KU news

Lawrence pow wow celebrates heritage, brings people together
April 11, 2015
Native American men, women and children in traditional dress crowded the ballroom in the Kansas Union for the First Nations Student Association’s spring pow wow Saturday night.
Shined-up vintage Airstream now ready for college, not camping
01:49 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Kansas University architecture students’ “Mobile Collaboratory,” or “moCOLAB,” had its first campus open house Friday on the lawn of Marvin Hall, where students and community members trickled through for a close-up view. Over the past year architecture students and professors gutted, cleaned and renovated the 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht so its interior is now ready for research and displays. By Sara Shepherd
KU Senate agrees on disciplinary process for alleged social media policy violations
06:57 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
The Kansas University Senate has finally agreed on a written procedure for what it wants to happen when a KU employee is accused of violating the social media policy. After working on the issue all year, the Senate voted Thursday in support of the procedure. But that does not mean the procedure will go into effect as-is. The Senate’s document will now go to KU administration — via the office of the provost — to consider whether to adopt. By Sara Shepherd
Former KU librarian leaves university $1 million gift
04:24 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A $1 million gift from a Kansas University librarian will establish a fellowship for medieval and early modern European manuscripts. The donor, Alexandra “Sandy” Mason, was the Spencer Research Library’s first librarian, beloved at KU and known internationally for her library work.
KU announces awards for faculty making marks on their scholarly fields
04:19 p.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Kansas University on Thursday announced four midcareer faculty members who will receive 2015 University Scholarly Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize scholars in four categories of studies, nominated by colleagues at KU and nationwide, who have made significant contributions to their fields.
University Senate leaders urge KU to offer domestic partner benefits
06:09 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
University Senate members are urging the Kansas University administration to grant benefits to employees’ domestic partners. The University Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting such benefits. The full University Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday and will likely approve it as well. By Sara Shepherd
Architecture students open retrofitted Airstream trailer to public
02:18 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The community is invited to check out a retro Airstream trailer-turned rolling community center this week at the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
KU engineers work to remove obstacles for small commercial drones — literally
April 5, 2015
Commercial drones are raring to hit the skies and check crops, film movies, chase police suspects, inspect bridges, deliver medicine to remote areas and drop online purchases at your doorstep. But with fleets of drones unleashed, what will keep them from crashing into things — including each other? Collision avoidance technology is one of the big obstacles to gaining federal approval for commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. And some Kansas University engineers are working on it. By Sara Shepherd
KU technology propelling hobby drones
April 5, 2015
Unlike with commercial drones, the lack of collision-avoidance technology isn’t a deal-breaker on most drones that are just for fun. Kansas University engineers are creating those, too. By Sara Shepherd
KU Theatre to open ‘Flora, the Red Menace’ on Friday
April 4, 2015
Kansas University’s production of “Flora, the Red Menace” will open Friday at Murphy Hall’s William Inge Theatre.
Controversial campus rape documentary to show at KU
03:19 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
A screening of the controversial documentary “The Hunting Ground” is among events planned on the Kansas University campus for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April’s event lineup also includes appearances by two nationally known speakers, the first of which is Friday evening. By Sara Shepherd
Congresswoman talks with KU students about college savings plan legislation
05:45 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:50 p.m.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told Kansas University students on Wednesday that the deeply indebted federal government will never be able to simply pay for their college. A better plan, she said, is encouraging families to start saving early. “That’s life lesson No. 1, just save, save, save,” Jenkins said. Jenkins, a Republican, met with a small group of KU Student Senate representatives and other students to talk about H.R. 529, her proposal to expand and “modernize” tax-free 529 college savings plans.By Sara Shepherd
Kansas legislators reach budget deal that spares KU, KSU from cuts
01:06 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:52 p.m.
House and Senate negotiators reached a budget agreement Wednesday that would spare Kansas University and Kansas State University from significant cuts that the Senate had proposed. But Regents universities would not be allowed to raise tuition for two years, and private independent colleges would get 60 percent of the state-funded student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Modern history scholar one of KU’s new Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:14 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
One of KU’s newly announced Foundation Distinguished Professors is an expert in the history of relations between the U.S. military and society, as well as the history of gender and sexuality. Beth Bailey is a professor of history at Temple University, where she also has served as acting director for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.
KU adds soil microbiology specialist to list of Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:11 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A world leader in soil microbiology will join the Kansas University faculty as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, KU announced Tuesday. James Bever, professor of biology at Indiana University, will begin his joint appointment with KU’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Kansas Biological Survey in January 2016.
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