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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.
Mon, 06/17/2024

Study finds US does not have housing shortage, but shortage of affordable housing

New KU findings counter a common narrative that the United States is facing a housing shortage. The study analyzed Census survey data to determine how many cities had shortages of housing stock and compared it to median income for an area.
Mon, 06/17/2024

Annual summer solstice tour of KU medicinal garden set for June 21

The public is invited to the summer semiannual tour of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 7 p.m. June 21, one day after the summer solstice. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, includes research plantings, a large native plant demonstration garden and the KU Community Garden.
Mon, 06/17/2024

Frederick Douglass’ relationship with audiences illustrates ‘outsized impact’ of public speaking in politics, scholar says

Public speaking was among the vehicles the writer and reformer used to tell his story of enslavement, to call for abolition and to defend Black Americans’ rights. A KU scholar unravels how relationships with his audiences are context for his ideological transformation.
Fri, 06/14/2024

KU music therapy, speech-language-hearing scholars provide interdisciplinary services in rural Bulgaria

A unique partnership between University of Kansas faculty members in speech-language pathology and music therapy provided KU students with a hybrid clinical and experiential study abroad program in Bulgaria and Greece during the intercession between the spring and summer semesters.
Fri, 06/14/2024

KU teams with community colleges to host boot camp in Dodge City to showcase career opportunities in STEM fields, intelligence community

KU, in partnership with the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence, is hosting a boot camp June 20 at Dodge City Community College. Registered attendees include students from Kansas community colleges as well as high school students. Participants will encounter and react to a simulated national security crisis.
Wed, 06/12/2024

KU Kudos: Jayhawk faculty and staff achievements, June 2024

Read about KU employees' recent external honors and awards from all university campuses.
Wed, 06/12/2024

Researchers in US, Ukraine simulate cell activity at ‘breathtaking’ timescales

A partnership between scientists at KU and collaborators in Europe, including war-torn Ukraine, will result in computer models of biological cells likely to hasten health breakthroughs by simulating molecular interactions inside cells with near experimental accuracy at vastly longer timescales than similar efforts.
Tue, 06/11/2024

New book examines best methods to prepare future English teachers

Theory, curriculum and what it means to be a professional educator are all at the heart of “Principles That Shape English Teacher Education,” co-edited by Heidi Hallman, professor of curriculum & teaching at KU.
Tue, 06/11/2024

PCAOB risk-based inspection consequences evaluated using new model

Mike Wilkins, the Larry D. Horner and KPMG Professor of Accounting at KU, examines the effects of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's decision to move to more random-based audit selection. The findings suggest there are more benefits than costs associated with auditors’ responses to a selection approach that is primarily risk-based.
Mon, 06/10/2024

KU TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers provide crucial FAFSA assistance in northeast Kansas

TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers at KU offer free assistance to help individuals, particularly first-generation students and those facing financial challenges, navigate the FAFSA financial aid application process. The program, housed under the Achievement & Assessment Institute’s Center for Educational Opportunity Programs, is accessible to the public in Douglas, Shawnee, Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Franklin counties.
Mon, 06/10/2024

University honors April, May 2024 Employees of the Month

The University of Kansas has announced Employees of the Month for April and May 2024. These staff members have made outstanding contributions to the KU Lawrence community.
Mon, 06/10/2024

International Support Services moving to consolidated location

International Support Services is moving to 50 Strong Hall in June. The move will provide one consolidated location for all ISS staff, who have been spread out among four offices in Strong Hall.
Mon, 06/10/2024

Ten KU students receive Undergraduate Research Awards for summer

This summer, ten University of Kansas students received an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their work on mentored research and creative projects.
Fri, 06/07/2024

KU community mourns death of longtime employee Scott Jeffress

For 23 years, Jeffress ensured various KU facilities were able to meet the needs of researchers who rely on them to perform their work. Jeffress, a Baldwin City resident, died May 30.
Fri, 06/07/2024

KU School of Business welcomes students for 8th annual Summer Venture in Business

Nearly 50 students from 11 states will participate in the 2024 Summer Venture in Business, which will be held in two sessions, June 9-11 and July 14-19.
Fri, 06/07/2024

KU researcher Rafe Brown receives Fulbright Award to the Philippines

Rafe Brown, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to travel to the Philippines to study biodiversity. Brown will spend a year in the Philippines conducting fieldwork to sample amphibians and reptiles. The research studies the biodiversity of a rare stretch of pristine tropical forest that extends from a volcanic peak to the sea.
Fri, 06/07/2024

Professors collaborate with National Humanities Center to bring first AI & Digital Literacy educators' institute to KU

Kathryn Conrad and Sean Kamperman, faculty members in the Department of English, collaborated with the NHC to bring together teachers and administrators from middle schools, secondary schools and colleges from across the region for a week of critical discussions, presentations and instructional resource and policy development.
Thu, 06/06/2024

KU Libraries announce 2024 Whayne Scholars; visiting researchers’ presentations set for June 26

Alyssa Cole, assistant professor of African American studies at the University of Florida, and Brooke Thomas, African American history postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University, are the recipients of the 2024 Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award from KU Libraries. They will visit KU from June 24 to 27 with a joint public presentation at 3 p.m. June 26 in the Johnson Room.
Thu, 06/06/2024

75 Jayhawks initiated into KU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society initiated new members at a May 12 ceremony. Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high academic achievement while pursuing a broad and substantive liberal arts curriculum.
Wed, 06/05/2024

Kevin Willmott's new film shines light on KC civil rights figure

For his next project, Academy Award winner Kevin Willmott, KU professor of film & media studies, turns his camera on a Kansas City civil rights icon, Alvin Brooks, in a documentary about one of the city's first Black police officers and its first Black department head.
Wed, 06/05/2024

KU Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship awarded to 2023 graduate Aylar Atadurdyyeva

KU alumna Aylar Atadurdyyeva is the 2024 winner of the James Blackiston Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the KU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Atadurdyyeva won $1,500 and is the chapter’s nominee for a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship.
Wed, 06/05/2024

KU ranks 60th among US public universities granted utility patents in 2023

For the second year in a row, the University of Kansas has landed a spot on the National Academy of Inventors' top 100 U.S. Universities Granted Utility Patents list. The 2023 list showcases universities that play a pivotal role in advancing the innovation ecosystem within and beyond the United States.
Tue, 06/04/2024

Lifelong learner is intergenerational visual art educator, advocate

Liz Langdon joined the faculty of KU's Department of Visual Art when she was 65 after an extensive career in art education. She writes of the "long hill" she has climbed and vistas yet to conquer for a chapter in a new book titled "Art Education and Creative Aging: Older Adults as Learners, Makers, and Teachers of Art."
Mon, 06/03/2024

Authenticity on the job dramatically benefits trans workers, study shows

A new survey of 206 transgender and nonbinary workers shows dramatic improvements in job and life satisfaction when they are able to communicate about their authentic selves on the job. "This is not incremental; it's huge," said study co-author Cameron Piercy, KU associate professor of communication studies.
Mon, 06/03/2024

Camps built on KU research to help young readers improve, future school psychologists put theory to practice

A pair of reading camps hosted by the OASIS training clinic at KU will help struggling readers boost their skills in a fun way based on research from KU. The camps also train aspiring school psychologists in using research-based reading intervention and behavior supports.
Fri, 05/31/2024

Theatre design student earns 1st place at national contest

Two students represented the University of Kansas and showcased their skills as theatrical designers at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National competition in Washington, D.C.
Thu, 05/30/2024

Center for Evaluation and Educational Leadership welcomes new director Bart Swartz

The Center for Evaluation & Educational Leadership (CEEL), housed within the University of Kansas’ Achievement & Assessment Institute, has announced the appointment of Bart Swartz as its new director. Swartz succeeds Brad Neuenswander, who has served as director since the center’s founding.
Thu, 05/30/2024

Professor applies theoretical work to his metal music

Brad Osborn, KU professor of music theory, channels his inner black-metal musician into one-man band D’Archipelago, which has now released its fifth recording. “EVILSIZOR” continues the trend of pop music that ignores the old verse-chorus structure.
Thu, 05/30/2024

Media invited to KU program featuring NATO Military Committee Chair Admiral Robert Bauer on June 4

Admiral Robert Bauer (Royal Netherlands Navy), chair of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), will give a presentation and sit for a discussion with Dole Institute Visiting Fellow Gerald Seib at a private event.

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