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Rauscher to study intergenerational poverty

Emily Rauscher, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, was awarded $19,658 from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her project, "Parental Behaviors, Genes, and Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty." Her project will investigate how poverty passes from generation to generation. Among other questions, she will research whether parent-child activities (e.g. talking about school, going to a play) reduce the likelihood of adult poverty for those in poverty as a child. She will rely on pre-existing data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health. Her results will improve the understanding of intergenerational economic inequality and will be useful for policymakers fighting the cycle of poverty. Professor Rauscher is an affiliate of the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

RedTire helps secure future of community newspaper

With the help of the RedTire program, an alumnus was recently able to find a buyer for his publishing and newspaper business and pass on his legacy to a young couple passionate about journalism. - See more at link below.

Researcher creates survey tool on women's participation in civil leadership

Barbara Kerr, the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology in KU's School of Education, has developed a survey instrument that cities across the nation can use to determine how to get more women involved in civic leadership and what challenges are in the way of women taking such position.

Ho to analyze Tulsa citizen survey data

Dr. Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, Associate Professor of Pubic Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, has received $10,000 in funding from the City of Tulsa to complete a statistical analysis of its 2013 citizen survey data. During the course of this project, titled "Citizen Perception, Service Performance, and City Communication," Dr. Ho and his team will also examine data about crime, citizen complaints, and service output and outcomes. Based on the results of the analysis, Dr. Ho will give recommendations on how the city may improve its citizens' perceptions and address policy challenges. This is Dr. Ho's second year providing statistical analysis of survey data for the City of Tulsa. Dr. Ho is an affiliate of the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

KC-AERC Director to lead evaluation

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC) at the University of Kansas, has received $50,000 in funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Knight will lead an evaluation of the TEAM Science Program in partnership with the Grandview C-4 school district and five other public school systems. TEAM Science is a professional development grant, facilitated by Rockhurst University, providing training for teachers in four Missouri public school districts and two charter schools. Dr. Knight and fellow KC-AERC team members will conduct a thorough evaluation, looking at how this professional development experience impacts student achievement by enhancing classroom instructional practices and increasing teachers' knowledge of science curriculum content. KC-AERC is part of the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.