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Mon, 08/18/2014 — A University of Kansas professor has been chosen to take part in a grant project that will test the role of a dietary supplement in muscle growth for everyone from athletes to the elderly and has also been named educator of the year by the...

Fri, 08/15/2014 — A group of students in the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program at the University of Kansas School of Engineering will have a unique opportunity this month to enhance the skills that provide the foundation for the program. Twenty-three...

Fri, 08/15/2014 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of Floyd Horowitz, retired professor of English. Horowitz, 84, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Aug. 9 in New York City. Horowitz joined the university as an English...

Thu, 08/14/2014 — University of Kansas visual art student Allison Flom's short film, "Habitual," has been chosen as an official selection of the 2014 Autumn Shorts Film Festival in Somerset, Kentucky. "Habitual" was produced as a student...

Thu, 08/14/2014 — University of Kansas students in a Department of Design class presented new product concepts earlier this year to executives from Garmin International, the Olathe-based manufacturer of global-positioning systems products. Huw Thomas, associate...

Thu, 08/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is the No. 18 “best value” law school in the nation, according to National Jurist magazine. The ranking highlights affordable law schools whose graduates perform exceptionally well on the bar exam and have had real success finding legal jobs. National Jurist ranked the top 20 schools and assigned a letter grade to the other 33 honorees. “We are proud of this ranking because it reflects our broader definition of value – one that goes beyond our affordable tuition to consider how well our graduates are prepared to excel in their careers,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. KU was one of only four schools on

Thu, 08/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas, is available to talk to media about his interviews with Hollywood legends Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Actor and standup comedian Williams died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide. Bacall, one of the great actresses of the Golden Age, died Tuesday at age 89. Tibbetts, a film critic and historian who has interviewed hundreds of stars over the years, can share his experiences with Williams and Bacall. Tibbetts interviewed Williams three times during the 1980s, once in 1982 for Williams’ first big screen appearance, “The World According to Garp,” and twice in

Thu, 08/14/2014 —  Barbara Barnett, associate professor and associate dean of journalism at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and media coverage and involvement in the case. Several...

Wed, 08/13/2014 — One hundred years ago Friday — Aug. 15, 1914 — the Panama Canal was officially opened by the passing of the SS Ancón. At the time, no single effort in U.S. history had exacted such a price in dollars or in human life. The American...

Wed, 08/13/2014 — University of Kansas alumni Charles and Sharon Kimbell like their hawks, including not only KU Jayhawks, but also Hutchinson High School Salthawks. The Kimbells, of Hutchinson, have made a $435,000 gift to establish a renewable scholarship for...

Wed, 08/13/2014 — or KUIC — has been named interim associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas. She will also serve as interim president of KUIC, the university’s technology commercialization office.  Nagel...

Tue, 08/12/2014 —  The University of Kansas has been at the forefront of the open-access movement, an international effort aiming to ensure that peer-reviewed journal articles are available to all, not just those who can afford subscriptions. Three KU authors...

Tue, 08/12/2014 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the July 1 death of Nathaniel “Nate” Gene Smith, a doctoral student and teaching assistant. Smith, of Lawrence, was nearing completion of a doctorate in the Department of Applied Behavioral...

Tue, 08/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas African-American studies professor can provide historical context to the events surrounding the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests, vandalism and looting broke out over the weekend after a police officer shot Michael Brown multiple times in the St. Louis suburb. Clarence Lang, an associate professor of African and African-American studies, has researched black urban communities in the 20th century Midwest. In 2009, he published the book “Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-1975,” and he is an expert on the city’s Civil Rights era. Lang

Tue, 08/12/2014 — University of Kansas marketing and consumer behavior scholars are available for comment on the recent news of Malaysia Airlines’ potential corporate rebranding after its MH370 and MH17 disasters. Jessica Li and Noelle Nelson, assistant...

Tue, 08/12/2014 — Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and author of “The Depression Cure” (Da Capo Press, 2009), is available for reporters to discuss issues of depression in the wake of the apparent suicide...

Mon, 08/11/2014 — Improvements in financial reporting that stemmed from the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or SOX, in the wake of Enron and other corporate scandals, have led to a major decrease in accounting mistakes at large U.S. companies, a University of Kansas...

Fri, 08/08/2014 —  As attention turns to the upcoming school year and continued concern about rising student debt levels, William Elliott III, associate professor and director of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Assets and Education Initiative,

Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – A program developed at the University of Kansas to replace textbooks with rich online content has resulted in $500,000 in savings since its inception five years ago. In 2009, KU developed Acceso, an innovative, open-access, web-based platform to serve as an alternative to textbooks. Since then, more than 3,000 intermediate-level students studying Spanish at KU and hundreds more in other learning institutions across the country have used the online resource. Amy Rossomondo, an associate professor of Spanish, saw a need for a platform like Acceso because textbooks, while strong in grammar, weren’t offering the kind of cultural literacy that would remain

Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – How light interacts with matter is one of the grand challenges of atomic, molecular and optical research. A Kansas and Nebraska consortium led by university researchers has received a three-year, $6 million award to understand ultrafast molecular processes on the order of a millionth of a billionth second, or one femtosecond. The award is divided equally between the two states. The project, Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures, is part of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).  Kristin Bowman-James, project director of Kansas NSF EPSCoR and a


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Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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