The CU Population Center is involved in events throughout the year as well as releasing new publications regularly. Please visit our website frequently to review the latest news at CUPC!
Myron Gutmann takes the helm at IBS
Myron Gutmann has assumed the directorship at IBS. Dr. Gutmann is well recognized for his pioneering visions for the social sciences. Before joining CU-Boulder, where he is a professor in the Department of History, Gutmann served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he was head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Prior to that, he directed the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). His work at ICPSR was honored by the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Program and, in 2012, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."
Since earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976, Gutmann has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gutmann's research is in historical demography and population-environment relationships, with a focus on Europe and the Americas during the past four centuries. His recent research focuses on the relationship between population and environment in the American Great Plains, and on the history of the U.S. Hispanic population. - See more at: Be Bolder -- Gutmann takes helm of IBS
Jane Menken talks about her tenure as IBS Director
As Jane Menken steps down from her role as Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) director, she reflects on her tenure and the role and importance of IBS. - See more at: Be Bolder -- 6 questions with Jane Menken
Hunter and Riosmena awarded NSF grant
CU-Boulder researchers are part of a team that received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the distribution and dynamics of the world's population, including the modelling of urbanization in the United States, Mexico, and India. The research team is being led by Deborah Balk, a professor at the School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York. The CU-Boulder researchers involved are Lori Hunter, professor of sociology; and Fernando Riosmena and Stefan Leyk, both associate professors of geography. The research team brings together theoretical perspectives on spatial population distribution and change primarily from demography, geography, and economics. The project will employ multi-scale analysis of spatial population distribution and its determinants in these three study countries. These locations were chosen to represent a range of socioeconomic conditions and behaviors as well as data quality and availability. Read more about the study at http://www.colorado.edu/content/nsf-awards-research-team-1m-study-worlds-population-dynamics
Dan Runfola accepts new position
CUPC-NCAR Post-doctoral Scholar Dan Runfola recently accepted a position as a Research Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, located within a USAID research consortium called AidData. Currently, he is working to integrate information on the geospatial location of where aid is being distributed into better decisions regarding aid allocation. This is in pursuit of two closely aligned research topics: (1) how can spatial information and analytics be best used to inform decisions, and (2) what are effective ways to supply and communicate "big data" sources to broad research, journalist, and activist audiences. More about Dr. Runfola's new role can be found at http://aiddata.org/blog/mapping-a-trail-to-aiddata .
Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture
IBS and CUPC are excited to announce the creation of a new annual lecture honoring Dr. Jane Menken, Distinguished Professor and Director of IBS. Dr. Menken came to CU-Boulder following many productive years at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. With a renowned research career focused on fertility dynamics, population policy, and HIV/AIDS and child mortality in developing countries, Dr. Menken is a member of the National Academy of Science, a former President of the Population Association of America, and a Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. 2014 Lecture Flyer
Hunter outreach to WorldWatch Institute
Lori Hunter wrote a piece for the WorldWatch Institute published online November 13 as part of outreach efforts on behalf of the CU Population Center. The piece is called "Climate Change Migration Often Short-Distance and Circular" and appears here in Vital Signs Online, WorldWatch Institute: http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/vs-trend/climate-change-migration-often-short-distance-and-circular
Boardman research in the press
Jason Boardman's research on genetics and friendship is featured in the Oct 31 CU News Headlines. Read the news release here: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/10/31/social-factors-trump-genetic-forces-forging-friendships-cu-boulder-led
Geographer Dan Runfola joins CUPC and NCAR
Geographer Dan Miller Runfola recently joined the CUPC as a part of a joint, post-doctoral position with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His research focuses on the environmental implications of urban growth policies, remote sensing, land cover change analysis, and the vulnerability of U.S. federal infrastructure to climate change. His dissertation work examined the links among urban growth, suburban lawns and water consumption in the Northeast US.
Hunter co-convenes panel
Lori Hunter was invited to co-convene a panel on "Population Dynamic and Human Well-Being" at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Rio de Janeiro. The conference is underway this week, as a pre-event of the Rio+20 "Earth Summit". Blog coverage highlights Lori's panel and presentation: http://www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum/blog Lori was also quoted in the UK Guardian's coverage of the Rio presentation at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/14/rio-earth-summit-population-consumption
Pampel research in the press
Fred Pampel's research on the association between sedentary culturally elite activities and obesity has been receiving a lot of press, among other things in the Freakonomics blog and Mark Bittman's NYtimes blog. Here's the link: http://www.psmag.com/health/to-stay-thin-eat-like-the-cultural-elite-42154/ It is on the "most read" list for the website.
Boardman receives Early Achievement Award from PAA
Jason Boardman is the 2012 recipient the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America. This award, presented for the first time this year, recognizes the career of a promising scholar who is a member of PAA and who received the PhD in the previous 10 years. The presenter of the award said about Jason that "His research has been at the forefront of the integration of demography, genetic epidemiology, and public health. Using creative research designs, he has combined insights form behavioral genetics and population science to provide innovation and leadership in research on gene-environment interactions that influence health related behaviors (e.g., smoking) and health outcomes. Not only has he been an incredibly productive scholar during his first 10 years post-PhD -- -amassing an impressive body of work (nearly 40 publications in leading public health, sociology, demography and behavioral genetics journals, with nearly 1300 citations according to Google Scholar) --but he has also been an outstanding citizen, with a stellar record of service both to his institution and also to our profession." Visit this link for more information on this prestigious award: http://www.populationassociation.org/sidebar/annual-meeting/awards/early-achievement/
There is an article about Jason and his award in the Colorado Arts & Sciences magazine here: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2012/05/boardman-receives-early-achievement-award/
Rogers and Pampel research in A&S Magazine
Rick Rogers and Fred Pampel are featured in an article in Arts & Sciences Magazine about their research on education and mortality. See: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2012/05/want-to-have-a-longer-life-go-to-college/
Kuhn talk featured on youtube
Randall Kuhn's recent TED talk at DU is about how improvements in health and development laid the foundation for the Arab Spring. Watch his talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww47uGuEO-c
Hunter research in A&S Magazine
Lori Hunter's research on gendered migration patterns and climate change was reported in Arts & Sciences Magazine at: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2011/12/as-climate-changes-men-and-women-likely-to-migrate-in-different-patterns/
Pampel, Boardman, Blalock research on smoking appears in the news
Jason Boardman, Fred Pampel, and Casey Blalock's research on smoking has caught the attention of the press, both local and nation-wide. Click on these links to view the articles:
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Jason Boardman Attends Biodemography Workshop at Stanford
Jason Boardman was in Stanford in early June as a faculty member in the 3rd annual Biodemography Workshop. The workshop is offered by the Stanford Centers for the Demography and Economics of Health & Aging, and Population Research. The workshop covered methods and theory from demography, evolutionary ecology, quantitative genetics, and genetics. Click on this link to see a flyer for the workshop: Workshop flyer (pdf)
Fernando Riosmena Selected as NAS Panel Member
Fernando Riosmena was recently selected as a member of an NAS panel charged with exploring "Survey Options for Estimating the Illegal Alien Flow at the Southwest Border." This panel has huge political implications! Visit these links for more information: Panel mission ~ Panel membership
Lori Hunter Presents Research on AIDS and Livelihoods in Rural South Africa
Lori Hunter travelled to the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she was invited to present her research on AIDS and livelihoods in rural South Africa. She presented to a diverse, interdisciplinary audience of both faculty and graduate students - and reports that the azaleas are blooming wildly.
Jane Menken Discusses New IBS Building in Faculty and Staff Newsletter
Book Review for Rogers, Little, and Raymer's Indirect Estimation of Migration
Andrei Rogers, Jani Little, and James Raymer's book, The Indirect Estimation of Migration: Methods for Dealing with Irregular, Inadequate, and Missing Data, has received a very nice review in the Journal of Population Research. The review concludes, "Overall, and as would be expected from these authors, this is an impressive volume. It brings together in a single source a wealth of methods and examples from previously published research as well as new work. The Indirect Estimation of Migration should provide an excellent reference for any researcher or practitioner involved in migration and projections research who has to deal with imperfect migration data." The review in its entirety can be accessed here: Book review
CUPC Participation at 2011 PAA Meeting in D.C.
The Population Program, Health & Society Program, & CUPC had an outstanding showing at this year's 2011 Population Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Included on the program were: Jason Boardman, Lori Hunter, Jane Menken, Sanyu Mojola, Stefanie Mollborn, Fred Pampel, Rick Rogers, Mike Roettger, Jill Williams, Kari Alexander, Bethany Everett, Rob Kemp, and Christie Sennott.
African Population Studies and CUPC Host Short Course for African Scholars
In July the CUPC co-hosted a two week short course offered by the African Population Studies Research and Training Program on Longitudinal Data Management and Analysis. The course was taught by Jani Little, Jill Williams, Latifat Ibisomi and Jane Menken. Sixteen African students from six different African Institutions attended the course along with five students from CU. The goal of this course is to improve the health and population research capacity in Africa and to increase the interest of CU students in African population issues. Three Population Program graduate students were teaching assistants for the course. Casey Blalock, Christie Sennott, and Laura Patterson are graduates of past short courses and have all spent time in Africa doing research. The TAs taught students how to use STATA and advised them on their independent research projects. This short course is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant to Jane Menken. To see a story in the Daily Camera about the short course follow this link: Daily Camera article