Recent News Items
Compulsory schooling research could point to success of mandatory community college plan
IPSR affiliate and assistant professor of sociology, Emily Rauscher, was featured in the news this week.Rauscher's research found that educational expansion worked once before in creating better jobs and upgrading the opportunities of the American workforce. Read the full press release at the link below.
Math key factor in career fields where women are underrepresented
Math - not college faculty's belief that female students lack brilliance - points to why fewer women are in STEM fields, research at the University of Kansas shows. The findings challenge a study published earlier this year in the journal Science that concluded women were underrepresented in academic fields where faculty believe success is dependent on "raw, innate talent," which faculty chronically stereotype as a shortcoming for women. Recent research at KU shows when GRE scores are factored in, female representation correlates with the amount of math in the field, making faculty beliefs about a student's ability irrelevant. "To me it is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys," said Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research. Continue reading at the link below.
KU's commitment to economic development earns national recognition
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named KU to its 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. KU is one of only 18 institutions nationwide chosen this year, joining just 30 others selected since the program began in 2013. The application highlights IPSR support of local economic development organizations through sophisticated research and analytical development business tools. Several of IPSR's collaborative efforts are recognized in the application: the EDA-funded University Center, the Business & Industry Data Center lead agency for Kansas, and NSF-funded Kansas City-based Census Research Data Center as well as involvement with the University Economic Development Association. See the news article at the link below.
Research to map organized crime, terrorism hotspots in Eurasia
As organized crime plays an increasing role in funding terrorism, research at the University of Kansas aims to pinpoint hotspots in Eurasia where drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism coincide. Selected to receive a $953,500 Minerva grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Research Initiative, Mariya Omelicheva, the study's principal investigator, along with KU geography professor Stephen Egbert and Rowan University political science associate professor Lawrence Markowitz, will examine the connections between terrorism and organized crime in Central Asia, South Caucasus and Russia. The three-year project also will look at the conditions under which terrorist-trafficking alliances are forged and changed and the ability for governments and international organizations to monitor, prevent and dismantle the terrorist and criminal activity. Read more in the press release below.
Krause awarded NSF grant to research administration of local sustainability efforts
Dr. Rachel Krause, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affaris and Administration and IPSR affiliate, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Organizations (SoO) grant that will fund a two-year study examining how sustainability efforts are being administered in U.S. cities.Read the full press release at the link below.