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Illustration of notable exoplanets included in TESS-Keck survey
New findings from an astronomer at the University of Kansas offer new understanding of the makeup of exoplanets and their star systems generally.

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Fossilized Douglassarachne acanthopoda

Ancient arachnid from coal forests of America stands out for its spiny legs

A University of Kansas researcher has published a description of a spider with up-armored legs found in an Illinois fossil deposit that's 308 million years old. The ancient critter recently was described in a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology
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KU team leads special journal edition on including people with disabilities in research

A KU team has led the publication of a special issue of the journal Inclusion, calling for opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be paid, equitable members of research teams. The journal includes firsthand accounts from researchers with disabilities.
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Educational research should pinpoint anti-Black aggressions to build better policy, scholar argues

A KU scholar has published an article that argues educational research should instead study antiblack aggressions as scholars originally intended and use the approach to build more equitable policy at the individual and institutional levels.
Photo of islands in the Vona Vona Lagoon of the New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands.

Researchers parse oddity of distantly related bats in Solomon Islands that appear identical

A study of body size in leaf-nosed bats of the Solomon Islands that involved evolutionary biologists from the University of Kansas — who collected specimens, conducted genetic analysis and co-wrote research in the journal Evolution — reveals surprising genetic diversity among nearly indistinguishable species on different islands.

Research



Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science, introduces both a new dataset on sanctions involving China and a research framework for expanding knowledge about non-Western economic sanctions more generally.
A KU scholar has published an article that argues educational research should instead study antiblack aggressions as scholars originally intended and use the approach to build more equitable policy at the individual and institutional levels.
Fossilized Douglassarachne acanthopoda
A University of Kansas researcher has published a description of a spider with up-armored legs found in an Illinois fossil deposit that's 308 million years old. The ancient critter recently was described in a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology

Kansas Communities



Beginning in late May, residents of northwest Kansas may see a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame. This unusual arrangement, a partnership with KU's Kansas Geological Survey, is part of a project to map groundwater conditions in the Ogallala aquifer in Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4.
The students’ services included working for legal aid offices like Kansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Western Missouri, prosecutor’s offices including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Disability Rights Center of Kansas and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Children run during a demonstration of sport activities at the new Youth Exercise and Sport Center, under the guidance of Quincy Johnson, middle left, and Trent Herda, far back, while Jordan Bass, associate department chair, Sport Management Program Director, observes. Credit: Chance Dibben
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.

Economic Development



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.
KU's Institute for Sustainable Engineering has a new name —Wonderful Institute for Sustainable Engineering-KU (WISE-KU). The naming builds on the university’s deep relationship with The Wonderful Company, a global agricultural company co-founded and led by Stewart and Lynda Resnick.
Pair of scientists working in lab; supervised smiling children working with cookie cutters; individuals sitting in creek bed taking samples on partly cloudy day; medical professionals talking to seated patient with blood pressure cuff on her arm.
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.

Student experience and achievement



Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has named the 2024-2025 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. DaNae Estabine, junior in psychology from Olathe, is KU's fellow, nominated by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod.
The University Awards, among the most prestigious awards presented at KU, were established to recognize students who embody service excellence, dedication or whose academic achievements are stellar.
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One recent University of Kansas graduate accepted a prestigious Fulbright award as a teaching assistant in Austria, and two other alumnae and a doctoral candidate were named alternates to study or conduct research abroad.

Campus news



Three outstanding high school teachers from Lyndon and Shawnee, Kansas, and from Webster Grove, Missouri, will be recognized with the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award this spring. KU seniors submit the nominations.
The Lawrence campus aesthetic plays a key role in recruiting, and the KU landscaping team works to create a beautiful and welcoming environment for students, employees and visitors.
Light fog around Potter Lake in spring
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.

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Academic Jay statue outside of Strong Hall on spring day.

Shelley Hooks named as next University of Kansas vice chancellor for research

The University of Kansas has selected Shelley Hooks as the next vice chancellor for research. Hooks is the associate vice president for research at the University of Georgia and a professor in UGA's Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. She will begin her new role Aug. 4.
Group photo of the first FRESSH class at KU.

Program that helps KU College faculty explore funding opportunities completes first year

FRESSH, an acronym for Fostering Research Expansion in the Social Sciences and Humanities, just wrapped up its inaugural year at the University of Kansas. The program brings together faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (or the College) to explore research funding opportunities and sharpen grant writing skills.
Illustration of notable exoplanets included in TESS-Keck survey

With wobbling stars, astronomers gauge mass of 126 exoplanets and find 15 new ones

New findings from an astronomer at the University of Kansas offer new understanding of the makeup of exoplanets and their star systems generally.
West District, including pharmacy school building

Barbara Timmermann serving as interim dean of pharmacy school

Barbara Timmermann, University Distinguished Professor and chair of medicinal chemistry, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Her appointment became effective May 12.