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Economist to testify before presidential commission on 'big data,' policy decisions

A University of Kansas economist will testify this week before a presidential panel examining how to increase the availability and use of government data to build evidence and inform program design. Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the KU Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy, will address the importance of evidence-based policy. The public hearing before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. Read more at link below.

Bailey, IPSR Center Director, Discusses Impact of Pearl Harbor Attacks

Beth Bailey, Director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at IPSR, talks with the Lawrence Journal-World about the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Negative media portrayals drive perception of immigration policy, study finds

Negative media portrayals of Latino immigrants - as much as specific policies and laws - tend to drive the perception of immigration issues in the United States, according to a recent study by a University of Kansas professor. "We find that media have a central place in shaping the public's views of immigrants and immigration," said Cecilia Menjívar, a KU Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology. "Laws are critical, but media messages create conditions for policies to be created and passed and for them to be implemented. So the two work hand in hand." Read more and watch the video at the link below.

Researchers win NSF grant to study frontline workers to human trafficking

University of Kansas researchers have received a $30,000 grant to study how frontline workers in the Midwest identify and assist those vulnerable to human trafficking. "Human trafficking is so complicated that survivors' identities might be read in different ways by different people," said Corinne Schwarz, a KU doctoral candidate in women, gender and sexuality studies and a co-principal investigator for the project. "Someone might be a survivor of sex or labor trafficking, but if they go to the police, their first frame or identity might be as someone with an undocumented status or perhaps even a criminal." Hannah Britton, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and political science, is the study's principal investigator. Britton also directs the Center for the Study of Injustice at KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research in which she coordinates KU's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative, or ASHTI. ASHTI is a working group of faculty and students engaged in teaching and research about slavery and trafficking.

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.