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Research to map organized crime, terrorism hotspots in Eurasia

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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.

Law class explores human trafficking

The ways in which attorneys, and even law students, can help prevent and respond to human trafficking might not make the headlines, but a new class at the University of Kansas School of Law is helping those on the front lines fight human trafficking and serve victims. Watch the news clip below, or learn more by visiting IPSR's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative research page also linked below.

C-SPAN coverage of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship

Professors Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody, co-authors of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, talked about the history of police stops and their impact on communities. Professors Epps and Maynard-Moody co-wrote the book with University of Kansas professor Donald Haider-Markel.

NSF to fund Indigenous Research Project

Jay T. Johnson, in partnership with First Alaskans Institute and the University of Missouri, has received an award from the National Science Foundation. Through this five-year award, titled "Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (FIRST)", Dr. Johnson will establish an interdisciplinary network of Native scholars to explore the ways Indigenous communities utilize Indigenous and Western sciences to meet their research needs. The goal is to develop strategies for meeting the research needs of Indigenous communities and build their capacity to lead research initiatives. Dr. Johnson leads the Center for Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (C-FIRST) at IPSR.