Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

KU hosting luncheons to inform Kansas legislators about research

February 2, 2011


— Kansas University will host a series of luncheons this month for legislators to provide information about research at the university.

The “Science Serving Kansas” series will focus on research initiatives at KU that affect the health and economy of the state.

Kevin Boatright, director of communications in the office of research and graduate studies, said the meetings are designed to give legislators a chance to meet with researchers in a casual atmosphere and learn about work at KU.

This is the second consecutive year that KU will hold these lunches. Last year, about 50 legislators and staff members showed up for each of the meetings, Boatright said. Here’s this year’s schedule:

• Jeff Aube, a professor of medicinal chemistry, on Monday talks about “New Tools for Fighting Rare and Neglected Diseases.”

• Feb. 14, Peter Smith, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, will talk about “Rewiring the Nervous System — For Better or For Worse.”

• Feb. 21, Shrikant Anant, Kansas Mason professor of cancer research, will lecture on colon cancer research and prevention.

• Feb. 28, Judy Wu, distinguished professor of physics and astronomy, will give a talk on “Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy.”

All the presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. in room 783 of the Docking State Office Building in Topeka.


Tony Kisner 7 years, 4 months ago

Who is footing the bill for lunch? If KU this is State employees using tax payer funds to lobby for more tax payer funds. Smells bad.

Jack Martin 7 years, 4 months ago

We are using private funds for the lunch. I believe we'll be serving pizza.

cafranci 7 years, 4 months ago

It could be funded with endowment money, which is privately donated. Often luncheons, receptions, and banquets are funded that way.

PugnaciousJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

I wonder how many of these individuals are actually working on projects that are close to commercialization as that's the only way the state will see significant return on its dollars.

Olympics 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, great point conservatives. GREAT POINT. This is exactly what is causing the fall of our economic wealth. Wine swilling, lazy, rolling in the dough scientists.

Most of the Kansas legislative leaders can't spell science or technology. It MIGHT help them make informed legislative decisions. Oh wait, you guys don't want a fact based driven government.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 4 months ago

Good idea and let us hope some who attend gain understanding of KU's value and how research helps us all.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 4 months ago

KU gets less than 1/4 of its funding from "tax payer funds".

I guarantee those first two commenters have no problems when corporations spend lavishly on big steak dinners in Topeka so that they can lobby for more "tax payer funds".

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