University of Colorado

CU Population Center
Institute of Behavioral Science




Fall 2012

CUPC Colleagues,

This is our first of a new monthly newsletter designed to keep us informed of each other’s work and accomplishments. We’ll include recent publications, working papers, grants submitted/received, news coverage, outreach efforts, honors/awards, as well as announcements of relevance to CUPC affiliates.

Please help by alerting us to your recent efforts along these lines! Write with updates to


The CUPC Information Committee


Affiliate Publications

Bauldry, Shawn, Michael J. Shanahan, Jason D. Boardman, Richard A. Miech, & Ross Macmillan. 2012. A life course model of self-rated health through adolescence and young adulthood. Social Science & Medicine, 75(7):1311-1320.

Boardman, Jason D., Michael E. Roettger, Benjamin W. Domingue, Matthew B. McQueen, Brett C. Haberstick, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2012. Gene-environment interactions related to body mass: school policies and social context as environmental moderators. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 24(3):370-388.

Boardman, Jason D., Kari B. Alexander, Richard A. Miech, Ross MacMillan, and Michael J. Shanahan. 2012. The association between parent’s health and the educational attainment of their children. Social Science & Medicine, 75(5):932-939.

Creighton, M. and Riosmena, F. Forthcoming. Should I stay or should we go? International migration from Mexico and the gendered origins of family networks. Social Science Quarterly.

Daw, Jonathan. Forthcoming. Understanding social inequality in the kidney transplantation system. Sociology Compass.

Fomby, Paula and Christie A. Sennott. Forthcoming. Family structure instability and mobility: The consequences for adolescents’ problem behavior. Social Science Research.

Gill, D.A., Picou, J.S., andRitchie, L.A. 2012. “When the Disaster is a Crime: Legal Issues and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Second Edition. Pp. 73-96 in Dee Wood Harper and Kelly Frailing (eds.) Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Grant, Monica and Sara Yeatman. 2012. The relationship between orphanhood and child fostering in sub-Saharan Africa. Population Studies. 66[3].

Leyk, Stefan, Galen J. Maclaurin, Lori M. Hunter, Raphael Nawrotzki, Wayne Twine, Mark Collinson, and Barend Erasmus. 2012. Spatially and temporally varying associations between outmigration and natural resource availability in resource-dependent rural communities: a modeling framework. Journal of Applied Geography.

Miech, Richard, Amy Bohnert, Kennon Heard, and Jason D. Boardman. Forthcoming. Increasing use of nonmedical analgesics among younger cohorts in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Mojola, Sanyu A. and Bethany Everett. 2012. STD and HIV risk factors among U.S. young adults: Variations by gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health, 44(2):125-133.

Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby and Jeffrey A. Dennis. 2012. Racial/ethnic differences in extended household transitions in early childhood. Social Science Research, 41:1152-1165.

Mollborn, Stefanie and Casey Blalock. 2012. Consequences of teen parents’ child care arrangements for mothers and children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(4):846-865. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00988.x

Mollborn, Stefanie and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. Ready or not: Predicting high and low levels of school readiness among teenage parents’ children. Child Indicators Research,5(2):253-279. DOI: 10.1007/s12187-011-9126-2

Nawrotzki, Raphael, Lori M. Hunter, and Tom Dickinson. 2012. Natural resources and rural livelihoods: Differences between migrants and non-migrants in Madagascar. Demographic Research, 26(24):661-700.

Nawrotzki, Raphael J. 2012. The politics of environmental concern: A cross-national analysis. Organization and Environment. DOI: 10.1177/1086026612456535

Nawrotzki, R., Riosmena, F., and Hunter, L. Forthcoming. Do rainfall deficits predict U.S.-bound migration from rural Mexico? Evidence from the Mexican Census. Population Research and Policy Review. DOI 10.1007/s11113-012-9251-8.

Pampel, Fred and Lori M. Hunter. 2012. Cohort change, diffusion, and support for environmental spending.American Journal of Sociology, 118(2):420-448.

Riosmena, F., R. Wong, and A. Palloni. Forthcoming. Migration, selection, protection, and acculturation: A binational perspective on older adults. Demography.

Ritchie, L.A., Gill, D.A., and Farnham, C. 2012. Recreancy revisited: Beliefs about institutional failure following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal. DOI:10.1080/08941920.2012.690066.

Roettger, Michael E. and Jason D. Boardman. 2012. Parental incarceration and gender-based risks for increased body mass index: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States. American Journal of Epidemiology, 175(7):636-644.

Zajacova, Anna, Richard G. Rogers, and Vicki Johnson-Lawrence. Forthcoming. Glitch in the gradient: Additional education does not uniformly equal better health. Social Science and Medicine.

Zajacova, Anna, and Bethany Everett. Forthcoming. The non-equivalent health of high school equivalents. Social Science Quarterly.

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American Sociological Association meetings, Denver August 2012

Angotti, Nicole, Michelle Poulin, Margaret Frye, Amy Kaler, Susan Watkins and Sara Yeatman. Struggle against AIDS as discursive object: Institutionalization and the rise of bio-medicine in Malawi, 1999-2009.

Daw, Jonathon, Michael Shanahan, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Andrew Smolen, Brett Haberstick, and Jason D. Boardman. Genetic antecedents to environmental sensitivity: 5HTT, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Fomby, Paula, Shannon Cavanagh, and Joshua Goode. Family structure trajectories and school readiness in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Fomby, Paula and Stacey J. Bosick. Family instability and the transition to adulthood.

Hawkins, Laurie & Christie Sennott [equal authorship]. Social norms and the reproductive life course. (Roundtable)

Holmes, Christopher, and Anna Zajacova. Education as the great equalizer: Health benefits for blacks and whites.

Hunter, Lori, organizer/presider. Population, environment, and context.

Hunter, Lori, Professional Development Roundtable. Publishing advice from the editorial side.

Madhavan, Sangeetha, Abigail Harrison, and Christie Sennott. The management of nonmarital fertility in two South African communities. (Roundtable)

Mojola, Sanyu A. The HIV epidemic among African Americans in Washington DC.

Mollborn, Stefanie B., Benjamin W. Domingue, and Jason D. Boardman. Understanding multiple levels of norms about teen pregnancy and their relationships to teens’ sexual behaviors.

Mollborn, Stefanie and Christie Sennott. Bundles of norms about teen sex and pregnancy.

Nawrotzki, Raphael J. The politics of environmental concern: A cross-national analysis.

Trinitapoli, Jenny, Sara Yeatman, and Jasmine Fledderjohann. Sibling support among young adults in Malawi.

Zajacova, Anna, Jennifer K. Montez, and Pamela Herd. Socioeconomic inequalities in health among older adults: Implications for the retirement age debate.


Ritchie, L.A. Social capital and community resilience: Insights from disaster research.Invited presentation at the Third Annual Conference on Community Resilience. Invited Panelist. Davos, Switzerland. August 2012.

Ritchie, L.A. Effects of technological disasters on dimensions of social capital: A longitudinal study of the 2008 TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Ash Release. Poster presentation with Nnenia Campbell at the NSF CMMI PI Meeting. Boston, MA. July 2012.

Riosmena, F. Panel member, Immigration: Historical perspective and current trends. Boulder Public Library. July 21 2012.

Riosmena, F. As part of promotion of event, panel participant on KGNU’s “Morning Magazine.” July 17 2012.

Riosmena, F. Migration, retirement, and aging in stable populations. Presented at the 2012 European Population Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. June 2012.

Riosmena, F. Paradox lost (over time)? Duration of stay, language, citizenship, and adult mortality among Hispanic immigrants in the United States.

Presented at the XI Meetings of the Mexican Demographic Society. Aguascalientes, Mexico. May 2012.

Riosmena, F. Climatic variability and U.S. migration from rural Mexican livelihoods. Presented at the XI Meetings of the Mexican Demographic Society. Aguascalientes, Mexico. May 2012.

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In the News

Part of the CUPC’s “Information Core’s” objective is to garner media attention for affiliate research. Help us accomplish this objective by keeping us informed of your work!

The UK Guardian noted Lori Hunter’s work in an article covering population issues at the Rio+20 summit.

Jason Boardman's research on genetics and friendship is featured in the Oct 31 CU News Headlines. Read the news release.

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. It is on the "most read" list for the website.

Rick Rogers and Fred Pampel are featured in an article in Arts & Sciences Magazine about their research on education and mortality.

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.

Lori Hunter's research on gendered migration patterns and climate change was reported in Arts & Sciences Magazine.

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

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As a component of the CUPC’s “Public Infrastructure Core,” we are also committed to promoting the work of other centers. If you have colleagues elsewhere undertaking work that holds potential for communication, please let us know! Some examples:

  • 2012: “U.S. Teen Birth Rate Correlates with State Income Inequality.” Population Reference Bureau. Web article.
  • 2012: “Small Farms, Hard Work, and Local Food.” WorldWatch. Blog entry.
  • 2012. “Environmental Change, Migration and Gender.” Population Reference Bureau. Web article.
  • 2012. “Population Size Not Alone in Shaping Climate Impact; Urbanization and Aging Also Key.” Population Reference Bureau. Web Article.
  • 2012. “Rural Migrant Remittances May Protect Forests.” Population Reference Bureau. Web article.

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1. Working paper series status

Used that summer time to finish a manuscript or two? Please send them to the CUPC working paper series –

But heads up -- our format has shifted a bit, here’s why:

Lori Hunter and Fernando Riosmena recently experienced a working paper shock – their manuscript submittion to International Migration Review was desk-rejected since it was freely available in similar form online as a CUPC working paper! As we’ve looked into the issue, it appears this is rare in social science, but obviously not unheard of. We also learned of scary stories of manuscripts being rejected *after* acceptance and even to the stage of pre-print. This vulnerability is something the CUPC has decided we can’t tolerate for our faculty.

As a precaution, the CUPC has decided to continue its Working Paper series, but only list titles and author contact information online. Interested persons will be advised to contact Rajshree for PDFs.

This policy is evolving, so let us know what you think.

2. 2011 – 2012 developmental grant awards

The CUPC has two forms of pilot grants for which all CUPC faculty and affiliates are eligible to apply. The CUPC Program Development Committee expects to award about $20,000 in the larger pilot (about $5,000 each) and the smaller rapid response ($2,500 or less) grants program this year.

Pilot Research Grants: Preference is given to pilot studies that expand research in our three signature themes – migration and population distribution, health, and environment. We also consider funding small conferences and workshops that would lead to later projects. We encourage collaborative and interdisciplinary demographic research, and are especially interested in supporting young investigators who have not yet obtained external grant support. Seed projects are expected to lead to proposals to a federal agency for grants to be administered through CUPC.

Rapid Response Small Development Grants. Unlike the CUPC Demography Pilot Research Grants, the applications are shorter and the awards are smaller ($2,500 or less). They can support final or exploratory demographic analyses or first steps toward subsequent grant proposals and more extensive analyses. We encourage proposals that involve collaborative research, especially across disciplinary boundaries, that are developed by young and new investigators, and that support graduate students. These grants may, for example, provide graduate student summer support.

Last year (2011-2012), CUPC funded seven developmental grants, totaling approximately $46,000.

  • Fernando Riosmena, Geography, “Local Climatic Variability, Local Economic Conditions, and U.S.-Bound Migration from Rural Mexico across the Family Life Cycle.”
  • Elisabeth Root, Geography, "Temporal Dimensions of Neighborhood Effects on Childhood Health and Well- Being.”
  • Jill Williams, Institute of Behavioral Science, “HIV and the Sexual Behavior of Older Adults in Rural South Africa.”
  • Mara Goldman, Geography, “Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: New Trends and Emerging Patterns among East African Pastoralists.” (Rapid Response Grant)
  • Stefanie Mollborn, Sociology, “Resource Changes and Early Childhood Health and Development.” (Rapid Response Grant)
  • Fred Pampel, Sociology, “Cohort Change, Diffusion, and Sexual Attitudes.” (Rapid Response Grant)
  • Isaac Reed, Sociology, “Historical Demography and Imperial Instability.” (Rapid Response Grant)

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