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Fri, 12/04/2015 — A career that has spanned more than four decades and bridged multiple campuses at the University of Kansas is coming to a close. Ralph Oliver, director of KU Public Safety Office and chief of police, will retire Dec. 31. Oliver, who began as a...

Fri, 12/04/2015 — The University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has awarded nine graduate students with Tinker Field Research Grants for work in Latin America during Winter 2015-2016.  The funds come from a prestigious grant from the...

Fri, 12/04/2015 — More than 700 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will attend the 20th Annual MILK Holiday Party from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Nearly 200 KU student volunteers will participate. Children will...

Fri, 12/04/2015 —  The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly earlier this week to scale back the federal role in education. The bill does not remove the controversial and highly unpopular testing requirements of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, however. The...

Fri, 12/04/2015 — Stuart Day, associate professor of Spanish and director of Faculty Programs in the Office of International Programs at the University of Kansas, has been selected to serve as acting senior vice provost for academic affairs. Day, a 10-year...

Thu, 12/03/2015 — The University of Kansas, city of Lawrence and MV Transportation have announced the  015-16 recipients of the MV Transportation Scholarship, designed to support experiential learning opportunities for current KU students. This year, students...

Thu, 12/03/2015 — LAWRENCE – Music theorists aren’t typically in the forecasting business, but more than a year ago a University of Kansas professor predicted that “The Hunger Games” franchise would invert a musical gesture to reflect a plot twist in the final movies. In blog posts from July and August 2014, Scott Murphy, a professor of music theory who concentrates on film music analysis, wrote that composer James Newton Howard could signal the overthrow of a totalitarian regime by inverting part of the national anthem, “Horn of Plenty,” of the mythical country of Panem. “I had a hunch, knowing the books, that the composer would twist the music and transform it in a way that

Thu, 12/03/2015 —  The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21, currently is meeting in Paris until Dec. 11. According to Shannon O’Lear, professor of geography, atmospheric science & environmental studies, and Ryan Chilcoat, student...

Thu, 12/03/2015 — The First and Second Year English program at the University of Kansas has announced a showcase of student writing projects, highlighting participants' talents, imagination and achievement. The Writers’ Faire will take place from 1-5 p.m....

Thu, 12/03/2015 — Cate Neeley, assistant director and internal audit manager at the University of Kansas, has been named a 2015 Emerging Leader by Internal Auditor magazine. She shares the honor with 14 other practitioners who are taking innovative approaches to...

Wed, 12/02/2015 — LAWRENCE – The last of three finalists for director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas will make a public presentation Friday, Dec. 4. Precious Porras, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at KU, will address the suggested topic, “Strategic Leadership at KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs,” at 11 a.m. in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. Porras has been the interim director of OMA since May 2015. In that role she provides overarching leadership and management of the office, supervising five full-time staff and three graduate assistants. She has been with OMA since 2005, taking on increasing responsibility with

Wed, 12/02/2015 — As the United Nations climate talks in Paris enter their third day, a University of Kansas researcher on environmental rhetoric and climate politics is available to discuss the developments. World leaders, including President Barack Obama,...

Wed, 12/02/2015 — Name: Steve Allton Title: Staff attorney, Legal Services for Students What that means: Allton provides legal counsel, advice, and representation to University of Kansas student clients on a broad range of legal topics. He is responsible for a large caseload and represents students in consumer and landlord/tenant litigation. Allton makes court appearances, drafts court pleadings and settlements, and conducts negotiations with opposing counsel. He also develops and assists with legal educational programming for students and the University community. Notable: LSS provides extensive support to students on filing taxes, and Allton was the lead grant-writer for the

Wed, 12/02/2015 — Stroll through an American supermarket, and you’re bound to think you see endless diversity in products from avocados to ziti. But look closer, argues writer Simran Sethi, and you will learn that 95 percent of the world’s calories come from...

Wed, 12/02/2015 — The University of Kansas chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society for college seniors, recently selected five faculty members to receive Outstanding Educator Awards. The recipients were announced at the Dec. 1 men's basketball game...

Tue, 12/01/2015 — The earliest inhabitants of the Great Plains aren’t around to tell their narrative. But to the trained eye, clues left behind in the earth provide rich information of the earliest people’s existence and activities. Rolfe Mandel,...

Tue, 12/01/2015 — Roger and Julie Davis, of Chicago, have made a combined outright and planned gift commitment of $7.2 million to enable the University of Kansas School of Business to create a Center for Figure Sense. The aim of the new center is to teach...

Tue, 12/01/2015 — Teams from across the Midwest will gather in Lawrence this weekend for the Jayhawk Invitational Mock Trial Tournament. Students from 17 schools will compete Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, in simulated courtroom trials, pitting their...

Tue, 12/01/2015 — Across the nation, online education is becoming an increasingly important part of the school experience for many students. Yet close attention is not always paid to how this new educational horizon affects students with...

Mon, 11/30/2015 —  Scientists long have used the “molecular clock” to establish when species may have branched from each other on the Tree of Life. Since the 1960s, scientists have theorized the number of molecular differences in DNA, RNA and proteins from...


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