Mon, 08/25/2014 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio reporters, producers, commentators and staffers were honored when the Kansas Association of Broadcasters announced their 2014 awards this month.
The awards will be handed out at the KAB’s annual convention, Oct. 19-21 in Wichita.
“The high quality of broadcast journalism we put out every day has been recognized again this year,” said J. Schafer, KPR news director. “We were unable to capture the biggest prize – Station of the Year – this time around, but we’ve won the top prize 15 of the last 19 years, and that’s not too shabby. It continues to be our goal every year.”
The category, program and awards:
Public Affairs Program
Mon, 08/25/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Commons will offer Starter Grants, funded by the Office of Research, for interdisciplinary research projects in 2014-2015. Starter Grants are available for collaborative teams to apply for up to $10,000 each to initiate proposals.
Starter Grants will fund interdisciplinary projects in the initial stages of development that may be overlooked by more conventional disciplinary funding sources. Applicants are encouraged to think imaginatively about the possibilities for their projects. Starter Grants provide funds for research that is not restricted to one disciplinary perspective, supporting collaborators from across the arts,
Fri, 08/22/2014 — The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities will host its fourth-annual Digital Humanities Forum next month on the theme of "Nodes & Networks in the Humanities: Geometries, Relationships, Processes."
The forum, which will be Sept....
Fri, 08/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – As the fall 2014 semester begins, KU Common Book programming is set to launch with opportunities for engagement for students, staff and faculty.
The 2014-15 KU Common Book, “The Center of Everything,” by Laura Moriarty, will give the Jayhawk and Lawrence communities a unique opportunity to reflect on relevant cultural issues such as economic inequality and educational opportunity from the perspective of a rural Kansan in the 1980s. This year, the Office of First-Year Experience, which coordinates KU Common Book programming, aims to increase involvement and community engagement.
All incoming freshmen and transfer students received a copy of “The Center
Fri, 08/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas alumna Corine Wegener has been called a modern-day "monuments woman" for her dedication to protect cultural heritage in some of the most dangerous and devastated areas of the world.
Just as groups of World War II soldiers were sent to Europe to recover Nazi stolen art, as depicted in the Hollywood film “The Monuments Men,” Wegener has traveled into war-torn countries to help museum staff save its cultural treasures.
Wegener will give a lecture titled “From Berlin to Baghdad: When Art Historians Go to War" at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. Wegener will deliver the lecture because she is being honored by the
Thu, 08/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – An assistant professor of English who uses digital tools to teach Shakespeare and Renaissance texts and an associate professor of finance who excels at making innovative connections from seemingly unrelated areas are this year’s winners of the two highest awards for teaching at the University of Kansas.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will present the awards at the annual KU Teaching Summit on Thursday, Aug. 21, during the first general session in 130 Budig at 8:30 a.m.
“Our annual teaching awards recognize faculty’s contribution to the university and its students through outstanding teaching,” Gray-Little said. “Jonathan Lamb and Jide Wintoki are held
Thu, 08/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – Ten outstanding University of Kansas undergraduates have been selected to serve as Hall Center Scholars for 2014-2015. They will have exclusive opportunities to interact with the well-known authors, scholars and public intellectuals who speak in the Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series. The scholars for 2014-15:
Saran Davaajargal, a sophomore in economics and mathematics from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Emma Halling, a senior in American studies and women, gender & sexuality studies from Elkhart, Indiana
Alex Kong, a senior in pharmaceutical studies from Lawrence
Alexander Kuhn, a senior in history and Russian, East European & Eurasian studies from
Wed, 08/20/2014 — Students can visit with employers from the University of Kansas as well as the Lawrence and Kansas City areas during a Part-Time Job Fair, set for Monday, Aug. 25.
The event, sponsored by the University Career Center, will take place from 9 a.m.
Wed, 08/20/2014 — With shows such as "A Raisin in the Sun" and "The Marriage of Figaro," University Theatre has announced a 2014-15 performance lineup that will entertain, educate and provoke as well as demonstrate the importance of educational theatre for the...
Tue, 08/19/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has broadened the array of graduate certificates at the University of Kansas with the addition of programs in global studies, museum studies, and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.
Departments in the College developed the certificates to expand graduate students’ and working professionals’ opportunities to diversify their expertise and distinguish themselves in the workforce.
“We want students to have as many options as possible to prepare for a successful career after they leave KU. These certificates have broad applicability and will benefit students across the spectrum of academic and professional
Thu, 08/14/2014 — University of Kansas visual art student Allison Flom's short film, "Habitual," has been chosen as an official selection of the 2014 Autumn Shorts Film Festival in Somerset, Kentucky. "Habitual" was produced as a student...
Thu, 08/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas, is available to talk to media about his interviews with Hollywood legends Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.
Actor and standup comedian Williams died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide. Bacall, one of the great actresses of the Golden Age, died Tuesday at age 89. Tibbetts, a film critic and historian who has interviewed hundreds of stars over the years, can share his experiences with Williams and Bacall.
Tibbetts interviewed Williams three times during the 1980s, once in 1982 for Williams’ first big screen appearance, “The World According to Garp,” and twice in
Thu, 08/14/2014 — University of Kansas students in a Department of Design class presented new product concepts earlier this year to executives from Garmin International, the Olathe-based manufacturer of global-positioning systems products.
Huw Thomas, associate...
Fri, 08/08/2014 — LAWRENCE – A program developed at the University of Kansas to replace textbooks with rich online content has resulted in $500,000 in savings since its inception five years ago.
In 2009, KU developed Acceso, an innovative, open-access, web-based platform to serve as an alternative to textbooks. Since then, more than 3,000 intermediate-level students studying Spanish at KU and hundreds more in other learning institutions across the country have used the online resource.
Amy Rossomondo, an associate professor of Spanish, saw a need for a platform like Acceso because textbooks, while strong in grammar, weren’t offering the kind of cultural literacy that would remain
Thu, 08/07/2014 — New exhibits featuring spectacular artifacts of pre-Columbian archaeology, the dazzling expressions of the color red in nature and the real bones of a new Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton are among those being highlighted by the KU Biodiversity...
Wed, 08/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – Music students’ attitudes toward individuals with disabilities are more positive after they simulate having a disability, a University of Kansas study found.
Cynthia Colwell, a professor of music education and music therapy, recently published an article in the International Journal of Music Education that looked at what happened when music students were asked to simulate a disability.
Students training to be music therapists or music teachers were assigned to simulate one of the following disabilities: a one-arm amputation, lower-limb paralysis that required a wheelchair, a hearing impairment or a visual impairment. With one student simulating the