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Fri, 09/19/2014 — Beginning at 5 a.m. at the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and 14th Street, retired professor Theodore Johnson will lead the annual autumnal equinox walking tour Monday, Sept. 22. The tour will continue until 11 a.m. Johnson conducted the first equinox tour, for the vernal equinox, in March 1991. “A university examines the universe, often through experiences and experiments," Johnson said. "Our campus allows individuals both the time and the space to remove themselves from a certain material busyness to think and grow. Because of the fine oriented buildings on the eastern brow of Mount Oread above the grid of Lawrence, our university is a great place to experience

Fri, 09/19/2014 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and the provost’s office hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to encourage continued dialogue on how the University of Kansas community can work together to confront sexual assault. “Sexual assault...

Fri, 09/19/2014 — In 1982, 11-year-old Chris Strompolos asked 12-year-old Eric Zala a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’? I’m playing Indiana Jones.” And seven years later, a cult classic film was created. That...

Fri, 09/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas presented Donn Parson, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies, the 2014 Career Achievement Teaching Award at a reception Wednesday. This $1,000 annual award recognizes a retired faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions to the profession. “I can think of no one who better exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a ‘teacher,’” said Bill Balthrop, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at University of North Carolina and a former student of Parson. Balthrop first met Parson at a Wichita

Fri, 09/19/2014 —   LAWRENCE – University of Kansas alumna Sarah Deer, a national leader in the effort to protect Native women from gender violence, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. Often called “genius grants,” MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. Deer is among 21 individuals in the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows who will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 over five years. “The MacArthur Fellowship will change my life in

Thu, 09/18/2014 — President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday of a major increase in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa included a commitment of 3,000 troops, plus material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers and other...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced the August Employees of the Month. They are as follows:  Name: Angela Griffin Start date: Jan. 3, 2000 Current title: Systems analyst What that means: In her current role Griffin manages the Visual Zen...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – The election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president marked a historic moment in American politics. Yet the milestone may have come at a significant cost to African-American political progress. This claim will be explored further during “Barack Obama and the Future of Black Politics,” presented as this year’s Marwa Africana Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Kansas Department of African & African-American Studies. The lecture will be delivered by Fredrick Harris, a professor of political science and director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society at Columbia University. Harris studies American

Thu, 09/18/2014 —  No one likes severe weather, but for some just the thought of a thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane or blizzard can severely affect their lives. When blood pressures spike, individuals obsessively monitor weather forecasts and they can't leave the...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Scientists today use advanced computing systems to collect, analyze and store vast amounts of research data. The definition of “vast” has changed a lot since the days when computing meant slide rules, adding machines and paper punch cards.  How much it’s changed will be explored Monday, Sept. 22, when the University of Kansas hosts a one-day summit on Large Data Management Genomic Biodiversity. The event in The Commons at Spooner Hall begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The full agenda is available online, along with required registration information. The guidance computer for the Apollo moon-landing missions weighed

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Ten finalists have been selected for the 24th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, along...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Tony Trigilio’s poems tell stories about alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories. Trigilio, a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, will read from his work at 4 p.m. Thursday,...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will travel to Southwest Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 20, to provide free flu shots to people who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The project is an expansion of the school’s...

Wed, 09/17/2014 — LAWRENCE - Students from 15 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 69 seniors from high schools in Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Meade and Ness counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 7 p.m. program and reception at Dodge City High School, 2201 W. Ross Blvd., Dodge City. Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized more than 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher-education goals. Each year,

Wed, 09/17/2014 — When Arienne Dwyer identified an area in Chinese Inner Asia as a language convergence zone some 19 years ago, she discovered that the grammars of unrelated languages had grown to resemble one another. Moreover, when some speakers of these...

Wed, 09/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – Noted attorney, author and human rights advocate Jennifer Harbury will discuss the roots of U.S. foreign and immigration policies concerning the recent influx of children and families from Central America during a lecture set for Wednesday, Sept. 24. Her lecture, “The Child Refugee Crisis, and its Roots in U.S. Policy,” will take place at 7 p.m.in the Auditorium at the newly remodeled Lawrence Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. “Few Americans understand better than Jennifer Harbury the reality that Central American refugees are fleeing,” said Professor Jill Kuhnheim, director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Wed, 09/17/2014 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has invited the University of Kansas community to a panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 18, to continue the conversation on how to work together as a community to confront sexual assault.   The discussion will...

Wed, 09/17/2014 — LAWRENCE - Students from 12 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 132 seniors from high schools in Harvey and Reno counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at the Ramada Conference Center, 1400 North Lorraine, Hutchinson. Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher-education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its

Wed, 09/17/2014 — Students from 11 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 130 seniors from high schools in Douglas and Jefferson counties will be recognized for their...

Tue, 09/16/2014 —  A University of Kansas law professor has authored a study and will argue before the Supreme Court on a water rights case via a method that can be thought of as a more civil version of civil war. Stephen McAllister, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton...


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