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Wed, 02/24/2021 — Conservative legislation has resulted in funding cuts and clinic closures for abortion providers in many states. But such anti-abortion policies have damaging consequences on women who rely on family planning clinics for other health services,...

Wed, 02/24/2021 — Language development in toddlers usually proceeds from gestures and garbled sounds into words and eventually full sentences. But for some children, language development can be delayed – even when there is no clear evidence of neurological,...

Tue, 02/23/2021 — LAWRENCE – The University Theatre’s spring debut brings professional actors Zooming in to interact with student actors for the world premiere of “Musings of Fire.” A poignant illumination of the country’s current political, social and cultural climate, “Musings of Fire” has been adapted from Shakespeare’s text by Santiago Sosa, visiting assistant professor, who is also directing. Sosa is credited with the collaboration between the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance and Island Shakespeare Festival in Washington state. “'Musings of Fire’ is a theatrical, spoken-word, movement-driven, devised experience that explores the current political, cultural

Tue, 02/23/2021 — After three years of small increases, average groundwater levels in central and western Kansas dropped during 2020 as most of the area experienced abnormally dry conditions for much of the year, according to preliminary data compiled by the...

Mon, 02/22/2021 — The University of Kansas has earned funding to launch a center dedicated to connecting researchers, educators and higher education faculty across the country to improve the use of technology in special education. The Center for Innovation,...

Fri, 02/19/2021 — During the Great Depression, Orson Welles’ "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" brought new, exciting dramas to communities that couldn’t otherwise afford to attend theatre. Fast-forward to the current pandemic, with theatres mostly closed and...

Fri, 02/19/2021 — For the 54th consecutive year, the University of Kansas has qualified teams to compete at the National Debate Tournament.  The KU Debate teams of junior Azja Butler, of Lansing, and senior Ross Fitzpatrick, of Leawood, and senior Nate Martin,...

Fri, 02/19/2021 — KU’s fourth annual One Day. One KU. giving day brought in gifts benefiting everything from butterflies to Alzheimer’s disease research on its most successful giving day to date. The 24-hour event Feb. 18 raised a total of $3,396,158 from...

Thu, 02/18/2021 — The University of Kansas ranks fifth nationally among Tier 1 research institutions in the annual “Military Friendly Schools” survey, up from a No. 6 ranking last year. The annual Military Friendly Schools survey is the longest-running...

Thu, 02/18/2021 — A diverse group of University of Kansas researchers from a broad range of scholarly backgrounds — and including many female and underrepresented voices — will receive training and work together to produce public scholarship that speaks to a...

Wed, 02/17/2021 — After a 15-year career at the University of Kansas, Precious Porras is leaving to take the next step in her career. Porras, assistant vice provost for student affairs, was selected to be the chief diversity officer for Dominican University in...

Wed, 02/17/2021 — LAWRENCE – Can a few seconds' worth of music convey the triumph of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., the price he paid to achieve it and yet presage the struggles to come in our own time? Brad Osborn, University of Kansas associate professor of music, believes that’s exactly what composer Jason Moran accomplished in the 2015 film “Selma,” and that’s just one example of the emotional power of a musical figure called “SdTT,” or Sub-dominant Tritone, that Osborn outlines in a new paper. “In examining the same SdTT motif in a number of different films, I aim to shed light on the essence of a complex and multivalent web of emotions it signifies,” Osborn writes

Wed, 02/17/2021 — LAWRENCE – Who’s an essential worker during a pandemic, when people are asked to stay home to stop the spread? Grocery clerks, sure. Truckers. EMTs. But what about artists? Making art is Benjamin Rosenthal’s raison d’être. The associate professor of visual art took some qualified risks and expended great effort during the pandemic year of 2020 to make some work. The result is an eight-minute video titled “the gleaners, and: ritual for signaled bodies” that he produced in collaboration with Eric Souther, assistant professor of video art at the New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC), School of Art and Design at Alfred University. It premieres virtually Feb. 19

Tue, 02/16/2021 — LAWRENCE – Eight University of Kansas graduate students from the Lawrence campus and five graduate students from the KU Medical Center are putting their groundbreaking research on public display starting Feb. 18. KU students will join graduate students from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit. This year’s event will take place virtually, instead of in the Kansas Statehouse. The graduate students selected to participate represent a wide range of research interests, including physical and natural sciences, medicine and pharmacy,

Mon, 02/15/2021 — Amittia Parker worked for 10 years as an infant and early-childhood mental health consultant serving families with children with challenging behaviors. She saw how the system consistently focused on the problems of Black mothers, making...

Mon, 02/15/2021 — LAWRENCE – One of the University of Kansas School of Engineering’s signature events dating back more than a century will take place later this month – in a virtual format. The KU Engineering Expo is set for noon-3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22. Events are primarily geared toward K-8 students, though all grade levels are welcome. The event will feature engineering demonstrations and competitions, which will occur live over Zoom. Registration is required to participate in events on Sunday and Monday. After registering, participants will receive a Zoom link to their preferred activities. The Feb. 21 events include demonstrations that participants can watch,

Mon, 02/15/2021 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio is launching its first book club. The KPR Presents Book Club will begin the series with "Ladybird, Collected" by local Lawrence author and diner owner Meg Heriford.  "Ladybird, Collected" is a collection of essays building connections with the diners who have walked in and out of Ladybird Diner’s doors over the years. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Heriford has transformed Ladybird into a community kitchen providing free lunches to anyone in need. "KPR Presents" host Kaye McIntyre covers a variety of books by Kansas and international authors during her weekly program. She has been involved in book clubs throughout her adult

Fri, 02/12/2021 — Reported crimes were down on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, according to statistics released today by the KU Public Safety Office. KU Public Safety took reports of 349 criminal offenses on campus in 2020, which was a 40% decrease...

Fri, 02/12/2021 — The University Career Center is hosting its annual Career & Internship Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. This virtual event will feature more than 100 employers from across the country that are recruiting for full-time and...

Thu, 02/11/2021 —  Nearly every fall, as football teams return to the field, tragic stories of players falling ill and even dying of heat trauma make the headlines. What many don’t consider is that marching band members — who don heavy uniforms and perform in...


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