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Regents leaders remain committed to disciplinary aspects of social media policy
11:03 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:55 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents leaders Wednesday said they would not back down from the disciplinary aspects of its social media policy for universities. By Scott Rothschild
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Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor
April 15, 2014
Paleontologist Chris Beard has made a name in the world of paleontology for his work uncovering the early history of monkeys and other primates. Recently he joined Kansas University as one of its first Foundation Professors. The initiative is aimed at luring top academic talent to the university. By Ben Unglesbee
Chipotle money at heart of KU student elections limbo
April 15, 2014
After a complaint against a student election coalition led to its disqualification, the coalition filed appeals through judicial boards at the university. Now the results of the student elections are being withheld until the election dispute is resolved. By Ben Unglesbee
KU confirms case of tuberculosis; student doing well, expected to fully recover
April 14, 2014
A Kansas University student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to an email notification from the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
Moran receives award for support of research
April 14, 2014
On Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran received an award for his support of scientific research. Presenting the award was Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who worked closely with Moran when KU was trying to win a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer research center. By Ben Unglesbee
KU’s RedTire program matches business owners with successors
April 13, 2014
Casey Thomas, a veterinarian in Junction City, found someone to take over his practice through Kansas University business school’s RedTire program, which helps sellers reaching retirement age to find buyers so their businesses can live on. By Ben Unglesbee
Group considers future of online classes at KU
April 12, 2014
A group of faculty, staff and students at Kansas University delved into the many needs, consideration and issues involved in created more online classes at the university. The group pointed to the need to consider the quality of courses and learning and how to fairly compensate faculty for their time in developing courses. Going forward, the instructors and administrators will have to weigh the many perspectives of faculty and students as it tries to add more online classes. By Ben Unglesbee
Social Work Day at KU brings Leonard Pitts Jr., Harriet Lerner to speak
April 11, 2014
National authors Leonard Pitts Jr. and Harriet Lerner came to the Kansas Union on Friday to speak as part of Social Work Day 2014, a celebration of the profession put on by the KU School of Social Welfare. Pitts spoke at length about the distance between America’s ideals and its history, including its recent history. Lerner’s talk centered on making important personal changes to improve relationships. By Ben Unglesbee
Psychologist Harriet Lerner’s advice on changing in relationships
April 11, 2014
Harriet Lerner was a staff psychologist with the Menninger Clinic for more than 30 years and is author of 11 books, including the best-selling “The Dance of Anger.” Lerner spoke Friday as part of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare’s Social Work Day events. By Ben Unglesbee
KU honors outstanding Kansas women
April 11, 2014
The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity at the University of Kansas hosted the annual Women’s Recognition Banquet Thursday to honor outstanding women in Kansas.
Kansas University Senate endorses social media policy group’s proposal
April 10, 2014
The Kansas University unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the proposal by the work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents’ controversial social media policy. If adopted by the regents, the proposal would replace the current policy, which allows university heads to fire employees for social media posts, with an advisory version.
Hall Center symposium will look at life after Brown v. Board
April 10, 2014
On April 17, the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University will host a symposium titled “Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” which will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will give the keynote talk at Green Hall.
Genius of Women’ benefit variety show to celebrate beauty of womanhood
April 10, 2014
The eighth annual “Genius of Women” variety show celebrating the beauty and dignity of womanhood this Friday will serve as a benefit for a rescue center for children and shelter for child mothers in Diocese of Malindi in Kenya.
Documentary film festival to portray African culture realistically
April 10, 2014
The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting Kansas University’s third annual Africa World Documentary film festival this weekend, Kansas being the fifth stop on the world traveling tour.
KU to stage Nobel laureate’s ‘The Other Shore’
April 10, 2014
The theater is an interesting place to experience abstract art. Because a play happens live, the audience expects concrete representations of place through the set, of characterization through costuming and of action through sound and motion.
KU experts examine different threads in Ukraine saga
April 9, 2014
At a panel discussion Wednesday, Kansas University scholars delved into the situation in Ukraine, which has remained tense since the country’s former leader was deposed earlier in the year and nearby Russia annexed a part of the country. By Ben Unglesbee
KU chancellor to present science advocacy award to Sen. Jerry Moran
April 9, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will present a national award to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran for his support of science research Monday at the Dole Institute.
KU Hospital adopts nurse contract against union protests
April 8, 2014
The Kansas University Hospital Board voted unanimously to adopt recommendations on nurse pay from the hospital’s administration. The new contract will raise base pay by 2 percent while lowering and eliminating some premiums for committing to working nights and weekends. The union representing 1,400 nurses at the hospital had rejected the proposal in the fall and has been fighting it since.
KU energy conference looks at new drilling, energy independence
April 8, 2014
The Kansas University Energy Club held a symposium Tuesday to discuss the future of oil and other energy sources. Panelists came from backgrounds in government and industry, including representatives from oil and wind energy companies. Giving the keynote speech was Jay Hakes, former head of the federal Energy Information Administration, who argued the U.S. should strive for energy independence. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas University at the frontline of autism research
April 8, 2014
With cases of autism on the rise, researchers at Kansas University are studying the disorder from several different vantage points, including how to identify it at an earlier stage and improving the social and communication skills of children who have it. By Giles Bruce
KU to host events commemorating Brown V. Board
April 7, 2014
This weekend Kansas University will host two events examining the history and lasting impact of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. The events are free and open to the public.
Visiting scholars to discuss recycled, innovative ideas of Shakespeare
April 6, 2014
Two of the world’s top scholars of the Bard are visiting University of Kansas to present groundbreaking research conducted on Shakespeare that suggests his innovative works were products of recycled inspiration from other written works.
Bales Artist Series to welcome organ department chair for recital
April 6, 2014
David Higgs will perform an organ recital on Kansas University’s campus on April 11 as part of the Bales Artist Series.
KU responds to graduate students about work hours, some still worried
April 5, 2014
In March hundreds of Kansas University graduate students signed petitions asking administrators not to reduce their work hours at campus jobs, an option under consideration as the university determines how to comply with healthcare reform.
Social media policy group mulling likely reaction from regents
April 4, 2014
The work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents controversial policy on social media has put the final touches on a recommendation for a replacement policy. The group has dropped the disciplinary language of the current policy and will instead ask the regents to replace it with an advisory policy. Some worry the new policy is too far from the original, though campus reactions have been largely positive. By Ben Unglesbee
KU asks court to dismiss lawsuit from professor
10:12 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 04:09 p.m.
The University of Kansas is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a former professor who claims its School of Medicine retaliated for his assertion that the university misappropriated federal research grants.