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New book urges humans to hear the call of place

"The agency of place" is the key concept in a new book co-authored by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Geography Jay T. Johnson, an affiliate of KU's Indigenous Studies program. "Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World" (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) by Johnson and University of Missouri Associate Professor of Geography Soren C. Larsen argues that indigenous people's understanding of the interconnected nature of people, places and animals has a special power that ought to be respected, even in what they call "post-colonial settler states."

Annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference to examine immigration, trade and state's economy

Immigration in recent decades has contributed to more than half of Kansas' population growth, which is a key component of economic growth. In addition, Mexico is Kansas' largest trading partner. With so much national policy discussion on reforming immigration and trade, economists, educators and policymakers from across the state will examine the local and regional perspectives of these issues at the University of Kansas on Oct. 26 at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference titled Walling Off the Kansas Economy: Trade, Immigration, and Economic Growth.

Kansas Statistical Abstract's 51st edition demonstrates growth in wind energy, special taxing districts

For more than a half-century, the Kansas Statistical Abstract has provided invaluable social and economic data that has aided Kansans in promoting and governing their communities. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas in September published online for free the 51st edition, which contains a wide variety of statistical data broken down by state, county and city.

Distinguished professor's lecture to address construction of immigrants' legal status

University of Kansas Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology Cecilia Menjívar will deliver her inaugural distinguished professor lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Summerfield Room of the Adams Alumni Center. The topic will be "Immigrants' Legal Status: Constructions and Consequences."

Understanding rationale behind doubting climate change could improve dialogue on issues, KU researcher says

Economic, social and cultural conditions can influence individuals and communities who remain skeptical of climate change or its consequences, according to an ongoing study. Read more in the KU press release below.

Researchers to study Kansans' inequality of broadband access, cybersecurity issues

Bill Staples, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center, and Warren (Perry) Alexander, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, received a Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace NSF EAGER award to explore the information security experiences of marginalized internet users who rely on public libraries for broadband internet access. Read more in the KU press release below.

We need to talk about 'hot' female economists

A new study shows female economists are more likely to be described using raunchy language. "The more types of people you have in a profession, the broader the questions and the more expansive the research," said Donna Ginther, an economics professor at the University of Kansas who has studied the challenges women face advancing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Immigrant detention centers referred to as family centers but resemble prisons, researchers find

Despite federal officials labeling centers where immigrant women and their families are held as family detention centers or release programs as "Alternative to Detention," University of Kansas researchers found the detention complexes function like jails and prisons and that ATD programs are essentially expanded surveillance schemes. Women held with their children in such centers are often required to wear orange jumpsuits and are color-coded by a level of threat, according to a recent study KU scholars conducted in interviews with attorneys who frequented the detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas. Read more at the link below.

Racial profiling of Latino immigrants influences indigenous, non-indigenous families differently, study finds

Immigration policies focusing on racial profiling and criminalization of Latinos in the United States have direct implications on immigrants and their family members, many of whom are U.S. citizens, according to a study by a University of Kansas researcher who explores these consequences amongst mixed-status families in the Midwest. Read the full KU News article at the link below.

Report: Immigrants on Temporary Protected Status more civically engaged

U.S. immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras on Temporary Protected Status, despite its in-between and temporary nature, generally do better than undocumented immigrants in educational attainment and civic engagement in their communities, according to a new report led by the University of Kansas Center for Migration Research. Read more in the KU News article or read the full report (links below).