Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Spencer Research Library taking suggestions for North Gallery; researchers, voice-assist company aim to reduce distracted driving; KU business dean named to board

July 19, 2012


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• The Spencer Research Library is taking some suggestions on what to do with one of my favorite spaces on campus, according to the library’s blog.

They’re apparently doing some thinking about the North Gallery. They’ve got a few photos up on the blog, but not the one I was hoping for. My favorite part of the room is the view of the nearby Campanile and surrounding area. It’s quite a sight.

With the consolidation of the public spaces of Special Collections, Kansas Collection, and University Archives in the early years of the 21st century, and the continuing desire to provide a more interpretive context for our collections in general, we are considering how best to program this stunning space as a true gallery,” wrote Beth Whittaker, the library’s director. “An enthusiastic group of Museum Studies students recently completed a project to explore bringing diversity and experience into the space through an interesting array of physical and virtual exhibit ‘stations.’”

She said she’s open to suggestions on the blog.

• Researchers at the KU Center for Design Research will work with a voice-command service company to come up with technology that will mitigate distracted driving, according to a KU statement.

The company, Voice Assist, is based in California and will use the its voice-command service to let drivers make calls, send and respond to texts and emails and post to social networks, all by voice command.

Students and researchers at KU will study the technology to determine its usability and impact to driver safety and hands-free legislation.

They will report back to the company later in the year.

• I spotted on Wednesday that Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business, has been named to the board of

Joining her there? Gary Forsee, the former Sprint executive who also served as president of the University of Missouri system from 2008 to 2011.

So hopefully there won’t be too much talk about scheduling basketball games or anything.

The site claims its users can quote and compare freight rates for hundreds of regional and national freight carriers.

• It’s been a long, long time since I’ve broken out the KU faculty and staff directory and solicited a tip from someone directly by closing my eyes and pointing to a random name, so let’s go, Jan Akers, administrative associate senior in the chemistry department. Tell me something I don’t already know at


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

I think it is unacceptable for Neeli Bendapudi to be accepted to any board. He has more than enough to do as Dean of the Business School.

What we are seeing throughout business is that boards, and CEOs, don't spend enough time getting the basics of what they are doing, or really seeing the future.

If he has that much time, then he should quit the Business School and focus himself on his own endeavors. I'm very tired of people taking on so much, with MONEY from it to boot, and then saying that they didn't know what was going on later, when something suddenly happens.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

My apologies. I put in he, his and himself when I should have put in she, her and herself. That's because I wanted to make this comment since I wouldn't have time at work tomorrow to do it.

But the point remains the same - if you focus on too many things, you don't get anything right. We've seen that happen with a lot of companies recently.

Thanks for the correction.

someguy 5 years, 9 months ago

Gary Forsee is involved so this endeavor is unlikely to make any money.

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