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Fri, 04/04/2014 — Six students and alumni from the University of Kansas have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2014-2015. In addition, eight students and alumni have been recognized with honorable mentions in the...

Fri, 04/04/2014 — The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting the University of Kansas' third annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) from April 10-12. The three-day festival will show 18 films that address the complexity of the human condition as...

Fri, 04/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – More than 200 elementary, junior high and high school students from area schools will be on the University of Kansas campus in April to participate in Mathematics Awareness Month activities. Each year, the Department of Mathematics organizes competitions and workshops for the students. This year’s national theme is Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery. The math competition will take place Saturday, April 5, in 406 Snow Hall. Prizes will be awarded to the top students in each category. The competition has three levels: third through fifth grades, middle school and high school.   From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions,

Fri, 04/04/2014 —  In November 2013, as Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines with the highest-ever recorded wind speed for a Category 5 tropical cyclone, it wreaked near complete devastation for miles. The cost was dear for both humans and...

Fri, 04/04/2014 — Involving men in gender-based violence prevention events and community mobilization is one step toward confronting a serious problem. A University of Kansas researcher is part of an international survey to find out what motivates men to take...

Thu, 04/03/2014 —  As retirement loomed, Casey Thomas knew he would eventually have to sell his animal hospital of more than 30 years. He spent seven years preparing to sell his business without an inkling of who would actually buy the Junction City veterinary...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — Each of the four juniors nominated by the University of Kansas for 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarships has been selected as a finalist for the up-to $30,000 scholarships. Each will interview with the Foundation’s Regional Review Panel on Monday,...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — Andrew Shoemaker has been named the new director of the Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) at the University of Kansas. Shoemaker has served as associate director since 2009. The AAAC offers services and programs to support students...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — Turning powerful graphics cards that increase the speed and performance of video games into reliable processors for high-performance computing has earned a University of Kansas researcher a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF)...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the KU Alumni Association and its Wichita Chapter, will be hosting its KU in Wichita annual public symposium at the Wichita Museum of Art on Thursday, April 10. Victor Bailey, Charles...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — Democratic political strategist Al From will give the annual Dole Lecture at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas this semester. From will discuss his recent book and his involvement in the effective restoration of the...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas art history professor is one of few scholars who have traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, specifically to study how art has helped shape the country’s narrative from triumphant revolutionaries to communist dynasty. Marsha Haufler, a professor of art history and associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has traveled to North Korea fives times since 2007. She is working on a book that examines the mosaic murals created and planned in North Korea during the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s eras. Although a specialist in Chinese art,

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – Major League Baseball teams aren't the only ones throwing out the first pitch of spring this week. Thursday marks opening day for minor league baseball, and with it comes a season of zany promotions. From animal acts to the appearance of B-list celebrities, minor league baseball teams have found success in using vaudeville-like tactics to drive ticket sales, a University of Kansas writer and film director says. David Sutera, a doctoral student in film and media studies, traveled to minor league ballparks around the country for his book “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World.” From California’s Modesto Nuts to

Wed, 04/02/2014 — A section of Antarctica now bears the name of a University of Kansas professor and alumnus. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names announced it has registered the “Gogineni Subglacial Trench,” which acknowledges the contributions of School of...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — Among the many changes identified in the 2014–2024 University of Kansas Campus Master Plan are significant plans for the future of vehicle and pedestrian access to campus. Those issues and proposed rate increases for the 2014–2015 academic...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – In an age where reduce, reuse, recycle is a popular mantra, Shakespeare would have fit right in. The legendary playwright’s approach to look for inspiration in the world around him and in dormant dramatic genres embodies the adage that "everything old is new again.” Two of the world’s top scholars of the Bard will visit the University of Kansas from England to discuss the reasoning and results behind this approach, in a panel titled “Shakespeare the Recycler.” The presenters will draw on their groundbreaking research about Shakespeare. Gordon McMullan is professor of English at King’s College London and a KU alumnus who earned a master’s in English in

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – The First World War 100 years ago marked a turning point in the history of Europe. However, contrary to the idea that Europeans’ nationalist ideals fueled the conflict, such views didn’t become widespread until the aftermath of the deadly combat came into focus. The University of Kansas has invited historian Michael Neiberg to explain how ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. Using letters, diaries and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – If you see several Black Hawk helicopters near the University of Kansas campus Thursday, don’t be alarmed – they’re here to pick up KU Army ROTC cadets as part of a training exercise. Seven Kansas Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters will land and take off from the Shenk Sports Complex, Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway, on Thursday, April 3, as part of a joint training exercise with KU Army ROTC. “This training exercise is an exciting event for the cadets of the Jayhawk Battalion. Many of the cadets have never flown in military aircraft before, so this is an amazing opportunity for them and their leadership development. Where else can a

Tue, 04/01/2014 — Nine months after its initial visioning session, the team tasked with creating a new home for the University of Kansas School of Business has finalized architecture and design plans. The four-story, 155,000-square-foot building will open its...

Tue, 04/01/2014 — Fifty years after the war on poverty began, the United States needs to focus on building assets and fixing a bifurcated welfare system to truly help people rise out of poverty, according to a new report from the Assets and Education Initiative...


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