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Tue, 06/17/2014 — Last fall Department of Architecture lecturer Josh Shelton, who teaches a graduate-level architectural design studio, made a presentation on urban master plans at an American Institute of Architects conference.   In the audience was Alan Holt,...

Tue, 06/17/2014 —  With the help of the RedTire program, an alumnus was recently able to find a buyer for his publishing and newspaper business and pass on his legacy to a young couple passionate about journalism. When Kansas Publishing Ventures publisher...

Tue, 06/17/2014 — As members of the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, last week besieged Mosul, Iraq, and on Monday the northern city of Tal Afar, the conflict threw the country into chaos. Several University of Kansas faculty members are...

Tue, 06/17/2014 — What started as a University of Kansas Center for Design Research request to use the design of a vehicle as the basis of a project called the WellCar has resulted in a donation of the real thing — a Ford Transit Connect van.   Ford recently...

Tue, 06/17/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher has developed a survey instrument that cities across the nation can use to determine how to get more women involved in civic leadership and what challenges are in the way of women taking such positions. Barbara...

Tue, 06/17/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced its Employees of the Month for May 2014. They are as follows: Name: Ed Kiernan Start date: May 18, 1994 Title: General maintenance worker What that means: Ed Kiernan, who began his career in...

Mon, 06/16/2014 — Critics have decried the use of utilitarianism to justify major American policy changes, like the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage, instead arguing both fail the "do no harm" test. But a University of Kansas researcher who...

Thu, 06/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has named an alumnus who is a nationally recognized public administrator as the new director of its School of Public Affairs and Administration. Reggie Robinson, who has held numerous leadership and advisory posts at the state and federal level, was selected to lead the top-ranked school after a nationwide search. As director, Robinson will return to the institution where he earned his law degree in 1987. “I’m pleased to appoint an experienced administrator and dedicated public servant,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Reggie captivated those he met with his strategic view and knowledge of

Thu, 06/12/2014 — The winners of this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction have been announced by Christopher McKitterick, director of the Gunn Center...

Wed, 06/11/2014 — Lawrence – On June 28, the event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred 100 years ago in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. These characters will tweet as though the events were occurring in real time. Twitter users can follow along through the hashtag #KU_WWI, which will provide dozens of

Wed, 06/11/2014 — This June, the Lawrence Arts Center will host headlining musicians, outdoor films, and indoor and outdoor art installations as part of its annual Free State Festival. The event represents a significant partnership between the Lawrence Arts...

Wed, 06/11/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has received a $25 million award from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development to develop and administer customized assessments for Alaska’s public schools.

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Two former University of Kansas chancellors and their wives — Archie and Nancy Dykes of Leawood and Gene and Gretchen Budig of Isle of Palms, South Carolina — have jointly established a new teaching professorship in the School of...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Despite heightened focus on preventing global terrorism since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a University of Kansas researcher has found that the economic relationship between two countries is the most significant factor in determining the acceptance...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is now accepting donations of gently used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs and musical instruments. Donated items will be sold at Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only, which will take place...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 98 new members. Jeffrey Moran, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of history, presided at the May 18 ceremony, immediately...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — When the first widespread computer virus was born, government didn’t shut down all computer science research. Similarly, now that synthetic biology, a field of science that uses standardized pieces of DNA to build new life forms, medications,...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — E. Nathan Thomas III, a highly successful educator, administrator and entrepreneur, has been named the vice provost for Diversity and Equity at the University of Kansas. Thomas will join the KU community on July 14. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — Stephen Ware, professor of law at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today on Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 12-1200, a bankruptcy case relating to the Constitution’s...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently took part in an international competition that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and test an all-terrain vehicle that’s part dune buggy and...


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Nature vs. Nuture. A KU professor’s twin study suggests nature contributes more to language delay in children. http://bit.ly/1rj8Uqb Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #KUdiscoveries #KUresearch #Twin #NaturevsNurture #Language #Learning
The "twinning" effect
Twin study suggests language delay due more to nature than nurture.

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KU ODYSSEY team digs for clues to ancient Pleistocene people Searching for evidence of early people living on the plains in the late Pleistocene age, (see http://bit.ly/1li6uYX) Rolfe Mandel, a KU distinguished professor of anthropology, led an excavation in July 2014 in the “Coffey Site” along the Big Blue River bank in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Mandel says artifacts from Pleistocene period sediments could provide more clues about the Clovis and pre-Clovis people, who were the founding inhabitants of the Americas.


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