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Fri, 01/12/2024

Two KU students join state social work boards

Two social work students from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare are serving on state boards of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). ...

Wed, 01/10/2024

KU Doctor of Education degrees in educational administration, higher education administration now offered online

At the University of Kansas, Jayhawks recognize how family and work commitments, health or mobility limitations, and other responsibilities can create barriers to education and career advancement. With the goal of creating degree programs that are accessible to everyone with the ambition to succeed, KU’s educational leadership & policy studies...

Wed, 01/10/2024

Study finds high levels of job satisfaction among copy editors, little negative effect from pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted jobs across the workforce, including the editorial sector. But a new study from the University of Kansas found it did not significantly affect how copy editors, proofreaders and fact-checkers felt about their work and that those working in the professions still have high job satisfaction and...

Tue, 01/09/2024

Alumnus Daniel Flynn receives School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Graduate Award

Daniel Flynn, a 1977 and 1981 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the school’s Distinguished Graduate Award for 2024. Flynn will receive the award Jan. 10 prior to his keynote lecture as part of the 39th Mossberg Honors Symposium at the Pharmacy Building...

Tue, 01/09/2024

Books provide road map for educators, school communities to promote self-determination

Over a decade of research has shown that when students, especially those with disabilities, are given ownership and determination of their own education and life goals, they have better educational outcomes. Two new books based upon work at the University of Kansas provide a road map for educators, school communities...

Tue, 01/09/2024

KU names Ric Steele as new associate vice provost for graduate studies

Ric Steele, professor of applied behavioral science, has been named the new associate vice provost for graduate studies at the University of Kansas. His appointment became effective Jan. 1. ...

Mon, 01/08/2024

New children’s book pays tribute to Toni Morrison

Written by University of Kansas scholar Giselle Anatol, “Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold” is thought to be the first children’s book inspired by the life of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such novels as “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon.”
Mon, 01/08/2024

Self Graduate Fellowship announces anthropology as newly eligible field

Anthropology is now approved as an eligible field for the University of Kansas’ prestigious Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship. With its addition, there are 22 eligible doctoral fields for the Self Graduate Fellowship. Nominations by eligible departments are due Jan. 24 for the 2024-2028 cohort of Self Graduate...

Mon, 01/08/2024

Engineering professor receives DARPA grant for research on radar signal processing

A faculty member in the University of Kansas Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science recently received a prestigious grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to research more effective ways of using the radar spectrum.
Thu, 01/04/2024

Author makes case for data-driven language learning

Nina Vyatkina, professor of German and applied linguistics, is a believer in students directly using collections of word usage – corpora – to help them understand and gain fluency in their target language. The proven success of data-driven learning in acquiring the German language can be repeated with other languages and perhaps other fields, she says.
Tue, 12/19/2023

Research offers a reason why diversity in plant species causes higher farming yield, solving ‘a bit of a mystery’

A study appearing in Nature Communications based on field and greenhouse experiments at the University of Kansas shows how a boost in agricultural yield comes from planting diverse crops rather than just one plant species: Soil pathogens harmful to plants have a harder time thriving.
Tue, 12/19/2023

Professors recognized for commitment, mentorship to graduate students

Two University of Kansas educators received honors for their dedication to fostering personal and professional development of graduate students. ...

Tue, 12/19/2023

KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research to lead statewide needs assessment of substance use disorder systems

The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research is conducting a yearlong, comprehensive statewide needs assessment of substance use disorder systems and related work in Kansas that will be used to guide the future, long-term investment strategies of the Kansas Fights Addiction Grant Review Board.
Mon, 12/18/2023

Literary inquiry explores legacy of poet, journalist Frank Marshall Davis

Frank Marshall Davis was virtually lost to the canon of African American poets when he left the 48 contiguous states for the Territory of Hawaii in 1948. Twenty-five years later, he would be discovered and brought back to the mainland to an appreciative audience of students at several historically Black...

Mon, 12/18/2023

Achievement & Assessment Institute announces recipient of 2023 AAI Art & Humanities Grant

involves hosting gamified storytelling and art sessions both on and off campus in 2024 facilitated by the AfroRithm Futures Group, an “Afrofuturist consultancy and storytelling collective,” using their game, Afrorithms From the Future. The storytelling and exploration card game invites players to imagine anti-racist futures together by creating “artifacts” that...

Fri, 12/15/2023

Ultrafast lasers map electrons 'going ballistic' in graphene, with implications for next-gen electronic devices

Research appearing in ACS Nano, a premier journal on nanoscience and nanotechnology, reveals the ballistic movement of electrons in graphene in real time. ...

Thu, 12/14/2023

Advantages of scheduling retail employees with higher performers revealed in new study

One barely has to wade into a Reddit thread in which workers whine about their employer before encountering something related to shifts. This often focuses on with whom a worker is scheduled and how that makes things better or worse. ...

Thu, 12/14/2023

Survey finds chain store pharmacy employees dissatisfied with working conditions

A newly published survey reveals that chain store pharmacists and pharmacy technicians were dissatisfied with certain job conditions even before the COVID-19 pandemic increased their stress, and it sheds light on some of the strike actions they've undertaken this year. ...

Wed, 12/13/2023

University recognizes November 2023 Employees of the Month

The University of Kansas has announced Employees of the Month for November 2023. These staff members have made outstanding contributions to the KU Lawrence community. ...

Wed, 12/13/2023

Dole Institute continues work on new NEH grant to expand online portal for congressional archives

In July, the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas began work to expand the American Congress Digital Archives Portal, along with partner institutions, as part of a nearly $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. ...

Wed, 12/13/2023

Kansas Geological Survey, state agency to measure groundwater levels in western Kansas

Levels are measured annually as part of a joint project to monitor the health of the state's valuable groundwater resources. Brownie Wilson, Kansas Geological Survey water-data manager, expects this winter’s measurements to show a general decline in the water table, though not as steep as last year’s results.
Tue, 12/12/2023

KU architecture class partners with Lawrence elementary school to construct shade structure

A University of Kansas architecture class is bringing a slice of shade to a playground at Lawrence’s Hillcrest Elementary School that’s billed as the first fully accessible playground in Kansas. ...

Tue, 12/12/2023

$1M Mellon Foundation grant will boost transgender studies at KU

The University of Kansas Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies has received a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to deepen the department’s work in transgender studies. ...

Tue, 12/12/2023

Google Earth creator Brian McClendon is KU’s newest National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The National Academy of Inventors has added another Jayhawk to its fellows. ...

Tue, 12/12/2023

Paul Popiel named dean of KU School of Music

The University of Kansas has selected Paul Popiel as the next dean of the KU School of Music. Popiel has served as the interim dean since January. He has been a professor of music at KU since 2010. ...

Tue, 12/12/2023

Media advisory: KU expert available to discuss proposed changes to U.S. Census and how people with disabilities are counted

Through Dec. 19, the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting public comment on proposed changes to the American Community Survey — the most comprehensive survey of American life. A University of Kansas expert on disability studies is available to discuss with reporters the proposals that are raising concerns among disability advocates. ...

Mon, 12/11/2023

Ecology and evolutionary biology professor receives NSF Career Award

Kelly Matsunaga, assistant curator of paleobotany and Thomas N. Taylor Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. ...

Fri, 12/08/2023

Scholars say it’s time to declare a new epoch on the moon, the ‘Lunar Anthropocene’

Human beings first disturbed moon dust Sept. 13, 1959, when the USSR’s unmanned spacecraft Luna 2 alighted on the lunar surface. In the following decades, more than a hundred other spacecraft have touched the moon — both crewed and uncrewed, sometimes landing and sometimes crashing. The most famous of these...

Thu, 12/07/2023

Mary Rezac named new dean of KU School of Engineering

The University of Kansas has selected Mary Rezac as the next dean of the KU School of Engineering. Rezac currently serves as the dean of Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Her appointment as dean is effective March 1, 2024. ...

Thu, 12/07/2023

KU alumni honor the legacy of longtime KU Libraries administrator

More than 35 years after working at Watson Library at the University of Kansas, Cliff Haka returned to the stacks with his wife, Sue Haka, to honor someone who made a big impact on his life: the late James Ranz, who served as dean of KU Libraries from 1975 to...

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