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Emily Rauscher, Department of Sociology, has been named a finalist for the 2018 William T. Grant Scholars Program.

Emily is one of 10 early career researchers selected by staff and selection committee for the award. The finalists will be interviewed in February 2018. Scholars will be announced in March. Each Scholar will receive $350,000 over a five-year period and will participate in annual meetings.

DCF: No link between welfare reform, rising foster care numbers; researchers say otherwise

KU economics professor Donna Ginther, who is director of the Center for Science Technology and Economic Policy, and Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, an associate professor in KU's School of Social Welfare, recently completed a national study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looked at the impact such laws have on the social safety net system in the United States.

Stakeholders say immigrants are 'essential' to western Kansas economy at KU policy conference

Stakeholders at a University of Kansas-hosted policy conference agreed Thursday that immigration and trade are essential to the Kansas economy, despite rhetoric emanating from Washington aimed at stymying the inflow of immigrants and renegotiating trade deals.

Experts: Kansas dependent on immigrant labor, foreign trade

At a time when global free trade agreements and the influx of immigrant labor into the United States are both highly charged political issues, experts say the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on both. That was one of the key messages Thursday at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference, held on the campus of the University of Kansas. The event was sponsored by KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research.

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.

Award from Kansas EPSCoR to fund Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute

Jay T. Johnson, Associate Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Science and Director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (C-FIRST), received an award from Kansas NSF EPSCoR to fund the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute. This project will prepare future Native American STEM professionals to understand the impacts of environmental change and develop strategies for sustainable responses that combine Indigenous ecological knowledge with scientific approaches. Dr. Johnson along with his co-PI Dr. Joseph Brewer will oversee the program at KU. During an eight-week summer internship, students will have professional development and mentoring to help them pursue graduate educational opportunities. Students of the program will experience field research in the wetland, prairie, and mountain ecosystems. The curriculum will use research methods that integrate Indigenous knowledge and scientific data to study food, energy, and water systems. Native American graduate students at KU will serve as mentors.

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.