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KU researchers discover new lizard species for sale on Manila’s blackmarket
January 25, 2015
Kansas University’s resident reptile expert and fellow researchers routinely trudge through rainforests overturning leaves and combing streambeds to find live specimens. But that’s not where Rafe Brown and his team first encountered two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard. Instead, their first glimpse of the reptiles was at pet shops in the Philippines — where they say the country’s rampant blackmarket trade in exotic animals threatens its ecosystem. By Sara Shepherd
Sexual violence and related complaints doubled at KU in 2014
03:25 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Kansas University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access received almost twice as many complaints in 2014 than the previous year, and more than two-thirds of the new cases relate to Title IX. During a presentation Friday to KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force, IOA executive director Jane McQueeny said her office received 85 complaints in 2013 and 169 complaints in 2014. By Sara Shepherd
Epitome’ of storytellers chosen for KU national journalism award
11:15 a.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Bob Dotson, an NBC News correspondent best known for his long-running series “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” will receive the 2015 William Allen White Foundation National Citation, Kansas University announced Friday.
Obama at KU: Some university community members came for the issues, others for the show
07:10 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
To be sure, President Barack Obama’s star power was the driving force behind many Kansas University community members who flocked to see him speak Thursday on campus. But plenty of students, administrators and professors were there for the issues, too.
Late KU history professor receives prestigious honor from Polish government
06:15 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Polish dignitaries were on the Kansas University campus Thursday to posthumously award one of Poland’s highest honors to the late Anna Cienciala, who was professor of history and Eastern European studies at Kansas University from 1965 until her retirement in 2002.
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.
Why were ticket holders turned away from Obama’s speech at KU? President was in the building
04:01 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Dozens of people who had tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at Kansas University were turned away at the door, starting about an hour before Obama took the podium. The facility wasn’t over capacity, organizers say. Rather, the day’s schedule fluctuates to accommodate the President’s movements, and at that time the President was in the building.
President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU on Thursday
January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday night in advance of a speech he will deliver on the Kansas University campus Thursday.
Select KU, Haskell students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event
04:06 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited … for everything that’s to come in the future.”
New research administrator starts job at KU Medical Center
01:50 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Jamie Caldwell is the new associate vice chancellor for research administration of Kansas University Medical Center and executive director of KU Medical Center Research Institute, KU announced Wednesday.
KU to offer much-demanded minor in Spanish
12:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Starting in fall 2015, students will be able to minor in Spanish at Kansas University. KU announced the approval of the highly anticipated Spanish minor on Tuesday, calling it a “new pathway for students to complement their degrees with skills in foreign language.”
Thousands in Lawrence brave lines for ‘golden ticket’ to Obama’s speech
11:28 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
For admission to what several described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thousands of Kansas University students got up early and stood in line a long time. “He’s the president,” said law student Brian Vanorsby, who arrived at 4 a.m. and was second in line. “I can say I was in the same room as him — a big room, but the same nonetheless.” Free-but-limited tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech at KU, set for Thursday morning at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, were made available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd
President Obama to speak Thursday morning at KU; tickets available Tuesday
11:48 a.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s visit to Kansas University will be highlighted by public remarks Thursday at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, the White House announced Monday.
KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority
January 17, 2015
Kansas University hopes the Legislature will find another $3.9 million a year to offset lower-than-projected revenue for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which the university runs in western Kansas as part of its continuing education program. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall this year, that’s a tall order. But KU and center leaders say not getting the money could put the center at risk for defaulting on bond payments and force “catastrophic program and personnel cuts.” By Sara Shepherd
Football-player-turned-poet gains attention with ‘Welcome to KU
January 17, 2015
Traditions Night, August 2013: It had been nearly 14 years since Christopher Enneking’s last game at Kansas University’s Kivisto Field, where he played offensive lineman for the Jayhawks from 1995 to 1999. That night he had returned not to play football but to recite a poem to incoming freshmen. By Joanna Hlavacek
President Obama to visit Lawrence next week
06:44 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 08:11 p.m.
President Barack Obama is coming to Lawrence next week, the White House has announced. The president will visit Kansas University on Thursday “to discuss the themes he’ll lay out in his State of the Union address,” White House spokesman Keith Maley told the Journal-World on Friday night. “Our community will be honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said Friday night.
Lawrence to host several events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
06:09 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Many Lawrence institutions will host events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honoring the iconic civil rights leader. Scattered around town and spanning from Monday through Jan. 30, many of the events aim to raise awareness of civil rights issues.
KU’s new multimillion-dollar jet takes off
01:16 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas University’s new airplane is now in the skies. The new plane — purchased with a gift from KU Endowment — has been delivered to KU and has already taken its first trips. By Sara Shepherd
Surveyor creates first detailed geological map of Dickinson County
11:00 a.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A new full-color geologic map of Dickinson County showing rocks that transition from the Flint Hills to the Smoky Hills, as well as the broad Smoky Hill River valley and adjacent sand hills, is available from the Kansas Geological Survey, based at Kansas University.
Even faculty get writer’s block; Day of Writing offers boost
January 15, 2015
When Hsin-Ying Chiu finds extra time in the day, the Kansas University assistant professor of physics is less likely to sit down and write than knock out other tasks. Responding to email is easier and preparing the next day’s lectures more pressing. “You can always find something different to do,” Chiu said. The KU Writing Center gets that. By Sara Shepherd
KU hires new director of student conduct
January 15, 2015
Kansas University has hired a new man to oversee adjudication of nonacademic misconduct by individuals and organizations. Lance Watson, a KU graduate, starts Feb. 23 as the university’s new director of student conduct and community standards, KU announced Thursday.
KU announces interim dean of liberal arts and sciences
04:12 p.m., January 14, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
Kansas University geology professor Don Steeples has been named interim dean of liberal arts and sciences, KU announced Wednesday.
KU asks for feedback on innovation, economic development
10:06 a.m., January 14, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Kansas University is asking students and staff for feedback about KU innovation and economic development activities.
KU announces Paul Kelton as new associate dean for humanities
09:38 a.m., January 14, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
A Kansas University associate professor of history and self-described “champion of the humanities” will be the university’s next associate dean for humanities.
Kansas University Cancer Center receives $2.5 million contribution
03:09 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
The Kansas University Hospital Authority Board announced it will contribute a total of $2.5 million to support research at the KU Cancer Center.
Court upholds expulsion of KU law student over criminal past
02:21 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:02 p.m.
A federal appeals court has upheld the expulsion of a student at the Kansas University School of Law who lied about his criminal history on his application.
KU Medical Center gets $1 million gift commitment after live-saving care provided
12:18 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 11:34 a.m.
A former Kansas University professor and his wife have made a commitment to donate $1 million to the KU Medical Center.
KU hires new vice chancellor for research
11:14 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
James Tracy, who was the University of Kentucky’s vice president of research, has been named Kansas University’s vice chancellor for research.
KU law professor argues before U.S. Supreme Court
11:47 a.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, arguing on behalf of more than 20 states, including Kansas, in a case involving alleged price fixing of natural gas and authority between state and federal governments, KU spokesman Mike Krings said.
Near completion, new system for instructing students with cognitive disabilities to ‘radically change education’
January 11, 2015
A project funded by one of the largest research grants in Kansas University history that aims to change education for students with severe cognitive disabilities is nearing completion. By Elliot Hughes

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