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The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru

She's also researched poison arrow beetles used by generations of Namibian bushmen

Caroline Chaboo, an entomologist, is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University and a curator for KU’s Museum of Natural History. More specifically, she’s a beetle hunter, on a quest to catalog all the beetles of Peru and get everyday people excited about them, too.

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Northwest Missouri prepares for 2017 Great American Eclipse

The “Great American Eclipse” — a total eclipse of the sun — is expected to draw thousands of people to northwest Missouri when it darkens the skies in August 2017.

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KU butterfly expert: Monarch resurgence encouraging but habitat restoration must continue

This winter’s big rebound of Mexico’s monarch butterfly population is good news, Kansas University’s resident butterfly expert says, but it hardly means we don’t need to worry about the monarchs anymore.

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'Too cool for kids to ignore': KU engineering expo draws thousands to campus

Competitions, demonstrations continue through Saturday

The Kansas University Physics and Engineering Student Organization wanted to build and demonstrate a device “too cool for kids to ignore,” president Austin Feathers said. Their musical Tesla coil shooting out lightening bolts in tune with notes played on an electric keyboard seemed to do the trick.

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KU student earns scholarship to attend grad school at Cambridge

A Kansas University student and Free State High School graduate has earned a prestigious international award, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Alex Kong, scheduled to complete his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical studies this semester, is one of 35 Americans to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.

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KU Natural History Museum ranked top among public universities

Kansas University's Natural History Museum has been named the top natural history museum among public universities by Best College Reviews, KU announced this week.

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With $527,154 grant, Monarch Watch will train tribes to restore butterfly habitats on their lands

Kansas University’s Monarch Watch effort is getting more than half a million dollars to enable a butterfly version of the old “teach a man to fish” proverb. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Monday that Monarch Watch would receive $527,154 for its “Building Tribal Capacity for Monarch Habitat Restoration” project, which will train seven American Indian tribes in Eastern Oklahoma — whose lands are beneath the monarchs’ spring migration flight path — in habitat restoration. By Sara Shepherd

Foundation professor to give inaugural lecture, 'Biogeography and Primate Evolution'

One of Kansas University’s Foundation Distinguished Professors will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday.

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Reptile conference draws hundreds of herpetologists to KU

Weekend has opportunities for public to see live critters, too

The annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles kicked off Thursday at Kansas University. The university expects roughly 450 herpetology scholars from around the world to attend the conference, which runs through Sunday. By Sara Shepherd

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New science buildings rise to top of KU's budget wish list

'Major shortcomings' are costing university time, funding and recruiting power, provost says

Kansas University’s aging science buildings have “major shortcomings” — major enough that the antiquated facilities could in the future cost KU its membership in the prestigious research institution club known as the Association of American Universities, KU Provost Jeff Vitter told the Kansas Board of Regents Thursday. Moving forward with constructing new integrated science buildings — as called for in the Campus Master Plan unveiled last year — is KU’s top budget enhancement request for fiscal year 2017. By Sara Shepherd

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.