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Thu, 01/21/2016 —  Yesterday, scientists at the California Institute of Technology announced the possible detection of a ninth planet orbiting the Sun. According to the Caltech researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, indirect detection suggests...

Wed, 01/20/2016 — More than 400 middle school students from across the Midwest will present futuristic cities along with their innovative waste management systems at this year’s Future City Great Plains Regional Competition, set for Saturday, Jan. 23. The...

Wed, 01/20/2016 — As a Pew Research Center study late last year noted, more Mexicans have been leaving the United States than arriving for the first time in six decades. A University of Kansas researcher has found this reversal could put strains on mixed-status...

Wed, 01/20/2016 — The Pew Research Center reported this week that Hispanic millennials would make up nearly half of the 27.3 million eligible U.S. Latino voters in this year's presidential election. That percentage is higher than any other racial and ethnic...

Wed, 01/20/2016 —  The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it ruled in favor of the state of Kansas and reversed a decision by the Kansas Supreme Court that had vacated the death sentences of three men: Sidney Gleason and brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr....

Tue, 01/19/2016 — Students from 10 Kansas high schools will be honored Feb. 1 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 77 seniors from high schools in Cherokee and Crawford counties will be recognized for their academic...

Tue, 01/19/2016 — The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded KU Endowment a grant for $3,500 in support of “Water is Life: The Significance of Water Among the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas” photo documentary project and exhibition.  Felicia Mitchell,

Tue, 01/19/2016 — YODER – Fifty-six new law enforcement officers were congratulated by U.S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren during their Jan. 15 graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The new officers were members of the 237th 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 Sept. 21, 2015, represented 39 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas

Tue, 01/19/2016 — LAWRENCE – In today’s world, the old adage “good fences make good neighbors” may be more like “good Facebook privacy settings make good neighbors,” two University of Kansas professors found. Bonnie Johnson, associate professor of urban planning, and Germaine Halegoua, assistant professor of film and media studies, conducted a case study to see if social media could revive a struggling neighborhood association. “Much of the research on social media and public engagement has been about happy, success stories. But the neighborhood we studied wasn’t one of those glowing success stories,” Johnson said of their work.  “We found there is a mismatch between what Facebook

Tue, 01/19/2016 — In response to the Arab Spring movement, Jordanian leaders in July 2012 announced reforms to the electoral law, which introduced proportional representation for 27 seats to be elected on national lists, increasing the country's assembly by 30...

Tue, 01/19/2016 — LAWRENCE – Qualifying University of Kansas students have until March 1 to submit applications for the 2016 Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship is part of the Achievement & Assessment Institute’s (AAI) Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) and was established to support underrepresented and first-generation students with limited income as they pursue undergraduate degrees at KU. One to two participants annually receive one-time awards ranging from $750 to $1,500. Students may download application materials online. The award honors Jerry Bailey, associate professor emeritus of education, who led more than 200 sponsored

Tue, 01/19/2016 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of Toni Johnson, associate professor of social welfare, who died Jan. 7 in Austin, Texas. She was 59. Johnson, whose area of study was children’s mental health, began her career at KU...

Fri, 01/15/2016 — The University of Kansas Student Employee of the Year committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 award. This honor was established to recognize student employees who embody service excellence, dedication, and whose academic...

Fri, 01/15/2016 — Two prominent University of Kansas researchers – each with a track record of turning ideas into inventions and even new companies – have just received yet another high honor: election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Val...

Fri, 01/15/2016 —  Researchers at the University of Kansas have adapted a promising adult case management practice for use with adolescents. Early results show the Strengths Model, a recovery-oriented case management practice that focuses on individual strengths,...

Fri, 01/15/2016 — The University of Kansas is now offering undergraduate students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability. Students from all disciplines, regardless of their subject of study, are invited to pursue the certificate....

Fri, 01/15/2016 — The University of Kansas will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events on campus and throughout the city of Lawrence. The theme of this year’s celebration is One Dream. “This month, we celebrate Dr. Martin...

Thu, 01/14/2016 — A few recent publications and documentaries have hypothesized about an ancient trans-Atlantic migration that possibly could mean ancient Europeans or ancient Israelites contributed to the population of Native Americans, often called an "Ice Age...

Thu, 01/14/2016 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network, a reading and information service for the blind and print-disabled, has received a $9,324 grant from the Ethel and Raymond Rice Foundation. The grant will help fund Audio-Reader’s Braille Program Guide, closed-circuit radios for Audio-Reader listeners, and it will pay for Audio Description training for both Audio-Reader and Spencer Museum of Art staff and volunteers. This grant from the Rice Foundation will help both agencies ensure that cultural events, such as local theater and exhibitions at the museum, will be accessible to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. In training, future audio

Thu, 01/14/2016 — LAWRENCE – Movie deal or not, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera’s status as a folk hero has been cemented in the ballads sung throughout Mexico, a University of Kansas professor said. Rafael Acosta, assistant professor of Spanish, has studied the drug lord ballads, known as narcocorridos, written about Guzmán, the alleged leader of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa Cartel, who was captured Friday by Mexican authorities and faces extradition to the United States.  Acosta, who researches Mexican social banditry, said the drug lord archetype dates back to the 19th century, when profits were made from cotton and tobacco smuggling. It continued through the Mexican Revolution, a


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