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Thu, 03/13/2014 — John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning for the past 20 years, has announced he plans to step down from his post at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Gaunt announced his decision earlier this month in an email...

Thu, 03/13/2014 —  If you’ve ever suffered the misery of food poisoning from a bacterium like Shigella or Salmonella, then your cells have been on the receiving end of “nanoinjectors” — microscopic spikes made from proteins through which pathogens...

Thu, 03/13/2014 — Mary Ellen Kondrat, who joined the University of Kansas as dean of the School of Social Welfare in 2006, will step down June 1 after eight years leading the school. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor, has named Tom McDonald,

Wed, 03/12/2014 — After a year of planning and engagement with the campus and Lawrence communities, the University of Kansas is ready to unveil a 10-year vision for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The 2014–2024 KU Campus Master Plan will be presented to the...

Wed, 03/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas graduate programs posted big gains in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” Every ranked specialty in the School of Engineering rose, including aerospace engineering, which is now the top-ranked aerospace program in Kansas. The School of Medicine jumped 15 spots overall in both primary care and research, while the schools of Law and Business also posted double-digit overall gains. The School of Education’s special education program maintained its top spot among public university programs, and the school itself also rose five places into the top 10 among public university programs. Meanwhile, the

Wed, 03/12/2014 —  Adults may bemoan young people’s reliance on social media, but a University of Kansas professor is showing that when used in an educational context it can help foster young students’ public voice and increase the quantity and quality of...

Wed, 03/12/2014 — The University of Kansas will host a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in The Commons at Spooner Hall to address “Data & Democracy: What is Free Speech in the Age of Social Media?” This event is hosted by The Commons, the...

Tue, 03/11/2014 — “Bring back the story” reads the first line of a University of Kansas professor’s English translation of “Achilleid,” a Latin poem by the Roman poet Statius that presents the childhood of the Greek hero Achilles. The words are...

Tue, 03/11/2014 — An inside look at the policy and politics of complex technological issues and a search for real-world solutions to the water challenges of tomorrow are the focus of a prestigious internship awarded to a Shawnee senior from the University of...

Mon, 03/10/2014 — The University of Kansas MBA program is introducing a series of new graduate certificates this fall, offering eight areas of in-depth specialization and a business foundations certificate. The certificates, taught at the Edwards Campus in...

Fri, 03/07/2014 — When Edward Snowden in 2013 leaked thousands of classified documents about the reach of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts, it touched off a major political debate about privacy and how much access government should have to...

Fri, 03/07/2014 — Peter Brown, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor Emeritus of History, Princeton University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Lied Center Pavilion, located just east of the main entrance. His lecture, "Through the Eye of a Needle:

Fri, 03/07/2014 — LAWRENCE – Some 360 high school students of German from 12 Kansas high schools will flock to the annual Schuelerkongress at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the University of Kansas. William Keel, professor of German, says that although Schuelerkongress translates as “student congress,” the atmosphere for the language and culture event is more like the Olympics than a legislative body – especially during the ceremony for medal winners. Contests take place Wescoe Hall, fourth floor. Medals and ribbons will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in 3139 Wescoe. The Kansas Association of Teachers of German sponsors the daylong event in cooperation with the KU Department of Germanic

Fri, 03/07/2014 — More than 1 million rape cases have gone undocumented across the United States during the past two decades, according to research by a University of Kansas law professor. The chronic under-reporting happened during what was widely considered a...

Fri, 03/07/2014 — University of Kansas law and political science professors are available to speak with media about the Kansas Supreme Court’s long-anticipated ruling in a closely watched school finance case. Richard E. Levy, the J.B. Smith Distinguished...

Fri, 03/07/2014 — LAWRENCE – A team of University of Kansas School of Law students will compete in the finals of the National Transactional LawMeet next month after winning at the Chicago regional round. The law school fielded two teams in the competition, which offers a moot court experience for aspiring transactional lawyers. Jay Berryman, of Meade, and Kevin Wempe, of Topeka, won for the buyer’s side in Chicago, and Anna Kimbrell, of Lawrence, and Rachel Martin, of Kansas City, Mo., earned the prize for best overall draft agreement at the Midwestern regional in Kansas City. This is the first year KU has participated in the competition. “The LawMeet’s drafting and negotiation

Thu, 03/06/2014 — Profirio Fernandes Xavier recently embarked on the journey of a lifetime. It’s taken him over 9,000 miles from the small country of East Timor to Marvin Hall, courtesy of the Fulbright Scholar Program. And, the 30-year-old East Timorese...

Thu, 03/06/2014 —  Sea-level rise is likely to be among the harshest consequences of global climate change. Higher oceans would spell catastrophe for coastal habitats and hundreds of millions of people around the world. But the rate and extent of sea-level rise...

Thu, 03/06/2014 — Already recognized as a national leader in study abroad, the University of Kansas has set a goal to significantly increase undergraduate participation in study abroad from 22.8 percent to 30 percent over the next five years. As part of that...

Wed, 03/05/2014 — Four teams from the departments of Design and Architecture recently spent a weekend participating in the 48Hour Repack competition. They had just 48 hours to come up with a better way to create prototype packaging for one of four breakfast...


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