Nathan Bower graduated from the College of Wooster in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 1977. He taught Chemistry at Colorado College for forty years, from 1977 until his retirement in 2017. He was interviewed for the the LGBT Oral History project on December 9, 2011.
Colorado College's Photography Journal, the only all-photography driven publication on campus. The theme of the 2011 issue is Revealing the Hidden.
Large wood (LW) provides habitat to aquatic organisms and can significantly alter stream geomorphology. Sources of LW to stream ecosystem originate in riparian forests and are influenced by wildfire regimes. To quantify the relationship between burn severities and in-stream LW, we surveyed 15 low order streams effected by varying wildfire burn severities in a near-pristine watershed of the Frank Church River of No-Return Wilderness in Central Idaho. In the field and using remotely sensed imagery, burn severity was divided into four categories: “unburned,” “low,” “moderate,” and “high”. We hypothesized that burn severity would be positively correlated with in-stream LW. Alternatively, in areas with the highest burn severities, LW might be limited due to combustion. To test this hypothesis we used principal components analysis that indicated fire severity, recruitable LW, and pre-fire vegetation are the most important predictors of in-stream LW in landscapes with a natural wildfire regime. In particular, high category severity burns had significantly more LW than the other categories. An increase in burn severity is also correlated with increased average piece size. The comparison of fire severity maps to field data found a significant correlation locally but no correlation with fire severity of upstream reaches. Few studies have compared the interaction of in-stream LW and fire severity in a near-pristine stream ecosystem. The results of this study improve our understanding of LW dynamics in Intermountain West watersheds with a natural wildfire regime, and could inform post-fire salvage logging management practices.
The present study discusses how teaching methods based on Dweck’s work with implicit theories of intelligence may benefit low-income classroom practices. Past research has experimentally manipulated students’ incremental theories in the short term through praise and in the long term through brain-change oriented instructional interventions. An increase in learning goals and academic achievement has been associated with incremental, or flexible, views of intelligence. This research implemented a four-week literature-based classroom intervention for third grade students to increase incremental mindsets. No relationship was found between condition and theory of intelligence, active engagement strategies, or internal motivation. Post hoc analyses and discussion of limitations offer recommendations for future interventions.
Business has transformed drastically over the past several decades and teamwork is now essential in almost every work environment. Working in teams requires a new set of soft skills that help individuals perceive and relate to the emotions of themselves and others. These types of skills, and others related to emotional processing, are called emotional intelligence. As businesses transition to virtual work teams, there is a more pressing need for emotional intelligence skills. Virtual teams suffer from a lack of trust, which emotionally intelligent individuals may be able to restore. This paper investigated the impact of emotional intelligence on virtual team performance using an experimental design. Undergraduate students were sorted into high and low emotional intelligence teams and performed the Johnson and Johnson Winter Survival Task using chat room technology to simulate a virtual team. While the results of the study did not support the hypothesis that emotional intelligence has a significant impact on the performance of virtual teams, the study adds a new experimental design to the current literature basis and provides unique insights for future research.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in what drives the diffusion of knowledge. Recent studies have utilized epidemiological models to track the spread and growth of new academic disciplines. This study quantitatively examines 20 years of publication data in Economics, using modified epidemiological models to find the parameters under which these fields evolve. Looking at the quantitative results for 755 JEL codes, intriguing trends are found in the data. These quantitative outputs provide interesting conclusions not only about specific JEL’s, but also suggest that the characteristics of individuals in a given field can have a significant impact on the development of a field. Specifically, our results indicate that individuals who are charismatic and sociable can have a significant impact on furthering the growth of their discipline.
Marijuana legislation in the United States dates back to the early twentieth century. History has shown how policymakers have twisted the creed of marijuana to something dangerous and deadly. Yet, recent years have shown how individual states have been able to reduce the stigma surrounding this drug. Proposition 19 was defeated in California during November of 2010. This proposition would have legalized the consumption, production, and possession of marijuana in California for adults 21 years of age and older. This thesis illustrates the fiscal benefits that might be realized if marijuana were legalized, regulated, and taxed. While other results have recently been produced, this paper combines data, theory, and estimates from a number of renowned sources, to find the potential tax revenue that could be generated from legalization. The results are compiled with current budget deficit and revenue figures, to find the overarching fiscal impact. While others have offered different outcomes, the results indicate that legalization will only slightly improve the monetary situation in California.
Viticulture has had a rich and relatively stable history. However, in recent times, the wine industry has undergone many changes. The global wine industry no longer depends on the outmoded practices and wines of the Old World. New World wineries have grown immensely in recent years in both production and consumption. This thesis evaluates marketing strategies that have brought New World countries to their current state. It includes an investigation into market positioning, market segmentation, new packaging, and internet advertising techniques that have found their way into the wineries and brands of the New World.
When a movie comes out it has ex post and ex ante factors. Ex ante factors describe the movie variables that exist before a movie is released. These include the size of the movie’s budget, how many theaters the movie opens up in, whether or not the movie is a sequel, how much buzz is surrounding the movie, what actors are appearing in the movie, when the movie comes out, what rating the movie has, and what genre the movie is. The ex post factors describe variables that exist after a movie is released. These include the awards a movie wins or is nominated for, how the movie is received by normal viewers, and how the movie is received by professional critics. The ex ante factors contribute to the hype that a movie has. A movie that has high ex ante factors is a lot of buzz surrounding it and is a likely big flashy movie that looks good. The ex post factors contribute to the quality of a movie. A movie with high ex post is recognized by the community to have artistic quality. I want to see whether ex post factors or ex ante factors are more important to a movie’s box office success. This will answer the question of whether it is more important for a movie to look or for it be good for the movie to be successful at the box office.
As the Internet becomes an increasingly popular medium in which to conduct business, strategists have argued over the best generic strategy for online firms, and one topic that has remained controversial is first-mover advantage theory. This thesis looks at first-mover advantage and the electronic commerce industry. In particular, it will study the effects of pioneering status on consumer cognition (specifically retrieval, recall, and preference) in the online travel-booking industry. By replicating the methods and analysis of a previous survey-based approach study conducted by Alpert and Kamins (“An Empirical Investigation of Consumer Memory, Attitude, and Perceptions Toward Pioneer and Follower Brands”), this thesis was able to analyze how a convenience sampling of Colorado College students think about the pioneer brand in the online travel-booking industry. A close analysis of the survey results rejects the three initial hypotheses that favor the pioneer.
Marketing strategies have changed over the last few decades and are still changing. Marketing managers need to realize these changes in marketing strategies and use them effectively to market to the changing demographic of skiers. Skiers are getting older and the numbers of advanced skiers is increasing, but as they get older more and more of the baby boomer generation is exiting the sport there needs to be a strong effort to encourage younger and newer participants to avidly pursue the sport and more importantly start them at your resort and keep them as lifelong participants. The purpose of this thesis is to research different marketing strategies and campaigns so that resort marketers can determine where and how to allocate them. In addition it will determine which marketable expenditures positively affect skier visits.
The effect of spatial factors on competition and the price of gasoline have been sparsely explored by previous studies. Existing work examines how gasoline prices differ based on distance from the distribution site as well as how cost factors influence gasoline prices. Using market data from six midsized U.S. metro areas with similar isolation from neighboring retail markets, this paper examines the effects of location on retail price, while controlling for brand effects. Spatial regression analysis accommodates the potential of spatially correlated errors, and sensitivity analysis tests for several measures of retail location concentration. Results point to reproducible brand premiums and some location-based price differences, but also show the counterintuitive finding that areas with more market competition do not show significantly lower retail gas prices.
Minutes for CC faculty meeting held on March 14, 2011, written and submitted by Secretary of the Faculty, Ted Lindeman.
Minutes for CC faculty meeting held on April 18, 2011, written and submitted by Secretary of the Faculty, Ted Lindeman.
Appendix 1 to Block 7 2011 CC faculty meeting agenda, Gates Common Room; titled, "Assessment of General Education Requirements."
Minutes of the Colorado College Staff Council meeting held on May 3, 2011.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Courtney Lockwood.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Gabe Guentzel.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Joe Marciano.
Portrait of 2010-2011 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team Performance Director and Trainer, Stefan Underwood.