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Wed, 01/07/2015 — The School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas will have a new leader beginning this summer. Paul Smokowski, Distinguished Foundation Professor in Child and Adolescent Resilience in the Arizona State University School of Social Work,...

Wed, 01/07/2015 — Two University of Kansas experts are available to discuss Wednesday's terrorist attack that has killed as many as 12 people in Paris at the offices of a satirical magazine, according to initial news reports. French officials have said three...

Wed, 01/07/2015 — LAWRENCE – The state budget shortfall, education funding, health care funding and tax policy are likely to be key issues when Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address, and KPR will bring it to you live. The coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, the first week of the 2015 Kansas legislative session. The speech will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by the Democratic Party response. KPR Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will co-host the statewide public TV coverage and part of the public radio coverage.  After the speeches, KPR will offer analysis. News Director J. Schafer will anchor the radio broadcast. “The

Tue, 01/06/2015 — University of Kansas alumni who are partners and employees of BKD, one of the largest CPA firms in the nation, have contributed more than $300,000 toward construction of a new home for the School of Business. Construction began last spring, and...

Mon, 01/05/2015 — Eighteen students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will spend three days of their winter break traveling across central and southwest Kansas on their way to visit 14 independent pharmacies and owners. The annual trip is...

Mon, 12/29/2014 — The Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, will measure groundwater levels in western Kansas for five days in early January. The KGS and the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DWR)...

Mon, 12/29/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is mourning the death of Anna M. Cienciala, professor emerita of history and Russian and East European studies. She died Dec. 24 at the age of 85. “Our community extends its condolences to Anna Cienciala’s family as well as her friends and colleagues around the world. Her scholarship helped ensure that the history of a people who suffered greatly during World War II was not forgotten in the hope that it would not be repeated,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Cienciala’s colleagues also shared their remembrances: “Dr. Cienciala had a great deal to do with developing Polish and Central European studies at KU. Even after

Wed, 12/24/2014 — The University of Kansas is mourning the death of Alexander Tsiovkh, director of Ukrainian studies and associate professor of practice in the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), who died Dec. 23. He was 63. "On...

Thu, 12/18/2014 — The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, according to a report released by the University of Kansas Center for Banking Excellence. The report examines the current financial condition of Kansas commercial banks as well as trends over...

Thu, 12/18/2014 — During the 2014 Kansas legislative session, University of Kansas journalism students supplied nearly 100 stories to the KU Statehouse Wire Service. The wire service then distributed the stories to about 20 media outlets throughout the state. In...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas professors can provide insight into today’s historic announcement that the United States and Cuba will re-establish full diplomatic and economic relations. The U.S. will reopen an embassy in Havana, allow for visitors to return to the United States with Cuban goods and ease travel restrictions for those already allowed to visit the island. The announcement came with Cuba’s release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence agent. The United States released three Cuban spies. Scholars available to speak include: Tamara Falicov, an associate professor and chair of film and media studies, is a scholar of Cuban cinema,

Wed, 12/17/2014 — A University of Kansas-led project has won a $50,000 grant to help predominantly African-American churches in the Kansas City area improve leadership among their participants in their quest to build sustainable health promotion plans for...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The lesser prairie chicken, a symbol of the prairie’s history and seasonal rhythms, also has become, in more recent years, the focus of controversy. But a new plan encourages voluntary industry cooperation with efforts to conserve the habitat...

Wed, 12/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – A doctoral student at the University of Kansas has been selected as one of 147 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) semi-finalists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The prestigious PMF program matches outstanding graduate students with federal leadership opportunities and employment. The program is highly selective and chooses candidates from a pool of about 7,800 applicants representing more than 300 colleges and universities. While the program began in 1977, the STEM specific track began last year in response to President Obama’s call to close the skills gap and identify future leaders in these fields. Jacob Carter, a doctoral

Wed, 12/17/2014 — The University of Kansas debate team finished first in the country for the fall semester in the National Debate Tournament Varsity Rankings.  The rankings are based on points earned by schools at all tournaments during the fall.  The top-10...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language. Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ from language to language, a person’s native language can provide misleading information when learning to segment a second language into words. Annie Tremblay, an assistant professor of linguistics, is trying to better understand the kinds of cues second language learners listen for when recognizing words in continuous speech. She also is studying how adaptive adult learners are in acquiring these new speech cues. Working with a

Mon, 12/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – The third and final candidate for the position of vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit campus this week. Jim Tracy, special assistant for research compliance at the University of Kentucky and professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry within the UK College of Medicine, will be on campus Dec. 17-19. He will give a public presentation on the topic of “Strategies for Raising Research Stature during an Era of Declining Funding” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Lied Center Pavilion. Candidate Rich Hichwa, senior associate vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa,

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), has named the School of Architecture, Design & Planning as one of 10 charter members of the AIA...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — The medical device industry incorporates research from dozens of academic areas, ranging from engineering and medicine to pharmacy and industrial design. With that in mind, University of Kansas researchers who are interested in translating...

Mon, 12/15/2014 — Danny Anderson has spent a career at the University of Kansas developing his leadership skills as a faculty member, administrator and, since 2010, as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Beginning May 2015, the leadership...


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