Sullivan exposing how property owners are wringing profits out of low-income homeowners

May 11, 2018

"These issues that you see at Friendly Village may seem unique to this one park, but they are indicative of the capricious and arbitrary actions landlords take in mobile home parks across the nation. You hear these same stories over and over again," said Assistant Sociology Professor Esther Sullivan. Thornton...

Colwell on ethics in historic genetic data gathering

April 12, 2018

"As an archaeologist, I share in the excitement around how technology and techniques to study DNA are leaping ahead... But, I have also closely studied the history of collecting human remains for science. I am gravely concerned that the current "bone rush" to make new genetic discoveries has set off...

Kaskavitch on ethics in modern data mining

April 12, 2018

"We are living in the Wild West of limitless data collection on human beings, and no one seems to care. Now we're realizing how robust these datasets can be and how they can be used for good or ill," writes Matthew Kaskavitch, Lecturer in the Department of Communication. Our social...

Rachel Harding, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Harding on murder of Brazilian politician

March 29, 2018

Marielle Franco, 38-year-old Brazilian politician who campaigned against a corrupt military police occupation of poor neighborhoods in Rio, was executed on the streets of Rio. According to reports, the bullets casings were from ammunition used by the military police. According to Rachel E. Harding, a Brazil specialist at the University...

Robinson and Sickels Report cited in Right to Rest fight

March 29, 2018

Last week, state legislators rejected an effort to create a statewide "right to rest." Now, the advocacy group Denver Homeless Out Loud will try again in Denver. The current law forbids the use of shelter, sometimes including blankets and cardboard, according to a report from Political Science Associate Professor and...

Bean on false emergency alerts

Feb. 15, 2018

People are "pretty forgiving" when false alarms are adequately explained to them, but eventually they begin ignoring the warnings, said Hamilton Bean, an Associate Communication Professor who has studied emergency alert systems. At a certain point, people will start to opt out of emergency push notifications, but nobody has figured...

Lockley on newly discovered trove of ancient mammal tracks

Feb. 15, 2018

"The concentration of mammal tracks on this site is orders of magnitude higher than any other site in the world," said Martin Lockley, Emeritus Geology Professor, and co-author of a new paper on a find on the grounds of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center. "I don't think I've ever seen a...

Diana Tomback, Professor in Integrative Biology

Tomback on righting past wrongs to wolves

Feb. 1, 2018

Professor in Integrative Biology Diana Tomback works with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project on efforts to reintroduce wolves to ecosystems. Tomback acknowledges that part of this process means reckoning with the past, when ranchers drove wolves out of the Central Rockies. "It's time to make it right, but also to...

Fields gives a historical perspective on changing attitudes toward fitness

Feb. 1, 2018

Discussing the changing way exercise was viewed with the automation of the Industrial Revolution, Associate Dean and Professor of Communication Sarah K. Fields says, "There’s this concern in Western Europe and the U.S. [around this time] that the men particularly are somehow becoming less masculine because they’re not doing things...

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics

Friedson on what to expect from the race to win Amazon

Feb. 1, 2018

Now that the list of the top 20 candidates has been announced cities could start upping the ante, according to Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics. "This is exactly what I would do if I’m trying to touch off a bidding war between places," Friedson said. "You get a couple...