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Tue, 09/23/2014 — Dealing with loss, mental illness and the value of trust, “Proof” is a poignant drama about the nature of genius. The play will open at the University Theatre on Oct. 3. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 7-9 as well as 2:30 p.m. Oct.

Tue, 09/23/2014 — University of Kansas Department of Design students won four out of five student Juror's Choice awards from the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. KU also won 33 of 45 student honors at the annual A10 Awards ceremony,...

Tue, 09/23/2014 — Two seniors at the University of Kansas School of Engineering were recognized for distinguished scholarship and exemplary character by the oldest engineering honor society in the United States. Darrin Sorem, a Lawrence native studying mechanical...

Tue, 09/23/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor spent 10 months in China studying the influence Western-style dancing has on contemporary Chinese society. Ketty Wong, an associate professor of ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright Award to conduct research on the reasons why various generations of Chinese embrace Western dances and have made them a part of their everyday lives. Wong said it is an important question for a country that closed its doors to the West and is now undergoing enormous political, economic and social transformations. From the northwest city of Urumqi to the southeast city of Shenzhen, Wong traveled throughout the country giving lectures,

Tue, 09/23/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities has raised the required private match of $1.275 million to complete fundraising for its third National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, two years ahead of schedule. The NEH awarded the Center a...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – Since 1965, the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law has worked to obtain new trials for convicted individuals whose constitutional rights were violated. In the last five years, 38 Project clients have been granted new trials. But a lack of access to funding for forensic testing and expert testimony has hampered the Project’s ability to prove actual innocence, where the ultimate goal is exoneration.  A new partnership with the Midwest Innocence Project aims to change that. The Midwest Innocence Project, a member of the national Innocence Network, is dedicated to the investigation,

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Every year, private philanthropy benefits all aspects of the University of Kansas. Fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, continued that tradition: KU Endowment provided a record $124.1 million in direct financial support for KU and The University of...

Mon, 09/22/2014 —  University of Kansas researcher Paul Atchley is a major source for the forthcoming book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, “A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention.” Atchley, a...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Researchers at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets based at the University of Kansas have unlocked important new details below the ice in key areas of Greenland and Antarctica that will reshape how scientists forecast changes to sea level.

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Nearly one third of Americans suffer every day from chronic pain. Yet people, even doctors, often don’t understand the struggle of living with pain so severe it can keep victims from working, taking care of children, intimate relationships and...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — Prominent graduates of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be on campus for J-School Generations 2014, which will be Sept. 25-26. “Each year we invite alumni to come back for Homecoming and a gathering...

Mon, 09/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has named an alumna who is known regionally for her impressive public administration track record as the new director of its Public Management Center (PMC) and courtesy professor within the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Laura Howard was selected to lead the PMC after a nationwide search. She is an experienced public sector leader who has held top posts in legislative and executive offices at the state and federal levels. As director, Howard will return to the institution where she earned her law degree in 1984. “I am thrilled to welcome Laura to the team,” said Reggie Robinson, director of the School of Public

Fri, 09/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas presented Donn Parson, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies, the 2014 Career Achievement Teaching Award at a reception Wednesday. This $1,000 annual award recognizes a retired faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions to the profession. “I can think of no one who better exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a ‘teacher,’” said Bill Balthrop, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at University of North Carolina and a former student of Parson. Balthrop first met Parson at a Wichita

Fri, 09/19/2014 —   LAWRENCE – University of Kansas alumna Sarah Deer, a national leader in the effort to protect Native women from gender violence, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. Often called “genius grants,” MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. Deer is among 21 individuals in the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows who will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 over five years. “The MacArthur Fellowship will change my life in

Fri, 09/19/2014 — Beginning at 5 a.m. at the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and 14th Street, retired professor Theodore Johnson will lead the annual autumnal equinox walking tour Monday, Sept. 22. The tour will continue until 11 a.m. Johnson conducted the first equinox tour, for the vernal equinox, in March 1991. “A university examines the universe, often through experiences and experiments," Johnson said. "Our campus allows individuals both the time and the space to remove themselves from a certain material busyness to think and grow. Because of the fine oriented buildings on the eastern brow of Mount Oread above the grid of Lawrence, our university is a great place to experience

Fri, 09/19/2014 — In 1982, 11-year-old Chris Strompolos asked 12-year-old Eric Zala a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’? I’m playing Indiana Jones.” And seven years later, a cult classic film was created. That...

Fri, 09/19/2014 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and the provost’s office hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to encourage continued dialogue on how the University of Kansas community can work together to confront sexual assault. “Sexual assault...

Thu, 09/18/2014 —  No one likes severe weather, but for some just the thought of a thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane or blizzard can severely affect their lives. When blood pressures spike, individuals obsessively monitor weather forecasts and they can't leave the...

Thu, 09/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Scientists today use advanced computing systems to collect, analyze and store vast amounts of research data. The definition of “vast” has changed a lot since the days when computing meant slide rules, adding machines and paper punch cards.  How much it’s changed will be explored Monday, Sept. 22, when the University of Kansas hosts a one-day summit on Large Data Management Genomic Biodiversity. The event in The Commons at Spooner Hall begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The full agenda is available online, along with required registration information. The guidance computer for the Apollo moon-landing missions weighed

Thu, 09/18/2014 — Ten finalists have been selected for the 24th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, along...


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