Recent News Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.