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KU alumnus, expert in ancient DNA returning as Foundation Distinguished Professor
09:21 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
A Kansas University graduate who went on to become a leading scholar of migration and settlement of the Americas is coming back to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor. Dennis O’Rourke, professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, will join KU’s Department of Anthropology in January 2016, KU announced Monday.
KU hires leading sociology professors to establish center for immigration studies
09:00 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
Kansas University is hiring two top sociologists as Foundation Distinguished Professors and to lead the creation of a new center focused on migration and immigration studies. Victor Agadjanian and Cecilia Menjívar, both distinguished professors at Arizona State University, will start in KU’s department of sociology this fall, KU announced. By Sara Shepherd
Spencer Museum to host ‘Last Look’ events before closing for renovations
03:40 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
With renovations slated for May, the Spencer Museum of Art is giving guests the chance to take a last look at the galleries with a series of programming that will culminate in a closing party April 12.
New ‘all gender’ restroom signs at KU rec center welcome all
March 29, 2015
If you are not a woman, and you are not a man — or at least don’t identify yourself as either — which public restroom do you go in? At KU’s Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center you can avoid the conundrum by choosing one of the newly labeled “all gender” restrooms. By Sara Shepherd
KU’s multi-choir ‘Joy of Singing’ concert this Thursday
March 29, 2015
Kansas University’s School of Music will host a multi-choir concert Thursday at the Lied Center, the school said in a release.
Hundreds of KU class notes for sale online, but buyer — and seller — beware
March 28, 2015
David Alexander wasn’t shocked when he heard last week that notes from his anatomy lectures were for sale on the internet. At the same time, he wasn’t OK with it. Multiple students’ versions of Biology 240 notes are among hundreds if not thousands of pages of KU class notes for sale on for-profit websites that encourage students to upload their own notes to make money and download other students’ notes to study. By Sara Shepherd
Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series
March 28, 2015
After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.
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.

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