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Mon, 05/24/2021 — What do misinformation and disease have in common? They spread easily. But a new paper titled “Control and spread of contagion in networks” links the two even further by postulating a single model to study both cases. The new model and...

Mon, 05/24/2021 — LAWRENCE – What is the essential quality that has made “Hamilton” one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever? That was the question Paul Laird, University of Kansas professor of musicology, and his co-author/editor, Mary Jo Lodge, associate professor of theater at Lafayette College, asked themselves and their colleagues a couple of years ago. Their answer, spelled out in the form of the new book “Dueling Grounds: Revolution and Revelation in the Musical Hamilton” (Oxford University Press), is that liminality – that condition of being on the border between two disparate things – is key to understanding the play’s awesome power. “Almost any way you look at

Fri, 05/21/2021 — LAWRENCE – Twenty students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Self Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students from KU who will transition into a full-time master’s or doctoral degree program at KU in the fall semester. Students who were selected demonstrated achievement in leadership and scholarship, and they possess the ability to envision and attain goals that require energy and tenacity. The Self Memorial Scholarship provides each recipient with a $10,000 scholarship award applied to tuition and fees,

Thu, 05/20/2021 — LAWRENCE – Fifty-five University of Kansas School of Law students contributed 4,105 hours of unpaid legal services over the past year. This is the largest number of students who completed pro bono service in an academic year since the beginning of KU Law’s pro bono program. Students prepared tax returns for low-income residents, drafted petitions for families seeking guardianship of their adult children with disabilities and worked with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, prosecutors’ offices and public defenders’ offices. “There is always a great need for pro bono legal services, but the pandemic exacerbated that need and made service provision more

Thu, 05/20/2021 — LAWRENCE – Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved sabbatical leave for the following 45 faculty members and researchers at the University of Kansas Lawrence campus:

Wed, 05/19/2021 — Three outstanding high school teachers will be recognized with the 2021 Wolfe Family Teaching Award this graduation season. “Great teachers impact people’s lives,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education & Human Sciences....

Wed, 05/19/2021 — Rosana Godinez, Academic Advisor II in the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), was named the 2021 KU Academic Advisor of the Year during a virtual awards ceremony May 11. “Academic advisers play a crucial role in student success,” said...

Wed, 05/19/2021 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) in the University of Kansas School of Education & Human Sciences has announced the recipients of the organization’s first Arts & Humanities Grant. Work in AAI focuses on enhancing...

Wed, 05/19/2021 — LAWRENCE – Eleven University of Kansas School of Law students received awards in spring 2021 for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community. The recipients: Jacob Barefield, Martinez, Georgia: Law Class of 1949 Award for Leadership Ellen Bertels, Overland Park: Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award Sydney Buckley, Kansas City, Missouri: Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Cortez Downey, Edmond, Oklahoma: Law Class of 1949 Award for Leadership Marisol Garcia, Wichita: Robert F. Bennett Student Award Aidan Graybill, Scottsdale, Arizona: Janean Meigs Memorial Award in Law Delaney

Tue, 05/18/2021 — Neutrinos are almost intangible subatomic particles that hardly interact with matter in the universe. Billions of neutrinos are shooting through your body as you read this sentence, and you don’t even notice. Explosive deep-space events like...

Tue, 05/18/2021 — Shallow depressions that hold water from rainfall and runoff to create small temporary lakes called playas dot the western Great Plains. When full, they’re transformed into mini-wetlands that are home to a variety of plants and wildlife not...

Tue, 05/18/2021 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design will host its annual pre-college KU Design Camp June 13-19. Designed for high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year, the KU Design Camp provides aspiring...

Tue, 05/18/2021 — The University of Kansas has announced and honored several Employees of the Month who have made outstanding contributions to the Lawrence and Edwards campus communities. Winners of the Employee of the Month awards receive the following: A...

Mon, 05/17/2021 — LAWRENCE – After the COVID-19 pandemic broke Brian Daldorph's 20-year streak of teaching a weekly class at Douglas County Jail, the University of Kansas senior lecturer in English hopes to work with inmates again someday soon. That volunteer work is the subject of Daldorph’s new book, “Words is a Powerful Thing: Twenty Years of Teaching Creative Writing at Douglas County Jail” (University of Kansas Press, 2021). The book is part-memoir about his teaching experience at the jail, part-inmate anthology and also includes a survey of major incarcerated writers, including Malcolm X and Jimmy Santiago Baca. Daldorph has published several books of poetry, including “Ice

Mon, 05/17/2021 — By definition, a global pandemic appears to affect everyone similarly. But upon further reflection, that’s not quite true. “It’s a profoundly unequal crisis,” said Amanda Shriwise, a visiting professor of sociology at the University of...

Fri, 05/14/2021 — The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas has announced that this year’s Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest winners are Aylar Atadurdyyeva in the undergraduate essay category for her essay...

Fri, 05/14/2021 — Two University of Kansas law students won first place in a national competition for their work providing pro bono legal representation to transgender and nonbinary individuals. Third-year law students Ellen Bertels, of Overland Park, and...

Fri, 05/14/2021 —  The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) in the University of Kansas’ School of Education & Human Sciences has announced the return of the Summer Research Methods Camp (formerly Summer Stats Camp) for 2021. From June 7 to July 16,...

Thu, 05/13/2021 — LAWRENCE – For a decade, using the pen names Rose and then R.B. Lemberg, Renee Perelmutter has created a fantastic literary universe concerned with issues and told from the viewpoint of gender fluidity. That growing collection of poems, stories and short novels is set in what the University of Kansas associate professor and director of Jewish studies calls the Birdverse – a universe of humans who worship an avian deity – and it is striking a chord with contemporary readers. For the second time now a Birdverse book, in this case the novella “The Four Profound Weaves,” (Tachyon Publications, 2020) has been shortlisted for perhaps the most prestigious award in the

Thu, 05/13/2021 — By many estimates, the Montessori educational approach is the most prevalent alternative pedagogy model in public schools across the United States. While its history stretches back a century, the Montessori model has historically been...


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