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Researchers land CDC grant to analyze state child neglect policies
University of Kansas researchers have received a grant to determine how economic and social safety net policies affect child neglect across the United States and create a tool policy makers and practitioners can use to predict how proposed prevention strategies can address child abuse and neglect.
Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, associate professor of social welfare, and Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of KU's Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy, will lead the three-year, $1.05 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control. The KU Institute for Policy & Social Research assisted with the development of the grant proposal and will manage the CDC award. The project will study the various changes to economic and social safety net policies by state from 1995 until 2014 - the most recent year for which data is available - and if those changes affect state-level changes in child neglect rates. Continue reading at link below.
Professors recommend improvements for domestic, substance abuse survivors based on experiences volunteering in shelters
Surviving domestic violence is a harrowing ordeal on its own. For those who spend time escaping abuse in shelters, they often find additional challenges navigating the system, especially if substance abuse is involved in some way. A University of Kansas professor has co-authored three studies detailing the experiences of women's navigation of, and tensions in, a domestic violence shelter and a substance abuse center. Continue reading in the press release link below.
IPSR joins Statement in Support of Indigenous People's Day
IPSR joined in the call for the University to recognize October 10, 2016 as Indigenouis Peoples Day. Read the full letter at the link below.
Ginther to study effects of mentoring on careers of female economists
Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center of Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, received an award from the Economics program at the National Science Foundation. Using a randomized controlled mentoring trial that expands participants' access to collaborative and mentoring networks, the project will study the causal effects of networks on the career outcomes of female economists.
Heartland project featured in The Kansas City Star
Alesha Doan, KU associate professor of political science and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration along with Juliana Carlson, assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, and Natabhona Mabachi, a research assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center were featured in The Kansas City Star for their work on the Heartland Sexual Assualt Policies & Prevention project. Read the article at the link below.
Schwarz receives NSF dissertation improvement grant
Corinne Schwarz, a doctoral student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has received a dissertation improvement grant from the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. She will study frontline responses to vulnerability, exploitation, and trafficking in communities across Kansas and Missouri. Schwarz's advisor is Hannah Britton, Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice (CSI) at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.
Qin receives NSF dissertation improvement grant
Zhen Qin, a doctoral student in Linguistics, has received a dissertation improvement grant from the Linguistics Program at the National Science Foundation. He will investigate the processing of Chinese lexical tones by native Mandarin Chinese listeners and high-proficiency English-speaking second-language learners of Chinese. Annie Tremblay, an Associate Professor in Linguistics, and Jie Zhang, a Professor in Linguistics, are Qin's advisors.
IPSR publishes 50th edition of Kansas Statisical Abstract
For a half-century, one report 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 the 50th edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, which contains a wide variety of statistical data broken down by state, county and city. Read the full press release at the link below.
Ginther, IPSR Center Director, interviewed by KCUR
University of Kansas economist Donna Ginther made waves in 2011 with her studies showing racial disparities in research grant awards, which led the National Institutes of Health to start an initiative to address the issue. She says the problem isn't necessarily bias on the part of those who award grants but lack of mentors and training for diverse communities. Ginther recently sat down with KCUR's Alex Smith to talk about her latest work on the issue, which factors in gender. She and her colleagues looked at NIH R01 grants awarded between 2000 and 2006.
Ginther receives grant to improve data distribution
Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project will build on previous research done using data collected by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) the scientific workforce, developing and distributing data enhancements that will make this valuable data accessible to the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) community. Ginther is the Director of the Center of Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.