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Social media has allowed citizens and community organizations to reach people much more easily while news organizations have shrunk. But a new study found news outlets still lead the way in sharing difficult information on topics like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.
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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.
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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.

Research



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.
Margaret Kelley, professor of American studies, examines the complex and often counterintuitive relationship between racism and gun ownership in a new paper. The results suggest that racism, including fear of other races, is not associated with gun ownership. However, cognitive and apathetic indicators of racism influence gun control attitudes for at least some white individuals.
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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.

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.
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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



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.
Nine University of Kansas students and alumni have advanced to the semifinalist round for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, which will provide funding to study, conduct research or teach English abroad for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Elizabeth Appel, KU senior
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.

Campus news



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.
In 1924, the National League of Cities was founded at KU in the original Fraser Hall. To commemorate this historic milestone, NLC, the KU School of Public Affairs & Administration, the League of Kansas Municipalities and the city of Lawrence will convene at KU for a daylong celebration.
Outdoor group photo of Hrvatski Običaj, a 20-piece Croatian band, in front of a log cabin.
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.

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Outdoor group photo of Hrvatski Običaj, a 20-piece Croatian band, in front of a log cabin.

KU center to bring festival celebrating Eastern European and Eurasian culture to downtown Lawrence

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.
A photo of Joseph R. Pearson Hall, home of KU's School of Education and Human Sciences

New books examine how to foster meaningful interactions between students, faculty to bolster college success

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.
"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.
Aerial view of snowy campus scene with Strong Hall in view.

University announces 2024 Staff Fellows

The Staff Fellows Program offers KU employees an opportunity to build their leadership skills, gain experience to advance their careers and work together on a strategic campus project that benefits the university. Sixteen staff members were selected.