IBS Newsletter

June 2000

Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado

Program Activities

Problem Behavior Program

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

On May 17-19, CSPV hosted a School Safety Leadership Training at the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder. The training included presentations by members of the National School Safety Center, Crime Stoppers International, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, and Delbert S. Elliott. Issues discussed included school safety and the law, cultural fluency, school crisis response, school hotlines, and the Safe Communities—Safe Schools Initiative.

On May 2 and 5, respectively, Elliott presented on the Safe Communities—Safe Schools Initiative with Attorney General Ken Salazar at Ranum High School in Adams County and Poudre High School in Ft. Collins

Elliott gave the keynote address "What Works in Violence Prevention" for the 37th Annual Colorado Juvenile Council Conference in Breckenridge on May 3. The conference, "Youth Violence: Solutions for the Future," sought to unite and inform professionals in the field of violence prevention. On May 4, Elliott spoke to the Longmont Police Department. The goal of the presentation was to help the Police Department update their 3-5 year strategic plan. He was asked to speak on future trends in the area of violence. On May 11, Elliott spoke at a breakfast meeting with members of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The topic addressed was "Preventing School Violence: What Have We Learned?" Elliott presented a lecture "Violence Prevention Research and Practice: Knowing ‘What Works’ is Not Enough" at the National Institutes of Health Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series in Washington, DC, on May 25.

On May 23, Delbert Elliott, Jane Grady, Holly Bell, Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Shaw, Tonya Aultman-Bettridge, Beverly Kingston (intern), and Landa Heys attended the first Advisory Board meeting for the Safe Communities—Safe Schools Initiative. The meeting was held at the Colorado Trust in Denver. Elliott also attended a Safe Communities—Safe Schools Initiative meeting with Attorney General Ken Salazar and the Denver School Board.

Sharon Mihalic presented on Blueprints for Violence Prevention at the Cuyahoga County of Ohio Best Practice Workshop/Community Forum, "Family Strengthening and Violence Prevention: A Discussion of Best Practice Models" on May 2 and on May 15 at the Safe Schools Grantees meeting in Lancaster, PA.

Diane Hansen and Sharon Mihalic attended the annual Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grantee and Contractor meeting and the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant meeting, May 8-9, in Albuquerque, NM.

Environment and Behavior Program

Gilbert F. White took part in a meeting of the Steering Committee for the HAZUS (Natural Hazard Loss Estimation Methodology) project of the National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington, DC, on May 2-3 for preparation of a national estimate of potential flood damages mapped by Census blocks.

In Print

White, Gilbert F. 2000. "Appraising the Results of Our Work," Water Resources Update, 116 pp.79-80. This brief paper for a special issue on "100 Years of Water," edited by Charles W. Howe, addresses two current problems: 1) how to reconcile measures of the value of water management to meet direct social needs while maintaining environmental quality, and 2) how to assess the full impacts of actual water management programs. The latter problem will soon be covered by a report to be published by James L. Wescoat and Sarah Halvorson.

Natural Hazards Center

Mary Fran Myers presented a speech on the "Process of Assessing" at the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Disasters in Canada Workshop in Toronto, Ontario, May 11-12. The workshop, sponsored by a consortium of Canadian federal agencies, was designed to begin the Canadian hazards assessment project which will in many ways be modeled after the US assessment project conducted by the Natural Hazards Center from 1994-1999.

Dennis S. Mileti, Mary Fran Myers, and Jacquelyn Monday were in Washington, DC, on May 25-26 at a planning meeting organized by the Natural Hazards Center and hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and George Washington University. The question posed to the 12 participants was "What kinds of training, education, and professional programs does the nation need to create the hazards/emergency managers of the future?" First, a broad-based effort will be needed to shift the focus of many existing training and education efforts toward a more forward-looking, planning-oriented approach to hazard and emergency management that also embraces sustainability. Second, the nation will be best served by a comprehensive, nationwide approach that combines associate and undergraduate degree programs,graduate degree programs, professional schools, and continuing education and training for professionals. Further discussion on what can be done to move toward that vision will take place at this summer’s annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, hosted by the Natural Hazards Center here in Boulder.

Dennis S. Mileti presented the keynote address on May 1 to the 2000 National Disaster Medical System Conference held in Las Vegas, NV. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was attended by over 1,400 participants. Mileti’s speech, "Assessment of Natural Hazards in the United States," reported on the findings and key policy recommendations from that project. His speech was part of the ongoing effort of the Natural Hazards Center to disseminate the results of the Second Assessment as widely as possible.

Visitor at IBS

Rex Forehand is a visiting faculty member at IBS from April until August. He welcomes visits from anyone during his time here as he is attempting to learn as much about the Institute as possible. He is the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia, and is here, in part, to "borrow" ideas about how institutes can best "run." His office is in room #13 of IBS #1 and he can be reached at 303-492-3658. Feel free to stop by or give him a call. His research interests focus on family processes and child psychosocial adjustment. Much of his research has addressed the role of family stress, e.g., divorce, parental HIV infection, and inter-parental conflict on children. Currently, he is involved in a Centers for Disease Control supported research grant designed to evaluate how to teach parents to communicate with their children to reduce high-risk sexual behavior.


Social Science Data Analysis Center

Jani Little has been awarded a scholarship to attend the ICPSR summer workshop, "Spatial Regression Analysis." The workshop is taught by Luc Anselin and takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 14-18. The scholarship is sponsored by the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The award is for up to $500 and is to be used for travel and/or accommodations.

The online version of the new IBS brochure is now available at http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/brochure/. The Web version of the brochure is dynamic and can be updated. Send updates, corrections, additions, and new links to Richard.Cook@Colorado.EDU. Material from the online brochure can also be incorporated into home pages for individual IBS research programs.

For a printed copy of this new edition of the IBS Brochure, send e-mail to IBS@Colorado.EDU or call 303-492-8147.

In Focus: Computing and Analysis at IBS

The Social Science Data Analysis Center (SSDAC) is the unit of IBS that provides assistance to Institute personnel in the ever-expanding areas of statistical applications and computer software and hardware. SSDAC offers informed assistance with computing and statistical problems through three full-time analysts, Zeke Little, Richard Cook, and Jani Little, and two part-time graduate student advisors, Nizam Khan and Sameer Rajbhandary. (Sitting: Jani Little, Nizam Khan. Standing: Richard Cook, Zeke Little. Not pictured: Sameer Rajbhandary.)

IBS Computing Services began in the late 1960's as high-speed computing became available, and in 1981 it evolved into SSDAC. At that time, Jani Little and Richard Cook joined Zeke Little to form the SSDAC staff. The mandate of SSDAC is to provide data analysis and computer applications support for an interdisciplinary institute. This continues to challenge the SSDAC staff to fill the broad spectrum of needs faced by IBS research projects. Each of the analysts has expertise in the support areas as well as specialized knowledge in computer hardware/software operations, computer systems management, or statistical methods and analysis.

The director of SSDAC, Zeke Little, became the director of IBS Computing Services in 1969. In addition to being a computer historian, Zeke brings to the Center a background in mathematics, computer and database programming, and systems management. He leads IBS in the area of personal computer technology. He sets up and maintains PC networks for IBS programs and troubleshoots PC hardware and software for Institute personnel. He continues to develop data base applications for specific IBS projects and to be the IBS resource person for geographic information systems applications.

Richard Cook assists IBS personnel in a variety of statistical, computing, and networking applications. With a Ph.D. in social psychology and a background in research, he has extensive knowledge of statistical applications and software packages used in the social sciences. He also administers the UNIX workstations, and the Ethernet and Internet connections for IBS programs. He develops and maintains IBS web pages and the online version of the IBS Newsletter. He also offers instruction in the use of statistical software, UNIX, and other operating systems, and web authoring software.

Jani Little has a background that combines mathematics, statistics and computer programming with sociology, demography, and geography. She offers Institute researchers technical assistance that is enhanced by her knowledge of the social sciences. She collaborates with IBS research faculty on projects that require customized statistical analysis or computer programming. She also provides assistance in model building and statistical methods, and offers instruction in the use of various statistical packages. She serves as the key IBS person who coordinates data acquisition from archives such as ICPSR and IPUMS. This summer Jani plans to complete her work for a Ph.D. in Geography.

The current graduate student advisors have specialized knowledge as well. Nizam Khan is in the Ph.D. program in Sociology and Sameer Rajbhandary is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. Both Nizam and Sameer are part of the Population Program and have expertise in data processing with Stata and SAS and in Hazard Models and Event History Analysis.

Among the computer facilities at SSDAC that are available for IBS personnel are PCs that are linked to the Internet. Other peripheral devices accessible from the PCs are a high-speed line printer, PostScript and laser printers, ZIP drives, a CD-ROM writer, and text and graphics scanners. The PCs are dedicated to statistical and GIS applications using ArcView, SPSS, SAS, Stata, AMOS, MLwiN, SpaceStat, and InfoMap. SSDAC also has UNIX workstations providing X terminal access to additional statistical software and other resources on central computing facilities and the Sociology/Political Science, Geography, and Psychology computing labs.

The staff at SSDAC invite you to call 303-492-6917, e-mail ssdac@colorado.edu visit the web page (http://www.colorado.edu/IBS/DAC/),or stop by IBS #4 to talk about your computing needs.

Research Proposals Funded

Political and Economic Change

J.V. O’Loughlin REU supplement to: Can democracy be sustained? Civic engagement, social capital and the future of democratic governance in Moscow
  NSF 06/01/00 – 2/28/01 supp $5,000
L.A. Staeheli REU supplement to: Collaborative research: Changing structures of knowledge and relevancy: understanding the sociology of geographical research on public space
  NSF 06/01/00 – 6/30/00 supp $5,000
W.J. Stone Subcontract to: Collaborative research on the Reform Party and major-party change
  NSF 03/01/00 – 06/30/02 supp


Population Processes Program

F.C. Pampel Female work, public policy and fertility in developed nations    
J. Menken NSF 05/01/00 – 10/31/01 new


A. Rogers Age and spatial interaction and the indirect estimation of migration
  NSF 06/01/00 – 05/31/02 new



Research Proposals Submitted

Problem Behavior Program

D.S. Elliott Strengthening families program evaluation    
  Asian Pacific Dev Ctr 04/01/00 – 09/30/01 new


J. Belknap Assessing the needs of delinquent and pre-delinquent girls in Colorado: a focus group study
  Colorado Human Svc 06/01/00 – 08/31/00 new


The next issue of the IBS Newsletter will be July/August.

Have a wonderful summer.

Upcoming Colloquia

There is an online listing of upcoming and recent colloquia.

Institute of Behavioral Science

Richard Jessor, Institute Director

IBS Newsletter

Julie Klauss and Sugandha Brooks, Co-editors
Richard L. Cook, Web Site Coordinator

Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0483

(303) 492-8147