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KU researcher leading project to quantify care economy, make stats available in central location

A University of Kansas professor is leading a new project to collect data on the care economy to quantify the often underrecognized work of providing care for others and make the information available in a central location to help policymakers, researchers, nonprofits and others access this vital economic data. “The Care Board” will gather existing statistics on the care economy and provide a dashboard for access to the data and produce new data on the work Americans do every day to provide care for their families and communities. The project is supported by a two-year, $762,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Misty Heggeness, associate professor of public affairs & administration and co-director of the Kansas Population Center in KU’s Institute for Policy & Social Research, is principal investigator for the project.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2023/04/17/ku-researcher-leading-project-quantify-care-economy-make-stats-available-central-location

In‘zhúje‘waxóbe project featured at upcoming community event

Join the In‘zhúje‘waxóbe project leadership at 3 p.m. April 1 at Lawrence Public Library Auditorium for a public presentation on the In‘zhúje‘waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock project funded by the Mellon Foundation Monuments Project Initiative.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2023/03/24/sacred-red-rock-project-featured-upcoming-community-event

Research on broadband in Kansas recommends statewide strategy to improve infrastructure

University of Kansas researchers have completed a two-year study of broadband access in Kansas. Their newly published report, "Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability," documents extensive challenges within the current broadband landscape in the state and recommends a comprehensive strategy to address these challenges.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2023/03/22/research-broadband-kansas-recommends-statewide-strategy-improve-infrastructure

KU Center for Environmental Policy to host conversation with EPA Region 7 office

Join the KU Center for Environmental Policy, part of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas, for a moderated conversation on climate change and environmental justice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Forum in Marvin Hall.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2023/01/25/ku-center-environmental-policy-host-conversation-epa-region-7-office

New research shows an rural-urban divide in access, affordability and satisfaction with broadband in Kansas

University of Kansas researchers found that up to 1 million Kansans live in regions that lack access to high-speed broadband services at adequate speeds. Close to half of those who responded to a survey on broadband reported dissatisfaction with broadband services. Average download speeds are substantially higher for Kansans living within city limits compared to speeds available for Kansans outside of city limits.
Link(s): https://today.ku.edu/2023/01/10/new-research-shows-rural-urban-divide-access-affordability-and-satisfaction-broadband

Two KU programs win University Economic Development Association awards

Two University of Kansas programs recently won University Economic Development Association Awards of Excellence at the 2022 UEDA Annual Summit. Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute was named category leader in Talent, and the Center for Digital Inclusion Evidence-based Technology Education for Women Transitioning from Incarceration was named category leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/10/20/two-ku-programs-win-university-economic-development-association-awards

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to explore policies for economic resilience

The 2022 Kansas Economic Policy Conference will explore “Building a Resilient Kansas Economy.” Taking place Oct. 27 at the Burge Union on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus with a livestream option, the conference brings together community leaders, policymakers and subject matter experts to consider timely and relevant questions. Registration is open through the day of the conference.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/10/19/kansas-economic-policy-conference-explore-policies-economic-resilience

New consortium to improve data science across Kansas

To expand the state's data sicnece capabilities, the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research awarded funding earlier this year to a team of researchers and educators from across Kansas. The Kansas Data Science Consortium will incorporate real-world data sets into student learning, and it is seeking community organizations of all types to partner and share data.
Link(s): https://today.ku.edu/2022/09/27/new-consortium-improve-data-science-across-kansas

New BLS questions will address telework

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will stop asking supplemental questions about COVID to gauge its impact on the labor market, and it will start asking about telework.
Link(s): https://www.marketplace.org/2022/09/05/federal-jobs-survey-will-replace-covid-questions-with-new-queries-about-telework/

Kansas Statistical Abstract 56th edition features timely and relevant information for Kansans

The newest edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available on the Institute for Policy & Social Research website. This rich resource contains information on the Sunflower State on a variety of topics ranging from agriculture to transportation.
Link(s): https://today.ku.edu/2022/09/02/kansas-statistical-abstract-56th-edition-features-timely-and-relevant-information-kansas

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