Spring 2006 IBS News Archive

Blueprints Conference March 13-15, 2006: Denver Conference To Highlight Model Programs Proven To Reduce Violence, Delinquency And Drug Use

Blueprints Conference News Release


At its meeting on March 2nd, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to award an Honorary Degree to Gilbert F. White during Commencement ceremonies at the end of Spring semester. This is an extraordinary recognition of the extraordinary achievements of our most senior--and most admired--colleague. Gilbert's contributions across the decades have been legion (see Gilbert F. White website: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/gfw), and he has brought international distinction and renown not only to the University but to the Institute of Behavioral Science, as well. Director of IBS from 1970 to 1980, he established a climate of collaborative collegiality that has characterized its endeavors ever since, and his scholarly leadership has helped to shape the Institute's future. Gilbert was nominated for this award by the IBS Board of Directors, and the nomination was supported by many of the campus' most distinguished faculty and by the Department of Geography. Among his many other achievements, Gilbert was recognized for having reshaped the discipline of geography to encompass natural hazards, for developing a paradigm for flood plain management across the globe, and for establishing the Natural Hazards Center in IBS. We take pride in counting Gilbert a colleague and friend, and IBS congratulates him on this most appropriate and well-deserved award.

The inaugural 2006 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference was held in Denver at the Adams Mark Hotel March 13-15th. This first of its kind conference offered three days of valuable information and discussion, including keynote addresses and breakout sessions that explored model violence, delinquency and drug prevention programs. The goal was to provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement evidence-based programs successfully in their own communities. Among the speakers were Delbert Elliott, Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence; David Hawkins, Director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington; Michele Ridge, prevention advocate in the State of Pennsylvania during the term of ex-governor Tom Ridge; Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Gilbert Botvin, Director, Institute for Prevention Research at Cornell University, and others. The conference drew over 1,000 national and international participants. Evaluations of the conference were overwhelmingly positive, with the general consensus that this conference needs to be repeated.

Richard Rogers, Director of the Population Program, was a recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work Award from the Boulder Faculty Assembly, April 17, 2006. Emphasis for the award is placed on work of high quality that does not receive recognition through the usual channels such as interdisciplinary research, work accomplished with undergraduate students, or an integrated long-term achievement.

Steve Graham, Administrative Officer for IBS, received the Chancellor's Employee of the Year Award from Phil DiStefano in a ceremony on April 19, 2006 in the Aspen Room of the UMC. He was one of only two campus employees to receive the award this year. IBS Director Jane Menken was delighted to introduce Steve to those at the reception and review his considerable achievements. We are excited for him and proud that he is part of our team at the Institute of Behavioral Science. Congratulations Steve, from all of us at IBS!

Gilbert F.White honored by CU

The Institute of Behavioral Science is proud to announce that our dear friend and internationally-renowned colleague Gilbert F. White has received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The award was presented to Gilbert by the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Phil DiStefano at a celebratory reception at the Koenig Alumni Center, May 17, 2006.

Dick Jessor and Jane Menken were in Italy and Turkey in late April and early May, 2006. Jessor was an invited speaker at the University of Bologna where he talked to a class in Health Psychology and then gave a public lecture on April 27 in the series "I giovedi di Psicologia" ( Psychology Thursdays") at the new branch of the university in Cesena. On May 4, Jessor served as discussant for an international symposium on "Personal and Social Correlates of Risk Behavior in Adolescence" at the Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), which was held in Antalya, Turkey. On May 5, he presented a keynote address at the meeting. And, on May 9th and 10th, Jessor lectured to an undergraduate class and a graduate class in Developmental Psychology at the University of Torino.

Several faculty from IBS participated in the 4th Annual "Wits-Brown-Colorado-APHRC colloquium on Emerging Population Issues" held May 21-25 in Nairobi, Kenya. Funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the colloquium is designed to foster collaboration across participating institutions through the sharing of information on ongoing research, recent findings and plans for the future. The network also aims to strengthen advanced academic training in population studies within sub-Saharan Africa and a special session was held on the topic. This year's colloquium was hosted by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), and prior to the meeting, participants had the opportunity to learn about APHRC's research on population-health issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and also make field site visits to APHRC's demographic surveillance sites in 2 Nairobi slums. Participating in the colloquium were Jane Menken, Jason Boardman, Lori Hunter, Randall Kuhn, Richard Rogers, Enid Schatz, and Georges Reniers. Jill Williams and Steve Graham also served important roles on the organizing committee.

Jane Menken with APHRC director Alex Ezeh.

As part of the African Population Studies Research and Training Program Jani Little, Jane Menken, Enid Schatz, and Jill Williams delivered a short course on Longitudinal Data Management and Analysis to twelve students from the University of Colorado, Brown University, the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), and five interns from the African Population and Health Research Center (Nairobi, Kenya). The course took place June 12-23 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students learned and used STATA to analyze a sub-sample of the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveillance System, which has been collected since 1992 in a small rural area of South Africa. Benjamin Clark, data manager for the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveilance System (ADHSS), assisted instructors and participants as they analyzed the ADHSS for research projects developed during the short course. Lori Hunter, Randall Kuhn, and Jarron Saint Onge also contributed to the course and many of the faculty from IBS consulted with the students during their stay.