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Tue, 07/22/2014 — A theme of the University of Kansas strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, is Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World. The university’s commitment to environmental awareness and research is embodied by KU’s newest Udall Foundation honoree....

Mon, 07/21/2014 — In an era when school districts are under near-constant pressure to improve budget efficiencies, they are increasingly looking at alternative solutions such as the consolidation of school districts, or, more recently, the consolidation of...

Mon, 07/21/2014 — A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared with single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared with 31 percent of nonidentical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of...

Mon, 07/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas lost a longtime member of the Lawrence campus July 16. Michael “Mickey” Waxman, a statistical consultant for University of Kansas Libraries, died at his Baldwin City home after a long illness. “On behalf of the University of Kansas, I offer my condolences to Michael Waxman’s family and friends, who include the many students he helped,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said. Waxman had worked at KU since 1983. At the libraries, Waxman was responsible for statistical data consulting. He worked closely with faculty and graduate students in structuring statistical analyses for their research, often earning him mentions in the

Fri, 07/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Experts at the University of Kansas can provide insight into the international implications of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday. The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) offers one of the country’s leading programs in Ukrainian studies, including the study of Ukrainian language and courses on the country’s history, politics and culture. Mariya Omelicheva, director of CREES, and Vitaly Chernetsky, incoming associate director of CREES, can provide context to the historical and escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Mariya Omelicheva, an associate professor of political science, can speak

Thu, 07/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – For Latino-Americans, World War II was a turning point in melding home country nationalism with recently acquired U.S. citizenship. A University of Kansas scholar has studied how those dynamics unfolded in Mexican-American theater during the 1940s. Peter Haney, assistant director of the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, has researched how the war influenced popular Spanish-language entertainment in San Antonio and throughout the Southwest. His work is a featured chapter in the book “Latina/os and World War II: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology.” The anthology is the first book-length study on the Latino-American experience during World War

Thu, 07/17/2014 — The University of Kansas community is saddened by the death of John “Jack” Lange, a freshman from Lawrence studying pre-law. Lange died unexpectedly in his sleep July 13 at his home. “Our university is keeping Jack Lange’s family and...

Thu, 07/17/2014 — Connie GentryStart date: Aug. 1, 2004Job title: Administrative assistant, School of Education  What that means: In her current role, Connie Gentry serves as the administrative assistant for an assistant dean and is most widely recognized as the “face” of the School’s Welcome Center.  Her duties also include maintenance of classroom schedules, coordinating conferences and meetings, and providing support wherever needed. She is perpetually pleasant and helpful to the people around her, especially students. Her institutional knowledge of the School of Education is beyond compare, providing a distinct advantage in managing the Welcome Center. She also is a creative

Wed, 07/16/2014 —  Scientists are greatly concerned about the effects that rising carbon dioxide concentration and temperature will have on organisms in the future. Fortunately, scientists can gain a sense for how organisms may respond to future climate change by...

Wed, 07/16/2014 — University of Kansas finance professor Bob DeYoung will speak today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections. His remarks are part of a hearing...

Tue, 07/15/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher says the high rate of interracial marriages among Asian-Americans should not simply be interpreted as a litmus test of assimilation for the minority group. Second-generation Asian-Americans who marry white...

Tue, 07/15/2014 — Twenty-five Fulbright international students are attending this year’s English Refinement for Graduate Studies Program for Fulbright Grantees at the University of Kansas to help them acclimate to academic life and American culture before they...

Mon, 07/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has introduced a new major in human sexuality for undergraduate students, the first of its kind in the state. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the request for an undergraduate program for bachelor's degrees of art or general studies in human sexuality. The new program will be offered through the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies starting this fall. “We’re excited to offer a new undergraduate degree in human sexuality, which is an area of academic study not available as a major elsewhere in the state or in the immediate region, yet is an important and growing field of study,” said Alesha Doan, chair of women

Mon, 07/14/2014 — Either change or disappear. A great many of Earth’s creatures already have come to this crossroads, or soon will, driven by a rapidly shifting natural environment tied to global climate change. But how quickly can species evolve to cope with...

Fri, 07/11/2014 — The University of Kansas community will have a chance to discuss international trade, culture, government affairs and related topics with a representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Faculty, staff and students are invited to visit...

Thu, 07/10/2014 — The sky is the limit in terms of using wireless technology in different applications, according to a team of 10 Center for Design Research students from the University of Kansas. They were invited in May by Sprint’s representatives to present...

Thu, 07/10/2014 — Art Hadley, longtime producer, engineer and announcer for the University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network, was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions to the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) at an...

Wed, 07/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – Compared with the United States, the influence of intellectuals in Mexico’s social and political spheres has been extraordinary, although the danger of using that power has come with threats to position, freedom and life. Stuart Day, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas, co-edited a book that examines the important and changing roles that intellectuals have in the country’s public sphere. Through a collection of essays, the book “Mexican Public Intellectuals” highlights the sway public intellectuals have on the country’s elections, human rights, foreign policies and drug war. “In

Wed, 07/09/2014 — Approximately 4,600 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2014 semester. The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in Kansas City, Kan.,...

Wed, 07/09/2014 — The recent surge of 52,000 women and children from Central America crossing the U.S. border with Mexico has overwhelmed U.S. immigration officials in the region. President Barack Obama on Tuesday has asked Congress to approve nearly $4 billion...


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