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Tue, 03/25/2014 — The success of Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave” has brought wide attention to the pre-Civil War memoir of Solomon Northup, a freeborn man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., and sold into slavery for 12 years in Louisiana. The 13th...

Mon, 03/24/2014 — A University of Kansas professor has found that children of prisoners and the social service organizations that provide services to them don’t necessarily agree on what needs are most important. She hopes to help improve services for youths...

Mon, 03/24/2014 — LAWRENCE – One outcome of research at the University of Kansas is the potential for discoveries that become products. Over the years, KU researchers have produced numerous inventions – including pharmaceuticals and software – that benefit people while having an economic effect. The latest example is Galileo, a medical device designed and manufactured by a Kansas company, Epic Medical Concepts & Innovations Inc. (EMCI), for use with fMRI machines and other diagnostic imaging tools. Using air pulses at near-hypersonic speeds, instead of electrical signals, it evokes a response in the brain when attached to the face or hands. This allows for precise analysis of

Mon, 03/24/2014 — LAWRENCE – An Israeli former senior official on Arab affairs will discuss current and future implications of turbulence in the Middle East during the 2014 Diplomat’s Forum lecture this week at the University of Kansas School of Law. Avi Melamed, the Rosenzwog Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C., will deliver a talk on “The Middle East: Winds of Change and Quicksand – The Arab Awakening, Israel and the Region” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Stinson Leonard Street LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the event.     “Decades of unrest

Fri, 03/21/2014 — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be interviewed by Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law at Pepperdine University, at the 2014 Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture. The evening is...

Fri, 03/21/2014 — The search committee for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas has named four finalists for the post. Over the next two weeks, each candidate will give a public presentation and take questions from KU...

Thu, 03/20/2014 — University of Kansas alumnus Jerry Jennett and his wife, Kay, of Valdosta, Ga., have made a $1 million gift to establish the Jerry and Kay Jennett Finance Scholars Program in the School of Business. The gift will provide scholarship support for...

Thu, 03/20/2014 — The University of Kansas Office of First-Year Experience has announced 17 new orientation assistants and two orientation coordinators for the 2014-2015 year. Orientation assistants are students whose job is to make the transition to KU a...

Tue, 03/18/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces an upcoming program with Cindy Hensley McCain. McCain will speak about her experiences as chair of Hensley & Company, her extensive work with a number of major charitable...

Mon, 03/17/2014 — Jill Jess, director of news and media relations, is leaving the university. Her last day will be Friday, March 21. After that time, please direct media inquiries to kunews@ku.edu. David Martin, communications director for the KU School of...

Fri, 03/14/2014 — A University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration professor will receive one of the most prestigious awards from the American Society for Public Administration for her career contributions to the field. The ASPA will present...

Fri, 03/14/2014 —  Alvin Roth won a 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics for his ability to design practical markets for services we don't like to put prices on. From essential demands like kidney donation to the less palatable dwarf tossing, Roth has analyzed and...

Fri, 03/14/2014 — LAWRENCE  – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Jay Phillips, director of Facilities Services, issued the following statements regarding the death of longtime employee Harold Pace. Gray-Little: “On behalf of the entire university, I offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Harold Pace. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.” Phillips: “Harold was truly a versatile craftsman who took pride in his job and performed a wide variety of technically skilled work in automotive body repair, welding and fabrication, servicing of heavy equipment hydraulic systems and anything else that was needed in the

Thu, 03/13/2014 — The University of Kansas continues to move innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace. As part of this effort, four KU research projects that are near the commercialization stage have been awarded $50,000 each through the university’s...

Thu, 03/13/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Caroline Jewers, chair of the Department of French and Italian, released the following statements regarding the death of Samira Sayeh, associate professor of French and Francophone studies. Gray-Little: “On behalf of the entire university family, I offer sincere condolences to the loved ones, colleagues and students of Samira Sayeh. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.” Jewers: “Samira’s dedication to her interdisciplinary research on the literatures, history and cultures of the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and her enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring made her a

Thu, 03/13/2014 — John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning for the past 20 years, has announced he plans to step down from his post at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Gaunt announced his decision earlier this month in an email...

Thu, 03/13/2014 —  If you’ve ever suffered the misery of food poisoning from a bacterium like Shigella or Salmonella, then your cells have been on the receiving end of “nanoinjectors” — microscopic spikes made from proteins through which pathogens...

Thu, 03/13/2014 — Mary Ellen Kondrat, who joined the University of Kansas as dean of the School of Social Welfare in 2006, will step down June 1 after eight years leading the school. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor, has named Tom McDonald,

Wed, 03/12/2014 — After a year of planning and engagement with the campus and Lawrence communities, the University of Kansas is ready to unveil a 10-year vision for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The 2014–2024 KU Campus Master Plan will be presented to the...

Wed, 03/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas graduate programs posted big gains in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” Every ranked specialty in the School of Engineering rose, including aerospace engineering, which is now the top-ranked aerospace program in Kansas. The School of Medicine jumped 15 spots overall in both primary care and research, while the schools of Law and Business also posted double-digit overall gains. The School of Education’s special education program maintained its top spot among public university programs, and the school itself also rose five places into the top 10 among public university programs. Meanwhile, the


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