IBS Newsletter

May 2001

Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado


In a special section of the April 16th edition of the Rocky Mountain News commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary, a column featuring “some notable researchers on CU faculty who have achieved special distinction” lists 18 professors, of which five are members of the professional staff at IBS. The professors are Delbert Elliott, Gilbert White, Jane Menken, Dennis Mileti, and Richard Jessor. Congratulations to all of them for their roles and contributions in making IBS an outstanding institute.

Also congratulations to two other members of the professional staff in the Political and Economic Change Program who have received awards in the last month.

John V. O’Loughlin received the Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) Excellence Award for 2000-2001 in Research, Scholarly and Creative Works on April 26. The BFA citation is as follows: O’Loughlin “has established a reputation in the past twenty-five years as one of the most important scholars in the field of political geography. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that he has been the key figure in defining the field of political geography in North America.” He has brought to the field a willingness and an ability to integrate geography, political science, and international relations, and in the process has deepened each field’s understanding of how “the cleavages within and between societies give rise to inequality and conflict.” His scholarly work on nationalism, migration, and the challenges of democratization in Eastern Europe has focused on some of the most vexed, difficult, and important problems of our contemporary world. Through his editorial leadership, he has helped make the journal Political Geography “one of the most widely cited journals in the social sciences” and has infused the field with an appreciation for the values of inter-disciplinary scholarship. A prodigious scholar, an internationally recognized leader in his field, and a dedicated mentor of graduate students, John O’Loughlin’s scholarly record demonstrates that he is, without doubt, a most deserving recipient of the Boulder Faculty Assembly’s award for excellence in research.

Lynn A. Staeheli was one of eight faculty members to receive an award from the Implementation of Multicultural Perspective and Approaches in Research and Teaching. Awards of up to $4,000 are given annual to faculty or academic units to support research, scholars, and colloquia having an academic and multiethnic or multicultural theme or for expansion of the undergraduate curriculum in the area of ethnic and gender diversity.

Our congratulations go as well to Alice Fothergill, formerly a Graduate Research Assistant and presently an intern in the Natural Hazards Center, and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology, who received the Betsy Moen Feminist Research and Praxis Award. This award, known affectionately as the “Walk the Talk” award, is given by feminist scholars in Sociology in honor of the late professor of sociology, Betsy Moen. Dennis Mileti, Director of the Natural Hazards Center, nominated her for her feminist research on women’s experiences in the Grand Forks Flood of 1997 and for her feminist activism, including being a “Big Sister” and volunteering for pro-choice organizations.

Program Activities

Population Processes Program

Two articles by Richard G. Rogers were included in the “Most Cited Articles” published in Social Biology during the period 1982-1999 (see Osborne, Richard H., and Barbara T. Osborne. 2000. “The Most Frequently Cited Articles Published in Social Biology, 1961-1999.” Social Biology. 46(3-4): 194-206.

Environment And Behavior Program

Gilbert F. White participated in a Symposium on the Occasion of the Dedication of the Arthur Maass-Gilbert F. White Reference Room in the library of the Institute of Water Resources of the U.S. Corps of Engineers on April 6 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The library houses, among other collections, the scientific pa­pers of Maass of Harvard University and White. The symposium included talks on water resources management and how the scholarship of Maass and White had affected the practices of the Corps of Engineers.

David N. Pellow presented “Theoretical Advances in Environmental Justice Research” at the Race in 21st Century America: A Second National Conference held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on April 6.

Pellow has joined the Editorial Board of Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal as associate editor for 2001-2003.

In Print

Pellow, David N. 2001.“Environmental Justice and the Political Process: Movements, Corporations, and the State,” The Sociological Quarterly, 42(1).

White, Gilbert F. 2001. “Floodplain,” in R.R. Eblen and W.R. Eblen, (Eds.), The Environment Encyclopedia, Volume 4, Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish. pp. 512-51. A summary of sectors of a floodplain, occurrence and causes of flooding, landforms, floodplains as habitat, and adjustments to flood hazard.

Natural Hazards Center

Dennis S. Mileti was appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER). Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, the Center was established in 1986 by the National Science Foundation as the country’s first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. The goal of the Center is to do cooperative research between the varied applicable fields in earthquake engineering and the social sciences. Its vision is to contribute new research findings and technology that will contribute to more earthquake disaster resilient communities.

Mileti presented the keynote address, “Natural Hazards, Disasters, and Sustainable Development,” at the National Symposium on Mitigating Severe Weather Impacts and Design for Disaster Reduction at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 2. On March 27, hepresented “Disasters by Design,” as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. On February 5, he presented “Risk Management and Natural Hazards” at the forum, Toward a Safer America, Building Natural Hazards Resistant Communities through Risk Management and Assessment of Natural Hazards, sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the White House in Washington, DC.

Mary Fran Myers participated in the second meeting sponsored by NASA to assist its Earth Sciences Applications Division in carrying out a Program Planning and Analysis (PP&A) activity. The PP&A activity is designed to allow the Applications Division and its stakeholders to identify the most pressing information needs of NASA’s user communities in four theme areas. Myers participated in the “disaster management” theme area. The meeting was held in Alexandria, Virginia, April 17-18.

Problem Behavior Program

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Delbert S. Elliott attended a conference, Violence, Children, and the Community: Hope and Solutions, sponsored by The Institute for Students with Special Needs. He delivered the keynote speeches, “The Dynamics of Violent Offending” and “Responding to Youth Violence: What Works.” The conference was held in Portland, Maine, on April 4. On April 6, he presented “What We Know About Crime and Violence” at the Crime and Justice Day sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation and Leadership Denver. On April 20, in Atlanta, Georgia, he was a speaker at the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Annual Conference and presented “Treating Violent Offenders: Research and Practice.”

Jennifer K. Grotpeter and Rebecca Grossman attended the Biennial Society for Research in Child Development meeting in Minneapolis on April 19-22. Grotpeter also attended the preconference on peer relations and the preconference on gender. The following poster was presented: Grotpeter, J. K., Huizinga, D., & Grossman, R. R. (2001). Linkages between Mental Health Correlates and Violence: Adolescence to Young Adulthood.

Abigail A. Fagan and Sharon Mihalic attended a working meeting in White Plains, New York, with Gilbert Botvin, designer of the Life Skills Training Program (LST), the National Health Promotion Associates, the dissemination organization for LST, and the LST trainer consultants. Fagan and Mihalic presented information on a new Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJPD)-funded grant to CSPV to help disseminate this program on a wide scale basis, and to present the findings from the process evaluation of the ongoing replications also sponsored by OJJDP through CSPV. A new training model was also delivered to the LST consultants during this workshop on March 8-9.

Jane Grady and Landa Heys attended a meeting in Denver on April 3 sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Partnering for a New Tomorrow, featuring guest speaker, Shay Bilchic, National Director of CWLA.

Holly Bell, Jennifer Carroll, Miriam Jebe, Mary Beth Abella, and Dorian Wilson attended the third of four Regional Trainings for the Safe Communities—Safe Schools sites in Gunnison on April 5; five sites attended. Bell, Jebe, and Wilson attended the last of the four Regional Trainings in Salida on April 30; two sites attended. William Woodward, former Director of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, led the trainings and focused on strategic planning around results of school safety assessments.

Political and Economic Change Program

In Print

Keith E. Maskus participated in the conference at the Washington University School of Law on Economic and Legal Perspectives on Current Patent Law held April 5-6 and presented “Searching for Economic Balance in Business Methods Patents.”


Social Science Data Analysis Center

Expanded Hours and Functions for Help Desk Advisors: The advisors at the “Help Desk” in SSDAC will be working through the summer and during the interim period between spring and summer sessions. They are available every afternoon from 12:00-4:00 to answer questions and to provide help with statistical software, particularly SPSS, Stata, and SAS. As part of an effort to promote Web page development, the advisors are also available to help IBS faculty and staff with Web page development. To get assistance call 492-6917 or stop in during open hours.

New Version of SPSS: Version 10.1 of SPSS has been released and is now available under the university site license. This version includes performance enhancements to several procedures, including multinomial logistic regression. Licensed users of SPSS are entitled to upgrades that are received during the license period.

On March 28, Jani S. Little attended a meeting of Directors of Computing Services at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in Washington, DC. The meetings included panel sessions on 1) Data Security, Network Security, and Remote Access, 2) Staff Retention and Training Strategies, and 3) Securing R24 Center Infrastructure Grants from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. On March 29-31 she attended the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America where she presented the paper “Spatial Lags, Spillover Effects and Neighborhood Change.”

In Focus

Jani Little: SSDAC and Demography

Jani S. Little was appointed Acting Director of the Social Science Data Analysis Center (SSDAC) in November, 2000, and to the IBS Professional Staff in the Research Program on Population Processes in February, 2001. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa (1977), followed by an MA in Mathematics (1992) and a PhD in Geography (2000), both from the University of Colorado.

I wear several hats at IBS. As Acting Director of SSDAC, in the last six months I have been investigating ways of improving the computer and statistical support provided by SSDAC to the rest of IBS. I have identified two key priorities. The first would be improved and expanded training and informational workshops. These could be used to train incoming graduate students and to promote state-of-the-art techniques for IBS faculty and support staff. The second priority, now underway, is to improve Web-based technology within IBS. As part of this effort, SSDAC is launching a summer campaign to build new Web pages for IBS, its programs, and personnel. (See BITS and BYTES from SSDAC in this Newsletter.) The SSDAC Web page itself will be used to communicate important information regarding services and equipment. The IBS Research Program Web pages will play an even stronger role in communicating with the larger academic community. Hence, they will be developed to disseminate information about program activities as well as working papers and publications.

When I first came to SSDAC in 1981 as a statistical/numerical analyst and data base programmer, I worked primarily with IBS research personnel to set up complex data structures and to implement mathematical and statistical routines. This is a continuing area of interest for me. In my early days at SSDAC, there was high demand among IBS researchers for structural equation modeling, logit, probit, tobit models, and event history models. Recently my interests have expanded to include multilevel modeling, spatial statistics, bootstrappingtechniques, and log-linear models. I work closely with IBS faculty, graduate students, and research support staff, building statistical models and discussing statistical issues. In addition, I have taught statistics in the Department of Applied Math and more recently in the Geography Department.

Some of my work at SSDAC has developed into collaborative researchmost often with members of the Population Program. For some time I have worked with Andrei Rogers developing methods for modeling population change. In one study we developed software to partition regional population growth into that which is due to immigration, internal migration, or birth and death processes. In addition, we recently published a paper jointly with James Raymer and Frans Willekens that demonstrates the use of log-linear models to characterize inter-regional population flows.

I am also working collaboratively with James Huff on a study of neighborhood change in 73 metropolitan areas in southwestern United States. This effort has required multilevel modeling and spatial regression techniques that can take into account the effects of household mobility, as well as neighborhood and metropolitan area characteristics. Two working papers were presented at national meetings this past spring. They are entitled, “Neighborhood Change and Stability in Southwest Cities: How Do Immigration, Out-migration and In-Migration Make a Difference?” and “Spatial Lags, Spillover Effects, and Neighborhood Change.”

Research Proposals Funded

Population Program

R.M. Silvey Migration under crisis and recovery: social safety nets in two Indonesian regions
NSF 05/15/00 – 10/31/02 supp


Research Proposals Submitted

Population Program

J.A. Menken Mellon African demography research and training program
AW Mellon Fdn 07/01/01 – 06/30/04 new


Problem Behavior Program

A. D. Bryan Alcohol use and HIV risk among adolescents on probation
NIAAA 07/01/01 – 06/30/02 cont


Upcoming Colloquia

There is an online listing of upcoming and recent colloquia.

Institute of Behavioral Science

Richard Jessor, Institute Director

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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

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