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Robbee Wedow, Jason Boardman -- Gender, Genetics, and Weight Identity

Robbee Wedow, Jason Boardman, and colleagues have published an article on gender, genetics, and weight identity in the Social Science & Medicine. Their research findings are also discussed in detail in CU Boulder Today.

Sanyu Mojola receives Distinguished Scholarly Book Award

Sanyu Mojola received the "Distinguished Scholarly Book Award" from the American Sociological Association at the August 20-23 meeting in Seattle. This is a tremendous honor, presented annually for the ASA member's best single book published in the three calendar years preceding the award year. Sanyu joins a distinguished and very impressive list of scholarly awardees. The title which earned this much-deserved award is Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS by Sanyu A. Mojola (University of California Press, 2014). Congratulations Sanyu!

Liam Downey Receives Outstanding Publication Award

Liam Downey received the Environment and Technology Section's Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award at the ASA annual meeting in Seattle August 20-23rd for his book Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment. Senior environmental sociology colleagues Liam talked with at the meetings described Liam's book as making a critically important contribution to environmental sociology, as providing a great service to the field, and as moving the field forward in new and exciting ways.

David Pyrooz Quoted on Prison Gang Renouncement

David Pyrooz was recently quoted in the news. He spoke with a reporter from the Houston Chronicle about the Texas prison system's gang renouncement program. He was also interviewed as part of NPR's "code switch" podcast about how crime rates have changed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, MO.

Lori Hunter is keynote speaker at Sustainable Development Goals workshop

Lori Hunter was an invited keynote speaker at a workshop on "Science needs in the context of tough choices in implementing the UN's new SDG framework," organized by Future Earth Germany and held in Villa Vigoni at Lake Como, Italy, April 18-21, 2016. Lori spoke on "The implications of migration for implementation of the SDGs." Read more here.

CUPC Affiliates Attend 2016 Population Association of America Meeting

CUPC was well-represented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Population Association of America.  Nineteen affiliates attended the meeting, including 9 graduate students.  In addition to making research presentations, CUPC affiliates played important roles as session organizations, chairs and discussants.  Click here for the list of attendees.

Ryan Masters and Stef Mollborn participated in PAA "Advocacy Day"

CUPC affiliates Ryan Masters and Stef Mollborn participated in "Advocacy Day" through the Population Association of America in Washington DC, late March 2016. Advocacy Day took place the day prior to the annual PAA meeting and Ryan and Stef met with staff in the offices of Senator Michale Barnett (CO), Senator Cory Gardner (CO) and Representative Diana DeGette (CO01). The conversations were designed to inform staff about population sciences in general, what population researchers are doing at CU-Boulder, and how population sciences benefit from the federal government (both directly through grants and indirectly through agencies). They also urged continued support for the agencies that support population sciences (e.g., NIH, NIA, NSF, the Census Bureau, NCHS, and other statistical and data-based agencies). The PAA specifically asked advocates to request the following: (1) support funding federal agencies related to PAA and population-based sciences in 2017, esp NIH, NSF, and Census; (2) oppose bills and amendments that are anti-behavioral science or anti-social science; and (3) oppose attempts to make the American Community Survey voluntary.

Myron Gutmann's findings show agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated

Myron Gutmann's study analyzing historical agricultural census data and ecosystem models to estimate the magnitude of annual greenhouse gas emissions from all agricultural sources in the Great Plains from 1870 to 2000 demonstrates the potential to completely eliminate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from the region. This is an important research milestone about the ways that population change shapes the environment. The article is set to appear in the the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lori Hunter featured on Academic Minute

Lori Hunter discussed her research on the relationship between human migration and the natural environment on Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute June 8. Listen to the podcast and access a transcript here.

Lori Hunter appears on KGNU Radio

Lori Hunter and Visiting FIRST Scholar Robert McLeman were guests on KGNU Radio's show "It's the Economy", focused this week on disasters and displacement, May 28. Listen to the broadcast here. Twitter link here.

Rogers, et al research featured in CU News Headlines

Research findings from a new study led by Rick Rogers , co-authored by Jason Boardman, Philip Pendergast, and Elizabeth Lawrence, linking drinking behaviors with mortality are featured in the CU News Headlines. Read the article here.

Myron Gutmann takes the helm at IBS

Myron Gutmann has assumed the directorship at IBS. Dr. Gutmann is well recognized for his pioneering visions for the social sciences. Before joining CU-Boulder, where he is a professor in the Department of History, Gutmann served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he was head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Prior to that, he directed the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). His work at ICPSR was honored by the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Program and, in 2012, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

Since earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976, Gutmann has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gutmann's research is in historical demography and population-environment relationships, with a focus on Europe and the Americas during the past four centuries. His recent research focuses on the relationship between population and environment in the American Great Plains, and on the history of the U.S. Hispanic population. - See more at: Be Bolder -- Gutmann takes helm of IBS

Jane Menken talks about her tenure as IBS Director

As Jane Menken steps down from her role as Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) director, she reflects on her tenure and the role and importance of IBS. - See more at: Be Bolder -- 6 questions with Jane Menken

Hunter and Riosmena awarded NSF grant

CU-Boulder researchers are part of a team that received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the distribution and dynamics of the world's population, including the modelling of urbanization in the United States, Mexico, and India. The research team is being led by Deborah Balk, a professor at the School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York. The CU-Boulder researchers involved are Lori Hunter, professor of sociology; and Fernando Riosmena and Stefan Leyk, both associate professors of geography. The research team brings together theoretical perspectives on spatial population distribution and change primarily from demography, geography, and economics. The project will employ multi-scale analysis of spatial population distribution and its determinants in these three study countries. These locations were chosen to represent a range of socioeconomic conditions and behaviors as well as data quality and availability. Read more about the study at http://www.colorado.edu/content/nsf-awards-research-team-1m-study-worlds-population-dynamics

Dan Runfola accepts new position

CUPC-NCAR Post-doctoral Scholar Dan Runfola recently accepted a position as a Research Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, located within a USAID research consortium called AidData. Currently, he is working to integrate information on the geospatial location of where aid is being distributed into better decisions regarding aid allocation. This is in pursuit of two closely aligned research topics: (1) how can spatial information and analytics be best used to inform decisions, and (2) what are effective ways to supply and communicate "big data" sources to broad research, journalist, and activist audiences. More about Dr. Runfola's new role can be found at http://aiddata.org/blog/mapping-a-trail-to-aiddata .

Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture

IBS and CUPC are excited to announce the creation of a new annual lecture honoring Dr. Jane Menken, Distinguished Professor and Director of IBS. Dr. Menken came to CU-Boulder following many productive years at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. With a renowned research career focused on fertility dynamics, population policy, and HIV/AIDS and child mortality in developing countries, Dr. Menken is a member of the National Academy of Science, a former President of the Population Association of America, and a Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. 2014 Lecture Flyer

Hunter outreach to WorldWatch Institute

Lori Hunter wrote a piece for the WorldWatch Institute published online November 13 as part of outreach efforts on behalf of the CU Population Center. The piece is called "Climate Change Migration Often Short-Distance and Circular" and appears here in Vital Signs Online, WorldWatch Institute: http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/vs-trend/climate-change-migration-often-short-distance-and-circular

Boardman research in the press

Jason Boardman's research on genetics and friendship is featured in the Oct 31 CU News Headlines. Read the news release here: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/10/31/social-factors-trump-genetic-forces-forging-friendships-cu-boulder-led

Geographer Dan Runfola joins CUPC and NCAR

Geographer Dan Miller Runfola recently joined the CUPC as a part of a joint, post-doctoral position with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His research focuses on the environmental implications of urban growth policies, remote sensing, land cover change analysis, and the vulnerability of U.S. federal infrastructure to climate change. His dissertation work examined the links among urban growth, suburban lawns and water consumption in the Northeast US.

Hunter co-convenes panel

Lori Hunter was invited to co-convene a panel on "Population Dynamic and Human Well-Being" at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Rio de Janeiro. The conference is underway this week, as a pre-event of the Rio+20 "Earth Summit". Blog coverage highlights Lori's panel and presentation: http://www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum/blog Lori was also quoted in the UK Guardian's coverage of the Rio presentation at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/14/rio-earth-summit-population-consumption

Pampel research in the press

Fred Pampel's research on the association between sedentary culturally elite activities and obesity has been receiving a lot of press, among other things in the Freakonomics blog and Mark Bittman's NYtimes blog. Here's the link: http://www.psmag.com/health/to-stay-thin-eat-like-the-cultural-elite-42154/ It is on the "most read" list for the website.

Boardman receives Early Achievement Award from PAA

Jason Boardman is the 2012 recipient the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America. This award, presented for the first time this year, recognizes the career of a promising scholar who is a member of PAA and who received the PhD in the previous 10 years. The presenter of the award said about Jason that "His research has been at the forefront of the integration of demography, genetic epidemiology, and public health. Using creative research designs, he has combined insights form behavioral genetics and population science to provide innovation and leadership in research on gene-environment interactions that influence health related behaviors (e.g., smoking) and health outcomes. Not only has he been an incredibly productive scholar during his first 10 years post-PhD -- -amassing an impressive body of work (nearly 40 publications in leading public health, sociology, demography and behavioral genetics journals, with nearly 1300 citations according to Google Scholar) --but he has also been an outstanding citizen, with a stellar record of service both to his institution and also to our profession." Visit this link for more information on this prestigious award: http://www.populationassociation.org/sidebar/annual-meeting/awards/early-achievement/

There is an article about Jason and his award in the Colorado Arts & Sciences magazine here: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2012/05/boardman-receives-early-achievement-award/

Rogers and Pampel research in A&S Magazine

Rick Rogers and Fred Pampel are featured in an article in Arts & Sciences Magazine about their research on education and mortality. See: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2012/05/want-to-have-a-longer-life-go-to-college/

Kuhn talk featured on youtube

Randall Kuhn's recent TED talk at DU is about how improvements in health and development laid the foundation for the Arab Spring. Watch his talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww47uGuEO-c

Hunter research in A&S Magazine

Lori Hunter's research on gendered migration patterns and climate change was reported in Arts & Sciences Magazine at: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2011/12/as-climate-changes-men-and-women-likely-to-migrate-in-different-patterns/

Pampel, Boardman, Blalock research on smoking appears in the news

Jason Boardman, Fred Pampel, and Casey Blalock's research on smoking has caught the attention of the press, both local and nation-wide. Click on these links to view the articles:
LA Times
Boulder Camera
Denver Post
Arts and Sciences

Jason Boardman Attends Biodemography Workshop at Stanford

Jason Boardman was in Stanford in early June as a faculty member in the 3rd annual Biodemography Workshop. The workshop is offered by the Stanford Centers for the Demography and Economics of Health & Aging, and Population Research. The workshop covered methods and theory from demography, evolutionary ecology, quantitative genetics, and genetics. Click on this link to see a flyer for the workshop: Workshop flyer (pdf)

Fernando Riosmena Selected as NAS Panel Member

Fernando Riosmena was recently selected as a member of an NAS panel charged with exploring "Survey Options for Estimating the Illegal Alien Flow at the Southwest Border." This panel has huge political implications! Visit these links for more information: Panel mission ~ Panel membership

Lori Hunter Presents Research on AIDS and Livelihoods in Rural South Africa

Lori Hunter travelled to the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she was invited to present her research on AIDS and livelihoods in rural South Africa. She presented to a diverse, interdisciplinary audience of both faculty and graduate students - and reports that the azaleas are blooming wildly.

Jane Menken Discusses New IBS Building in Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Jane Menken is featured in the April 20 Faculty and Staff Newsletter. See the article at: Newsletter article.

Book Review for Rogers, Little, and Raymer's Indirect Estimation of Migration

Andrei Rogers, Jani Little, and James Raymer's book, The Indirect Estimation of Migration: Methods for Dealing with Irregular, Inadequate, and Missing Data, has received a very nice review in the Journal of Population Research. The review concludes, "Overall, and as would be expected from these authors, this is an impressive volume. It brings together in a single source a wealth of methods and examples from previously published research as well as new work. The Indirect Estimation of Migration should provide an excellent reference for any researcher or practitioner involved in migration and projections research who has to deal with imperfect migration data." The review in its entirety can be accessed here: Book review

CUPC Participation at 2011 PAA Meeting in D.C.

The Population Program, Health & Society Program, & CUPC had an outstanding showing at this year's 2011 Population Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Included on the program were: Jason Boardman, Lori Hunter, Jane Menken, Sanyu Mojola, Stefanie Mollborn, Fred Pampel, Rick Rogers, Mike Roettger, Jill Williams, Kari Alexander, Bethany Everett, Rob Kemp, and Christie Sennott.


African Population Studies and CUPC Host Short Course for African Scholars

In July the CUPC co-hosted a two week short course offered by the African Population Studies Research and Training Program on Longitudinal Data Management and Analysis. The course was taught by Jani Little, Jill Williams, Latifat Ibisomi and Jane Menken. Sixteen African students from six different African Institutions attended the course along with five students from CU. The goal of this course is to improve the health and population research capacity in Africa and to increase the interest of CU students in African population issues. Three Population Program graduate students were teaching assistants for the course. Casey Blalock, Christie Sennott, and Laura Patterson are graduates of past short courses and have all spent time in Africa doing research. The TAs taught students how to use STATA and advised them on their independent research projects. This short course is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant to Jane Menken. To see a story in the Daily Camera about the short course follow this link: Daily Camera article

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