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Research Updates September 2011

Art Professor Lawrence Argent has unveiled his latest installation, Leap —a 12,000-pound, 56-foot-long red rabbit suspended in an atrium in the Sacramento International Airport. “In the visual bedlam of an airport, it gives you a moment of reflection,” Argent told the Sacremento Bee. “You will think about something the piece prompted, something personal. Then it will have done what it is supposed to do.”

Alan Chen, law professor and associate dean, on Sept. 16 filed an amicus curiae brief in the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national office and the ACLU of Colorado in Churchill v. University of Colorado, an important First Amendment case. The brief argued that the decision of the court of appeals below will have severely negative ramifications for freedom of speech and also endangers the enforcement of all constitutional and statutory civil rights against public employers in future cases.

Law Professor Roberto Corrada published “Ricci’s Dicta: Signaling A New Standard for Affirmative Action under Title VII?” in the Wake Forest Law Review (July 2011). He published “Synecdochic Perils & Opportunities for Latina/os in the Academy” in the Harvard Latino Law Review (August 2011).

Ben Griswold, an independent exhibition designer and adjunct professor in the Electronic Media Arts and Design (eMAD) program, has completed a project that opens Sept. 25 at the Denver Art Museum. Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs offers a comprehensive look at the work of a 20th century master who challenges conventional ideas of landscape photography by looking at damaged, marginal, and overfamiliar places as well as places of quiet, seemingly untouched, beauty. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1, 2012.

Law adjunct professor David Kopel on Sept. 13 testified before the U.S. House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security regarding H.R. 822, which would set up a national system of interstate reciprocity for concealed handgun carry permits. A video of the committee hearing and a copy of Kopel’s 24-page written testimony are available online.

Education Professor P. Bruce Uhrmacher and alumna Kristen Bunn published a new book, Beyond the One Room School (Sense Publishers, 2011). The book showcases unique and educational K-12 activities.

Art and art history Associate Professor Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman, associate professor of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, have collaborated on a project called “W3FI,” which was shown at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art over the summer. The work was featured on numerous websites and blogs and reviewed on the international art blog Daily Serving.

This has meant that in just two months since we put our project online in connection with the show at the Museum, nearly 28,000 people have been exposed to the work. You can read more about the project and how we are trying to create a new social movement for changing the way we treat others online here: http://thew3fi.com

Wanda Ellingson, LCSW clinical associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work Four Corners program, presented a paper, “ A Holistic Goal Setting Model for Transforming Rural Social Work Students,” in July at the 36th Annual Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas on the campus of Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, La.

Paul Sutton, associate professor of geography, is the lead author of the article “The real wealth of nations: Mapping and monetizing the human ecological footprint,” published in Ecological Indicators (2011). His co-authored article “Curriculum Development—producing geographers for the 21st Century” is forthcoming in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35(3). Also forthcoming is “Changes in ecosystem services and migration in low-lying coastal areas over the next fifty years,” a co-authored FORESIGHT Global Environmental Migration Project report for the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir John Beddington.  With a student he co-authored a poster, “Using Nighttime Satellite Imagery to Create a Global Grid of Distributed Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions,” which won Best Poster honors at the World Geospatial Forum in Hyderabad, India. Sutton also co-authored several articles in 2010: “Shedding Light on the Global Distribution of Economic Activity” in the Open Geography Journal, 3 147-160;  “Creating a Global Grid of Distributed Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions from Nighttime Satellite Imagery” in Energies, 3(12), 1895-1913; and “Characterizing relationships between population density and nighttime imagery for Denver, Colorado: issues of scale and representation” in the International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31: 21, 5733-5746.

Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, in August co-authored “Mobile Development with Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5: Learn by Video.” He presented “Mobile computing in a ‘Post-PC’ era… right?” at the August COLTT conference in Boulder, Colo., where he also gave a Café Pédagogique talk, “Does your institution need a mobile app? Probably not.” He published a set of video tutorials for video2brain, “Adobe Flash Builder and Flex 4.5: New Features Workshop,” and an interview with Labrecque was published as part of the Flex Developer series by Sean Moore. Labrecque presented “Building a Functional Flex Mobile Application for Android in Less Than an Hour” at the Adobe Education Leader Institute in San Jose, Calif., in July. Also in July he presented “Adapting Expectations to Fit a Mobile Workflow” at the D2W Conference in Kansas City, Mo., and published an article, “UX Concerns Across Mobile Platforms,” in UX Magazine.

Lamont School of Music Professor Lawrence Golan conducted summer concerts in Seoul, South Korea; Bolsena, Italy; and Boulder, Colorado. He recently was engaged to conduct the American Festival Orchestra on a three-week tour of China, which will take place during the winter holiday break.

Nancy Leong, assistant professor of law, presented her work-in-progress, “Non-Whiteness as Capital,” at the Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium in Los Angeles on Sept. 16. On Sept. 24 she will present a draft of “The Open Road and the Traffic Stop” at the Race and Criminal Justice in the West conference at Gonzaga Law School.

Nadia Ahmad, an LLM candidate in natural resources law, presented “A Session on Cultural Diversity: Islam and Muslims” at the 19th Annual Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution Center Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 27.

Justin Pidot, assistant professor of law, contributed an article—“The Gray Wolf Delisting Revisited”—as a guest blogger to Legal Planet, the foremost blog addressing environmental legal issues. The site is jointly run by Boalt and UCLA. He participated in the Climate Change Law and Policy Works-in-Progress Symposium Aug. 11–13 at the University of Colorado, where he served as a commentator for a paper presented by Doug Kysar, the deputy dean at the Yale Law School.

Stephen Daniels, a visiting professor of law, was one of 18 academics who in August filed a “scholars’” amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Florida in Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, et al. v. United States of American. The case is a challenge under the Florida Constitution to the constitutionality of a Florida statute capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. The brief presents empirical evidence that addresses the impact of damages in medical malpractice cases on the supply of physicians. Daniels’ research on plaintiffs’ lawyers and on the effects on their practices of non-economic damage caps in medical malpractice cases played a prominent role in the amicus brief submitted by the American Bar Association in the same case.

Law Professor David Thomson published “How Legal Writing Faculty Can Contribute to Their Law School’s Assessment Plan” in the Aug. 19 AALS Section Newsletter.

Law Professor Ved Nanda spoke about “The Arab Spring and Its Implications for the Near East and South Asia” at the Woodstock (India) School Annual Conference held in Fort Collins, Colo., on July 28. On July 21 he discussed the Uberoi Foundation’s role in spreading awareness of the Dharmic traditions of India at an Uberoi Foundation conference, “Teaching Dharmic Traditions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism,” hosted at the University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth. On July 9 he presented “Human Rights and Freedom of Religion” at the India Forum in Los Angeles. In June he participated in an Indian-American Academic Leadership Mission to Israel, where he met with academic leaders and discussed foreign policy establishment in Israel. On June 7 Nanda presented “The Japanese Nuclear Crisis” at a Rotary gathering in The Hague, Netherlands.

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