Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado
On March 7-8, Elliott attended the Arizona Effective Practices Symposium in Tempe, Arizona where he presented on the national direction of effective practices. Elliott participated in the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control meeting on March 21-22, in Atlanta, Georgia. On March 28-29, Elliott attended a meeting in Washington, DC to work on the U.S. Surgeon General's Report to the Nation on Youth Violence2000. On March 29-30, he was the keynote speaker at a conference, Juveniles in Adult Court: Our Children, Our Future (training conference), in Miami, Florida, for the Public Defender's Office11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. While there he also met with the Mayor and community leaders and participated in a panel discussion.
Sharon Mihalic and Jane Grady attended the Western Society for Criminology Conference in Kona, Hawaii, on February 24-26, where they presented and hosted an exhibit for Blueprints for Violence Prevention.
On March 10, CSPV hosted a School Mental Health Mini Conference. Guest speakers included Dr. Howard Adelman of UCLA and Dr. Mark Weist from the University of Maryland. Delbert S. Elliott, Jane Grady, and Tonya Aultman-Bettridge also spoke on the Safe CommunitiesSafe Schools Initiative. Tiffany Shaw, Holly Bell, Jennifer Carroll, Michelle Beaulieu, and Landa Heys, along with a number of invited guests, also attended.
The Safe CommunitiesSafe Schools Initiative was presented by Jane Grady to the Nevada Commission for School Safety on March 7 and presented by Tiffany Shaw at the Social Work 2000 Conference on March 23 in Denver.
On March 23, Holly Bell, Jennifer Carroll, Tonya Aultman-Bettridge, and Michelle Beaulieu attended a Safe Schools Planning Task Force meeting with Sheridan School District. On March 30, Grady, Shaw, Bell, Carroll, Beaulieu, Aultman-Bettridge, and Heys, attended the Boulder County Safehouse Symposium "Immigration Challenges in Boulder County." The symposium was held at the CU Law School in Boulder.
Gilbert F. White took part in a meeting on March 2223 of the State/Federal planning committees for the Upper Mississippi and Lower Mississippi River basins at Cape Tirardequ, Missouri. A critical review was made of possible programs to achieve economic and environmental sustainability through floodplain management. White joined in the discussions and offered concluding observations on promising government policies.
Mileti presented the keynote speech at an international conference held in San Endres, Colombia, hosted by the National University of Colombia and the Colombian Agency for International Cooperation. The title of the speech was "Hazards Mitigation and Sustainable Development," and it formed the basis for a two-day long discussion by representatives of fourteen different nations regarding merging hazards mitigation and development planning.
Mary Fran Myers was one of three speakers at a workshop on "Succeeding with the National Science Foundation (NSF)" held March 9 at the University of Colorado, Boulder campus. The workshop involved learning how to write successful proposals to NSF, and is part of a series sponsored by the Graduate School that focus on "Faculty Research Opportunities."
The motivation for the conference lay in frustration with disciplinary boundaries that hinder the adoption and use of new methodologies in the social sciences. In particular, by bringing recent advances in spatial analysis and parallel developments in visualization and exploratory spatial data methods developed in Geography to the attention of the political science community, the organizers wanted to initiate cross-disciplinary fertilization of methods and research emphases. Leading practitioners of these methodologies in Political Science and leading users of spatial methods in Geography applied to political problems made presentations. Several of the paper presenters are graduates of the IBS Program on Political and Economic Change with Ph.D. degrees in Geography and Political Science. Michael Shin (Miami), Colin Flint (Penn State), Mohan Penubarti (UCLA) and Kristian Gleditsch (Glasgow) returned to Boulder as established scholars and paper presenters.
Of the 73 participants, about 45 were visitors to CU-Boulder, with the remainder of the attendees comprised of CU faculty and graduate students in the social sciences. IBS faculty, staff, and graduate students played an important role in the conference as presenters or commentators on the papers. Jani Little, Keith Maskus, Jim Huff, Debra Javeline, Takashi Yamazaki, and Paul Talbot acted as commentators on some of the presenters. Faculty from Political Science (John McIver, Steve Chan, and Claudio Cioffi) and Geography (Barbara Buttenfield) also filled important roles in making the conference a success, as paper discussants or workshop presenter (Buttenfield). Campus faculty, staff and graduate students from the departments of Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics were in attendance at the workshops and paper sessions. The conference thus offered a model of the new social science that is inter-disciplinary and links directly to the new IBS-based graduate certificate program in Applied Behavioral Science. The spatial methodologies discussed at the conference are important for all social scientists that use aggregate data. The format and organization of the conference contributed significantly to its success. Individuals attending the conference were a diverse set of people who shared a strong common interest and a strong sense of mission and discovery. Inter-disciplinary was evident in the sessions and in conferences can be treated more explicitly in terms of "why our field wants what you have" and so forth. Substantive interests do not supersede the need for methodological development, and they will receive more recognition in future meetings. That will keep the motivation high and keep the value of dissemination throughout the social sciences present as well. Each 30-minute paper received an equal amount of commentary and discussion with strong engagement of the attendees in both the substantive subject (political subjects such as electoral choice or international behavior) and methodological issues (the special features of aggregate spatial data, ecological inference, or measuring spatial relations).
The details of the methodologies, the list of paper presenters, the drafts of the papers, and list of attendees are available on the conference website (http://www.colorado.edu/IBS/PEC/spatialconf.html). A follow-up conference is now being planned for next March in Florida. Revised versions of the papers will be published in special issues of Political Analysis and Political Geography in early 2001, and a book in the political methodological series of the University of Michigan Press is also being prepared by the conference organizers.
L.A. Staeheli and J.V. OLoughlin
Transnationalism, international migration, race, ethnocentrism and the state
FL Intl Univ, 08/01/00 - 07/31/03, new, $45,735
There is an online listing of upcoming and recent colloquia.