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Thu, 09/04/2014 — In Thomas Frank's popular 2004 book, "What's the Matter With Kansas?," he argues that the rise of political and social conservatism in the state essentially led to economic policies that didn't benefit a majority of people. A University of...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — Two teams from the University of Kansas School of Engineering earned top honors in an international aircraft engine design competition. A total of eight students claimed first and second place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system with quality equipment for a good price, stop by Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. The 12th annual event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wed, 09/03/2014 — Egalitarianism, the philosophy that all people should be treated equally both socially and politically, has existed much longer than most media formats, but two University of Kansas professors have authored research examining whether...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has announced the hiring of Scott Bishop, an executive from ACT Inc. with nearly two decades of research and development experience in K-12 assessments in a variety of...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has announced 27 honorees for the 2014-15 Women of Distinction calendar. The women were selected for their outstanding contributions to the university and community. The reception for this...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday morning the second beheading of an American journalist in two weeks in the Middle East at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. ISIS released a video Tuesday showing the killing of...

Wed, 09/03/2014 — The University of Kansas is committed to creating an environment that is safe for every member of our community. Sexual assault is a crime, but KU can also take action outside what the criminal justice system can do. When we receive a report of a sexual assault, we follow a robust process in which trained investigators work collaboratively with law enforcement. We also implement protective measures that only the university can mandate, such as No Contact Directives issued to those accused of sexual assault and/or removing them from student housing. Survivors receive guidance on pursuing their complaints through the university process, the criminal justice system, or

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The University of Kansas community is grieving the loss of Ed Small, professor emeritus of film and media studies. Small, 74, died Aug. 22 at his home in Lawrence. “On behalf of the entire university community, I offer my condolences to his...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today released its programming schedule for the fall 2014 semester, including its nationally acclaimed Post Election Conference. All events are free, open to the public and located at...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — When the terms “Sharia” law or “Islamic law” pop up in the media, they are often misunderstood. New research from a University of Kansas School of Law professor and alumna shows that, even among the legal world, there is confusion of how...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture Series welcomes Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The lecture, “The Manufacturing Comeback,” is at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the...

Tue, 09/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A historic leadership transition is taking place at the Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) at the University of Kansas. After 25 years as director, Eli Michaelis, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, is stepping down from that role. He will continue his research on brain function, the nervous system and diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Michaelis’ successor is William Picking, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Picking came to KU earlier this year from Oklahoma State University, where he was chair of microbiology and genetics. Prior to that he spent a decade at KU and was associate

Tue, 09/02/2014 — University of Kansas alumni and friends set a new milestone in generosity, donating more than $253.2 million for KU in fiscal 2014, which ended June 30. This record is 45 percent higher than last year’s total of $174.2 million....

Fri, 08/29/2014 — LAWRENCE – When Kellie Henderson worked with Washington policymakers this summer to improve the nation’s foster care system, she brought a perspective that extended beyond her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. Henderson, a Wichita native who currently resides in Phillipsburg, offered her own experiences as a foster youth.  “The biggest obstacle I faced in college was the absence of parents to talk about challenges such as peer pressure, career choices, life in general and, essentially, about my fears and anxiety once I leave the academic realm,” she said. Henderson was one of 12 current and former foster youth from across the nation who

Fri, 08/29/2014 — AIGA Kansas City, a professional association for design, has announced that Patrick Dooley, University of Kansas professor of design, is the winner of its 2014 Fellow Award. It will be presented at the the organization's awards gala and...

Fri, 08/29/2014 — The University of Kansas Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting two events this fall, inviting citizen scientists to explore the world and the ever-expanding universe. Events are open to the public and include the following: “From...

Fri, 08/29/2014 —  University of Kansas astronomer Greg Rudnick is available to speak with reporters about the fresh discovery of a galaxy under construction. This week, NASA announced the observation of a galaxy in the process of formation. Nicknamed...

Fri, 08/29/2014 — University of Kansas community health and development research staff are on the ground in Wyandotte County helping build healthier communities one tienda— or neighborhood store—and restaurant at a time. KU’s Work Group for Community...

Fri, 08/29/2014 — University of Kansas professor Jordan Bass is available to speak with media about the NFL’s decision to institute more strict penalties for players involved in domestic violence incidents. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced the...


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This past spring, KU welcomed world-renowned paleontologist, K. Christopher Beard, to the Jayhawk family. Beard joined one of the nation's top institutions in natural history, evolutionary biology, and biodiversity studies and a group of researchers among the top in their fields. “I have worked with a number of KU graduates over the years, so I am very familiar with the quality of the program. I have been greatly impressed with the positive, collaborative environment." To learn more about KU's Biodiversity Institue and Natural History Museum go here: http://biodiversity.ku.edu/ Tags: KU Natural History Museum #KUdifference #Biology #NaturalHistory #Science

KU students grow algae for biofuel, cleaner water KU's "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" (see http://www.cebc.ku.edu/RET-2014) is working on a project that starts with algae. Researchers are demonstrating how community wastewater operations can add a large-scale, algae-growing facility that will not only return cleaner air and water back to nature, but also provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel.


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