Recent News Items
KU center receives grant to support economic development
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded a five-year, $700,000 university center grant to the University of Kansas. Together with an equal match by KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, a total of $1.4 million will be devoted to assist economic development and job retention efforts in the state. This grant, led by P.I. Wally Meyer and co-I Genna Hurd, is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research, and it is one of only 40 such awards provided by the EDA to U.S. universities.
HERS student studies the environmental impacts of bison and fire on the prairie
Willow Kipp, a participant in the 2018 Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Program, is studying the important role bison and fire play in sustaining the biodiversity of the Blackfeet Reservation's prairie. Her project is titled "Bison, Fire, Nitsitapii: Utilizing Innii (Bison) and Controlled Burns to Maintain Short-Mixed Grass Prairie Biodiversity within the Blackfeet Nation." Kipp presented her research during a poster session at the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research 2018 Conference in Boulder, Colorado over the summer. Read more about this work at the link below.
New book tracks role of religion in Nigerian politics
Ebanezer Obadare, sociology professor and IPSR affiliate, published "Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria."
Religious divisions have famously plagued Nigeria throughout its history. However, the triumph of a charismatic Christian movement, coming on the heels of the restoration of democracy in the West African country in 1999, has changed the terms of interreligious and political engagement.
The power of the ascendant Pentecostal movement is such that a University of Kansas researcher of civil society and politics and religion in Africa suggests the country's Fourth Republic, which is about to mark a 20-year milestone, should be termed the "Pentecostal Republic." Read more about this work at the links below.
Kansas Economic Policy Conference to focus on future of tax policy
The state of Kansas has received national attention in recent years following its 2012 tax cuts, which were eventually reversed. State lawmakers for several years have also grappled with a Kansas Supreme Court decision that has declared unconstitutional funding levels for K-12 education, and on the local level, the number of special taxing districts has increased across the state.
Teaching, Scholarship Awards to IPSR Affiliates Steven Maynard-Moody, Alfred Tat Kei Ho, and Angela Park
The University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration (SPAA) received word it would be recognized for outstanding public service education, given by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration at its annual conference next month in Atlanta. Professor Alfred Tat-Kei Ho will receive the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award, Professor and IPSR Director Steven Maynard-Moody will receive the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award, and 2016-17 IPSR Doctoral Fellow Angela Park will receive the Staats Emerging Scholar Award. Read more at the link below.
Spencer Museum's exhibition 'Kansas Farmers' explores contemporary agriculture
Fifty photographs of Kansas agriculture are now on view at the Spencer Museum of Art in the exhibition "Larry Schwarm: Kansas Farmers." The images created by Greensburg native and University of Kansas alumnus Larry Schwarm explore the contemporary realities of farm life in Kansas. A book of the same title published by University Press of Kansas and edited by Spencer Curator Kate Meyer accompanies the exhibition. Continue reading the press release at the link below.
Announcing the 2018-19 Doctoral Research Fellows
IPSR is excited to announce the next cohort of participants in our Doctoral Research Fellows Program! Congratulations to Darlingtina Atakere (Psychology and Gerontology), Matt Comi (Sociology), Mariah Crystal, (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Nicole Humphrey (School of Public Affairs & Administration), Gregory Leung (Economics), Nicholas Natchoo (Curriculum & Teaching), Cassandra Osei (School of Public Affairs & Administration), and Courtney Wilt (Special Education). This cohort will begin the program in the fall.
The Doctoral Research Fellows Program helps to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary social science scholars by providing training and support. Fellows will meet approximately twice each month throughout the academic year to discuss research progress, gain skills in interdisciplinary research methods, and share experience and knowledge.
Teachers use real challenges to interest students in health sciences
The T-SCORE Summer Institute, co-led by KC-AERC, trains Kansas City and Wichita teachers to design problem-based lessons focused on health. By engaging students in real issues, the project team aims to broaden participation in health science fields.
New Assistant Director for IPSR
We are pleased to announce that Jena Gunter has accepted the position of Assistant Director for IPSR.
Jena joined the Institute in 2014. In her current position as Research Project Coordinator, she provides direct support for all research projects managed by IPSR, plans and executes IPSR's events and supervises a portion of IPSR's staff, among other responsibilities. As a result, she is deeply familiar with the work of our PIs, graduate students and staff. She approaches her tasks with creativity, dedication, and expertise. She consistently demonstrates strategic vision as well as the skills necessary to implement that vision. I know she will bring these same skills to her new position.
Jena's first day as IPSR's Assistant Director is Monday, July 9. In the coming weeks, we will be taking steps to ensure that the functions of her current role are covered so that our affiliates continue to receive a high level of service.
ByeongDon Oh, Sociology Doctoral Student, awarded NSF Dissertation Funding
ByeongDon Oh received a dissertation award from the National Science Foundations for doctoral students in Sociology. Oh's project aims to explain why the socioeconomic association between parents and children declines over children's schooling levels up to the baccalaureate level and reemerges at the post-baccalaureate level. His research will uncover three mechanisms of the U-shaped pattern in intergenerational association using datasets from the National Survey of College Graduates. His advisor, ChangHwan Kim, serves as PI. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. See link below for more information.