Spring 2008 Environment & Society News Archive

Population-Health-Environment Video Featuring Lori Hunter Now on YouTube

"Population, Health, and Environment: Exploring the Connections," an original ECSP video, offers a lively, brief, and accessible explanation of population-health-environment connections, with examples and photos from successful programs in the Philippines. View the video on YouTube, then rate it, comment on it, favorite it, or post a video response. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGUtXzU-xb8. Presenter Lori Hunter spoke at the Wilson Center earlier this year as part of ECSP's PHE meeting series: www.wilsoncenter.org/next10

John Wiener gave a presentation to the US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage Urbanization and Irrigation Conference in Phoenix, AZ, May 2008, entitled "Towards Better Water Transfers in Colorado and Cumulative Cost Avoidance."

The Natural Hazards Center examines the uses of social media in disaster; the following papers will be presented at the 5th International ISCRAM Conference in Washington DC, May 4-7, 2008.

Sutton, J, L. and Palen, I. Shklovski (2008). Backchannels on the Front Lines: Emergent Uses of Social Media in the 2007 Southern California Wildfires.

Vieweg, S.E., L. Palen, S. Liu, A. L. Hughes, and J. Sutton. (2008). Collective Intelligence in Disaster: Examination of the Phenomenon in the Aftermath of the 2007 Virginia Tech Shooting.

Hughes, A. L., L. Palen, J. Sutton, S. Liu, and S.E. Vieweg. (2008). "Site-Seeing" in Disaster: An Examination of On-Line Social Convergence.

S.B. Liu, L. Palen, J. Sutton, A.L. Hughes, and S.E. Vieweg. (2008) In Search of the Bigger Picture: The Emergent Role of On-Line Photo Sharing in Times of Disaster.

RoseMarie Perez Foster, of Environment and Society and the Natural Hazards Center, was invited faculty and speaker at the United Nations Headquarters, Seventeenth International Conference on Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, on April 24, 2008. She presented research with Chernobyl nuclear disaster survivors relocated to the US for program: Living with Radiation: Medical and Psychological Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident.

Jeannette Sutton and Christine Bevc gave the presentation "Collaboration across Boundaries: Research on Regional Preparedness Networks" at the 2008 Urban Area Security Initiative Conference in Charlotte, SC on April 21, 2008. This presentation drew upon data from more than 100 interviews on regional collaboration and emergency preparedness. Conclusions include the importance of distributed resources, the balance of decision-making power, and the liability of unconnectedness. This research was funded through the Hazards Center's START grant.

Hamilton Bean, doctoral candidate in the Communication Department and research assistant for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) grant, administered through the Natural Hazards Center, has received a 2008/9 Dissertation Grant Award from the United States Department of Homeland Security. This highly competitive award is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Hamiltons proposed dissertation explores how organizational communication and culture mediate the conception, practice, and effects of information sharing within organizations possessing a homeland security mission. This project is significant for stakeholders across HS-STEM (homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research areas, particularly those areas concerned with information sharing, i.e., Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Human Factors, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. His START mentor is Lisa Kernen, Assistant Professor of Communication.

Hamilton Bean is currently assisting Professor Lisa Kernen in planning a 2008 conference on emergency pre-event communication with a grant from START that will unite emergency planners with communication and social science researchers to consider the dilemmas of communicating with diverse publics in anticipation of a terrorist emergency. Sponsored by the National Communication Association-Forum and START, the event will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2008, in downtown San Diego. Richard Kilberg, President and Executive Producer of the Fred Friendly Seminars (FFS) and Ruth Friendly, Vice President of FFS will be on hand to help the group work through case studies from their recent City Under Siege and Bioattack videos. For more information, contact Lisa Kernen (keranen@colorado.edu).

Lee Alston presented a seminar for the Princeton Program on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy entitled "Land Reform, Land Conflict, and Land Use in Brazil", April 14, 2008.

John Wiener gave a presentation at the Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop in Durham, NV, March 2008, entitled "Ten Years After User-centricity in a Messy Situation." Posted here.

John Wiener gave a presentation at the USDA CSREES National Water Meeting in Sparks, NV, February 2008, entitled "Changing Colorado Agricultural Water Management: Reflections on a Failure of Adaptation." Posted here.

Lee Alston presented the keynote address, entitled "Which Governance for Which Environment?", at the European Union Workshop in Cargese, Corsica, France, February 2008.

Barbara Farhar, visiting research scholar in the Environment and Society Program, had an article published in the January/February 2008 issue of Solar Today. "A comparative study reveals that with supportive policies, high-performance homes can be cost-competitive with other houses. Are zero-carbon homes ahead?" Here is a pdf of the article.

John Wiener gave a presentation, "Moving Towards Climate-Responsive Water Management", at the Colorado Water Congress in Denver, CO, January, 2008, with two posters. (Posters also to be used for Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance meeting, February and Central Plains Irrigation Association meeting, February, with handouts.)

At the January, 2008 annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), it was announced that Professor Chuck Howe (IBS and Emeritus from Economics) had been elected Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. AERE is the leading professional organization of economists in the sub-field of natural resource and environmental economics. Chuck was commended for his pioneering work in the economic analysis of water development and management, both in the U.S. and in developing countries. His books on natural resource economics and benefit-cost analysis were long the standard graduate texts in those fields. He directed the Water Resources Program at Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C. in the 1960's prior to coming to the Economics Department at UCB where he initiated new courses in the natural resources/environment area. He directed the Environment & Behavior Program in IBS from 1986 through 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and holds the Icko Iben Award of the American Water Resources Association and the Warren Hall medal of the Universities' Council on Water Resources. Also elected as Fellows were Daniel Bromley at Wisconsin, Gardner Brown of the University of Washington, Kenneth McConnell of the University of Maryland, Kathleen Segerson of the University of Connecticut and David Zilberman of the University of California at Berkeley.

Christine Bevc presented "Across Town Ties: A Comparison of Regional Collaboration Networks" at the annual Sunbelt XXVIII International Sunbelt Social Network Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 24. The presentation featured ongoing social networks research related to emergency preparedness with Kathleen Tierney, Jeannette Sutton, Alexandra Jordan, Ashly Barlau, and Erica Kuligowski.

Lori Hunter has taken on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Population and Environment, published by Springer. The journal's mission statement: Population and Environment publishes articles, commentary and reviews related to the bi-directional links between population, natural resources, and the natural environment, with the purpose of deepening scientific and policy dialogue in this often complex area. The coverage is multidisciplinary, spanning a range of social, policy, life, and natural sciences. Work at all scales, local to global, is presented as are both theoretical and empirical contributions. Population and Environment reaches a wide readership of researchers working in academic and policy institutions in the fields of demography, economics, sociology, geography, environmental studies, public health, ecology and associated sub-disciplines.