Spring 2009 Environment & Society News Archive

Kathleen Tierney was invited to make two presentations on disaster research in Osaka and Kobe, Japan: "Businesses and Disasters: Research Findings and Lessons Learned" 2nd Coordination Symposium, co-sponsored by Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe Universities, Osaka, Japan, January 14, 2009; and "Disaster Resilience: Definitions, Concepts, and Meaures" Comparative Workshop for Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, January 16, 2009.

The Boulder City Council has appointed Chuck Howe (Environment & Society) to a 5 year term on the Water Resources Advisory Board. The 5 person Water Resources Advisory Board advises the Boulder Water Utility and City Council on all matters concerning City water supply: adequacy of raw water supplies; maintenance and renewal of facilities; watershed protection; flood control; drinking water and instream water quality; cooperation with regional utilities; rate structure; etc. The Board is charged with maintaining reliable water services during an era of drought and climate change. Chuck's experience and expertise should be helpful in dealing with these increasingly complex issues.

Kathleen Tierney, Christine Bevc, and Alexandra Jordan attended the Third Annual Department of Homeland Security University Network Summit on March 17-19 in Washington, D.C. Kathleen participated in a panel discussion community resilience. Christine and Alexandra's presentation, entitled "Patterned Tendencies: Combining Discourse and Social Networks", was featured in the graduate student research session on "Network Analysis and Terrorism".

Christine Bevc has received a START Curriculum Development Award ($3,000) as part of the educational outreach mission of Department of Homeland Security's Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism. Christine will be developing a comprehensive curriculum unit for use in classrooms across the country. The unit, entitled Networks and Preparedness, is designed to introduce students to the growing field of social network analysis (SNA) and its application to the contemporary problem of community preparedness. This award is one of only eight awarded nationally.

Lori Hunter has recently been elected to the council of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Section on Population for a 3-year term.