Fall 2010 IBS News Archive

Chuck Howe has an article in the Sept/Oct issue of Colorado Water (Newsletter of the Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University) entitled "Reconciling Law and Economics in Water Administration". It is argued that transaction costs can be reduced to facilitate water transfers among users, especially from agricultural uses to municipal uses to more efficiently use available supplies. Further, the legal doctrine of prohibiting "speculation" in water is interpreted by the courts in ways that inhibit beneficial transfers. The useful role of "speculation" in all markets is emphasized.

Kudos to Rick Rogers, who was quoted in an article on the drop in Americans' life expectancy on MSNBC. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40578643/ns/health-aging/#

Lori Hunter is in Seattle giving an invited research presentation at the University of Washington's Center for Demography and Ecology. She is presenting thoughts on population-environment research generally, as well as specifics related to her collaborative research at the Agincourt field site on HIV/AIDS and the local environment. Lori's particularly excited about this presentation since she's a "Husky" at heart with a UW Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Communications!

Brandi Gilbert received the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Student Travel Award ($500) to attend the 2010 AEA conference in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference Brandi presented a poster entitled "Warning Decisions in Extreme Weather Events."

Jane Menken attended her final meeting of the African Population and Health Research Center Board of Directors in Nairobi, Kenya November 14-17, 2010. She has been a Board Member since 2001 and Chair for the past three years. One of the Center projects has been one to provide clean water in slum schools and promote handwashing to reduce disease transmission. Jane attached a wonderful photo that I couldn't send to the list, but it shows a play performed by children in one of the schools. They are in front of a rainwater collection tank installed by the project that now provides uncontaminated water. Over 700 children attend this particular school, with classes of over 70 crowded into tiny rooms and taught primarily by volunteer teachers. More on APHRC and its work can be found at http://www.aphrc.org/. Congratulations, Jane!

Extra-special congratulations to Mike Radelet, who has been selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University. Radelet will receive the Award on April 8 in West Lafayette.

Shelby McKinzey will be recognized as an honorary coach for the CU Women's Basketball team on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @ 7pm. Nominated by several students in her Crime & Society class for her excellence in teaching, Shelby will be acknowledged by the team during half time.

Ed Greenberg's recently published book, "Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers", received a stellar review in the New York Times. Read the review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/business/21shelf.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=turbulence&st=cse

Tom Dickinson and Nancy Thorwardson attended "Accessing Higher Ground 2010", a conference on accessible media, web and technology, November 15 - 19, 2010 in Westminster, Colorado.

Congratulations to Kelly Knight, who successfully defended her dissertation proposal. It is titled, "Assortative Mating and Partner Influence: Antisocial Behavior across the Life Course."

Jennifer Bair recently gave a talk at UC-Riverside. Jenn's talk was part of the Global Studies colloquium series, and was titled "Revisiting Local Clusters and Global Chains: From Boom to Bust in Mexico's Blue Jeans Capital."

On November 8th, Joanne Belknap gave a presentation sponsored by the CU Women's Resource Center called "Everyday Acts of Rebellion."

On November 3rd, Joanne Belknap gave a keynote address entitled "Privilege and Activism" for the CU Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

Michael Roettger, currently working as a post-doctoral researcher with Jason Boardman, was recently cited in a Reuters news report regarding the physical and mental health of children of men who have spent time in jails or prisons. The article can be found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69L45P20101022

Mike Radelet was an invited speaker at the Third Annual Health Disparities Institute, "State of Mental Health & Substance Abuse: An Issue for All Ethnic/Minority and Caribbean Populations," Oct. 21-23, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The project is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and Radelet has been a consultant on the grant since 2005.

On October 20, Joanne Belknap conducted a training for Denver criminal legal system personnel entitled "The Gendered Nature of Intimate Partner Abuse."

Joanne Belknap gave a talk at the International Society for Trauma Stress Studies annual conference in Montreal (co-authored with Jani Little and Kristi Holsinger), entitled: "Sexual Minority Status, Abuse, and Mental Health Problems Among Incarcerated Delinquent Girls."

IBS has moved into the new building!

The IBS Building Committee (Dick Jessor, Steve Graham, Jane Menken) and the IBS Board (Lee Alston, Del Elliott, Dick Jessor, Terry McCabe, Rick Rogers) welcomes everyone to our wonderful new building that brings all of IBS together for the first time in over forty years! It is a job well done, one that the Building Committee is entirely delighted with, truly the inside/outside building we had asked for, with lots of daylight, open spaces, informal gathering areas, terraces, and stunning views. Its workspace and facilities will undoubtedly enhance our daily lives and spur us all on to even greater heights of productivity and cross-disciplinary collaboration!

An article about Stefanie Mollborn's research on teen parents has come out in Arts and Sciences Magazine. See the article here: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2010/10/teen-parents-depressed-poor-but-not-beyond-help/

Lori Hunter was invited to attend and present at the meeting, Oct 13-15, entitled POPULATION DYNAMICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE II: Building for Adaptation hosted by UNFPA, International Institute for Environment and Development and El Colegio de Mxico, in Mexico City. Shell be presenting her collaborative research on the environmental dimensions of HIV/AIDS within a session on Health issues linked to population dynamics, including reproductive health.

Congratulations to Bethany Everett, who recently received a $144,809 grant from NICHD (with PI Stef Mollborn). Among other things, the grant will provide support for Bethany to complete her dissertation research. The project is titled "Health Disparities among a Vulnerable Population: A Longitudinal Analysis." ABSTRACT: The proposed research project will investigate sexual minority health disparities during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. The existing research on sexual minorities has several limitations: 1) it is largely based on clinical and community samples; 2) it relies on cross sectional data sets; 3) it is often limited to one dichotomous indicator of sexual orientation; 4) it often ignores environmental influences, and 5) it has examined only a small number of health related outcomes. Given these limitations, this research is poised to make important contributions to the existing literature as well as public policy but improving upon the existing data, methods, and frameworks utilized. Specifically, this research will utilize nationally representative, longitudinal data and several indicators of same-sex orientation to investigate a wide variety of health outcomes including suicidal ideation, depressive symptoms, self-reported health, self-reported morbidities, and a series of biomarkers designed to measure anthropometric, cardiovascular, metabolic, and inflammation functioning. In addition to using these cutting-edge data, we will employ a series of innovative statistical techniques including generalized linear models, propensity score matching, multi-level models, and latent curve models. Critically, this work will employ an interdisciplinary, "ecosocial" framework that stresses the synergistic impact of individual, environmental, and biological level processes on health.

Lori Hunter participated in an online discussion through the Population Reference Bureau on Monday, Sept 20th, for the Population Reference Bureau's Discuss Online: "What Do We Know About the Relationship Between HIV/AIDS and the Natural Environment?" The panel also included Ben Piper, Director of Research and Programs for the University of Washington at KEMRI in Kenya; and Jason Bremner, Program Director of Population, Health, and Environment at the Population Reference Bureau. A transcript of the discussion is posted online at: http://discuss.prb.org/content/interview/detail/5372/

Congratulations to Fred Pampel, who welcomed his second grand-baby into the world, Ms. Aurora "Rory" Joy Pascual!

Jason Boardman was one of a handful of scholars invited to represent NICHD (one of the National Institutes of Health) in a welcome meeting with Dr. Alan Guttmacher, its new director.

Joanne Belknap was recently interviewed for an article in Glamour magazine.

Mike Radelet was a guest on the Ali Velshi Show on CNN. To read a transcript, see http://www.cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1008/25/cnr.06.html.

Liam Downey's NIH student loan repayment award has been extended for two years. This is a highly competitive award through the NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program; it pays for a significant chunk of his student loans. His study is entitled, "Exploring Micro-level Sources of Environmental Inequality."

Congratulations to Tim Wadsworth, who was featured in the most recent issue of Coloradan Magazine for his research on immigration and crime. See: http://www.coloradanmagazine.org/2010/08/22/do-immigrants-reduce-crime/

Mike Radelet is featured in the September issue of Playboy Magazine. While Radelet had never heard of the publication, his wife assured him that it is widely circulated among people who like to read their excellent articles. Radelet's contribution is about the gas chamber.

Christie Sennott presented her coauthored study, "Mothers on the Market: Assessing the Impact of Motherhood on Partner Selection and Union Dissolution," at the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) meeting in Atlanta and also attended ASA in her capacity as an officer of the Sociologists' AIDS Network.

Stef Mollborn presented her work, coauthored with Paula Fomby and Jeff Dennis, "Who Matters for Children's Early Development? Race/Ethnicity and Extended Household Structures," at the ASA and presided over a social psychology regular session.

Wee-Kiat Lim presented his paper, "Information Technology as Nascent Social Institution: Hints of a Weberian View," at the ASA meeting in Atlanta last week and presided over a roundtable.

Tracy Kirkland presented two papers at the ASA, "Toward Improved Understanding of Food Security: A Methodological Examination Based in Rural South Africa" (with Rob Kemp, Lori Hunter, and Wayne Twine) and "Symbolic Landscapes and Local Perception of Solar Energy Development in the San Luis Valley of Colorado" (with Lori Hunter, Kathleen Tierney, and Barbara Farhar).

Kathleen Tierney recently finished her work on the National Academy of Sciences "America's Climate Choices" project, where she was a member of the panel on "Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change." The panel's report, "Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change" is now available from the National Academies Press.

Ashly Barlau has accepted a position as an associate with PriceWaterHouseCoopers in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) group, Seattle, WA. As part of the GRC group, Ashly will be working with clients to identify, understand, and manage their risk. The group also focuses on helping businesses employ governance and compliance programs, ensuring proper operations within relevant legislation and regulations. PriceWaterHouseCoopers was a top 10 winner in the 11th Annual Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award. Ashly started at the Natural Hazards Center as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student, a National Science Foundation funded program. Starting September of last year she started as a full-time Professional Research Assistant working on projects ranging from program evaluation, to resilience and recovery.

Kathleen Tierney has been appointed to the Steering Committee for the new American Sociological Association Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, which held its first meeting at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.

Rick Rogers presented in the invited panel, Future Directions for the U.S. Vital Statistics System Mortality Data, at the National Conference on Health Statistics, Washington, DC, August 16-18, 2010.

Kathleen Tierney moderated and served as a panelist for a special session entitled "Climate Change and the Interdisciplinary Sociologist: Working across Boundaries on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change" at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta, Aug. 16.

Kathleen Tierney was a panelist at an "author meets critics" session on the book Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow, jointly sponsored by the American Sociological Association and the Rural Sociological Society, at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Atlanta, Aug. 14.

Christie Sennott presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, held in Atlanta, GA from August 14 - 17. Paper title and co-authors: Mothers on the Market: Assessing the Impact of Motherhood on Partner Selection and Union Dissolution, Christie A. Sennott, University of Colorado at Boulder, Georges Reniers, Princeton University and F. Xavier Gmez-Oliv MD, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Kathleen Tierney was featured in an August 13 National Public Radio story entitled "China, Pakistan Floods: Preventable Disasters?"

Congratulations to Andrei Rogers, Jani Little, and James Raymer on the recent publication of their book, The Indirect Estimation of Migration: Methods for Dealing with Irregular, Inadequate, and Missing Data.

Kudos to Mike Radelet, whose research was reported on the main CU News site: Study of Death Penalty in North Carolina Shows That 'Race Matters'. A new study examining death sentences in North Carolina over a 28-year period ending in 2007 shows that among similar homicides, the odds of a death sentence for those who are suspected of killing whites are approximately three times higher than the odds of a death sentence for those suspected of killing blacks. The study, to be published in The North Carolina Law Review next year, was conducted by Michael Radelet, a sociology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Glenn Pierce, a research scientist in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston. It is the most comprehensive study of the modern administration of the death penalty in North Carolina to date. To read more: http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/f474fe68efbf42de0ecf1ee28918fe9b.html

Kathleen Tierney served as a faculty member at the Summer Institute for Advanced Study on Disaster and Risk, which was held at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, Aug., 2-13. Her lectures focused on risk and hazard analysis; new developments in research on disasters; and the causes and impacts of Hurricane Katrina.

Fred Pampel and Rick Rogers are pleased to announce that their Population Center proposal to the National Institute for Child Health and Development was successful. After the proposal received enthusiastic reviews and a high priority score, the Council recommended funding for the CU Population Center over the next five years. The award comes from the high quality work of the Center affiliates. Thanks go to all for help with the proposal and more generally for excellence in research and teaching. The CU Population Center is featured in the "In Focus" section of the June/July 2010 IBS Newsletter

Tim Wadsworth's research on immigration and crime was mentioned in the latest ASA Footnotes, which can be found at http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/julyaugust10/images_new/JulAug10_Footnotes.pdf

Kudos to Adelle Monteblanco and Wee Kiat Lim of the Natural Hazards Center for their recent presentation at the International Research Committee on Disasters Researchers Meeting in Broomfield. The presentation was titled, "Keeping Health Disparity in Check During Disaster: An Exploratory Study on Disaster Preparedness in Reproductive Health Clinics."

Lori Hunter's new venture, Boulder Walking Tours, is featured in the Boulder Daily Camera; article here: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15435841?source=email