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Thu, 12/18/2014 — During the 2014 Kansas legislative session, University of Kansas journalism students supplied nearly 100 stories to the KU Statehouse Wire Service. The wire service then distributed the stories to about 20 media outlets throughout the state. In...

Thu, 12/18/2014 — The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, according to a report released by the University of Kansas Center for Banking Excellence. The report examines the current financial condition of Kansas commercial banks as well as trends over...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The lesser prairie chicken, a symbol of the prairie’s history and seasonal rhythms, also has become, in more recent years, the focus of controversy. But a new plan encourages voluntary industry cooperation with efforts to conserve the habitat...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — A University of Kansas-led project has won a $50,000 grant to help predominantly African-American churches in the Kansas City area improve leadership among their participants in their quest to build sustainable health promotion plans for...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The University of Kansas debate team finished first in the country for the fall semester in the National Debate Tournament Varsity Rankings.  The rankings are based on points earned by schools at all tournaments during the fall.  The top-10...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – A doctoral student at the University of Kansas has been selected as one of 147 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) semi-finalists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The prestigious PMF program matches outstanding graduate students with federal leadership opportunities and employment. The program is highly selective and chooses candidates from a pool of about 7,800 applicants representing more than 300 colleges and universities. While the program began in 1977, the STEM specific track began last year in response to President Obama’s call to close the skills gap and identify future leaders in these fields. Jacob Carter, a doctoral

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas professors can provide insight into today’s historic announcement that the United States and Cuba will re-establish full diplomatic and economic relations. The U.S. will reopen an embassy in Havana, allow for visitors to return to the United States with Cuban goods and ease travel restrictions for those already allowed to visit the island. The announcement came with Cuba’s release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence agent. The United States released three Cuban spies. Scholars available to speak include: Tamara Falicov, an associate professor and chair of film and media studies, is a scholar of Cuban cinema,

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language. Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ from language to language, a person’s native language can provide misleading information when learning to segment a second language into words. Annie Tremblay, an assistant professor of linguistics, is trying to better understand the kinds of cues second language learners listen for when recognizing words in continuous speech. She also is studying how adaptive adult learners are in acquiring these new speech cues. Working with a

Mon, 12/15/2014 — Download as a PDF Budget Enhancement Priorities for FY 2016 Drug and Vaccine Discovery Institute ($5M) KU seeks $5 million in support to establish the Drug and Vaccine Discovery Institute and two research activities essential for ensuring public health: development of new drug treatments for human disease, and disease prevention through development of new vaccines. In addition to improving human health, the DVDI will benefit the Kansas economy by fostering KU partnerships with pharmaceutical firms, encouraging companies to locate in Kansas, and creating startup companies. The DVDI complements work at the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, which focuses on

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – The third and final candidate for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit campus this week. Jim Tracy, special assistant for research compliance at the University of Kentucky and professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry within the UK College of Medicine, will be on campus Dec. 17-19. He will give a public presentation on the topic of “Strategies for Raising Research Stature during an Era of Declining Funding” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Lied Center Pavilion. Candidate Rich Hichwa, senior associate vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa,

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), has named the School of Architecture, Design & Planning as one of 10 charter members of the AIA...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The medical device industry incorporates research from dozens of academic areas, ranging from engineering and medicine to pharmacy and industrial design. With that in mind, University of Kansas researchers who are interested in translating...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — Danny Anderson has spent a career at the University of Kansas developing his leadership skills as a faculty member, administrator and, since 2010, as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Beginning May 2015, the leadership...

Fri, 12/12/2014 — The names of nearly 1,250 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 57 Kansas counties, 36 other states and 24 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar. Because KU conducts only...

Fri, 12/12/2014 — The second of three candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit campus next week. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president and scientific director at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at...

Fri, 12/12/2014 — YODER – Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 14. The new officers were members of the 231st basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education. The graduates, who began their training Aug. 11, represented 40 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement

Thu, 12/11/2014 — The University of Kansas is partnering with a leading entrepreneur development program to translate more KU technologies into new products and startup companies. KU will now partner with Pipeline, a Midwest fellowship program that provides a...

Wed, 12/10/2014 — LAWRENCE – Poems on loss and everyday life in Milan written by one of Italy’s greatest living poets can now be read in English thanks in part to the work of a University of Kansas professor. In “Theme of Farewell and After-Poems,” Patrizio Ceccagnoli, assistant professor of Italian, and Susan Stewart, American poet and critic, edited and translated two books by Italian poet Milo De Angelis. The volume of poems is the first English translation of De Angelis' most recent works. In the fall of 2014, the volume was one of five finalists for the American Literary Translators Association’s National Translation Award. The volume also was awarded the Italian Ministry of

Wed, 12/10/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas has received a $212,000 award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a prototype web interface that would allow students, parents, teachers and...

Wed, 12/10/2014 — In the midst of the chaos that is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a small group of University of Kansas researchers is quietly partnering with their colleagues in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Regional Office. Together, they are...


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