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Wed, 07/30/2014 — Students attending 48 colleges and universities from 27 states and abroad presented work as part of the University of Kansas Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, which took place July 25 at the Kansas Union. “International research...

Tue, 07/29/2014 — Dennis Saleebey, professor emeritus from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, died July 16. He had been a part of the KU community since he joined the faculty in 1987. He retired from the university in 2006. “On behalf of the KU...

Tue, 07/29/2014 — YODER – Ottawa Police Department Chief Dennis Butler congratulated 57 new law enforcement officers during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Friday, July 11. The new officers were members of the 229th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education. The graduates, who began their training March 31, represented 39 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas

Tue, 07/29/2014 — The University of Kansas has lost a key member of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Mark Bomgardner, deputy assistant director, died Sunday, July 27, at Reno County Hospice House in Hutchinson. “I join the KU community in grieving...

Mon, 07/28/2014 — When older generations pass on, they often take with them knowledge that hasn’t been documented anywhere else. A recent University of Kansas graduate and research assistant is completing a video project in which elders of her native Iowa Tribe...

Mon, 07/28/2014 — A team from the University of Kansas School of Engineering has earned a spot among the top minds in traffic engineering who will compete next month for the Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship. Nine teams will gather from Aug. 10-13 in...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — Joe Lilek, a University of Kansas student, has been awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. Lilek, an atmospheric science major and theatre minor from Bethesda, Maryland, was selected from a pool...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — University of Kansas researchers are at the forefront of efforts to develop standardized measures of the support needs of children and adults with intellectual disability. Such tools represent a new way of thinking about how to enable people...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — The family of University of Kansas alumnus Donald Slawson has made a $16 million lead gift for construction of a hall to be located in KU’s planned Earth, Energy and Environment Center. Slawson Hall will honor Don Slawson’s longstanding...

Wed, 07/23/2014 — Researchers working to measure and predict sea level rise based on changes to ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will soon have a new tool to use in their assessments.  Jilu Li, assistant research professor with the Center for Remote...

Wed, 07/23/2014 — OVERLAND PARK – A new collaboration among the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and the Blue Valley and Olathe school districts will enable secondary students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in information technology three years after high school graduation, officials announced. The Degree in 3 program represents an innovative way for students interested in an IT career to accelerate education, obtain access to internships, become acclimated to the business world and save money on higher education. The Edwards Campus and JCCC also are exploring ways to expand Degree in 3 to additional fields of study and to more school

Wed, 07/23/2014 —  In April 2010, a catastrophic explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated for the BP company some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven rig workers lost their lives, and oil gushed freely into Gulf waters for...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows. Using brain imaging, a trio of KU researchers was able to examine to the millisecond how the brain processes a second language. They then compared their findings with their previous results for native speakers and saw both followed similar patterns. The research by Robert Fiorentino and Alison Gabriele, both associate professors in the linguistics department, and José Alemán Bañón, a former KU graduate student who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom

Tue, 07/22/2014 — Concluding the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 10th anniversary year, the Dole Institute celebrates the official online release of The Dole Institute Oral History Project, a collection of interviews documenting the life and career of former...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — Barbara Timmermann, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), a distinction awarded to fewer than 5 percent of this professional...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – Janet Campbell, general manager of Kansas Public Radio and director of the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, announced today that she will retire Sept. 2. Campbell began working at Audio-Reader, a radio reading service for the blind and print-disabled, in 1979, the year she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in education. Hired as a secretary, she became director of Audio-Reader in 1988. She was named general manager of KANU-FM in 1998 after serving as interim general manager for 18 months. KANU was renamed Kansas Public Radio in 2002 to better represent its broadcast area, which now includes northeast and north-central Kansas,

Tue, 07/22/2014 — A theme of the University of Kansas strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, is Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World. The university’s commitment to environmental awareness and research is embodied by KU’s newest Udall Foundation honoree....

Mon, 07/21/2014 — A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared with single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared with 31 percent of nonidentical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of...

Mon, 07/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas lost a longtime member of the Lawrence campus July 16. Michael “Mickey” Waxman, a statistical consultant for University of Kansas Libraries, died at his Baldwin City home after a long illness. “On behalf of the University of Kansas, I offer my condolences to Michael Waxman’s family and friends, who include the many students he helped,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said. Waxman had worked at KU since 1983. At the libraries, Waxman was responsible for statistical data consulting. He worked closely with faculty and graduate students in structuring statistical analyses for their research, often earning him mentions in the

Mon, 07/21/2014 — In an era when school districts are under near-constant pressure to improve budget efficiencies, they are increasingly looking at alternative solutions such as the consolidation of school districts, or, more recently, the consolidation of...


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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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