Sociology professor Jennifer Reich

Reich on latest public health emergency

Jan. 29, 2019

“States expect that in order to access public resources, like schools, camps, or child care centers, individuals must give up some autonomy to make sure everyone in the community is safe,” said Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. Measles a public health emergency in Washington Vox

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Friedson on shifting mountain populations

Jan. 29, 2019

Andrew Friedson, Economics Assistant Professor, said many Western states had relatively young populations until quite recently. But Baby Boomers are aging, birth rates are falling, and retiree migration is growing. "There’s been a lot of talk about millennials moving to Denver and a lot of these Western cities," Friedson said...

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Beekman on repatriating artifacts

Nov. 29, 2018

Returning 2000 year old figures to Mexico requires not only proof that they are authentic but evidence they were brought into the United States illegally, which can demand lengthy police investigations. Christopher Beekman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, who has identified artifacts for the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian...

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Simon on recent California wildfires

Nov. 29, 2018

“Fire moves several football fields a minute,” said Geography and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Gregory Simon, who studies the impact of fire in established communities. In extreme conditions, he said, “If you’re not paying attention, you’re really screwed.” Lessons from Camp Fire: Staying alive in California fire country East Bay...

Diana Tomback, Professor in Integrative Biology

Tomback on wolf reintroduction in Colorado

Nov. 15, 2018

Integrative Biology Professor Diana Tomback said, "There are compelling practical reasons for restoring the gray wolf to Colorado. The 'balance of nature' is not just a poetic catch phrase; it refers to a real ecological state." She will speak at the Durango Wolf Symposium at Fort Lewis College this month...

Amy Wachholtz, Assistant Psychology Professor

Wachholtz on opioid addiction and chronic pain

Nov. 15, 2018

Assistant Psychology Professor Amy Wachholtz, who founded the Comorbid Opioid Addiction and Pain Lab at CU Denver, has launched a study to help improve treatment for people experiencing chronic pain and opioid addiction. "No treatments have yet proven effective for simultaneously addressing chronic pain and opioid addiction, and this is...

Kevin Masters, Psychology Professor and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Program

Masters on tipping in the digital age

Nov. 15, 2018

You've probably noticed new electronic payment screens when purchasing coffee or other items at a counter. With the new systems, do customers end up tipping more? "The basic idea is to make it very easy for you, very convenient for you, and create an expectation that this is a norm,"...

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Robinson on midterms in Colorado

Nov. 15, 2018

Tony Robinson, Political Science Associate Professor and Chair of the Department, says most of the seats flipped by Democrats in this election were for districts that are affluent and educated. Democrats are becoming increasingly the party of the affluent, suburban, and educated. The Colorado Front Range checks those boxes. Does...

Bean on recent WEA texts

Oct. 18, 2018

The test was meant to ensure that the WEA system is an effective means of warning the public about national emergencies. However, Hamilton Bean Associate Professor in the Communication Department and an expert in WEA technology—says texts and alerts can actually make a bad situation worse by delaying action. Turns...

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics

Friedson on gubernatorial candidates’ ideas on healthcare

Oct. 18, 2018

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics points out that Jared Polis' plan will take an immense pool of political capital from dozens of lawmakers in states that are more conservative than Colorado. "I don't think heavily Republican Kansas is about to jump on board with this,"–while his concerns about Walker...

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