About the Program
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. The program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at a university-based DHS Centers of Excellence. The BTI Institute hosts one of these teams as part of this program.
More information about the program can be found here: https://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/
The Institute hosted Dr. Nursen Zanca, Economics Coordinator at the University of the Incarnate Word, and graduate student Nicholas Randol as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Minority Serving Institutions Summer Research Team program. They are working with Maura Pereira de Leon, Ph.D., Manager of Education and Training for BTI, and Luis Torres, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships at the Graduate College of Social Work.
Dr. Zanca and Mr. Randol researched the methodology and meaning behind the Global Terrorism Index. The GTI is estimated from the Global Terrorism Database collected by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) DHS Center of Excellence. The GTI ranks nations according to terrorist activity based on the number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities associated with terrorist incidents, number of injuries associated with terrorist incidents, and the approximate level of property damage from terrorist incidents.
Their research investigated the methodology behind the index, past and present trends in the GTI score for the U.S., and the economic cost of terrorism on the U.S. economy.
Their end of research presentation with video can be found here.
Follow On Update
DHS S&T has awarded follow on funding to continue Dr. Zanca's research. The entire list of projects selected and comments from Matthew Coats, S&T's Director of University Programs can be found here.