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Blake Hall elevator planned outage December 5 to January 12

The Blake Hall elevator will be out of service from December 5, 2022, through January 12, 2023, for major modernization and repairs. During this outage, the elevator will not be operable, so access to the IPSR office will be difficult for individuals who have limited mobility. We recognize this inconvenience and impact this has on these individuals. Should you need to access the IPSR office on the 6th floor of Blake during the elevator outage, please contact IPSR at 785-864-3701 or ipsr@ku.edu so that we can make alternative arrangements with you. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this critical maintenance is completed.

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
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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

Sloan Foundation grant to support Indigenous graduate students in STEM programs at KU, Haskell

A joint project of the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University was selected to receive a $500,000 seed grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Indigenous Graduate Partnership. This project will support Indigenous students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees. The project aims to increase the number of Indigenous students — American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders — attaining graduate and undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.
Link(s): https://today.ku.edu/2022/08/31/sloan-foundation-grant-support-indigenous-students-stem-programs-ku-haskell

Spotlight on Care shifts focus for Fall 2022

Back for its fourth year, Spotlight on Care will take a slightly different approach to convening the University of Kansas community around the research and practice of care. With the number of related opportunities across the Lawrence campus increasing, the partners who initially developed the series have chosen to limit programs this fall in hopes of shining the light on important work by other KU centers, departments and offices.
Link(s): https://today.ku.edu/2022/08/30/spotlight-care-shifts-focus-fall-2022

Haskell Indian Nations University receives $20 million NSF research grant for Indigenous science hub

Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bureau of Indian Education-operated Tribal University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the recipient of a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation for an Indigenous science hub project. Funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the award is for five years and is the largest research award ever granted by the National Science Foundation to a tribal college or university. KU researchers, under the direction of Lindsay Jorgenson, will lead the evaluation of the project.
Link(s): https://indiancountrytoday.com/the-press-pool/haskell-indian-nations-university-receives-20-million-national-science-foundation-research-award-for-indigenous-science-hub-project

KU researchers part of program to give communities equal voice in switch to renewable energy

Researchers from the University of Kansas are part of a multi-institutional partnership to help ensure the United States’ ongoing transition to renewable energy and low-carbon technologies is just and provides equity and opportunities for communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. With $500,000 in funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the project, Just Energy Transitions and Place, will examine how place-based considerations should be incorporated in federal or state energy transition initiatives.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/07/28/ku-researchers-part-program-give-communities-equal-just-voice-switch-renewable-energy


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