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Fri, 05/24/2024

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.
Fri, 05/24/2024

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.
Fri, 05/24/2024

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.
Fri, 05/24/2024

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.
Thu, 05/23/2024

Expert on Iranian artists can comment on Cannes director drama

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof showed up unexpectedly at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. He may never be able to go home. KU researcher Rana Esfandiary, author of “At the Threshold: Contemporary Theatre, Art and Music of Iran,” can discuss developments with media.
Thu, 05/23/2024

New grant will fund study on preemption's effects on health, economic disparities in Kansas City

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute’s Policies for Action program has awarded more than $382,000 to researchers at KU and the National Academy of Public Administration for a study of how preemptive public policies may contribute to economic insecurity and health inequities in the Kansas City area.
Wed, 05/22/2024

KU research examines why athletes use authenticity in personal branding, how personal life influences brand

A pair of studies examines why athletes feel authenticity is vital to their personal branding and how an athlete's personal life influences their brand, including aspects of their romantic life. The findings both better illustrate how athletes use branding to advance in their sport and the racial and gendered implications of personal life on athletes' perception by the public.
Tue, 05/21/2024

Well-Fit Center for Youth Wellness and Fitness will take STEM approach to help children thrive

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.
Tue, 05/21/2024

Airborne electromagnetic survey of aquifer conditions planned in northwestern Kansas

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.
Mon, 05/20/2024

Study: Students found online physical education ‘awkward,’ which can help educators design better PE classes

Students who experienced schooling during the pandemic have multiple preferences for how they would like to have PE classes conducted. This information could help educators design classes that ensure more participation and more physical activity throughout the students’ lives.
Mon, 05/20/2024

KU Law students make 2024 honor roll for pro bono service

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.
Fri, 05/17/2024

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
Fri, 05/17/2024

Recent KU graduate receives Fulbright Award; 3 others named alternates

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.
Thu, 05/16/2024

Volunteers needed for 2024 Hawk Week sexual violence prevention program

This August, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center needs at least 250 volunteers, 175 of whom will facilitate one or more group sessions, which are offered Aug. 18 and 24.
Thu, 05/16/2024

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.
Wed, 05/15/2024

KU’s Master of Public Administration now available online

With the goal of creating degree programs that are accessible to everyone with the ambition to succeed, KU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) is now available online. These online courses are taught by the same faculty and expert instructors and meet the same rigorous educational standards as on-campus programs.
Tue, 05/14/2024

KU CREES announces 2024 Laird Essay Contest winner

A KU undergraduate student’s paper about supply chain sanctions against Russia is the winner of the 2024 Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest, sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).
Mon, 05/13/2024

KU to honor 2024 faculty and staff retirees

The University of Kansas will honor retiring faculty and academic, support and unclassified professional staff with a luncheon May 17. Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer will recognize the employees during the private event.
Mon, 05/13/2024

Spencer Museum, Charlotte Street announce Rocket Grants 2024 call for artists

Rocket Grants fund artists in the Lawrence and Kansas City area who are creating exceptional, under-the-radar and artist-centered projects in public spaces. The Spencer Museum will offer an information session at 6 p.m. May 23. Applications are due June 24.
Fri, 05/10/2024

KU announces promotion and tenure for 149 faculty and researchers

Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved the promotion and award of tenure, where indicated, for 64 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 85 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses.
Fri, 05/10/2024

Professor of journalism serves as juror for Pulitzer Prize

Patricia Weems Gaston, Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, served as a juror for the 2024 Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer Prize is regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievement and musical composition.
Fri, 05/10/2024

China’s ‘puzzling’ sanctions approach decoded using new data

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.
Thu, 05/09/2024

KU student DaNae Estabine honored as Newman Civic Fellow

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.
Thu, 05/09/2024

KU researcher part of national survey to study how youths take part in labor market

A KU researcher will be part of a partnership to establish the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 2027, the latest effort from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to understand how youths take part in the labor market and how that affects their lives and livelihood.
Thu, 05/09/2024

KU announces 2024 Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards

The Center for Undergraduate Research has announced the winners of two annual awards recognizing undergraduate research mentors who make a difference in the lives of their students at KU. Cindy Berrie, professor in chemistry, and Laura Kirk, associate teaching professor in theatre and film, are the 2024 honorees.
Thu, 05/09/2024

School of Education & Human Sciences to honor 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

The School of Education & Human Sciences will honor two of its alumni with one of its top awards this spring. Scot Pollard and the late Matt Enyart will be recognized with the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award at the school’s spring convocation ceremony.
Wed, 05/08/2024

KU expert to speak in French-British film series

Colin Roust, associate professor of musicology, is heading to London to introduce the screening of a film scored by the 20th century French composer about whom Roust wrote the first, definitive biography, “Georges Auric: A Life in Music and Politics.”
Wed, 05/08/2024

University plans summer makeover for Potter Lake

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.
Wed, 05/08/2024

Students Parnian Arafi and senior Kaitlyn Sy receive Courtwright Awards

Two KU students who earned spring 2024 Undergraduate Research Awards have also been honored with Courtwright Awards for Undergraduate Research Excellence through KU’s Center for Undergraduate Research. Parnian Arafi is a junior in biochemistry. Kaitlyn Sy is a senior in biotechnology.
Wed, 05/08/2024

2024 KU seniors honor high school teachers with Wolfe Teaching Excellence Awards

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.

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