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Thu, 01/14/2016 — LAWRENCE – The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a fellowship to a University of Kansas professor for his research on the murder of Emmett Till. Dave Tell, associate professor of communication studies, will receive $50,400 to support a book project that explores how questions of geography and race have altered the memory of Emmett Till. In 1955, Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy, was beaten and shot to death in the Mississippi Delta for whistling at a white woman. “Dave deserves hearty congratulations on this honor. His research has great potential to advance the conversation on a case that has remained newsworthy for decades,” said Don

Thu, 01/14/2016 — LAWRENCE  In an effort to develop a clean, safe and consistent water source for a college in central Africa, the University of Kansas Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter traveled this month to the National Teachers College in Kaliro, Uganda. The team from the School of Engineering worked to implement a rain-harvesting system to aid students in daily activities such as cooking, cleaning and bathing. The KU EWB chapter’s trip Jan. 1-13 was the group’s second visit to Kaliro. During an initial fact-finding trip in early 2015, members found the college faced several challenges in meeting its daily water demands. One option was to gather water from hand-pumped

Thu, 01/14/2016 — LAWRENCE – Local filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s latest work, “Chi-Raq,” a movie that uses satire to tackle gun violence in Chicago, will open at Liberty Hall on Friday, Jan. 15. From Friday to Jan. 21, the movie will show at 7 p.m. in the main theater and at 9:30 p.m. in the little theater. For possible showtimes after Jan. 21, contact Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. St., at 749-1972. “I’m looking forward to the film opening in Lawrence. I know a lot of people have been waiting to see it,” said Willmott, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas. Willmott was a co-writer and an executive producer of the movie, which was inspired by the

Wed, 01/13/2016 — Security fencing is being put in place as the University of Kansas begins initial stages of Central District redevelopment. A work crew is expected to begin removing selected buildings that were part of the former Stouffer Place Apartments this...

Wed, 01/13/2016 — Most distinguished professors at the University of Kansas don’t break out into song. Then again, most aren’t internationally renowned mezzo-sopranos, either. University Distinguished Professor of Voice Joyce Castle will direct and sing in...

Wed, 01/13/2016 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas inventors are invited to submit applications for the Proof of Concept Fund, which supports KU technologies that are near the commercialization stage and could become marketplace solutions in the near future. The Proof of Concept Fund is intended to advance the development of novel applied technologies that have near-term potential for licensing and commercialization. The fund is not designed to support basic research but rather to advance technologies that have already demonstrated commercial appeal and for which the university has already applied for intellectual property protection. This fund is open to KU researchers from all

Wed, 01/13/2016 — The University of Kansas Department of Architecture is hosting INFEWS: Innovations at the Nexus of Food + Energy + Water Symposium. The event will join distinguished researchers and design professionals from across the U.S. with faculty and...

Wed, 01/13/2016 — LAWRENCE – The Commons awarded $9,946 to a faculty research project in the fall 2015 cycle of its Interdisciplinary Starter Grants competition. Joo Ok Kim, American studies; Joshua Miner, film & media studies; Chris Perreira, American studies, and Magalí Rabasa, Spanish & Portuguese, received funds for their research, which will investigate the relationship between new media practices and activist movements. Their interdisciplinary project, Trans/forming Activist Media in the Americas, brings together activist communities, artists and scholars from Mexico, Canada and across the United States to investigate how the arts,

Tue, 01/12/2016 — Leisa Julian, an experienced financial administrator who has spent her career working in the public sector, will join the University of Kansas as vice chancellor and chief financial officer Feb. 15. Julian works as associate vice president for...

Tue, 01/12/2016 — When most people think of college athletics, they picture large, Division I schools that compete in bowl games or fight for a spot in March Madness. But for thousands of smaller schools and their athletes across the country, college athletics...

Tue, 01/12/2016 — LAWRENCE – Journalist Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour,” will receive the 2016 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. The award comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation and the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, which is named in honor of White. Ifill will accept the award on William Allen White Day, which is April 14 at the University of Kansas. Each week on "Washington Week," Ifill leads a roundtable discussion with award-winning journalists who provide reporting and analysis of the major stories from the

Tue, 01/12/2016 — The first program director of a newly created center to coordinate the University of Kansas’ ongoing sexual assault prevention and education efforts is an experienced prevention educator who has led the largest comprehensive sexual assault...

Mon, 01/11/2016 — A new documentary that tells heartfelt stories about Kansans and water will be screened this week at the University of Kansas. "When the Well Runs Dry" will be shown Thursday, Jan. 14, at the University of Kansas. The 3 p.m. presentation will...

Mon, 01/11/2016 — Gratitude for the scholarship support they received in college and a lifelong passion for reading has led University of Kansas alumnus Michael Cummings and his wife, Pamela Miller, of Kansas City, Missouri, to make a $2 million gift commitment...

Fri, 01/08/2016 — LAWRENCE – The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced its early spring 2016 programming schedule, including the annual Presidential Lecture Series, spring semester discussion group and a program on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. February will also mark the beginning of a new year of Fort Leavenworth programming. This year’s installment of the Presidential Lecture Series, featuring well-known presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, is titled “They Also Ran: America’s Would-Be Presidents.” Focusing on candidates for the U.S. presidency who were not elected, the series will examine the important role and effect of

Wed, 01/06/2016 — After nearly three years of planning, the University of Kansas is now ready to get started on a transformative campus redevelopment project. KU today finalized its contract with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate for the university’s...

Wed, 01/06/2016 — Kevin L. Smith, director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University, will join the University of Kansas in May as dean for KU Libraries. Smith will succeed interim co-deans Kent Miller and Mary Roach, who assumed their roles...

Mon, 01/04/2016 — LAWRENCE – A new funding method for public schools is expected to dominate the debate in the Kansas Legislature this year, and Gov. Sam Brownback will outline his budget and policy priorities during his State of the State address. KPR’s coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, the first week of the 2016 Kansas legislative session. The speech will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by the Democratic Party response.  KPR News Director J. Schafer will anchor the radio broadcast, with analysis by KPR Statehouse reporter Stephen Koranda.  “Kansas faces some significant challenges in 2016, with falling revenues and social-service funding

Mon, 01/04/2016 — Sixteen students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will join Dean Ken Audus and Senior Associate Dean Gene Hotchkiss on a three-day trip across Kansas and into parts of Oklahoma and Missouri to visit 12 independent pharmacies and...

Mon, 01/04/2016 — As a group of armed anti-government protesters have taken over federal buildings in a remote area of Oregon, federal law enforcement officers are seeking a peaceful resolution to the standoff. A University of Kansas of researcher on extremist...


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