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New research examines how social media announcements of plaintiff’s attorneys’ corporate investigations strongly predict future litigation. It finds how these attorneys’ efforts to recruit additional plaintiffs after a lawsuit has been filed signal that the action is more likely to succeed and result in more severe damages.

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Computer simulation of Mycoplasma containing proteins at physiological concentration (individual proteins shown by different colors).

Researchers in US, Ukraine simulate cell activity at ‘breathtaking’ timescales

A partnership between scientists at KU and collaborators in Europe, including war-torn Ukraine, will result in computer models of biological cells likely to hasten health breakthroughs by simulating molecular interactions inside cells with near experimental accuracy at vastly longer timescales than similar efforts.
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New book examines best methods to prepare future English teachers

Theory, curriculum and what it means to be a professional educator are all at the heart of “Principles That Shape English Teacher Education,” co-edited by Heidi Hallman, professor of curriculum & teaching at KU.
Rafe Brown, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology and winner of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, in the Philippines.

KU researcher Rafe Brown receives Fulbright Award to the Philippines

Rafe Brown, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to travel to the Philippines to study biodiversity. Brown will spend a year in the Philippines conducting fieldwork to sample amphibians and reptiles. The research studies the biodiversity of a rare stretch of pristine tropical forest that extends from a volcanic peak to the sea.
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KU Libraries announce 2024 Whayne Scholars; visiting researchers’ presentations set for June 26

Alyssa Cole, assistant professor of African American studies at the University of Florida, and Brooke Thomas, African American history postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University, are the recipients of the 2024 Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award from KU Libraries. They will visit KU from June 24 to 27 with a joint public presentation at 3 p.m. June 26 in the Johnson Room.

Research



Liz Langdon joined the faculty of KU's Department of Visual Art when she was 65 after an extensive career in art education. She writes of the "long hill" she has climbed and vistas yet to conquer for a chapter in a new book titled "Art Education and Creative Aging: Older Adults as Learners, Makers, and Teachers of Art."
A new survey of 206 transgender and nonbinary workers shows dramatic improvements in job and life satisfaction when they are able to communicate about their authentic selves on the job. "This is not incremental; it's huge," said study co-author Cameron Piercy, KU associate professor of communication studies.
A stamp with the word “audit” sits atop files labeled “financial statement” and “accounting records.”
Mike Wilkins, the Larry D. Horner and KPMG Professor of Accounting at KU, examines the effects of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's decision to move to more random-based audit selection. The findings suggest there are more benefits than costs associated with auditors’ responses to a selection approach that is primarily risk-based.

Kansas Communities



A new grant from the National Institutes of Health will establish a multidisciplinary biomedical center at the University of Kansas to research big data’s potential to improve women’s health. It will fund KU’s fifth Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.
The Achievement & Assessment Institute has announced the opening of Well-Fit | Center for Youth Wellness and Fitness. The center is based on the principle that youths should be provided knowledge and skills through STEM learning and in-person programming to improve physical wellness and fitness.
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TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers at KU offer free assistance to help individuals, particularly first-generation students and those facing financial challenges, navigate the FAFSA financial aid application process. The program, housed under the Achievement & Assessment Institute’s Center for Educational Opportunity Programs, is accessible to the public in Douglas, Shawnee, Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Franklin counties.

Economic Development



Research expenditures spanning all KU campuses increased to $368.6 million in 2023, capping nearly a decade of steady expansion. Last year alone, externally funded research at KU supported the salaries of 4,372 people, and the university spent $78.9 million in 97 Kansas counties on research-related goods and services, according to a report from the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science.
An upcoming cybersecurity conference will bring together experts in the field from industry, workforce and research to KU. FBI Director Christopher Wray will be the first keynote speaker at 8:35 a.m.
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For the second year in a row, the University of Kansas has landed a spot on the National Academy of Inventors' top 100 U.S. Universities Granted Utility Patents list. The 2023 list showcases universities that play a pivotal role in advancing the innovation ecosystem within and beyond the United States.

Student experience and achievement



The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society initiated new members at a May 12 ceremony. Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high academic achievement while pursuing a broad and substantive liberal arts curriculum.
Ten University of Kansas School of Law students received awards during the spring 2024 semester for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community.
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This summer, ten University of Kansas students received an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their work on mentored research and creative projects.

Campus news



Kathryn Conrad and Sean Kamperman, faculty members in the Department of English, collaborated with the NHC to bring together teachers and administrators from middle schools, secondary schools and colleges from across the region for a week of critical discussions, presentations and instructional resource and policy development.
This summer, Potter Lake is getting a makeover for its 113th birthday. A major project will begin in May to dredge the lake, rebuild portions of the original edge wall, and improve the spillway and sediment basin. Part of the work will be to collect turtles, frogs and reptiles and relocate them to a pond in KU’s West District.
Common milkweed blooms in the prairie restoration planting developed by Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners at the garden.
The public is invited to the summer semiannual tour of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 7 p.m. June 21, one day after the summer solstice. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, includes research plantings, a large native plant demonstration garden and the KU Community Garden.

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An ambulance speeds through a city street.

Attorney marketing tactics compared to ‘corporate ambulance chasing’ in new study

New research examines how social media announcements of plaintiff’s attorneys’ corporate investigations strongly predict future litigation. It finds how these attorneys’ efforts to recruit additional plaintiffs after a lawsuit has been filed signal that the action is more likely to succeed and result in more severe damages.
An aerial view of a cul de sac and streets of houses.

Study finds US does not have housing shortage, but shortage of affordable housing

New KU findings counter a common narrative that the United States is facing a housing shortage. The study analyzed Census survey data to determine how many cities had shortages of housing stock and compared it to median income for an area.
Common milkweed blooms in the prairie restoration planting developed by Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners at the garden.

Annual summer solstice tour of KU medicinal garden set for June 21

The public is invited to the summer semiannual tour of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 7 p.m. June 21, one day after the summer solstice. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, includes research plantings, a large native plant demonstration garden and the KU Community Garden.
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass’ relationship with audiences illustrates ‘outsized impact’ of public speaking in politics, scholar says

Public speaking was among the vehicles the writer and reformer used to tell his story of enslavement, to call for abolition and to defend Black Americans’ rights. A KU scholar unravels how relationships with his audiences are context for his ideological transformation.