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Tue, 04/07/2015 — In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the University of Kansas School of Business and Kansas Athletics will host a symposium about topics concerning race and sports Thursday, April 23. Race and Sports in American Culture: A KU...

Tue, 04/07/2015 — An antibiotic-resistant strain of Shigella sonnei bacteria has sickened 243 people in the U.S. between May 2014 and February 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said, “Nearly 90 percent...

Tue, 04/07/2015 — When Debra Kamps, senior scientist at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute, first began researching how to improve the social and communication skills of children with autism in natural settings like schools in the 1970s, it was hard to...

Tue, 04/07/2015 —  Karrie Shogren, associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Early Career Research Award, granted by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)...

Mon, 04/06/2015 — Stewart Udall, former congressman and Secretary of the Interior, said, "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man." For University of Kansas juniors Ashlie Koehn and Jennifer Stern, their commitment...

Mon, 04/06/2015 — Folashade Agusto, the spring 2015 Langston Hughes visiting professor, will present “An Ancient Disease in Modern Times: The Mathematical Dynamics of Malaria Immuno-Epidemiological Model” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Kansas Room of...

Mon, 04/06/2015 — Around Easter, Valentine's Day, Halloween or even Christmas, it's common to see grocery store aisles lined with candy and sweets. "We associate sweets with different holidays, and it's part of our celebrations, but for somebody coming from...

Mon, 04/06/2015 — The highly polished Airstream trailer that will appear this week in front of Marvin Hall won’t be parked there in error by lost campers. It’s the moCOLAB, a community center on wheels created over the past year by architecture students and...

Fri, 04/03/2015 — Jimmy LaSalvia, Dole Institute of Politics spring 2015 Fellow at the University of Kansas and political strategist, commentator and author, will host Greg Orman, recent independent candidate for Senate, for the final Study Group session of ...

Fri, 04/03/2015 — Growing up in her native India, Mahasweta Banerjee saw firsthand the differences in opportunities for men and women in education, employment and the chance to lift oneself out of poverty.  As part of a Fulbright Research Award, the University...

Fri, 04/03/2015 — In recognition of the University of Kansas' enriching artistic and cultural community, the Campus Arts Week brings together collaborating organizations across campus for a week of exhibits and events. Campus Arts Week will span the week of April...

Fri, 04/03/2015 —  An “unusually short” total lunar eclipse will occur before dawn Saturday, April 4, lasting all of about 10 minutes. Bruce Twarog, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, is available to discuss the unique event with...

Fri, 04/03/2015 —  Raj Bhala is available to speak with media about the recently announced framework of an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Bhala is associate dean for international & comparative law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University...

Fri, 04/03/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Engineering will host a three-day test of engineering skills at the end of April that’s expected to draw more than 400 people from 15 universities in the region. The annual American Society of Civil Engineers...

Fri, 04/03/2015 —  The University of Kansas will recognize the contributions of graduate students to the university with a range of events during national Graduate Student Appreciation Week, which is April 6-10. Graduation Student Appreciation Week celebrates...

Thu, 04/02/2015 — A piece of artwork that resembles the double helix of a DNA strand will adorn a prominent spot in the new engineering facility at the University of Kansas when it opens this fall. The piece, known as "Structural Evolution," was selected as the...

Thu, 04/02/2015 — LAWRENCE – Sarah Ngoh, a doctoral candidate in English, and Rebecca Stakun, a doctoral candidate in Slavic languages & literatures, have been selected as the recipients of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities for 2015-16. The two winners will each spend a semester in residence at the Hall Center. The goal of the graduate fellowship is to provide recipients with one intensive semester to make significant progress on their dissertations. The fellowship also seeks to expand the fellows’ experience beyond a single disciplinary focus by providing the opportunity for interaction with the Hall Center’s interdisciplinary cohort of faculty

Thu, 04/02/2015 — People in the United States and elsewhere in the Western world have modified their behaviors in recent decades, mindful of helping the environment. A University of Kansas researcher who studied opinion surveys from the World Values Survey...

Thu, 04/02/2015 — University Awards are among the most prestigious honors presented at the University of Kansas, and this week the 12 students who will be honored at KU's 143rd Commencement in May received word of their award in front of their peers. Tammara...

Wed, 04/01/2015 — James Oakes, author of "Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. His presentation, "Rethinking Emancipation: Freedom...


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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner. See it here: http://bit.ly/1awodaa
Rock Chalk! Junior Ashlie Koehn named KU's 18th Truman Scholar
Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening.

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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.


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