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Wed, 12/10/2014 — In the midst of the chaos that is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a small group of University of Kansas researchers is quietly partnering with their colleagues in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Regional Office. Together, they are...

Tue, 12/09/2014 —  Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to speak with media about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture of...

Tue, 12/09/2014 — Loss of life and precious resources often come to mind before education and equality when considering the outcomes of war. However, three major wars in American history have improved education and equality standards for African-Americans, a...

Tue, 12/09/2014 — A $58 million gift from the estate of late University of Kansas alumni Madison “Al” and Lila Self will provide direct support to benefit students. With their lifetime and estate gifts, the Selfs donated $106 million to KU, making them the...

Tue, 12/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor can comment on Kansas’ ties to “In Cold Blood,” a subject of renewed interest after the decision of a Kansas judge to allow the publishing of field notes connected to the 1959 murders that inspired the book. Earlier this month, a district court judge ruled that Ronald Nye, son of Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Harold Nye, could publish his father’s field notes as part of a book that is said to contradict details in Truman Capote’s iconic true crime novel. Dave Tell, associate professor of communication studies, has researched Kansans’ reception of “In Cold Blood,” which he found varied in two different regions of

Tue, 12/09/2014 — Ward Lyles, assistant professor of urban planning, has been selected as a Fellow for the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Program. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is intended to...

Tue, 12/09/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced the October 2014 Employees of the Month. They are as follows: Name: Lois Elmer Start date: Jan. 27, 1986 Title: Administrative associate, School of Music What that means: Elmer assembles each...

Mon, 12/08/2014 — Who: Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas, and Kurt Watson, chair of Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas. What: KU will announce a historic gift and provide an update on Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas  When: Tuesday, Dec. 9 Media are requested to arrive at 1 p.m.; the program begins at 1:30 p.m. Where: Adams Alumni Center, Summerfield Room, 1266 Oread Ave. Purpose: To celebrate a historic gift for the University of Kansas. This event is open to the media. Parking is available in the parking garage across the street from Adams Alumni Center on Oread Avenue.

Mon, 12/08/2014 — Last summer, a team of nine University of Kansas faculty and administrators participated in the National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at Evergreen State College. The valuable lessons learned at that national resource for learning...

Mon, 12/08/2014 — The search committee for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas has chosen three finalists for the position. Each of the three finalists will visit KU this month to give a public presentation and take questions...

Fri, 12/05/2014 — The ongoing Jayhawk Boulevard project on the University of Kansas campus continues to attract recognition for its unique combination of restoring a historic campus landmark and embracing sustainability. The Mid-America Regional Council has...

Fri, 12/05/2014 — The University of Kansas will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 25-31, 2015, culminating in the KU football game against the University of Oklahoma Oct. 31 in Memorial Stadium. The KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee will...

Fri, 12/05/2014 — Professors at the University Kansas are among a group of researchers working to improve a new instrument that enables those with severe motion disabilities to play improvisational music. Known as Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI), the...

Thu, 12/04/2014 — The Center for Health Design has awarded Department of Architecture Post-Doctoral Fellow Nayma Khan its New Investigator Award. The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit organization that engages and supports professionals and...

Thu, 12/04/2014 — Although the influence of local interest groups often receives attention, how cities elect council members may be key to how they organize sustainability initiatives, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas professor. "With every...

Thu, 12/04/2014 — A leading scholar and public advocate on issues involving disability, employment and health is the 2014 recipient of the Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award at the University of Kansas. The award is the highest honor given annually to a...

Thu, 12/04/2014 —  Corey Rayburn Yung, criminal law professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to speak with media about a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers in the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New...

Thu, 12/04/2014 — The University of Kansas has named Gerald Holland to lead its Marketing Communications team. Holland is directing the university team that enhances KU's brand through initiatives ranging from features highlighting the research of KU faculty to...

Wed, 12/03/2014 — Savings accounts are not just a good way to have money to fall back on in case of emergency, they are, in fact, a gateway to financial health and a diversified balance sheet for young adults, new research from the University of Kansas shows....

Wed, 12/03/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering earned first place in a cyberdefense competition. The “JayHackers” won the inaugural computer security competition at the Central Area Networking and Security Workshop, hosted by...


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Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! We caught sunflowers standing tall at the Grinter Family Farms just outside Lawrence last fall. You may wonder how the sunflower came to be the State flower in 1903 and we found an excerpt from Kansas legislation: Whereas, Kansas has a native wild flower common throughout her borders, hardy and conspicuous, of definite, unvarying and striking shape, easily sketched, moulded, and carved, having armorial capacities, ideally adapted for artistic reproduction, with its strong, distinct disk and its golden circle of clear glowing rays -- a flower that a child can draw on a slate, a woman can work in silk, or a man can carve on stone or fashion in clay; and Whereas, This flower has to all Kansans a historic symbolism which speaks of frontier days, winding trails, pathless prairies, and is full of the life and glory of the past, the pride of the present, and richly emblematic of the majesty of a golden future, and is a flower which has given Kansas the world-wide name, "the sunflower state"... Be it enacted ... that the helianthus or wild native sunflower is ... designated ... the state flower and floral emblem of the state of Kansas.

We caught sunflowers standing tall at Grinter Family Farms outside of Lawrence last fall. Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! http://t.co/8V3JMMMfhb
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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