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Tue, 06/30/2015 — A new study that is the first to use Social Security Administration’s personal income tax data tracking the same individuals over 20 years to measure individual lifetime earnings has confirmed significant long-term economic benefits of college...

Mon, 06/29/2015 — A University of Kansas expert who studies how decision-makers balance competing and often conflicting needs to address environmental and public health problems is available to discuss Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on coal-fired power plant...

Mon, 06/29/2015 — Ngondi Kamatuka, director of the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs in the University of Kansas’ Achievement & Assessment Institute, presented “Political Advocacy: Best Practices In Influencing Educational Inequalities Through...

Fri, 06/26/2015 — The Supreme Court issued its ruling today in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case determining the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The court ruled 5-4 that same sex couples hold the right to marry nationwide and that all 50 states must...

Thu, 06/25/2015 — Two University of Kansas experts are available to discuss Thursday's 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the Obama administration to continue to subsidize health-insurance purchases by lower-income Americans, a key provision of the...

Thu, 06/25/2015 — The sculpture of John Gaunt, professor of architecture, will be featured at the Box Gallery in a one-man show titled “Some Assemblage Required.” The show will run July 3-Aug. 26. An artist’s reception will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1...

Thu, 06/25/2015 — Jane Austen's third novel, "Mansfield Park," is often the forgotten one, or at least it's not nearly as popular as the English romantic writer's "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility." For Dorice Williams Elliott, a University of...

Thu, 06/25/2015 — Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to speak with media about the Senate’s vote to allow President Barack Obama fast-track...

Wed, 06/24/2015 —  Imagine traversing a pristine cloud forest on an isolated mountaintop. Everywhere, nature brims with wildlife that is unique to the range you’re hiking. Many creatures you can find nearby never have been described by science — they’re...

Wed, 06/24/2015 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has earned a prestigious distinction for its leadership in fostering local and regional economic development. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced today that KU has been named to its 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. KU is one of only 18 institutions nationwide chosen this year, joining just 30 others selected since the program began in 2013. According to the APLU, “The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation

Wed, 06/24/2015 — Kevin Willmott, director of “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” is available to talk about the film’s use of the Confederate flag as a symbolic connection to slavery. The Confederate flag received a renewed round of scrutiny...

Tue, 06/23/2015 — While indigenous communities have developed knowledge over centuries to manage their lands and adapt to challenges such as rising sea levels or wildfires, they are still deeply affected by climate change. Two University of Kansas professors have...

Mon, 06/22/2015 — LAWRENCE – As the U.S. military considers positioning equipment along Russia’s western border, geographers at the University of Kansas are studying how Russia’s increasing military presence and conduct in the west connect to the country’s actions in the east. Shannon O'Lear, professor of geography, and KU doctoral candidate John Biersack have studied Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea and a 30-year, $400 billion natural gas deal it signed with China two months later. They say that combined, these two actions signal Russia’s shift to the east. While Russia’s narrative in annexing Crimea is rooted in the past, Biersack and O’Lear argue Russia’s perspective of

Mon, 06/22/2015 — A high-level administrator at the University of Kansas will fill the role of interim vice provost for undergraduate studies. Tammara Durham, who is currently vice provost for student affairs, will take on additional leadership duties for the...

Mon, 06/22/2015 — The University of Kansas has made a big addition to its powerful team of faculty who focus on the very, very small. Christophe Royon, research director at CEA-Saclay in France and a world leader in forward and diffractive physics, will join KU...

Fri, 06/19/2015 — YODER – Fifty-five new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Topeka Police Department Chief James L. Brown during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Friday, June 12. The new officers were members of the 234th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education. The graduates, who began their training March 9, represented 40 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification

Thu, 06/18/2015 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences recognized three University of Kansas graduate students with awards for exceptional research and academic performance. The honorees are making contributions to the depth of knowledge about U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ off-reservation boarding schools; the power of rhetoric in social change in West Africa; and social capital and health in Indonesia. Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award The Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award is presented to graduating master’s degree students for completing a thesis that is innovative, methodologically rigorous and makes a significant advancement or original contribution to his or

Thu, 06/18/2015 — TOPEKA – Two-thirds of returning University of Kansas undergraduates will see no tuition increase, while costs will rise by 3.6 percent for incoming freshmen and all other students under the university’s 2015-16 tuition proposal approved by the Kansas Board of Regents today. “Tuition is often a balancing act between affordability and quality,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Our goal is to remain affordable and accessible while also ensuring we have the resources to provide students the education and opportunities they expect from a flagship research university. We believe we continue to strike the appropriate balance, as evidenced by our freshman class

Thu, 06/18/2015 — LAWRENCE – Beverly Mack, professor of African and African-American studies, received the first Sharon & Jeffrey Vitter Award for Engaged Scholarship for her project “The American Yan Taru.” The award recognizes outstanding examples of engaged scholarship, or academic scholarship that has been taken off-campus and into the community, contributing to the public good. The award seeks to recognize KU faculty members whose work exemplifies how academic research can have a positive effect on communities. Mack previously received the Hall Center’s Scholars on Site Award in 2013 to explore this project. Grants are made to KU faculty members who wish to establish or

Wed, 06/17/2015 — LAWRENCE - Still looking for a Father’s Day gift? Send dad an email. Research at the University of Kansas found the more communication tools young adult used with their parents, the more satisfied the children were with the relationship. Jennifer Schon, doctoral student in communication studies, is available to talk about her research in young adult and parental communication. Schon surveyed adult children between the ages of 18 and 29 about how often they communicated with their parents using landline phones, cell phones, texting, instant messaging, Snapchat, email, video calls, social networking sites and online games. She found that on average adult children


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