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KU architecture students to demonstrate how to create a ‘better block’
April 23, 2014
Imagine bike lanes separated from traffic by natural barriers, cafe seating on the street where parking spots usually are, artists and vendors selling their wares outdoors — all in a residential neighborhood. A group of Kansas University architectural students wants to help Lawrence residents envision what a “better block” such as this one might look like. As part of Final Fridays, the students will be introducing their project, Better Block Lawrence, to the community from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Ninth Street between Connecticut and New Jersey streets. By Giles Bruce
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KU forum will look at academic freedom and social media
April 24, 2014
An April 27 panel will explore academic freedom and responsibility in an age of rising social media. The panel is hosted by the Joint Council of Kansas Distinguished Professors and the Kansas University Provost’s office.
KU group creating videos to raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment on campus
April 21, 2014
Students at Kansas University have been pushing for more innovative training on sexual assault on campus. A group dedicated to the issue is working to produce short videos — no longer than a television commercial — to educate KU students on sensitive topics connected to sexual assault and relationship violence. They hope the videos will be ready to be shown at the fall semester’s Hawk Week. By Ben Unglesbee
Senegalese woman has conquered numerous obstacles to study at KU, student teach in Lawrence; can she overcome one more?
April 21, 2014
Ndeye Mbaye has conquered numerous obstacles to study at Kansas University and student teach in Lawrence. But, with her visa set to expire soon, can she overcome one more? By Giles Bruce
New international recruitment program draws questions from faculty and students
April 21, 2014
Kansas University has teamed up with a private startup to create a new three-semester program meant to provide an intensive first-year experience for international students. The university has said the program will increase international student enrollment and student success. Faculty and students have questioned whether it is the best approach to international student recruitment. By Ben Unglesbee
KU’s Wakarusa Trio wins a top prize in Chamber Music Competition
April 20, 2014
The Wakarusa Trio, comprised of clarinetist Puyin Bai, violist Shokhrukh Sadikov and pianist Kai Yin Crystal Lam, recently won a $4,000 prize at the 68th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
KU to host ‘March for a Voice’ event to raise sexual assault awareness
April 18, 2014
On April 23, Kansas University will host a “March for a Voice,” which will proceed from Stauffer-Flint to the Kansas Union. The march is meant to promote reporting of sexual assault. The is open to the community.
KU anthropology professor wins Guggenheim fellowship
April 18, 2014
Arienne Dwyer, a Kansas University professor of anthropology, was named a 2014 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Dwyer will use the award to work on a book about the languages of Inner Asia.
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
KU symposium looks at the world after Brown v. Board
April 17, 2014
A series of panels and talks at Kansas University looked at the effects Brown v. Board of Education had on the world and on the lingering effects of discrimination and racism. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who was the defendant in an affirmative action case that went to the Supreme Court, gave the symposium’s keynote address. The events were sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities. By Ben Unglesbee Read more: Take a trip through time and explore the events, including other milestones, that led up to the landmark decision. Sixty years later: Brown v. Board of Education By Hannah Wise
Photographer Mark Klett to deliver two lectures this week
April 17, 2014
Renowned photographer Mark Klett will be speaking on his collection of work at two events at Kansas University this week. The first is a Hallmark Symposium Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art today.
Former Defense Dept interrogator recounts hunt for Saddam Hussein
April 16, 2014
Eric Maddox, an interrogator with the U.S. Department of Defense who gathered intelligence that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, spoke at the Lied Center as part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial lecture series. By Ben Unglesbee
Regents chairman advises university leaders to show restraint in upcoming tuition proposals
April 16, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday told higher education officials they should hold the line on tuition this year. By Scott Rothschild
Distinguished professors to host panels on social media and academic freedom
April 16, 2014
An April 27 panel at the Kansas Union will look at the role of academic freedom in an age of ubiquitous social media. The event is hosted by the Joint Council of Kansas Distinguished Professors and panels will feature speakers active in the discussion around the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy.
KU professor and Lawrence school board member named dean of Utah architecture school
10:19 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 10:48 a.m.
Keith Diaz Moore, a Kansas University associate professor and department chair of architecture was named dean of the University of Utah’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Moore will begin in the position August 1.
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.