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Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – A program developed at the University of Kansas to replace textbooks with rich online content has resulted in $500,000 in savings since its inception five years ago. In 2009, KU developed Acceso, an innovative, open-access, web-based platform to serve as an alternative to textbooks. Since then, more than 3,000 intermediate-level students studying Spanish at KU and hundreds more in other learning institutions across the country have used the online resource. Amy Rossomondo, an associate professor of Spanish, saw a need for a platform like Acceso because textbooks, while strong in grammar, weren’t offering the kind of cultural literacy that would remain

Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – How light interacts with matter is one of the grand challenges of atomic, molecular and optical research. A Kansas and Nebraska consortium led by university researchers has received a three-year, $6 million award to understand ultrafast molecular processes on the order of a millionth of a billionth second, or one femtosecond. The award is divided equally between the two states. The project, Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures, is part of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).  Kristin Bowman-James, project director of Kansas NSF EPSCoR and a

Fri, 08/08/2014 —  As attention turns to the upcoming school year and continued concern about rising student debt levels, William Elliott III, associate professor and director of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Assets and Education Initiative,

Thu, 08/07/2014 — New exhibits featuring spectacular artifacts of pre-Columbian archaeology, the dazzling expressions of the color red in nature and the real bones of a new Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton are among those being highlighted by the KU Biodiversity...

Thu, 08/07/2014 — Recently, Malaysian herpetologist Juliana Senawi puzzled over an unfamiliar orange-striped, yellow-speckled frog she’d live-caught in swampland on the Malay Peninsula. She showed the frog to Chan Kin Onn, a fellow herpetologist pursuing his...

Thu, 08/07/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network will host a donation drive for its annual benefit sale from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza in Topeka. Contributors can bring their donations of gently used audio equipment,...

Wed, 08/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – Music students’ attitudes toward individuals with disabilities are more positive after they simulate having a disability, a University of Kansas study found. Cynthia Colwell, a professor of music education and music therapy, recently published an article in the International Journal of Music Education that looked at what happened when music students were asked to simulate a disability. Students training to be music therapists or music teachers were assigned to simulate one of the following disabilities: a one-arm amputation, lower-limb paralysis that required a wheelchair, a hearing impairment or a visual impairment. With one student simulating the

Tue, 08/05/2014 — The Watergate scandal culminated the evening of Aug. 8, 1974 — 40 years ago this week — when Richard Nixon announced he would resign the presidency at noon the next day, ending two years of bitter fighting. For a University of Kansas English...

Tue, 08/05/2014 — Jomella Watson-Thompson, assistant professor in applied behavioral science and associate director for the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the national 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award...

Tue, 08/05/2014 — Residents of Toledo, Ohio's fourth-largest city, spent the weekend under a water advisory due to toxins in the city's water supply. City officials lifted the advisory Monday morning after testing revealed the toxin levels created by levels of...

Mon, 08/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s Saturday morning lineup is set to get a whole lot funnier. The National Public Radio comedy-quiz show, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!," debuts 10-11 a.m. Sept. 6. "Wait Wait" will air at 10 a.m. after "Car Talk," the car repair show with Click and Clack, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers. To make room on the schedule, Michael Feldman’s "Whad’Ya Know" will become a one-hour show from 11 a.m. to noon. Now in its 16th season, "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" uses current news stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener

Mon, 08/04/2014 — Summer days draw Kansas anglers to the state’s rivers, streams and lakes—not just for sport and the open air but also for a glimpse of the colorful world that shimmers beneath the surface. That surprisingly diverse world fascinated Frank...

Mon, 08/04/2014 — University of Kansas Professor Jordan Bass is available to speak with media covering the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for domestic abuse and the resulting criticism of the punishment. Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was...

Mon, 08/04/2014 — Four University of Kansas students have been selected for prestigious Fulbright awards for research and study for the 2014-15 academic year. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S....

Mon, 08/04/2014 —  An online game that has students race through a course and learn about scientific argumentation during pit stops has proven effective at a crucial time in American education. Researchers and developers at the University of Kansas who created...

Mon, 08/04/2014 —  A researcher at the University of Kansas has earned an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award grant to conduct research on cutting-edge photovoltaic technology intended to give American forces tactical advantages in the field. "My YIP...

Fri, 08/01/2014 — Equipped with a wealth of new insights on design and construction – as well the national award for Team Spirit – members of the University of Kansas School of Engineering Concrete Canoe team are taking lessons learned from a national...

Thu, 07/31/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas will honor one of its own with a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, for the Richard K. Moore Conference Room in Nichols Hall. A brief presentation will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque and a reception. The public is invited to attend. At the time of his death in 2012 at age 89, Moore was widely recognized as a pioneering researcher in the field of radar remote sensing of the earth. During more than 30 years on the electrical engineering faculty, he founded the interdisciplinary Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) and advised more than 100 graduate students. Moore’s career began in the 1940s as a radar engineer

Thu, 07/31/2014 — The commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth visited the University of Kansas last week and met with senior leaders and faculty to discuss future educational partnerships between both institutions. Lt. Gen. Robert...

Wed, 07/30/2014 — The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has killed hundreds this year, including an American man working in Liberia who died earlier this month after a flight to Nigeria. Two other Americans working in Liberia, including a doctor, are...


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