Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado
Charles M. Becker conducted a seminar on demographic change in Kazakstan during the post-Soviet era at Harvard University's Institute for International Development on December 17 and at the Kazakstan Institute of Economics, Management and Strategic Planning in Almaty, Kazakstan on January 14.
Delbert S. Elliott presented a speech at the opening plenary session at the national conference of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (a part of the U.S. Department of Justice) entitled "Juvenile Justice at the Crossroads." The conference was held December 12 in Baltimore. The goal of the conference was to facilitate dialogue outlining the critical juvenile justice issues facing the country and the direction for legislation and programming for the 21st century.
Bill Howard, a reporter from Youth Today interviewed Delbert Elliott for an upcoming issue of the national publication regarding the current research projects of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). Other CSPV staff members, Kelley Coffin and Jane Grady, provided information regarding the Information House.
Delbert Elliott and Tonya Aultman-Bettridge attended a Board Meeting of the Colorado Trust to discuss CSPV's involvement in the Trust's Violence Prevention Initiative on December 4 in Denver.
In December 1996, Anthony Bebbington, with Tom Carroll (Emeritus Professor, George Washington University) and LATEN (the Latin America Environmental Unit in the World Bank), submitted a research proposal for $95,000 to the World Bank Danish Trust Fund program of research on social capital.
Gilbert F. White was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Floodplain Managers Foundation that held its organizing meeting in Chicago on December 10. The new Foundation will seek funds to support needed work, including research, on the nation's floodplain problems. White is also serving on a committee of the Land and Water Fund that is advising on the design of the Fund's building at the southwest corner of Baseline and Broadway streets in Boulder to serve as a demonstration of environmentally sound construction to minimize urban pollution problems. On January 20-24 White met with a group in Kampala, Uganda, to plan a restudy of the sites and households that were examined thirty years ago in research that was reported in the book Drawers of Water: Domestic Water Use in East Africa. (1972). The preliminary findings from that study were shared with government agencies planning domestic water supply improvements. Now, a group of overseas development agencies from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands is financing the study by British and East African scientists who will observe any changes in conditions of choice, costs, and effects, and will look for possible policy lessons.
Patricia Jaramillo is the most recent recipient of the IBS Graduate Student Diversity Fellowship. She received her M.P.Aff. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Before returning to school she worked as a researcher for a political consulting firm in Austin, Texas, and as a policy analyst for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. She is in her second year of the Ph.D. program in political science and has worked with Walter Stone on the Perot project since she started the program. Patricia is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Research Program on Political and Economic Change.
My research interests are directed at American political parties and elections. In my preliminary Ph.D. paper I am beginning to confront the questions that drew me back to political science. Specifically, I will focus on identifying a mobilizing mechanism for activism in the presidential nomination and general elections. By drawing on the work of Sidney Verba and his colleagues and hypotheses developed by Stone, Atkeson, and Rapoport (1992), I argue that methods of mobilization are unique to specific modes of activity, in particular, time and money-based modes of activity. I hope to contribute to the study of the nomination process by demonstrating that individuals active in one mode of activity in the nomination contest continue to be active in the same mode of activity in the general election because of the methods of mobilization. I begin by defining mobilization according to personal and impersonal contacts. My expectations are that personal contacts are primarily used for mobilization into time-based activities while impersonal contacts are the predominant predictor of money-based activities.
Along with my own research, I am beginning work with Walter Stone, Randall Partin, and Lori Weber on a project that examines the causes of activism across different forms of participatory activities. This project will focus on a 1996 two-wave survey of small-money contributors to the Democratic and Republican National Committees. We will compare this sample of contributors to a sample of caucus attenders and reform party activists. By doing so we step into the debate in American politics over the role played by certain types of participants.
In addition to these two projects, I plan to continue my work with Walter Stone on the Perot project. Perot's continued presence on the political stage drives interesting questions about long-term effects of Perot on the major parties. This research could provide valuable insight into these effects.
Were it not for the IBS Graduate School Diversity Fellowship, the progress I have made on my research would not have been possible. I hope the opportunities provided by this grant will continue to be available to graduate students.
Dean's Small Grants are competitive awards, sponsored by the CU Graduate School, that support the research, scholarship, and creative work of graduate students. The grants range from $100 to a maximum of $750. Any full-time graduate student in good standing and making adequate progress toward a degree on the Boulder campus may apply for an award. Almost any type of research or creative project may be funded. Projects directly related to work on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation generally receive priority, although other projects also receive funding. Consult the bulletin board in IBS #1 for application materials or contact Maryellen Ancell or Mike Hinojosa in the Graduate School, Regent 308, 492-7401. The application deadline is February 14, 1997.
Fred C. Pampel and S. Steinmo
The changing context of tax policy
NSF, 01/01/98 - 12/31/98, $127,583, new
Richard G. Rogers
Collaborative research: socio-economic status and adult mortality
NSF, 06/01/97 - 05/31/99, $72,268, new
James O. Huff
Patterns of Latino concentration in Southwestern cities
NSF, 06/15/97 - 06/14/99, $177,398, new
Kenneth M. Strzepek and S.J. Smith
Integrated assessment of greenhouse gas trading (The comprehensive approach and other schemes)
EPA, 07/01/97 - 06/30/00, $153,648, new
Dennis S. Mileti
A clearinghouse for natural hazards research and applications
NSF, 02/01/97 - 08/31/97, $5,000, supplement
There is an online listing of upcoming and recent colloquia.
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Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0483