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Workshop on the Early Indicators Union Army Project

Including Historical Urban GIS datasets
When Sep 23, 2016
from 12:45 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-1312
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This special workshop will feature researchers from the Early Indicators Union Army project, a longitudinal life-cycle study of Union Army recruits. Union Army data and Historical Urban GIS data sets enable data users to investigate a variety of research areas including migration and social mobility, aging, health and retirement. These economic, health, military and demographic data are sourced from military and pension records, health examinations and the U.S. Federal Census. Population samples include white northern soldiers, African Americans, prisoners of war, recruits enlisting in the largest U.S. cities and veterans surviving to age 95. Data is freely available at


Noelle Yetter, Director of Research Operations, has over 25 years of experience with the Early Indicators Project and has made substantial contributions to the design of data collection, cleaning, and distribution methods. She is uniquely able to reconcile the needs of faculty investigators with the capabilities and constraints of the data collection operation that she oversees, and is a valuable resource for data users. Yetter oversees the Vienna VA field office and is the primary liaison between faculty investigators and research staff. Yetter received her B.A. from Brigham Young University in history.

Andrea Zemp, Technical Writer and User Experience Lead, specializes in Union Army military and pension records, and U.S. Federal Census records with over 10 years of experience with the EI project. As the project's Technical Writer she is responsible for drafting Data User Manuals and Data 101, a subset sample aimed at new users. Zemp received her B.A. in History and Political Science from American University and her M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Christopher Roudiez, Data Analysis Associate, is responsible for preparing the collected data for release to researchers. He also helps create technical tools for staff to use in data collection. Roudiez received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park.

Heather Giles, Information Systems and Programming Associate, provides technical support for the Union Army project.  As the project's main programmer, she is responsible for developing and supporting data collection and cleaning tools, as well as the website. Giles received her B.S. from Indiana University in Informatics.

Coralee Lewis has five years of experience working with the Early Indicators project, including collecting disease and medical data. She is currently responsible for cleaning and coding data from the Military, Disease and Census data sets. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Utah State University.

Betsy Nolan, Data Management Associate, has just completed her first year with the Early Indicators Project. Betsy facilitates the documentation of key data management tasks, assists in troubleshooting the database for inputters, and attempts to clarify processes and systems within the Vienna office. Additionally, she uses her perspective as a new user to clarify documentation for new users. Betsy has a B.A. in Community Development and Spanish Language from Portland State University and will graduate from American University in December receiving a Masters in International Development Economics with a focus on population aging.

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