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Bales Artist Series to welcome organ department chair for recital
April 6, 2014
David Higgs will perform an organ recital on Kansas University’s campus on April 11 as part of the Bales Artist Series.
KU responds to graduate students about work hours, some still worried
April 5, 2014
In March hundreds of Kansas University graduate students signed petitions asking administrators not to reduce their work hours at campus jobs, an option under consideration as the university determines how to comply with healthcare reform.
Social media policy group mulling likely reaction from regents
April 4, 2014
The work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents controversial policy on social media has put the final touches on a recommendation for a replacement policy. The group has dropped the disciplinary language of the current policy and will instead ask the regents to replace it with an advisory policy. Some worry the new policy is too far from the original, though campus reactions have been largely positive. By Ben Unglesbee
KU asks court to dismiss lawsuit from professor
10:12 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 04:09 p.m.
The University of Kansas is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a former professor who claims its School of Medicine retaliated for his assertion that the university misappropriated federal research grants.
Antarctic trench named after CReSIS director
April 2, 2014
The director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets recently had a Antarctic trench named after him. The “Gogineni Subglacial Trench” lies under nearly two miles of ice in Antarctica and took its namesake from the man who helped identify it.
KU to host forum on parking issues
April 2, 2014
The Kansas University Parking and Transit department will host an open forum at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union to discuss possible rate increases for next year as well as potential future changes to the parking system at the university.
KU engineering students represent U.S. in international innovation challenge
April 2, 2014
On Saturday, KU engineering students Emily Thompson and Jeff Hoffman left for Dusseldorf, Germany, where they are competing in the final stage of the Henkel Innovation Challenge organized by Henkel AG & Co., a global manufacturer of adhesives, cosmetics, and other chemical products. There, they will present their idea for an adhesive that can be turned on and off through the use of nanotechnology. By Nikki Wentling
Four KU juniors finalists for Truman scholarships
April 2, 2014
Four Kansas University juniors have entered the final rounds of selection for the 2014 Truman scholarships, which provide $30,000 toward graduate school for college students who plan to enter careers of public service.
Nobel laureate gives speech on morally questionable markets
April 1, 2014
Nobel laureate Alvin Roth appeared in front of over 200 people at the Lied Center Tuesday to analyze the marketplaces for certain goods where the presence of money often throws up moral red flags in the general public.
KU business school releases designs of new building
April 1, 2014
On Monday the Kansas University School of Business released designs showing the interior and exterior of the building that will replace Summerfield Hall as the school’s home in fall 2016. Designs call for 19 classrooms, 202 offices, a 350-seat auditorium and a 125-seat auditorium, plus labs, a business incubator and spaces for student collaborations, research, industry partnerships and professional development, according to the school. By Ben Unglesbee
ROTC exercise will bring Black Hawk helicopters to Lawrence
April 1, 2014
On Thursday Black Hawk helicopters fill land at the Shenk Sports complex at Iowa Street and CLinton Parkway to pick up Kansas University ROTC cadets for a training exercise. The exercise will be the first time many of the cadets have ever flown in a military aircraft.
Longtime high school teacher endows new student funds at KU
March 31, 2014
Lavon Brasseau, who taught for 29 years in high schools in Atwood, Coffeyville, and Concordia, established three $50,000 funds at Kansas University to support student education at the Spencer Museum of Art and the University Honors Program.
KU’s vice chancellor of research to step down
March 31, 2014
Kansas University Vice Chancellor of Research Steve Warren announced Monday that he would step down from his position to return to research and teaching. Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty development, will serve as interim vice chancellor for research beginning May 19.
KU biologist suggests ethanol mandate, climate caused dramatic monarch decline
March 31, 2014
When filling up at the gas station with ethanol, drivers may think they’re helping the environment. Orley “Chip” Taylor, biologist and director of Kansas University’s Monarch Watch, disagrees. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act set a national goal of producing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels such as ethanol by 2022, causing corn and soybean production to soar and farmers to turn wild prairie into cropland. In the process, Taylor said, the majority of monarch habitats were destroyed. By Caitlin V. Doornbos
KU to honor faculty’s 2013 literary achievements
March 28, 2014
Kansas University will host the 12th annual Celebration of Books from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hall Center for Humanities, 1891 Constance Ave. The event honors the published work of faculty from the humanities, social sciences and arts.
Two more finalists for vice provost of diversity to visit KU next week
March 28, 2014
Kansas University has announced the third and fourth finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity, who will visit campus next week to give presentations and take questions from the community.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Harriet Lerner to speak at KU Social Work Day
March 28, 2014
Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. and clinical psychologist and author Harriet Lerner will give keynote speeches at the Kansas University School of Social Welfare’s annual alumni event, Social Work Day.
KU bans e-cigarettes from campus buildings
March 27, 2014
Electronic cigarette users at Kansas University now must go outside and get at least 20 feet away from buildings to light up on campus, just like smokers of traditional cigarettes. By Sara Shepherd
KU startup presents cancer-fighting technology to angel investors in Washington
March 27, 2014
A Kansas University startup has a big opportunity this week: Sharing its story at a convention for people with a lot of money looking for businesses to invest in. HylaPharm, which specializes in cancer drug delivery technology, is the first KU company to be invited to the Angel Capital Association Summit Innovation Showcase. By Sara Shepherd
KU chancellor upholds students’ elimination of athletics fee but creates new fees in its place
03:41 p.m., March 27, 2014 Updated 07:58 p.m.
Kansas University students no longer will pay a $25-per-semester athletics fee, after the chancellor agreed to uphold a Student Senate vote eliminating it. However, beginning this fall two different fees will be instated in its place. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined her actions in a letter delivered today to the Student Senate. By Sara Shepherd
KU Natural History Museum takes community members ‘behind the glass’ of famous panorama
March 26, 2014
Several dozen members of the Lawrence community got to take a look “behind the glass” at the Kansas University Natural History Museum panorama Wednesday night. Not literally, of course — that would require a hazmat suit. Attendees of the public lecture at the KU Commons did get to learn more about the history and ongoing conservation of 120-year-old exhibit featuring North American plants and animals, one of the oldest and largest panoramas in the world and most popular attractions at the KU Natural History Museum. By Giles Bruce
$500,000 gift endows Hall Center directorship at KU
March 26, 2014
The Hall Family Foundation has given $500,000 to endow the directorship of the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University, KU announced Wednesday.
Panel discusses social media and free speech
March 25, 2014
A panel of free speech experts gathered Tuesday at Kansas University to discuss social media’s changing and unclear position in the United States’ body of laws.
Photography exhibit of Iraq, Afghanistan frontlines coming to KU
March 25, 2014
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is inviting the public for a viewing of “The Conflict Zone,” a traveling photography exhibit with images from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan.
KU student awarded Goldwater scholarship; three others receive honorable mentions
March 25, 2014
Ryan Limbocker, a Kansas University junior from Overland Park, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award to honor academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three additional KU juniors were recognized with honorable mentions.
Chancellor Gray-Little comes a long way to lead KU
March 24, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little revealed the person behind the title during an onstage interview with KU alumna and Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law Deanell Reece Tacha at the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture on Monday night.
Traveling thrift store, which spreads awareness on orphans, to visit KU April 1
March 24, 2014
A traveling thrift store that spreads awareness and provides resources to orphans will visit Kansas University on April 1.
KU’s relations with Legislature have grown testier, officials say
March 23, 2014
Kansas University has long been viewed as politically and culturally different from the rest of the state. But tensions with the Kansas Legislature have escalated in recent years, resulting in policy decisions and funding cuts that could have lasting effects. KU officials, however, say that perception is overblown, and they are working to maintain good relationships with legislative leaders. By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Events at KU aim to bring faraway Syrian crisis closer to home
March 23, 2014
For Kansas University senior Suhayla Sibaai, the civil war in Syria is personal — she has relatives there and fears for their safety. But Sibaai and other members of KU Students for Justice in the Middle East believe everyone should care about what’s going on there and try to help. The club has designated this week Syria in Crisis: Jayhawk Awareness Week and has planned several events. By Sara Shepherd
Conservators work to preserve 120-year-old panorama at KU Natural History Museum
March 22, 2014
As they looked through the windows of the KU Natural History Museum’s panorama one day this week, several kids asked their parents, “Why are those people in there?” They were there to clean and preserve the 120-year-old exhibit. By Giles Bruce