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Fri, 11/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – To better understand how children acquire languages, a University of Kansas professor is visiting remote Mexican villages to study toddlers who are learning to speak a fading indigenous language. Clifton Pye, associate professor of linguistics, received a three-year, $260,000 National Science Foundation grant to research how 2- to 4-year-olds living in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí acquire Northern Pame as their first language. The project is part of a larger effort through the NSF and National Endowment for the Humanities to document endangered languages. Spoken by 6,000 people, Northern Pame is part of the Oto-Manguean language family. Dating

Fri, 11/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – Water use – and abuse – has emerged in recent years as a major challenge in Kansas, affecting all aspects of life in the state. It is a focus for multidisciplinary research at the University of Kansas and is the subject of a statewide policy initiative, the 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas. Water is also a concern beyond the borders of the state. A distinguished group of researchers from all Big 12 universities will meet Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Lawrence to share their findings and discuss opportunities for future intercampus collaborations concerning water. The workshop will be preceded Monday, Nov. 17, by a panel discussion on “Confronting

Thu, 11/13/2014 — The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas is moving into a new phase of a multiyear study to test the safety and efficacy of injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources into the ground to produce hard-to-reach oil...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — Like hedonistic rock stars that live by the “better to burn out than to fade away” credo, certain galaxies flame out in a blaze of glory. Astronomers have struggled to grasp why these young “starburst” galaxies — ones that are very...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — Farhan Karim, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Kansas, has received a research fellowship from the Aga Khan Foundation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the spring semester he will be...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — The University of Kansas vice chancellor for public affairs is one of two dozen senior leaders selected for the inaugural class of fellows in an innovative new program that will engage participants by exploring the leadership challenges that...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — Childhood in the West today is often determined by age. However, in Roman and Jewish antiquity a family's social status likely influenced whether a young boy or girl spent time going to school and playing with other children at all or if they...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — The first of three candidates for dean of the School of Social Welfare will visit the University of Kansas next week to visit the campus community and give a public presentation.  The search committee, chaired by Rick Ginsberg, dean of the...

Thu, 11/13/2014 —  Steven Hawley, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas and former NASA astronaut, is available to speak with reporters about the European Space Agency’s successful landing Wednesday of a spacecraft on the surface of...

Thu, 11/13/2014 — From the building that welcomed KU’s first class in 1866, Old North College, to the area west of Allen Fieldhouse today, the center of the University of Kansas campus has shifted significantly in 148 years. Now, as part of KU’s 2014-2024...

Wed, 11/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas will mark its 10-year anniversary with a free celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Lied Center of Kansas Pavilion. The event is open to the public and carries the theme 10 & Then: Celebrating Our First Decade and Planning for the Next! The Osher Institute at KU grew from an earlier program, KU for Lawrence, which offered enrichment programming to the community beginning in the late 1990s. Then in fall 2004, with the support of the Bernard Osher Foundation in San Francisco and the commitment of KU Continuing Education, the Osher Institute at KU launched its first semester

Wed, 11/12/2014 — On Sunday, 81 percent of the more than 2 million Catalans voted in a non-binding referendum for independence from Spain. Leaders of the independence movement hope it is a prelude to a full secession. Luis Corteguera, a University of Kansas...

Wed, 11/12/2014 — University of Kansas scholars are available to discuss President Barack Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general. Lynch is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. If confirmed, she...

Wed, 11/12/2014 — Creativity is an overlooked yet vital trait of the entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurs are tasked with uncovering creative solutions to some of the most difficult challenges of our time. In that theme, the University of Kansas School of...

Wed, 11/12/2014 — It may not come as a surprise that high-income families pass on more money to their children than their low-income peers, but new research from the University of Kansas shows that these families are giving much more to their kids even after they...

Wed, 11/12/2014 — An all-ages 5K fun run/walk will take place at the University of Kansas Field Station, 350 Wild Horse Road, north of Lawrence, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. The event honors the memory of Mari Pesek, a University of Kansas graduate student who...

Tue, 11/11/2014 — The University of Kansas Department of English is bringing acclaimed scholar Janice Radway to campus to offer this year’s Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture, “Riot Grrrl History, Underground Itineraries, and Girl Zine Networks: Unruly Subjects...

Tue, 11/11/2014 — Although most people think of Antarctica as a barren, cold environment, 200 million years ago it was a lush forest — a forest that now permineralized can yield clues to the climate change of the past and how plants today may react to current...

Mon, 11/10/2014 — Renowned professor Barbara Imperiali of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present the 2014 Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lectures, describing her research creating and employing new chemical tools to understand important biological...

Mon, 11/10/2014 — Every minute in the United States, power plants that generate electricity use nearly triple the amount of water that surges over Niagara Falls during that same time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. In an era of drought and...


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