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Fossilized Douglassarachne acanthopoda
A University of Kansas researcher has published a description of a spider with up-armored legs found in an Illinois fossil deposit that's 308 million years old. The ancient critter recently was described in a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology

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

Students who experienced schooling during the pandemic have multiple preferences for how they would like to have PE classes conducted. This information could help educators design classes that ensure more participation and more physical activity throughout the students’ lives.
Jennifer Raff, KU associate professor of anthropology, was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on the history of human populations through sequencing the genomes of contemporary peoples and their ancestors.
Children run during a demonstration of sport activities at the new Youth Exercise and Sport Center, under the guidance of Quincy Johnson, middle left, and Trent Herda, far back, while Jordan Bass, associate department chair, Sport Management Program Director, observes. Credit: Chance Dibben
The Achievement & Assessment Institute has announced the opening of Well-Fit | Center for Youth Wellness and Fitness. The center is based on the principle that youths should be provided knowledge and skills through STEM learning and in-person programming to improve physical wellness and fitness.

Arts, Architecture and Humanities

KU International Affairs has awarded more than $58,000 in travel grants to 23 KU faculty members and eight graduate students to support research and collaboration abroad.
The “deep, existential malaise” stemming from fear of impending ecological catastrophe has permeated science fiction around the globe, a KU professor writes in a new journal article.
Colin Roust with research materials from his study of Georges Auric
Colin Roust, associate professor of musicology, is heading to London to introduce the screening of a film scored by the 20th century French composer about whom Roust wrote the first, definitive biography, “Georges Auric: A Life in Music and Politics.”

Business, Economics and Innovation

In a new paper, Nathan Meikle, a KU assistant professor of business, examines the human biases that impede assessment of AI’s potential threats to humanity. His experiments find that people are prone to underestimate AI capabilities due to exponential growth bias and that they reject the aversive implications of rapid technological progress even in cases in which they themselves predict the growth rate.
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.
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Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science, introduces both a new dataset on sanctions involving China and a research framework for expanding knowledge about non-Western economic sanctions more generally.

Law, Politics and Society

An ethnographic study of one of the most marginalized communities in Seoul, South Korea, found residents have developed a mindset that every day is a disaster when dealing with extreme heat and climate events.
In a new study, Alexander Platt analyzes the Supreme Court case of SEC v. Jarkesy and argues regardless of the high court's decision, the agency will not have its enforcement powers stripped and could patch its approach.
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A KU researcher will be part of a partnership to establish the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 2027, the latest effort from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to understand how youths take part in the labor market and how that affects their lives and livelihood.