Fall 2003 Environment & Society News Archive

Lee Alston attended the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Conference, July 13-17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alston (in collaboration with Joseph Ferrie, Northwestern University and the NBER) presented "Climbing the agricultural ladder: Horatio Alger and having the right parents." Alston (in collaboration with Kara Gorski, University of Illinois) also presented "Voters, corruption, and reform: Lessons from U.S. history."

On July 31, Chuck Howe was awarded the Hall Medal from the Universities Council on Water Resources. The medal is presented to recognize distinguished achievements of an individual in the field of water resources. Past Colorado recipients include Neil Grigg and Gilbert White. Information on the Hall Medal is here:  http://ucowr.siu.edu/awards.html

On Sept 11-13, Lee Alston, Director, presented the paper, "Solving the Puzzle of Missing Land Rental Markets in Latin America: Conflict and Crops in Brazil," for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics at the University of Economic Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.

Sept 18-21 Lee Alston attended the Board of Trustees meeting, discussed a paper and chaired a session at the Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Sept 19, 2003: Natural Hazards Center Director Kathleen Tierney appeared on "ABC World News Tonight" in a segment focusing on the economic losses resulting from Hurricane Isabel. Tierney was also featured in a Baltimore Sun article on the impacts of the hurricane.

"Environmental Perspectives, Knowledge and Support for Rare Species in the Boulder Area" was presented by Lori Hunter at the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department Lunch Brown Bag Series on September 24, 2003.

The Oct 1, 2003 Colorado Daily article, "CU publishes post-Sept. 11 studies", by Meagan Balink, describes work done by Lori Peek (Natural Hazards Center and Sociology PhD Candidate) who traveled to Ground Zero as a part of a scientific research effort to study disaster impact and recovery. The Natural Hazards Center just released a 600-page report of the researchers' efforts in "Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research."

Kathleen Tierney is a member of a team that recently received a large Information Technology Research award from the National Science Foundation. The $12.5 million dollar project, "Responding to the Unexpected," is headed by investigators from the University of California at Irvine and the University of San Diego. Team members include information technology specialists, engineers, and social scientists. The five-year study will explore the ways in which advanced information technology tools can enhance the ability of local government agencies and first responders to manage extreme events, such as major earthquakes and terrorist attacks. Tierney's component of the project will focus on the organizational issues associated with technology adoption and use and on ways in which IT can be employed to encourage appropriate responses on the part of the public under hazardous conditions. Investigators will collaborate with emergency management and public safety officials in Los Angeles and San Diego on real-world IT applications over the course of the study. CU's share of the NSF funds will total $400,000 over the five-year grant period.

Oct 5, 2003: Natural Hazards Center Director Kathleen Tierney was featured in the Daily Camera article, "Drawn to Draw Attention to Natural Disasters" by Nicole Drummer, Camera staff writer.

Terry McCabe, William Travis, and Thomas Dickinson attended Yellowstone National Park's Seventh Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, October 6 - 8 2003. McCabe presented a paper, "Livelihood Diversification among Maasai Pastoralists in Northern Tanzania: Implications and Challenges for Conservation Policy," describing his work on social and cultural change among the Maasai who live in and around the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem. Travis, Dickinson, and others gave presentations reporting results of an ongoing study, led by Travis, of ranchland dynamics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with a focus on trends in ranching and ranchland ownership, and what those trends portend for cultural and economic communities, land conservation, and future GYE landscapes.

Chuck Howe delivered two lectures at Colorado State University on October 7th and 8th. The first was addressed to Colorado State's interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar, sponsored by the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute. The topic was "Observations on Attempts to Establish a Water Bank in the Arkansas Valley:Resource Mobility versus Keeping Water Down on the Farm" and summarized work done with John Wiener over the past two years. The second lecture was "Water Transfers and Their Impacts: Lessons from Three Colorado Water Markets", addressed to the Economics/Agricultural Economics Research Seminar. This was a report on the research pursued with economics graduate student Chris Goemans.

On October 8, 2003,Lori Hunter gave a talk "Environmental Perspectives, Knowledge and Support for Rare Species in the Boulder Area" for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department Lunch Brown Bag Series.

Kathleen Tierney made a presentation entitled "The Human Dimension of Disasters: Improving Societal Resilience through the Application of Sociological Research" at a Congressional seminar entitled "The Human Dimension of Disasters: How Social Science Research Can Improve Preparedness, Response, and Recovery," sponsored by the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, Oct. 27, 2003. She also made a presentation entitled "Responding Effectively to Extreme Events: Reality Versus Assumptions" at the Biosecurity 2003 Conference, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School, Washington, DC, Oct. 22, 2003.

Hannah Brenkert and Julie Gailus presented the paper "Integrated Research Paradigm: a Neorealist Model for Environmental Sociology" at the Symposium on Environment and the Treadmill of Production Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2003 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lee Alston presented the lecture "Empirical Research in Property Rights" and chaired a session at The Ronald Coase Institute's Workshop on Institutional Analysis, Dec. 6-11, 2003.

"UCB's Tierney to take part in NSF study of disaster response" (Dec 11, 2003 Silver & Gold Record.) "Kathleen Tierney of sociology, director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at CU-Boulder, will receive $400,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation to take part in a study of how organizations can use new information technology in responding to disasters."

Population and Environment Research Network (PERN), an Internet-based network of scholars interested in population and environment relationships, has invited Lori Hunter to serve a four-year term on their Steering Committee Dec. 23, 2003.

The Environment and Behavior Program is pleased to welcome visiting scholar, Edna Loehman, from Purdue University. Professor Loehman is part of the agricultural economics division at Purdue and is here for the spring and summer semesters. During her stay she will be working with Chuck Howe and John Wiener on local water issues as well as developing a new method of water pricing and analyzing costs of water management districts. Contingent valuation (most recently applied to automobile safety), insurance and risk preferences, and experimental economics (cost sharing for public goods) are other areas of her research.