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25 years ago: KU’s radiation biophysics program discussed

December 7, 2009

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The nation’s civilian unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in November from 7.4 percent the previous month as the number of Americans with jobs increased to a record 105.9 million. The ranks of the jobless declined to 8.15 million from 8.43 million and the civilian jobless rate was at its lowest since the previous June’s 7.1 level.

The owner of a Dallas printing company was requesting that the city commission issue $1.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to buy equipment and the former Lehigh Kansas Color plant at 2201 Haskell. John Van Brunt was seeking to buy the plant and the equipment for local operation.

The fate of Kansas University’s radiation biophysics program was to be the topic of a public hearing. Robert Lineberry, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, had proposed the past spring that the program be dropped. There was concern about the status of local high technology research and the loss of government funding that came here through such work.

J.J. Wilson, Kansas University housing director since 1954, planned to retire in June but was to continue working with the university in housing development. Wilson’s work drew commendations from a wide range of sources. He had come to KU in 1949 and worked as an admihnistrative assistant for physical plant operations and once had been a partner i the Rapid Transit bus service.

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