Thu, 05/23/2024

New grant will fund study on preemption's effects on health, economic disparities in Kansas City

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute’s Policies for Action program has awarded more than $382,000 to researchers at KU and the National Academy of Public Administration for a study of how preemptive public policies may contribute to economic insecurity and health inequities in the Kansas City area.
Thu, 02/22/2024

New NSF grant to fund water management data ecosystem in Kansas

The National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator has awarded $650,000 to a team led by KU scientists to develop a water data dashboard for local government officials and state government agencies.
Mon, 10/16/2023

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to address urgent workforce needs

Each year, the Kansas Economic Policy Conference convenes community and industry leaders, policymakers and scholars. On Oct. 19, the conference will address workforce needs for Kansas. ...

Tue, 09/12/2023

New Kansas Statistical Abstract offers relevant state information, including expanded data on climate

The 57th edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, an annually released compendium of data about Kansas, is now available on the Institute for Policy & Social Research website. ...

Mon, 04/17/2023

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

People might not often think of work done in the home as part of the larger economy. But 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...

Wed, 03/22/2023

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. ...

Tue, 01/10/2023

New research shows a 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...

Thu, 10/20/2022

Two KU Programs Win University Economic Development Association Awards

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,...

Wed, 10/19/2022

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to Explore Policies for Economic Resilience

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. ...

Tue, 09/27/2022

New Consortium to Improve Data Science Across Kansas

the state's data science 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...

Mon, 09/05/2022

New BLS Questions Will Address Telework

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. ...

Fri, 09/02/2022

Kansas Statistical Abstract 56th Edition Features Timely and Relevant Information for Kansans

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. ...

Wed, 08/31/2022

Sloan Foundation Grant to Support Indigenous Graduate Students in Stem Programs at KU, Haskell

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...

Wed, 08/03/2022

Haskell Indian Nations University Receives $20 Million NSF Research Grant for Indigenous Science Hub

for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland today announced that 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,...

Thu, 07/28/2022

KU Researchers Part of Program to Give Communities Equal Voice in Switch to Renewable Energy

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. ...

Thu, 07/21/2022

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. ...

Thu, 07/21/2022

Access to Food Assistance Program Curbs Child Maltreatment, Study Finds

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. ...

Tue, 06/21/2022

Tulsa’s Jazz-Style Evolution on Flood Control Shows Importance of Collaboration, Empathy, Study Says

not be the first town one thinks of when talking about jazz, and flood management may not be the first vocation one compares to the musical genre. But the success Tulsa displayed in going from one of the nation’s most flood-prone cities to a nationally recognized model of long-term risk...

Wed, 04/20/2022

KU Researchers to Analyze How Climate Change Intersects with Race, Inequality, Health Outcomes

 As climate change causes extreme temperatures, droughts, poor air quality, flooding and sea level rise, health outcomes for people living in affected areas suffer.
Fri, 04/08/2022

Governor’s Council on Tax Reform Recommends Immediate End to State Sales Tax on Groceries

The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform has published its final report, which strongly advocates for an immediate end to the state sales tax on groceries and the restoration of a more diversified and balanced tax base.
Tue, 03/01/2022

Donna Ginther awarded Regents Distinguished Professorship

full story, visit KU Today. ...

Wed, 02/02/2022

COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Economic Inequities for Women in Kansas, New Research Shows

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. ...

Thu, 01/27/2022

Institute Prepares Native American Students With Skills to Pursue Advanced Degrees in Science

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...

Mon, 01/24/2022

Use of 'China Bashing' Rhetoric Reveals Partisan Divide, Study Finds

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 a University of Kansas professor. ...

Thu, 12/16/2021

New NSF Report Guides Research Into Climate Change’s Effect on Human Security

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 this week at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical...

Fri, 10/15/2021

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to Discuss the COVID Recovery Underway in Kansas

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. ...

Wed, 09/01/2021

55th Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract Publishes New Information on Kansas Population and More

edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available. This document, with the latest available data, offers information about Kansas across 16 categories, including population and vital statistics and health. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas publishes this compendium of data annually. ...

Tue, 07/27/2021

KU Leading Program to Boost Digital Literacy Among Women Leaving Incarceration

full story, visit KU Today. ...

Mon, 06/28/2021

Study: Hundreds of Lives Saved in Kansas Counties That Adopted Mask Mandates

cultural and political pushback, the evidence remains clear: Face masks made a difference in Kansas. ...

Tue, 06/01/2021

KU Study Will Help Define Broadband Priorities

University of Kansas-led project, Kansas residents can contribute to research on current internet and broadband infrastructure by completing a survey about their internet service. The survey takes about 15 minutes and includes an internet speed test to connect survey data with broadband speed information. ...

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