Archive for Friday, August 26, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Broadcast to highlight KU Cancer initiative; Ottawa University reports higher enrollments; professors examine how ‘caveman courtship’ can work for some

August 26, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• A half-hour broadcast of a KU-produced program highlighting the KU Cancer Center’s application for National Cancer Institute designation will air on all four Kansas City local television stations — KMBC, KCTV, WDAF and KSHB.

It is scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.

It will feature national broadcast journalist and native Kansan Bill Kurtis.

In addition to spending $18,000 to pay for production of the program from the KU Endowment Association’s marketing budget, the KUEA raised $50,000 to pay for the broadcasting of the program. They used donations collected specifically to broadcast the show, a KU Hospital spokeswoman said.

We’re coming up on the big application date — the KU Cancer Center’s deadline for application is Sept. 25.

• Continuing to monitor enrollments around the region, I noticed Ottawa University had reported that student numbers this fall were at a 30-year high.

The campus reports it has 602 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled to start the 2011-12 school year.

That’s a 60 percent jump since the fall of 2006. Of the 602, 221 are new students.

• I spotted this interesting bit of KU research from Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies, who looked into why “aggressive caveman courtship,” as the British newspaper The Daily Mail put it, tends to work out for some folks.

Apparently, men after a night of casual sex were more likely to use an aggressive style in pursuing women, ditching all notions of romance.

And women interested in the same thing were likely to respond to such behavior.

The research also got written up in a rather jaunty way in the online magazine Salon.

The end result, the researchers found?

“Our results suggest assertive courtship strategies are a form of mutual identification of similarly sexist attitudes shared between courtship partners,” reported the researchers, as quoted in the Daily Mail. “Women who adopt sexist attitudes are more likely to prefer men who adopt similar attitudes. Not only do sexist men and women prefer partners who are like them, they prefer courtship strategies where men are the aggressors and women are the gatekeepers.'”

• I hope I don’t need to aggressively court anybody to get them to submit tips for Heard on the Hill. It’s fun for everyone when you send them to me at


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