US life expectancy still falling, Native Americans hardest hit

Ryan Masters

“With the wide availability of vaccines in the United States, there was a lot of optimism that 2021 would look better than 2020,” said co-author Ryan Masters, an associate professor of sociology and IBS Affiliate. “That did not happen. The U.S. didn’t take COVID seriously to the extent that other countries did, and we paid a horrific price for it, with black and brown people suffering the most.”

Read more about the study in CU Boulder Today.

IBS Research Development Awards

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IBS and CU Population Center (CUPC) are excited to announce the winning proposals for Research Development Awards/Seed Grants. We had a total of 9 applications between the two funding calls and were able to fund almost $79,000 in awards using IBS, CUPC, and Program funds. 

The IBS Research Development Awards were open to all CU faculty and research staff (with preference given to IBS Fellows and staff), and particularly welcomed proposals that advanced equity, diversity, and inclusion themes in substance, methods, and personnel. The CUPC Seed Grants sought proposals that highlighted health behaviors and disparities, reproductive health, gene-environment, environmental demography, and migration as well as work within the Rocky Mountain Research Data Center (RMRDC) or in collaboration with CU’s Earth Lab.

IBS and CUPC would like to acknowledge that several additional IBS Programs contributed finances to allow us to fund more of the awards than we had initially been able to budget for. Thank you to the Environment and Society Program, the Prevention Science Program, and the Program on International Development for your contributions.

The funded proposals were:

  • Alexandra Siegel – “Can Online Exposure to Outgroups Improve Intergroup Attitudes and Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Israel.”
  • Kyle Thomas – “Assessing the ‘Great Crime Decline’ using intergenerational data.”
  • Ryan Masters – “Life Expectancy Trends among the U.S. States and Peer Countries, 1990-2020:
    Estimating the Impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic on Widening Differences.”
  • Beverly Kingston – “Designing and Evaluating a Multicomponent Intervention to Heal Trauma, Prevent Violence, and Promote Resiliency and Wellness in Under-resourced Communities of Color.”
  • Courtney Welton-Mitchell – “Mental Health and Psychosocial support-integrated Climate Change Adaptation for Subsistence Farming Communities in Mizoram, India.”

Statement on Preventing School Violence


Like the rest of the nation and world, we are devastated to learn of the loss of 19 children and two teachers to school violence at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. Each time a tragic attack happens, our research group is asked, “How can we prevent things like this from happening? What should we do when they do happen?” The sad truth is that we know what is needed to prevent violence and support those affected by violence, but we have not consistently put our knowledge into practice. It is time to fully commit to putting what we know works into action. We recommend that federal, state and local efforts invest in: violence prevention, bystander reporting and response, behavioral threat assessment and management, and (when these events do occur) trauma-informed support for children and their families.

Read the full statement and find resources for preventing school violence, provided by the IBS Prevention Science Program and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

IBS Fall GRFP Workshop

The prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes three CU Boulder students that took part in the IBS NSF GRFP Fall Workshop! Katie Donlan (Anthropology) was awarded the Fellowship. Helen Wilson (Geography) and Lyanna Kessler (Life Sciences) received honorable mentions. Congratulations to eveyone involved!

This IBS fall workshop provides a general overview of the GRFP program, tips for writing the personal and research statements, and mentorship from past award winners. Since 2014, the workshop has helped dozens of CU students receive the Fellowship and be recognized for their important research. Check back in the fall for more information on the next workshop series. 

Contacts: , Co-Lead TBD

Jane Menken, a pioneer in her field

Jane Menken

Jane Menken, distinguished professor at CU Boulder and former IBS Director, is considered a pioneer in her field—one of the first to prioritize women and their desires about childbearing as a central focus of research.

Learn more about Jane and the decades-long CU Boulder-led study on how access to family planning shapes lives for generations, in the Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.

New CONVERGE Training Module

Jocelyn West, Heather Champeau, Jessica Austin, Candace Evans, Rachel Adams, and Lori Peek of the Natural Hazards Center worked together to develop a new CONVERGE Training Module. This module was funded by the NSF and U.S. Geological Survey and is focused on Reciprocity in Hazards and Disaster Research. You can register and access the free module here:

We also hope you will join us for a live webinar on Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. MT where Jocelyn, Heather, and Jessica – who were the lead developers – will present and provide a demonstration of the new module. It is a great resource for all researchers who care about reciprocity, even if you don’t study hazards or disasters! To register for the upcoming webinar, please visit:

The Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology (CCSA) awarded a $20,000 grant

The Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology (CCSA) in IBS is happy to announce that the Wenner-Gren Foundation has awarded CCSA $20,000 to pay for travel expenses for 6 African scholars and 5 international consultants to a workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The project is being jointly organized with the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis (CfAS), the partner organization to CCSA. A key objective of this workshop is for applied social science practitioners to identify how their biases affect their reports and recommendations, and further to determine if there are common patterns in how government authorities, lenders, and development organizations interpret these recommendations. The workshop will occur sometime between January 2022 and December 2023.  The outcomes of the conference are anticipated to have broad implications on the ethnographic method as it is employed in development projects and programs in East Africa and beyond. CCSA also looks forward to scholarly publications resulting from the workshop.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) awarded a $1.2 million grant to focus on violence education on campus

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) has been awarded a grant for $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the university’s police department, state and local agencies, campus offices, and student government to strengthen the local framework for preventing violence and terrorism.  

The two-year project will deliver educational programming to empower citizens to report concerns (e.g., training, social media). The project will also build the campus and community systems for addressing those concerns through investigations, threat assessment, and threat management. CSPV’s Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D. (PI), Beverly Kingston, Ph.D. (Co-PI), and Sabrina Arredondo Mattson, Ph.D. (Co-PI) along with CUPD’s Chief Doreen Jokerst and Commander Mark Heyart will be leading the effort. To execute the grant, CSPV and CUPD will be partnering with CU’s Dean of Students, Human Resources, and Athletics, as well as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office (Safe2Tell), Colorado School Safety Resource Center, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and Boulder Police Department.  We think these partnerships are particularly meaningful given the shooting tragedy our community experienced at the King Soopers on Table Mesa last spring.

Read more about the grant and campus partnership in CU Boulder Today.

$6 million CDC National Youth Violence Prevention Center of Excellence grant awarded to the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

The IBS Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence recently received a five-year (2021-2026) $6 million cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Violence Prevention Centers of Excellence (YVPC). The YVPC-Denver project, called Empowering Youth to Realize Equity and Prevent Violence, will use a youth-community-university partnership to implement and evaluate youth violence prevention strategies (The Power of One for Youth Engagement Initiative, Violence Prevention and Interruption through Bystander Reporting and Social Media Monitoring, and Enhancing Youth Athletics and Career Development Programs) in two Denver, Colorado communities experiencing a high violence burden. Youth receive training through a youth advisory council and an early career researcher program. Success will be measured by reductions in rates of youth violence, increases in positive social opportunities, and sustainable improvements in public health practices.

Principal Investigator: Beverly Kingston, Ph.D.

Co-investigators: Sabrina Arredondo Mattson, Ph.D., David Pyrooz, Ph.D. Karl Hill, Ph.D., Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D., Eric Sigel, M.D.

Find more information about Youth Violence here.