CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | June 17, 2016
- Economics professors study impacts of Super Bowl on births
Associate Professor Hani Mansour, Assistant Professor Brian Duncan, and Professor Daniel Rees have a study, forthcoming in the Journal of Human Resources, analyzing birth outcomes in cities where the home team goes to the Super Bowl. "It's a mild event and that’s part of the design. We think mild events might be more policy-relevant," Mansour said. "More women might be exposed to say, something like a celebration than an earthquake."
Inequality might start before we’re even born
Washington Post, May 24
- Beer wins Colorado Book Award
Nicky Beer, English Assistant Professor, has won 2016 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, for a second time, for her second book The Octopus Game.
- Bohlen and his book are haunted
Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor in English, says he has always loved ghost stories, and had his own supernatural experience more than 30 years ago. That moment, frozen in his mind, has served as both a muse and a curse. Now it is the source material for his second novel, a “literary ghost story” that he has titled The Normal Home. Read more here.
- Fields publishing new book on sports celebrity
Acting Associate Dean for Student Success and Associate Professor in Communication, Sarah K. Fields has published Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Sports figures cope with a level of celebrity once reserved for the stars of stage and screen. In Game Faces, Fields looks at the legal ramifications of the cases brought by six of them--golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Joe Montana, college football coach Wally Butts, baseball pitchers Warren Spahn and Don Newcombe, and hockey enforcer Tony Twist--when faced with what they considered attacks on their privacy and image. Placing each case in its historical and legal context, Fields examines how sports figures in the U.S. have used the law to regain control of their image.
- Harding on indigenous wisdom in the Afro-Brazilian religion
Rachel Harding, Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies, was recently featured in Sacred Matters, a web magazine of public scholarship on religion produced by the department of religion at Emory University. Harding discussed her work on women's leadership and indigenous wisdom in the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé.
- Hasinoff takes on Sexting Solutions
Amy Hasinoff, Communication Assistant Professor, takes issue with the Sexting Solutions curriculum: it teaches kids not to sext. Instead, she says we should teach consent.
So your kid’s been caught sexting. Now what?
Colorado Public Radio, May 9
- Hodgkins research linking Neanderthal extinction and climate change
Jamie Hodgkins, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, has found that Neanderthals in Europe showed signs of nutritional stress during periods of extreme cold, suggesting climate change may have contributed to their demise around 40,000 years ago. Analyzing the remains of prey animals Hodgkins and colleagues found that Neanderthals worked especially hard to extract every calorie from the meat and bones during colder time periods. These results were published in the Journal of Human Evolution last week.
Climate Change May Have Finished Off Neanderthals
Discovery News, May 12
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- Horton on migrant worker identity theft
Sarah Horton, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has spent a decade researching the challenges and struggles of migrant worker populations in California's Central Valley -- now evolving “identity theft" issues present more hardships.
Rethinking Arizona’s Identity Theft Laws
Huffington Post, May 23
- Jose on Syrian hospital attacks
Political Science Assistant Professor Betcy Jose recently published a timely article on the targeting of hospitals in Syria. “Deliberate attacks against hospitals and staff during war is an understudied but extremely important issue,” says Jose, who specializes in international relations, international law, armed conflict, human rights, and the UN.
When Hospitals are Targets
Foreign Affairs Magazine, May 10
- Musiba hoping funding comes through for CU Research Center in Tanzania
Charles Musiba, Associate Professor of Anthropology, says that if key funding sources including a prestigious international enterprise grant come through in the coming month san education complex in northern Tanzania will feature a CU Denver research center. The collaboration between the Tanzanian government, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and UNESCO, is moving forward regardless, but funding from the Rolex Awards for Enterprise and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency would accelerate the CU Denver portion of the complex – a research lab with classrooms. Read more about this project here.