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Amy Hasinoff looks at how child pornography laws are applied to sexting

Sept. 10, 2019

“There is a lot of strong anecdotal evidence that child pornography laws work the same way all of our other laws do, which is they’re disproportionately applied to people of color,” said Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communication. “They’re disproportionately applied to kids in foster care, because they’re under more...

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Rudi Hartmann addresses the ski industry on climate change

Sept. 10, 2019

Moderator Rudi Hartmann, Clinical Professor (C/T) in Geography and Environmental Sciences, will review ski resorts’ response to the parched seasons of 1976-77 and 1980-81. Through the Lens presentations feature notable scientists, athletes, and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s rich snow sports heritage. The...

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Gas prices town-to-town rely on the supply chain, according to Andrew Friedson

Sept. 10, 2019

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics, said that if Durango has greater demand for gasoline and the supply chain is the same in both towns, Durango should have higher gas prices. Friedson suspects supply differences explain why Durango sees lower gas prices. “If you only have two companies competing in...

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John Tinnell argues for improvement of the scooter situation in Denver

Aug. 27, 2019

John Tinnell, Associate English Professor and Director of Digital Initiatives, has urged caution in allowing private companies to capitalize on public space. At a recent forum, he asked the city to publish more detailed information about each scooter company’s record. “We need to start pitting scooter companies against one another...

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The dangers and costs of rebuilding homes in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon

Aug. 27, 2019

The prospect of additional tax revenue is a common incentive for cities to approve more housing in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences. “Why does fire rage on and become so costly and injurious and even deadly? That’s almost always a social thing,”...

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The role of genetic and social factors in alcoholism, according to Amy Wachholtz

Aug. 13, 2019

Genetics make people more prone to alcohol addiction, but psycho-social factors — including life stressors, childhood abuse, early exposure to alcohol, anxiety and social acceptance — also play a role, says Amy Wachholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. A person’s genetics might...

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Andrew Scahill on hyper-masculinity in horror

Aug. 13, 2019

According to Assistant Professor of English Andrew Scahill, who specializes in film studies, you’d be hard-pressed to think of one example of a male survivor in a horror film who isn’t hyper-masculine. He says, “It goes hand-in-hand with it being okay for a girl to be a tomboy, because of...

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John Tinnell on scooter use of public spaces

July 23, 2019

John Tinnell, Associate Professor of English and Director of Digital Initiatives, says the benefits of public rental e-scooters are obvious, but the drawbacks require a bit more investigation and big-picture thinking. Op-Ed: Are scooters a Trojan Horse for big tech to colonize our public spaces? LA Times , July 18

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Daniel Rees’ new JAMA study on marijuana usage and legalization

July 23, 2019

Daniel Rees and colleagues published research this month that found legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it. New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use CNBC , July 8 Study: Teen Use of Marijuana Drops in States Where It Is Legal...

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Watch out for the return of the nature revenge horror film, says Andrew Scahill

July 23, 2019

Not long ago, environmentalism played a role in moving the horror film genre forward. It was the early 1970s, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring had become a New York Times bestseller, and Americans were reckoning with the way that pesticides were decimating plants and animals. “There was this idea that we’ve...