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Fri, 09/26/2014 — KU Endowment’s Board of Trustees elected The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha as new board chair and Charles E. Heath as vice chair, and elected five other University of Kansas alumni as trustees at today’s annual meeting of the association’s...

Thu, 09/25/2014 — “Toddlers and Tiaras,” a TLC reality television show and guilty pleasure for many, sends confusing and damaging messages to its pint-sized participants, new research finds. Christina Hodel, a doctoral student in film and media studies at...

Thu, 09/25/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher is available to speak about the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the political climate President Barack Obama faces in appointing Holder's successor. The Justice Department announced...

Thu, 09/25/2014 — The University of Kansas is mourning the loss of Chu-tsing Li, Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History, Emeritus. Li died Sept. 16 at the age of 94. Arriving at KU in 1966, Li introduced Chinese art into the art history...

Thu, 09/25/2014 — LAWRENCE – Faculty and staff from the University of Kansas will educate students in a new context next week. They will be among the volunteers at Reality U, a program designed to give teens a crash course in the demands of adult life. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, at Free State High School. Reality U provides teens a look at their potential lifestyles at the age of 26, based on their answers to a previously completed survey and their current GPA. Students are assigned a pretend job and a matching income to spend at 14 “life stations” such as housing, transportation, child care, banking and groceries. The students are challenged

Thu, 09/25/2014 — Lawrence has strong historical ties to the abolitionist movement and during the Civil War was home to leaders with a strong conviction that Kansas should become and remain a free state. The community will have an opportunity to explore...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — Insects transmit many of the world’s most infectious diseases, but there has been a decline in the expertise needed to recognize species of insects most likely to transmit illness to people. In a new effort to safeguard human populations, a...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — A student-professional group at the University of Kansas has grown from providing students with networking and mentoring opportunities to putting lesson plans they’ve developed into classrooms and making them available for teachers around the...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher has found that European states that experienced a terrorist attack on their own soil since 1980 were less likely to grant asylum to refugees. However, Nazli Avdan's study also found that on the whole, concerns...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — The School of Business and Department of Psychology have invited John Helliwell, professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia and a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, to give a lecture at the...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — Provost Jeff Vitter and Associate Vice Provost Mike Rounds have announced the 2014-15 class of Staff Fellows. The program, now in its seventh year, is jointly coordinated by the Office of the Provost and Human Resource Management. Applications...

Wed, 09/24/2014 — The University of Kansas is mourning the loss of William Scott, a professor of English at KU for more than 55 years. He died in August at the age of 82.   Scott was a Shakespeare specialist and had a particular interest in recent years in...

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...

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 — 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.

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 — 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 — 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


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