Recent News Items
Unwinding podcast features Center for the Study of Injustice director Hannah Britton
Episode 5 of Unwinding features Hannah Britton, professor of political science and women, gender & sexuality studies and director of the Center for the Study of Injustice at IPSR. Meet Britton, and learn about how she incorporates hands-on, qualitative research methods in her classes, the invaluable contributions of her students, KU's unique position in advancing human trafficking research, and her ongoing work with the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative to understand and address the root casues of exploitation that affects communities from the Global South to the Midwest. Read more and listen to the episode at the link below.
Donna Ginther to lead Institute for Policy & Social Research
IPSR has announced that Donna Ginther will serve as its interim director starting in June. Ginther is a Dean's Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy. Steven Maynard-Moody, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, will step down from his position as IPSR's longtime director at the end of May and will continue on at KU as a faculty member. Read more about IPSR and this leadership transition at the link below.
Symposium will explore 'Manpower and Morale' following the 1968 Tet Offensive
A University of Kansas symposium is bringing together scholars of the U.S. war in Vietnam – including some who are Vietnam veterans – to discuss what followed the 1968 Tet Offensive. "Manpower & Morale after Tet" will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Adams Alumni Center on the Lawrence campus. Registration is recommended for anyone attending and is necessary to reserve a free meal at lunch. Read more about this symposium at the link below.
IPSR designated lead agency of Kansas' state data center
The University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research has been designated the lead agency of the State Data Center for the state of Kansas. In this role, IPSR – under the leadership of Xan Wedel – will work with a network of other Kansas data centers to find out what data users need and how to connect them to U.S. Census Bureau resources. Read more about this partnership at the link below.
IPSR-affiliated students awarded prestigious graduate fellowships
Congratulations to D'Arlyn Bell and Natasha Chenot, who were both offered the Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation! This fellowship provides three years of support for students who "have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education." Bell will explore "Non-Profit Social Service Political Organizing" in the School of Public Affairs & Administration at KU. Chenot will explore "Wetlands and Suburbanization: Effects on Hydrology, Water Quality, and Vegetation Dynamics" in the Department of Geography. View the full list of honorees at the link below.
Colloquium will put Greenland archaeology in focus
Climate change in Greenland and how it poses a threat to archaeological heritage will be explored in an upcoming presentation by Hans Harmsen, archaeologist and curator of the Greenland National Museum & Archives. Harmsen will present "Vanishing Histories: Greenland, Climate Change & the Threat to Archaeological Heritage" at 4 pm April 17 in 317 Lindley Hall. A meet and greet will precede the colloquium at 3:30 pm in 205 Lindley Hall. Are all welcome to the events.
Research to intervention: KU study on college responses to sexual assault is being put to use
When it comes to responding to reports of sexual assault, response teams on college campuses face a set of barriers that prevent their work from being as effective as similar programs run by cities and counties, according to a University of Kansas study. But this revelation is allowing the group of KU researchers who conducted the study to help some Midwest colleges and universities do a better job by creating individualized sexual assault response protocols, said Alesha Doan, a KU associate professor and member of the research group. Read more of this piece from Dylan Lysen for the Lawrence Journal-World, and learn more about this study, the Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project at the links below.
LAS792 - Managing Research Data in the Social Sciences
This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to read, reorganize, transform, display, clean, harmonize, archive, and export simple or complex data. The primary tool used in the class is the SAS system. Structured Query Language (SQL) receives strong emphasis. We will also discuss features of R and Python that give them advantages for some tasks over platforms like SPSS, Stata and SAS.
Documentation of the research process and outputs using structured metadata also receives significant attention.
Beyond Discourse symposium examining human trafficking research
An interdisciplinary symposium examining human trafficking research is coming to the University of Kansas Lawrence campus April 4 and 5. Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking is sponsored by the Institute of Policy & Social Research. Kamala Kempadoo of York University in Toronto will open the symposium with a keynote address at 4 pm Thursday, April 4 at the Spencer Museum of Art, with a reception to follow. April 5 will feature panels by regional and national scholars, including Amy Farrell of Northeastern University, as well as a closing keynote by Sally Engle Merry of New York University.
IPSR Winter 2019 Newsletter
IPSR's Winter 2019 Newsletter is available. Read about the IPSR Doctoral Fellows Research Capstone event, the Heartland Project on Sexual Assault's Climate Survey, IPSR's new visualization toolkit, and more.