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Tue, 05/19/2015 — Annual cicadas are as much a part of summer in Kansas as the unrelenting heat of August, but this month – and once every 17 years – a different cicada song pulses across eastern Kansas. To celebrate the appearance of the cicada M. cassini,...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — LAWRENCE – The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded John Rury, professor of educational leadership & policy studies and courtesy professor of history, the Collaborative Research Fellowship for humanities research to be undertaken in academic year 2015-16. The ACLS, one of the premier humanities-focused granting agencies, is a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations that supports scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. The Collaborative Research Fellowship offers small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Rury and his colleague,

Tue, 05/19/2015 — Today, a task force appointed by President Obama unveiled a national strategy to protect honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Under supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture, the strategy...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — The University of Kansas is among three universities across the state that are members of the new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of...

Tue, 05/19/2015 — LAWRENCE – Like his iconic painting “Christina’s World,” Andrew Wyeth’s legacy is one of emotional depth and complexity, according to the first academic book to be published on the artist. Inspired by the people, places and objects of rural Maine and Pennsylvania, Wyeth’s work has been admired by the public, valued by collectors and popular with museums. Yet for more than half a century, art critics have largely dismissed Wyeth, viewing his work as reactionary, sentimental and the product of a glorified illustrator. In “Rethinking Andrew Wyeth,” nine scholars re-examine Wyeth’s legacy. Published by the University of California Press and edited by David Cateforis, 

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) has awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to 19 students for the study of five African languages this summer and during the 2015-16 academic year. The Center received $990,000 from...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center has become the Life Span Institute’s 14th affiliated center. SWIFT, a national K-8 technical assistance center, was funded with a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning will host the 2015 Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum from May 29 to June 2. The forum is intended to foster leadership skills in...

Mon, 05/18/2015 — The University of Kansas recognized its Employees of the Year and presented the 2014-2015 Team Award earlier this month in the Kansas Union. Chancellor Bernadette Gray Little and Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor, were...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Four seniors at the University of Kansas have been named the recipients of university awards recognizing academic success, leadership and involvement. Sara Anees, a Wichita senior majoring in journalism, and Micah Melia, a Prairie Village...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — A University of Kansas professor and alumna have received a Silver Medal for Education award for a book on young women's giftedness, self-actualization and barriers to achievement. "Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities has recognized several outstanding humanities graduate students with summer research awards and internships. These summer funding opportunities are part of the center’s significant level of support for graduate research. The Hall Center's Humanities Summer Graduate Internship program supports exceptional and well-rounded doctoral or master's degree students who demonstrate the ability to make outstanding contributions in their chosen humanities or social science disciplines.

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Most historians credit English inventors with developing the mechanization of cotton spinning, which became a driving factor in the Industrial Revolution and introduction of the factory system as a substitute for hand labor. But a University of...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Vincent Francisco has been selected to oversee the leadership team at the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, one of 14 affiliated research centers of the University of Kansas Life Span Institute. He will also hold the Kansas...

Fri, 05/15/2015 — LAWRENCE – Scholars at the University of Kansas can talk about the life and legacy of blues great B.B. King, who died Thursday in Las Vegas at age 89. Roberta Freund Schwartz, associate professor of musicology, is an expert on King’s influence on British musicians. She is the author of “How Britain Got the Blues: the Transmission and Reception of American Blues Styles to the British Isles,” which won the 2008 Association of Recorded Sound Collections award for best historical writing on the blues. B.B. King was a global ambassador of the blues, Schwartz said. In 1969, King was shocked when 3,000 fans greeted him at a London airport. He had no idea he was so famous

Fri, 05/15/2015 — LAWRENCE – Students at state universities across Kansas will have an opportunity to accelerate their legal education and save a year of tuition through an expansion of the 3 Plus 3 Program at the University of Kansas. The program will allow high-ability students at participating Regents universities to maximize their undergraduate coursework, earning a bachelor’s degree and a KU law degree in six years instead of seven. Students will spend three years on requirements for the bachelor’s degree from their undergraduate institution and three years on requirements for a KU law degree. They will graduate with a bachelor’s degree after their fourth year and already have

Fri, 05/15/2015 — Two outstanding seniors at the University of Kansas have been named the recipients of major university awards for their academic achievements and leadership. Kevin Simpson, a finance and accounting major from Mission Hills, is the recipient of...

Thu, 05/14/2015 — More than 4,000 graduates are expected to take part in the traditional walk through the Memorial Campanile and down the Hill during the University of Kansas’ 143rd annual Commencement on Sunday, May 17, at Memorial Stadium. Stadium gates open...

Thu, 05/14/2015 — For centuries, people have imagined the possibility of life on Mars. But long-held dreams that Martians could be invaders of Earth, or little green men, or civilized superbeings, all have been undercut by missions to our neighboring planet that...

Thu, 05/14/2015 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host Bob Steil, Dole summer fellow and government affairs expert, for this summer’s study group: Government Relations & Lobbying: A Primer. Study Group sessions will take...


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