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Tue, 07/16/2024

Researcher fleshes out portrait of English nobleman Esmé Stuart

Although he was a confidant of Britain's King James I and he succeeded his brother as Duke of Lennox, history seemed to have forgotten Esmé Stuart. So a KU professor delved into old records to learn more about him.
Mon, 07/15/2024

Author shows importance of framing in disability policy discussions

Analyzing interactions in town hall meetings with legislators, a University of Kansas professor of English finds that expressing one's lived experience, too, helps advocates “amplify marginalized voices in public debates.”
Mon, 07/15/2024

New book reveals how roads and vehicles transformed colonial societies across Africa

In a new book, Andrew Denning, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, uncovers how vehicles and the roads they traveled upon began to transform societies across 19th and 20th century Africa … but rarely in the manner colonizing Europeans expected.
Thu, 07/11/2024

Article tracks history of state history education standards, how teachers can use them as lessons

Stephen Jackson has published an article outlining how state history education standards came about, how they evolved and how teachers can use the standards themselves as history lessons in a way that avoids the common political arguments surrounding the documents.
Wed, 07/10/2024

University of Kansas announces spring 2024 honor roll

More than 7,400 undergraduate students at KU earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2024 semester. The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in the schools of Architecture & Design, Business, Education & Human Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, Journalism & Mass Communications, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Professional Studies and Social Welfare.
Wed, 07/10/2024

KU community mourns death of longtime employee Lee Ann Bennett

The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of Lee Ann Bennett, a senior research assistant at the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research. Bennett, a Lawrence resident, died June 30.
Wed, 07/10/2024

Panasonic Energy and University of Kansas to collaborate on EV battery technology and talent development

Panasonic Energy and the University of Kansas today announced that they have signed an agreement aimed at promoting the development of next-generation technologies and the cultivation of specialist expertise in the field of lithium-ion batteries.
Wed, 07/10/2024

Researchers show promising material for solar energy gets its curious boost from entropy

In a study appearing in Advanced Materials, researchers in the lab of Wai-Lun Chan, associate professor of physics & astronomy at KU, have discovered a microscopic mechanism partly explaining the outstanding performance of new carbon-based organic solar cells.
Wed, 07/10/2024

Kansans help expand trombone repertoire with new recording

A new recording by KU School of Music faculty members Michael Davidson and Ellen Sommer also features contributions from musicians and music educators from across the state.
Tue, 07/09/2024

KU Engineering associate dean recognized nationally for leadership and mentoring

Suzanne Shontz, School of Engineering associate dean for research and graduate programs, was named the 2024 winner of the James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication from the Krell Institute. The award will be presented later this year at the KU Lawrence campus.
Mon, 07/08/2024

‘Overlooked’ peoples’ influence on Colonial Spanish America examined in new book

Robert Schwaller, professor of history, co-edited a new book titled “Overlooked Places and Peoples: Indigenous and African Resistance in Colonial Spanish America, 1500-1800.” It offers new insight into how and why the inhabitants of these places responded contentiously or cooperatively to Spanish colonialism.
Mon, 07/08/2024

KU Aerospace Engineering launches first CubeSat into orbit

A team of KU engineering students successfully launched a small satellite, called a CubeSat, aboard a NASA-sponsored Firefly Aerospace rocket. The university’s first satellite, known as “KUbeSat-1” reached orbit late in the evening July 3 when it was launched through NASA’s ELaNa 43 mission.
Wed, 07/03/2024

Kansas Geological Survey assesses potential for critical minerals in eastern Kansas

Kansas Geological Survey scientists, in collaboration with independent oil and gas company Mull Companies, recently drilled and cored a well in Lyon County to evaluate layers of underground rock that may be enriched in critical minerals — non-fuel minerals and elements that are vital to electronics and other advanced technologies.
Tue, 07/02/2024

Nicodemus descendent, historian to speak at KU Libraries on July 10

A descendant of the original settlers of the town of Nicodemus, Angela Bates has worked for over 30 years to honor the community’s legacy, establishing regional and national partnerships including collaboration with KU Libraries and the Kansas Collection.
Mon, 07/01/2024

KU opera professor named finalist for the 2024 American Prize

Stella Markou, soprano, opera director and KU Voice area coordinator for the School of Music, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Directing- The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize (college/university opera division).
Fri, 06/28/2024

Five faculty members awarded Research-Intensive Course Grants for fall 2024

In an effort to provide research opportunities to more students, five faculty members will be working with the Center for Undergraduate Research this fall to redesign portions of their courses to include a larger research or creative component.
Thu, 06/27/2024

Audio-Reader programs recognized by International Association of Audio Information Services

Audio-Reader Network, based at the University of Kansas, has been recognized for programming excellence by the International Association of Audio Information Services at its annual conference, hosted virtually June 12-14.
Thu, 06/27/2024

KU School of Business gift creates scholarships for former Summer Venture in Business participants

A gift from KU alumna Rebecca Lyons will provide scholarships for current School of Business students who have participated in its Summer Venture in Business program.
Wed, 06/26/2024

New work highlights physical, mental, social benefits of caring climate in sports

A KU researcher outlines the research-proven benefits of positive sporting environments in a chapter for new edition of a sports psychology book.
Wed, 06/26/2024

Two KU faculty members named University Distinguished Professors

Two KU faculty members have received the designation of University Distinguished Professor, effective at the start of the fall 2024 semester. They are Heather Desaire in the Department of Chemistry and Erik Perrins in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
Wed, 06/26/2024

KU researchers highlight how $80.6 billion in federal spending supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities nationwide

In recognition of the anniversary of the 1999 decision, which was celebrated June 20 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, University of Kansas researchers shared information about how federal funds are distributed to each state to help individuals, families and caretakers.
Tue, 06/25/2024

KU student Audrey Rips-Goodwin awarded Astronaut Scholarship two years in a row

Audrey Rips-Goodwin, an Overland Park senior in chemistry and mathematics, is the University of Kansas’ 2024 Astronaut Scholar — an award of up to $15,000. Rips-Goodwin was also named an Astronaut Scholar in 2023.
Tue, 06/25/2024

I2S scientist receives NSF award for research focused on cardiac tissue ablations

A computational scientist with the School of Engineering and Institute for Information Sciences (I2S) is part of a team of researchers that received $283,686 from the National Science Foundation to develop a scientific computing platform for characterization and monitoring of cardiac tissue ablations.
Tue, 06/25/2024

Globe-trotting trumpet professor featured in Spanish Olympics fanfare

Musical talent, hard work and networking take Stephen Leisring around the world — recently to Madrid, where he played first trumpet on a piece for Radio Television Española's upcoming coverage of the Paris Olympics.
Tue, 06/25/2024

New edition of book updates changing world of international trade law in free, open-access format

Raj Bhala's sixth edition of "International Trade Law: A Comprehensive E-Textbook" updates many topics ranging from Brexit to the U.S.-China trade war. This is the first version to be made freely available in an open access format.
Tue, 06/25/2024

Communication studies expert can comment on high-stakes presidential debate

The stakes for the first presidential debate June 27 between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump could hardly be higher, according to Robert Rowland, expert in presidential rhetoric and debate and KU professor of communication studies.
Mon, 06/24/2024

Study reveals same genes that can drive cancer also guide neural-circuit growth

In new research appearing in PLOS ONE, Erik Lundquist and colleagues from his KU lab have added new specifics to the role oncogene Src plays in our biology, showing the gene is required for normal development of the nervous system.
Mon, 06/24/2024

KU Law’s moot court program ranks 25th in nation

The University of Kansas School of Law’s moot court program is 25th in the nation, according to rankings published recently by the University of Houston Law Center.
Fri, 06/21/2024

KU Libraries name 2024 Rubinstein/Mason Award recipients

University of Kansas Libraries have named Katherine Bryan and Connor Reazin recipients of the 2024 Rubinstein/Mason Award. The scholarship supports current and former KU students in graduate study in librarianship and archival studies in honor of the late Joseph Rubinstein and the late Alexandra Mason, commemorating their years of principled service as KU librarians.
Tue, 06/18/2024

Attorney marketing tactics compared to ‘corporate ambulance chasing’ in new study

New research examines how social media announcements of plaintiff’s attorneys’ corporate investigations strongly predict future litigation. It finds how these attorneys’ efforts to recruit additional plaintiffs after a lawsuit has been filed signal that the action is more likely to succeed and result in more severe damages.

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