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Fri, 11/21/2014 — As she examines the human-animal relationship dating back thousands of years, Sandra Olsen's research received a boost from an unexpected source: Rock art in rural, remote parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Olsen, a University of Kansas professor...

Fri, 11/21/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Engineering and A. Zahner Company have announced a sculptural art competition for students at KU. The winning entry will serve as inspiration for a piece to be installed in the new engineering building on campus.

Fri, 11/21/2014 — As funny as it is dangerously political, “The Last Cyclist” captures the absurdity of life under the Nazis as well as the resilient spirit of the artists who originally constructed this production inside the Terezin concentration camp. The...

Fri, 11/21/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host Ivan Vejvoda of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in a program titled “East European Democracy & Russian Re-emergence.” The program will take place at 7:30 p.

Thu, 11/20/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas and Reata Pharmaceuticals of Irving, Texas, have completed a major licensing agreement for a portfolio of drug technologies invented by Brian Blagg, professor of medicinal chemistry, and Rick Dobrowsky, professor of pharmacology and toxicology.  “This is a very significant development for KU,” said Rajiv Kulkarni, director of KU Innovation and Collaboration.  “Our goal always is to see drug research developed into treatments that help patients.  Reata translates innovative science into medicines for difficult-to-treat diseases, so the agreement is a good fit for them and for KU.” “We are pleased to add these promising compounds

Thu, 11/20/2014 — Fifteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been selected as Global Scholars. The program, coordinated by Dena Register, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have...

Thu, 11/20/2014 — University of Kansas senior Leigh Loving, Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is traveling to St. Louis today as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Loving’s invitation to the St. Louis region marks the fourth year in a row with at...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will honor John Kemp of The Viscardi Center with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. The prize will be awarded at an interview-style program to take place at the Dole...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — Longtime Applied English Center staff member and director Mark Algren has left the University of Kansas to continue his work boosting international education. Algren’s contributions at KU will be celebrated 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in...

Wed, 11/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – Scholars at the University of Kansas are available to provide insight into the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico and the outbreak of protests that have followed. On Sept. 26, 43 students from a teacher’s college in the rural southern sate of Guerrero were abducted after protesting for more education resources. Their disappearance has lead to wider demonstrations over government corruption and Mexico’s increasing violence. Some citizens have even called for the removal of the president. The following scholars are available to discuss the situation in Mexico: Rubén Flores, associate professor of American studies, is an expert on Mexico’s

Wed, 11/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Public Management Center has announced the 2014 graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The graduation ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 21, in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Topeka. The 61 graduates, who began their coursework in January, represent local, county, state or federal agencies, as well as utilities, from across Kansas. They participated in classes held in Topeka, the Kansas City area and Southeast Kansas. “CPM students represent the very best in public service,” said Terri Callahan, program manager. “While managing full-time jobs, CPM students and their sponsoring agencies somehow

Wed, 11/19/2014 — Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that states had the opportunity to serve as laboratories, testing new ideas and policies in the American federalist system. A University of Kansas law professor has authored a study arguing that...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — University of Kansas faculty members are available to speak with media about reports questioning the possibility of violation of campaign laws through use of social media. On Monday, CNN and other media outlets reported that the Republican party...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — As part of an initiative to enhance and strengthen programs that integrate the arts into elementary- and middle-school curricula, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has granted a four-year, $1.8 million...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — Department of Architecture Lecturer Frank Zilm has been awarded the American College of Healthcare Architects’ Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The ACHA’s Hamilton Medal is the highest honor it can bestow. It is conferred by the...

Tue, 11/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – For the past four semesters, more than 50 visual art students, faculty and staff have been working on a commissioned work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, “An Abounding Asset: A Diligent Reserve,” became a permanent display Nov. 15 as the Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary. This educational partnership began with students being tasked to develop 400 ideas that would be narrowed down to just three to present to the client. Led by Matthew Burke, visual art professor and sculptor, "Special Topics in Art: The Federal Reserve Commission” provided a rare professional opportunity for enrolled students. “Art students are used to

Tue, 11/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Georgia O’Keeffe may be New Mexico’s iconic artist, but a new exhibition and book curated by a University of Kansas professor show that her works were not the first, or only art, to draw inspiration from the region. “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico” brings together O’Keeffe and her contemporaries’ still-life paintings inspired by the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico. Charles Eldredge, the Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art and Culture, curated the show and wrote the accompanying publication. The exhibition and publication, organized by Joseph Czestochowski and produced by International Arts, premiered at

Mon, 11/17/2014 — One of Forbes magazine's Next-Gen Innovators for 2014, Jordan Brandt, will present “Teaching Our Machines to Design and Make Things” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at The Forum at Marvin Hall.  Brandt is a technology futurist at...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — Biological field stations at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University soon will be part of one of the most extensive long-term initiatives in the history of the National Science Foundation.The NSF-funded National Ecological...

Mon, 11/17/2014 — International scientists and artists, including representatives from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), will come together this week at the University of Kansas to discuss how their disciplines stimulate and inspire one...


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With graduation just a few months away, James Robert Wilson, senior in sport management, took this photo of the Memorial Campanile while looking forward to KU commencement traditions. After walking through the campanile and down the Hill in May, Wilson plans to take a summer road trip, then pursue a master’s degree and help coach track and field. Wilson, who is from Abilene, Kansas, says, "Coming to KU has put me in contact with people from all over the world and opened my eyes to many new cultures.” His advice to all Jayhawks: "Make the most of your time here by trying new things.” Our advice to graduating Jayhawks: Enjoy your last semester. Where will your time at KU take you? Tags: #exploreKU #Graduation University of Kansas School of Education

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KU welcomes President Obama Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.


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