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Collaborative Research: EAGER: The Language of the Forest: Gwich'in Seasonal Relationships to the Interior Alaska Boreal
Principal Investigator: Joseph Brewer II
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2019

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Joseph Brewer, KU Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and Larry Kaplan, University of Alaska Professor of Linguistics, received an Arctic Social Sciences NSF EAGER award toinvestigates what Gwich'in Athabascans can teach the world, through their language, about boreal forest management in interior Alaska. The study will be the first to document Gwich'in forestry practices in a collaborative social and linguistic science investigation.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1650692&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaborative Research: Climate Risk Governance and Polycentrism in the US States. REU Supplement
Principal Investigator: Dorothy Daley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2017

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Dorthy Daley, IPSR affiliate and Associate Professor of Pubic Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, has received funding from the National Science Foundation for a three-year study on state and local climate risk governance. This project brings together a team of researchers and practitioners to better understand what type of climate governance results in improved environmental performance. Read more in the full press release below.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1431082&HistoricalAwards=false

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EAGER: CeMENT as a Networking Experiment
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1547054&HistoricalAwards=false

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L.A.D Global Enterprises, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: L.A.D Global Enterprises, Inc.
Period: 2017 - 2017

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Environmental Risk Versus Economic Prosperity: Climate Change Denial and the Politics of Coastal Restoration in Southern Louisiana
Principal Investigator: Eric Hanley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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Jacob Lipsman will receive dissertation funding from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. His project focuses on the central questions of how residents in southeast Louisiana interpret the relationship between environmental security and economic prosperity in their community, and how the negotiation of these two social priorities plays out in local political processes. The project will analyze the role of climate change attitudes in these political processes, examining how climate change is interpreted in this community that exhibits high levels of environmental awareness at the same time as high levels of climate change denial. His advisor, Eric Hanley, serves at PI. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. More information available at link below.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1703120&HistoricalAwards=false

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Immigration, Mixed-Status Families, Risk Management and Vulnerability
Principal Investigator: Cecilia Menjívar
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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Andrea Gomez Cervantes received a dissertation award from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. Gomez Cervantes' project examines the challenges that mixed-status families (those with a variety of legal statuses in the same family, such as undocumented, semi-legal or citizens) face in Kansas. She will conduct a qualitative study of sixty in-depth interviews with indigenous (Mixteco and Tlapaneco) and non-indigenous Latino mixed-status family members in Kansas. Her advisor, Cecilia Menjívar Chavez, serves as PI. Dr. Menjívar Chavez is Co-Director of the Center for Migration Research at IPSR. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. See link below for more information.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1702837&HistoricalAwards=false

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When Can Money Close Achievement Gaps? School Funding and Class Inequality of Education Achievement
Principal Investigator: Emily Rauscher
Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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University of Kansas researcher, Emily Rauscher, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has received a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to look at the relationship between school funding and academic achievement gaps by socioeconomic status. The study will identify types of funding or contexts in which funding might hold the most potential to improve socioeconomic equality of educational achievement. Armed with a more complete understanding of when funding matters, policymakers will be better equipped to fight the chronic inequality that haunts our educational system and society. The research seeks to understand and counteract intergenerational inequality. Read more in the KU press release below.

https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/2017-naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellows/

Digital Inequalities in the Heartland: Exploring the information Security Experiences of Marginalized Internet Users
Principal Investigator: William Staples
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2019

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Bill Staples, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center, and Warren (Perry) Alexander, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, received a Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace NSF EAGER award to explore the information security experiences of marginalized internet users who rely on public libraries for broadband internet access.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1742815

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EAGER: Data Infrastructure to Enhance Research on the Scientific Workforce
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project will build on previous research done using data collected by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) the scientific workforce, developing and distributing data enhancements that will make this valuable data accessible to the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) community. Ginther is the Director of the Center of Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1647187&HistoricalAwards=false

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Local Scholarship Adoption Analysis
Principal Investigator: Jacob Fowles
Funding Agency: Education Commission of the States
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Exploring the Causal Impacts of Economic and Social Safety Net Policies on Child Neglect in the U.S.: Implications for Primary Prevention
Principal Investigator: Michelle Johnson-Motoyama
Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control
Period: 2016 - 2019

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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.

https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9234830&icde=32972365

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Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Victor Agadjanian
Funding Agency: Pennsylvania State University
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Geographic Analysis of Allotment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
Principal Investigator: Joseph Brewer II
Funding Agency: Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: How Frontline Work Identifies and Categorizes Human Trafficking
Principal Investigator: Hannah Britton
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2018

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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.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1624317&HistoricalAwards=false

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The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project
Principal Investigator: Alesha Doan
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Period: 2016 - 2017

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The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project aims to help post-secondary schools prevent sexual assaults on campus based on a gender-centered public health framework. The award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to work with institutions in Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, including KU and Kansas State University. The research team includes Alesha Doan, KU associate professor of political science and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the grant's principal investigator; 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. Doan and Carlson are faculty affiliates of the KU Institute for Policy & Social Research, which developed and will administer the grant.

http://news.ku.edu/2016/07/29/ku-researchers-land-hhs-grant-aid-regional-universities-sexual-assault-prevention

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A Proposal to Study the North Kansas City School District Extended School Calendar Year
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: North Kansas City Schools
Period: 2016 - 2019

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The Demand for Community College Credits and Labor Market Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: Kansas Board of Regents
Period: 2016 - 2017

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KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas - Phase III
Principal Investigator: Wallace W. Meyer, Jr.
Funding Agency: U.S. Economic Development Administration
Period: 2016 - 2017

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In August 2013, KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas received $545,000 in University Center funding from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Center is designed to enhance economic conditions and drive employment in Kansas and the Midwest through programs in entrepreneurship, the biosciences, and technology. The five-year project is a new award building on the success of a previous EDA Center grant, received in 2007.

https://entr.ku.edu/cherry-picked-school-business-initiative-receives-renewed-federal-grant

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RCN: Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (FIRST)
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2020

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FIRST represents an interdisciplinary network of Native scholars all working at the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific traditions to explore how Indigenous communities are utilizing both traditions to meet their research needs. The network's Steering Committee members represent Indigenous communities from across the United States, including Alaska and Hawai'i, and are employed at tribal colleges, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and research universities.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1417767&HistoricalAwards=false

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Systematic Study of Group-Based Legal Mobilization
Principal Investigator: Charles R. Epp
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

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Charles Epp, Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, was awarded $210,999 by the National Science Foundation to study how a major litigation campaign is planned and carried out over time. The project, "Systematic Study of Group-Based Legal Mobilization," will examine how campaign organizers decide what to claim, when, and where along with how these decisions interact with official decisions and grassroots mobilization to shape the campaign's path over time. Litigation campaigns shape public discussion and public policy on topics from hot-button social issues to matters of regulatory policy. Previous studies have focused on key court cases or how legal claims influence grassroots mobilization. This study will include every formal claim made by a campaign in every forum, and will examine how the success of these varying claims in different forums shapes the course of the campaign over time. The study has broad implications for understanding law's contribution to, and limits on, public policy. The campaign under study is an effort by environmental groups since 2003 to block construction of coal-fired power plants nationwide.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1535673&HistoricalAwards=false

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Connecting Population Health Scientists across Disciplines: Generating Evidence, Informing Research Translation and Fostering a Culture of Health
Principal Investigator: Dorothy Daley
Funding Agency: Pennsylvania State University
Period: 2015 - 2017

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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.

http://kupa.ku.edu/dorothy-daley-receives-robert-wood-johnson-foundation-award

Mapping Financial Opportunity
Principal Investigator: Terri Friedline
Funding Agency: MetLife Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

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Having banks and credit unions available in one's community can make a difference in a family's financial health, according to new studies from University of Kansas and Michigan researchers. The influence is greatest on lower-income households. Terri Friedline, assistant professor of social welfare and director of financial inclusion in the Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion in the School of Social Welfare, has published several reports on the center's website as part of the Mapping Financial Opportunity project. The project is building an interactive map using GIS software to show the availability of a range of financial services by ZIP code. Among the early findings, Friedline and project co-director Mathieu Despard of the University of Michigan report that every additional bank or credit union branch per 1,000 population is associated with a 5 percent higher probability that lower-income households will be able to pay their monthly bills and a 2 percent lower probability for every alternative financial services provider such as a payday lender.

https://news.ku.edu/2016/04/08/social-welfare-professor-wins-grant-build-interactive-map-financial-opportunity

Evaluation of the NIH SEPA T-Score Project
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
Period: 2015 - 2016

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Understanding Gender Differences in STEM Academic Careers
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2018

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Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, along with Shulamit Kahn, Associate Professor in the Boston University School of Management, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, "Understanding Gender Differences in STEM Academic Careers." Using data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Ginther and Kahn will examine issues confronting female academic career progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The research will evaluate longitudinal data on the scientific workforce, recently matched with the scientific outcomes of researchers' publications and patents, in order to determine how productivity contributes to the gender gap in science. Ginther directs the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at IPSR.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1538797&HistoricalAwards=false

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems to Improve Ecosystem Management along the Yukon River, Alaska
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

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Victoria Walsey has received a dissertation improvement grant from the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. Victoria Walsey, a doctoral student in Geography, will explore and document knowledge held by Indigenous fishers along the Yukon River in Alaska. Victoria's advisor is Jay T. Johnson, director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (C-FIRST) at IPSR.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1504203&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaborative Research: Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation
Principal Investigator: Rachel Krause
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2018

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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.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1461526&HistoricalAwards=false

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The African Charismatic Revolution: Pentecostal Authority and Leadership in Nigeria and Ghana
Principal Investigator: Ebenezer Obadare
Funding Agency: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Period: 2015 - 2018

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Ebenezer Obadare, Associate Professor of Sociology, recently received an award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies to support his project, "The African Charismatic Revolution: Pentecostal Authority and Leadership in Nigeria and Ghana." Obadare's work will examine the idea of authority, as it is exercised, recognized, challenged, and validated among Christian Pentecostal communities in Africa. The research will be conducted in Nigeria and Ghana, the sub-regional loci of the Pentecostal resurgence in contemporary West Africa. In both countries, a cohort of charismatic religious leaders exercises an increasing sway over theological, personal, economic, and political matters. These leaders also circulate freely between both countries, galvanizing a spiritual economy in which devotional principles, modalities, and styles of authority are freely exchanged. The ebullient and 'sensational' aspects of contemporary Pentecostalism, a phenomenon partly driven by the personal magnetism of religious leaders, are ascendant in Nigeria and Ghana, making this study timely and imperative.



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Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Eurasia
Principal Investigator: Mariya Omelicheva
Funding Agency: Office of Naval Research
Period: 2015 - 2018

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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.

http://minerva.defense.gov/Research/Funded-Projects/Article/1092196/traffickingterrorism-nexus-in-eurasia/

Collaborative Research: EAGER: Automating HERD Reporting Using Machine Learning Administrative Data
Principal Investigator: Rodolfo Torres
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

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Rodolfo Torres, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Mathematics, and Jun Huan, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with Joshua Rosenbloom of the National Bureau of Economic Research, were recently awarded $176,071 by the National Science Foundation for a project to utilize data collected as part of the STAR METRICS® program to examine the relationship between science funding, employment and outcome metrics. Their project is to develop and implement machine learning algorithms with two specific goals. The first is to develop tools to leverage university administrative data to automate the essential and time-consuming step of classifying projects by science areas and purpose required to respond to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD). The second is to gain a better understanding of the similarities/differences in the data reported for HERD and STAR METRICS® and how both surveys could be improved by reporting additional data.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1547464&HistoricalAwards=false

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A Proposal to Support Graduate Student Attendance at the University of Houston EITM Summer Training Institute
Principal Investigator: Gail Buttorff
Funding Agency: University of Houston
Period: 2014 - 2017

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Collaborative Research: Climate Risk Governance and Polycentrism in the US States
Principal Investigator: Dorothy Daley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2018

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Dorthy Daley, IPSR affiliate and Associate Professor of Pubic Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, has received funding from the National Science Foundation for a three-year study on state and local climate risk governance. This project brings together a team of researchers and practitioners to better understand what type of climate governance results in improved environmental performance.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1431082&HistoricalAwards=false

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Kansas City Research Data Center
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2018

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A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation's highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and policy issues. The Kansas City Research Data Center (RDC) will be located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City headquarters and provide approved area researchers with secure access to restricted microlevel U.S. Census and health statistics data - the type of data researchers use to examine the economic activity, demographic makeup and health status of individuals in the U.S. economy. Research based on these data can provide a better understanding of the regional and national economy, including analysis of changes that are affecting businesses and households. The NSF proposal was headed by Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at KU, on behalf of a consortium that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1359527&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols, and Practices (CHIRP3)
Principal Investigator: Renee Pualani Louis
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2017

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Renee Louis, Research Associate at the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research, was awarded $299,920 from the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation for her project, "Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols and Practices (CHIRP3)." Her two-year project will examine and reimagine how scientists engage with Indigenous people in the United States. For this project, she is partnering with Elizabeth Medicine Crow and Kyle Wark at the First Alaskans Institute in Anchorage, Alaska and collaborating with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation. The KU Co-Investigator on the project is Jay Johnson, director of the Indigenous Geographies Research Center at KU. She and her team will evaluate current Native scientific practices and provide Native communities with information so they can take define their own scientific paradigms. She also plans to provide guidance to federal research funding agencies on how they incorporate Native science principles, protocols and practices, advancing both Native and Western science by bridging gaps in understanding.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1436506&HistoricalAwards=false

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An Evaluation of Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility in Medical Schools
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Period: 2012 - 2017

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