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Tue, 05/19/2020 — As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens public health around the world, misinformation regarding its treatment, causes and cures has abounded. A University of Kansas study has found that vulnerable populations, often those most severely affected by...

Tue, 05/19/2020 — Students at the University of Kansas School of Law will have a chance to train diplomats on indigenous issues and conflict resolution as part of a new partnership. The KU School of Law recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the...

Mon, 05/18/2020 — LAWRENCE – More than a century ago, before the Great War and long before Hitler’s rise to power, Austrian writer and satirist Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was calling out the danger that “fake news” could drag a nation into unnecessary military conflict and ruin. In that sense, he was one of the first media critics, forming his own magazine, The Torch (Die Fackel), mainly to criticize the dominant and later belligerent narratives pushed by his nation’s leading news outlets. It was just one of the prophecies from Kraus that came to pass and that are reviewed in-depth in a new monograph titled “Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity” (Northwestern University Press) 

Fri, 05/15/2020 — Laura Phillips, a junior at the University of Kansas, earned an honorable mention recognition from the Morris K. Udall and Stuart Udall Foundation in the competition to become 2020 Udall Scholars. Phillips, from Perry, is majoring in classical...

Fri, 05/15/2020 — The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has announced that this year’s Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest winners are Matti Dimmick in the undergraduate essay category for her essay “Putin’s Gendered Political...

Fri, 05/15/2020 — World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced Thursday his resignation, surprising the international trade community and adding to uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. Azevêdo will serve until Aug. 31,...

Thu, 05/14/2020 — LAWRENCE – Daniel Hernández, assistant professor of mathematics, received the 2020 Morrison Foundation Teaching Award.  This award was established in 2008 by the Don and Pat Morrison Foundation to recognize outstanding teaching in mathematics. The Department of Mathematics selects a recipient each year in recognition of exemplary teaching and an ongoing active research program. Hernández received his doctorate in 2011 from the University of Michigan. Before coming to KU in 2016 he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the universities of Utah and Michigan. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research

Thu, 05/14/2020 — Students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas received over $130,000 in awards and scholarships in recognition of superior academic, research and teaching performance. The chemistry department usually honors its...

Thu, 05/14/2020 —   LAWRENCE – When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the University of Kansas campus in March, the piano teachers in the School of Music turned to a technological solution that they say has been a low-cost “lifeline” for students stranded in various places across the country. Students have been able to press the keys of their portable electronic keyboards at home and have their keystrokes reflected simultaneously on a grand piano on campus, where their instructors can listen and offer immediate feedback, just as they would under normal circumstances. According to Scott McBride Smith, the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, the repurposed “Pianos

Wed, 05/13/2020 — KU Professional and Continuing Education's online Registered Behavior Technician training program prepares professionals to help meet a growing need in the Kansas City area.

Wed, 05/13/2020 — LAWRENCE – When you deal with the nitty-gritty, mud-caked reality of animal health and production agriculture every day, it can help to step back from those trees and get a view of the forest. That’s why veterinarian and Bayer Animal Health researcher Douglas Shane reached out to Greg Thomas, professor of design, and his students at the Center for Design Research in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design. Shane wanted to see what ideas they might generate to improve the detection and diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease in cattle. The CDR had worked on previous projects with Bayer Animal Health, based in nearby Shawnee. “We believe that

Wed, 05/13/2020 — The University of Kansas recently hosted the 23rd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium online.  The Online Undergraduate Research Symposium website features over 200 student presentations from disciplines all across campus. “The winning...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — University of Kansas scholar Sarah Deer was named today as one of 27 researchers in the 2020 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. With a $200,000 stipend, it is one of the most generous awards of its kind for scholarship in the humanities and...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — Susan Klusmeier, who has served in various roles at the University of Kansas since 2016, and for the past 11 months as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, will be the new vice provost for academic success. The title change also...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — Today, sea-level rise is a great concern of humanity as climate change warms the planet and melts ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Indeed, great coastal cities around the world like Miami and New Orleans could be underwater later in this...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — The University of Kansas has awarded 13 students with honors that recognize community engagement, leadership and academics. The winners of the Campanile Award and 12 University Awards are usually lauded at a celebration the weekend of...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — LAWRENCE – Bill Matney believes music therapists must sing and play a variety of instruments to have a complete toolkit to help their clients. And as his scholarly publications show, the assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Music takes a similarly wide-ranging interest in the field, from probing its deepest philosophical underpinnings to offering very specific instructions in his specialty, the use of percussion and the drum set. In a 2019 issue of The Journal of Music Therapy, the field’s most prestigious, Matney published the article “A Knowledge Framework for the Philosophical Underpinnings of Research: Implications for Music Therapy.”

Mon, 05/11/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio's “Trail Mix” will present its first virtual concert with the talented folk duo Ordinary Elephant. The virtual concert will take place at 7 p.m. May 28. Ordinary Elephant won the 2017 International Folk Music Awards by captivating audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. The Associated Press called their latest work, “Honest,” “one of the best Americana albums of the year.” “Trail

Mon, 05/11/2020 — As media organizations downsize across the country, fewer voices are represented in the national media dialogue, and the already small number of minority voices declines further. While it stands to reason those voices could be replaced by...

Mon, 05/11/2020 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas researchers are helping Kansans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic by tapping into a simple but powerful tool: stories. In 2018, KU’s Center for Public Partnerships & Research developed an online story collection project called Our Tomorrows. It harnessed the potency of stories about Kansas children and families – those who were thriving, and those who were barely getting by – to assess the needs of the state’s early childhood community and empower policymakers to help meet those needs. Those stories informed a comprehensive strategic plan – just launched in April – for the state’s entire early childhood system. Now CPPR has


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