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Mon, 07/22/2013 — People regularly develop lifelong, sentimental connections to their alma maters, and it’s no secret that colleges and universities rely on those feelings to garner financial support from alumni for everything from scholarships to new athletic...

Fri, 07/19/2013 —  William Elliott III, assistant professor of social welfare at the University of Kansas, released a report that addresses the student debt crisis by establishing savings accounts for all American children at birth. Elliott, director of the...

Thu, 07/18/2013 — A $10 million estate gift from Stata Norton Ringle and David Ringle will create scholarships for students in the University of Kansas Medical Center’s School of Health Professions and provide support for libraries at the medical center and on...

Thu, 07/18/2013 — Five University of Kansas students received prestigious Fulbright awards for research, study or English teaching as an assistant abroad for the 2013-14 academic year. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange...

Thu, 07/18/2013 — The University of Kansas has bestowed Employee of the Month honors for May 2013. They are as follows: University Unclassified Staff Employee of the Month Who: Ronald Wroczynski Start date: 2001 Current title: Food services manager,...

Thu, 07/18/2013 — Two graduate students in the University of Kansas School of the Arts have won major national scholarships for jewelry design. Only 11 students nationwide received awards from the organization. Eunhwa Son and Sunyoung Cheong received...

Tue, 07/16/2013 —  Around the world, more people are learning to speak English every year. While that may make international communication easier, it has also largely come with the cost of loss of other languages. Linguists have predicted that, without...

Tue, 07/16/2013 —  Scientists discover precious few new bird species each year — perhaps just a few. So it’s remarkable that bird researchers at the University of Kansas helped discover a bird new to science near Phnom Penh, the densely populated capital of...

Mon, 07/15/2013 — The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced the winner of the 2013 Byron Caldwell Smith Book Award. Jacob Dorman, assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, won the award for his book, "Chosen People: The Rise of Black...

Mon, 07/15/2013 — A new device created by two recent graduates from the University of Kansas School of Engineering is leading to increased satisfaction and productivity for a group of workers at a Lawrence nonprofit organization that provides job opportunities...

Mon, 07/15/2013 — Tyrannosaurus rex has long been popular with kids and moviemakers as the most notorious, vicious killing machine to roam the planet during the age of the dinosaurs. So, it may come as a shock that for more than a century some paleontologists...

Fri, 07/12/2013 — Honoring her late husband’s wishes, University of Kansas alumna Barbara Werbe Meek, of Baton Rouge, La., has made a $1 million gift commitment to provide unrestricted support for KU. The gift will create the endowed Richard M. and Barbara...

Fri, 07/12/2013 — The Robert J. Dole Institute at the University of Kansas will host a celebration in honor of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s 90th birthday. The public can stop by between noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, for cake, signing a birthday card and...

Thu, 07/11/2013 — A University of Kansas institute focused on black poetry is hosting public events that will examine the relationship between poetry and culture, both locally and broadly. The events are part of the three-week institute “Don’t Deny My Voice:...

Thu, 07/11/2013 — The University of Kansas has named Ann Cudd, the associate dean for humanities in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, as new vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. “In an...

Thu, 07/11/2013 — University of Kansas Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter has renewed support for an author’s fund to encourage open access scholarship at KU’s Lawrence campus and the KU Medical Center. The “One University” Open Access...

Wed, 07/10/2013 — A solid design and strong performance across the board earned the University of Kansas School of Engineering Formula car team a top five finish at a recent international student design competition. The Jayhawk Motorsports team claimed fourth...

Wed, 07/10/2013 — Approximately 4,450 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2013 semester. The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of allied health and nursing in Kansas City, Kan.,...

Tue, 07/09/2013 — Alaska becomes the 16th state to join the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium, a multistate initiative developing a computer-based assessment designed to more validly measure what students with significant cognitive...

Mon, 07/08/2013 — The University of Kansas generated a record $275.2 million in externally sponsored research expenditures in 2011-12, demonstrating how KU’s strength as a research university is an asset for the state. KU conducts more research than all other...


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This week, we featured Sukhindervir Sandhu and how he is using an undergrad research award to make discoveries. What exactly is he researching? Watch this video to learn how Sandhu is using virus-induced gene silencing to make plants act differently. Tags: #KUdiscoveries #KUresearch #Plants #Genes #Biology

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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