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Thu, 05/08/2014 — The University of Kansas will honor retiring faculty and unclassified staff members with a lunch at noon May 22 in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will recognize the employees during the lunch. Retirees and one...

Thu, 05/08/2014 — Scientists at the University of Kansas are working toward a potential breakthrough therapy for a host of autoimmune diseases. Long a goal of immunology, the approach targets only the handful of dangerous "self-reactive" T cells that can harm the...

Thu, 05/08/2014 —  A University of Kansas professor has co-authored a study showing that differences between school districts in greater Kansas City, often attributed to race, have been shaped by factors such as parents’ education and affluence, helping sustain...

Thu, 05/08/2014 — A recent visit with students in the University of Kansas Department of Theatre inspired alumnus Jon Eicholtz and his wife, actress Barbara Eden, of Beverly Hills, California, to make a $300,000 gift to provide an undergraduate scholarship for...

Wed, 05/07/2014 — Rural school districts are at a distinct disadvantage in being able to attract high-quality teachers out of college compared with suburban and urban districts, according to recent study funded by the Spencer Foundation and released online in The...

Wed, 05/07/2014 — LAWRENCE – Cinematographer and University of Kansas alumnus Ward Russell will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Film and Media Studies this week at their annual award ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Liberty Hall. The ceremony is open to the public. “Ward Russell is the consummate Hollywood professional, master of stylish photography in the industry and immensely collegial to the profession and to the students,” said John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies. “Add Ward to the list of many motion picture professionals on either side of the camera who not only make KU proud, but keep contacts with the department and

Wed, 05/07/2014 — LAWRENCE – Ashlie Koehn, a junior from Burns at the University of Kansas, was recently named the KU Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Koehn joins 196 student leaders across the country who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. Koehn believes in a multifaceted approach to social issues. She founded and leads the KU Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking, an organization that takes a three-pronged

Wed, 05/07/2014 — While thousands of new University of Kansas graduates will celebrate the personal achievement of earning their degrees at the 142nd Commencement on May 18, four outstanding seniors will also be recognized with 2014 University Awards for the time...

Wed, 05/07/2014 — The Trans-Pacific Partnership has the potential to be the most economically and politically significant free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, but it is being hindered by a nontransparent drafting process and perceptions of favoring...

Wed, 05/07/2014 — Retired University of Kansas professor Ted Johnson, French and Italian, will give his Stop Day walking tour of the architecture and sculptures along the university’s campus Friday, May 9. Attendees will make observations during the informal,...

Tue, 05/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – Responding to the state’s increasing Somali-speaking population, the University of Kansas will soon be one of the first universities in the country to provide language training in Somali. Since the 1990s, when Somalia was torn apart by Civil War, the United States has seen an increasing number of Somali immigrants. Several thousand Somali speakers live in southwest Kansas, attracted to jobs in the region’s meat-packing industry. More than 5,000 Somali immigrants are in the Kansas City metro area, a population that continues to grow as immigrants move to a city where friends and family have already put down roots. “We are proud to serve our surrounding

Tue, 05/06/2014 — The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has announced that this year’s Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest winners are Department of History doctoral student Robert Jameson, for his essay titled “Crimea as Kosovo and...

Tue, 05/06/2014 — Three University of Kansas School of Law alumni with distinguished careers in the judiciary and public service are set to receive the school’s highest honor. Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Edward Larson, Judge Mary Murguia of the U.S....

Tue, 05/06/2014 — Many words come to mind when describing 2014 University Awards recipients Emily Frese, Benjamin Jang, Samuel Logan and Autumn Smith, among them adventurous, driven and dedicated. The four University of Kansas seniors graduate at the 142nd...

Mon, 05/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – The inventive research of University of Kansas faculty and students was recognized and celebrated May 1 at the second annual KU Innovation Fair. The program was hosted by KU Innovation and Collaboration, the university’s technology commercialization office. Cory Berkland, professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, received the Jim Baxendale Commercialization Award.  It recognizes a KU faculty member whose research has resulted in significant advances and commercial opportunities for the university. Berkland is the co-founder of three companies since coming to KU in 2004: Orbis

Mon, 05/05/2014 — Legendary University of Kansas and professional football player John Hadl has teamed up with Audio-Reader to chair the fifth annual Audio-Reader Golf Classic, which will be Monday, May 19, at Alvamar Country Club. A halfback for both offense...

Mon, 05/05/2014 — Heritage language education is growing, but it is still not recognized by students, parents, teachers and teacher educators as a benefit for people who have language background other than English. A University of Kansas researcher argues that by...

Joe Lutkenhaus
Fri, 05/02/2014 — Joe Lutkenhaus, the University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Lutkenhaus was one of 84 new...

Fri, 05/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A shadowy eunuch who is a behind-the-scenes power player in a royal court full of deceit, murder and sexual intrigue? No, it isn’t Lord Varys, the character nicknamed “the Spider” on the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones.” A fictional character in the fantastical television and book series, Varys’ position draws historical parallels to several instances in Imperial China where eunuchs were among those closest to the emperor and in some cases rose to become de facto rulers. Among them is Wei Zhongxian, a eunuch who nearly usurped power from the next to last Ming emperor during the 1620s. This summer, Keith McMahon, a professor of East Asian languages and

Fri, 05/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded three University of Kansas faculty members fellowships for humanities research to be undertaken in academic year 2014-15. The council, one of the premier humanities-focused granting agencies, is a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations that supports scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. “These fellowships are significant,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “They are prestigious and support innovative research. I commend these professors for undertaking challenging projects. Their work will help us better understand


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