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Tue, 03/04/2014 — You could consider this University of Kansas multidisciplinary research team the modern day “Monuments Men (and Women).” Instead of George Clooney leading a band of scholars behind enemy lines into Nazi Germany to save artistic masterpieces,

Tue, 03/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and 20 years of folk music on KPR’s "Trail Mix," you’re invited to a special double-bill concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Liberty Hall. For the last 20 years, "Trail Mix" has brought listeners the best music from yesterday’s and today’s singer-songwriters, spiced with Americana, alternative country, folk-rock, bluegrass, traditional folk and Celtic music. From Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Doc Watson and Alison Krauss, it’s all on "Trail Mix." “It’s been a fantastic 20 years on 'Trail Mix,'” McWilliams said. “Over that

Tue, 03/04/2014 — LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas awards honorary degrees to exceptional persons of notable intellectual, scholarly, professional, or creative achievement, or service to humanity. A candidate’s qualifications must be deeply grounded in a career of scholarship, research, creative activity, service to humanity, or other profession consistent with the academic endeavors of the University. Confidentiality is crucial to the nomination process to protect the nominee from disappointment and embarrassment. The nominee must not be informed of her or his nomination; proposers must not seek outside letters in support of the nomination. Following an initial review of all

Tue, 03/04/2014 — Just in time to celebrate March Madness, the second annual Brackfest is scheduled for Monday, March 17, at the Overland Park Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit concussion injury initiatives at The University of Kansas Hospital and KU...

Mon, 03/03/2014 —  The future of agriculture in Kansas could be daunting as global climate change and resource depletion stemming from industrial farming take hold over coming decades. Now, researchers for the interdisciplinary, National Science...

Mon, 03/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law ranks in the top 25 percent of law schools sending graduates to the nation’s largest law firms and the top 10 percent of schools whose alumni were promoted to partner at those firms, according to the National Law Journal’s annual report on “Go-To Law Schools.” KU ranked 50th among all U.S. law schools and 17th among public law schools in percentage of new graduates hired at NLJ 250 firms. It ranked 20th among all U.S. law schools and sixth among public law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner. “Employers recognize that KU Law graduates are well-prepared and possess an impressive work ethic,” said

Mon, 03/03/2014 — "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." That Chinese proverb ​guides Replant Mount Oread, an effort by the University of Kansas Campus Tree Advisory Board to raise funds for campus trees and involve the campus community in annual planting events. Replant Mount Oread launched in the spring of 2012 to help maintain and enhance the beauty of the KU landscape and ensure that future Jayhawks will be able to experience the same benefits that students, staff, faculty and visitors enjoy today.  The project is launching a two-week fundraising campaign today with a goal to raise $5,000 for its April 11 planting on the Stauffer-Flint

Mon, 03/03/2014 — After six months of research and analysis, University of Kansas MBA students will present their business solutions to their Kansas Impact Project clients Thursday, March 6. The presentations are the culmination of the program, which pairs...

Mon, 03/03/2014 — Approximately 4,620 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2013 semester.  The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of health professions and nursing in Kansas City, Kan.,...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — CONTACT: Mark Kind, 913-406-7113, acskulaw@gmail.com, American Constitution Society Chapter President, University of Kansas School of Law Chapter WHO: Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” and Addie Harte, attorney, former CIA employee, and victim of SWAT-style home raid by militarized police force on false suspicions of marijuana production WHAT: Eye-opening discussion of the increasing militarization of U.S. police forces at the local, state and national levels, and the erosion of rights in the 3rd and 4th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. WHERE: University of Kansas School of Law, 104 Green Hall,

Fri, 02/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – An innovative University of Kansas performance that intertwines contemporary dance with video art is headed to New York City in March. The piece, titled “human, next” is a collaboration between choreographer James Moreno, an assistant dance professor, and visual artist Benjamin Rosenthal, an assistant professor of expanded media. Covering new ground in the way that dance and digital media intersects, “human, next” examines a subject that isn’t often conveyed through dance: what it means to be human in a digital world. “Dance is often described as the most human of performing arts because the body is the medium,” Moreno said. “So it makes things

Fri, 02/28/2014 — In an effort to bring books and art from walled-in institutions to sidewalks, the University of Kansas is working with the local community to build a community network of libraries that are about the size of birdhouses. Tapping into two...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — A groundwater data specialist at the Kansas Geological Survey received the first annual KGS Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award. The KGS is based at the University of Kansas. Brownie Wilson, KGS water data manager, was presented the...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — Earlier this month the National Association of Systems Contractors announced that Robert Coffeen, acoustics lecturer for the Department of Architecture, has won its annual Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award. “We’re honored to pay tribute...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — What: Jomella Watson-Thompson, University of Kansas assistant professor of applied behavioral science and associate director of the Work Group for Community Health and Development, is leading a daylong training, Lead Up: A Youth Leadership and College Prep Program, for youths grades 8 to 12 from the Kansas City metro along with their parents. When: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Where: Kansas Union and Dole Institute for Human Development Highlight and photo opportunity: At 3 p.m. a panel of KU students will do a Q&A with workshop participants in 4014 Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Ave.  The agenda is available here.

Fri, 02/28/2014 — The arrival of spring training and a new baseball season always brings hope for fans, but in the last decade it has brought talk of steroids, suspensions and apologies from superstars for using banned substances. A University of Kansas professor...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will launch the new Innovations Series this spring with the inaugural program being a two-part event on unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. The Innovations Series will be...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — An interdisciplinary team of students from the University of Kansas schools of Business and Engineering is working to revolutionize the wind turbine as they prepare for a prestigious national competition this spring. KU is one of 10 colleges in...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — OVERLAND PARK – While the “Monuments Men” took the first crucial steps in recovering cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis, the fight to return artworks to the victims and their families goes on nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.  Raymond Dowd, a partner in the New York firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, will speak next week at the University of Kansas about ongoing efforts led by him and others to secure the return of these masterworks, including his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: The Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art” will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at

Thu, 02/27/2014 — Poets can use more than just the pen. Maria Damon’s most recent tool of choice is weaving and needlepoint. Damon of the Pratt Institute of Art in New York will deliver this year’s Eberhardt Lecture, sponsored by the Department of English of...


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