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Pulitzer-winning journalist to give keynote at security conference on crime-terrorism nexus

An award-winning Washington Post reporter who has covered the Pentagon and national security developments, intelligence agencies, Russian disinformation issues and treatment of veterans will give a keynote address as part of a security conference at the University of Kansas. The annual event will bring together scholars and practitioners for the Crime-Terror Intersections and Intelligence-Led Responses conference, set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

LAS792 - Managing Research Data in the Social Sciences

This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to read, reorganize, transform, display, clean, harmonize, archive, and export simple or complex data. The primary tool used in the class is the SAS system. Structured Query Language (SQL) receives strong emphasis. We will also discuss features of R and Python that give them advantages for some tasks over platforms like SPSS, Stata and SAS. Documentation of the research process and outputs using structured metadata also receives significant attention.

Drug trafficking can support terrorist activity, but not in ways most believe

Drug trafficking does help facilitate terrorist activity, but it is more often linked to local militant groups instead of well-known international terrorist organizations, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas political science researcher. To find out more information about Mariya Omelicheva's project visit the IPSR Research Spotlight.

Prestigious NSF grant to help study compassion, local decisions in disaster planning

A University of Kansas urban planning researcher has received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to study local decision-making aimed at mitigating natural hazards and damages due to disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes.

Kansas County Profile Reports updated

IPSR's series of Kansas County Profile Reports were recently updated to include the most recent population, socio-economic, and employment data. Profiles are available for all 105 Kansas Counties.

KU Study Indicates Link Between Kansas Welfare Restrictions, Foster Care Case Increase

A University of Kansas study supports the suspicions of lawmakers and advocates who believe there's a link between additional restrictions on welfare benefits and an increase in foster care cases.

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.