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Tue, 05/12/2015 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently awarded a grant for more than $1.7 million for the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) to Estela Gavosto, associate professor of mathematics, and James Orr, professor of...

Tue, 05/12/2015 — Today, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, with 42 deaths and 1,117 injuries initially reported. The temblor follows a larger quake April 25 that killed thousands of people. Mike Taylor, associate professor of geology at the University of...

Tue, 05/12/2015 — LAWRENCE – Professors Kelli Thomas and Lisa Wolf-Wendel will join the dean’s administrative team at the University of Kansas School of Education, effective June 1. Thomas will replace Sally Roberts as the new associate dean for undergraduate and teacher education programs. Wolf-Wendel will replace James Lichtenberg as the new associate dean for graduate programs and research.     Thomas, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics from KU in 2001, then joined the School of Education faculty in 2002.  Her professional work has focused on mathematics and

Tue, 05/12/2015 — LAWRENCE - From the declamadores of the early 20th century to today’s slam poets, a new book explores the importance of performing poetry throughout Spanish America. In “Beyond the Page: Poetry and Performance in Spanish America,” University of Kansas Spanish professor Jill Kuhnheim examines poetry performers from New York City to Argentina. Kuhnheim explores how poems have circulated by other means than the written text, such as public performances, radio shows and YouTube. While poetry is often associated with high literature, academics haven’t taken the performance of poetry as seriously, Kuhnheim said. “I want to show people this is a popular realm of poetry,

Tue, 05/12/2015 — Known for her ground-breaking solo shows that blur the lines between theater and journalism, Anna Deavere Smith will perform a series of short monologues as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities' 2014-15 Lecture Series. The actress and...

Tue, 05/12/2015 — Lester Mitscher, professor emeritus known for his work in natural product chemistry, is being remembered for his role in shaping the reputation of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. The former chair of the Department of Medicinal...

Mon, 05/11/2015 — In 1971, Rusty Leffel was a second-year law student at the University of Kansas rallying the campus and the state to support higher education funding. His call to action, “WOULD YOU VOTE TO ABOLISH THE UNIVERSITY?,” dramatically drew...

Mon, 05/11/2015 — The Center for Civic and Social Responsibility has announced the 2015 Faculty and Student Excellence in Service Learning Awards, along with the creation of a Community Appreciation Reception to take place this week. Faculty and Student...

Mon, 05/11/2015 — The Department of Psychology & Research in Education (PRE) at the University of Kansas School of Education has officially changed its department name.  Approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on Sept. 30, 2014, the new department name is...

Mon, 05/11/2015 —  Barbara Barnett, associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the conclusion of “Mad Men,” the popular show’s depiction of women’s issues, gender, its legacy and connection to...

Mon, 05/11/2015 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has introduced a new graduate certificate to broaden training opportunities for the growing field of chemical biology. Chemical Biology applies the tools of chemistry to study biological systems. The most obvious example is the use of synthetic chemistry to produce drugs for the treatment of disease. The program is cross-disciplinary and led by Audrey Lamb, professor of molecular biosciences, and Thomas Prisinzano, professor and chair of medicinal chemistry. “Students in this program will learn to speak the languages of both chemistry and biology,” Prisinzano said. "For their future careers, the ability of chemists to

Fri, 05/08/2015 — At the same time concerns about diminishing honeybee populations continue to rise, North America’s 4,000 species of native bees are getting more attention. National Geographic magazine published a story last year with up-close images of many...

Fri, 05/08/2015 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has approved 59 sabbaticals for the following faculty at the University of Kansas. University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses ...

Fri, 05/08/2015 — Following a national search, Mike Rounds, interim associate vice provost for human resource management at the University of Kansas, has been selected to lead the position on a permanent basis. In his role, Rounds oversees human resources...

Fri, 05/08/2015 —  A University of Kansas co-sponsored effort to engage communities to fight the mosquito-borne infectious disease dengue fever in poor Costa Rican villages has proven so effective, residents are continuing the programs on their own after the...

Fri, 05/08/2015 — The Hall Center for the Humanities announced its Humanities Lecture Series for 2015-2016, which will feature prize-winning historians, sociologists, explorers and podcast hosts. All events are free and open to the public. Lectures in the...

Thu, 05/07/2015 — LAWRENCE – The use of color was a potent force in ancient and medieval East Asia. A book released this month and edited by a University of Kansas scholar shows the power color plays in research when applied across multiple disciplines. In “Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia,” 18 researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Japan and South Korea examine the role of color in society, politics, philosophy, art and religion. “This is one of the first times that chemists, archaeologists, conservators, dye analysts and historians of art, literature and religion, have talked together about the implication of their work beyond conservation,” said the

Thu, 05/07/2015 —  The cliché version of the American dream usually involves getting married, finding a good job, raising 2.5 kids and buying a home with a white picket fence. But in recent times spiking prices can make home ownership impossible — or falling...

Thu, 05/07/2015 — University of Kansas seniors Marcus Florez and Ashley Farris are brilliant examples of what it means to make discoveries that change the world, both personally and academically. This year’s Class of 1913 University Award honorees are two...

Wed, 05/06/2015 — A landmark on the University of Kansas campus is now more accessible to people with disabilities. University leaders will celebrate the creation of an accessible entrance into the front of Strong Hall with a ribbon-cutting at noon Thursday, May 7.


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