Fall 2004 Environment & Society News Archive

Natural Hazards Center's project manager Greg Guibert reports that the (summer 2004) 29th Annual Boulder Workshop crowd topped 400 participants; with 46% of the attendees as first-timers. The invitation-only event is an international gathering of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers working in the fields of hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction. The theme of this year's workshop was the Next Generation - a next generation of researchers, practitioners, tools, and strategies for addressing hazard mitigation - and there was a significant increase in the number students and young professionals in attendance. Greg Mandt, the Director of the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Service at the National Weather Service, gave a very well received keynote address entitled, "Communicating Environmental Services." Over the course of 3 days sessions ranged from cutting edge issues in social vulnerability to transportation in emergencies to innovations in remote sensing. As in years past, a number of people at IBS were instrumental in the success of the event and Guibert would like to give a special thanks to John Weiner for moderating a session on Slow Onset Disasters and Sugandha Brooks for her help in preparing the invitations and participant lists.

Chuck Howe was an invited plenary speaker at the annual conference of the Universities' Council on Water Resources in Portland, Oregon in July, 2004. His topic was "The Return to the River Basin: The Increasing Costs of 'Jurisdictional Externalities.' "

Jeannette Sutton, research associate at the Natural Hazards Center, won the graduate student paper contest in the Theory Section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Her paper is entitled: "Vulnerability and Convergence in the World Trade Center Disaster: Social Managment of People-Types in Crisis." She will present this paper at the SSSP meetings in San Francisco in August.

August 13-15, 2004: Lori Hunter attended the 67th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society in Sacramento, CA and presented "Economic Well-being in Fast Growing, High Amenity Regions" with Jason Boardman and Jarron Saint Onge.

Lori Hunter attended the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco, August 15-17 and presented the following: "The Association between Amenity-Related Rural Population Growth and Individual Economic Well-Being," Lori M. Hunter, Jason Boardman, and Jarron Saint Onge; and "Cross-National Gender Variation in Environmental Behaviors," Lori M. Hunter, Alison Hatch, Aaron Johnson.

Kathleen Tierney was featured in an article Tuesday, Sep 7, 2004 in the New York Times. It appeared in the Science section with the title: "A Conversation with Kathleen Tierney: A Sociologist with an Advanced Degree in Calamity."

Lori Peek won the student paper award from the Association of Professional Emergency Planners. Her paper is entitled "Backlash Mitigation Plan: Protecting Ethnic and Religious Minorities Following a Terrorist Attack." Peek's paper will be published in the fall issue of the association's journal, and she will also receive a cash award.

Chuck Howe gave a seminar at the School of Business at the University of Reading, UK. on October 13, 2004. The topic was a summary of issues in the United States relating to river basin management and the privatization of water services. Privatization of water and water services (e.g. urban supplies) has a long history in the US in that surface and ground water supplies have legally been treated as private property in the western US for over one hundred years. At the level of urban drinking water and waste water services there have been some private companies since Aaron Burr established the Manhattan Water and Banking Company in the late 18th century (later to become Chase Manhattan Bank!), but the vast majority of urban utilities are city owned and run.

Lori Peek was recently awarded a PERIShip National Dissertation Fellowship in the amount of $9,180. The fellowships are funded by the National Science Foundation and the Public Entity Risk Institute. Ten fellows who are completing dissertation in the areas of hazards, disasters, or risk were selected from across the United States. Peek's dissertation is entitled "The Identity of Crisis: Muslim Americans After September 11."