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Tue, 04/02/2024

University mourns Operations Custodial Services employee Peggy Rule

Peggy Rule joined KU as a custodian in April 2017. Later that year, she was promoted to assistant custodial supervisor, where she mentored crews across the Lawrence campus. Rule died March 24.
Tue, 04/02/2024

University Dance Company performance will feature Kansas City Aerial Arts

The University Dance Company Spring Concert, featuring special guest Kansas City Aerial Arts, will include ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz dance performed by more than 50 students. Performances are April 5-7.
Tue, 04/02/2024

Join the Institute for Policy & Social Research for doctoral research fellow presentations

An interdisciplinary cohort of KU graduate students will present their work at the IPSR Doctoral Research Fellows Reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 5 at the Burge Union.
Tue, 04/02/2024

Study: AI writing, illustration emits hundreds of times less carbon than humans

A KU legal scholar contributed to a study that found AI emitted hundreds of times less carbon than humans in the tasks of writing and illustrating. That does not mean they should replace humans, but their environmental impact and how the two can work together should be considered, researchers said.
Mon, 04/01/2024

International Jayhawk Festival to celebrate KU’s global community

Celebrate and explore the diverse cultures and countries that make up the University of Kansas at the International Jayhawk Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. April 17 in the Burge Union. Representing cultures from around the world, the event includes information about KU’s 150-plus study abroad programs and more.
Mon, 04/01/2024

Stories for All Festival to take place April 18-20 in downtown Lawrence

The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas will host a festival in April with the theme "Sharing Community Stories in a Digital World.” Events will include a keynote panel, interactive presentations from Stories for All project partners and screenings of film projects.
Mon, 04/01/2024

KU Law wins back-to-back national transactional law competitions

Jackie Jeschke and Alli Baden, third-year University of Kansas School of Law students, went head-to-head against 21 other law school teams from around the country at the Wayne State Taft Transactional Law Competition and came away victorious, bringing home both of the competition’s top prizes – best negotiation and best draft.
Mon, 04/01/2024

Spooky Cold War broadcasts inspire new poetry collection

Joe Harrington’s new poetry collection is titled “Disapparitions,” and the KU professor designed the cover, which riffs on the minimalist Beatles “White Album.” It seems appropriate for the slim yet weighty volume powered by misty, Cold War memories of spies, ghosts and divination mingling in the mind of a boy listening to global – perhaps even otherworldly — transmissions over a short-wave radio.
Fri, 03/29/2024

KU Global Climate Teach-in returns for third year

This year, KU Global Climate Teach-in events will include a panel on climate feminism and inclusive leadership, a zine workshop and screening of the documentary "Hot Times in the Heartland." Events begin April 2.
Fri, 03/29/2024

HLC: Professor, librarian co-teach students to create open access podcast

KU continues efforts for reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, whose peer review team will visit in 2025. Criterion 3 focuses on teaching and learning, particularly in quality, and level of resources and support. One such example of Criterion 3 in action is Environmental Geopolitics, a class where students learn to communicate their research through podcasting and publishing their work.
Fri, 03/29/2024

Audio-Reader, The Lied Center of Kansas partner for 'Tetris' to offer a unique dance experience with live audio description

On April 5, the Lied Center of Kansas will present "Tetris," an acrobatic dance show with performers fitting, merging, stacking and combining in various feats. Audio-Reader, based at KU, will be there every step of the way helping patrons with visual and learning disabilities engage with the show through live audio description.
Fri, 03/29/2024

KDHE finds insufficient water monitoring on KU Lawrence campus

During a routine inspection, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment determined KU did not fully meet chlorine residual in drinking water monitoring requirements on the Lawrence campus. This did not pose a significant health risk, but KDHE requires a public notice be issued.
Fri, 03/29/2024

KU speech-language-hearing scholars perform critical screenings, evaluations for Belize community

Jayhawks conducted more than 100 pediatric and adult hearing screenings and 85 pediatric speech/language screenings and evaluations — work that helped identify a dozen children with probable autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among other needs.
Thu, 03/28/2024

KU research growth fuels Kansas economy, improves lives

Research expenditures spanning all KU campuses increased to $368.6 million in 2023, capping nearly a decade of steady expansion. Last year alone, externally funded research at KU supported the salaries of 4,372 people, and the university spent $78.9 million in 97 Kansas counties on research-related goods and services, according to a report from the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science.
Thu, 03/28/2024

KU law school 1st in nation for 100% ultimate bar exam pass rate

All University of Kansas School of Law graduates in calendar year 2021 passed the bar exam within two years of graduation, according to the American Bar Association. Among 195 ABA-approved law schools, KU posted the highest rate for ultimate pass rate nationally.
Thu, 03/28/2024

Pianist Eddie Moore pursues a pure vision

A Kansas City musician and lecturer in the School of Music, Eddie Moore has released a new solo live recording, "Aperture."
Wed, 03/27/2024

KU launches Food Truck Wednesdays on Lawrence Campus in April

From burritos to burgers, the University of Kansas community on the Lawrence campus will be able to enjoy a diverse range of cuisines from food trucks throughout April.
Wed, 03/27/2024

KU names new director to lead Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

Nico Franz has been named the next leader of the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum at KU. He will begin his role in mid-August, with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
Wed, 03/27/2024

KU Law to honor three distinguished alumni

Three KU School of Law alumni — U.S. District Judge Monti Belot, Jan Bowen Sheldon and Paul Yde — will receive the law school’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in April 2024. The award celebrates graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to the legal field and service to their community and KU.
Wed, 03/27/2024

Jack Zhang named inaugural recipient of KUIA Advisory Board International Teaching Award

Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science, will give a lecture on his work in international education during an award presentation and reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 18 in the Kansas Union’s Big 12 Room.
Wed, 03/27/2024

After 10 years of bringing worldwide attention to sexual assault, ‘What Were You Wearing?’ art installation returns to KU in April

For a decade, the “What Were You Wearing?” survivor art installation has brought attention to sexual violence and given a voice to survivors. The exhibition returns to the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence from April 2 to 18 during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Tue, 03/26/2024

Political anger seems to override inhibitions online, study finds

The desire to express political anger seems so strong that it overrides the instinct, found in older research, to control one’s anger in public, according to a new paper co-written by a University of Kansas professor of communication studies.
Tue, 03/26/2024

Study finds clear instruction, parental support predict students' sense of school belonging

A new study from the University of Kansas has analyzed the roles classroom interaction and parental support play in school connectedness, finding clearly communicated instruction in class and support from parents are closely linked with belonging.
Tue, 03/26/2024

All We Can Save series will highlight discussion on clean energy transition

The All We Can Save series at the University of Kansas returns March 28 with a virtual event titled “The Power of Local Advocacy: Beyond Coal to Clean Energy,” featuring Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Climate Imperative.
Tue, 03/26/2024

KU research center to host global audience for premier developmental disabilities research conference

The KU Life Span Institute will welcome hundreds of scientists, students and practitioners for a conference focused on research in the field of intellectual and developmental disability from April 17 to 19 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mon, 03/25/2024

KU Law competition teams repeat as national champions

For the fourth consecutive year, a KU Law team won first place at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. KU Law also won a best overall award at the UCLA Transactional Law Competition. Both events took place in February 2024.
Fri, 03/22/2024

KU to honor faculty, staff retirees at luncheon May 17

This will be the first year the KU reception will be combined for all retiring faculty and academic, support and unclassified professional staff.
Fri, 03/22/2024

KU centers to host conference: When Global East Meets Global South

Members of the KU community and the public are invited to an interdisciplinary East-Asian and Latin America conference March 29 that will bring together scholars from a variety of fields to explore the historical and contemporary links between the regions.
Fri, 03/22/2024

Distinguished professor to share future of developing tiered systems to meet K-12 students’ multiple needs

Kathleen Lane, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Special Education, will present her inaugural distinguished professor lecture at 5:30 p.m. April 3 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. Much of the KU researcher’s work focuses on systematic screening within school-based tiered systems.
Thu, 03/21/2024

Live climate-focused podcast ‘The Sweaty Penguin’ will record at KU

KU will host Ethan Brown, creator and host of “The Sweaty Penguin” podcast, for a live episode recording, which will feature an interview with Kansas Geological Survey postdoctoral researcher Malena Orduña Alegría. The public event will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 25.

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