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KU one of four civilian universities chosen for Army-business seminar
March 26, 2015
Kansas University’s School of Business has been chosen as one of four civilian universities in the country to provide a “strategic broadening seminar” for U.S. Army officers, warrant officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians, KU recently announced. 
KU receives grant to study student information systems
March 26, 2015
Kansas University is looking to see whether the software that public schools use to track student information is being used effectively.
KU visiting artist Lynne Yamamoto to lecture at Spencer Museum
March 25, 2015
Installation artist Lynne Yamamoto will give a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Four Kansas University juniors nominated for Udall Scholarship
March 24, 2015
Four Kansas University juniors have been nominated to receive Udall Foundation scholarships, the university said in a release.
Report: KU should offer benefits to employees’ domestic partners
05:55 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Especially because Kansas University policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, KU should provide domestic partner benefits to employees, a new report says. KU “continues to discriminate against KU faculty and employees with domestic partners,” the report states. “Further, Kansas state statutes and Board of Regents’ policy have not changed in this regard over time and thus set the tone for discriminatory practice.” By Sara Shepherd
KU names new architecture dean
01:29 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Kansas University has hired a new dean for the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Mahesh Daas, professor and chairman of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University, will start the job June 15, KU announced Monday.
KU physicists working on part for relaunch of world’s largest particle collider
March 23, 2015
Kansas University physicists are racing the clock to complete their part of the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, on the cusp of restarting collisions again after a two-year hiatus for upgrades. And KU’s research involves a very large part: a machine weighing more than 14,000 metric tons, which is one of four particle detectors located around the 27-kilometer particle accelerator. By Sara Shepherd
Radical political literature collection, cited as one of nation’s best, marks 50 years at KU
March 21, 2015
I’d rather be killing communists in Central America Bring America back to God! Fluoridation … Is it morally right? People of America have some extreme political beliefs. One of the country’s best collections of material reflecting those beliefs is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Kansas University. The Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at the Spencer Research Library has more than 100,000 items, from bumper stickers and posters emblazoned with the messages above, to books about extremist movements. By Sara Shepherd
When Louis Armstrong played KU
KPR to air unbroadcast recording of 1957 ‘Satchmo’ gig
March 21, 2015
Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas University men’s basketball team may have lost the national championship in heartbreaking fashion on March 23, 1957, but the team and KU fans were still treated to a night they’ll never forget thanks to a legendary jazz musician.
Kansas Senate passes bill requiring university prospectuses
March 20, 2015
Kansas universities would be required to publicize information on their graduates’ average salaries, student loan debt and employment under a bill approved by the state Senate.
KU alumnus, longtime supporter Mike Shinn dies
March 18, 2015
Kansas University alumnus and longtime supporter Mike Shinn died Monday in his hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, officials said.
Jayhawks are nation’s second-most valuable college basketball team, study says
03:14 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
In the a national tournament to decide college basketball’s most valuable team, Kansas University isn’t the national champion, but it appears to be closing in. The KU Jayhawks are worth $35.4 million, making them the second most valuable team in the country, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rankings published this week. By Sara Shepherd
Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU
March 14, 2015
Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming “The 1968 Miami Pop Festival,” will celebrate their book’s launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
KU forum seeks solutions to racism on campus
March 13, 2015
On the last day of classes before spring break, the Kansas University campus was mostly quiet Friday afternoon. One exception was at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, where about 100 people gathered for a racism forum.
KU students host forum about offensive Rock Chalk Revue character
March 12, 2015
To guide the forum, “I’m not Paco,” Marilynn Chavez wrote a prompt on the white board at the Kansas University Office of Multicultural Affairs: “I feel this way … because …” A stream of frustrated and disappointed words followed. By Rochelle Valverde
KU researcher discovers Neanderthals made jewelry
March 12, 2015
Kansas University announced Wednesday that researcher David Frayer discovered that some Neanderthals were cognitively advanced enough to make jewelry. Frayer published the discovery in collaboration with three Croatian archaeologists in the journal PLOS ONE.
KU graduate programs ranked in top 10 by U.S. News and World Report
06:44 p.m., March 11, 2015 Updated 10:36 p.m.
Ten Kansas University graduate specialties or schools are in the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best Graduate Schools Rankings released this week.
KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis
March 11, 2015
Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.
KU research spending has biggest four years ever, but prognosis not good
01:53 p.m., March 10, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Kansas University on Tuesday reported good news and bad news about research funding.
KU’s Monarch Watch studying rare white butterflies
06:01 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:33 p.m.
When it comes to butterflies, it takes a lot to shock Orley “Chip” Taylor, director of Kansas University’s Monarch Watch on West Campus. But when Taylor first noticed two white mutants among monarch butterflies that his students were raising, he was taken aback.
New KU Hospital building planned to accommodate fast-growing areas
04:47 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:32 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on a new building that will add almost 100 beds to the hospital’s capacity, helping meet demand in fast-growing areas: neurosciences and surgical oncology. The $280 million Cambridge North Patient Tower is going up at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, Kan., just northeast of the existing hospital buildings. By Sara Shepherd
KU professor: Fixation on ‘60s prevails, but today’s racial injustices require new backdrop to understand
March 8, 2015
The civil rights movement of the 1960s was rife with heroes, villains and drama. Racism was outright. Blacks were explicitly excluded — often in writing — from facets of society. Those problems were clear and tangible. It’s no wonder the era has made for compelling books and movies, such as the recently released award-winning film, “Selma.” It’s also no wonder that the events of the ’60s weigh heavily in civil rights conversations of today. But in a new book, a KU associate professor argues they weigh too heavily. By Sara Shepherd
KU names new Men of Merit
10:44 a.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 02:20 p.m.
The 2015 Kansas University Men of Merit have been announced.
Debate continues over procedure for social media policy violations
06:35 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 02:37 p.m.
The Kansas University Senate is still trying to agree on a written procedure for what happens when a KU employee is accused of violating the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy. By Sara Shepherd
KU ROTC cadets catch ride on Black Hawk helicopters
03:17 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Kansas University Army ROTC cadets got a lift to Fort Riley on Thursday on a squadron of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Six of the helicopters flew in formation over campus at 11:30 a.m. and landed at Shenk Recreational Sports Complex, where cadets — who marched to the fields from the Military Science Building on KU’s main campus — boarded and flew to Fort Riley for weekend training. By Sara Shepherd
English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus
06:40 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd
KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school
05:47 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
A budget subcommittee of the Kansas Senate is proposing to transfer funding for Kansas University’s Lawrence campus to the KU Medical Center to expand its residency program in Wichita that trains doctors to practice in rural areas. The full Ways and Means Committee will consider that proposal Thursday. By Peter Hancock
Rock Chalk Revue annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday
12:08 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Kansas University’s student-run annual fundraising event, “Rock Chalk Revue,” returns to the Lied Center this week with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU
March 3, 2015
Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said she believes there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures.
KU Dining director wins ‘Academy Award’ of collegiate foodservice
01:53 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Nona Golledge credits staying on top of dining trends and “leading from the heart” with making her Kansas University Dining Services team a forerunner in university dining. Golledge, KU Dining director since 2006, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2015 International Food Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award in the Colleges and Universities category. By Sara Shepherd