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Tue, 06/10/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is now accepting donations of gently used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs and musical instruments. Donated items will be sold at Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only, which will take place...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Two former University of Kansas chancellors and their wives — Archie and Nancy Dykes of Leawood and Gene and Gretchen Budig of Isle of Palms, South Carolina — have jointly established a new teaching professorship in the School of...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — E. Nathan Thomas III, a highly successful educator, administrator and entrepreneur, has been named the vice provost for Diversity and Equity at the University of Kansas. Thomas will join the KU community on July 14. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — Stephen Ware, professor of law at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today on Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 12-1200, a bankruptcy case relating to the Constitution’s...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 98 new members. Jeffrey Moran, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of history, presided at the May 18 ceremony, immediately...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — When the first widespread computer virus was born, government didn’t shut down all computer science research. Similarly, now that synthetic biology, a field of science that uses standardized pieces of DNA to build new life forms, medications,...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized two University of Kansas master’s graduates with its award for Outstanding Thesis. The awards were presented at the College’s graduate recognition ceremony during Commencement weekend. Lizzy Adams, who finished her master’s in classics in spring 2013, was recognized for her thesis, “Esse videtur: Occurrences of Heroic Clausulae in Cicero’s Orations.” Adams’ thesis makes a significant contribution in a century-long debate concerning the heroic clausula, a sequence of long and short syllables that end a line of Greek or Latin epic poetry. Her research discovers a new and fresh way to hear the echoes of

Thu, 06/05/2014 —  Sticking to an exercise routine is not easy, especially when the gym is not exactly a person’s favorite place to be. Two University of Kansas researchers have published a study showing that, when exercisers perceived the climate at a fitness...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently took part in an international competition that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and test an all-terrain vehicle that’s part dune buggy and...

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Humans are really bad at detecting flirting, according to research at the University of Kansas. And their wingmen aren’t any better. Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of communication studies and author of the 2013 book “The Five Flirting Styles,” conducted a study to see how often pairs of strangers correctly identified when the other was flirting. “If you think someone is not interested in you, you are probably right, they are not interested,” Hall said. “But if someone is, you probably missed it.” The study is detailed in the article “Accurately Detecting Flirting: Error Management Theory, the Traditional Sex Script, and Flirting Base Rate,” which

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 — 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...

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...


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Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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