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Mon, 09/22/2014 —  University of Kansas researcher Paul Atchley is a major source for the forthcoming book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, “A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention.” Atchley, a...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – Since 1965, the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law has worked to obtain new trials for convicted individuals whose constitutional rights were violated. In the last five years, 38 Project clients have been granted new trials. But a lack of access to funding for forensic testing and expert testimony has hampered the Project’s ability to prove actual innocence, where the ultimate goal is exoneration.  A new partnership with the Midwest Innocence Project aims to change that. The Midwest Innocence Project, a member of the national Innocence Network, is dedicated to the investigation,

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Prominent graduates of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be on campus for J-School Generations 2014, which will be Sept. 25-26. “Each year we invite alumni to come back for Homecoming and a gathering...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Every year, private philanthropy benefits all aspects of the University of Kansas. Fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, continued that tradition: KU Endowment provided a record $124.1 million in direct financial support for KU and The University of...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Nearly one third of Americans suffer every day from chronic pain. Yet people, even doctors, often don’t understand the struggle of living with pain so severe it can keep victims from working, taking care of children, intimate relationships and...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has named an alumna who is known regionally for her impressive public administration track record as the new director of its Public Management Center (PMC) and courtesy professor within the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Laura Howard was selected to lead the PMC after a nationwide search. She is an experienced public sector leader who has held top posts in legislative and executive offices at the state and federal levels. As director, Howard will return to the institution where she earned her law degree in 1984. “I am thrilled to welcome Laura to the team,” said Reggie Robinson, director of the School of Public

Fri, 09/19/2014 — In 1982, 11-year-old Chris Strompolos asked 12-year-old Eric Zala a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’? I’m playing Indiana Jones.” And seven years later, a cult classic film was created. That...

Fri, 09/19/2014 — Beginning at 5 a.m. at the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and 14th Street, retired professor Theodore Johnson will lead the annual autumnal equinox walking tour Monday, Sept. 22. The tour will continue until 11 a.m. Johnson conducted the first equinox tour, for the vernal equinox, in March 1991. “A university examines the universe, often through experiences and experiments," Johnson said. "Our campus allows individuals both the time and the space to remove themselves from a certain material busyness to think and grow. Because of the fine oriented buildings on the eastern brow of Mount Oread above the grid of Lawrence, our university is a great place to experience

Fri, 09/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas presented Donn Parson, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies, the 2014 Career Achievement Teaching Award at a reception Wednesday. This $1,000 annual award recognizes a retired faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions to the profession. “I can think of no one who better exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a ‘teacher,’” said Bill Balthrop, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at University of North Carolina and a former student of Parson. Balthrop first met Parson at a Wichita

Fri, 09/19/2014 —   LAWRENCE – University of Kansas alumna Sarah Deer, a national leader in the effort to protect Native women from gender violence, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. Often called “genius grants,” MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. Deer is among 21 individuals in the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows who will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 over five years. “The MacArthur Fellowship will change my life in

Fri, 09/19/2014 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and the provost’s office hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to encourage continued dialogue on how the University of Kansas community can work together to confront sexual assault. “Sexual assault...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Tony Trigilio’s poems tell stories about alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories. Trigilio, a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, will read from his work at 4 p.m. Thursday,...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – The election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president marked a historic moment in American politics. Yet the milestone may have come at a significant cost to African-American political progress. This claim will be explored further during “Barack Obama and the Future of Black Politics,” presented as this year’s Marwa Africana Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Kansas Department of African & African-American Studies. The lecture will be delivered by Fredrick Harris, a professor of political science and director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society at Columbia University. Harris studies American

Thu, 09/18/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced the August Employees of the Month. They are as follows:  Name: Angela Griffin Start date: Jan. 3, 2000 Current title: Systems analyst What that means: In her current role Griffin manages the Visual Zen...

Thu, 09/18/2014 —  No one likes severe weather, but for some just the thought of a thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane or blizzard can severely affect their lives. When blood pressures spike, individuals obsessively monitor weather forecasts and they can't leave the...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will travel to Southwest Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 20, to provide free flu shots to people who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The project is an expansion of the school’s...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Scientists today use advanced computing systems to collect, analyze and store vast amounts of research data. The definition of “vast” has changed a lot since the days when computing meant slide rules, adding machines and paper punch cards.  How much it’s changed will be explored Monday, Sept. 22, when the University of Kansas hosts a one-day summit on Large Data Management Genomic Biodiversity. The event in The Commons at Spooner Hall begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The full agenda is available online, along with required registration information. The guidance computer for the Apollo moon-landing missions weighed

Thu, 09/18/2014 — President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday of a major increase in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa included a commitment of 3,000 troops, plus material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers and other...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Ten finalists have been selected for the 24th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, along...

Wed, 09/17/2014 — Students from 11 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 130 seniors from high schools in Douglas and Jefferson counties will be recognized for their...


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