Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Project explores black writers with Kansas connections

Project explores black writers with Kansas connections 

LAWRENCE — Just as Langston Hughes talked of his childhood in Lawrence influencing his artistic life, poet Kevin Young can claim a similar geographic lens through which his contemporary poetry flows.
Young, though born three years after Hughes' death in 1967, grew up 30 miles to the west of Lawrence in Topeka.
"He's probably the logical successor to Hughes in terms of perspective because Hughes always said that the Midwest and that Lawrence gave him this view to the world," said Maryemma Graham, a University of Kansas distinguished professor of English and founder and director of KU's Project on the History of Black Writing.
As part of Black History Month, HBW, in conjunction with KU Libraries, will host the Black Literary Suite: Black Writers with a Kansas Connection. A public program from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Watson Library will include a poster display and self-guided audio tour about the writers. The posters will remain on display through March.
Graham said, like past HBW literary suites, much of the research focused on identifying both well-known and not-so-well known authors with Kansas ties, plus new information about authors and ties to Kansas that aren't widely acknowledged.
"We're constantly pushing that tension between the known and the unknown as part of that work," she said.  (MoreKU Today Campus Newsletter Feb. 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

50 Google Search Tips & Tricks

Google supports a ton of cool tricks that you can use in order to be better at searching for something and quickly find what you’re looking for. Using things like boolean terms and even some symbols can help you perform better searches on Google, and by the time you get done going through this list, you’ll be a Google Search master (or a reasonable facsimile thereof).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

World Report 2015 / Human Rights Watch's 25th Annual Review

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/wr2015_web.pdfWorld Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. In his keynote, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth reflects on a year so tumultuous, “it can seem as if the world is unraveling.” Surveying several of the year’s most daunting security challenges—including the rise of the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS), China’s crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, and Mexico’s abuse-riddled war on drugs—Roth stresses the important role that human rights violations played in fomenting and aggravating those crises. The report reflects extensive  investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2014, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question. It also reflects the work of our advocacy team, which monitors policy developments and strives to persuade governments and international institutions to curb abuses and promote human rights.”  Notice from Sabrina I. Pacifici

Thursday, February 05, 2015

How spending varies in school districts

States that use countywide school districts save money on administrative costs, but their counterparts that use local community-centered districts tend to spend more on classroom instruction, a new study by a University of Kansas professor shows. The study extends an earlier article describing Michigan schools that consolidated noninstructional services to the county level and examines the potential scale economies gained in countywide districts to increase efficiencies using a national data set.
Thomas DeLuca, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, conducted a study in which he analyzed National Center for Education Statistics and Common Core of Data from all 50 states to compare spending for states that use a countywide model, such as Florida and Maryland, and those that have multiple local districts per county, such as Kansas, New York, Michigan and others.
“What I wanted to see was, ‘Do they spend less per pupil on general administrative costs in countywide states?,'" DeLuca said. “And if so, do they allocate those dollars to instruction? It turns out they do tend to save money, but the idea of those savings being transferred to instruction is not the case.”     [ http://bit.ly/16vwLfF ] KU Campus Newsletter

Monday, February 02, 2015

Business school launches nurse manager training

Nurse managers at The University of Kansas Hospital are in the classroom this semester for a new executive education program taught by the School of Business. Business Concepts in Healthcare is a nine-week training program designed to help directors and nurse managers within the hospital better understand their business administration responsibilities.
“The University of Kansas  Hospital is such an institution in this area and this region,” said Kelly Welch, School of Business Teaching Fellow and instructor in the new program.
“Our expertise in the School of Business is about how to manage, how to finance, how to operate an organization,” Welch said, “and these nurse managers in the program are extraordinarily well-trained in their practices and their fields.”
The program helps new managers understand business operations and financing arrangements for the hospital, he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us, and I hope for the nurse managers, too,” Welch said. Program topics include understanding financial statements, managing human capital, examining fraud and strategic leadership.  Each half-day session is taught by business school faculty. “To realize our vision to lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching and learning, we know how important it is to continue learning as well as improving all we do,” said Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital. “We look forward to working with The School of Business to further develop the business acumen of our healthcare leaders.”
For more information on this program or other executive education offerings at the School of Business, contact David Byrd-Stadler at 785-864-8047 or via email.  

LAWRENCE — KU Today Campus Newsletter

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Poverty Guidelines

U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs

Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person.

Persons in family/householdPoverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,200 for each additional person.

Persons in family/householdPoverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,780 for each additional person.

Go to Further Resources on Poverty Measurement, Poverty Lines, and Their History
Go to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Return to the main Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement page.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intellectual property standards in science

The development of a new “open language,” or standard means for communicating data and results between researchers, to guide collaboration in the cutting-edge science of synthetic biology shows valuable potential. But it must take intellectual property issues into account at the outset to avoid legal problems that can be destructive to the process of standards setting, a KU law professor argues. The Synthetic Biology Open Language is a set of technical standards intended to serve as a common language to allow diverse research groups to collaborate in the field of synthetic biology without need for technical translation. The language would be part of standards “accelerating scientific progress in synthetic biology and for the eventual commercialization of resulting technologies,” Torrance and co-authors wrote. However, patent and other intellectual property issues highly relevant to the adoption of SBOL were not mentioned and should be considered. 
Full Story KU Today 1/14

Monday, January 19, 2015

Social Media Update 2014

In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its growth  has slowed, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. The  results in this report are based on the 81% of American adults who use the internet. More Information

Monday, January 12, 2015

Research Workshop for Graduate Students

Get ahead of the game by joining us on the Saturday before classes begin on the Edwards Campus.
Database Research and EndNote Citation -- Saturday, January 17, 2015 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.  -- Location: KU Edwards Campus - Regnier Hall 366/364 (computer labs). RSVP Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu

 Part 1 (9 a.m.) Database Research. This session will begin with some specifics on how to get the most out of research using the libraries' databases: how to find the databases that cover your subject; how to find full text articles when the database has only abstracts; how to request specific articles from the library if you can't find them. We'll also look at e-journals: how to find them and search them. And, to wrap the session up, we'll take a look at how to find books and have them delivered to you on the Edwards Campus.

Part 2 (10:00 a.m.)  EndNote Citation. During the second session, we'll go over the specifics of EndNote, a citation management software that is free to all KU graduate students. We'll show you how to download the software to your computer and then how to download citations from the databases directly into EndNote. We'll take a look at how EndNote can be used as a research manager for your notes, PDF copies of articles and downloaded images, tables and charts. We'll also take a look at how to use the citation power of EndNote within the text of your Word documents (Cite-While-You-Write).

To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu. For more information regarding Edwards Campus Library resources, please visit http://lib.ku.edu/edwards-campus

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

KU announces social welfare dean

KU announces social welfare dean
Paul Smokowski, Distinguished Foundation  Professor in Child and Adolescent Resilience in the Arizona State University School of Social Work, will    become dean of the School of Social Welfare starting July 1. He succeeds Mary Ellen Kondrat, who served as dean of the social welfare school for eight years before retiring in June 2014. (Information from: KU Today today@ku.edu)

Full Story   More about Paul Smokowski

Monday, December 15, 2014

Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families

Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013. Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy, November 21, 2014  http://bit.ly/1vdDF2H
“Eighteen years have passed since repeal of what was the nation’s major cash welfare program assisting low-income families with children, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, and its replacement with a block grant of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This report focuses on trends in the economic well-being of female-headed families with children, the principal group affected by the replacement of AFDC with TANF. Female-headed families and their children are especially at risk of poverty, and children in such families account for well over half of all poor children in the United States. For these reasons, single female-headed families continue to be of particular concern to policymakers. The report details trends in income and poverty status of these families, prior and subsequent to enactment of the 1996 welfare reform law and other policy changes. The report focuses especially on welfare dependency and work engagement among single mothers, a major dynamic that welfare reform and accompanying policy changes have attempted to affect. It also examines the role of programs other than TANF in providing support to single female-headed families with children. CRS analysis of 27 years of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that there has been a dramatic transformation with regard to welfare, work, and poverty status of single mothers. The period has seen a marked structural change in the provision of benefits under a number of programs that contribute to the fabric of the nation’s “income safety net.” In turn, single mothers’ behavior has changed markedly over the period; more mothers are working and fewer are relying on cash welfare to support themselves and their children. In the years immediately preceding 1996 welfare reform, and in the years since, the nation’s income safety net has been transformed into one supporting work. Cash-welfare work requirements, the end of cash welfare as an open-ended entitlement by limiting the duration that individuals may receive federally funded benefits, and expanded earnings and family income supplements administered through the federal income tax system have helped to change the dynamics between work and welfare. {More}

Monday, December 08, 2014

KU renews open-access funding

KU has continued its support for an author’s fund to encourage open-access scholarship at all KU and KUMC campuses. The "One University" Open Access Publishing Fund supports KU faculty, staff and student authors who make published research available through the more than 8,000 open access journals. Open access is the policy of making all research authored by university authors available to society at large through an accessible, online database instead of limiting the work to academic journal subscribers. In 2009, KU became the first public university in the United States to institute a faculty-initiated open access policy in regard to research published in peer-review journals.The third year of this pilot program will be supported by $25,000 in funding made available to all KU and KUMC faculty, staff, and graduate students. Applications are now being accepted, and more information regarding revised criteria to apply for funding and to complete the request form can be found at the One University webpage. Questions about the One University fund can be directed here.

Monday, December 01, 2014

David Pendergrass: 2014 H.O.P.E. Award

David Pendergrass, lecturer in undergraduate biology and director of the Molecular Biosciences Degree Completion Program at the KU Edwards Campus, has been awarded this year’s H.O.P.E. Award by the University of Kansas Board of Class Officers. Established by the Class of 1959, the H.O.P.E. Award (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) recognizes outstanding teaching and concern for students. It is the only KU award for teaching excellence bestowed exclusively by students and is led by the Board of Class Officers. The winner is selected by the senior class members. “I am simply humbled to have received such a distinctive honor from the students themselves,” said Pendergrass, who was honored Nov. 15 during the KU-Texas Christian University football game in Lawrence. “I have been so blessed to have worked with such unbelievably fantastic students over the past 12 years.”
The Molecular Biosciences Degree Completion Program, which began in 2003 now boasts more than 55 students in the major. He teaches graduate and upper undergraduate biochemistry, biochemistry laboratory, neurobiology, brain dissection, developmental biology and mammalian physiology, as well as two seminars during each year in addition to his administrative duties.  {More} (from KU Today, 12-1-14)

Growth in Global E-Commerce Business

Due to improvement of online payment systems and the rapid growth of the applications market, the globale-commerce business has grown tremendously in the last decade. According to eMarketer’s latest forecasts, global business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce sales will reach $1.47 trillion, an increase of 20% from last year. The Asia-Pacific market contributes most of the growth, and is expected to surpass North America to take the global lead in B2C e-commerce sales next year. This is largely due to the upsurge in mobile phone and Internet users in China, India, and Indonesia. With increased access to the Internet and more secure payment options, E-commerce has thrived in the Asia-Pacific region. Although new online shoppers usually start with less costly purchases, the large population in the region plays an important role in the overall growth of e-commerce.  (More)

Country Government Pages  After gathering information from key, trustworthy sources, globalEDGE has implemented new visual displays to give users a clear overview of a country's government structure. Information is included on the main governmental powers in each country, as well as up-to-date information pertaining to the heads of state and election processes. Users can also find information about a country's political risk, tax