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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
Spencer Museum to host Rocket Grants event, Lawrence Inside Out
January 10, 2015
Artists interested in applying for a Rocket Grant — a program that supports innovative projects outside traditional art venues — are invited to attend a launch and review event at the Spencer Museum of Art from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18
Famous buildings, forgotten pasts: KU stadium, union are memorials to university’s casualties of WWI
06:43 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
Two of Kansas University’s most trafficked buildings were constructed as memorials to KU’s casualties of World War I. As the Great War marks its 100th anniversary most of the tens of thousands of fans packing Memorial Stadium each fall, or the thousands of students and visitors flowing through the Kansas Memorial Union each day, don’t know the buildings’ significance — which is one reason KU hasn’t constructed buildings as memorials since. By Sara Shepherd
State lawmakers share their outlook on legislative session with KU employees
03:01 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
Lawrence-area state legislators visited the Kansas University campus Thursday for a brown-bag lunch with members of the KU unclassified and support staff senates. Legislators all expressed support of state employees, including the ones at KU, but none was optimistic that the state’s budget had big improvements in store for them this year. By Sara Shepherd
KU hospital among 11 penalized in Kansas
08:44 a.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 08:00 a.m.
Kansas University Hospital representatives say a study resulting in cuts to its Medicare payments relied on old data and flawed methodology, and was particularly unfair to academic hospitals.
KU professors discuss deadly terrorist attack at Paris newspaper
02:23 p.m., January 7, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Sadly, Kansas University professor Don Haider-Markel will have fresh material when students arrive in his Extremist Groups and Government Response class later this month. Wednesday’s shooting that killed a dozen people at the Paris office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will probably be one of the first example cases he discusses, he said. Haider-Markel is a professor of political science whose specialty is public policy, including counter-terrorism. He shared reactions to the Paris killings Wednesday, along with KU’s Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the School of Law. By Sara Shepherd
KU announces new dean of social welfare
09:00 a.m., January 7, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
A distinguished social work professor with a track record in research fundraising will be Kansas University’s next dean of the School of Social Welfare, KU announced Wednesday. Paul Smokowski, Distinguished Foundation Professor in Child and Adolescent Resilience in the Arizona State University School of Social Work, will start July 1.
Road trip seeks to connect KU pharmacy students with independently owned pharmacies
January 7, 2015
The idea of one day owning and operating his own pharmacy appeals to Kansas University pharmacy student Jace Moore. “There’s not a bunch of overhead; you have a lot more autonomy,” he said. And, “It seems like you have a little more flexibility to do what’s best for the patient.” Wednesday through Friday, Moore will be among 18 KU pharmacy students on a tour to visit independently owned pharmacies in central and western Kansas. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime Lawrence teacher, doer of social justice dies
05:19 p.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 09:38 p.m.
Forrest Swall not only taught social justice, he lived it. The longtime Kansas University assistant professor, former state legislator and advocate for numerous social causes died Dec. 30 at his Lawrence home from complications of lymphoma and leukemia. He was 83. By Sara Shepherd
KU alumni, employees of Wichita firm raise $300K for new business school
09:21 a.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 09:38 p.m.
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife helped raise more than $300,000 toward the construction of the new KU School of Business building, KU announced Tuesday.
Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery
January 4, 2015
A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd
KU Office of Multicultural Affairs program aids student’s success
January 3, 2015
When Sara Anees arrived at Kansas University her freshman year, she said she didn’t know anyone and was unsure where she would fit in.
Eastern Kansas universites work to improve retention and graduation
January 3, 2015
Eastern Kansas universities are using new methods to more quickly identify at-risk students and get them the help they need, part of a larger effort to improve retention and graduation rates. Ann Cudd, vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at Kansas University, said the retention and progress of students is a key concern. “It’s important not only that students come back after their first year, which is what the retention rate measures, but also that they come back as sophomores if possible, so in other words that they also progress as they’re moving forward,” Cudd said.
KU professor questions effort to list monarchs as threatened
January 2, 2015
Some advocates for endangered species cheered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement this week that it would take steps to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. But at Kansas University, one of the country’s leading Monarch butterfly scientists and the founder of Monarch Watch was more circumspect about government involvement. By Karen Dillon
KU researchers to study prairie chickens
January 2, 2015
Kansas University has a $2.1 million contract to study the lesser prairie chicken.
Kansas University announces fall 2014 candidates for degrees
January 2, 2015
Kansas University announces area fall graduates for 2014.
KU SafeRide to operate tonight
December 31, 2014
KU SafeRide will be offering rides from 10:30 p.m. today through 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
Annual groundwater measurements keep tabs on levels in Western Kansas
December 29, 2014
As groundwater levels in western Kansas continue to decline, the Kansas Geological Survey’s upcoming annual measurement effort will help determine exactly how much water is being lost. The Kansas Geological Survey, based at Kansas University, plans to measure groundwater levels in 569 wells Jan. 2 through Jan. 6 across 15 western Kansas counties.
Looking good: Branding KU is job of new marketing director
December 25, 2014
When it comes to selling Kansas University — to potential students, faculty, donors and others — looks do matter. Making sure KU has the right look is Gerald Holland’s job. By Sara Shepherd
KU professor victim in fatal K-10 crash
08:34 p.m., December 24, 2014 Updated 12:51 p.m.
A 63-year-old Lawrence man died Tuesday after crashing his Mazda SUV head-on into a semi-trailer truck, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s online crash log.
Making a list: Professors share Christmas wishes for KU
December 24, 2014
Should Santa visit Kansas University this year, he’ll find professors and administrators with a variety of wishes on their lists. We asked a handful of them what they’d like for Christmas. Here’s what they said.
KU Hospital lauds study affirming treatment for serious strokes
December 21, 2014
When someone suffers a stroke, time is of the essence in preventing disability, or death. In addition to the standard clot-busting drugs, Kansas University Hospital has been attacking strokes with catheters to vacuum or snare out clots in the brain for a decade. A new medical journal article lauding the practice as effective in treating serious strokes came as no surprise but was still exciting news to KU doctors. By Sara Shepherd
KU student with disability adapts to campus life
December 20, 2014
Ricky Hernandez made his Kansas University debut as a stand-up comedian recently — in his wheelchair. It didn’t start well. At first he couldn’t find the dormitory buddy who’d been helping with his routine. Then Hernandez, who’d been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, discovered that his cellphone had died. He couldn’t call his buddy to see where he was. And the student union recharging station didn’t have a cord that fit his phone, The Kansas City Star reported.
Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty 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 Kansas University student his legs.
KU center releases report saying state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved
December 18, 2014
The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, a newly released report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence indicates.
KU puts fraternity on probation for sexual misconduct as investigations into multiple alleged perpetrators, victims continue
December 17, 2014
Kansas University placed a fraternity on probation for two years, saying it violated the KU code by engaging in sexual misconduct. The action, announced Wednesday, caps KU’s current investigation of Kappa Sigma as an organization. But the university and police continue to investigate multiple individuals thought to have victimized multiple women. By Sara Shepherd