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October 5, 2004

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Area attorneys seek spot on appeals court

Topeka -- Three lawyers from Lawrence are among the 26 who have applied for a newly created judge position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

They are Martha Coffman, Rick Kittel and Jeffrey Southard, according to the Office of Judicial Administration.

Applicants will be interviewed by a nominating commission, which will recommend three names to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who will then make the appointment.

The 12th position on the appeals court was created by the Legislature, effective Jan 1.

Issues for elderly topic of presentation

The founder of the Eden Alternative, a national movement that deals with the treatment of the elderly, will speak Wednesday at Kansas University.

Bill Thomas will speak on "What Are Old People For? A Radical Reinterpretation of Aging and the Elderly in American Society" at 7 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics.

The Eden Alternative stresses that the use of companion animals, among other things, can make life better for the elderly, especially those in nursing homes.

The speech is organized by the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at KU.

Group to read names of troops killed in Iraq

The names of the more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq will be read during a vigil Wednesday at Kansas University.

The event, organized by student political group Delta Force, is expected to draw about 200 readers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn of Strong Hall.

"These names and faces personalize the staggering cost of war," said Ethan Nuss, an event organizer. "People don't realize the enormity of the death toll until they see and hear it for themselves. When people think about the war, we want them to remember this display and ask why so many are dying."

Events planned to raise breast cancer awareness

Kansas University public relations students are organizing a local observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week.

Events organized by the KU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America and Jayhawk Communications include information booths from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday on the lawn of Stauffer-Flint Hall and Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Ekdahl Dining Commons.

Former math professor makes donation

A retired Kansas University professor known for developing computer science and "new math" has donated $500,000 to KU in honor of his 95-year-old wife.

G. Baley Price, 99, created the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professorship in International Cultural Understanding. The money will be matched with $500,000 from the Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., to create an endowed fund.

The professorship will be in the College of Liberal Arts and Science.

Baley Price said he was inspired to make the gift when Belfour and Betty Joe Lorbeer McMillen of Fort Worth, Texas, established a professorship in his name this spring.

"I wanted to do something for her," Baley Price said. "She is as much entitled to be remembered for her work as I am."

Cora Lee Price taught English and classics at KU from 1962 to 1979. Baley Price began his career at KU in 1937, spent 1943 to 1945 serving in World War II, and returned to KU, retiring in 1975.

Final Kemper award granted at Med Center

A professor at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., has been awarded the final Kemper Teaching Fellowship for the 2004 year.

Kimberly Templeton, associate professor in the department of orthopedic surgery, received the $5,000 prize last week.

Templeton was the 20th KU professor to receive the award, which is funded by a donation from the William T. Kemper Foundation and selected by a seven-member committee. The awards are in their ninth year.

New, faster AIDS test to be available soon

The Douglas County AIDS Project, 2518 Ridge Court, will launch a new OraQuick HIV testing program Oct. 28-29.

All individuals at high risk for HIV infection will be offered the free test. Results from an OraQuick test are available within the hour. OraSure testing also will be available without cost to anyone wanting to be tested.

Call 843-0040 to schedule an appointment with a testing counselor. Anonymous and confidential testing services are available. October is National HIV Awareness Month.

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