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Tue, 08/12/2014 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the July 1 death of Nathaniel “Nate” Gene Smith, a doctoral student and teaching assistant. Smith, of Lawrence, was nearing completion of a doctorate in the Department of Applied Behavioral...

Tue, 08/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas African-American studies professor can provide historical context to the events surrounding the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests, vandalism and looting broke out over the weekend after a police officer shot Michael Brown multiple times in the St. Louis suburb. Clarence Lang, an associate professor of African and African-American studies, has researched black urban communities in the 20th century Midwest. In 2009, he published the book “Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-1975,” and he is an expert on the city’s Civil Rights era. Lang

Tue, 08/12/2014 — University of Kansas marketing and consumer behavior scholars are available for comment on the recent news of Malaysia Airlines’ potential corporate rebranding after its MH370 and MH17 disasters. Jessica Li and Noelle Nelson, assistant...

Mon, 08/11/2014 — Improvements in financial reporting that stemmed from the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or SOX, in the wake of Enron and other corporate scandals, have led to a major decrease in accounting mistakes at large U.S. companies, a University of Kansas...

Mon, 08/11/2014 —  The University of Kansas will host an Anti-Bullying Summit, bringing some of the world’s leading scholars on the topic together with educators in area schools to discuss the latest research, prevention and intervention strategies as well as...

Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – A program developed at the University of Kansas to replace textbooks with rich online content has resulted in $500,000 in savings since its inception five years ago. In 2009, KU developed Acceso, an innovative, open-access, web-based platform to serve as an alternative to textbooks. Since then, more than 3,000 intermediate-level students studying Spanish at KU and hundreds more in other learning institutions across the country have used the online resource. Amy Rossomondo, an associate professor of Spanish, saw a need for a platform like Acceso because textbooks, while strong in grammar, weren’t offering the kind of cultural literacy that would remain

Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – How light interacts with matter is one of the grand challenges of atomic, molecular and optical research. A Kansas and Nebraska consortium led by university researchers has received a three-year, $6 million award to understand ultrafast molecular processes on the order of a millionth of a billionth second, or one femtosecond. The award is divided equally between the two states. The project, Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures, is part of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).  Kristin Bowman-James, project director of Kansas NSF EPSCoR and a

Fri, 08/08/2014 —  As attention turns to the upcoming school year and continued concern about rising student debt levels, William Elliott III, associate professor and director of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Assets and Education Initiative,

Thu, 08/07/2014 — Recently, Malaysian herpetologist Juliana Senawi puzzled over an unfamiliar orange-striped, yellow-speckled frog she’d live-caught in swampland on the Malay Peninsula. She showed the frog to Chan Kin Onn, a fellow herpetologist pursuing his...

Thu, 08/07/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network will host a donation drive for its annual benefit sale from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza in Topeka. Contributors can bring their donations of gently used audio equipment,...

Thu, 08/07/2014 — New exhibits featuring spectacular artifacts of pre-Columbian archaeology, the dazzling expressions of the color red in nature and the real bones of a new Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton are among those being highlighted by the KU Biodiversity...

Wed, 08/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – Music students’ attitudes toward individuals with disabilities are more positive after they simulate having a disability, a University of Kansas study found. Cynthia Colwell, a professor of music education and music therapy, recently published an article in the International Journal of Music Education that looked at what happened when music students were asked to simulate a disability. Students training to be music therapists or music teachers were assigned to simulate one of the following disabilities: a one-arm amputation, lower-limb paralysis that required a wheelchair, a hearing impairment or a visual impairment. With one student simulating the

Tue, 08/05/2014 — Residents of Toledo, Ohio's fourth-largest city, spent the weekend under a water advisory due to toxins in the city's water supply. City officials lifted the advisory Monday morning after testing revealed the toxin levels created by levels of...

Tue, 08/05/2014 — The Watergate scandal culminated the evening of Aug. 8, 1974 — 40 years ago this week — when Richard Nixon announced he would resign the presidency at noon the next day, ending two years of bitter fighting. For a University of Kansas English...

Tue, 08/05/2014 — Jomella Watson-Thompson, assistant professor in applied behavioral science and associate director for the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the national 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award...

Mon, 08/04/2014 —  A researcher at the University of Kansas has earned an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award grant to conduct research on cutting-edge photovoltaic technology intended to give American forces tactical advantages in the field. "My YIP...

Mon, 08/04/2014 — Four University of Kansas students have been selected for prestigious Fulbright awards for research and study for the 2014-15 academic year. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S....

Mon, 08/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s Saturday morning lineup is set to get a whole lot funnier. The National Public Radio comedy-quiz show, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!," debuts 10-11 a.m. Sept. 6. "Wait Wait" will air at 10 a.m. after "Car Talk," the car repair show with Click and Clack, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers. To make room on the schedule, Michael Feldman’s "Whad’Ya Know" will become a one-hour show from 11 a.m. to noon. Now in its 16th season, "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" uses current news stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener

Mon, 08/04/2014 — Summer days draw Kansas anglers to the state’s rivers, streams and lakes—not just for sport and the open air but also for a glimpse of the colorful world that shimmers beneath the surface. That surprisingly diverse world fascinated Frank...

Mon, 08/04/2014 —  An online game that has students race through a course and learn about scientific argumentation during pit stops has proven effective at a crucial time in American education. Researchers and developers at the University of Kansas who created...


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