Archive for Monday, November 3, 2003

Lawrence and area briefs

November 3, 2003


Musicians to perform work composed for KU

A concert today by Linda and Larry Maxey will feature a new work by American composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

The piece, "Angels in the Mirror," was written for Kansas University for violin, cello, flute, clarinet and marimba. Linda Maxey, marimba, and Larry Maxey, clarinet, will be assisted by musicians from KU and Lawrence.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall's Swarthout Recital Hall.

Ukrainian expert to speak at KU

The director of the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta will speak today at Kansas University.

Zenon Kohut will speak on "The Russian-Ukrainian Issues of Identity, Distinctiveness and Identity (1654-1800)" at 7:30 p.m. in 100 Smith Hall.

The lecture is sponsored by the Maria Palij Memorial Fund for Ukrainian Studies, the KU Department of History and the Center for Russian and East European Studies. It is free and open to the public.

KU selected as part of child neglect research

Kansas University researchers have been selected to participate in an $8.5 million project designed to prevent child neglect.

KU will direct a Kansas City site for the National Institutes of Health-funded program, which also has sites in Houston, Washington, D.C., and South Bend, Ind.

In addition to the KU Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, participating organizations are Juniper Gardens Children's Project in Kansas City, Kan., the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University and the University of Texas Health Science Center.

In Kansas City, the study will follow 100 single teenage mothers from pregnancy to when their children are 3 years old. Half the mothers will receive an intensive parenting training program.

Salvation Army offers Thanksgiving help

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Thanksgiving assistance from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today through Nov. 19. The Salvation Army is the only area agency providing Thanksgiving help this year.

Interested people should apply at the Salvation Army center, 946 N.H. Proof of income, proof of residency and Social Security cards for all household members are required at the time of application.

Those who would like to donate goods or money to this program can call 843-4188 or bring donations to the center. Turkeys and other food items are welcome.

Meeting promotes energy conservation

"Getting a Handle on Your Energy Bill" will give people tips on how to keep energy bills low despite high natural gas prices. The public meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension of Douglas County and Douglas County Farm Bureau.

Bill Wood, extension agriculture agent, will begin by discussing natural gas prices and explaining how to calculate the cost of various fuels. The Lawrence Fire Department will speak on home fire safety at 7 p.m., followed by an insurance talk at 7:15 p.m. by Don Bird, Farm Bureau Insurance. Larry Hamm, with the Lawrence Neighborhood Resources Department, will discuss weatherization and energy efficiency techniques at 7:25 p.m., followed by several courses in utilizing heat from sources such as wood, solar power and corn.

For more information, call Farm Bureau at 843-2395 or the extension office at 843-7058.

State awards grant to inventory amphibians

Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History has been awarded a $281,224 grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to lead a statewide inventory of amphibians, reptiles and turtles.

The funds awarded will be combined with those from Hays and the Center for North American Herpetology in Lawrence, bringing the total project value to $391,290.

"Our goal is to investigate the distribution and conservation needs of these animals so that we can better protect them and their habitat in the future," said Travis Taggart, newly appointed associate curator of herpetology at the Sternberg Museum and principal investigator of the project.

For more information, contact Taggart at

Education Career Fair slated Nov. 11 at KU

Representatives from more than 50 school districts and educational cooperatives in five states are expected Nov. 11 for the fourth annual Education Career Fair at Kansas University.

The fair, sponsored by University Career and Employment Services, is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

In addition to representatives from Kansas, metropolitan areas scheduled to be represented include Atlanta, Dallas and Lincoln, Neb. Attendance is free for KU students enrolled in all areas of preschool through 12 education.

For more information, call 864-3624 or visit ~uces/edfair.

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