Recent News Items
Spencer Foundation to fund surveillance study
Bill Staples, Professor of Sociology, and Argun Saatcioglu, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sociology, have received a $43,417 grant from the Spencer Foundation for their project "Student Information Systems: Fostering Trust or Enabling Surveillance?" Over the course of the project, Staples and Saatcioglu will assess how parents, students, teachers, and administrators use school information systems to gain access to student information, which can include attendance records, grades, disciplinary notes, and even immunization and health records. Staples and Saatcioglu will analyze what effects these information systems have on relationships between stakeholders, exploring whether use of these systems builds trust and strengthens bonds, or functions as a type of surveillance that may undermine educational outcomes. Dr. Staples is the Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center (SSRC) at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, and Saatcioglu is an SSRC faculty affiliate.
Study: Blame men for political gridlock; women may be better at compromise
Patrick Miller, assistant professor of political science and IPSR affiliate, along with co-author Pamela Johnston Conover, a political science professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published "Why Partisan Warriors Don't Listen: The Gendered Dynamics of Intergroup Anxiety and Partisan Conflict" in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities.The researchers found that men in survey and experimental data were more likely than women to avoid cross-party political discussion, to judge political arguments based solely on what party is advancing them, and to form strong political opinions about the opposite party's positions without actually listening to the other side's reasoning. Read more and watch an interview with Patrick Miller at the link below.
A place at the table: Book explores future of alternative agriculture
Paul Stock, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies and IPSR affiliate, who co-edited "Food Utopias: Reimagining Citizenship, Ethics and Community," said the book seeks to study alternative agriculture and how communities can intertwine them with mainstream agriculture that dominates the landscape today. Read the full press release at the link below.
KU Librarians and IPSR Staff Member Publish Paper on Resources Cited in Successful Grants
Travis Weller, IPSR, and Amalia Monroe-Gulick and Lea Currie, KU Libraries, recently published a paper on the resources used in successful NSF and NIH grant applications. To determine if the KU Libraries' collection contained items used by grant writers,they analyzed the references pages of successful grants. They determined that the KU Libraries provide access to nearly all of the resources cited. Additionally, while open access journals are cited infrequently in grant applications, they found that one quarter of individual journal articles are openly accessible, which indicates that open science policies by federal funding agencies may be beginning to have an effect. "Local Citation Analysis of National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Grant Applications: Meeting the Needs of Researchers," 2014, The Serials Librarian, 67:399-414. DOI: 10.1080/0361526X.2014.983291. Travis Weller is a Grant Specialist at IPSR. Amalia Monroe-Gulick and Lea Currie are faculty librarians at the University of Kansas Libraries.
Dorothy Daley Receives New Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Dorothy Daley, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas and Dr. Michelle Frisco, Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State have received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant, "Connecting Population Health Scientists across Disciplines: Generating Evidence, Informing Research Translation and Fostering a Culture of Health" will be used to develop three conferences that will highlight cutting edgepopulation health research and foster the development of a much needed interdisciplinary professional space for population health scientists to convene, collaborate and share knowledge. Forums that generate and improve population health science help ensure that a high quality evidence base underpins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new major initiative, advancing a Culture of Health in the US. Read the full press release at the link below.