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Wed, 07/24/2013 —  Since the financial crisis of 2008, attempts to penalize and curb activity that caused the crash have drawn criticism for being too arbitrary and leaving the sentencing to an ineffective agency. Also under scrutiny are regulations that may...

Tue, 07/23/2013 — The thermometer might say summer, but the classical music will be frosty when Kansas Public Radio chills the airwaves with “Christmas in July.” On Thursday, July 25, all of KPR’s classical music hosts will be playing Christmas music or...

Tue, 07/23/2013 — Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, has been named to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation board of directors. The organization is dedicated to improving teacher preparation through evidence-based...

Mon, 07/22/2013 — The University of Kansas mathematics department recognized its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for outstanding academic and teaching achievements at its 56th annual honors banquet earlier this spring at the KU Adams Alumni...

Mon, 07/22/2013 — Brazilian English teachers and Fulbright graduate students are on campus this summer to expand their English skills and learn about higher education and American culture. The Applied English Center (AEC) is coordinating a six-week pre-academic...

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...


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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

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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