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Wed, 10/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – Three leaders in three very different fields will be honored for their contributions to our society during the University of Kansas’ 2015 Commencement. Civil rights attorney Jack Greenberg, leader in nursing research Ada Sue Hinshaw and best-selling author Sara Paretsky will receive their honorary degrees May 17, 2015. The three were submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and the Regents approved their nominations Oct. 15. “Our three honorees demonstrate that the success of our society depends on contributions from individuals in a wide range of disciplines. Through their leadership, each of our honorees has made

Wed, 10/15/2014 — Communications professionals brought prestige to the University of Kansas with 13 awards for work on videos, social media and other projects that showcase the best of the state’s flagship university. KU brought home four gold and nine silver...

Wed, 10/15/2014 — A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation’s highest-quality data for...

Wed, 10/15/2014 — Chancellor Gray-Little will present the 2014 Annual Report for Bold Aspirations, the five-year strategic plan for the University of Kansas, to the Kansas Board of Regents today, noting major accomplishments that have been achieved through the...

Wed, 10/15/2014 — With the help of three area companies, the University of Kansas School of Business is introducing a new research initiative this fall that will study the customer experience. The Center for Integrated Customer Experience is a collaborative...

Tue, 10/14/2014 — KU Marketing Communications is planning Lawrence campus flyovers from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. An alternate date of Oct. 16 is reserved for fairer weather conditions. The purpose of the flyovers is to produce new photographs and video...

Tue, 10/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – Nearly 350 scholars from across the nation will come to the University of Kansas from Thursday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 18, for the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  The conference theme, “Translating Research into Practice” will explore treatment and prevention methods on a range of topics in child, adolescent and family mental health including anxiety and OCD, ADHD, suicidal behavior, bipolar disorder, depression, health care reform and more. The conference will include keynote addresses, topical reviews and poster presentations. Students and professionals from across the country attend the conference to learn,

Tue, 10/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – From Rico of “Little Caesar" to Nucky Thompson of “Boardwalk Empire," a University of Kansas scholar has studied Americans’ fascination with gangsters in film and television. The gangster genre allows audiences to experience an inversion of the American Dream, said Ron Wilson, a lecturer in the Department of Film & Media Studies. “It’s an American success story, but it’s not part of the Puritan ethic of perseverance and working hard. The gangster circumvents that by illegitimate means,” Wilson said. “But the whole crime doesn’t pay metanarrative still applies. You don’t expect the gangster to become completely successful. We expect some kind of

Mon, 10/13/2014 — The names of more than 950 graduates from the University of Kansas this summer — representing 47 Kansas counties, 41 other states and and 25 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar.  Graduates are listed below by...

Mon, 10/13/2014 —  Few people devote time to pondering the ancient origins of the eel-like lamprey, yet the evolutionary saga of the bloodsucker holds essential clues to the biological roots of humanity. Today, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Fri, 10/10/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, in partnership with KU Center for Sustainability, KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU’s Office of the Provost and KU’s International Center for Ethics in Business, will host...

Fri, 10/10/2014 — Celebrating the vibrant film cultures of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain, ¡Vamos! Spanish Language Film Festival will bring contemporary international films to Lawrence. Free and open to the public, the festival opens Wednesday, Oct.

Fri, 10/10/2014 —  Public, single-gender schools have become more common over the last decade, but new research shows that people might choose such schools based on de-bunked ideas of differences in male and female brains. Meagan Patterson, associate professor...

Fri, 10/10/2014 — LAWRENCE – Each fall, communities throughout Kansas and the Midwest mark their German heritage and affection for beer with Oktoberfest celebrations. For decades, a University of Kansas professor has studied the lasting legacy of the region’s large influx of German immigrants and the many dialects of language they brought with them. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, after Spanish, German is the second most common non-English language spoken in homes in Kansas and most other Midwest states. In a cluster of counties in Kansas, German is even more common than Spanish. William Keel, a professor of Germanic literature and languages, has tracked the immigrant

Fri, 10/10/2014 — University of Kansas architecture students may know the shortcuts across campus better than any other group. That’s because Marvin Hall has no auditorium, and for the past 100 years students have raced to get to their lecture classes on...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – When a young man was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, his death set off several weeks of vigils, protests, vandalism and looting. The event also attracted national and international media attention, spurring public dialogue on issues of race and inequality, the criminal justice system and definitions of peaceful protest.   Experts in a variety of fields will participate in a panel discussion on the broad historical, social, economic and political implications of recent events in Ferguson during “Facing Ferguson: Historical, Legal and Political Contexts.” The event, which will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Lawrence

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas French scholar can talk about the work and legacy of Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature. The Nobel committee recognized Modiano’s work “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Born in France in 1945, Modiano has spent much of his literary career focused on the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Van Kelly, an associate professor of French who specializes in contemporary French literature and film, has used Modiano’s novels in his undergraduate and graduate classes since 1992. Similar to Modiano’s work,

Thu, 10/09/2014 — The Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to help community college students with...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — When President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the Affordable Care Act, it represented the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the passage of...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — U.S. Department of Justice officials said in national news reports that American law enforcement officials must focus their resources on Americans traveling abroad who might become radicalized and return to conduct terrorist attacks at home on...


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