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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.
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.
Access to food assistance program curbs child maltreatment, study finds
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps offset the costs for families who face food insecurity. It’s one of the most frequently accessed public programs, aiding more than 43 million people each month. But SNAP also provides an unanticipated benefit: preventing child maltreatment. Donna K. Ginther, with Patricia Oslund, Lindsay Jorgenson and Patricia Sattler, Michelle Johnson-Motoyama (formerly of KU), Rebecca Phillips, Oliver Beer and Starr Davis of Ohio State University and Yoonzie Chung of University of Maryland, wrote a new study. "Association Between State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Policies, Child Protective Services Involvement, and Foster Care in the US, 2004-2016" found that states with more generous SNAP policies had fewer children involved in child protective services (CPS) and sent to foster care. It appears in the journal JAMA Network Open.
Donna Ginther awarded Regents Distinguished Professorship
The Kansas Board of Regents has named an accomplished economics scholar at KU as its next Regents Distinguished Professor. Donna Ginther, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics and director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research, earned the new title at February's Kansas Board of Regents meeting. The purpose of the Regents Distinguished Professorship program is to attract and retain established scholars whose research projects augment the state’s economic and industrial development.
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.