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Leadership & Administration - Research Development - Research & Data Support

IPSR Leadership & Administration

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Steven Maynard-Moody
Director, IPSR and Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration

As Director, Steven is responsible for developing the IPSR multi-disciplinary research program by engaging faculty from across the university and overseeing the management and direction of the Institute. Under his leadership, IPSR has become an international center for research on some of today’s most pressing topics, including the human dimensions of climate change, race and gender questions in the scientific workforce, urban sustainability, indigenous communities, environmental policy, and human trafficking.

As Professor, he teaches Master of Public Administration and doctoral courses on public policy and policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and street-level bureaucracy. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Read more

Travis Weller
Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Travis oversees all Institute operations. He administers the IPSR Scholars program and manages the financial and human resources for IPSR. Read more
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Jena Gunter
Research Project Specialist

As Research Project Coordinator, Jena provides administrative support and project management assistance to the director, assistant director, IPSR center directors, and to the IPSR staff. Jena’s primary responsibilities are to assist research team(s) with sponsored project implementation, budgets and administrative procedure. This includes organization of workshops, conferences, special events, and other activities. Jena processes travel, initiates purchases, and processes invoices for sponsored research. As the research project specialist, Jena may also assist with editing proposals, reports, presentations, and other publications for IPSR faculty affiliates, center directors and staff. Read more

Taylor Moreno
Student Administrative Assistant

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Research Development

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Nancy Cayton Myers
Research Development Officer

As Research Development Officer, Nancy leads the IPSR research development team; provides direct support for research proposal preparation to investigators and teams; facilitates research planning, strategy, and networking; assists with grant management and reporting; and conducts outreach activities and research development-related presentations to faculty, staff, and students. Read more

Whitney Onasch
Research Development Specialist

As a Research Development Specialist for the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR), Whitney facilitates and administers research proposal development and submission on behalf of faculty affiliates and graduate students. She provides guidance to investigators on strategic approaches to funding calls based on the guidelines and agency priorities, and serves as the primary liaison between faculty and the KU Office of Research during the development and award/contract negotiation stages. Read more
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Research & Data Support

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Larry Hoyle
Senior Scientist

Larry has overall responsibility for planning the Institute’s computing infrastructure. He has more than a few years’ experience in the data management phase of the research lifecycle and teaches a graduate course focusing on those skills. In recent years, he has been actively involved in the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) – helping advance an international standard for machine actionable description of data and its lifecycle. He has done a number of invited and contributed presentations at SAS and DDI related international conferences and has chaired or co-chaired the North American DDI Conference and the IASSIST conference.Read more

Genna M. Hurd
Associate Researcher

Genna provides research assistance to several vital IPSR projects and programs, including its Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy. Research assistance includes research project management, program evaluation, focus group facilitation, interviews, survey development and analysis, data collection, management, and analysis, and report writing. Genna is Co-I for the KU EDA University Center, a partnership between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and IPSR. She also is Editor of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, an online compendium of socio-economic and demographic data on Kansas. Read more
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Renee Pualani Louis
Associate Researcher

I am a Hawaiian woman and an Indigenous cartographer passionate about Hawaiian storied place names, cross cultural ethical research standards, and advocating the integration of Indigenous spatial knowledge systems with Western geosciences. I believe Indigenous wisdom has long held steadfast in the margins of society. Our elders have watched in silence or were silenced as consumer driven economics ravaged our lands, waters, and skies. Academia and science has played an active role in ensuring the knowledge of our ancestors remained ghostly whispers. It is time to bring Indigenous voices front and center. It is time to move beyond the politics of science where recognizing those realities that lie beyond the realm of our senses is not a debate about belief systems, so much as an examination of alternative methodologies. It is time to acknowledge the multiplicity of experiences that contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live. Read more

Pat Oslund
Research Economist/Research Associate

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Xan Wedel
Senior Research Data Engineer

Xan is the primary liaison for data requests received by the Institute from the public or members of the university community. Xan leads the Kansas Business & Industry Data Center, a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. She also serves as web application developer and GIS analyst for the Institute. In addition to these duties, Xan advises students and researchers on data visualization techniques including GIS and coordinates the data compilation and visualization, programming, and production of the Kansas Statistical Abstract. Read more