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Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates economic inequities for women in Kansas, new research shows
New research from the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research, commissioned by United Women's Empowerment, shows that existing inequities for Kansas women in the workforce have increased since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Institute prepares Native American students with skills to pursue advanced degrees in science
The eight-week Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute seeks to prepare INdigenous undergraduate students for graduate school through mentoring and learning experiences in and out of the classroom. The program started as the brainchild of Daniel Wildcat, professor of Indigenous and American Indian studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. In 2009, Wildcat teamed up with Joane Nagel, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, to establish HERS as a key aspect of education initiatives for Kansas NSF EPSCoR. The program is currently run by Jay T. Johnson, director of the Center for Indigenous Science, Research, and Technology and professor of geography and atmospheric science at KU, Phillip Cody Marshall of Haskell Indian Nations University, and Joseph Brewer, associate professor in environmental studies and director of Indigenous Studies at KU.
Use of 'China bashing' rhetoric reveals partisan divide, study finds
In the United States, China is increasingly targeted as the scapegoat for any problem involving the economy. But one of the nation's political parties has embraced the rhetoric of China-bashing to a much greater degree, according to new research co-written by KU professor Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas. "The partisan divide in U.S. congressional communications after the China shock" examines the partisan difference in congressional communication strategies that concern China and trade-related issues.
New NSF report guides research into climate change's effect on human security
A group of scientists recently delivered a major report to the National Science Foundation recommending research priorities to maximize understanding of climate change's social impact in the U.S. and worldwide. The report, titled "Environmental Change and Human Security: Research Directions," was presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans. Shannon O'Lear, professor of geography and director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas, was one of 10 authors from diverse disciplines who produced the study as part of their work on the NSF's Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education.
Kansas Economic Policy Conference to discuss the COVID recovery underway in Kansas
The 2021 Kansas Economic Policy Conference, hosted by the Institute for Policy & Social Research, will include researchers, state legislators and policymakers in discussions about how to build a resilient Kansas economy beyond the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is required for the free, in-person conference, which also will be livestreamed.
IPSR Fall 2021 Newsletter
Read about the 2020 Kansas Statistical Abstract, a new cohort of IPSR Research Doctoral Fellows, IPSR's grant toolkit, and more in the Fall 2021 newsletter.
55th edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract publishes new information on Kansas population and more
The newest edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available. This document, with the latest available data, offers information about Kansas across 16 categories, including population and vital statistics and health. IPSR publishes this compendium of data annually.
Read the IPSR 2020-21 Annual Report
Read IPSR's annual report for 2020-2021, with information about our affiliates and staff, our work on COVID and service to the state, our research centers, and other highlights from the year.
KU leading program to boost digital literacy among women leaving incarceration
KU's Center for Digital Inclusion has received a three-year, $249,857 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation's Kansas Digital Equity and Inclusion Collaborative program to strengthen partnership between researchers, departments of correction, public libraries and other organizations in northeast Kansas to reach women before they leave incarceration and continue training afterward to aid a successful transition. Hyunjin Seo, Oscar Stauffer Professor and founding director of the Center for Digital Inclusion in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, is the grant's principal investigator.
Study: Hundreds of lives saved in Kansas counties that adopted mask mandates
Despite facing cultural and political pushback, the evidence remains clear: Face masks made a difference in Kansas. Donna K. Ginther's article "Association of Mask Mandates and COVID-19 Case Rates, Hospitalizations and Deaths in Kansas" examines the effect of masks on the state's 105 counties. It appears in JAMA Network Open, a journal published by the American Medical Association. Co-written with Carlos Zambrana, an associate researcher at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, Ginther estimated masks saved about 500 lives in adoptive counties. And, yet, other counties often refused to adopt the mandate, citing personal freedoms and lack of scientific evidence as reasons.