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GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
Department of Geography
Kent State University
412 McGilvrey Hall
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330 672-2887
Fax: 330 672-4304
Email: ghhlab@kent.edu

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Students

Geography Students

Adam Cinderich
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography

Adam B. Cinderich is currently working as a Research Assistant in the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University.  He is in his second year as a Doctoral Student and holds a M.S. in Geography from Michigan State University.  His research interests surround natural hazards and disasters, specifically post-disaster response and recovery efforts.  His dissertation research will focus on the response and recovery efforts following the 22 May 2011 tornado outbreak in Joplin, Missouri.

Andrea Blanka Széll
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography

I am a third year doctoral student and I currently serve as instructor for the World Regional Geography course. During my previous two years in the doctoral program, I was a research assistant for the GIS | Health and Hazards Lab. I hold an M.A. in Geography from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography Tourism from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). My research interests include: environmental attitudes, perceptions and behavior; green spaces and protected areas; urban resource accessibility; geospatial and remotely sensed technologies.

Spencer Baker
Masters Student
Department of Geography
Spencer is currently working as a Lab Manager in the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University. As a previous undergraduate in the Geography department and now a first year graduate student, he has built an interest in the ways in which community health is perceived, analysed, displayed and interpreted in a geographic context. His current research is focused on built environment equality and inequality, the perception of safety and the analysis and display of health data in a GIS, especially as they relate to extreme environments.
Marius Paulikas
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography

I am currently in my fourth year of the Doctorate program in Geography, and received my Master's at Northern Illinois University. My research interests include atmospheric hazards impacting populated areas, and severe weather vulnerability.  My dissertation focuses on severe weather vulnerabilities resulting from daily migration patterns found in a major U.S. city.
Munshi Rahman
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography

Munshi Rahman is currently in the fourth year of his Doctoral program in Geography.  He holds a M.S. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and a M.A. in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently working as a Teaching Assistant within the Department of Geography.  His research interests include the applications of geospatial technologies as they relate to environmental problems and disaster vulnerability assessments and mitigation due to global climate change.

Jennifer Burrell
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography
I am currently in my third year as a Ph.D. student. My main interests are in the fields of crisis/disaster management and geospatial intelligence. I am most interested in the recovery process from both natural and man-made disasters. I am fascinated how completely different disaster types can yield a similar post-disaster landscape in terms of community strength and rebuilding efforts no matter the spatial or temporal scales. My current research interests stem from a desire to improve disaster response and recovery. I enjoy exploring new methods and geospatial tools to collect data for crisis mitigation and recovery purposes. These include geospatial video cameras, Lidar, and remote sensing.

I am an instructor at Youngstown State University where I primarily teach the weather labs.  I was placed in charge of redesigning the labs as well as moving three sections to entirely online classes.  I have also help to organize the department's Welcome Week event to introduce the department and Geography to incoming students.

I am a facilitator at the University of Phoenix, Cleveland Campus.  I teach the SCI/256 People, Science, and the Environment course; and RES/110 Introduction to Research and Information Utilization course.

Laura Schuch
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography
As a doctoral student and Research Assistant, my interests can broadly be described as health geography, social epidemiology and geospatial technologies, with a passion for social and environmental justice.  Building on a Masters in Public Health, I focus on understanding how a person's address, neighborhood, community, etc., affects his or her health and well-being.  Research often investigates one environmental condition (such as lead exposure) or health condition (such as asthma) in isolation.  This eliminates the ability to draw connections and understand additive or synergistic affects.  I attempt to push towards a holistic model. I believe this vein of research requires the use of mixed-methods which elucidate context and individual experience.  Therefore, I am interested in using geospatial technology (GIS) in traditional and novel ways to capture lived experience and environmental conditions using geonarratives, spatial video, qualitative GIS, and web mapping.  When used in conjunction with existing data, such as property records and health outcomes, connections may be made that may not have been evident before.
Thomas Veldman
Doctoral Student
Department of Geography

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Kent State University with primary research interests in the areas of Geographic Information Systems, Urban/Rural Food Environments, Urban Crime and Urban Health.

I am currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Xinyue Ye and for Dr. Andrew Curtis in the Health and Hazards Lab in the Department of Geography.  I've worked on research projects in Political Geography for Michigan State University from 2012-2013, and for the Food Access in Michigan Research project with the University of Michigan from 2012-2013. .

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Geography, Kent State University, 2013 - present 

M.A. Geography (Geographic Information Systems), Western Michigan University, 2012  

B.S. Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University, 2005

 

Public Health Students

Vanessa Marshall
Vanessa Marshall
Doctoral Student
vmarsha3@kent.edu
Prevention Science

Vanessa is currently in the second year of her Doctoral program in Prevention Science.  She holds a MA from Cleveland State University and is currently working as a Research Assistant on the Healthy Living Project, a collaboration between Kent State University, Children's Hunger Alliance and Akron Children's Hospital.  Her research interests include substance abuse and health disparities.
Lorriane Odhiambo
Lorriane Odhiambo
Doctoral Student
lodhiamb@kent.edu
Epidemiology

Lorriane is currently in the first year of her Doctoral program in Epidemiology.  She holds a MPH in Environmental Health from Kent State University and is currently teaching Introduction to Global Health as a Graduate Assistant within the College of Public Health.  Her research interests include global health, infectious diseases, specifically those plaguing populations living in slum areas, solid waste management and hand hygiene as they relate to hospital and community settings.
Ryan Burke
Ryan C. Burke
Doctoral Student
rburke11@kent.edu
Epidemiology

Ryan is currently in the first year of her Doctoral program in Epidemiology.  She holds a MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Saint Louis University and is currently working as a Graduate Assistant for the University Libraries Statistical and Qualitative Software Instruction and Consulting Service. Her research interests include access to and disparities within access to healthcare, policy evaluation and maternal and child health.
Eric Hutzell
Eric Hutzell
Master's Student
ehutzell@kent.edu
Healthy Policy and Management

Eric is currently working as a Research Assistant in the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab at Kent State University.  He is in the second year of his Master's program in Health Policy and Management.  He holds a BS in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.  His research interests are centered around global issues of healthcare access, malnutrition, water access and quality and substance abuse.