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October 18, 2000


Alliance receives grant to improve water quality

The Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance has been awarded a $76,700 grant to educate the public about water quality in the Wakarusa watershed.

The funds, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will allow students and other volunteers to collect water samples throughout the Wakarusa watershed, a part of the Kansas Lower Republican Basin.

The samples will be tested by the Kansas Biological Survey, and the results will be used to develop strategies to improve water quality by reducing pollution within the basin.

KU political science professor gets award

A political science professor has received the Kansas University Provost's International Leadership Award.

Leonardo Villalas taught political science and African studies at KU since 1991, and played a key role in advancing KU programs in West Africa and in bringing African faculty to the university.

Villalas received two Fulbright grants to teach comparative politics and conduct research in Senegal.

"Using his important contacts in education and government, he has helped to significantly advance the university's international agenda," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.

With award, Villaleceived a plaque and $1,000 in funding for professional activities.

Med Center to play host to medical symposium

The 36th annual "Postgraduate Symposium on Medicine and Religion: Caring and Attending to a Violent World" will be Friday at the Kansas University Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

The symposium is designed for clergy, counselors, emergency room health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, law enforcement professionals and social workers.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit, is the featured speaker.

For more information, contact Bob Hallinan at (913) 588-5246.

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