use of maps and spatial analysis to expose and communicate issues of environmental injustice. She had a great time working with the Fair Tech Collective to analyze petrochemical pollution and map its spread throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

 

Niklas Lollo

Data Analyst, June 2017- August 2017

B.A., Economics, UC Berkeley, 2012
M.S., Energy & Resources, UC Berkeley, 2017
Pursuing Ph.D., Energy & Resources, UC Berkeley

As a Data Analyst, Niklas worked on data validation, analysis, and wrote an open-source analysis script for the Collective that examined the relationship between Bay Area oil refinery air pollution and personal health outcomes. He was excited about the potential to leverage modern data analysis to advance citizen science efforts for critical environmental justice issues. The Bay Area is his home, and he appreciated the opportunity to apply his skillset towards concrete outcomes.

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