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Local Conditions and Child Health
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Period: 2019 - 2020

Project Summary:
This project will examine the implications of recessions for child health and hospitalizations. Donna Ginther will assist the project team in identifying appropriate economic variables for their model and assist in developing their estimation strategy.

https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?projectnumber=1R21HD094106-01

When Locals Adapt to Newcomers
Principal Investigator: Joane Nagel
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2019 - 2021

Project Summary:
Erin Adamson, doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, was awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Lifestyle Migrants and the Economics of Integration in Caribbean Costa Rica." Joane Nagel, professor of Sociology, will supervise her work. Adamson's research focuses on "reverse integration," which happens when immigrants are more wealthy than local residents, especially in relatively impoverished settings, and locals depend on immigrants for jobs, favors, and advancement.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1904244&HistoricalAwards=false

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Assessing the Influence of Hazard Mitigation Planning on Disaster Recovery
Principal Investigator: Ward Lyles
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2019 - 2022

Project Summary:
The research team, led by Ward Lyles and Elaina Sutley, will address an important gap in knowledge about how hazard mitigation and planning before a natural disaster affects recovery after a disaster and reduces long-term risk. Thanks to prior work from the research team, they can collect data on post-disaster recovery decision-making, outputs such as planning documents, and outcomes like decisions to steer development out of locations known to be hazardous. The team will recovery data with existing data on hazard mitigation. Through this research, the team will generate information relevant to policymakers and practitioners, extend the foundation of datasets needed for future data analysis, and strengthen the hazards research community.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1760183&HistoricalAwards=false

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The Genetic History of the Aleut People
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Raff
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2019 - 2022

Project Summary:
In recent years, ancient DNA research has transformed our understanding of human history. In the Americas, ancient genomes have revealed new and surprising details, such as the presence of previously unknown populations, previously unsuspected relationships between groups, and new estimates of dates for past events in human history. Although recent studies have investigated the origins and history of different Native American groups, few have focused on the indigenous peoples of the Aleutian Islands, a population that may prove central to our understanding of human dispersals in the western hemisphere. The analysis of genomes from ancient and contemporary Aleuts will allow us to better understand the origins of these peoples, how they adapted to a challenging environment, and how European contact and recent population events have affected their genetic diversity. This research, conducted by Jennifer Raff and Dennis O'Rourke, is supported by Aleut political and cultural leaders, who are interested in using genetic approaches to better understand their people's history.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1849338&HistoricalAwards=false

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Technology Education for Women in Transition: Broadening Participation Through Innovations
Principal Investigator: Hyunjin Seo
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2019 - 2022

Project Summary:
This project aims to broaden participation in STEM education among underserved populations through innovative and inclusive approaches to technology education. The project is designed to enhance knowledge and comfort with technology and develop computational thinking among women who were formerly incarcerated and are now seeking to reenter the workforce or adjust to their lives outside the criminal justice system ("women in transition") in the Midwest. While women have become the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, prison education and reentry programs are not well prepared to respond to this influx. Women in transition are rarely exposed to STEM education and they are generally isolated from the digital world while in prison. Consequently, they face post-incarceration challenges in accessing and using rapidly changing digital technologies. Against this backdrop, this three-year technology education project will aim to help women in transition in Kansas and Missouri develop STEM skills relevant to job applications and post-incarceration adjustments. KU's project team is led by Hyunjin Seo and includes Hannah Britton, Megha Ramaswamy, and Karin Chang. The research is being conducted in partnership with University of Missouri-Kansas City.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1907002&HistoricalAwards=false

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Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium: School Procurement Policies and Practices in Kansas City
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Tri-State Research and Evaluation Services
Period: 2019 - 2019

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Research GO: A Pilot Ancient DNA Study of the Ancestors of the Wichita
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Raff
Funding Agency: University of Kansas Research GO
Period: 2019 - 2020

Project Summary:
This project focuses on ancient DNA research in the Central and Southern Plains, a region vitThis project will demonstrate the feasibility of larger-scale research on ancient DNA in the Central and Southern Plains, a region vital to understanding the history and relationships of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. This research is being conducted with permission from and in collaboration with representatives of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.



Collaborative Research: The Effect of State Disinvestment in Higher Education on Research Quality and Returns to Scale in Science Funding
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2019 - 2022

Project Summary:
Donna Ginther will study the effects of research funding on research outputs. Ginther will collaborate with Joshua Rosenbloom, Iowa State University. This project was awarded through NSF's Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and also included funding for Iowa State University. The research will apply economic methods to policy questions about state and federal research funding and the effects of research funding. They will explore how funding affects outputs for an individual researcher and for a college or university. Ginther and Rosenbloom will also examine whether state funding for higher education substitutes for, or complements, federal funding.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1854849&HistoricalAwards=false

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CAREER: Integrated Modeling of Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Networks for Compassionate, Sustainable Risk Reduction
Principal Investigator: Ward Lyles
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2018 - 2023

Project Summary:
This project develops, tests, and refines a new model which explicitly incorporates stakeholders' thoughts and emotions as factors that interact to enhance or constrain hazard mitigation decision-making. Anticipated contributions of the project include an improved process for more effective, sustainable hazard mitigation decision-making at the local level and expansion of a generation of hazard mitigation champions across multiple professional and academic disciplines. The integrated education and research program will foster dissemination of findings widely and cost-effectively, including to historically underrepresented populations.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1751696&HistoricalAwards=false

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Why Has the Meritocratic Power of Advanced Degrees Declined? The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Upward Mobility
Principal Investigator: ChangHwan Kim
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2018 - 2019

Project Summary:
This project will analyze income returns to education for adults who achieve various levels of higher education. The project will analyze over 150,000 respondents aged 35-54 from the 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2015 National Survey of College Graduates data and the IPUMS 5% Census data with at least a bachelor's degree and having a positive income. The project will use log-multiplicative layer effect and multivariate regression models to examine the extent to which vertical selection, horizontal selection, and cumulative advantage explain income level differences. The project will also study gender differences in these processes as well as how these effects have changed over time. The project will inform sociological theories concerned with social mobility and the role of social selection into various types of higher education in the United States.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1801820&HistoricalAwards=false

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Aging as Future - Future-related activities regarding age and aging in cross-culture perspective
Principal Investigator: David Ekerdt
Funding Agency: Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich
Period: 2018 - 2021

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Lead to Read KC Project Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Lead to Read KC
Period: 2018 - 2020

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Yet We Rise: Tenuring Indigenous People's Lands in the U.S.
Principal Investigator: Joseph Brewer II
Funding Agency: Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Period: 2018 - 2019

Project Summary:
This project supports development of a book on the working knowledge of Indigenous people's land tenure in the U.S. Tenuring Indigenous people's land in the United States has providen to be contentious. Joseph Brewer II conceptualizes land tenure not as an outcome, but as a process, oriented towards why tenuring Indigenous people's lands in the United States is a story yet to be told by those who work on these issues, beyond the common political or legal frameworks used to understand land tenure. Learning from the working knowledge of professionals in the field positions Indigeonsou people's land tenure as the foremost pressing issue of our time.



KU University Center: KU for KS
Principal Investigator: Wallace W. Meyer, Jr.
Funding Agency: U.S. Economic Development Administration
Period: 2018 - 2023

Project Summary:
This research is supported with a five-year, $700,000 university center grant from the U.S Economic Development Administration to the University of Kansas. Together with an equal match by KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, a total of $1.4 million will be devoted to assist economic development and job retention efforts in the state. This grant is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and the Institute for Policy & Social Research. It is one of only 40 such awards provided by the EDA to U.S. universities.

http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/KUforKS/

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Evaluation of the Donnelly College Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Donnelly College
Period: 2018 - 2019

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KC-AERC will complete a three-year evaluation of the Donnelly College MSEIP Program.



Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program Phase III
Principal Investigator: Ward Lyles
Funding Agency: University of Oklahoma Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
Period: 2018 - 2021

Project Summary:
Ward Lyles will provide expertise and engage in research efforts around three tasks in the project, each based on a research question: How do emergency managers participate in a planning process that seeks to develop long-term hazard risk reduction? How do configurations of social networks and social capital evolve in response to disasters? How does information-seeking behavior differ between resource-constrained and resource-abundant jurisdictions, and how does that affect planning outcomes? Lyles will participate in the conceptual framing, research design and methodology, interpretation, and dissemination of the findings for each of these questions.

http://www.southernclimate.org/pages/news/scipp-awarded-three-more-years-of-funding

Teachers Exploring Advocacy and Community Health (TEACH) Project
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Kansas Health Foundation
Period: 2018 - 2020

Project Summary:
The TEACH project serves as an expansion of the KUMC project, Teachers and Students for Community-Oriented Research and Education (TSCORE). The TEACH project builds on the TSCORE project by leveraging two project-based health education units developed by KUMC researchers and educators. This project will disseminate those units into Topeka Public Schools through teacher professional development, teacher externships, curriculum implementation, and a student community health poster competition.



Research grants for preventing violence and violence-related injury
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: The Ohio State University
Period: 2018 - 2019

Project Summary:
University of Kansas and the Ohio State University researchers have received a grant to determine how economic and social safety net policies affect child neglect across the United States and create a tool policy makers and practitioners can use to predict how proposed prevention strategies can address child abuse and neglect. Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of KU's Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy, is working with Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, of the Ohio State University, on the three-year, $1.05 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control. The KU Institute for Policy & Social Research assisted with the development of the grant proposal and will manage the CDC award. The project will study the various changes to economic and social safety net policies by state from 1995 until 2014 - the most recent year for which data is available - and if those changes affect state-level changes in child neglect rates. Continue reading at link below.

https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9234830&icde=32972365

Collaborative Research: EAGER: The Language of the Forest: Gwich'in Seasonal Relationships to the Interior Alaska Boreal
Principal Investigator: Joseph Brewer II
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2019

Project Summary:
Joseph Brewer, KU Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and Larry Kaplan, University of Alaska Professor of Linguistics, received an Arctic Social Sciences NSF EAGER award toinvestigates what Gwich'in Athabascans can teach the world, through their language, about boreal forest management in interior Alaska. The study will be the first to document Gwich'in forestry practices in a collaborative social and linguistic science investigation.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1650692&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaborative Research: Climate Risk Governance and Polycentrism in the US States. REU Supplement
Principal Investigator: Dorothy Daley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2017

Project Summary:
Dorthy Daley, IPSR affiliate and Associate Professor of Pubic Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, has received funding from the National Science Foundation for a three-year study on state and local climate risk governance. This project brings together a team of researchers and practitioners to better understand what type of climate governance results in improved environmental performance. Read more in the full press release below.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1431082&HistoricalAwards=false

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EAGER: CeMENT as a Networking Experiment
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1547054&HistoricalAwards=false

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L.A.D Global Enterprises, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: L.A.D Global Enterprises, Inc.
Period: 2017 - 2017

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Environmental Risk Versus Economic Prosperity: Climate Change Denial and the Politics of Coastal Restoration in Southern Louisiana
Principal Investigator: Eric Hanley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

Project Summary:
Jacob Lipsman will receive dissertation funding from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. His project focuses on the central questions of how residents in southeast Louisiana interpret the relationship between environmental security and economic prosperity in their community, and how the negotiation of these two social priorities plays out in local political processes. The project will analyze the role of climate change attitudes in these political processes, examining how climate change is interpreted in this community that exhibits high levels of environmental awareness at the same time as high levels of climate change denial. His advisor, Eric Hanley, serves at PI. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. More information available at link below.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1703120&HistoricalAwards=false

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Immigration, Mixed-Status Families, Risk Management and Vulnerability
Principal Investigator: Cecilia Menjívar
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

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Andrea Gomez Cervantes received a dissertation award from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. Gomez Cervantes' project examines the challenges that mixed-status families (those with a variety of legal statuses in the same family, such as undocumented, semi-legal or citizens) face in Kansas. She will conduct a qualitative study of sixty in-depth interviews with indigenous (Mixteco and Tlapaneco) and non-indigenous Latino mixed-status family members in Kansas. Her advisor, Cecilia Menjívar Chavez, serves as PI. Dr. Menjívar Chavez is Co-Director of the Center for Migration Research at IPSR. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. See link below for more information.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1702837&HistoricalAwards=false

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When Can Money Close Achievement Gaps? School Funding and Class Inequality of Education Achievement
Principal Investigator: Emily Rauscher
Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2018

Project Summary:
University of Kansas researcher, Emily Rauscher, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has received a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to look at the relationship between school funding and academic achievement gaps by socioeconomic status. The study will identify types of funding or contexts in which funding might hold the most potential to improve socioeconomic equality of educational achievement. Armed with a more complete understanding of when funding matters, policymakers will be better equipped to fight the chronic inequality that haunts our educational system and society. The research seeks to understand and counteract intergenerational inequality. Read more in the KU press release below.

https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/2017-naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellows/

Digital Inequalities in the Heartland: Exploring the information Security Experiences of Marginalized Internet Users
Principal Investigator: William Staples
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2019

Project Summary:
Bill Staples, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center, and Warren (Perry) Alexander, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, received a Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace NSF EAGER award to explore the information security experiences of marginalized internet users who rely on public libraries for broadband internet access.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1742815

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Kansas City Public School Needs Assessment
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Hazley & Associates, LLC
Period: 2017 - 2018

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Karin Chang, Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC), will conduct a needs assessment for the Kansas City Public Schools.



Evaluation of the MCPL Summer Reading Program
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Mid-Continent Public Library
Period: 2017 - 2018

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RII Track-1: MAPS-KS NSF EPSCoR: HERS
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2022

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Jay T. Johnson, Associate Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Science and Director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (C-FIRST), received an award from Kansas NSF EPSCoR to fund the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute. This project will prepare future Native American STEM professionals to understand the impacts of environmental change and develop strategies for sustainable responses that combine Indigenous ecological knowledge with scientific approaches. Dr. Johnson along with his co-PI Dr. Joseph Brewer will oversee the program at KU. During an eight-week summer internship, students will have professional development and mentoring to help them pursue graduate educational opportunities. Students of the program will experience field research in the wetland, prairie, and mountain ecosystems. The curriculum will use research methods that integrate Indigenous knowledge and scientific data to study food, energy, and water systems. Native American graduate students at KU will serve as mentors.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1656006

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RII Track-1: Haskell Project-Johnon-Micorbioomes of Aquatic, Plant and Soil Systems (MAPS) mediating sustainability: An observation and experimental network across Kansas
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2017 - 2022

Project Summary:
Jay T. Johnson, Associate Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Science and Director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (C-FIRST), received an award from Kansas NSF EPSCoR to fund the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute. This project will prepare future Native American STEM professionals to understand the impacts of environmental change and develop strategies for sustainable responses that combine Indigenous ecological knowledge with scientific approaches. Dr. Johnson along with his co-PI Dr. Joseph Brewer will oversee the program at KU. During an eight-week summer internship, students will have professional development and mentoring to help them pursue graduate educational opportunities. Students of the program will experience field research in the wetland, prairie, and mountain ecosystems. The curriculum will use research methods that integrate Indigenous knowledge and scientific data to study food, energy, and water systems. Native American graduate students at KU will serve as mentors.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1656006

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Scientific Productivity Data of SDR Sample through Linkage: Expanded Manual Validation
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: SRI International
Period: 2017 - 2018

Project Summary:
SRI International requested that the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy (CSTEP) at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas propose a method for validating publication records matched to the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR). The purpose of this project is to verify independently the publications matches made by SRI for a sample of about 750 names from the SDR. Of the 750 names, 250 will also be verified by researchers at Ohio State University, who will design their own verification methods. Verification will rely on information such as age, gender, place of employment, and academic field available from the SDR as well as information attached to SDR records by SRI.



EAGER: Data Infrastructure to Enhance Research on the Scientific Workforce
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2017

Project Summary:
Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project will build on previous research done using data collected by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) the scientific workforce, developing and distributing data enhancements that will make this valuable data accessible to the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) community. Ginther is the Director of the Center of Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1647187&HistoricalAwards=false

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Exploring the Causal Impacts of Economic and Social Safety Net Policies on Child Neglect in the U.S.: Implications for Primary Prevention
Principal Investigator: Michelle Johnson-Motoyama
Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control
Period: 2016 - 2019

Project Summary:
University of Kansas researchers have received a grant to determine how economic and social safety net policies affect child neglect across the United States and create a tool policy makers and practitioners can use to predict how proposed prevention strategies can address child abuse and neglect. Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, associate professor of social welfare, and Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of KU's Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy, will lead the three-year, $1.05 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control. The KU Institute for Policy & Social Research assisted with the development of the grant proposal and will manage the CDC award. The project will study the various changes to economic and social safety net policies by state from 1995 until 2014 - the most recent year for which data is available - and if those changes affect state-level changes in child neglect rates. Continue reading at link below.

https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9234830&icde=32972365

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Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Victor Agadjanian
Funding Agency: Pennsylvania State University
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Geographic Analysis of Allotment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
Principal Investigator: Joseph Brewer II
Funding Agency: Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2017

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: How Frontline Work Identifies and Categorizes Human Trafficking
Principal Investigator: Hannah Britton
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2016 - 2018

Project Summary:
Corinne Schwarz, a doctoral student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has received a dissertation improvement grant from the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. She will study frontline responses to vulnerability, exploitation, and trafficking in communities across Kansas and Missouri. Schwarz's advisor is Hannah Britton, Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice (CSI) at the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1624317&HistoricalAwards=false

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The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project
Principal Investigator: Alesha Doan
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Period: 2016 - 2017

Project Summary:
The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project aims to help post-secondary schools prevent sexual assaults on campus based on a gender-centered public health framework. The award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to work with institutions in Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, including KU and Kansas State University. The research team includes Alesha Doan, KU associate professor of political science and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the grant's principal investigator; Juliana Carlson, assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, and Natabhona Mabachi, a research assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Doan and Carlson are faculty affiliates of the KU Institute for Policy & Social Research, which developed and will administer the grant.

http://news.ku.edu/2016/07/29/ku-researchers-land-hhs-grant-aid-regional-universities-sexual-assault-prevention

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A Proposal to Study the North Kansas City School District Extended School Calendar Year
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: North Kansas City Schools
Period: 2016 - 2019

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The Demand for Community College Credits and Labor Market Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: Kansas Board of Regents
Period: 2016 - 2017

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KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas - Phase III
Principal Investigator: Wallace W. Meyer, Jr.
Funding Agency: U.S. Economic Development Administration
Period: 2016 - 2017

Project Summary:
In August 2013, KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas received $545,000 in University Center funding from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Center is designed to enhance economic conditions and drive employment in Kansas and the Midwest through programs in entrepreneurship, the biosciences, and technology. The five-year project is a new award building on the success of a previous EDA Center grant, received in 2007.

https://entr.ku.edu/cherry-picked-school-business-initiative-receives-renewed-federal-grant

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Johnson County Community College STEM Scholarship Project
Principal Investigator: Karin Chang
Funding Agency: Johnson County Community College
Period: 2016 - 2021

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RCN: Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (FIRST)
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2020

Project Summary:
FIRST represents an interdisciplinary network of Native scholars all working at the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific traditions to explore how Indigenous communities are utilizing both traditions to meet their research needs. The network's Steering Committee members represent Indigenous communities from across the United States, including Alaska and Hawai'i, and are employed at tribal colleges, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and research universities.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1417767&HistoricalAwards=false

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Systematic Study of Group-Based Legal Mobilization
Principal Investigator: Charles R. Epp
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

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Charles Epp, Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, was awarded $210,999 by the National Science Foundation to study how a major litigation campaign is planned and carried out over time. The project, "Systematic Study of Group-Based Legal Mobilization," will examine how campaign organizers decide what to claim, when, and where along with how these decisions interact with official decisions and grassroots mobilization to shape the campaign's path over time. Litigation campaigns shape public discussion and public policy on topics from hot-button social issues to matters of regulatory policy. Previous studies have focused on key court cases or how legal claims influence grassroots mobilization. This study will include every formal claim made by a campaign in every forum, and will examine how the success of these varying claims in different forums shapes the course of the campaign over time. The study has broad implications for understanding law's contribution to, and limits on, public policy. The campaign under study is an effort by environmental groups since 2003 to block construction of coal-fired power plants nationwide.

https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1535673&HistoricalAwards=false

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Mapping Financial Opportunity
Principal Investigator: Terri Friedline
Funding Agency: MetLife Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

Project Summary:
Having banks and credit unions available in one's community can make a difference in a family's financial health, according to new studies from University of Kansas and Michigan researchers. The influence is greatest on lower-income households. Terri Friedline, assistant professor of social welfare and director of financial inclusion in the Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion in the School of Social Welfare, has published several reports on the center's website as part of the Mapping Financial Opportunity project. The project is building an interactive map using GIS software to show the availability of a range of financial services by ZIP code. Among the early findings, Friedline and project co-director Mathieu Despard of the University of Michigan report that every additional bank or credit union branch per 1,000 population is associated with a 5 percent higher probability that lower-income households will be able to pay their monthly bills and a 2 percent lower probability for every alternative financial services provider such as a payday lender.

https://news.ku.edu/2016/04/08/social-welfare-professor-wins-grant-build-interactive-map-financial-opportunity

Evaluation of the NIH SEPA T-Score Project
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
Period: 2015 - 2016

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Understanding Gender Differences in STEM Academic Careers
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2018

Project Summary:
Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, along with Shulamit Kahn, Associate Professor in the Boston University School of Management, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, "Understanding Gender Differences in STEM Academic Careers." Using data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Ginther and Kahn will examine issues confronting female academic career progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The research will evaluate longitudinal data on the scientific workforce, recently matched with the scientific outcomes of researchers' publications and patents, in order to determine how productivity contributes to the gender gap in science. Ginther directs the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at IPSR.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1538797&HistoricalAwards=false

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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems to Improve Ecosystem Management along the Yukon River, Alaska
Principal Investigator: Jay T. Johnson
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

Project Summary:
Victoria Walsey has received a dissertation improvement grant from the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. Victoria Walsey, a doctoral student in Geography, will explore and document knowledge held by Indigenous fishers along the Yukon River in Alaska. Victoria's advisor is Jay T. Johnson, director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (C-FIRST) at IPSR.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1504203&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaborative Research: Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation
Principal Investigator: Rachel Krause
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2018

Project Summary:
Dr. Rachel Krause, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affaris and Administration and IPSR affiliate, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Organizations (SoO) grant that will fund a two-year study examining how sustainability efforts are being administered in U.S. cities.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1461526&HistoricalAwards=false

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The African Charismatic Revolution: Pentecostal Authority and Leadership in Nigeria and Ghana
Principal Investigator: Ebenezer Obadare
Funding Agency: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Period: 2015 - 2018

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Ebenezer Obadare, Associate Professor of Sociology, recently received an award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies to support his project, "The African Charismatic Revolution: Pentecostal Authority and Leadership in Nigeria and Ghana." Obadare's work will examine the idea of authority, as it is exercised, recognized, challenged, and validated among Christian Pentecostal communities in Africa. The research will be conducted in Nigeria and Ghana, the sub-regional loci of the Pentecostal resurgence in contemporary West Africa. In both countries, a cohort of charismatic religious leaders exercises an increasing sway over theological, personal, economic, and political matters. These leaders also circulate freely between both countries, galvanizing a spiritual economy in which devotional principles, modalities, and styles of authority are freely exchanged. The ebullient and 'sensational' aspects of contemporary Pentecostalism, a phenomenon partly driven by the personal magnetism of religious leaders, are ascendant in Nigeria and Ghana, making this study timely and imperative.



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Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Eurasia
Principal Investigator: Mariya Omelicheva
Funding Agency: Office of Naval Research
Period: 2015 - 2018

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As organized crime plays an increasing role in funding terrorism, research at the University of Kansas aims to pinpoint hotspots in Eurasia where drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism coincide. Selected to receive a $953,500 Minerva grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Research Initiative, Mariya Omelicheva, the study's principal investigator, along with KU geography professor Stephen Egbert and Rowan University political science associate professor Lawrence Markowitz, will examine the connections between terrorism and organized crime in Central Asia, South Caucasus and Russia. The three-year project also will look at the conditions under which terrorist-trafficking alliances are forged and changed and the ability for governments and international organizations to monitor, prevent and dismantle the terrorist and criminal activity. Read more in the press release below.

http://minerva.defense.gov/Research/Funded-Projects/Article/1092196/traffickingterrorism-nexus-in-eurasia/

Collaborative Research: EAGER: Automating HERD Reporting Using Machine Learning Administrative Data
Principal Investigator: Rodolfo Torres
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2015 - 2017

Project Summary:
Rodolfo Torres, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Mathematics, and Jun Huan, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with Joshua Rosenbloom of the National Bureau of Economic Research, were recently awarded $176,071 by the National Science Foundation for a project to utilize data collected as part of the STAR METRICS® program to examine the relationship between science funding, employment and outcome metrics. Their project is to develop and implement machine learning algorithms with two specific goals. The first is to develop tools to leverage university administrative data to automate the essential and time-consuming step of classifying projects by science areas and purpose required to respond to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD). The second is to gain a better understanding of the similarities/differences in the data reported for HERD and STAR METRICS® and how both surveys could be improved by reporting additional data.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1547464&HistoricalAwards=false

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A Proposal to Support Graduate Student Attendance at the University of Houston EITM Summer Training Institute
Principal Investigator: Gail Buttorff
Funding Agency: University of Houston
Period: 2014 - 2017

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Collaborative Research: Climate Risk Governance and Polycentrism in the US States
Principal Investigator: Dorothy Daley
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2018

Project Summary:
Dorthy Daley, IPSR affiliate and Associate Professor of Pubic Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, has received funding from the National Science Foundation for a three-year study on state and local climate risk governance. This project brings together a team of researchers and practitioners to better understand what type of climate governance results in improved environmental performance.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1431082&HistoricalAwards=false

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Kansas City Research Data Center
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2018

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A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation's highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and policy issues. The Kansas City Research Data Center (RDC) will be located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City headquarters and provide approved area researchers with secure access to restricted microlevel U.S. Census and health statistics data - the type of data researchers use to examine the economic activity, demographic makeup and health status of individuals in the U.S. economy. Research based on these data can provide a better understanding of the regional and national economy, including analysis of changes that are affecting businesses and households. The NSF proposal was headed by Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at KU, on behalf of a consortium that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1359527&HistoricalAwards=false

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Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols, and Practices (CHIRP3)
Principal Investigator: Renee Pualani Louis
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Period: 2014 - 2017

Project Summary:
Renee Louis, Research Associate at the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research, was awarded $299,920 from the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation for her project, "Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols and Practices (CHIRP3)." Her two-year project will examine and reimagine how scientists engage with Indigenous people in the United States. For this project, she is partnering with Elizabeth Medicine Crow and Kyle Wark at the First Alaskans Institute in Anchorage, Alaska and collaborating with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation. The KU Co-Investigator on the project is Jay Johnson, director of the Indigenous Geographies Research Center at KU. She and her team will evaluate current Native scientific practices and provide Native communities with information so they can take define their own scientific paradigms. She also plans to provide guidance to federal research funding agencies on how they incorporate Native science principles, protocols and practices, advancing both Native and Western science by bridging gaps in understanding.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1436506&HistoricalAwards=false

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An Evaluation of Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility in Medical Schools
Principal Investigator: Donna Ginther
Funding Agency: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Period: 2012 - 2017

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