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Thu, 11/20/2014 — University of Kansas senior Leigh Loving, Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is traveling to St. Louis today as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Loving’s invitation to the St. Louis region marks the fourth year in a row with at...

Thu, 11/20/2014 — Fifteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been selected as Global Scholars. The program, coordinated by Dena Register, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have...

Thu, 11/20/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas and Reata Pharmaceuticals of Irving, Texas, have completed a major licensing agreement for a portfolio of drug technologies invented by Brian Blagg, professor of medicinal chemistry, and Rick Dobrowsky, professor of pharmacology and toxicology.  “This is a very significant development for KU,” said Rajiv Kulkarni, director of KU Innovation and Collaboration.  “Our goal always is to see drug research developed into treatments that help patients.  Reata translates innovative science into medicines for difficult-to-treat diseases, so the agreement is a good fit for them and for KU.” “We are pleased to add these promising compounds

Wed, 11/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – Scholars at the University of Kansas are available to provide insight into the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico and the outbreak of protests that have followed. On Sept. 26, 43 students from a teacher’s college in the rural southern sate of Guerrero were abducted after protesting for more education resources. Their disappearance has lead to wider demonstrations over government corruption and Mexico’s increasing violence. Some citizens have even called for the removal of the president. The following scholars are available to discuss the situation in Mexico: Rubén Flores, associate professor of American studies, is an expert on Mexico’s

Wed, 11/19/2014 — Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that states had the opportunity to serve as laboratories, testing new ideas and policies in the American federalist system. A University of Kansas law professor has authored a study arguing that...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will honor John Kemp of The Viscardi Center with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. The prize will be awarded at an interview-style program to take place at the Dole...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — Longtime Applied English Center staff member and director Mark Algren has left the University of Kansas to continue his work boosting international education. Algren’s contributions at KU will be celebrated 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Public Management Center has announced the 2014 graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The graduation ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 21, in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Topeka. The 61 graduates, who began their coursework in January, represent local, county, state or federal agencies, as well as utilities, from across Kansas. They participated in classes held in Topeka, the Kansas City area and Southeast Kansas. “CPM students represent the very best in public service,” said Terri Callahan, program manager. “While managing full-time jobs, CPM students and their sponsoring agencies somehow

Tue, 11/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Georgia O’Keeffe may be New Mexico’s iconic artist, but a new exhibition and book curated by a University of Kansas professor show that her works were not the first, or only art, to draw inspiration from the region. “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico” brings together O’Keeffe and her contemporaries’ still-life paintings inspired by the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico. Charles Eldredge, the Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art and Culture, curated the show and wrote the accompanying publication. The exhibition and publication, organized by Joseph Czestochowski and produced by International Arts, premiered at

Tue, 11/18/2014 — Department of Architecture Lecturer Frank Zilm has been awarded the American College of Healthcare Architects’ Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The ACHA’s Hamilton Medal is the highest honor it can bestow. It is conferred by the...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – For the past four semesters, more than 50 visual art students, faculty and staff have been working on a commissioned work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, “An Abounding Asset: A Diligent Reserve,” became a permanent display Nov. 15 as the Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary. This educational partnership began with students being tasked to develop 400 ideas that would be narrowed down to just three to present to the client. Led by Matthew Burke, visual art professor and sculptor, "Special Topics in Art: The Federal Reserve Commission” provided a rare professional opportunity for enrolled students. “Art students are used to

Tue, 11/18/2014 — University of Kansas faculty members are available to speak with media about reports questioning the possibility of violation of campaign laws through use of social media. On Monday, CNN and other media outlets reported that the Republican party...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — As part of an initiative to enhance and strengthen programs that integrate the arts into elementary- and middle-school curricula, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has granted a four-year, $1.8 million...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will welcome back former Dole Institute director, historian and author Richard Norton Smith, who will discuss his new biography, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.” This event, which will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, will include a book sale and signing of the recently released biography. In “On His Own Terms,” Smith chronicles one of the most iconic and complex figures of the Gilded Age, Nelson Rockefeller, who was a philanthropist, businessman and politician. From his time spent as New York governor to his vice presidency under President Gerald Ford, to his relationships

Mon, 11/17/2014 — Historically black colleges and universities overwhelmingly support the idea of accreditation for their journalism and mass communication programs, even though meeting the standards can place significant financial and human strain upon them, a...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — One of Forbes magazine's Next-Gen Innovators for 2014, Jordan Brandt, will present “Teaching Our Machines to Design and Make Things” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at The Forum at Marvin Hall.  Brandt is a technology futurist at...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — Biological field stations at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University soon will be part of one of the most extensive long-term initiatives in the history of the National Science Foundation.The NSF-funded National Ecological...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — International scientists and artists, including representatives from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), will come together this week at the University of Kansas to discuss how their disciplines stimulate and inspire one...

Fri, 11/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – To better understand how children acquire languages, a University of Kansas professor is visiting remote Mexican villages to study toddlers who are learning to speak a fading indigenous language. Clifton Pye, associate professor of linguistics, received a three-year, $260,000 National Science Foundation grant to research how 2- to 4-year-olds living in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí acquire Northern Pame as their first language. The project is part of a larger effort through the NSF and National Endowment for the Humanities to document endangered languages. Spoken by 6,000 people, Northern Pame is part of the Oto-Manguean language family. Dating

Fri, 11/14/2014 — Victoria Zhuravleva will present “Russia and the United States: Images of Each Other in the Ukrainian Crisis” at noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in 318 Bailey Hall. The talk is one of the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies...


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