Spring 2004 Institutions News Archive

John V. O'Loughlin has been awarded a Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2004. These fellowships are highly competitive awards that CU-Boulder grants to its faculty. They provide a reassignment of University responsibilities so that the faculty member may pursue full-time research or creative work. Upon recommendation from the Council on Research and Creative Work (which provides faculty members with financial assistance and/or time free from teaching and administrative responsibilities), the Dean of the Graduate School awards the Faculty Fellowship.

CNN/Money (from the editors of CNN and Money magazine) used a study by David Leblang as a source for their Jan 22, 2004 article, "Surprise: Dems are better for rallies." Staff writer Alexandra Twin wrote:

"... However, volatility is actually lower during Democratic presidencies, according to both the UCLA study and another recent study by two political science professors -- David Leblang of the University of Colorado and Bumba Mukherjee of Florida State University. The study ("Elections, Partisan Politics and Stock Market Performance: Theory and Evidence from a Century of American and British Returns") -- which tracks stock market returns since the first day the Dow Jones industrial average was calculated in 1896 through the fall of 2001 -- shows that market volatility decreases during Democratic administrations."

"A 2002 academic survey of urban management in Moscow written by Vladimir Kolossov and Olga Vendina from the Academy of Science's Institute of Geography and John O'Loughlin from the University of Colorado's Institute of Behavioral Science, said that 'the interests of the majority of Muscovites are ill served by contemporary political structures and processes.'  Writing about the real estate office boom in the center, the report said that this 'should not eclipse the interests of the population as a whole. The most attractive and prestigious sections of the city must be accessible to the general public and they should not be turned into citadels for the well-to-do."
O'Flynn, Kevin. 2004. Fast-changing center is squeezing out locals. The Moscow Times [online] 13 Jan, Business sec., p. 19

Congratulations to Marco Antonsich (Geography Ph.D. student and student intern, Political and Economic Change Program) for being awarded the Political Geography Special Group winner of the 2004 PGSG Student Paper Competition. His awarding paper is entitled: "Re-scaling territorial political identitites? On the relationship between territory and identity in the age of globalisation."

Keith Maskus spoke at the European Commission 10th Anniversary Conference Celebrating the WTO-TRIPS Agreement in Brussels on June 23, 2004.

Frank Witmer (Geography Ph.D. student and student intern, Political and Economic Change Program) has been awarded a summer research fellowship at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis as part of their Young Scientists Summer Program. The institute is located near Vienna, Austria and engages in research of regional and global importance in the three areas of Natural Resources & Environment, Population & Society, and Energy & Technology. Frank will conduct research that addresses the human-environment relationship by combining remotely sensed data with land type and potential crop productivity data for European Russia.

John V. O'Loughlin has received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award. He was one of 185 winners (including a diversity of artists, scholars, and scientists) selected from 3,200 applicants. The winners are appointed based on distinguished achievement and promise for future accomplishments.
The Guggenheim fellowship funding will be used to complete a book on the new political geography of Ukraine. This book will revisit two classic themes of political geography: borders and geopolitical orders. The geopolitical interests of external actors, particularly Russian and NATO, are connected to the specific development of post-independent borders of Ukraine. Such a linkage is rare despite the obvious implications for territorial delimitation of geopolitical claims and the reverse, the effects of boundary changes on existing geopolitical arrangements and associations. Ukraines relations with Russia are foremost in their implications for the territorial integrity of a state with a large Russian minority, located predominantly in the East and South of Ukraine. Earlier geopolitical study dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century connected the macro-perspective of geopolitics to the micro-scale effects of borders and frontier delimitations. Whilst not advocating a return to ethnocentric, state-centred geopolitical study, this book revives the classic geopolitical tradition without the national-patriotic baggage that accompanied earlier works. It thus makes a contribution to the renaissance of limology (border study) in political geography and the study of the geopolitics of Ukraine, the key in the arch of post-Communist Europe.