The 2016 Katherine B. Snow Research Award was awarded to Digital Security Breaches:
Arming Crisis Organizations with New Insights, by Kelley Misata of Purdue University. The abstract of the winning paper:
Violence against women is a crime that affects people around the world. Thankfully some organizations are chartered to providing services these victims in for the form
of information, emotional support, access to other service providers and much more. However, both victims of violence and the organizations committed to helping them
are navigating new benefits, challenges, and risks with the constant influx of advanced technologies into daily life. For some crisis organizations technical jargon, device construction, vulnerabilities, and other digital related topics may be overwhelming, never mind addressing potential digital security breaches. However, as victims of violence continue to increase, and more crisis organizations appear
on the scene to help them, academics and security professionals need to rise to the task of helping these organizations understand the risk to a digital security breach they are accepting when using advanced technologies and the Internet. This research will look at relevant digital security breaches, vulnerabilities in the existing crisis organization environment, and another factor with the goal of providing recommendations for digital security strategy.
The second finalist in the paper competition was Effects of Data Collection Mode and Response Entry Device on Survey Response Quality, by Louisa Ha, Chenjie Zhang, and WeiWei Jiang, all of Bowling Green State University.
The “Katherine B. Snow Best Research Paper Award” was endowed by the Snow family in honor of their beloved wife and mother, Katherine B. Snow. The winner receives a cash prize.