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DCF: No link between welfare reform, rising foster care numbers; researchers say otherwise

Date: 2017-11-14

KU economics professor Donna Ginther, who is director of the Center for Science Technology and Economic Policy, and Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, an associate professor in KU's School of Social Welfare, recently completed a national study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looked at the impact such laws have on the social safety net system in the United States.
Link(s): http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2017/nov/14/dcf-no-link-between-welfare-reform-rising-foster-c/

We need to talk about 'hot' female economists

Date: 2017-08-22

A new study shows female economists are more likely to be described using raunchy language. "The more types of people you have in a profession, the broader the questions and the more expansive the research," said Donna Ginther, an economics professor at the University of Kansas who has studied the challenges women face advancing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Link(s): http://www.marketwatch.com/story/we-need-to-talk-about-hot-female-economists-2017-08-22

Medicaid expansion possibly reduced 'medical divorces,' KU economists find

Date: 2017-02-15

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act possibly saw a reduction in the number of "medical divorces," in which a couple separates its assets when one partner is diagnosed with a degenerative disease, according to a working paper by two University of Kansas economists. In the paper distributed this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, David Slusky, assistant professor of economics, and Donna Ginther, professor of economics, found states that did expand Medicaid under the 2010 Affordable Care Act experienced a 5.6 percent decrease in the prevalence of divorce among people ages 50-64, compared with those states that did not expand. Read the full article from KU News at the link below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2017/02/15/medicaid-expansion-possibly-reduced-medical-divorces-ku-economists-find

Leadership And Management, Women In Economics

Date: 2017-02-10

Kansas City's NPR station, KCUR, featured Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and director of IPSR's Center for Science, Technology, & Economic Policy. Listen for yourself at the link below.
Link(s): http://kcur.org/post/leadership-and-management-women-economics#stream/0

Study recommends changes to postdoctoral science positions

Date: 2017-01-27

Federal research agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, tout postdoctoral positions as valuable training for those pursuing scientific careers. However, a new study by Boston University and University of Kansas researchers has found that postdoc jobs don't yield a positive return in the labor market and that these positions likely cost graduates roughly three years' worth of salary in their first 15 years of their careers. "Biomedical scientists require postdocs in order to do the work of science. However, the postdoc only prepares students for academic careers - jobs that are very difficult to come by," said Donna Ginther, KU professor of economics. "Ours is the first study to document the opportunity cost of taking a postdoc on the subsequent career outcomes of former postdocs. We show that the cost in terms of foregone earnings is very high. Most postdocs would be better off if they took jobs when they completed their degrees."
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2017/01/05/study-recommends-changes-postdoctoral-science-positions

Economist to testify before presidential commission on 'big data,' policy decisions

Date: 2017-01-09

A University of Kansas economist will testify this week before a presidential panel examining how to increase the availability and use of government data to build evidence and inform program design. Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the KU Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy, will address the importance of evidence-based policy. The public hearing before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. Read more at link below.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2017/01/03/economist-testify-presidential-commission-big-data-policy-decisions

Researchers land CDC grant to analyze state child neglect policies

Date: 2016-10-19

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.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2016/09/23/researchers-land-cdc-grant-analyze-state-child-neglect-policies-build-tool-help-policy

Ginther to study effects of mentoring on careers of female economists

Date: 2016-09-25

Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center of Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, received an award from the Economics program at the National Science Foundation. Using a randomized controlled mentoring trial that expands participants' access to collaborative and mentoring networks, the project will study the causal effects of networks on the career outcomes of female economists.

Ginther, IPSR Center Director, interviewed by KCUR

Date: 2016-09-01

University of Kansas economist Donna Ginther made waves in 2011 with her studies showing racial disparities in research grant awards, which led the National Institutes of Health to start an initiative to address the issue. She says the problem isn't necessarily bias on the part of those who award grants but lack of mentors and training for diverse communities. Ginther recently sat down with KCUR's Alex Smith to talk about her latest work on the issue, which factors in gender. She and her colleagues looked at NIH R01 grants awarded between 2000 and 2006.
Link(s): http://kcur.org/post/kansas-economist-s-research-shows-how-race-and-gender-matter-research-grant-awards#stream/0

Ginther receives grant to improve data distribution

Date: 2016-09-01

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.
Link(s): http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1647187&HistoricalAwards=false

KU study finds race, not gender, is key factor in NIH awards

Date: 2016-07-15

Race, not gender, appears to be the most significant factor influencing the award of a National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas economist."In most cases, NIH funds are the gateway to having tenure and becoming a full-fledged member of an academic faculty," said Donna Ginther, professor of economics and the study's lead author. "Understanding who gets grants in order to promote a more diverse applicant pool will add to the diversity of the student body at colleges and universities." Read the full news article at link below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2016/07/07/ku-study-finds-race-not-gender-key-factor-nih-awards

Study shows Kansas women face economic, social challenges

Date: 2016-03-08

A new study examining the status of women in Kansas shows most earn significantly less than their male counterparts, and large numbers of single mothers live in poverty and lack health insurance. The study, conducted by the Center for Science Technology and Economic Policy was commissioned by the Kansas City-based Women's Foundation and was released in conjunction with International Women's Day. News coverage and the full report available at the links below.
Link(s): http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/mar/08/study-shows-kansas-women-face-economic-social-chal/
File(s): http://ipsr.ku.edu/publicat/StatusofWomeninKansas.pdf

Women's Foundation to fund study on the status of women in Kansas and Missouri

Date: 2015-12-19

Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, received a grant from the Women's Foundation, based in Kansas City, for the project, "The Economic Status of Women in Kansas, Missouri and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area." Ginther and her research team will study the status of women in Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area, incorporating data on family, income, and employment, and will develop a report on their findings. Their analysis will include, where possible, a comparison of Kansas data and trends relative to those in Missouri and across the U.S., as well as comparing data and trends from the Kansas City area with the areas around St. Louis, MO, and Wichita, KS. Ginther directs the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at IPSR.

Ginther and Kahn to study gender differences in STEM careers

Date: 2015-12-17

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.
Link(s): http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1538797&HistoricalAwards=false

Cuts proposed in research funding to hurt Kansas City area

Date: 2015-12-06

Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and Director of IPSR's Center for Science, Technology, & Economic Policy, penned an opinion piece for the Kansas City Star on the impacts of federal spending cuts to the Kansas City area.
Link(s): http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article48077395.html

Student mobility negatively linked to academic achievement

Date: 2015-09-20

Recent findings presented earlier this month at the Kansas City GradNation Summit, concluded that students who move to new schools are likelier to have lower test scores and more absences. Using data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC), which is housed at IPSR, looked at how many students transferred in and out of schools in three counties in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. The research found students who had changed schools were 60 percent less likely to be proficient in communication arts and 62 percent less likely to be proficient in math as students who didn't move. Read the full press release below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2015/09/11/student-mobility-negatively-linked-academic-achievement-and-attendance

Math key factor in career fields where women are underrepresented

Date: 2015-07-23

Math - not college faculty's belief that female students lack brilliance - points to why fewer women are in STEM fields, research at the University of Kansas shows. The findings challenge a study published earlier this year in the journal Science that concluded women were underrepresented in academic fields where faculty believe success is dependent on "raw, innate talent," which faculty chronically stereotype as a shortcoming for women. Recent research at KU shows when GRE scores are factored in, female representation correlates with the amount of math in the field, making faculty beliefs about a student's ability irrelevant. "To me it is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys," said Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research. Continue reading at the link below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2015/07/21/math-key-factor-career-fields-where-women-are-underrepresented

Research featured in The New York Times

Date: 2014-11-03

New analysis of academic science fields show little gender bias, but suggest women's earlier educational choices lead to underrepresentation in math-intensive fields. The article titled Academic Science Isn't Sexist features the research of Donna Ginther, professor of Economics and Director of IPSR's Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy.
Link(s): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/opinion/sunday/academic-science-isnt-sexist.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region®ion=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

IPSR hosts luncheon on new Kansas City Research Data Center

Date: 2014-10-17

Dr. Ginther's presentation, video and slides, detailing the recently announced Kansas City RDC are available at the links below.
Link(s): https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/Donna+Ginther%2C+KC+Research+Data+Center/0_dxb6k1jb
             http://ipsr.ku.edu/CSTEP/Ginther_RDC_slides.pdf

University drives creation of new research data center in Kansas City

Date: 2014-10-15

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.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/ku-drives-creation-new-research-data-center-kansas-city

The Kansas City Research Data Center funded by the National Science Foundation

Date: 2014-08-26

The National Science Foundation has awarded funding to establish the Kansas City Research Data Center (KC-RDC) to PI Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research's Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Policy and her colleagues from the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Kauffman Foundation. The award provides three years of funding to set up a secure location at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for researchers around the region to use confidential Census data for a wide variety of research projects on issues including poverty, crime, employment, education, entrepreneurship, and health and mortality. As a result, researchers will now have greatly expanded access to federal data that can only be used at the Census Bureau or a Research Data Center. The KC-RDC will extend the research capacity and infrastructure at the University and beyond.

Research featured in LiveScience article

Date: 2014-01-23

The article titled, What Holds Back Women Research Faculty?, highlights Professor Ginther's research on women in academia. Watch the video and read the full article at the link below.
Link(s): http://www.livescience.com/42796-women-race-academia-donna-ginther-nsf-sl.html

NIH announces new initiatives in response to KU study

Date: 2012-12-18
NIH announces new initiatives in response to KU study image

LAWRENCE - The world's foremost biomedical funding agency has announced a series of new initiatives in response to a study that found race-based discrepancies in research awards. The National Institutes of Health has unveiled plans to address diversity in the biomedical workforce after a 2011 NIH-commissioned study led by University of Kansas economist Donna Ginther found that black scientists are much less likely to receive NIH grants than their white counterparts. Click link below for full press release.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2012/december/18/nih.shtml

KU researcher proposes data exchange model

Date: 2012-10-22

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/october/22/model.shtml

Biotech Industries and the Kansas Economy

Date: 2012-10-21

CSTEP has completed an evaluation of Kansas Bioscience Authority policies and procedures for documenting impacts of biotechnology industries on the Kansas economy. The full report can be viewed here: http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/donna_web/CSTEPBiotechReview_06052012.pdf.
File(s): http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/donna_web/CSTEPBiotechReview_06052012.pdf

KU sponsoring Oct. 18 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Date: 2012-10-01

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/october/1/kepc.shtml

Six faculty members to be honored at Commencement for outstanding teaching

Date: 2012-05-10

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/may/10/teachingawards.shtml

Five researchers honored at University Scholarly Achievement Awards ceremony

Date: 2012-05-09

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/may/9/usaa.shtml

Five researchers named recipients of University Scholarly Achievement Awards

Date: 2012-03-27

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/march/27/usaawards.shtml

KU to host economic policy conference on immigration

Date: 2011-09-22

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2011/september/22/kepc.shtml

Black scientists less likely than white counterparts to receive NIH funding

Date: 2011-08-18

Black scientists were significantly less likely than their white counterparts to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to an analysis of data from 2000 to 2006.

University of Kansas Professor of Economics Donna Ginther was the lead author on the study commissioned by the NIH, which appears in the Aug. 19 issue of Science.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2011/august/18/nihstudy.shtml
             http://www.sciencemag.org/hottopics/race-nihfunding/
File(s): https://documents.ku.edu/users2/hattig/ginther/Ginther_draft01-LAN.mov

Two students win Argersinger Prizes for outstanding dissertations

Date: 2011-05-20

Dr. Ginther's advisee Serena Huang was an award recipient. Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2011/may/20/argersinger.shtml

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to focus on public education

Date: 2010-10-18

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2010/october/18/economicpolicy.shtml

2010 KU Women of Distinction calendar honors talents of students, faculty, staff

Date: 2010-08-26

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2010/august/26/wodcalendar.shtml

Ginther lands grant to study why women leave sciences

Date: 2009-11-02

Donna Ginther, professor of economics and Director of IPSR's Center for Economic and Business Analysis, has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the influences on women in biomedical sciences. Read full press release at link below.
Link(s): http://www.oread.ku.edu/~oread/2009/november/2/stories/ginther.shtml
             http://www.news.ku.edu/2009/november/5/ginther.shtml

Policy experts and businesspeople gather to parse Kansas economy in uneasy times

Date: 2009-10-08

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2009/october/8/economics.shtml

KU economist, doctoral student win Sloan Foundation grant

Date: 2009-05-14

LAWRENCE - A doctoral student in economics from the University of Kansas and her dissertation adviser have received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the impact of highly skilled immigrants on the U.S. economy.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2009/may/13/economy.shtml

KU students, faculty member receive awards at research symposium

Date: 2007-04-17

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2007/april/17/researchawards.shtml

Ginther Examines Faculty Gender Gaps

Date: 2007-01-22
Ginther Examines Faculty Gender Gaps image

Donna Ginther, IPSR affiliate and associate professor of economics, presented her research on gender gaps in pay and tenure among university faculty to the National Academies of Science in 2005. This work is included as a chapter in the recently published, Biological, Social, and Organizational Component of Success for Women in Academic Science and Engineering.
Link(s): http://www.oread.ku.edu/2007/january/22/gaps.shtml
             http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11766.html

Entrepreneurship conference at KU highlights new research

Date: 2006-10-31

Dr. Ginther was an invited presenter at the Entrepreneurship and Innovation conference. Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2006/october/31/crea.shtml

Ginther to Present in D.C.

Date: 2005-12-09

Donna Ginther, Associate Professor in Economics, will present on the \"economics of gendered distribution of resources in academe\" for the Committee on Women in Academic Science and Engineering Convocation. The convocation will take place December 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C.
Link(s): http://www7.nationalacademies.org/womeninacademe/Convocation.html

School achievement higher for children in nuclear families, KU researcher finds

Date: 2005-02-09

Read the full story at the link.
Link(s): http://www.news.ku.edu/2005/february/9/school.shtml

Ginther to Examine Salary Gaps

Date: 2004-04-30

Donna Ginther, PRI Scholar and Assistant Professor Economics, was awarded a 3 year, $282,753 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the economic explanations for gender differencesin salary, promotion, and attrition for academics in science, social science, and engineering. This study is designed to identify and document the causes ofthe gender gap by enhancing the analysis of the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (1973-2001).