Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado
Congratulations are also extended to Gilbert F. White, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and former Director of IBS, who received the 2000 Millennium Award from the International Water Resources Association presented at the 10th Stockholm Water Symposium in Sweden on August 17.
Program Rationale: It is becoming apparent that the most urgent social problems in the contemporary world are not amenable to understanding from within the confines of a single discipline. Because of the inherent complexity, interdisciplinary approaches are required to understand problems such as poverty, family disintegration, risky health behavior, income and wealth inequality, racial and gender discrimination, alienating work, population growth, movement and decline, andenvironmental degradation (to name but a few), and to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities cope with them. The goal of the certificate program is to train a new kind of social scientist, one who is able to understand the most important social and economic changes that areimpacting communities in the contemporary world, equipped with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, accomplished across a variety of methodological domains, sensitive to ethical issues in applied behavioral research and teaching, and comfortable in settings of ethnic, cultural, and racial diversity. Most important, this new kind of social scientist will be trained to be a problem-solver and will be employable in non-academic as well as academic settings.
Students will fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. in their home departments, including the core theory and methods sequences.
Students will take a two-semester seminar (six credit hours) titled Graduate Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science. The seminar will be open to students only after their first year in their departments to ensure solid training in a disciplinary base. The seminar will be coordinated by an IBS faculty member, and seminar sessions will be team-taught by the coordinator and members of the IBS professional staff and other faculty associated with the Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship Program (IGERT) initiative. The seminar will focus on the logic, theories, and methods of interdisciplinary inquiry; solving problems in real research settings; understanding how different disciplines ask questions about social problems and go about answering them; methods of inquiry that have been useful in one research setting that might be useful in another one; and ethical issues in problem-oriented behavioral research.
Students will take a two-course, graduate research method sequence in a department other than their own home department. Such courses must be considerably distinct in approach and method from the core methods sequence taken in the first year in their home departments.
Students will be required to spend at least one academic year as a participating member of an IBS research team.
Students will be required to attend regular IBS research colloquia offered by IBS staff and visitors.
Applying to the Program: Students will apply to the program during the Spring semester of their first year in their home department. They will have to demonstrate a strong record of achievement in their disciplines, with no less than a B average (and no Incompletes) in their first semester courses, evidence of satisfactory progress in their second semester courses, and at least one letter of recommendation from their first-year seminar teachers. Selection of Certificate program members will be made by the Certificate program coordinator, advised by a small committee of IBS faculty appointed by the IBS director.
On August 29, CSPV sponsored a facilitation training for Safe CommunitiesSafe Schools site coordinators and representatives. Donna Duffy of the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education provided training. CSPV staff who attended included Jane Grady, Holly Bell, Jennifer Carroll, Mary Beth Abella, Rhonda Ntepp, Tonya AultmanBettridge, and Landa Heys. Also on the 29th, CSPV, along with the Colorado Attorney Generals Office, hosted an interagency meeting to discuss issues pertaining to interagency agreements and information sharing. Agencies represented at the meeting included representatives from key mental health organizations, school associations, law enforcement agencies, and the Attorney Generals Office. Delbert Elliott, along with Carroll, Ntepp, and Heys participated in the meeting.
Jane Grady, Holly Bell, and Landa Heys attended the Colorado Council of Social Scientists Brown Bag Meeting, Improving Inter-Agency Coordination for Evaluation and Funding in Denver. Bell and Heys attended a meeting of the steering committee for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy in Westminster on August 18.
While in Washington, Rogers participated as Associate Editor in the board meeting of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior which is the official medical sociology journal of the American Sociological Association.
The workshop will take place in the Department of Geography KESDA Lab located in the basement of Guggenheim on Friday afternoons 2:00-4:00, September 22, 29 and October 13, 20. All interested faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. Enrollment is limited. Pre-register by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-492-4179.
Information Technology Services is also offering short Statistical Computing Workshops that could be of interest to some IBS researchers. See: http://www.colorado.edu/ITS/docs/stat.html for more information.
African Ethnopolitics and Democratization and Continuity and Change in Zambia
James R. Scarritt, Professor of Political Science, is a Faculty Research Associate in the Research Program on Political and Economic Change. His research focuses on political leadership, ethnopolitics, and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. He has made six research visits to Zambia, the first in 1961 and the latest in May and June of this year, and is completing a book on continuity and change in the politics of that country during this thirty-nine year period. His other recent research has involved a cross-national study on African ethnopolitics and democratization, and a study of the effects of uneven democratization on Zambia-Zimbabwe relations.
A collaborator and I have created a data set on ethnopolitical groups (politically relevant groups based in ethnicity broadly defined) in all countries in Africa south of the Sahara. The data set includes indices of groups geographical concentration, and the ethnopolitical fragmentation of countries. We have published an article on the methodology for creating a data set and one using the data to argue that regional autonomy is not a good solution to ethnopolitical conflicts in most African countries. We recently gave a paper showing that African ethnopolitical cleavages, in conjunction with existing political institutions, are likely to produce multiethnic rather than ethnic political parties. We are working on several papers relating ethnopolitical fragmentation and concentration, features of the democratization process and electoral system characteristics to electoral outcomes. We find that greater ethnopolitical fragmentation, especially if combined with high geographical concentration, produces greater numbers of electoral and legislative parties. We are planning to produce a book that will combine all of these topics and describe the coding of all ethnopolitical groups in the data set.
I am also completing a book tentatively entitled Change and Continuity in Zambia: Leaders, Institutions, and Policies Under Economic Decline and Class Formation. This book analyzes continuity and change in Zambian politics and society between 1960 and 2000 employing an integrated theoretical framework that is presented in the first chapter. The analysis shows that the values, norms, and social backgrounds of political leaders at the time of independence have substantially influenced the development of political institutions and policies from that time to the present, affecting both continuity and change in them. It then provides evidence that the same values, norms, and social backgrounds characterize current political leaders. It also shows how the societal processes of economic growth/decline without diversification and the incomplete formation of a privileged class have shaped, and continue to shape, the interpretation of these values and norms and their effects on institutions and policies. The feedback effects of institutions and policies on values, norms, and societal processes are also analyzed. Finally, the concluding chapter argues that Zambia's current problems in consolidating its fragile democracy can be explained by the interaction among societal processes, leaders values and norms, institutions, and policies over the last thirty-nine years.
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NSF also announces its International Research Fellowship Program. The objective of the program is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to opportunities abroad, thereby furthers NSFs goal of establishing productive, mutually-beneficial relationships between US and foreign science and engineering communities. These awards are available for research in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. Foreign science or engineering centers and other centers of excellence in all geographical regions are eligible host institutions. The average award size is $60,000 and approximately 20-30 fellowships will be offered. The deadline for the application is November 15. Further information is available at: International Research Fellowship Program, Susan Parris, Division of International Programs, Room 935, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, 703-292-7225, email@example.com.
Complete copies of the above and other funding opportunity announcements can be found on the bulletin board in IBS 1.
Contact Sheryl Jensen in the Graduate School at 2-7099 for more information on regular, expedited, and exempt review and to obtain appropriate forms. Forms are also available in department offices. Be sure you are using the most current version of the form. You cmay also check their Web site at http///www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/HRC/.
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