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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.

Science and Technology



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.
The KGS, based at the University of Kansas, and the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture measure water levels in about 1,400 wells every year to monitor the health of the High Plains aquifer and other aquifers in western and south-central Kansas.
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Amy Hansen has won a five-year, $577,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for her work to understand the role of vegetation in nitrogen exchange and removal in riparian wetlands.

Health and Well-Being



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.
Messages in which a hesitant person detailed their decision about getting vaccinated also reduced resistance to inoculation, KU research shows. The findings could guide future public health communications.
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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.

Teaching, Learning and Behavior



KU researchers are leading a project that brings video-assisted coaching techniques to math and science teachers in special education classes across the country.
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.
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A KU professor who teaches data storytelling is author of a chapter in the new book “Better Practices: Exploring the Teaching of Writing in Online and Hybrid Spaces” on how reflection and embracing the idea that data is all around us can be a new approach to teaching writing.

Arts, Architecture and Humanities



Amos Rapoport's architectural legacy is not a building or buildings, but, rather, a theory of environment-behavior studies, according to authors of a new book about the renowned scholar.
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.
A reconstructed view of the Basilica of Aphrodisias shows Diocletian’s Edict of Maximum Prices.
Philip Stinson, associate professor of classics at the University of Kansas, has detailed a 50-year project translating Emperor Diocletian’s edict of maximum prices to “curb the rampant greed of retailers.” Stinson helped provide an architectural reconstruction of the full decree, which lists the prices allowed for a comprehensive array of goods and services.

Business, Economics and Innovation



A KU School of Business professor’s new research, titled “My Best Frenemy: A History-to-theory Approach to MNCs’ Corporate Diplomatic Activities,” appears in the Journal of International Business Studies.
Journals from around the world have found new partnerships — sometimes an ocean away — with University of Kansas researchers and KU Libraries, allowing them to continue producing high-quality scholarship and preserve archives. More than 50 academic journals are now hosted via KU Libraries and available online.
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For the fifth year in a row, accounting faculty at the University of Kansas School of Business earned a No. 1 global ranking for their audit archival research contributions over the past six and 12 years, according to Brigham Young University’s 2023 rankings.

Law, Politics and Society



Michael Hoeflich's book "Legal Feasts" details the rich history of joint dinners for legal societies, featuring menus from several events and sharing recipes for some of the dishes historically served at legal dinners.
Social media has allowed citizens and community organizations to reach people much more easily while news organizations have shrunk. But a new study found news outlets still lead the way in sharing difficult information on topics like the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.