SSW Professors receive Integrative Social Science Research Initiative award



Assistant professor Jaime Booth and associate professor Mary Ohmer, along with Principal Investigator Rosta Farzan, assistant professor, School of Information Sciences, were awarded an Integrative Social Science Research Initiative grant for their project: We are strong! Leveraging Information Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities.

The We are strong! Leveraging Information Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities project will create an app, in partnership with two Pittsburgh communities, to help build relationships among residents. The mobile technology will enable the participants to document community information in the form of pictures, videos, and short messages. Participants will be able to voice and share their concerns, observations, interests, and thoughts about their community in the form of stories. The goal of the project is to “build technology by the community for the community.”

The Integrative Social Science Research Initiative, sponsored by the Office of the Provost seeks to expand Pitt social scientists’ involvement in research that uses integrative approaches from multiple disciplines.