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Tue, 01/06/2015 — University of Kansas alumni who are partners and employees of BKD, one of the largest CPA firms in the nation, have contributed more than $300,000 toward construction of a new home for the School of Business. Construction began last spring, and...

Mon, 01/05/2015 — Eighteen students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will spend three days of their winter break traveling across central and southwest Kansas on their way to visit 14 independent pharmacies and owners. The annual trip is...

Mon, 12/29/2014 — The Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, will measure groundwater levels in western Kansas for five days in early January. The KGS and the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DWR)...

Mon, 12/29/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is mourning the death of Anna M. Cienciala, professor emerita of history and Russian and East European studies. She died Dec. 24 at the age of 85. “Our community extends its condolences to Anna Cienciala’s family as well as her friends and colleagues around the world. Her scholarship helped ensure that the history of a people who suffered greatly during World War II was not forgotten in the hope that it would not be repeated,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Cienciala’s colleagues also shared their remembrances: “Dr. Cienciala had a great deal to do with developing Polish and Central European studies at KU. Even after

Wed, 12/24/2014 — The University of Kansas is mourning the death of Alexander Tsiovkh, director of Ukrainian studies and associate professor of practice in the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), who died Dec. 23. He was 63. "On...

Thu, 12/18/2014 — The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, according to a report released by the University of Kansas Center for Banking Excellence. The report examines the current financial condition of Kansas commercial banks as well as trends over...

Thu, 12/18/2014 — During the 2014 Kansas legislative session, University of Kansas journalism students supplied nearly 100 stories to the KU Statehouse Wire Service. The wire service then distributed the stories to about 20 media outlets throughout the state. In...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The lesser prairie chicken, a symbol of the prairie’s history and seasonal rhythms, also has become, in more recent years, the focus of controversy. But a new plan encourages voluntary industry cooperation with efforts to conserve the habitat...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – A doctoral student at the University of Kansas has been selected as one of 147 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) semi-finalists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The prestigious PMF program matches outstanding graduate students with federal leadership opportunities and employment. The program is highly selective and chooses candidates from a pool of about 7,800 applicants representing more than 300 colleges and universities. While the program began in 1977, the STEM specific track began last year in response to President Obama’s call to close the skills gap and identify future leaders in these fields. Jacob Carter, a doctoral

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The University of Kansas debate team finished first in the country for the fall semester in the National Debate Tournament Varsity Rankings.  The rankings are based on points earned by schools at all tournaments during the fall.  The top-10...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas professors can provide insight into today’s historic announcement that the United States and Cuba will re-establish full diplomatic and economic relations. The U.S. will reopen an embassy in Havana, allow for visitors to return to the United States with Cuban goods and ease travel restrictions for those already allowed to visit the island. The announcement came with Cuba’s release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence agent. The United States released three Cuban spies. Scholars available to speak include: Tamara Falicov, an associate professor and chair of film and media studies, is a scholar of Cuban cinema,

Wed, 12/17/2014 — A University of Kansas-led project has won a $50,000 grant to help predominantly African-American churches in the Kansas City area improve leadership among their participants in their quest to build sustainable health promotion plans for...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – The third and final candidate for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit campus this week. Jim Tracy, special assistant for research compliance at the University of Kentucky and professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry within the UK College of Medicine, will be on campus Dec. 17-19. He will give a public presentation on the topic of “Strategies for Raising Research Stature during an Era of Declining Funding” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Lied Center Pavilion. Candidate Rich Hichwa, senior associate vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa,

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), has named the School of Architecture, Design & Planning as one of 10 charter members of the AIA...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The medical device industry incorporates research from dozens of academic areas, ranging from engineering and medicine to pharmacy and industrial design. With that in mind, University of Kansas researchers who are interested in translating...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — Danny Anderson has spent a career at the University of Kansas developing his leadership skills as a faculty member, administrator and, since 2010, as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Beginning May 2015, the leadership...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language. Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ from language to language, a person’s native language can provide misleading information when learning to segment a second language into words. Annie Tremblay, an assistant professor of linguistics, is trying to better understand the kinds of cues second language learners listen for when recognizing words in continuous speech. She also is studying how adaptive adult learners are in acquiring these new speech cues. Working with a

Fri, 12/12/2014 — The names of nearly 1,250 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 57 Kansas counties, 36 other states and 24 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar. Because KU conducts only...

Fri, 12/12/2014 — The second of three candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit campus next week. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president and scientific director at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at...

Fri, 12/12/2014 — YODER – Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 14. The new officers were members of the 231st 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 Aug. 11, represented 40 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement


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Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.
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KU welcomes President Obama Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.


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