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Karl Hill consulted on drug prevention solutions for Roaring Fork School District

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Roaring Fork School District parents, staff and community members are working together to address growing incidences of youth overdose deaths. A variety of drug prevention strategies have been proposed, including the use of more science-backed, community-based methods like Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. Karl G. Hill, director of the Prevention Science Program at the Institute of Behavioral Science, provided his perspective on the best course of action for Roaring Fork schools in an interview with Aspen Public Radio. Read the full story by Halle Zander here.

Twelfth CONVERGE training module released, Natural Hazards Center hosting demonstration webinar

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The Natural Hazards Center has released the twelfth training module in the CONVERGE series: Indigenous Sovereignty in Disasters. This free online course is part of a series of foundational and advanced training modules sponsored by the National Science Foundation and designed to enhance valuable knowledge and skills among students and other emerging researchers and practitioners. The Natural Hazards Center will host a demonstration webinar of the Indigenous Sovereignty in Disasters module on February 6, 2024 from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. MST. Jolie Breeden, lead science communicator and editor for the Natural Hazards Center, expands on the CONVERGE series and its latest module in her story here.

Takeaways from annual political climate survey of Colorado

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Researchers at The American Politics Research Lab (APRL) at CU Boulder and the polling company YouGov have released their annual political climate survey. Anand Sokhey, director of the APRL and an Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) fellow, co-authored the new survey and expands on its findings in CU Boulder Today with science writer Daniel Strain. Read more about the top takeaways here.

Amanda Stevenson receives first IUSSP award

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Amanda Stevenson, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, has received the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Early Career Award. This prestigious award recognizes Stevenson as a national leader in reproductive health and family planning policy research.

“I love demography, I think it’s a powerful, transformative way of understanding the social world,” says Stevenson. “To be recognized by other demographers like this is a wonderful affirmation of the effort that my team and I have put into all the work that we do. It means a lot to receive this award.”

Stevenson’s scholarship has had a tremendous impact on social policy. Her research has been cited by the United States Supreme Court, and she has testified for major legislation. She also regularly contributes articles and citations to national news outlets, ensuring her research is accessible to the public. Stevenson currently leads the Colorado Fertility Project, which aims to map the life course of US residents’ access to contraception and its effects. 

Ann Moore, IUSSP Council member for North America and principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, was a part of the jury that chose Stevenson.

“Amanda Stevenson was selected among a competitive pool of candidates based on the quality and importance of her scholarship, methodological sophistication, outstanding grants record and service to the field of demography in her role as a public scientist,” says Moore. “The IUSSP wishes to congratulate Amanda on receiving this award.”

The IUSSP developed the Early Career Award in 2023 to honor early career scholars from five different world regions. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to population studies. Stevenson is the first recipient of the Early Career Award for the North American region.

 “We hope that this award will not only enhance the awardees’ commitment and contributions to our field but will also enhance the global visibility of their achievements and bring the perspectives and insights of new generations of population scientists into our discipline,” says Shireen Jejeebhoy, president of IUSSP.

All five early career awardees will be honored at a virtual event in 2024, where they will showcase their research. The awardees have also received admission to the 2025 International Population Conference. Organized by IUSSP, the conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia July 13-18, 2025. 

Natural Hazards Center welcomes FEMA administrator to strengthen academic partnerships

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The Natural Hazards Center recently hosted Dianne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Criswell met with CU Boulder researchers, faculty and staff to discuss improving the pipeline between new research and the public. Jolie Breeden, lead editor and science writer for the Natural Hazards Center, recounts the significance of this visit in her article for CU Boulder today.