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Wed, 01/15/2014 — The University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network, a reading and information service for the blind and print-disabled, has received a $12,000 grant from the Ethel and Raymond Rice Foundation. The grant will help fund the costs associated with...

Wed, 01/15/2014 — AMS Professor Sherrie Tucker is the winner of the 2014 Kolmer Award from the Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA). The award honors teaching and mentoring in the field of American Studies and service to MAASA.  The MAASA Board...

Wed, 01/15/2014 — University of Kansas researchers have confirmed what decades of anecdotal evidence and national research suggested: Increased music participation has important direct and indirect effects on positive outcomes in student achievement and engagement.

Tue, 01/14/2014 — Dana Pugh is the fifth KU Law affiliate in five years selected to represent the interests of low-income Kansans as a Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellow. The program trains nonprofit leaders to effect public policy changes that improve the...

Tue, 01/14/2014 — It can be difficult to solve social problems when there is not a consensus on how to approach it or whether the problem even exists. Yet that is the situation two University of Kansas social welfare professors found themselves in when teaching...

Tue, 01/14/2014 — Streamlining communication and improving intelligence-gathering capabilities are the goals of a grant to the University of Kansas from the U.S. Department of Defense. Along with improving troop safety and military operations, KU researchers are...

Fri, 01/10/2014 — LAWRENCE – Last September, the University of Kansas welcomed David Roediger, the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois and an internationally recognized historian, as keynote speaker for the 60th anniversary of the Department of American Studies. Next academic year, KU will welcome Roediger to a more prominent role as its first Foundation Distinguished Professor in American Studies and History. “Foundation Professor hires are integral to the success of Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan,” said Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor. “Our Foundation Professor recruitment efforts target truly exceptional researchers

Thu, 01/09/2014 — The state budget, education funding and tax policy are likely to be key issues when Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address, and KPR will bring it to you live. The coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, the first...

Thu, 01/09/2014 — Diversity is a hot topic on college campuses as higher learning institutions work to ensure they have a strong mix of faculty and students from a variety of cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds as well as other demographic categories. Yet...

Wed, 01/08/2014 —  Once upon a time, a Jurassic spider fossil was an extremely rare find. The first was discovered in Russia and described in 1984 — another was found three years later. But that remained the totality of the fossil record. Then, in the...

Tue, 01/07/2014 — Technology is often touted as being able to change our lives, to make them easier, more efficient or to simply make life better. But what happens if technology has the ability to change what it means to be human? That question is at the heart of...

Tue, 01/07/2014 — A hidden aquifer the size of Ireland recently discovered within the ice layers of a glacier in Greenland could hold the key to better understanding how annual melting at the ice surface could affect sea level rise. The Dec. 22 issue of the...

Mon, 01/06/2014 — Eleven students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will travel through rural areas of Kansas this week on their way to visit 10 independent pharmacies and their owners. The annual trip is sponsored by KU–NCPA (National Community...

Mon, 12/30/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has selected Lindsey Douglas, who currently leads the Kansas Department of Transportation’s legislative efforts, to serve as KU’s director of state relations. Douglas will report to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Timothy Caboni, who announced the hiring today. “Lindsey’s experience in state government, her advocacy work and legal training will make an outstanding addition to the public affairs team at the University of Kansas. I look forward to working with her as we continue to reorient our state relations effort and reconceptualize how we engage with opinion leaders and elected officials across the state,” said Caboni.

Fri, 12/20/2013 —  A national listing of the top 100 influential analytical scientists includes a University of Kansas professor of chemistry who researches methods to improve the efficiency of drugs in treating a variety of diseases. Susan Lunte, Ralph N. Adams...

Fri, 12/20/2013 — The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas will change its Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BS ARCE) degree program from a five-year curriculum to a four-year program,...

Thu, 12/19/2013 — The University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration today announced its intent to offer academic and professional development programs at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site beginning in January 2014. As part...

Thu, 12/19/2013 —  The widespread distribution of insects across all ecological niches on Earth is due in large part to the amazing properties of their exoskeletons. Lightweight, waterproof and durable, exoskeletons are made of “cuticle” — the second-most...

Thu, 12/19/2013 — The Center for Undergraduate Research is launching a pilot program this spring to assist instructors interested in incorporating research into their undergraduate classes. Nine graduate research consultants will pair with faculty members in a...

Thu, 12/19/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law was sanctioned recently by a committee of the American Bar Association, Dean of Law Stephen Mazza announced today. The sanctions involved a procedural error surrounding the January 2012 launch of a master’s of law degree in American legal studies. The law school had an existing master’s program in place at the time it launched the new program. The school mistakenly believed that the new program came within the scope of the existing master’s program and, therefore, did not seek acquiescence from the ABA. The acquiescence process provides the ABA with an opportunity to ensure that secondary degree programs do not


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Jaclyn Carpenter, a junior studying American Studies, took a moment after finishing her finals to wander around Marvin Grove — know the feeling? But Jaclyn told us her semester was a good one. Her favorite class this year? Jewish American Literature, "because professor Cheryl Lester really knows how to engage with her classes." This made us want to know: What was your favorite class and why? Jaclyn added some advice: “You're only on this campus for four years, so take any free time you have to explore all the unique wonders it has." We love that idea, Jaclyn. #exploreKU

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