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Wed, 02/27/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Engineering has celebrated several achievements recently, including completion of the new Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center and groundbreaking for the second phase of the Learned Engineering Expansion. The latest cause for celebration is today’s announcement of new Dean of Engineering Michael Branicky. Branicky currently serves as professor and chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. He will join the School of Engineering as dean on July 1.  He replaces Stuart Bell, who served as dean for 10 years prior to

Wed, 02/27/2013 — LAWRENCE – Author, journalist, technology activist and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow will present the Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.Doctorow is also a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil-liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He has an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Senior Lecturer; in

Mon, 02/25/2013 — A team of University of Kansas law students earned the opportunity to compete in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition after qualifying recently as finalists at the regional level. Team members...

Mon, 02/25/2013 — Senior Melanie Campbell and sophomore Amanda Gress have qualified to represent the University of Kansas at the National Debate Tournament, which will be March 28-April 2 in Ogden, Utah. It is the 46th consecutive year that KU has qualified for...

Mon, 02/25/2013 — For 10 days, the University Press of Kansas asks that you please do judge a book by its cover. From March 4 to March 15, UPK will host the Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. The exhibit will be on display...

Mon, 02/25/2013 — University of Kansas researchers have found that the infants of mothers who were given 600 milligrams of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy weighed more at birth and were less likely to be very low birth weight and born before 34 weeks...

Mon, 02/25/2013 — University of Kansas alumni employed by Shook, Hardy & Bacon have reached $880,000 in gifts and pledges for the KU Law School’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy. Their latest contributions, combined with anticipated matching gifts from...

Wed, 02/20/2013 — The University of Kansas Work Group on Community Health and Development and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department have launched a new kind of partnership, called the Academic Health Department, the first in Kansas and one of only a few...

Wed, 02/20/2013 — The city of Lawrence and the University of Kansas will hold three public meetings to discuss proposed changes to the bus service for next year. The public is invited to attend. The meeting schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb....

Wed, 02/20/2013 — Say “La Brea Tar pits,” and most people imagine the saber-tooth cats and woolly mammoths that were trapped on sticky asphalt (now in modern-day Los Angeles), only to have their bones preserved for the ages. But other forms of life were also...

Wed, 02/20/2013 —  If you think the ongoing Kansas drought that started in 2010 is bad, you should have been around here during the Medieval Warm Period. That’s the era between the years 900 to 1,300 A.D. that saw slightly higher global temperatures and...

Tue, 02/19/2013 — EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the heightened threat of a major winter storm on Thursday, the Advanced Computing Facility dedication ceremony has been postponed to a later date. LAWRENCE – Researchers at the University of Kansas now have access to a new facility capable of supporting 24 times more high-performance computing power, thanks to completion of a two-year renovation and improvement project funded by a $4.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The Advanced Computing Facility, located in Nichols Hall, began operation last fall and will be dedicated formally at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. A brief ceremony will be followed by a ribbon-cutting and

Tue, 02/19/2013 — The University of Kansas will stage a screening of Patrick Sammon’s docudrama “Codebreaker” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. It will follow with a question-and-answer period with the producer. Alan...

Tue, 02/19/2013 —  Spirituality has been recognized as a key component in helping many individuals recover from severe mental illness. However, there is often little to no training for mental health care providers in how to use spirituality as a potential...

Mon, 02/18/2013 — LAWRENCE – Blue-green algae aren’t regularly on the minds of the masses. However, that changes quickly when toxic and unsightly blue-green algal blooms crop up in a local lake or reservoir, putting a damper on summertime fun. When researchers approach the problem of blue-green algae, their work is frequently influenced by the findings of Val Smith, a University of Kansas professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Nearly 30 years ago, Smith wrote a paper on the influence of nitrogen and phosphorus ratios on the proliferation of blue-green algae. He found that these highly undesirable algae were rare in lakes that had a high ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus. The

Mon, 02/18/2013 — Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court justice, and this year’s Thurgood Marshall Law Day at the University of Kansas School of Law will feature another legal trailblazer – the first African American woman to serve as...

Mon, 02/18/2013 — The University of Kansas will kick off the yearlong process of developing a new Master Plan for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses with two open forums. The KU and Lawrence communities are invited to attend to learn more about specific areas of...

Mon, 02/18/2013 — The University of Kansas School of Music’s KU Wind Ensemble will open its “In the Shadow of No Towers” rehearsal to members of the media on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The musicians are preparing for their upcoming world premiere of Mohammed...

Mon, 02/18/2013 — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is testifying to the Kansas House Education Budget Committee today, Feb. 18, about Gov. Sam Brownback's budget recommendation for KU and the Kansas Board of Regents system. Her testimony is...

Mon, 02/18/2013 —  By focusing on strengths, a University of Kansas-pioneered program aims to help high-risk elders reduce instances of re-hospitalization. Based on research that’s demonstrated a reduction in depressive symptoms for older adults with chronic...


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