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Thu, 01/02/2020 — When food we’ve swallowed reaches our stomachs, it finds an acidic environment. The low pH in the stomach helps to begin digestion — and has been thought to kill the bacteria that hides in food that otherwise could harm our bodies. However,...

Thu, 01/02/2020 — The University of Kansas School of Business will begin offering a master’s degree in business analytics next fall. The program, which is STEM-certified, aims to train students in how to uncover highly relevant data insights using advanced...

Thu, 12/26/2019 — The names of 1,355 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this fall — representing 58 Kansas counties; 40 other states and Washington, D.C.; and 58 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar. Degrees are...

Fri, 12/20/2019 — LAWRENCE – Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, has been selected to receive the 2020 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. The award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service, comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation, which is named in honor of White. Baron will accept the award on William Allen White Day, which is April 16, 2020, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Baron’s speech, at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of the Kansas Union, is free and open to the public. Baron, who became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013, oversees the newspaper’s print and digital

Fri, 12/20/2019 — If economics is a game, Tarun Sabarwal would make a worthy opponent. An expert in “game theory,” the professor of economics at the University of Kansas creates and studies mathematical models designed to predict behavior. “Game theory...

Fri, 12/20/2019 — "Retro Cocktail Hour" brings Cinema a Go-Go back to the big screen at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Liberty Hall. It’s a night filled with teenage rebellion, hot rods and poor choices from the casts and characters of "High School Confidential"...

Thu, 12/19/2019 — LAWRENCE – Earlier this year, a remarkable new fossil specimen was unearthed in the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China by area fossil hunters – possibly a huge ancient spider species, as yet unknown to science. The locals sold the fossil to scientists at the Dalian Natural History Museum in Liaoning, China, who published a description of the fossil species in Acta Geologica Sinica, the peer-reviewed journal of the Geological Society of China. The Chinese team gave the spider the scientific name Mongolarachne chaoyangensis. But other scientists in Beijing, upon seeing the paper, had suspicions. The spider fossil was huge and strange looking. Concerned,

Thu, 12/19/2019 — A crew from the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, will be in western Kansas measuring groundwater levels the first week of January.  Weather permitting, the KGS crew will be working near Colby and Atwood on Jan. 2;...

Thu, 12/19/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s winter membership drive surpassed its fundraising goals this December, bringing in more than $49,000 in pledges. The two-day mini-drive, dubbed the "KPR Holiday Socktacular," took place on Dec 5 and 6. Members who donated at a certain level were eligible to receive a pair of KPR-branded socks, and the KPR advisory board signed on to donate socks to local community shelters for every pledge received during the drive. Because of the success of the drive, board members will donate 480 pairs of socks, which will be distributed to the Lawrence Community Shelter, the Topeka Rescue Mission, the Manhattan Emergency Shelter and the Emporia

Wed, 12/18/2019 — An acclaimed television journalist and a renowned artist will each receive honorary degrees from the University of Kansas next spring. Bill Kurtis and Roger Shimomura will both receive an honorary degree at KU’s 148th Commencement in May...

Wed, 12/18/2019 — The University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Tinker Foundation to fund graduate student research in Latin America. The two-year Tinker Field Research Grant will...

Wed, 12/18/2019 — The University of Kansas will rename a premier research facility in honor of the chancellor who made it a reality. KU will rename its Integrated Science Building in honor of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, whose leadership from...

Wed, 12/18/2019 — Every day, people come together to address challenges facing their communities, such as homelessness, economic development or environmental protection that are not quickly or easily solved. While all are well-intentioned, and collaborations...

Tue, 12/17/2019 — A University of Kansas student has been nominated for the Winston Churchill Scholarship, which provides for one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Priyanka Radadiya, a senior from Overland Park, is competing...

Mon, 12/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – “Daphne du Maurier gets all the press, but Marjorie Bowen was every bit as good,” said John Tibbetts, University of Kansas associate professor of film & media studies. “In fact, Bowen wrote a short story that I believe du Maurier ripped off for ‘Rebecca!’” Tibbetts has become so fascinated with the early 20th-century British writer – once popular, critically acclaimed and immensely prolific, but now forgotten – that not only has he written a new biography, “The Furies of Marjorie Bowen,” but he is planning a “Marjorie Bowen Reader” in hopes of bringing her out-of-print work to a new generation. “I feel like I'm a man on a mission,” Tibbetts said. “

Fri, 12/13/2019 — LAWRENCE – Come on now, does your friend or family member really need that fancy cooler or clothing-box subscription? Why not consider some scholarly stocking stuffers this holiday season? University of Kansas professors have produced a number of books, records and artworks in 2019 that could appeal to the discriminating consumer on your shopping list. For example:

Fri, 12/13/2019 — Marc Greenberg, director of the University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, was recently named a 2019 Ambassador of Science by the Slovene Ministry of Education, Science & Sport in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Awarded...

Fri, 12/13/2019 — Kansas Public Radio has a new evening classical host.  Former evening classical host Cordelia Brown transitioned into her new role as classical music director, and longtime volunteer host Marcia Higginson stepped into that role as the new host...

Thu, 12/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – If you’re prone to depression, this holiday season you might want to say “bah humbug” to offers of sugar plum pudding, caramel corn and chocolate babka. A new study from a team of clinical psychologists at the University of Kansas suggests eating added sugars – common in so many holiday foods – can trigger metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes tied to depressive illness. The work is published in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Coupled with dwindling light in wintertime and corresponding changes in sleep patterns, high sugar consumption could result in a “perfect storm” that adversely affects mental health, according to the researchers

Thu, 12/12/2019 — The University of Kansas School of Business has approved new policies for direct and competitive admissions to its Bachelor of Science in Business program. The new policies will accelerate student engagement with the school’s academic advisors,


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