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Fri, 04/22/2016 — An expert on Shakespeare will give a talk exploring one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays next week for the University of Kansas Department of English’s American/British Lecture. Gary Taylor, a KU alumnus, will present “Data-...

Thu, 04/21/2016 — LAWRENCE – Three University of Kansas law professors were recognized this week for demonstrating “compassion, dedication and tenacity” through nearly a decade of work to free an innocent man from prison. Jean Phillips, Elizabeth Cateforis and Alice Craig of KU Law’s Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies received the Sean O’Brien Freedom Award from the Midwest Innocence Project during its annual Faces of Innocence benefit Tuesday evening in Kansas City, Missouri. The three were singled out for their leading role in winning the exoneration of Floyd Bledsoe, who spent 16 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. Students and

Thu, 04/21/2016 — LAWRENCE – Featuring two pieces with live music and work from a guest artist, two recent alumnae and two current students, the University Dance Company’s spring concert will be full of original, exciting work. The shows will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. April 28-29 and 2:30 p.m. April 30. Tickets are on sale now at the Lawrence Arts Center box office or online: $15 public, $10 students, KU faculty and seniors, $8.50 children. Tickets bought before 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, are $5 off. “It’s no secret that music moves us, but the relationship between live music and dance in performance is a particularly powerful experience for artists and

Thu, 04/21/2016 — Since the financial crisis of 2008, debate has raged over how to prevent the next one. A University of Kansas professor has published a study arguing that institutional investors, like mutual funds and pension funds, need to be part of the...

Thu, 04/21/2016 — The concrete canoe team at the University of Kansas School of Engineering has its paddles ready for the annual Concrete Canoe Competition, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). KU will compete against other collegiate teams...

Thu, 04/21/2016 — LAWRENCE – Alumni, faculty, staff and students will gather together next week to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas. Psychology has been offered in some form at KU since the university’s founding in 1865. For the first few decades, however, psychology was included within the philosophy department. The first two chancellors, R.W. Oliver and John Fraser, taught courses framed around “Mental Philosophy.” The Department of Psychology became reality in 1916-’17, when courses were completely separated from philosophy for the first time. The university offered 15 courses in psychology with three

Thu, 04/21/2016 —  Brazil’s lower house of Congress has voted by a wide margin to impeach embattled President Dilma Rousseff, but the fight over whether she is removed from office is far from over. An impeachment trial could begin in May, yet there are numerous...

Wed, 04/20/2016 — Assembly is in full swing on two vehicles that the Jayhawk Motorsports team at the University of Kansas School of Engineering will race in competitions later this year. Seniors and underclassman-volunteers design and manufacture an electric and...

Wed, 04/20/2016 — University of Kansas experts on U.S. social and cultural history, including women's and African-American civil rights, are available to comment on the significance of Harriet Tubman being added to the $20 bill. According to national news reports,

Wed, 04/20/2016 — An $8 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation will enhance The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s pursuit of an NCI Comprehensive cancer center designation. The KU Cancer Center currently is a National Cancer Institute-designated...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — LAWRENCE – More than 1,900 people helped Kansas Public Radio conclude a successful spring membership drive after they reached their goal. After eight days of on-air fund raising, KPR ended its drive at 6 p.m. April 15 with $271,217 in pledges. The Campaign For Excellence 2016 drew pledges from 1,918 listener-members.  The membership drive began with more than $124,000 raised through a direct-mail campaign. More than $146,000 was raised on-air by pledges from new and renewing members.  “We are very grateful to everyone who pledged their support to Kansas Public Radio during our spring fund drive. Support from private sources accounts for 60 percent of the station’s

Tue, 04/19/2016 — A prominent chemical engineer who helped create a top refrigerant that is safe for Earth’s ozone layer will join the University of Kansas as a Foundation Distinguished Professor. Mark Shiflett, who has worked at DuPont since 1987, will join...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — Larry Singell is the second of three candidates for provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus. He has served as executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington since 2012. Singell, an...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — Two University of Kansas researchers are available to provide historical context on the debate over how generations of African-Americans perceive the 1994 crime bill and its significance with organizers and black activists. As part of the...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — University of Kansas and University of Michigan researchers will lead a project to build a web-based, interactive map showing where financial services are located in communities across the United States and how the locations of these services...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — A University of Kansas political scientist is available to discuss the New York presidential primary contests and how scenarios could influence each party's nomination process. New Yorkers head to the polls as Democratic front-runner Hillary...

Tue, 04/19/2016 — The University of Kansas Center for Sustainability will recognize 10 individuals and initiatives with Sustainability Leadership Awards on April 22 as part of KU's Earth Day festivities. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the Dance...

Mon, 04/18/2016 — When we hear about adolescents and sexual behavior online, it’s often in the context of scandal, such as when young people get in trouble for sexting. But even when they are not being sexually explicit, adolescents often present themselves...

Mon, 04/18/2016 — Westar Energy and the University of Kansas School of Engineering have collaborated to accelerate and expand opportunities for students in the mechanical engineering capstone program. A gathering to celebrate the official kickoff of the agreement...

Mon, 04/18/2016 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Center for Sustainability is leading a new initiative called Shut the Sash as part of an innovative program designed to reduce energy consumption and costs at the university’s research laboratories. Shut the Sash will be monitored by a newly formed Green Team at the Multidisciplinary Research Building to encourage researchers to save energy through the simple act of closing laboratory fume hoods. The Green Team is made up of staff and students in MRB who volunteer to encourage staff, faculty and students to make their laboratories and workplaces more sustainable. “Our conservation efforts focus on opportunities that reduce energy


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