Dr. Lori Peek (Sociology) co-leads social science piece of $22 million federal grant
Colorado State University has been selected to establish a federal center devoted to helping local governments decide how to best invest resources to lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure — and to recover rapidly in their aftermath.
John W. van de Lindt, CSU’s George T. Abell Distinguished Professor of Infrastructure, serves as principal investigator and co-director of the Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Bruce Ellingwood, CSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the other co-director.
The Fort Collins-based center is funded by a $20 million cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). CSU will work with NIST researchers and partners from 10 other universities to develop computer tools to aid in increasing community disaster resilience. This includes preparing for anticipated hazards, adapting to changing conditions, and withstanding and recovering rapidly from disruptions.
“This center complements NIST’s long-standing efforts to improve the performance of the built environment against natural hazards — such as tornadoes, coastal flooding, wildfires and earthquakes — as well as large-scale, human-caused disruptions,” said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director Willie May. “The tools developed by the center will help to further advance the important goal of disaster resilience from ambitious concepts to cost-effective solutions that communities can implement over time.”
The award was announced today at the NIST Disaster Resilience Workshop in Del Mar, Calif. The center will receive $4 million annually for five years; NIST has the option to renew the award for five additional years, depending on performance and availability of funds.
“In light of increasingly extreme weather, cities and towns across the country are working to find innovative ways to learn from and prepare for natural disasters,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado. “Colorado State University’s talent and resources have once again allowed them to be a leader in this nationwide initiative to enhance our ability to respond and recover. This impressive work will help local governments more efficiently and cost-effectively prepare for and rebuild after these disasters, and make our communities more resilient.”
The center’s multi-disciplinary team includes experts in engineering, economics, data and computing, and social sciences from the University of Oklahoma, Rice University, Texas A&M University, the University of Washington, the University of South Alabama, the California Polytechnic University in Pomona and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Associate directors are Paolo Gardoni, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Daniel Cox, professor of civil and construction engineering at Oregon State University.
“The center will focus on developing tools that individual communities can use to assess their resilience,” van de Lindt explained. “I am extremely honored that CSU has been selected to lead this important work, and look forward to collaborating with colleagues across the nation to help evaluate the effectiveness of alternative measures to minimize post-disaster disruption and recovery time at the local level, in a way that makes the most sense for residents most affected.”
Van de Lindt’s research has focused on various methods of retrofitting buildings in earthquake prone areas to mitigate damage from seismic events.
Work at the new center will support NIST as drafts its Disaster Resilience Framework. The framework focuses on buildings and infrastructure systems, such as power, communication, water and transportation. It also will address how to maintain social services and institutions vital to meeting the needs of community residents — health care delivery, education, social services, financial institutions — as well as economic functions.
The centerpiece of the center’s effort will be NIST-CORE — the NIST-Community Resilience Modeling Environment. Built on an open-source platform, the computer model and associated software and databases will incorporate a risk-based approach to decision-making that will enable quantitative comparisons of different resilience strategies.
As NIST-CORE is developed, its performance will be tested against data gathered from past disasters. Ultimately, NIST-CORE will be able to learn from one analysis to the next, a capability that does not exist in any other risk or disaster-resilience model in the world.
Sociology Fall 2014 Newsletter!
Sociology Fall 2014 Newsletter!
Dr. Peek, Sociology, Chair of E&T section of ASA
Congratulations to Dr. Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University, who was elected Chair of the Environment and Technology Section for the American Sociological Association for the 2014-15 year.
Green Criminologists (Drs. Opsal and Shelley), Sociology, Front Page News Story
WOW-E! It’s all about access
It’s all about access.
As a major research university, Colorado State spends millions of dollars each year on subscriptions to thousands of scholarly publications. The information these journals contain is vital to the work of faculty and researchers on campus who learn from findings by and share their data with others in their field.
But what if instead of being locked up in expensive journals that take months if not years to publish, the results of all that research were freely accessible to anyone interested anywhere in the world?
That’s the concept behind the international Open Access movement, which encourages free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right of anyone to use and reuse those results. Advocates argue that open access can benefit innovation, discovery, education and a better world by transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.
Some of the wild-eyed dreamers who support the revolutionary notion of Open Access include Nobel laureates, internationally respected researchers, and CSU’s own Vice President for IT and Dean of Libraries Patrick Burns.
“We can’t continue to pay for journal titles that just keep getting more expensive; the only way we can be sustainable in the future is open access,” Burns said. “There are many high-quality academic journals that have already adopted the open access model, and we will work with faculty to identify them and buy the necessary licenses so everyone can have access to their publications.”
Randy Schekman, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013, talked about the open-access science journal that he edits, eLife, here on campus last semester, and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has made the research papers of six of this year’s laureates available for free through its digital library .
Reprinted from CSU’s “SOURCE” – click here for the entire story.
Call for Assistant Editor, Society and Natural Resources (grad student in Sociology)
Society & Natural Resources (SNR), a leading, international environmental social science journal, is
undergoing a planned, periodic editorial transition. Dr. David Sonnenfeld, Dept. of Environmental
Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY; and Dr. Peter
Leigh Taylor, Dept. of Sociology, Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, CO, are the incoming
Editors-in-Chief of the journal, for issues appearing during 2015-2017. In conjunction with this transition,
they seek formal expressions of interest from individuals seriously interested in consideration for a
part-time, 12 month, term appointment as Assistant Editor of the journal.
Responsibilities. SNR is published monthly, 12 issues per year. The Assistant Editor works approximately
20 hrs. per week, under the supervision of and in close cooperation with the Editors-in-Chief of the
journal, and in regular contact with both authors and the journal’s publisher. The Assistant Editor
manages the day-to-day receipt, screening, processing, preparation, and submission of manuscripts.
(The journal receives more than 350 mss. per year.) The Assistant Editor administers and maintains the
online manuscript submission/ review system for the journal. Specific tasks include preparing submitted
manuscripts for peer review; responding via e-mail to routine author inquiries; communicating with the
Associate Editors and publisher’s technical and production staff; copyediting accepted manuscripts prior
to submission for production; updating journal records and statistics, etc. As a monthly publication, the
position is deadline-driven throughout the year, including through university breaks as necessary
Required. Bachelor’s degree or higher in the social sciences or humanities. Outstanding
English language writing and editing skills. Professional/ business communication
experience. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Proficiency with office
computing applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, and Adobe Acrobat; ability to learn
proprietary database software.
Preferred. Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities, with academic experience in
interdisciplinary environmental studies, natural resource management, or related field.
Prior experience in academic writing, editing, and publishing. Experience with online
manuscript management systems. Availability through June 2017, and possibly longer.
Deadline. All formal expressions of interest received by 5:00pm EST, October 31, 2014, will receive
priority consideration with respect to Fall 2015 graduate admissions. Subsequent calls may be made
and/ or applications solicited until the position has been filled.
Further information. Please contact Dr. David Sonnenfeld via email at (email@example.com), or Dr. Peter
Leigh Taylor at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Peter Hall, Sociology, interviewed at SSSI conference (video link below)
At this summer’s SSSI 2015 Conference in San Francisco the journal’s editor, Robert Dingwall, interviewed Peter M. Hall. The interview covers various aspects of Professor Hall’s career, including his long-standing interest in power, and the current Call for Paper for a Special Issue of Symbolic Interaction on Space and Time issued by Professor Hall.
Clink here for the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az2mhG3LvAc
Dr. Lori Peek, Sociology, on 9/11, draws from her book Behind the Backlash
In this blog entry, on the anniversary of 9/11, Lori Peek, author of Behind the Backlash, describes the aftereffects of the terrorist attacks for the Muslim community.
Soon after Behind the Backlash was published, I had the opportunity to give a guest lecture on the book at my undergraduate alma mater in Kansas. At the end of the talk, a student raised her hand and asked about the longer-term implications of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Specifically, she wanted to know whether anti-Islamic hate crimes and other forms of discrimination had continued to increase, even years after that fateful day. After she asked that question, another student raised his hand and inquired about the geography of post-9/11 hate crimes: Were they happening more often in big cities or small towns? Were they occurring in places close to or far away from the epicenter of the terror attacks?…to continue reading click here http://templepress.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/anti-islamic-hate-crime-and-the-enduring-effects-of-911/
Dr. Tara Shelley and Adam Mayer (Sociology) awarded TILT service learning mini grant
Dr. Tara O’Connor Shelley and graduate student Adam Mayer recently received a service learning mini grant entitled, “Sense of place, risk/ benefit perceptions, local drilling and fracking policy preferences among Coloradoans” from The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at Colorado State University to incorporate service learning into the Sociology Department’s Fall semester Capstone course (SOC 403-02). The Service Learning Capstone will provide students with the opportunity to: (1) to apply research skills learned in the classroom while receiving in-depth mentorship from faculty and graduate students; and (2) experience the nuances of implementing research into practice.
Congratulation to Dr. Tara Shelley and Adam Mayer!