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KU Librarians and IPSR Staff Member Publish Paper on Resources Cited in Successful Grants

Travis Weller, IPSR, and Amalia Monroe-Gulick and Lea Currie, KU Libraries, recently published a paper on the resources used in successful NSF and NIH grant applications. To determine if the KU Libraries' collection contained items used by grant writers,they analyzed the references pages of successful grants. They determined that the KU Libraries provide access to nearly all of the resources cited. Additionally, while open access journals are cited infrequently in grant applications, they found that one quarter of individual journal articles are openly accessible, which indicates that open science policies by federal funding agencies may be beginning to have an effect. "Local Citation Analysis of National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Grant Applications: Meeting the Needs of Researchers," 2014, The Serials Librarian, 67:399-414. DOI: 10.1080/0361526X.2014.983291. Travis Weller is a Grant Specialist at IPSR. Amalia Monroe-Gulick and Lea Currie are faculty librarians at the University of Kansas Libraries.

Dorothy Daley Receives New Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Dorothy Daley, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas and Dr. Michelle Frisco, Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State have received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant, “Connecting Population Health Scientists across Disciplines: Generating Evidence, Informing Research Translation and Fostering a Culture of Health” will be used to develop three conferences that will highlight cutting edgepopulation health research and foster the development of a much needed interdisciplinary professional space for population health scientists to convene, collaborate and share knowledge. Forums that generate and improve population health science help ensure that a high quality evidence base underpins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new major initiative, advancing a Culture of Health in the US. Read the full press release at the link below.

Biomass project receives funding

Joseph Brewer II, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, received an award from Kansas NSF EPSCoR to document harvesting and decision-making processes on a biomass fuel project in Fort Yukon, Alaska. The project, "Biomass: A Sustainable Approach to Unsustainable Times in Interior Alaska," will advance knowledge about biomass harvest operations for off-grid Indigenous communities and add to the growing body of regional work to promote energy sovereignty and sustainable energy efficient fuel sources. Creating this baseline dataset will provide reliable operations and scientifically based information for future operators and crews, which will be shared with other villages. Dr. Brewer is an affiliate of the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

New work group on food studies

The Center for the Study of Injustice and the Center for Environmental Policy at IPSR are coordinating a new KU Work Group on Food Studies. All members of the KU and Haskell communities with scholarly and activist interests in food studes, food justice, and agriculture are welcome. If you have any further questions about the working group, please contact Dietrich Earnhart ( or Hannah Britton (

Research Affiliate in the News

New study provides the first detailed look at the organization of sustainability initiatives at the city level.The study was led by Rachel Krause, IPSR affiliate and assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Read the full press release at the link below.