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Familial Alzheimer mutations stabilize synaptotoxic γ-secretase-substrate complexes
A University of Kansas study of rare gene mutations that cause hereditary Alzheimer's disease shows these mutations disrupt production of a small sticky protein called amyloid.

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"Wisdom" inscription on Spooner Hall building, home to The Commons

Interdisciplinary Red Hot Research sessions return for spring 2024 semester

The Commons at the University of Kansas will host Red Hot Research sessions throughout March and April 2024, including three themed sessions with faculty presenters, one graduate student session and two collaborative sessions co-hosted by internal, interdisciplinary awards.
Field irrigation

New NSF grant to fund water management data ecosystem in Kansas

The National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator has awarded $650,000 to a team led by KU scientists to develop a water data dashboard for local government officials and state government agencies.
Chart showing younger species are generally at greater risk of extinction.

Scientists may have cracked the ‘aging process’ in species

New research from the University of Kansas might resolve a mystery in the “aging process” in species — or, how a species’ risk of going extinct changes after that species appears on the scene.
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New book helps school leaders focus on what they can do without getting weighed down

No one can do everything. Yet that is exactly what many school leaders feel like they must do. A new book co-written by a KU scholar aims to help those who often feel overwhelmed focus on what they can and should do and how to help teachers and students lead schools to reaching their full potential.

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Two new books co-written by a University of Kansas professor examine how to move beyond the conventional measures of student-faculty interactions to consider new ways of building meaningful relationships between educators and pupils.
Professor Marta Vicente studied the portraits of two renowned gender-ambiguous individuals: the 17th century Spanish soldier Antonio/Catalina de Erauso and 18th century French diplomat the Chevalier d’Eon. Their paintings appear as part of the artistic and scientific explorations that negotiated changing concepts of nature during early modern Europe.
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A KU School of Business professor’s new research, titled “My Best Frenemy: A History-to-theory Approach to MNCs’ Corporate Diplomatic Activities,” appears in the Journal of International Business Studies.

Kansas Communities



The Dole Institute of Politics, in partnership with the Kansas Rural Center (KRC), has announced the four-part series of discussion groups to be moderated by Dole Institute Fellow Karen Willey this spring. Obstacles & Opportunities: Tackling Sustainability in Kansas continues Feb. 27 with “Sink or Swim: The Future of Water in Kansas."
The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research is conducting a yearlong, comprehensive statewide needs assessment of substance use disorder systems and related work in Kansas that will be used to guide the future, long-term investment strategies of the Kansas Fights Addiction Grant Review Board.
Map of 36 small Kansas cities studied, from book by Mahbub Rashid
A new book from KU's dean of the School of Architecture & Design examines 36 small cities in Kansas for the correlation between their spatial planning and design and residents' lifestyle behaviors and health indicators.

Economic Development



A $3 million initiative based at the University of Kansas will empower biomedical researchers in public universities and colleges across several Plains states to carry their innovations to the marketplace.
A new degree program at the University of Kansas will send students into the cybersecurity market armed with tools to create programs and systems that protect the world’s most critical assets from hacking, ransomware and other immensely disruptive crimes and mischief generated during the digital age. Students completing the required 126 credit hours will be equipped to protect data, computer systems and networks from unauthorized access and destruction involving government entities.
Signage for the Wonderful Institute for Sustainable Engineering-KU, white text on royal blue background, next to glass display case with portraits.
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.

Student experience and achievement



Elizabeth Appel, a senior in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering, is the most recent Jayhawk to be named a Gates Cambridge scholar, bringing the university’s total number of winners to four since the program was established.
More than 8,000 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2023 semester.  Honor roll criteria vary among the university’s academic units.
Five cadets in uniform holding certificate: Braxton Camp, Nate Lundgren, David Spenny, Mason Patterson and Delton Larson.
The KU Army ROTC program sent two teams to participate Feb. 23-24 in the Northern Warfare Challenge in La Crosse, Wisconsin, known as “the hardest race in ROTC.”

Campus news



The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies will have its annual Spring Festival on March 3 at Liberty Hall. The free public festival will feature Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian music, dance, food and crafts from the region.
The University of Kansas and KU Endowment have announced a new date for One Day. One KU. The 24-hour giving day will now take place March 6.
Portrait of Giselle Anatol standing at top of staircase.
A KU professor of English will lead the Hall Center for the Humanities, effective March 3. Giselle Anatol has led the center in an interim capacity since former director Richard Godbeer retired in fall 2022.

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Five cadets in uniform holding certificate: Braxton Camp, Nate Lundgren, David Spenny, Mason Patterson and Delton Larson.

KU Army ROTC places 3rd, 6th at Northern Warfare Challenge

The KU Army ROTC program sent two teams to participate Feb. 23-24 in the Northern Warfare Challenge in La Crosse, Wisconsin, known as “the hardest race in ROTC.”
Children in 1950s schoolroom

Brown v. Board at 70 conference will explore legacy of landmark decision

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the University of Kansas and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park, Topeka, will host a free public conference April 18-19.
Top of Campanile near clouds

Educate & Act Series will cover Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

An ongoing series at the University of Kansas will host virtual events this semester for the Jayhawk community to learn more about the policies and procedures that characterize democracy in the United States and connects attendees to resources for further learning.
Interior view of Kansas Capitol dome with glass and flags.

KU students to present at Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

KU students will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities to deliver in-person poster presentations March 1 at the Kansas Capitol Rotunda in Topeka.