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Donna K. Ginther to lead KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research
Donna K. Ginther, an economist with deep experience in social science and policy-relevant research, has been named director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. Ginther, the Dean's Professor of Economics, has served as interim director of IPSR since longtime director Steven Maynard-Moody, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, stepped down in May 2019.
KU student wins NIJ fellowship to study how police engage with victims of violent crime
Patricia Sattler, a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare, won a $78,783 fellowship from the National Institute of Justice to study the influences that shape police decision-making and engagement with victims of violent crimes. Her study will include interviews with law enforcement officers in rural and urban settings in multiple jurisdictions in Arizona and Nebraska. Sattler will also collect relevant documents from individual jurisdictions and include them in her analysis. Her work is supervised by Nancy Kepple, assistant professor of social welfare.
Center director Beth Bailey discusses hair and race in the U.S. military
The U.S. military sent out surveys about race during the Vietnam War and hair was one thing that kept popping up, which raises the question: how does an institution based on uniformity handle the issue of racial identity? Hear Beth Bailey, Foundation Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Miltiary, War, and Society Studies, trace the history of hair-related conflicts in the army as it pertains to race:
New research shows higher education at graduate level reproduces inequality
According to new research from KU doctoral candidate ByeongDon Oh and ChangHwan Kim, professor of sociology, the socioeconomic leveling students enjoy applies only to undergraduate degrees. Once advanced degrees become part of the equation, individuals experience the effects of classism in terms of employment opportunities and earnings.
New research will explore renewable energy, water treatment, ammonia production to bolster rural resilience
A team of researchers, led by Mary Hill, University of Kansas professor of geology, won a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The researchers will explore the economic viability of using renewable energy to increase usable water resources by treating degraded and unused water supplies, and produce ammonia that can both store energy and be used as fertilizer. They will study the potential of these innovations to create a multifaceted economic system able to sustain small town and rural communities and maintain needed agricultural production.
Kansas Economic Policy Conference to offer multiple perspectives on economic development
What are the factors that contribute to economic development? Can policy play a role in promoting economic growth? These questions will be discussed in this year's Kansas Economic Policy Conference, hosted by the Institute for Policy & Social Research on October 24. The conference will convene scholars, policymakers and experts in economic development to explore "What Counts for Economic Development in Kansas?" Presentations and discussions at the conference will offer a multifaceted view of this complex and critically important subject.
Kansas Statistical Abstract offers insights on state population, life expectancy rates, and more
Sixty-eight of 105 counties in Kansas peaked in population before the Dust Bowl. The most recent Kansas Statistical Abstract includes this and other interesting facts about Kansas. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas recently published the 53rd Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, which contains social and economic data broken down by state, county, and city.
IPSR Fall 2019 Newsletter
Read about the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute, the new cohort of IPSR Doctoral Research Fellows, and newly funded cross-disciplinary, community-engaged research in the fall 2019 newsletter.
New conference strives to unite state's health economics community
With a $49,763 grant from the National Science Foundation, David Slusky, Associate Professor of Economics, will organize a series of conferences on health economics with a focus on Kansas. The inaugural Kansas Health Economics Conference will take place on March 23, 2020, and will gather researchers, students, and members of the wider health economics community. For more on these events, click the link below.
NSF grant supports study on how state cuts to higher education affect research output
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $236,790 grant to the University of Kansas for Donna Ginther, professor of economics and interim director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research, to study the effects of research funding on research outputs. Ginther will collaborate with Joshua Rosenbloom, professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. "The Effect of State Disinvestment in Higher Education on Research Quality and Returns to Scale in Science Funding" was awarded through NSF's Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and also included $313,624 in funding for Iowa State. Read more at the links below.