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Tue, 08/11/2015 — Supported with a five-year, $580,000 award from the National Science Foundation, scientists from the University of Kansas are departing this month to investigate how climate, plate tectonics and other factors influenced evolution by bringing...

Tue, 08/11/2015 — LAWRENCE – As countries in Central Asia move toward more authoritarian governments and concerns over human rights abuses increase, a new book explores why the West’s efforts to promote democracy in the region have failed. In “Democracy in Central Asia: Competing Perspectives and Alternative Strategies,” Mariya Omelicheva, associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas, argues that the idea of democracy in Central Asia has been adapted to the local contexts and borrow more from the Russian and Chinese models than the ideals spread through the U.S. and European Union. “These competing perspectives of democracy, which are often derided and

Mon, 08/10/2015 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 76 new members. Jeffrey Moran, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of history, presided at the spring ceremony, immediately...

Mon, 08/10/2015 —     LAWRENCE – A visiting University of Kansas professor is part of an archaeological excavation that discovered the entrance gate and fortification wall to the ancient biblical city of Gath. This summer Eric Welch, a visiting assistant professor of Jewish studies, and three KU students were part of a team working on the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath. Known today by its Arabic name, Tell es-Safi, Gath, which is in central Israel, it was first settled in the Early Bronze Age in about 3500 B.C. From the 12th through ninth centuries B.C., it was occupied by Philistines and is referenced in the Bible as the home to the giant Goliath and

Mon, 08/10/2015 — Twenty University of Kansas TRIO McNair Scholars presented their summer research projects at the McNair Research Symposium on July 24 at the Kansas Union. Since 2003, the annual program has hosted a total of 240 student presentations. The TRIO...

Fri, 08/07/2015 — The University of Kansas community is remembering Ken Irby, a longtime English professor and poet who died July 30 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was 79. “I join the University of Kansas community in mourning the death of one of our...

Thu, 08/06/2015 — The University of Kansas has announced its first Beckman Scholars in a program designed to encourage undergraduate research. The 2015 scholars, Michael Cory,  Wichita, and Aidan Dmitriev, Lawrence, will take part in a 15-month program designed...

Wed, 08/05/2015 — OVERLAND PARK – The University of Kansas Edwards Campus will launch four certificate programs this fall to complement the current programs in business, global and international studies, and environmental assessment. The Edwards Campus is offering these programs to address businesses’ trending interests in certificates and the benefits they offer. “Investing in key employees by supporting their participation in a career-specific certificate program pays for itself through increased capability and loyalty,” said Robert Campbell, partner at Propio. “I have found that these employees tend to be much more engaged and productive in the workplace." Businesses and

Wed, 08/05/2015 — The publisher Rowland & Littlefield has released "Leading With Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of Charles M. Vest at MIT" by Mahesh Daas, dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. The book illuminates the...

Wed, 08/05/2015 — We’ve all been there. Occasionally, in the midst of a conversation, our mind flashes blank, and it’s impossible to conjure the word for a thing, place or person. We’ll gesture with our hands and feel like we’re on the verge of remembering.

Tue, 08/04/2015 — As students begin returning to classrooms across the country this month, teachers will turn their attention to lesson plans and tests while parents, administrators and community members hope for a successful school year. Researchers at the...

Tue, 08/04/2015 — There might be patches of smoke around the University of Kansas campus during the next nine days, but there’s no need to worry. The City of Lawrence will be smoke-testing sewer lines — a process that involves forcing smoke into the lines to...

Mon, 08/03/2015 — A University of Kansas graduate training program that supports national efforts to cross-train chemists and biologists at the intersection of their disciplines has received federal funding to continue its mission for five more years. The...

Mon, 08/03/2015 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network will host a donation drive for its annual benefit sale from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza in Topeka. Folks can bring their donations of gently used audio equipment, vinyl records...

Mon, 08/03/2015 — KU Professional & Continuing Education (KUPCE) is offering a pair of August professional training programs at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The programs will address needs emphasized during recent collaborations between university and...

Mon, 08/03/2015 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas communication studies professor can discuss trends in presidential primary debates and provide commentary on how candidates perform. The first primary debate of the 2016 presidential race will be Thursday, Aug. 6, in Cleveland. The 90-minute debate, airing on Fox News, will feature the top 10 Republican candidates. “This debate is going to be a media spectacle more than an exchange of arguments and ideas,” said Robert Rowland, who has written about presidential debates and the rhetoric of presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. In 2013, Rowland published the article “The First 2012 Presidential Campaign Debate: The Decline of

Fri, 07/31/2015 — Seven University of Kansas students have been selected for prestigious Fulbright awards for research, study or teaching English abroad for 2015-16. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by...

Thu, 07/30/2015 — Water users from across the state will focus on the management and future of the state’s water resources at the summer meeting of the Kansas Water Congress, which will be Aug. 6-7 at the University of Kansas. The Kansas Water Congress is a...

Thu, 07/30/2015 — Researchers at the St. Louis Federal Reserve issued a report this week suggesting that millennials might be better off postponing home ownership by 10 years or more. The advice is counter to traditional wisdom that buying a home is a sound...

Thu, 07/30/2015 — Name: Angela Gere Title: Administrative assistant senior, Undergraduate Biology Program What that means: Gere serves as the receptionist, with duties including managing the front office, distributing keys, and managing the mail and copy jobs. Gere has helped with three student-centered events: Career Night, the Honors Symposium and the Graduation Recognition Ceremony.  Notable: For Career Night, Gere contacted alumni board members for business contacts. She then invited those businesses and educated them about the opportunities that Career Night offered as well as benefits to the students. The result was a twofold increase in the number of companies represented


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