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Roger Martin

Researcher to follow flapjack flap with dog duel
August 3, 2003
This just in. The Annals of Improbable Research reported last week that Kansas is flatter than a pancake. The finding is causing a flap and has drawn a rebuttal from a Kansas University geologist whose own research suggests that Texas is, in fact, smaller than a breadbox.
Hospital intervention could prevent injuries, death from domestic abuse
July 20, 2003
An 11-year-old girl wakes up from surgery. Someone at home who’s supposed to love her beat her up — and killed her mother.
KU professor chronicles stories of slaves’ lives
July 6, 2003
Type the words “Born in Slavery” into a search engine and you’ll find a link (thttp://memory.loc.gov/ammen/snhtml/) to more than 2,000 first-person accounts of life under slavery.
Martin: Good writing just as crucial as sound thinking
June 22, 2003
A couple months back, I saw this headline: “Group calls for focus on writing.”
Librarian’s wit brightens already ‘dandy’ St. Petersburg exhibition
June 8, 2003
The exhibit budget of the Spencer Research Library at Kansas University has gone bust, but the show on display through July 3 is a dandy. Its subject is the 300-year history of St. Petersburg, Russia. The city, built by Peter the Great in a malarial flood plain, was designed with European cities in mind.
Math field ponders hard-to-fathom quandaries
May 11, 2003
I hit a wall halfway through calculus. Saul Stahl, a Kansas University math professor, isn’t surprised. He says, “Lots of people get lost halfway through calculus.”
KU researchers as tenacious as ancient subjects
April 27, 2003
More than three decades ago, humans took a giant step — into the lunar dust. It was further proof that our species excels at overcoming harsh environments. Consider the Aleutian Islands. They make a chain 1,800 miles long that runs between Asia and North America.
Eulogy writers employ diverse tactics
April 13, 2003
The first full-length 9-11 movie is now being distributed. It’s called “The Guys,” and it tells the story of a New York journalist who helps a fire captain write eulogies.
Mysterious ladies’ becoming less so
March 30, 2003
Thirty years ago, scientists identified the sites in the brain where heroin and opium get processed.
Biographers uncover colorful character in Zora Hurston
March 16, 2003
This is about a white man, a black woman, and a dead novelist whose writing spoke to them both. And this is about a job that passed from him to her: telling the novelist’s life story.
Broad knowledge base an important tool
March 2, 2003
I learned a great many things in schools. A lot of people would consider much of what I learned useless.
Research affects lives directly, dramatically
February 16, 2003
Kansas University has taken a $19 million budget hit since last July. Collectively, the Board of Regents universities in Kansas have taken a $45 million hit.
Environmental costs of war can be high
February 2, 2003
War has a look. It is the bloody and anonymous bodies. It is the billowy mushroom cloud, the wall of flame rising from a forest that’s been napalmed, the sky of Kuwait blackened by oil fires.
Stayin’ alive in Russia
January 26, 2003
When I whined that I hated lima beans, mama brought out the heavy artillery: the starving people of India.
Researchers reveal little-known medical facts about King James
January 5, 2003
King James I is best known for rounding up dozens of translators to produce the King James Version of the Bible. James, who ruled England from 1603 to 1625, wrote meditations on matters spiritual, as well as plenty of letters, poems — even a colorful attack on smoking called a “Counterblast to Tobacco.”