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Wed, 06/11/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has received a $25 million award from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development to develop and administer customized assessments for Alaska’s public schools.

Tue, 06/10/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is now accepting donations of gently used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs and musical instruments. Donated items will be sold at Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only, which will take place...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Two former University of Kansas chancellors and their wives — Archie and Nancy Dykes of Leawood and Gene and Gretchen Budig of Isle of Palms, South Carolina — have jointly established a new teaching professorship in the School of...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Despite heightened focus on preventing global terrorism since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a University of Kansas researcher has found that the economic relationship between two countries is the most significant factor in determining the acceptance...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — Stephen Ware, professor of law at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today on Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 12-1200, a bankruptcy case relating to the Constitution’s...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 98 new members. Jeffrey Moran, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of history, presided at the May 18 ceremony, immediately...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — When the first widespread computer virus was born, government didn’t shut down all computer science research. Similarly, now that synthetic biology, a field of science that uses standardized pieces of DNA to build new life forms, medications,...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — E. Nathan Thomas III, a highly successful educator, administrator and entrepreneur, has been named the vice provost for Diversity and Equity at the University of Kansas. Thomas will join the KU community on July 14. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost...

Thu, 06/05/2014 —  Sticking to an exercise routine is not easy, especially when the gym is not exactly a person’s favorite place to be. Two University of Kansas researchers have published a study showing that, when exercisers perceived the climate at a fitness...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently took part in an international competition that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and test an all-terrain vehicle that’s part dune buggy and...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized two University of Kansas master’s graduates with its award for Outstanding Thesis. The awards were presented at the College’s graduate recognition ceremony during Commencement weekend. Lizzy Adams, who finished her master’s in classics in spring 2013, was recognized for her thesis, “Esse videtur: Occurrences of Heroic Clausulae in Cicero’s Orations.” Adams’ thesis makes a significant contribution in a century-long debate concerning the heroic clausula, a sequence of long and short syllables that end a line of Greek or Latin epic poetry. Her research discovers a new and fresh way to hear the echoes of

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Humans are really bad at detecting flirting, according to research at the University of Kansas. And their wingmen aren’t any better. Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of communication studies and author of the 2013 book “The Five Flirting Styles,” conducted a study to see how often pairs of strangers correctly identified when the other was flirting. “If you think someone is not interested in you, you are probably right, they are not interested,” Hall said. “But if someone is, you probably missed it.” The study is detailed in the article “Accurately Detecting Flirting: Error Management Theory, the Traditional Sex Script, and Flirting Base Rate,” which

Wed, 06/04/2014 — University of Kansas scientists welcome the public to an event this week, when thousands of Emperor Hackberry butterflies are expected to emerge at the Fitch Natural History Reservation, northeast of Lawrence Municipal Airport. From 1 p.m. to 3...

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Russ Ostermann, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas, has been named interim director of KU’s Tertiary Oil Recovery Program (TORP). The move is effective July 1. Ostermann succeeds Jenn-Tai Liang, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, who has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Liang has directed TORP since 2007. A national search for the permanent director will begin soon. TORP is a research center whose mission is to increase the extraction of crude oil from existing and largely depleted

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Center for Civic and Social Responsibility has announced the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Service Learning Awards, given to one faculty member, one student and one community partner in recognition of exceptional dedication to service learning efforts, community effects and student development. Recipients of this year’s awards are Dory Sabata, clinical assistant professor in occupational therapy education; Leigh Loving, senior from McPherson, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Sabata received the faculty award for building a service-learning program in the occupational therapy education program at KU Medical Center

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Thomas McDonald, interim dean of the School of Social Welfare, released the following statements regarding the death of Ann Weick, former dean of the School of Social Welfare. Gray-Little: “Ann Weick was instrumental in building the School of Social Welfare into the internationally respected school it is today. In addition to her exceptional academic leadership, she was a talented scholar and possessed a great passion for human rights and social justice. I offer my sincere condolences to her family, friends and former colleagues.” McDonald: “We are all deeply saddened by the death of our former

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has presented its inaugural Social Innovation awards for undergraduate research. Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, initiated the award to support Jayhawks as innovators, thoughtful risk-takers and global citizens. Anna Dietz and Sisi Srisutiva won the Social Innovation Award with their proposal, “Nutrition in Loreto.” Dietz is a sophomore from Lawrence majoring in environmental studies, and Srisutiva is a sophomore from Lawrence majoring in chemistry. They were awarded $5,000 from Anderson to put their plan into action. Dietz and Srisutiva’s project will address malnutrition in the Amazon. They

Tue, 06/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has awarded its 2014 Research Fellowship. The 2014 fellow is Amanda C. Demmer, a doctoral student at the University of New Hampshire studying American history. Her dissertation, “'The Last Chapter of the Vietnam War’: Normalization, Non-governmental Actors and the Politics of Human Rights, 1975-1995,” explores how domestic groups and institutions influenced the normalization process, including the resumption of official diplomatic ties between the United States and Socialist Republic of Vietnam. “Senator Dole, himself a WWII veteran, maintained an active interest throughout his career

Tue, 06/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas awarded the first research travel grant of the 2014-2015 granting year cycle. Ryan Whalen, a juris doctor and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, will receive a travel grant to support his  project, “The History of the Bayh-Dole Act’s March-In Rights and the Future of their Use,” which aims to examine the legislative intentions behind the march-in provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act. The provisions empowered federal agencies to license patents from federally funded research to third parties. “The public record sheds little light on the background of the Bayh-Dole Act or the

Tue, 06/03/2014 — KU Medical Center receives $19 million National Institutes of Health grant to support multi-university bioscience program: See the full story here.


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