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Field Notes

May 01, 2017

Pinpointing Gas Leaks

Jessica Salo (Geography/GIS) contributed to a CSU-led project that used Google Street View cars with specialized equipment to detect invisible natural gas leaks in underground distribution pipes of 11 cities. The results of the study, led by Colorado State University and recently published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is already helping cities pinpoint pipes that need to be replaced to help minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Documenting Women’s History

An upcoming book by Lee Anne Peck (Journalism) will be the first to document the 75-year history of the Colorado Press Women. Peck interviewed original members of the association and sifted through 14 boxes in the Western Collection of Denver Public Libraries. Last fall, she published the second edition of her media ethics textbook.

Understanding Ancestral Homelands

Sally McBeth (Anthropology) received a National Park Service grant to do an ethnographic overview of Florissant National (fossil bed) Monument. The three-year project begins this summer and is designed to bring Native consultants into Florissant (west of Colorado Springs) to help the NPS better understand Native American ancestral homelands.

Studying Forest Fire Arson

Alan Price (Criminal Justice) and David Pringle (Chemistry) are mentoring three students for their study testing accelerants used in forest fire arsons. The students are preparing the research as part of their senior project and will present the work at the American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Conference in 2018.

Creating Youth Media Projects

Dana Walker (Teacher Education) creates and researches youth media projects, such as Transnational Youth Radio linking Greeley and Barcelona schools, that target Latino students and English learners.

Cancer Treatment Using Cannabinoids

Research led by Richard Hyslop (Chemistry) is making significant progress in developing a targeted cancer treatment using cannabinoids as a chemotherapy agent. UNC faculty Corina Brown (Chemistry) and Ann Hawkinson (Biological Sciences), along with several graduate and undergraduate students, are part of the team working on the project with Hyslop. They’re focusing on the feasibility of developing cells capable of producing an enzyme that can convert inactive cannabis compounds into an active anti-cancer drug.

Additonal Field Notes:

  • Elysia Clemens (Applied Psychology & Counselor Education) continues to work with the Colorado foster care system, building on her earlier research that showed that the number of times foster care students change schools during high school is a strong indicator of whether they graduate.
  • Kyle Anne Nelson (Sociology) and Christine Marston (Economics) are co-authoring a manuscript, “Refugee Migration Histories in a Meatpacking Town: Blurring the Line between Primary and Secondary Migration.”
  • Angie Henderson (Sociology) and UNC graduate Megan Lundstrom of the nonprofit Free Our Girls are analyzing data from 52 survivors and victim of sex trafficking. Henderson also gathered data for a project titled “Preventing Sexual Abuse with Gender Equality Education: Program Evaluation Results from a Community-Based Education Program for Children.”
  • Harmony Newman (Sociology) is studying sexism in science-field settings and the impact on academic and career pursuits.
  • Sociologist Andy Prelog’s research topic is “GIS Methods for Investigating the Equity of Access to Bike Infrastructure.”
  • Michael Kimball (Anthropology) is publishing a paper on the Roots Project in an upcoming issue of Applied Anthropologist.  The Roots Project is a collaboration among undergraduate researchers, the Global Refugee Center, two area high schools, and the Centennial Village Museum in which newcomers from East Africa, South Asia and Latin America find common ground in which to connect their roots to the area’s agricultural heritage.
  • Alan Price (Criminal Justice) and student are examining a sample size of approximately 100 female teachers that have sexually assaulted their adolescent male students. They are looking for commonality among age ranges, race, marital status, marital disruption, substance abuse, socioeconomic level and mental health histories to identify potential characteristics that are prevalent among teacher offenders.
  • Jeraldine R. Kraver (English) is studying Holocaust museums around the world. She’s been a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dale Edwards (Journalism) and Linn Allen (Communication) presented "Alces in Wonderland: Mythic Frontiers in Sturgeon v Frost" at the Society for the Academic Study of Social Imagery Conference hosted in March by UNC. Allen also presented "Baseball's Rembrandt:  Flood v Kuhn." 
  • The current research topic of Jittapim Yamprai (Music Theory) is Southeast Asian Musical Materials for Contemporary Composers. The outcome of the research comprises books in two volumes: Book I, concentrates on the mainland of Southeast Asia and Book II on the Maritime of Southeast Asia. Besides the books is a composition displaying the application of musical materials from the fieldwork research of the 10 countries.  The research is funded by The Thailand Research fund. The project is a joint research with Thailand award-wining composer Narongrit Dhamabutra.
  • Deborah Kauffman (Music History and Literature) is completing a book, under contract with Routledge, about the musical life of the women and girls who worked and studied at the Maison royale de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr, a French convent school and royal institution. The school was founded by Madame de Maintenon (the second wife of Louis XIV) and funded by the crown with the purpose of raising and educating the daughters from poor noble families.
  • Jonathan Bellman (Music History and Literature) completed an edited volume, a collaboration with Prof. Halina Goldberg at Indiana University, Chopin and His World, which will appear this summer from Princeton University Press.
  • Carissa Reddick (Music Theory) will present “Double Function Sonata Forms in Franck's Late Chamber Music” at the 9th European Music Analysis Conference this summer at the University of Strasbourg in France. She is also writing a book, with a working title of Sonata Form in Chamber Music from the Late Nineteenth Century: Brahms, Dvořák, Franck, and Grieg.
  • Michael Oravitz (Music Theory) will present his research on Debussy's early orchestral masterpiece Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, a work inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé's eponymous poem, at the 9th European Music Analysis Conference in Strasbourg this summer.
  • Paul Elwood’s (Composition) Émissions Transparent, a new composition for electric guitar, cello, piano, percussion, and computer, premiered on Nuit d'hiver with soloist Jean-Marc Montera. The performance of that and Strange Angels was given an hour-long presentation on France Musique’s radio program À l'improviste on February 2. In January, two compositions for solo percussion, “The Eternal West” and “CUT” (the latter incorporating electronics), were released on Innova Recordings by Percussionist Patti Cudd on a disc titled Eos