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Mon, 07/20/2015 — LAWRENCE – A learning experience for one University of Kansas law student turned into a second chance last week for a woman serving life in prison in connection with a high-profile Topeka murder. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 15 ruled that Kimberly Sharp was unconstitutionally convicted in the 2006 slaying of a Topeka homeless advocate. The court handed down the decision based on an appeal by KU’s Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. “We determine Ms. Sharp’s confessional statements following the promise of no jail time were involuntary, the state trial court erred by admitting them at trial in violation of Ms. Sharp’s Fifth and

Mon, 07/20/2015 — Studies find airplane crews at high altitude are exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation from cosmic rays. “Neutrons which don’t reach the ground do reach airline altitude,” said Adrian Melott, professor of physics and...

Fri, 07/17/2015 — The KU Biodiversity Institute will celebrate 100 years of amphibian and reptile research this month with an international herpetology conference, exhibitions and a variety of educational public events. KU will host more than 425 scientists and...

Fri, 07/17/2015 —  Two journalists who were arrested while covering the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, could still face charges. St. Louis County prosecutors will soon decide whether to charge Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery...

Fri, 07/17/2015 —  The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a revamped version of No Child Left Behind, the first time in 14 years Congress has managed to pass a new version of the highly criticized education law. The measure is in doubt, however, even after the...

Thu, 07/16/2015 — Christina Holt, associate director of KU Work Group for Community Health and Development at the Life Span Institute, addressed the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York City earlier this month. The...

Thu, 07/16/2015 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Department of Math recognized its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for outstanding academic and teaching achievements at its 58th annual honors banquet this spring at the KU Adams Alumni Center. This year the math department presented $95,250 in awards and scholarships. Winners were announced in the spring. Scholarship recipients will be announced in the fall. Funds for the awards and scholarships are administered through the KU Endowment Association. Three students received certificates and Jayhawk statues from the Kansas Algebra Program for their outstanding contributions to teaching, tutoring and extra duties.

Wed, 07/15/2015 —     LAWRENCE – In the 60 years since 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till was beaten and shot to death in the Mississippi Delta, different versions of the event have been told in courtrooms, magazines, books and documentaries. Now, a University of Kansas professor is working on a project that would use a Google app to tell the many-sided story. Aug. 28 marks the 60th anniversary of Till’s death, which continues to be a reference point in America’s dialogue on race. In recent years, Till’s murder has been compared to the controversial deaths of other African-American youth such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. “He has become the marker for how the civil

Wed, 07/15/2015 — A new, full-color geologic map of Pawnee County showing a range of surface geology — from older rocks formed in marine environments to younger silt deposits and sand dunes shaped by wind and water — is available from the Kansas Geological...

Wed, 07/15/2015 — In an effort to highlight a diverse set of voices in covering politics, American media generally over-represent the number of people who contribute to policy making when compared with journalists in South Korea. A University of Kansas...

Tue, 07/14/2015 —  Genomic sequencing of White-breasted nuthatches populating isolated mountains in Southern Arizona shows pressure to adapt to unique habitats prompts genetic branching among clades of the birds, rather than distances separating the “sky...

Tue, 07/14/2015 — Four University of Kansas students received outstanding achievement awards in May from the Kansas Geological Survey, based on KU’s west campus. Diana Ortega-Ariza, a doctoral student in geology from Fusagasuga, Colombia, received the William W.

Mon, 07/13/2015 — Two University of Kansas faculty members and 18 architecture students, whose class project transformed a derelict Airstream trailer into a mobile community center they call the moCOLAB, have won the Practice-Based Initiative Award in Contract...

Mon, 07/13/2015 — David Henry, associate professor and department of pharmacy practice chair at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, earned the 2015 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association Award of Excellence. The national award recognizes a member who...

Mon, 07/13/2015 — After a nine-year voyage, on Tuesday, July 14, NASA’s New Horizons space probe will make a historic flyby of Pluto, the dwarf planet discovered by University of Kansas graduate Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, just before he entered KU. New...

Fri, 07/10/2015 — Jonathan Peters, assistant professor of journalism and faculty affiliate at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas, can speak with media about the controversy surrounding a fellow media member’s...

Fri, 07/10/2015 — Jeb Bush's $114 million in campaign fundraising reported this week includes $103 million through his Rise to Rise Super PAC. Those are impressive numbers, but the real key will be to see if Bush gets a bump in the polls, a KU political science...

Thu, 07/09/2015 — Will Katz, University of Kansas Small Business Development Center regional director, has been awarded the 2015 Kansas SBDC State Star designation. The honor recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in work performance, initiative and...

Thu, 07/09/2015 — The Dole Institute of Politics has announced two events to open “Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 Years of Dole Leadership.” The exhibition is the kickoff event to the institute’s special series...

Wed, 07/08/2015 — The University of Kansas ranked 79th in the world last year among universities receiving U.S. utility patents. This marks the first year KU has ranked in the top 100. KU was granted 28 such patents in 2014, according to a new report by the...


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