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Recent book from KU researcher reveals 'underappreciated' beauty of tapeworms, other observations on parasites

For nearly 10 years now, University of Kansas parasitologist Kirsten Jensen has traveled the world in search of new tapeworm species. More than 50 countries and countless gutted specimens later, Jensen has documented her fascination with parasites in a new book, published late last year by the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.

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KU students launch 'Make it Happen' conference to encourage girls in STEM

Growing up in Lawrence, Alita Joseph always felt her dreams were within reach. Education was emphasized in her household, and her mother, she says, always “made a point” of encouraging the Joseph siblings in their interests, particularly those in STEM fields.

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KU researcher part of international team that discovered ancient spiderlike creature with tail

The idea that an ancient spiderlike creature with a tail longer than its body once roamed the earth might seem a walking nightmare to some. Not for University of Kansas researcher Paul Selden, whose writings on the recently discovered 100 million-year-old species were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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KU Natural History Museum to expand programming this year; first up, Sunday's 'Extraordinary Animals'

Dyche Hall is getting a facelift this year. That much is clear to anyone who’s passed by the historic limestone building, home to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, over the last several months.

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Prairie Park Nature Center aids in national efforts to save endangered black-footed ferret

With his playful personality and bandit-like facial markings, Gyr the ferret is one of the best-loved critters at the Prairie Park Nature Center.

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After years of digging and crowdfunding campaigns, T. rex now on display at KU Natural History Museum

The University of Kansas is now home to one of oldest — and most complete — Tyrannosaurus rex fossilized skeletons of its kind, thanks to paleontologist David Burnham, a team of students and volunteers, and the donors who helped dig up the specimen and bring her home to Lawrence.

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Pulitzer-winning cancer expert, author Siddhartha Mukherjee to deliver Hall Center lecture at KU

Acclaimed oncologist, cancer researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee will visit Lawrence this week as part of the Hall Center’s Humanities Lecture Series at the University of Kansas.

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Recapping the eclipse experiences of those who journeyed outside of Lawrence — and those who stayed behind

Even with overcast skies, eclipse observers in Lawrence generally tried to maintain a sunny attitude Monday as the big event — or lack of it — came and went.

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Professor invites public along for Friday's night-time spider walk at Clinton Lake

Dustin Wilgers wasn’t always so comfortable around spiders. Up until graduate school, when his study of the eight-legged critters began about 10 years ago, Wilgers even considered himself a bit of an arachnophobe. But, in the decade he’s spent getting to know them, Wilgers says he’s developed an appreciation for arachnids, and he wants to pass it on.

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KU professor, Lawrence dentist team up to analyze Neanderthal teeth; results suggest evidence of primitive dental treatment

David Frayer has been studying fossils excavated from a site in Croatia for about 20 years now, off and on. So, when the University of Kansas anthropology professor decided to revisit the grooves in one 130,000-year-old set of teeth during a recent trip to the Croatia’s Krapina Neanderthal site, he thought it best to bring in a fresh pair of eyes. More specifically, those of longtime friend and dentist Joe Gatti.

Butterfly researchers set up shop in Lawrence

• History was made Wednesday in Lawrence, and it was all due to some winged visitors making their way through town. Princeton University professor and biologist Martin Wikelski is using radio transmitters to track the journeys of monarch butterflies in ...

Lawrence pay growth slows

In today's news: Wage, salary increase behind U.S., state averages in ’07; KU researcher detects missing link in spider evolution. In sports: Taylor named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

Scientists: Kan. faces dangers from rising CO2

Expect clouds with a bit of drizzle this morning. Temperatures will rise this afternoon as the sun comes out. Expect a high in the lower 50s. Temperatures will reach nearly 60 degrees on Thursday with winds from the southwest, but ...

A tour of the Natural History Museum's amphibian and reptile collection

Natural History Museum curator Rafe Brown talks about KU's amphibian and reptile collection. The collection is one of the biggest in the country.

Rafe Brown's most recent research trip to the Philippines

Rafe Brown, curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum, discusses his most recent trip to the Philippines, where he collected about 400 amphibian and reptile specimens. He traveled there under a National Science Foundation grant to document as many species as possible of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, along with their parasites.

Ed Taylor's herpetology research while at Kansas University

Ed Taylor is known as the father of Philippine herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Taylor spent his whole teaching career at KU while not out in the field. He discovered many species, a few of which are still housed in the Natural History Museum.

Lawrence Teacher Headed to Galapagos

Southwest Junior High teacher Lisa Ball will spend two weeks in the Galapagos Islands as part of a Toyota International Teacher Program. She's part of a team of 24 teachers searching for environmental solutions.

Biosecurity Research Institute - keeping clean

It might be called the "Get Naked Room" but it's not nearly as much fun as it sounds. Just like surgeons, researchers at the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute have to follow a set of protocols before entering labs where they studied some of the most dangerous animal diseases in the world. Scott Rusk, director of BRI, explains the process that entails lots of showers and outfit changes.

Biosecurity Research Institute - training room

Not just anyone can enter the labs where vials of dangerous animal diseases are studied. Before researchers can do work on these highly secured areas, the must first go through training. BRI Director Scott Rusk talks about what they have to learn.

State Fossil One Step Closer to Reality

State Representative Tom Sloan (R), Lawrence, has announced plans to introduce legislation designating the Xiphactinusas the state fossil. Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich gave Sloan a petition with 3,000 names in support of the designation.

Hurricane in a box in Lawrence to stay

A chamber that can produce hurricane-like conditions has found a permanent home in Lawrence. The chamber can be used to test new building materials.

KU student awarded for work in green chemistry

A KU doctoral student earned a national award for his work in green chemistry. Madhav Ghanta, a 24-year-old student from India, was one of two people to win the award.

Stanford professor talks climate at KU

A Stanford professor and author spoke to students at Kansas University about the politics behind climate change Monday. Stephen Schneider believes science is a full contact sport.