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More than 30 high school bands to play during KU Band Day
September 12, 2014
More than 30 high school bands from Kansas and Missouri will participate next week in the 67th annual Kansas University Band Day.
KU chancellor announces steps aimed at more effective response to sexual assaults
05:48 p.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday announced several steps that she said were aimed at developing “more effective solutions for preventing and responding to sexual assault.” The announcement comes amid mounting criticism from some students that KU has failed to seriously address the issue of sexual violence on campus. By Scott Rothschild
Monarch Watch fall open house set for Saturday
September 11, 2014
The Monarch Watch fall open house takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Foley Hall, 2021 Constant Ave., on Kansas University’s west campus.
Author Hagedorn discusses growth of private military security companies
September 11, 2014
Ann Hagedorn said Thursday she is not taking sides but wants the public to know about the explosive growth of private security companies that are embedded in conflicts around the world.
Hall Center directorship receives endowment
September 10, 2014
Victor Bailey, the director of Kansas University’s Hall Center for the Humanities, received an Endowed Directorship honor on Wednesday.
Kansas legislative panel endorses KU’s capital improvement plan
September 10, 2014
A state legislative committee gave its blessing Wednesday to Kansas University’s capital improvement plan, which calls for $92 million in construction projects next year. Most of the funding will come from private gifts and university funds, but some will require state appropriations. By Peter Hancock
First-ever Torah scroll written in Lawrence to be started at Sunday ceremony
September 10, 2014
The Jewish community in Lawrence will have a special opportunity to buy a letter in a Torah scroll and see it written at a Torah-writing ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chabad Center, 1203 W. 19th St.
Career Fair set for next week at KU
September 10, 2014
Recruiters from more than 130 employers are expected next week at the Kansas University School of Business 2014 Career Fair.
College of Liberal Arts names distinguished alumni
September 10, 2014
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected three graduates for its Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award for 2014-15. The honorees are William Fisher, a geologist; Edgar Heap of Birds, an artist; and Sharon Lee, founding physician and director of a nonprofit health clinic.
Hundreds turn out for KU sexual assault forum; student group demands investigation
11:33 a.m., September 9, 2014 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Frustrations with the culture surrounding sexual assault and how it is investigated at Kansas University reached a new level Tuesday, with more than 200 people gathering at a public forum and a student group decrying the school as unsafe. By Elliot Hughes and Scott Rothschild
KU slips a few notches in U.S. News & World Report ranking of best colleges
09:57 a.m., September 9, 2014 Updated 01:40 p.m.
Kansas University slipped a few notches in this year’s U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The often-cited report, released Tuesday, ranked KU in a tie for 106th among national universities, which is down from 101st last year. KU was tied for 50th among public universities, down from 47th last year. By Scott Rothschild
Couple donate ranch, $2 million to KU
September 8, 2014
A future commitment of a 120-acre ranch and $2 million gift to maintain and enhance the northeast Kansas property has been made to Kansas University and the KU Endowment.
KU to host anti-bullying meeting
September 8, 2014
State, national and international scholars on anti-bullying policies will participate in a meeting Sept. 18-19 at Kansas University.
KU Baby Lab seeks to understand childhood brain development
September 8, 2014
At the KU Baby Lab at the university’s Edwards Campus, researchers are studying how early attention skills in social settings impact language development later in life. The results of the five-year study could eventually reveal early warning signs of autism. By Giles Bruce
Civil rights poetry project receives grant
September 7, 2014
The Kansas University’s project on the History of Black Writing will continue to study the influence of the Civil Rights era on African-American poetry with its recent $156,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.
KU student taken by helicopter to hospital after being struck by vehicle on campus
04:16 p.m., September 6, 2014 Updated 08:57 p.m.
A Kansas University student suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to KU Hospital Saturday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle on campus.
BTBC wins competitive award
September 5, 2014
Kansas University’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center received a $50,000 federal grant for its role as a business accelerator and economic engine for northeast Kansas, officials reported Friday.
KU chancellor responds to criticism about rape investigation
12:18 p.m., September 4, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday sought to calm criticism that the school failed to enact strong enough punishment against a student accused of rape. “The university’s administration, faculty, and staff have a responsibility to create an environment where everyone feels safe,” Gray-Little said in an email to students, faculty and staff. By Scott Rothschild
University Theatre students to perform ‘Electra’ this Saturday
September 3, 2014
It’s safe to say putting together the University Theatre production of Sophocles’ “Electra” was all Greek to the students. Not only did they speed-learn a play, but a new language, says director Dennis Christilles.
KU campus rape allegation under review by district attorney
September 3, 2014
District Attorney Charles Branson says his office will take another look at the possibility of filing charges in an alleged Kansas University campus rape after receiving new information related to the case. The 20-year-old victim, in a recent interview with the Journal-World, said she was raped in October in Lewis Hall, where she and her alleged attacker both lived. Then a freshman, she said she went to a party with him, drank heavily and returned to his room, where he had sex with her and continued after she asked him to stop. By Sara Shepherd
27 selected for KU’s Women of Distinction calendar
September 3, 2014
The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has announced 27 honorees for the 2014-15 Women of Distinction calendar.
KU hires lead psychometrician
September 3, 2014
Kansas University’s Achievement and Assessment Institute has hired Scott Bishop to serve as the lead psychometrician for the institute’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.
KU governance officials considering procedures in cases of alleged improper use of social media
September 2, 2014
A draft plan that would govern procedures dealing with Kansas University faculty or staff accused of the improper use of social media was questioned Tuesday by several members of the University Senate Executive Committee. By Scott Rothschild
KU mourns professor emeritus of film and media studies
September 2, 2014
Ed Small, professor emeritus of film and media studies at Kansas University, has died at his home in Lawrence. He was 74. Small was an award-winning film-maker and scholar whose work centered on experimental and documentary films.
Leadership transition underway at KU’s Higuchi Biosciences Center
September 2, 2014
After 25 years in the role, the director of Kansas University’s Higuchi Biosciences Center is stepping down, the university announced Tuesday.
Private giving for KU reaches $253.2 million
09:08 a.m., September 2, 2014 Updated 01:15 p.m.
Contributions to Kansas University are coming in at a record pace, soaring to $253.2 million in the last fiscal year, a 45 percent increase over the previous year. Officials on Tuesday attributed the increase to an improving economy, major projects and a continuing high-profile fundraising effort.
KU Hospital opposes changes to the way transplant livers are distributed
September 1, 2014
Physicians from Kansas University Hospital are worried about proposed changes that would affect the way transplant livers are distributed in the United States. A national transplant liver committee recently recommended a reduction in the number of organ sharing districts in the country to lessen the geographic disparity in available livers. KU Hospital physicians, however, say the change would transfer the organs from areas, like the Midwest, that have been successful in encouraging and carrying out liver donations to those that have not.
KU anthropologist involved in research showing newly discovered migration wave to the Arctic
August 31, 2014
A clump of hair belonging to a human who lived approximately 4,000 years ago has helped lead researchers, including a Kansas University genetic expert, on the trail of a newly discovered wave of people who migrated to the Arctic. By Scott Rothschild
K-State offers its first MOOC; KU not interested
August 28, 2014
Kansas State University announced Thursday that it is joining the flurry of schools offering “Massive Open Online Courses” that are broadening access to higher education.
Kansas University Police begin using body-mounted cameras
August 28, 2014
As Kansas University students returned to campus on Monday, the KU Police Department began using body-mounted cameras to record interactions during patrol shifts, KUPD Captain James Anguiano said.