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Article on teens' use of social media published

Dr. Leigh Ann Taylor Knight, Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium recently co-authored an article titled "Teen's social media use and collective action".The article appeared in the September 2014 issue of New Media & Society. Full text available at the link below.

The Kansas City Research Data Center funded by the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded funding to establish the Kansas City Research Data Center (KC-RDC) to PI Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research's Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Policy and her colleagues from the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Kauffman Foundation. The award provides three years of funding to set up a secure location at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for researchers around the region to use confidential Census data for a wide variety of research projects on issues including poverty, crime, employment, education, entrepreneurship, and health and mortality. As a result, researchers will now have greatly expanded access to federal data that can only be used at the Census Bureau or a Research Data Center. The KC-RDC will extend the research capacity and infrastructure at the University and beyond.

Metadata project receives funding

Congratulations to Larry Hoyle, Senior Research Scientist, University of Kansas, PI, and his colleague Mary Vardigan, University of Michigan, Co-PI, on their recent award from the National Science Foundation's Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program. Funding for the project, "Collaborative Research: Comprehensive Citation Across the Data Life Cycle Using DDI" will support a conference slated for October 2014. The conference funding will bring a group of data citation experts into a workshop involving researchers in Data Document Initiative (DDI) and metadata standards. The focus will be to ensure that DDI integrates necessary information elements to support the collection of desirable citation metadata, including contributors' roles. The project will underpin a set of best practices for citing data at all levels and for providing attribution to all dataset contributors. These best practices could be applied to other metadata standards in other disciplines. Dr. Hoyle is on staff at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

NSF funds Indigenous research project

Renee Louis, Research Associate at the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research, was awarded $299,920 from the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation for her project, "Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols and Practices (CHIRP3)." Her two-year project will examine and reimagine how scientists engage with Indigenous people in the United States. For this project, she is partnering with Elizabeth Medicine Crow and Kyle Wark at the First Alaskans Institute in Anchorage, Alaska and collaborating with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation. The KU Co-Investigator on the project is Jay Johnson, director of the Indigenous Geographies Research Center at KU. She and her team will evaluate current Native scientific practices and provide Native communities with information so they can take define their own scientific paradigms. She also plans to provide guidance to federal research funding agencies on how they incorporate Native science principles, protocols and practices, advancing both Native and Western science by bridging gaps in understanding.

Brain imaging study examines second-language learning skills

Read the news release at the link below.