Fall 2005 IBS News Archive

IBS and the Natural Hazards Center have established a new Gilbert F. White website: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/gfw. The site is intended to document Gilbert's long and distinguished career, provide a brief portrait of him as a renaissance scholar and humanist, and serve as a source of information for friends, students, scholars, and others regarding his work.

Since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast at the end of August, the Natural Hazards Center has had nearly a hundred requests for interviews from around the world. Kathleen Tierney, director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, has appeared on NPR's Face the Nation, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and radio and television shows from coast-to-coast. A partial list of the Center's public appearances is included here. Tierney is also cited in newspapers around the world on the Hurricane Katrina disaster:

"Anger that strong fled while weak perished," The Irish Times, September 14, 2005, World; Other World Stories; Pg. 11, 791 words, Denis Staunton

"Morale Among FEMA Workers, on the Decline for Years, Hits Nadir," The Washington Post, September 14, 2005 Wednesday, Final Edition, Metro; B02 , Federal Diary, Stephen Barr, 750 words, Stephen Barr

"Up for Grabs: Sociologists Question How Much Looting and Mayhem Really Took Place in New Orleans," The Boston Globe, September 11, 2005, Sunday, Third Edition, Pg. E1, 1244 words, By Christopher Shea

"Katrina resettling Gulf Coast," Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), September 6, 2005, Tuesday, USA; Pg. 01, 1284 words, By Sara B. Miller and Amanda Paulson Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor, Baton Rouge, LA.

"Plan to soften the blows of a natural disaster Disaster Management: Hurricane Katrina showed that most companies are woefully unprepared for natural hazards, concentrating instead on man-made threats. Morgen Witzel says creative thinking ahead can pay off," Financial Times (London, England), September 5, 2005 Monday, London Edition 1, Business Life Business Education; Pg. 12, 970 words, By Morgen Witzel

"Has Terror Hurt Disaster Relief? Some Say Bureaucracy Slows FEMA," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), September 3, 2005 Saturday, Region Edition, Pg.A-1, 881 words, Karen MacPherson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"When residents finally return, many face unemployment, debt," The Toronto Star, September 3, 2005 Saturday, National Report; Pg. F02, 858 words, Bill Taylor, Toronto Star

"In Katrina's Aftermath: Chaos and Survival; Survivors Wait as Disaster Builds; Officials say they're doing all they can. Experts had foretold numerous problems," Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2005 Friday, Home Edition, Main News; National Desk; Part A; Pg. 1, 1492 words, Nicole Gaouette and Richard Serrano, Times Staff Writers, Washington

Donated from the files of Richard Jessor, the very first IBS newsletter (December, 1959) was called THE INSTI - TOOTER.

With Richard G. Rogers as principal investigator and director, and Jason Boardman, Lori Hunter, and Andrei Rogers as associate directors, the Research Program on Population Processes received an R21 grant from NICHD for Developmental Infrastructure for Population Research. The award is $924,089 over five years beginning July 7, 2005. Based on the merits of the thirty-year-old research program, the new Population Center will be expanding demographic research and training in the areas of migration and population distribution, health, and environmental demography.

Richard Jessor has been named distinguished professor. This is the highest honor that CU awards to faculty members. He is one of only 43 faculty members to receive the designation in the history of CU. Congratulations to him for this great and richly deserved honor! His nomination will be approved at the December Board of Regents meeting.

A feature article, "Summit of a career", highlighting Richard Jessor and his career at the University of Colorado and the Institute of Behavioral Science was published in the Rocky Mountain News October 24, 2005.

Please visit the memorial website for Sean Blackburn, who died unexpectedly on September 29, 2005. He worked for IBS Computing and Research Services doing web and GIS work and had a long and distinguished career as a performer of western swing music.

Terence P. Thornberry, Problem Behavior Director and Director of the Rochester Youth Development Study, was one of only 16 experts invited to speak October 27, 2005 at a White House conference entitled "Helping America's Youth," organized by First Lady Laura Bush. The conference was designed to help communities throughout the country provide better, more scientifically-based programs to help children and adolescents. Thornberry used the Rochester study findings to identify both risk factors for problem behaviors and effective programs for helping at-risk youth.

David Miklowitz, Problem Behavior Faculty Research Associate and professor of psychology, received the Mogens Schou Award for Research at the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder in June in Pittsburgh. Miklowitz has focused his research on developing effective approaches to educate families affected by bipolar disorder on the many factors contributing to control of the disease and its relapse. The Mogens Schou Awards were named in recognition and appreciation of Mogens Schou, honorary president of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders and emeritus professor at the Psychiatric Hospital in Risskov, Denmark, whose groundbreaking research 50 years ago proved lithium's significant mood-stabilizing effects for the treatment of bipolar disorders. --from Silver & Gold Record December 8, 2005

Sharon Mihalic attended and presented a paper at the American Society of Criminology Meetings in Toronto November 15-19. Topic: Findings from the Blueprints Replication Initiative: Ensuring Implementation Success.

Sharon Mihalic attended a meeting held by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, December 4 - 7. One in three black baby boys born in 2001 will go to prison at some point in his life. CDF is committed to dismantling the "cradle to prison pipeline." The meeting included presentations, discussion and brainstorming from team members from 10 innovative and successful jurisdictions, as well as some research experts. The goal was to share strategies for success, discuss the common elements of and challenges to developing comprehensive and integrated services, and develop a joint blueprint for change.

The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) recently funded four developmental grants, which total approximately $35,000. These awards represent an invaluable way to support junior and senior faculty, fund graduate students, bridge programs, and encourage interdisciplinary research.

The CUPC Developmental Grant Review Committee - which consisted of Andrei Rogers, Jason Boardman, and Richard Rogers - made the following awards: Randy Walsh and Terra McKinnish, Economics, for their project entitled "Decomposing Neighborhood Change;" Liam Downey, Sociology, for his project entitled "Examining the Determinants of Urban Environmental Inequality in Multiple Metropolitan Areas;" Tania Barham and A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Economics, for their project entitled "Social and Economic Impacts of Electricity Provision: Evidence from the Quasi-Random Placement of Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil;" and Fred Pampel, Sociology, for his project entitled "Socioeconomic Differentiation and Cigarette Use: Changes from Youth to Adulthood."