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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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Sullivan cited in Time Magazine

Jan. 14, 2019

Restrictive zoning nationally has slowed the creation of new parks, and even where alternatives exist, moving a trailer from one park to another can cost more than $5,000, meaning many residents can’t afford to move when their rents go up. Park owners, says Sociology Assistant Professor Esther Sullivan, “know they...

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Friedson on Hickenlooper

Jan. 14, 2019

Assistant Economics Professor Andrew Friedson said if you’re looking for the best possible story about Hickenlooper’s lasting impact on the economy, “it has to be that he prevented us from getting into this top tier of congestion.” People and companies move here and create jobs for reasons that have nothing...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Sullivan on unsubsidized affordable housing

Oct. 18, 2018

"Mobile homes are this country's single largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing," said Assistant Sociology Professor Esther Sullivan, author of Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans' Tenuous Right to Place . "They provide housing at an unmatched level of deep affordability." Are we ignoring — or outright banning —...

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