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Thu, 10/09/2014 — The University of Kansas is currently preparing an extensive self-study to prepare for a universitywide reaccreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Accreditation assures KU’s students that their...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – When a young man was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, his death set off several weeks of vigils, protests, vandalism and looting. The event also attracted national and international media attention, spurring public dialogue on issues of race and inequality, the criminal justice system and definitions of peaceful protest.   Experts in a variety of fields will participate in a panel discussion on the broad historical, social, economic and political implications of recent events in Ferguson during “Facing Ferguson: Historical, Legal and Political Contexts.” The event, which will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Lawrence

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas French scholar can talk about the work and legacy of Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature. The Nobel committee recognized Modiano’s work “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Born in France in 1945, Modiano has spent much of his literary career focused on the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Van Kelly, an associate professor of French who specializes in contemporary French literature and film, has used Modiano’s novels in his undergraduate and graduate classes since 1992. Similar to Modiano’s work,

Thu, 10/09/2014 — The Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to help community college students with...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — When President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the Affordable Care Act, it represented the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the passage of...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — U.S. Department of Justice officials said in national news reports that American law enforcement officials must focus their resources on Americans traveling abroad who might become radicalized and return to conduct terrorist attacks at home on...

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A popular comedian’s podcast that has fellow comics talking openly about mental illness has redefined the relationship between celebrity and fan. Vincent Meserko, a University of Kansas doctoral student in communication studies, closely studied comedian Paul Gilmartin’s podcast “Mental Illness Happy Hour” and found that the broadcasting technology of podcasts allows the audience to connect to the performer on a more intimate level and makes the audience feel as though the performer was one of them. Meserko’s findings are detailed in the article “Going Mental: Podcasting, Authenticity, and the Artist-Fan Identification on Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness

Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – The deep study of complex biomedical problems requires stable, long-term research funding. Robert Hanzlik, a professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas, understands that better than most. In 2002, the National Institutes of Health awarded Hanzlik a five-year, $10 million grant to create the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Protein Structure and Function (COBRE-PSF). The success of Hanzlik’s team, which included Mary Lou Michaelis, now-emeritus professor of pharmacology and toxicology, led to a second five-year, $10 million grant in 2008. Recently, Hanzlik learned that COBRE-PSF will receive an additional $5.6 million in

Wed, 10/08/2014 — Critics may deride it as fake, and the outcomes may be determined before a match is ever held, but professional wrestling is still widely popular, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars annually and drawing thousands of spectators to live...

Wed, 10/08/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher is available to provide historical context about two all-female colleges agreeing to officially admit transgendered students and becoming the first higher education institutions in the country to put such...

Wed, 10/08/2014 — The Columbine High School massacre that involved two students opening fire and throwing pipe bombs in the Colorado school in 1999 touched off heightened attention on school security and safety. But several other school shootings have occurred in...

Wed, 10/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas has hired a higher education administrator and KU alumna with more than 20 years’ experience to lead its undergraduate services office. The new director, Susan Rufledt, will assume duties leading the College’s Student Academic Services office Oct. 20. She most recently served as director of First-Year Experience at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Karen Ledom, who has served as interim director since May, will resume her position as administrative director. “Susan Rufledt will hit the ground running as our new director. She’s a creative problem-solver and experienced project

Tue, 10/07/2014 —  Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called “exosomes.” Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs that...

Tue, 10/07/2014 — A University of Kansas physicist who studies the same electronic and optical properties used to develop LED light is available to discuss the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. The honor was given jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji...

Tue, 10/07/2014 — With everything from microbial art to fluorescent geysers, a science festival atmosphere will permeate the galleries for this year’s Party in the Panorama at the KU Natural History Museum. The museum will offer Party in the Panorama: a...

Tue, 10/07/2014 — The University of Kansas community has announced a food drive as well as events throughout the month to bring awareness to the battle against hunger in Douglas County, where more than 16,000 people struggle to maintain adequate access to...

Tue, 10/07/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to recruit and fund students for master's-level education focused on behavioral health practice with adolescents and transitional-age youth. The...

Mon, 10/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – As research in the digital humanities continues to flourish, new technologies will increasingly provide interpretations of historical data never before possible. Environmental history represents a unique interdisciplinary field ripe to benefit from the intersection of computing and the humanities. Sara Gregg, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, and Library GIS Specialist Rhonda Houser, KU, will use a Collaborative Research Seed Grant, awarded by the Hall Center for the Humanities, to investigate in an innovative way the environmental effect of the Homestead Acts on the West. Scholars have provided a narrative history of

Mon, 10/06/2014 —  Andrei Piontkovsky, a Russian political analyst and a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, will present “Putin’s Russia as a Revanchist Power” at 7 p.m. today in 100 Stauffer-Flint Hall. Piontkovsky has been a consistent critic of...

Fri, 10/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – At the prospect of meeting a "real" shaman in Seoul for the first time, Kyoim Yun was almost overcome by anxiety. Her idea that shamans possess mysterious power and were not quite at home in the modern world both fascinated and intimidated her. What she saw was a series of hardball negotiations between the shaman and client as well as between deities and humans. The intense bargaining caught Yun, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and culture at the University of Kansas, by surprise. It also sent her down a new research path. For more than a decade, Yun has been traveling to Cheju (Jeju) Island, a popular tourist destination off Korea’s


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