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U.S. President Barack Obama
Fri, 01/16/2015 — President of the United States Barack Obama will visit the University of Kansas on Thursday, Jan. 22 for an event, officials announced today. “Our community will be honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas,” said...

Fri, 01/16/2015 — A new full-color geologic map of Dickinson County showing rocks that transition from the Flint Hills to the Smoky Hills as well as the broad Smoky Hill River valley and adjacent sand hills is available from the Kansas Geological Survey, based at...

Thu, 01/15/2015 — Department of Architecture student Anthony Prizzi, Kansas City, Missouri, recently received the Academic Excellence Award for Architecture from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS).  Institute staff members select recipients of the award.

Thu, 01/15/2015 — The University of Kansas has named a new leader for the administration of the nonacademic conduct system for individual and organizational accountability.  Lance Watson will join KU as director of student conduct and community standards Feb. 23.

Wed, 01/14/2015 — The Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year touted its Fuel Economy Trends Report that found new vehicles produced in 2013 had achieved the highest fuel economy of all time. However, a recent sharp drop in U.S. gasoline prices has...

Wed, 01/14/2015 — LAWRENCE – A scholar with a track record of collaborative leadership and building innovative partnerships has been selected as the next associate dean for humanities in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. Paul Kelton, associate professor of history, will begin the new appointment July 1. He has served the university in numerous capacities, including chair of the Department of History from 2008 to 2013, senior administrative fellow at KU and executive committee member of the Indigenous Studies Program. The position is a key administrative role in the College dean’s office. Kelton will supervise 14 departments and programs as well

Wed, 01/14/2015 — University of Kansas geology professor Don Steeples has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He will begin his role in March 2015 as current dean Danny Anderson prepares to leave KU to become president of...

Wed, 01/14/2015 — This spring, 51 University of Kansas students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards. UGRA recipients are awarded $1,000 to fund their faculty-mentored research and creative projects, which represent departments from across campus and...

Wed, 01/14/2015 — The University of Kansas has announced the November 2014 Employees of the Month. They are as follows: Name: Lisa Adams Start date: Aug. 18, 1990 Title: Information Systems analyst, Human Resources What that means: Adams provides assistance...

Wed, 01/14/2015 — The University of Kansas is applying for designation as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University through the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. This prestigious national designation is awarded only to universities that...

Tue, 01/13/2015 — The complicated legacy of one of the country’s great civil rights leaders, A. Philip Randolph, is examined through a collection of essays co-edited by a University of Kansas professor. Eclipsed by Martin Luther King Jr., Randolph was one of...

Tue, 01/13/2015 — The University of Kansas will soon have a new leader for its research enterprise. James Tracy, former vice president of research at the University of Kentucky and professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the UK College of Medicine,...

Tue, 01/13/2015 — Keith and Laurie Tennant, of Vero Beach, Florida, have made a $1 million gift commitment to support research near and dear to their hearts. Their planned gift will benefit the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Kansas Medical...

Tue, 01/13/2015 — In spring 2014, the University Support Staff Senate and the Unclassified Senate convened a task force to explore the possibility of a merger of the two senates into a single Staff Senate. Interest in such a merger arose from staff...

Tue, 01/13/2015 — University of Kansas researchers who wish to learn how to prepare proposals for the National Science Foundation are invited to attend a seminar Feb. 3 at the Bioscience & Technology Business Center in Lawrence. The daylong seminar will...

Mon, 01/12/2015 —  Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge of the herpetology division at the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute, has devoted years to cataloging and conserving the biodiversity of the Philippines, a nation he views as an ecological treasure...

Mon, 01/12/2015 — 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...

Mon, 01/12/2015 — A University of Kansas law professor will make his second appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, arguing on behalf of Kansas and more than 20 other states in a case focused on natural gas, alleged price fixing and authority between...

Mon, 01/12/2015 — LAWRENCE – The Commons, a partnership at the University of Kansas that encourages cross-disciplinary research and learning, awarded $20,000 in the fall 2014 cycle of its Interdisciplinary Starter Grant. Two research teams will receive $10,000 to launch their interdisciplinary projects in 2014-2015. D. Bryon Darby and Tim Hossler, both with design, and Paul Stock, sociology and environmental studies, received funds for The New American Farmer. Through extensive interviews with first-generation farmers, the research team aims to “challenge and expand our image of today’s farmer” by documenting diverse practices and the “hope of possibility” that the farmers represent

Fri, 01/09/2015 —  A case set to appear before the Supreme Court addresses important issues about the funding of judicial election campaigns and raises broader questions about the impartiality of judges. A University of Kansas law professor has written an article...


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Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

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Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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