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Study: Early mandatory schooling laws didn't influence intergenerational mobility

Expansion of mandatory schooling laws by U.S. states in the late 1800s and early 1900s did not increase levels of intergenerational mobility, according to a new study by a University of Kansas researcher. While the number of people receiving an education increased, schools likely were not prepared or adequately funded and the quality of instruction they provided suffered, said Emily Rauscher, assistant professor of sociology, who conducted the study that appeared recently the American Journal of Sociology.

KU study finds race, not gender, is key factor in NIH awards

Race, not gender, appears to be the most significant factor influencing the award of a National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas economist."In most cases, NIH funds are the gateway to having tenure and becoming a full-fledged member of an academic faculty," said Donna Ginther, professor of economics and the study's lead author. "Understanding who gets grants in order to promote a more diverse applicant pool will add to the diversity of the student body at colleges and universities." Read the full news article at link below.

LAS792 - Managing Research Data in the Social Sciences

This 1-, 2-, or 3-credit hour graduate level course is designed to teach the skills necessary to read, reorganize, transform, display, clean, archive, and export simple or complex data. The primary tool used in the class is the SAS system. Structured Query Language (SQL) in both SAS and Microsoft Access receives a strong emphasis. Documentation of the research process and outputs using structured metadata also receives significant attention.

Kauffman funds study of Kansas City Teacher Residency Program

Jacob Fowles, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, received an award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to study potential expansion and growth of the Kansas City Teacher Residency Program. The program pairs resident teachers with experienced teaching mentors for training, coaching, and feedback, both enhancing classroom effectiveness of residents and improving the district's ability to recruit and retain quality teachers. Fowles is an affiliate of IPSR.

Study shows Kansas women face economic, social challenges

A new study examining the status of women in Kansas shows most earn significantly less than their male counterparts, and large numbers of single mothers live in poverty and lack health insurance. The study, conducted by the Center for Science Technology and Economic Policy was commissioned by the Kansas City-based Women's Foundation and was released in conjunction with International Women's Day. News coverage and the full report available at the links below.