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Thu, 04/17/2014 — The choppy waters and stiff breeze that persist at Lone Star Lake, 10 miles southwest of the University of Kansas campus, aren’t a typical laboratory setting. But for this year’s concrete canoe team at the School of Engineering, there’s no...

Thu, 04/17/2014 — David Krakauer, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will deliver a lecture titled “The Future of the University” at 8 p.m. today, April 17, at The Commons. Krakauer will then participate in a panel discussion that poses the...

Wed, 04/16/2014 — A drawing by Anne Patterson, Department of Architecture lecturer, has been granted an award of excellence by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. It will be shown at the ASAI’s 29th annual Architecture in Perspective convention...

Wed, 04/16/2014 — Cells use protein-signaling networks to process information from their surroundings and respond to constantly changing environments. This includes information about the presence or absence of vital nutrients as well as the presence of other cells.

Wed, 04/16/2014 — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will visit the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas on Tuesday, April 22. There will be a public open house starting at approximately 11 a.m. and ending at noon in Hansen Hall. Members of the media...

Tue, 04/15/2014 — While anecdotal evidence supports a link between journalism and civic activity, a University of Kansas professor is leading a study to determine whether that is in fact the case among high school journalists and to determine how civically active...

Tue, 04/15/2014 — Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Mo., announced last month the new WE Women’s Empowerment initiative to get more women into leadership roles, whether it’s on city boards, task forces and commissions or in business settings. University of...

Tue, 04/15/2014 — At the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas last October, Gov. Sam Brownback issued a call to action for a vision that ensures Kansas water priorities are met, both now and in the future.   Since November, a Vision Team...

Mon, 04/14/2014 — Politicians often talk about the importance of “securing our borders.”  Doreen Fowler, a University of Kansas English professor, says the idea of securing a territorial border or cultural boundary derives from a misperception about...

Mon, 04/14/2014 — International area studies centers will present an interdisciplinary educator workshop April 26 titled Children of Conflict, Children of Peace, at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park . This event is free and open to educators, students and...

Mon, 04/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – Summer camp isn’t just for the kids. The University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites adults interested in lifelong learning to register for Mini College 2014, which will be June 2-5. Mini College is a weeklong program on the Lawrence campus developed by the KU College. Participants enroll in a variety of classes taught by diverse faculty from across KU. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to attend social events and explore the Lawrence community. Mini College welcomes all adults, not just KU alumni. Participants will get to choose from a wide selection of courses, including natural sciences, art, mathematics,

Mon, 04/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – Much has been made of Africa’s endangered and threatened animals – uniquely beautiful creatures such as the Black rhino, Western lowland gorilla and African elephant – but what of the continent’s endangered languages? More than 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, accounting for a third of the world’s languages. While the continent is home to more languages than any other, its disappearing languages have received less attention than those that are vanishing in Northern Asia, Australia and the Americas. This spring, the University of Kansas will host a workshop on Africa’s endangered languages. The workshop is part of the 45th Annual Conference on

Mon, 04/14/2014 — In 2004 University of Kansas researchers Linda Heitzman-Powell and Jay Buzhardt had the bold idea of training parents of children with autism to use an intervention based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help them increase...

Mon, 04/14/2014 —  A research team at the University of Kansas has used high-powered lasers to track the speed and movement of electrons inside an innovative material that is just one atom thick. Their findings are published in the current issue of ACS Nano, a...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — A University of Kansas education professor is co-authoring the first study in nearly 20 years of how America’s English teachers are educated. The study will gauge how institutions across the country prepare English teachers, when and how they...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — Neal Pease will be the featured speaker of the spring 2014 Oswald P. Backus Memorial Lecture. The lecture, titled “Not a Stone Upon a Stone: The Demolition of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Warsaw,” will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — LAWRENCE – “Pipedreams,” Kansas Public Radio’s weekly show featuring the best in pipe organ performance, will feature a show recorded at KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall. The broadcast, which will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, will feature performances by and comments from students of Michael Bauer, professor of organ and church music, and James Higdon, Dane and Polly Bales Professor of Organ. They will play works by Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne, among others, on the Hellmuth Wolff pipe organ at Bales Recital Hall.   Host Michael Barone brought “Pipedreams Live!” to KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall in April 2013 for a concert, interviews and commentary. Barone

Fri, 04/11/2014 — Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Engineering are working on a new way to identify in advance whether a chemical could be toxic. Jun “Luke” Huan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, uses an...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — LAWRENCE – They dot the skyline of countless small towns throughout the Midwest, hulking cement towers often visible for miles. New research from a University of Kansas professor shows that grain elevators, those unassuming, utilitarian icons of the Midwest, have done far more than store grain. They have shaped the development of 20th century architecture and played a key role in the emergence of postmodern thinking. According to Dave Tell, associate professor of communication studies, grain elevators were once the symbol of modernity, but over time they came to be viewed as a liability to modern architecture, paving the way for postmodernity. Tell recently wrote a

Thu, 04/10/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Law recently added four prominent Indian law schools to its growing list of international partners. The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research in Hyderabad, the Government Law College in Mumbai, the...


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