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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 — What puts U.S. energy policy at the forefront of the public's mind? For decades the popular notion has centered on the cost of gasoline, and past research has highlighted crises that seem to spotlight energy issues in the public eye. However, a...

Tue, 06/03/2014 — The University of Kansas has identified an area between 19th Street and Irving Hill Road, including Stouffer Place Apartments, as a location for new construction. Due to these university priorities, the 2014-15 year will be the final year for...

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.

Tue, 06/03/2014 — A new report by a team of University of Kansas students throws light on the financial value created by one of Kansas’ major points of tourism. The Jayhawk Consulting program, housed in the School of Business, studied the economic effects of...

Tue, 06/03/2014 — Experts in assessment and education from around the world will convene in Lawrence in October 2015 for the 41st annual International Association for Educational Assessment Conference. Hosted by the Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation...

Tue, 06/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Department of Theatre awarded scholarships totaling $144,000 to 52 students at its end-of-the-year banquet. “The long history of alumni and friends who have come through our doors has created a rich and unique legacy for the Department of Theatre,” said Mechele Leon, associate professor and department chair. “The annual Stage Supper is the event where those dozens of donors are honored, and our students receive the gift of our long and rich history." The department has more than three dozen named scholarships and awards given out each year. Students apply for the various scholarships and some of the awards available. The

Tue, 06/03/2014 — Oil production in Kansas increased in 2013, mainly in south-central and southwestern counties, while natural gas production continued to decline, although at a slower pace than in recent years, according to estimates from the Kansas Geological...

Mon, 06/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – Three professors at the University of Kansas have won the Steeples Service to Kansas Award for their contributions to the people of Kansas through teaching and research. Burdett Loomis, professor of political science; Wallace Meyer, director of entrepreneurship programs and lecturer in the School of Business; and Kristi Neufeld, associate professor of molecular biosciences, were awarded the Steeples Award. Loomis has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science since 1979. As an expert on political matters in Kansas, Loomis is a regular figure in regional and national media outlets as a thoughtful and civil contributor. He has served on

Mon, 06/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – In two separate books, John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas, examines the careers of two visionary filmmakers who preside over the birth of a new era of cinema in their countries. In “Peter Weir Interviews,” Tibbetts studies the Australian who helped usher in a new generation of filmmakers and put the country's cinema on the map with such films as “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “Gallipoli.” Later, Weir’s success in Hollywood – including Academy Award nominations for “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Green Card,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander” – heralded the arrival of other Australian

Mon, 06/02/2014 — Nineteen University of Kansas students have received Undergraduate Research Awards. The recipients receive $1,000 to fund their faculty-mentored research and creative projects, which represent departments from across campus and explore a wide...

Fri, 05/30/2014 — Highlighted by a run of nearly 100 miles per gallon of fuel efficiency, a team from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently participated in a competition that pushes the envelope of fuel economy and vehicle innovation. For the...

Fri, 05/30/2014 — LAWRENCE – In China, where a skyrocketing divorce rate is the focus of national attention and everyday conversation, popular culture offers cautionary tales of middle-aged women undergoing self-improvement campaigns to save their marriage. But research by Hui Faye Xiao, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Kansas, shows that women trying desperately to keep their marriage intact isn’t the reality in China, where more than half of all divorces are initiated by females. “The mainstream stereotype is that women have to make self-improvements to achieve a better quality of life for everyone in their family, and as this

Fri, 05/30/2014 — The University of Kansas and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently signed a new Yellow Ribbon Program agreement, which will result in no out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-state military veterans who qualify under the Post-9/11 GI...


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