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Mon, 07/07/2014 — Erinn Barcomb-Peterson is the new director of news and media relations at the University of Kansas, effective today. She succeeds David Martin, who had been in the role on an interim basis. A KU alumna, Barcomb-Peterson was the director of...

Wed, 07/02/2014 — University of Kansas School of Law alumnus Art Piculell of Portland, Oregon, and his late wife, Dee, have made a $500,000 gift to establish a professorship honoring the late Professor Earl B. Shurtz, who taught at KU Law from 1955 to 1977. Art...

Wed, 07/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – KPR2 has added a new, hourlong travel show to its weekly lineup, "Travel with Rick Steves." A lively mix of guest interviews and listener calls, "Travel with Rick Steves" goes beyond the Europe that Steves is famous for, with shows covering travel and cultures across every continent. Beginning July 5, you can hear "Travel with Rick Steves" from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Saturdays on KPR2, the news-talk channel available on an HD radio or streaming on KPR’s website. The author of 30 travel guidebooks and longtime host of the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series, he was attracted to radio because of its ability to interact with listeners in ways that TV cannot

Wed, 07/02/2014 — Scientists in the field have collected voucher specimens since the 19th century. Today, most sit in research institutions around the world “dried, mounted, pickled, preserved, frozen and stuffed,” according to the creators of Lifemapper, an...

Wed, 07/02/2014 — The University of Kansas has signed a memorandum of understanding for cultural, educational and scientific cooperation with a Ghanaian university, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale...

Tue, 07/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor is helping a Central Asian country increase its economic development potential and better integrate with new technology by mapping a Latin-based writing system for the country’s native language. This summer Allard Jongman, chair of the Department of Linguistics, spent two weeks at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan teaching a summer course and consulting with faculty on how to switch the written language of Kazakh from Cyrillic to Latin script. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev believes switching Kazakh to a Latin alphabet, the most common writing system in the world, will bring more economic

Mon, 06/30/2014 — U.S. adults 50 and older who suffer from major depression face a 43 percent increase in the risk of death, especially cardiovascular disease or cancer, according to a study involving a University of Kansas researcher published recently in the...

Mon, 06/30/2014 —  Rick Levy, the J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores. The case addresses the question...

Mon, 06/30/2014 — For the third year in a row, the University of Kansas has been nationally recognized for the effectiveness and professionalism of its fundraising programs. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) chose KU among a select group...

Thu, 06/26/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities has recognized several outstanding humanities graduate students with dissertation research and writing awards. The awards are part of the Center’s significant level of support for graduate research. Angela Moots, a doctoral candidate in French and Italian, and Claire Wolnisty, a doctoral candidate in history, have been selected as the recipients of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities for 2014-15. The two winners will each spend a semester in residence at the Hall Center. The goal of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship is to provide the recipients with one intensive

Thu, 06/26/2014 — An African studies professor at the University of Kansas has spent her career studying the work of a 19th century female scholar who was a passionate activist for women’s education in a region of the world that is now searching for hundreds of...

Thu, 06/26/2014 — A captivating opera singer, a groundbreaking geoarchaeologist and a renowned ecologist have been awarded the University of Kansas’ most prestigious faculty honor. Faculty members Joyce Castle in the School of Music, Rolfe Mandel in...

Thu, 06/26/2014 —  University of Kansas researchers have won a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help build a safer, more secure Internet. Michael Williams, associate professor and director of special projects and innovation at the William...

Thu, 06/26/2014 — A new startup company is working to match children with foster families, with some assistance from the University of Kansas. Foster Care Technologies LLC has developed a web-based tool that assists child welfare staff locate the best possible...

Thu, 06/26/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas joined Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as an affiliate partner to support the growth of PLTW Biomedical Science programs in the state. KU joins nearly 50 other colleges, universities and research institutions that offer teacher training, student recognition opportunities and additional support for PLTW and its network of more than 6,000 schools in the United States. As an affiliate partner, KU is an integral part of the PLTW experience. Affiliate partners host PLTW professional development training programs, which are required for each course a PLTW teacher instructs. Affiliates also host annual conferences for school administrators

Wed, 06/25/2014 — Just as when the use of fingerprints and DNA revolutionized our ability to identify individuals, the examination of genetic markers at a population level has profoundly affected the field of anthropology. Anthropological genetics has allowed...

Wed, 06/25/2014 — In 1950, the prestigious Solon Summerfield Scholarship paved the way for Frank Newby to enroll at the University of Kansas. Newby would go on to earn two chemistry degrees from KU — a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a doctorate in 1964. In a...

Tue, 06/24/2014 — LAWRENCE – Although lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have influenced U.S. history from the beginning, the term “LGBT” is relatively recent. With increased awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community in the U.S., the challenge of placing the community’s history into the context of the American narrative arises. In an effort to expand representation of minority groups in U.S. history, the Department of the Interior is working to include the LGBT community in U.S. historical landmarks. Katie Batza, recently hired assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas, was one of 16 scholars invited to participate in

Tue, 06/24/2014 — The race car team from the University of Kansas School of Engineering claimed the top overall spot at Formula SAE Lincoln, which was June 19-21 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Jayhawk Motorsports team was propelled to first place overall against a...

Tue, 06/24/2014 —  The instinct for mothers to protect and nurture offspring is rooted in more species than scientists have understood before now. In a new study published in the Journal of Natural History, University of Kansas researcher Caroline Chaboo details...


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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 physicists doing groundbreaking work at the Large Hadron Collider. http://t.co/blsTaCXfG5 #KUfacts #KUdiscoveries #CERN #physics
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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