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Law class explores human trafficking

The ways in which attorneys, and even law students, can help prevent and respond to human trafficking might not make the headlines, but a new class at the University of Kansas School of Law is helping those on the front lines fight human trafficking and serve victims. Watch the news clip below, or learn more by visiting IPSR's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative research page also linked below.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2015/05/04/law-class-explores-human-trafficking-provides-resources-those-fighting-problem
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C-SPAN coverage of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship

Professors Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody, co-authors of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, talked about the history of police stops and their impact on communities. Professors Epps and Maynard-Moody co-wrote the book with University of Kansas professor Donald Haider-Markel.
Link(s): http://www.c-span.org/video/?325383-1/book-discussion-pulled

NSF to fund Indigenous Research Project

Jay T. Johnson, in partnership with First Alaskans Institute and the University of Missouri, has received an award from the National Science Foundation. Through this five-year award, titled "Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (FIRST)", Dr. Johnson will establish an interdisciplinary network of Native scholars to explore the ways Indigenous communities utilize Indigenous and Western sciences to meet their research needs. The goal is to develop strategies for meeting the research needs of Indigenous communities and build their capacity to lead research initiatives. Dr. Johnson leads the Center for Indigenous Research, Science and Technology (C-FIRST) at IPSR.

Russian student activists learn about university sustainability, environmental initiatives

The University Daily Kansan (UDK) recently featured an article on the Eco-Reps: Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Program.The Eco-Reps program is part of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies directed by Mariya Omelicheva.Read the article at the link below.
Link(s): http://www.kansan.com/news/russian-student-activists-learn-about-university-sustainability-environmental-initiatives/article_99985edc-ee18-11e4-87d1-a383a841b214.html

Pilot study to examine aspects of K-12 student-information systems

Most U.S. school districts use a student information system to manage data such as attendance, grades and disciplinary notes because it gives parents, students, teachers and administrators immediate access to day-to-day school operations. Yet, despite the widespread adoptions of these student information systems, no study has assessed how school stakeholders actually use and experience SIS systems and what effects these systems have on users. Bill Staples, professor of sociology and director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research along with Argun Saatcioglu, associate professor of education and courtesy professor of sociology, recently received a Spencer Foundation Grant to examine whether SIS systemsbuild or undermine trust among stakeholders in schools. Read the full press release at the link below.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2015/01/29/ku-pilot-study-examine-benefits-trust-surveillance-aspects-k-12-student-information


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