Mon, 06/22/2015 —
LAWRENCE – As the U.S. military considers positioning equipment along Russia’s western border, geographers at the University of Kansas are studying how Russia’s increasing military presence and conduct in the west connect to the country’s actions in the east.
Shannon O'Lear, professor of geography, and KU doctoral candidate John Biersack have studied Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea and a 30-year, $400 billion natural gas deal it signed with China two months later. They say that combined, these two actions signal Russia’s shift to the east.
While Russia’s narrative in annexing Crimea is rooted in the past, Biersack and O’Lear argue Russia’s perspective of
Mon, 06/22/2015 — A high-level administrator at the University of Kansas will fill the role of interim vice provost for undergraduate studies. Tammara Durham, who is currently vice provost for student affairs, will take on additional leadership duties for the...
Fri, 06/19/2015 — YODER – Fifty-five new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Topeka Police Department Chief James L. Brown during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Friday, June 12.
The new officers were members of the 234th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training March 9, represented 40 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification
Thu, 06/18/2015 — LAWRENCE – Beverly Mack, professor of African and African-American studies, received the first Sharon & Jeffrey Vitter Award for Engaged Scholarship for her project “The American Yan Taru.” The award recognizes outstanding examples of engaged scholarship, or academic scholarship that has been taken off-campus and into the community, contributing to the public good. The award seeks to recognize KU faculty members whose work exemplifies how academic research can have a positive effect on communities.
Mack previously received the Hall Center’s Scholars on Site Award in 2013 to explore this project. Grants are made to KU faculty members who wish to establish or
Thu, 06/18/2015 — TOPEKA – Two-thirds of returning University of Kansas undergraduates will see no tuition increase, while costs will rise by 3.6 percent for incoming freshmen and all other students under the university’s 2015-16 tuition proposal approved by the Kansas Board of Regents today.
“Tuition is often a balancing act between affordability and quality,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Our goal is to remain affordable and accessible while also ensuring we have the resources to provide students the education and opportunities they expect from a flagship research university. We believe we continue to strike the appropriate balance, as evidenced by our freshman class
Thu, 06/18/2015 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences recognized three University of Kansas graduate students with awards for exceptional research and academic performance.
The honorees are making contributions to the depth of knowledge about U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ off-reservation boarding schools; the power of rhetoric in social change in West Africa; and social capital and health in Indonesia.
Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
The Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award is presented to graduating master’s degree students for completing a thesis that is innovative, methodologically rigorous and makes a significant advancement or original contribution to his or
Wed, 06/17/2015 — LAWRENCE - Still looking for a Father’s Day gift? Send dad an email.
Research at the University of Kansas found the more communication tools young adult used with their parents, the more satisfied the children were with the relationship.
Jennifer Schon, doctoral student in communication studies, is available to talk about her research in young adult and parental communication. Schon surveyed adult children between the ages of 18 and 29 about how often they communicated with their parents using landline phones, cell phones, texting, instant messaging, Snapchat, email, video calls, social networking sites and online games.
She found that on average adult children
Wed, 06/17/2015 — Irma Grese, who is perhaps the most well-known female Nazi concentration camp guard, is portrayed in popular culture as a brutal warden in Nazi exploitation films.
Though she was one of about 3,500 Aufseherinnen, or female guards, the Nazis...
Tue, 06/16/2015 — As the White House confirmed the death of al-Qaida's Arabian Peninsula deputy Nasir al-Wuhayshi in an airstrike in Yemen on Tuesday, national news reports have labeled it the most significant blow to the terrorist organization since the 2011...
Tue, 06/16/2015 — Roberta Pokphanh has been selected as the academic director of the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program. Pokphanh currently serves as assistant dean of the Office of Graduate Studies at KU. She will begin her new role Monday, June 22.
Tue, 06/16/2015 — The University of Kansas Edwards Campus is offering a new, unique program aimed at attracting and retaining talent in Johnson County and the region. The new Applied Statistics and Analytics online graduate degree, starting in fall 2015, is the...
Tue, 06/16/2015 — The oscillating song of the 17-year cicadas — which some people find musically magical and others find intolerable — has become the subject of spur-of-the-moment research for a group of University of Kansas scientists. And they need...
Mon, 06/15/2015 — LAWRENCE – Similar to its World War II allies, Japan used art to promote its war machine during the 1930s and '40s. In the following decades, artists during this era were categorized as either collaborating with the wartime government or being anti-war.
In her book “Mirroring the Japanese Empire: The Male Figure in Yōga Painting 1930-1950,” University of Kansas associate professor of Japanese art Maki Kaneko argues that a more nuanced understanding of these artists is needed.
Kaneko looks at yōga painters who became well-known for their works featuring male images during and shortly after the Asia-Pacific War. In Japan, yōga refers to a Western style of painting.
Mon, 06/15/2015 — Two students who have overcome significant personal hardships in their young lives are the 2015 Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship awardees at the University of Kansas. The scholarship program, now in its second year, is part of...
Mon, 06/15/2015 — A new University of Kansas investment in training and support for startup companies formed from university research is already beginning to pay off. A KU startup company has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NASA to...