Fall 2009 Population News Archive

The latest "Arts and Sciences Magazine" contains an article of special interest which focuses on the work of Liam Downey and Brian Hawkins on environmental inequality: click here.


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.


Christina Sue spent last week at Princeton University as part of an international research team conducting an unprecedented survey on race in four Latin American countries - Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.


Liam Downey's research on family structure and environmental inequality was featured in this week's edition of Inside CU: click here.


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.


Population Program graduate students actively participated in this year’s Southern Demographic Association’s annual meeting held from October 22-24 in Galveston, Texas. Justin Denney presented “The Impact of Health Indicators and Household Formations on Suicide Mortality in the United States;” Bethany Everett presented “Expectational Life Outlooks and Educational Achievement: Examining the Role of Neighborhood,” and “Education Differentials in Mortality;” and Jeff Dennis presented, “Exploration of Factors Contributing to the Weathering Hypothesis in Low Birth Weight Using Nationally Representative U.S. Data.” The presentations were as insightful as they were well received. Importantly, the Department of Sociology, the Population Program, the Graduate School, and individual faculty grants generously provided travel support.


Lori Hunter was an invited panelist at a conference organized by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh (Nov 9-10). The conference focused U.S. carrying capacity within three main topics: 1. Measures of U.S. resource consumption, including rates, amounts and origins of the resources. 2. Measures of U.S. food production and implications of population growth 3. Measures of impacts of population growth on resources and quality of life.


Eric Bonds, a graduate student working with Liam Downey, received good news that his manuscript has been accepted for publication in the journal Critical Sociology. Title: "The Knowledge-Shaping Process: Elite Mobilization and Environmental Policy." Abstract: Both using and contributing to power structure research, this paper presents evidence that corporate and military elites form networks and mobilize resources to influence the development of environmental policy. This influence may be achieved when elites form and utilize knowledge-shaping processes, which involve four principle exercises of power. First, elites suppress information that may threaten their interests. Second, elites organize and fund institutions to produce and promote research that may be useful in efforts to secure their goals. Third, elites fund experts willing to attack and discredit potentially damaging research. Finally, they attempt to exert influence in knowledge administration, or the selection of what information counts as knowledge and what does not. Archival evidence is used to construct a case study of a knowledge-shaping process created to influence the national policy debate over ammonium perchlorate, which is the primary constituent of solid rocket fuel and is a widespread water contaminant in the US.


Jason Boardman was in Bethesda Friday, Nov 20, where he gave a talk in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Lecture Series at the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda. His talk was entitled, "The Challenges and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Research: The Case of Genetics and Demography." A brief description of the lecture series can be found here: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/news_and_events/lectures_and_seminars/BSSR_lecture_series/seminars.aspx


Lori Hunter gave two invited talks in Mexico City, at a seminar entitled “The Demographic Factor in the Contemporary Environmental Crisis”, co-sponsored by El Colegio de México, UNFPA, and CONAPO (Dec 3-4). Within a session on “Gender, Livelihoods and Environment,” Lori presented an overview of a book chapter written by herself and Emmanuel David entitled “Climate Change and Migration: Considering the Gender Dimensions.” The manuscript is presently under consideration by UNESCO for a collection of papers on Migration and the Environment. (CUPC Working Paper POP2009-13)

In a session on “Health and Environment,” Lori presented her collaborative work with Wayne Twine, Laura Patterson and Aaron Johnson on HIV/AIDS mortality, food security and natural resources within the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveillance Site in rural South Africa. (CUPC Working Paper POP2009-01) and (EB Working Paper EB2005-04)


Congratulations to Casey Blalock, who passed his specialty comps this semester and thereby also made progress towards the interdisciplinary demography certificate.