WRITER: Kathy Hanks

KU involved in discovery of massive crater in Greenland formed by ancient asteroid

Researchers at the University of Kansas had a hand in uncovering what might have been about a mile-wide iron asteroid that crashed into Greenland perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago. Details of the impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland were published last week in Science Advances, a multidisciplinary journal. The crater — the first of any size found under the Greenland ...

KU forum explores issues of anti-Semitism

There is a growing sense for those in the Jewish community of not recognizing the country they have known for generations, a rabbi told an audience at the University of Kansas’ law school on Wednesday. “It feels like something is going on in this country. What's happening?" said Rabbi Neal Schuster, a Jewish educator with KU Hillel, a group that connects Jewish students with one another and their ...

Kingfishers, wrens and more: KU Natural History Museum gives passersby a peek into its collection at pop-up exhibits

A small display of colorful taxidermic birds, looking like stuffed toys, caught the attention of those passing by in the Kansas Memorial Union on Tuesday. “Are these real?” said one passerby who stopped to glance at the hummingbirds, wrens, kingfishers and an exotic bird of paradise — a tiny sampling of the 9 million specimens from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum collection. The birds ...

Gift of a new shower allows Lawrence veteran to remain in his home

A walk-in shower was giving Veterans Day new meaning for a Lawrence man Friday afternoon. Dennis Sooby, an Army veteran who served in occupied Japan at the end of World War II, watched as Adam Fearing, a much younger veteran who had served in Iraq, helped make his bathroom handicapped-accessible. “It’s fantastic,” said Sooby, 91, as he watched. After serving in the military, Sooby became a commercial ...

Living a creative life second nature to KU lecturer of architecture

Anne Patterson has been known to walk around town with a reproduction of the Trinity Episcopal Church steeple atop her head. The steeple, which she created and wears for Halloween, is just a fraction of the creativity that exudes from this University of Kansas lecturer of architecture. Patterson was recently honored with the Bob and Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, which is one of the first KU ...

KU to begin search for new dean of pharmacy

Kenneth Audus, dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas, will be stepping down from his post, KU Provost Carl Lejuez announced Wednesday during a meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents. While the timeline for Audus to leave the dean’s position has not been established, Jackie Hosey, director of external affairs with the School of Pharmacy, confirmed that Audus would return to teaching at the school and to ...

Investigation reveals improper lack of boundaries between Haskell Foundation and university

A foundation that raises funds for Haskell Indian Nations University is under investigation after government officials discovered it lacked a written agreement regarding its relationship with the university, which could lead to legal violations. The Haskell Foundation, located in Navarre Hall on the Haskell campus, needs some type of an agreement stating whether its rent is an in-kind donation or is actually ...

Former Secretary of State James Baker receives Dole Leadership Prize, recounts his first forays into public service

At a young age, James Baker was advised to stay out of politics. Instead, he built a life around public service. “I ended up chairing five presidential campaigns for three different Republican presidents,” Baker said. He also was named President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff and went on to be President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of state and chief of staff. "If you asked me in 1973 if there was any ...

Filmmaker goes from writing letters in west Africa to helping KU tell its stories

As a young boy, Mamadou Dia often slipped into the private lives of his neighbors as they dictated letters to him. He was only 9 years old, but Dia was one of the few in his town in northern Senegal, in West Africa, who could read and write and who spoke both Fula and French. “At the time, the literacy rate was low so people would call me to dictate their letters,” Dia said. He admits his first letters ...

KU's athletic director faces tough questions about funding, transparency from University Senate

After only three months as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long answered a barrage of questions Thursday during the University Senate’s monthly meeting. As KU faces a $20 million budget cut, some faculty and staff believe a solution to facing harsh cuts would be for Kansas Athletics Inc. to lose the $1.5 million it receives from the university, plus make a $1.5 million contribution, which ...

House built by James Naismith in need of new owner

Just south of the University of Kansas campus, on a quiet tree-lined street where the leaves are ablaze with fall colors, stands a house James Naismith built. Along with inventing the game of basketball and serving as director of physical education at KU, Naismith was handy with a hammer and a nail. In 1923, he put his skills to work building the house on the corner of 17th and Mississippi Street. The property ...

Chinese students carry on amid rumblings of ban; attracting foreign students a growing challenge for KU

Haoxuan Wang can’t fathom the tension between China and the U.S. escalating to a point where he would be banned from studying at the University of Kansas. As a senior, majoring in communications studies and business, he plans to graduate in May 2019. However, over the past months, as the trade war has escalated between the two countries, there have been rumblings in the Trump administration about proposals ...

Director of Dole Institute plans gradual retirement over next five years

Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics for the past 14 years, announced Tuesday that he would begin a modified retirement plan with the university beginning in January 2019. Lacy plans to remain director of the Dole Institute for up to five years. “It reflects my view that we need to take time to make the transition,” he said. Lacy said he wanted to be transparent about his decision. ...

'We're all in this together': At KU, founder of 'Me Too' recalls the movement's creation

The #MeToo movement went viral a year ago because millions of people lent themselves to the world, sharing their experiences of sexual assault and harassment, said Tarana Burke, its founder. “People don’t realize the women with tears running down their faces as they wrote their message for Facebook,” Burke said. “The labor of everyday people finally came out of this cover of shame we have been in for ...

After 1918 flu pandemic, KU chancellor's intervention might have kept homesick student from leaving

During the fall of 1918, World War I was raging in Europe and students at the University of Kansas were fighting their own battle with Spanish influenza. The Kansas Board of Health shut the university down for five weeks because of the outbreak. According to a proclamation that ran on the front page of the Oct. 8, 1918 Daily Kansan, the university was shuttered; however, students were “forbidden to leave ...

City and university transit recommending a new contractor to operate buses

After working with MV Transportation for the past 18 years, members of both the city of Lawrence and University of Kansas transit systems are recommending a change. They now want First Transit Inc. to be the contracted service provider for both services. The proposal will be presented at the Nov. 6. Lawrence City Commission meeting. If approved, First Transit will begin its contract in January 2019. City ...

Devoted KU basketball fans stand by their team; psychologists not at all surprised

At Ladybird Diner in downtown Lawrence, Susan McCarthy was perusing the newspaper Thursday morning, trying to keep up with the latest news on the college basketball corruption trial underway in New York. A devout KU basketball fan, McCarthy has had season tickets for decades. But at the moment, she is practicing tough love with her team, which has been in the news for several weeks during the federal trial for ...

92-year-old 'Big Sonia' recounts surviving 'hell' of Holocaust, warns of rising hatred, racism

Conditions in the death camp were so horrific that Sonia Warshawski watched as women took their own lives by throwing themselves on electrified fences. She felt it was a courageous thing for them to do. “But I was fighting to survive,” Warshawski said Friday afternoon to a packed house at the Dole Institute of Politics. One of the last remaining Holocaust survivors living in Kansas City, Warshawski stars ...

Enrollment down 9 percent at Haskell, but president touts better graduation rate, recruitment efforts

Enrollment is down by 73 students — or about 9 percent — from last year for the fall semester at Haskell Indian Nations University, Haskell President Venida Chenault said Tuesday. Currently, 733 students are enrolled from 142 tribal affiliations. Previously, 806 students were enrolled in fall 2017 and 820 in fall 2016. “It’s down a little bit, and we are seeing that nationally. Both mainstream ...

Interim provost says Kansas Athletics, KU Endowment can't do much to ease campuswide budget cuts

Despite calls from faculty for the University of Kansas' athletic department and endowment organization to help out with a $20 million budget cut, interim Provost Carl Lejuez said at a town hall meeting Wednesday that those two entities couldn't do much to ease the pain. That news left Faculty Senate President Kirk McClure upset. It was McClure who had first suggested ways that Kansas Athletics Inc. and KU ...