Fall 2009 IBS News Archive

Jennifer Bair recently presented a paper entitled "The Place of Disarticulations: Global Commodity Production in La Laguna, Mexico" at the Social Science History Association conference, which took place in Long Beach, CA November 13-15, 2009. Jenn was also invited to participate as a critic on an author meets critic panel discussing Loic Wacquant's most recent book, "Publishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity."


Jeannette Sutton gave a presentation entitled "Warning Systems, Risk Communication and New Social Media: How Technological Innovation is Changing the Landscape of Disaster" at the Utah Public Official's Conference in Midway, Utah, October 26, 2009.


On October 16, Jeannette Sutton presented recent research and moderated a discussion on Web 2.0 and Emergency Management at the Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Those present include Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, and a number of executives and privacy officers from Silicon Valley technology companies.


Jeannette Sutton presented a talk entitled "Crisis Communications: What's New?" at the Corporate Security, Business Continuity, and Crisis Management conference hosted by the Conference Board in New York City, October 14, 2009.


Jane Menken's recent laureate honor was highlighted in the Oct 13, 2009, edition of Inside CU. Her award was also featured in the October CU Faculty and Staff Newsletter.


The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) and Population Program recently funded five outstanding developmental grants totaling $30,000.

These awards represent an invaluable way to support junior and senior faculty, fund graduate students, bridge programs, and encourage interdisciplinary research. These proposals grapple with central demographic issues and are quite likely to result in cutting-edge research contributions. The CUPC Developmental Grant Review Committee—composed of Fred Pampel and Tim Wadsworth—made the following awards:

  • Jason Boardman, Department of Sociology: The Integration of Genome-Wide Data into Social Demographic Research
  • Lori Hunter, Department of Sociology: The Reciprocality of Social and Environmental Well-Being: Reforestation in Rural Kenya
  • Fernando Riosmena, Department of Geography: International Migration and the Informal Economy in Latin America
  • Sanyu Mojola, Department of Sociology: Understanding the Role of Transitions to Adulthood in Shaping HIV Risk among African Americans
  • Stef Mollborn, Department of Sociology and Paula Fomby, Department of Sociology (CU-Denver): The Transition to School among Children of Teen Parents: The Reciprocality of Social and Environmental Well-Being: Reforestation in Rural Kenya

The Population Program expects to make similar awards next year.


John O'Loughlin has been designated Professor of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences. The honor is reserved for scholars and artists of national and international distinction who are also recognized by their college peers as teachers and colleagues of exceptional talent. This is one of the University's top honors for its faculty. Congratulations, Johno!

Everyone is invited to the celebration of this honor on Tuesday, Dec 8 2009, which will include lectures followed by a brief reception. Information about the event is here: http://colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/academics/profofdistinctannounce.html
Here is a link to the article about the award: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2009/09/profs-get-top-college-distinction/


Dr. Jane Menken, Director of Institute of Behavioral Science, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Honored as Laureate by International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

Jane Menken, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science, was honored as the 2009 Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population during the recent quadrennial meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

The IUSSP Laureate Award was established in 1991 to recognize the life-time achievements of outstanding IUSSP members. The award is based on contributions to the advancement of population sciences and distinguished service rendered to the organization. To be eligible for consideration, an individual must have been a member of the IUSSP for at least 20 years and be nominated by five or more IUSSP members from different countries.

During the award ceremony on Sept 30, 2009, Menken was honored by John Cleland, Professor of Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and current IUSSP President, as well as former students and colleagues. Cleland described Menken as “the great matriarch of demography” and the ultimate facilitator of the discipline. He reviewed her distinguished contributions to the field particularly in developing mathematical models of the reproductive process that initiated a new area of research in reproductive and child health, combined with her contributions to research involving the Matlab Demographic Surveillance System in Bangladesh. Menken’s efforts in research capacity development through the African Population Studies Training Program at CU-Boulder were also lauded.

Former student Alex Ezeh (Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya) reminisced about Menken’s influence as a teacher, coach and mentor. Other colleagues, including Professor José Alberto Magno de Carvalho (Brazil) and Professor and Senator of the Italian Parliament Massimo Livi Bacci (Italy), described her organizational impacts on the IUSSP and the Population Association of America, as she has worked to make the associations more accessible and inclusive. Hania Zlotnick, another former student and current Director of the UN Population Division, recalled her first impression of Menken, whom she met soon after Menken had finished her PhD at Princeton. Menken had written a book with Mindel Sheps entitled Mathematical Models of Conception and Birth and Zlotnick had a sense it would be highly influential in the field of fertility studies. Zlotnick noted that the book, like the author, possessed a “light and cheery cover but with heavy content.” She described Menken as an influential scholar “in human form” with both “general intelligence and high emotional intelligence.”

Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997, Menken was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


CRS congratulates Lindy Schulz on her retirement, July 10, 2009.