Dr. Elizabeth Groff receives the Young Experimental Scholar Award
The Annual Young Experimental Scholar Award was endowed by Professor Friedrich Losel, a Fellow of the Academy, from his Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The Award recognises scholarship in early career. It includes a stipend of $1,000. This year, the award committee was chaired by Professor Losel, and included Professors Mazerolle and Sherman.
Dr Groff received the award for her work conducting an empirical randomized experiment investigating the effect of different presentations of crime data on fear; maps produced less fear than tabular statistics and graduated symbol maps produced the least fear.
Her current research now examines the use of automated vehicle locator data to inform police deployment. In addition,she is performing ‘in silica’ experiments using agent-based models. Advantages to experimenting in an artificial world include: substantially decreased cost, elimination of human subject’s dilemmas and attrition of participants, and achievement of a level of control impossible using empirical experiments.
Dr. Steven Belenko elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology
Professor Steven Belenko was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology at the 2008 American Society of Criminology conference in St. Louis. This award is in honor of his outstanding contributions to experimental criminology. Professor Belenko has been principal investigator for numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and private foundations, and has conducted extensive experimental research on substance abuse and crime, the impact of drugs on the adult and juvenile justice systems, adolescent substance abuse, HIV risk behaviors and related service needs for offenders, and the integration of treatment and other services in criminal justice settings, including drug courts, diversion programs, and prisons.