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Thu, 05/21/2015 — Ford Motor Company has announced that industrial design student Alexander Guinn, Overland Park, is one of five U.S. recipients of its inaugural Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Awards. Guinn’s interest in industrial design...

Thu, 05/21/2015 — The University of Kansas celebrated its first official Kansas DNA Day last month. Lynn Villafuerte and Sonia Hall, with support from the Office of Diversity in Science Training, organized the events in collaboration with the University of North...

Wed, 05/20/2015 — After completing schoolwork, individuals with disabilities may be directed to a life of sheltered employment or a group home setting. University of Kansas researchers have been battling that type of guidance by proving that it is possible for...

Wed, 05/20/2015 — After Sunday's deadly biker brawl in Waco, Texas, the Justice Department has sought to raise public awareness of the prevalence of outlaw biker gangs often involved in criminal activity. Federal law enforcement officials estimate there are...

Wed, 05/20/2015 — Longtime University of Kansas staff member Precious Porras has been named interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  “Precious Porras has demonstrated an ability to guide this important office and work collaboratively with...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — LAWRENCE – Like his iconic painting “Christina’s World,” Andrew Wyeth’s legacy is one of emotional depth and complexity, according to the first academic book to be published on the artist. Inspired by the people, places and objects of rural Maine and Pennsylvania, Wyeth’s work has been admired by the public, valued by collectors and popular with museums. Yet for more than half a century, art critics have largely dismissed Wyeth, viewing his work as reactionary, sentimental and the product of a glorified illustrator. In “Rethinking Andrew Wyeth,” nine scholars re-examine Wyeth’s legacy. Published by the University of California Press and edited by David Cateforis, 

Tue, 05/19/2015 — LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized recently with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as innovation in research. The following awards were presented this spring. Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in Social and Behavioral Sciences The Budig Teaching Professorship Award recognizes faculty in the social and behavioral sciences who demonstrate a profound and excellent commitment to teaching. Winners receive a $5,000 prize and

Tue, 05/19/2015 — Annual cicadas are as much a part of summer in Kansas as the unrelenting heat of August, but this month – and once every 17 years – a different cicada song pulses across eastern Kansas. To celebrate the appearance of the cicada M. cassini,...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — LAWRENCE – The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded John Rury, professor of educational leadership & policy studies and courtesy professor of history, the Collaborative Research Fellowship for humanities research to be undertaken in academic year 2015-16. The ACLS, 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. The Collaborative Research Fellowship offers small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Rury and his colleague,

Tue, 05/19/2015 — Today, a task force appointed by President Obama unveiled a national strategy to protect honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Under supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture, the strategy...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — The University of Kansas is among three universities across the state that are members of the new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning will host the 2015 Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum from May 29 to June 2. The forum is intended to foster leadership skills in...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The University of Kansas recognized its Employees of the Year and presented the 2014-2015 Team Award earlier this month in the Kansas Union. Chancellor Bernadette Gray Little and Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor, were...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) has awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to 19 students for the study of five African languages this summer and during the 2015-16 academic year. The Center received $990,000 from...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center has become the Life Span Institute’s 14th affiliated center. SWIFT, a national K-8 technical assistance center, was funded with a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Two outstanding seniors at the University of Kansas have been named the recipients of major university awards for their academic achievements and leadership. Kevin Simpson, a finance and accounting major from Mission Hills, is the recipient of...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Four seniors at the University of Kansas have been named the recipients of university awards recognizing academic success, leadership and involvement. Sara Anees, a Wichita senior majoring in journalism, and Micah Melia, a Prairie Village...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — A University of Kansas professor and alumna have received a Silver Medal for Education award for a book on young women's giftedness, self-actualization and barriers to achievement. "Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities has recognized several outstanding humanities graduate students with summer research awards and internships. These summer funding opportunities are part of the center’s significant level of support for graduate research. The Hall Center's Humanities Summer Graduate Internship program supports exceptional and well-rounded doctoral or master's degree students who demonstrate the ability to make outstanding contributions in their chosen humanities or social science disciplines.

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Most historians credit English inventors with developing the mechanization of cotton spinning, which became a driving factor in the Industrial Revolution and introduction of the factory system as a substitute for hand labor. But a University of...


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