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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | April 16, 2015

Political Science Essay Contest to see Malala Yousafzai

The CU Denver Political Science Department is proud to announce that it is sponsoring an essay contest for CU Denver students to win tickets to see the world’s youngest Nobel Prize Laureate, activist and author Malala Yousafzai, speaking at the Bellco Theater on June 24th. Students can submit their essay entries on the CU Denver Political Science Department’s blog site.

Berry and Stefes publish on renewable energy policy

Assistant Professor Michael Berry and Associate Professor Christoph Stefes of the Political Science Department recently published in conjunction with Frank N Laird (of Denver University)  the article, "Driving energy: the enactment and ambitiousness of state renewable energy policy” in the Cambridge Journal of Public Policy.

Cribari wins Dex Whittinghill Award

RaKissa Cribari, Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, is the winner of the 2015 Dex Whittinghill Best Paper Award for the presentation of her paper "Creating Critical Thinkers in an Introductory Statistics Course” at the Joint Math Meetings in January.  The award is based on audience ratings of the papers, and Cribari had the highest rating of all 42 talks given. The award will be presented at JMM 2016, held in Seattle, WA, January 6-9. 

Hassinoff book continues to garner attention

To save kids from the dangers of sexting, we should stop trying to save kids from the dangers of sexting, suggests Amy Hasinoff, Assistant Professor of Communications, in this most recent interview about her book Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent.

The misguided war on sexting
Reason Magazine
, April 9

Jose and Stefes receive faculty development funds

Assistant Professor Betcy Jose and Associate Professor Christoph Stefes of the Political Science Department recently received a $5,000 Faculty Development Grant for their project investigating Russia’s Intervention in Crimea.

Keranen and Dodge publish jointly

Building on research supported by a 2012 CLAS CRISP award, Lisa Keränen, Associate Professor of Communication, and Patrick Dodge, Assistant Professor Clinical Track at the International College of Beijing (ICB) have published "Modernizing Traditions on the Roof of the World: Displaying ‘Liberation’ and ‘Occupation’ in Three Tibet Museums” in the Journal of Curatorial Studies. Based on work conducted in 2012 and 2013 in Lhasa and Xining, China, and in Dharamsala, India, Keränen and Dodge, along with co-author Donovan Conley, investigate the representational interplay between tradition and modernity in three museums that display “Tibet.” Their essay analyzes how and with what consequences museum displays use triumphant modernization, spectacular sacralization, and catastrophic witnessing to advance competing claims about Tibetan heritage.

Li organizes Amsterdam symposium

Assistant Professor Meng Li of the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences organized a symposium at the firstAnnual International Convention of Psychological Sciences in Amsterdam. Titled “What Is Fair? Interdisciplinary Experimental Perspectives on Fairness,” the session featured papers examining fairness from psychologists, economists and anthropologists.  Li’s paper, “Principle vs. Outcome: How policy description affects allocation preference” examined people’s preferences for allocating scarce medical resources and how they vary in response to minor changes in policy descriptions.  When policy described general principles (what should be done in general), subjects showed a preference for equality; but when policy described specific outcomes (what will happen in specific numbers), subjects preferred efficiency – the outcome that saved the most life years.

Mandel method used to analyze damage cause by earthquake

The balancing domain decomposition method by Jan Mandel, Chair of the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, was used to analyze the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit in 2011. The simulations used the K computer, the fastest computer in the world as of June 2011, and up to 10 billion degrees of freedom (unknowns). The application was developed over the past two decades by the team of Professor Shinobu Yoshimura at the University of Tokyo. This information was part of an invited plenary presentation by Shinobu Yoshimura et al., (“Petascale Finite Element Simulation of Real World’s Complex Structure with Billions DOFs Model”), at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2015, in Salt Lake City, on March 15, 2015. 

Robinson speaking out

Chair of the Political Science Department Tony Robinson is a much sought after speaker this spring. On April 7th, Robinson hosted a press conference at St. Paul’s Church presenting key findings from a recent report titled, titled “No Right to Rest: The Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado,” which he co-authored with graduate student, Allison Sickels. Robinson was also the featured speaker at the Mile High Connects Advisory Council, presenting, “Gentrification, Polarization and Social Mixing in the Denver Area: Current Trends and Policy Responses.” On April 28th, Robinson will be the respondent and panelist in upcoming History Colorado Center ... Read More »

Ruskovich receives an O. Henry Award for 2015

English Instructor Emily Ruskovich recently received an O. Henry Award, for the story"Owl," originally published in One Story. The collection, which will be available in September anywhere books are sold, will feature stories from Lydia Davis, Russell Banks, Elizabeth McCracken, and others--twenty-five in all, selected among thousands published this past year in literary magazines.

Stefes publishes new book

Christoph Stefes, Associate Professor of Political Science, will release his latest book, Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region in just a few weeks. The book is co-edited by Ghia Nodia, Director of the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Stone publishes new book

Tammy Stone of Anthropology just had a new book come out through University of Utah Press: Migration and Ethnicity in Middle-Range Societies:  A View from the Southwest. This book focuses on a number of general deliberations on the archaeology of middle-range society and the prehistory of the American Southwest. This includes the complex dynamics of migration, identity, ethnic interaction, and the ability of archaeologists to identify these pat-terns in the archaeological record.

Tomback speaks while at Harvard

As a Charles Bullard Harvard Forest Fellow, Diana F. Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Integrative Biology, gave two seminars this semester. On March 10, at the Harvard University Herbaria, as a guest of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology she presented,  "Trouble at treeline: Loss of a Rocky Mountain foundation species," and on April 3, at Harvard Forest (Petersham, MA) she presented as a part of the spring seminar series, "Facilitation at treeline in the Rocky Mountains:  Disruption by exotic disease and implications for climate change."

Tracer gives invited lecture in Germany

Professor David Tracer of the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology gave an invited lecture at the Institute for World Economy in Kiel, Germany on March 19.  Titled “Punish or Perish? Experimental Studies of Cooperation and Justice in Papua New Guinea and Beyond,” the talk critically examined the premise that cooperation in humans is stabilized by the threat of punishment.  Using experimental data from Papua New Guinea and Israel, Tracer demonstrated that instead of punishing social norm violators, subjects preferred to compensate the victims of social transgressions at equal or in some cases higher frequency.  He suggested that punishment alone is an insufficient explanation for cooperation and prosocial behavior and that other factors such as reputation and indirect reciprocity may better explain cooperation within and across societies.


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