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Fri, 09/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor is helping bring the macabre and bizarre fiction of 1920s Japan to American readers. Elaine Gerbert, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures, is working to translate Japanese authors who were part of the cultural movement known as “erotic grotesque nonsense,” which took hold in the 1920s and went on to shape 20th century Japanese literature and film.    Among the most well-known of these authors is Edogawa Ranpo, known as the founder of the modern Japanese detective novel. American author Edgar Allan Poe influenced him so much that Ranpo’s pen name is a rendering of Poe’s. Like Poe, Ranpo’s work explores

Fri, 09/05/2014 — Fourteen University of Kansas students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards for the fall 2014 semester. UGRA recipients are awarded $1,000 to fund their faculty-mentored research and creative projects, which represent departments from...

Thu, 09/04/2014 — In Thomas Frank's popular 2004 book, "What's the Matter With Kansas?," he argues that the rise of political and social conservatism in the state essentially led to economic policies that didn't benefit a majority of people. A University of...

Thu, 09/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – For more than 20 centuries, Latin literature has spun some of Western civilization’s most epic tales, legends and myths. Essential to a Latin education is Virgil’s "Aeneid," a poem that has influenced other great works of literature, Western culture and now a colloquium at the University of Kansas. A daylong high school teachers’ mini-conference will explore several facets of the epic poem, written between 29 and 19 B.C. The Department of Classics is hosting the conference as an opportunity to support the study of classics in the state. “We want to provide resources to those who do so much for the study of the ancient world in Kansas,” said Tara Welch,

Thu, 09/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Telling the story of a young man escaping a troubled past, “Blood Brother” follows the journey of Rocky Braat as he leaves his life in the United States to live with a group of HIV-positive children in an orphanage in India. This unknown documentary won the Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize and the Sundance 2013 Audience Award, as well as a host of other awards at film festivals across the country. The University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies will host a screening of the film Thursday, Sept. 11, at Liberty Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the screening at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. “Opportunities like these

Thu, 09/04/2014 —  Astrophysicists believe that about 80 percent of the substance of our universe is made up of mysterious “dark matter” that can’t be perceived by human senses or scientific instruments. “Dark matter has not yet been detected in a lab....

Thu, 09/04/2014 — University of Kansas football fans have two more reasons to support the Jayhawks this season: the Lawrence-area community programs benefiting from the Proud to Be a Jayhawk tailgating fundraiser. Proceeds from game programs at home...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday morning the second beheading of an American journalist in two weeks in the Middle East at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. ISIS released a video Tuesday showing the killing of...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The University of Kansas is committed to creating an environment that is safe for every member of our community. Sexual assault is a crime, but KU can also take action outside what the criminal justice system can do. When we receive a report of a sexual assault, we follow a robust process in which trained investigators work collaboratively with law enforcement. We also implement protective measures that only the university can mandate, such as No Contact Directives issued to those accused of sexual assault and/or removing them from student housing. Survivors receive guidance on pursuing their complaints through the university process, the criminal justice system, or

Wed, 09/03/2014 — Two teams from the University of Kansas School of Engineering earned top honors in an international aircraft engine design competition. A total of eight students claimed first and second place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — Egalitarianism, the philosophy that all people should be treated equally both socially and politically, has existed much longer than most media formats, but two University of Kansas professors have authored research examining whether...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system with quality equipment for a good price, stop by Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. The 12th annual event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has announced the hiring of Scott Bishop, an executive from ACT Inc. with nearly two decades of research and development experience in K-12 assessments in a variety of...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has announced 27 honorees for the 2014-15 Women of Distinction calendar. The women were selected for their outstanding contributions to the university and community. The reception for this...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture Series welcomes Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The lecture, “The Manufacturing Comeback,” is at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A historic leadership transition is taking place at the Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) at the University of Kansas. After 25 years as director, Eli Michaelis, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, is stepping down from that role. He will continue his research on brain function, the nervous system and diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Michaelis’ successor is William Picking, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Picking came to KU earlier this year from Oklahoma State University, where he was chair of microbiology and genetics. Prior to that he spent a decade at KU and was associate

Tue, 09/02/2014 — University of Kansas alumni and friends set a new milestone in generosity, donating more than $253.2 million for KU in fiscal 2014, which ended June 30. This record is 45 percent higher than last year’s total of $174.2 million....

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The University of Kansas community is grieving the loss of Ed Small, professor emeritus of film and media studies. Small, 74, died Aug. 22 at his home in Lawrence. “On behalf of the entire university community, I offer my condolences to his...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today released its programming schedule for the fall 2014 semester, including its nationally acclaimed Post Election Conference. All events are free, open to the public and located at...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — When the terms “Sharia” law or “Islamic law” pop up in the media, they are often misunderstood. New research from a University of Kansas School of Law professor and alumna shows that, even among the legal world, there is confusion of how...


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