KU news

With Ukraine cease-fire violated, future is uncertain, KU professor says
February 21, 2015
When Vitaly Chernetsky speaks with his family and friends in his Ukrainian hometown of Odessa, he tries to express empathy and offer his support to those living in a country that has been ravaged by violence between its government and Russian-backed separatists for the past year and a half. By Conrad Swanson
KU’s first all-woman, all-African-American debate team to compete in national tournament
02:55 p.m., February 20, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Kansas University’s debate team of Jyleesa Hampton, a senior from Overland Park, and Quaram Robinson, a freshman from Round Rock, Texas, have been selected as a first-round, at-large qualifier for the National Debate Tournament, the university said in a release.
Creator of KU’s most famous bronze sculptures dies at 95
05:20 p.m., February 19, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A bronze sculptor and professor emeritus who created some of Kansas University’s most iconic public art died this week. Elden Tefft’s Academic Jay stands alert in front of Strong Hall, and his monolithic Moses kneels outside Smith Hall, across from the Kansas Union. By Sara Shepherd
KU high among schools with most Fulbright Scholars
01:52 p.m., February 19, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
With six faculty members designated as U.S. Fulbright Scholars this year, Kansas University is tied for having the fifth-most of any college in the country, according to a recently released list. The fifth-place ranking is KU’s highest since 2011, when only Harvard University had more Fulbright scholars than KU, according to KU.
KU School of Music to host Annual Scholarship Concert
February 18, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will host its Annual Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Visiting ceramic artist to discuss ‘Wildness Within’ at KU
February 18, 2015
Beth Cavener, a Washington state-based artist known for creating emotionally charged animal sculptures, will talk about her creative process Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art.
KU proposal aims to alert transfer schools about students expelled for sexual assault
05:06 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Some Kansas University students want to ensure that students expelled for sexual misconduct at one state school can’t enroll at another without the new school knowing about their past. By Sara Shepherd
KU names this year’s Humanities Research Fellows and Creative Work Fellow
03:17 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 09:56 p.m.
Kansas University’s Hall Center has announced its Humanities Research Fellows and Creative Work Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, the university said in a release.
KU and Ford Motor Co. to offer a $10,000 scholarship this year
03:14 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 09:56 p.m.
The Ford Motor Co. will provide Kansas University’s Center for Design Research with a $10,000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, the university said in a release.
Budget panel rejects ‘absurd’ KU requests for enhancement funding
07:01 p.m., February 16, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A key Republican lawmaker called the funding requests by Kansas University and other Regents institutions an “absurdity.” Kansas University had sought $5 million to establish a Drug and Vaccine Discovery Institute, plus funding for a 3-percent merit-based pay raise for faculty and staff at KU Medical Center. By Peter Hancock
KU’s endowment fund grows, holds steady in national rankings
02:37 p.m., February 16, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas University’s endowment market value increased 14.1 percent from 2013 to 2014, up from 9 percent growth the previous year, according to recently released national rankings. KU Endowment Association’s total endowment funds — $1.5 billion for 2014, according to NACUBO — are by far the largest of any Kansas university on the list. By Sara Shepherd
KU football team trying new technology to spot concussions, boost national research
February 14, 2015
The Kansas University football team is trying new technology to take a bite out of the sport’s concussion problem. The Jayhawks will be among the first college football teams in the country to use impact-sensing mouthguards this spring, when they start practicing for the upcoming fall season. By Sara Shepherd
KU School of Music announces KU at the Capitol concert series
February 14, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will kick off its spring 2015 KU at the Capitol concert series this Wednesday. It will be the first of six concerts to take place at the Statehouse rotunda this semester as part of the series.
KU alumna to share lessons learned from work on ‘Sesame Street’
February 14, 2015
A Kansas University alumna who has found success on “Sesame Street” will share stories from her career with the children’s television series Monday at KU.
Collaborative art exhibition opening on campus
February 14, 2015
Both Lawrence high schools are collaborating with the Kansas University Department of Visual Art in a new art exhibition opening Sunday on campus. The work is a mix of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and jewelry.
KU, Lawrence police draft agreement on sexual violence procedures
February 13, 2015
A new agreement between Kansas University and the Lawrence Police Department aims to firm up how the two should — and shouldn’t — work together when it comes to sexual violence investigations. They’ve unveiled a memorandum of understanding, which the City Commission is expected to approve Tuesday night. By Sara Shepherd
KU School of Engineering selects new associate dean
February 13, 2015
The Kansas University School of Engineering has selected a new associate dean for undergraduate studies. Lorin Maletsky, associate professor of mechanical engineering, assumed the role Jan. 1.
KU’s first black sorority celebrates 100 years on campus
February 13, 2015
Kansas University’s first historically black sorority is celebrating a century on campus. Past and present members of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha say that while much has improved for black women at KU in 100 years, AKA sisterhood still provides strong support as they pursue academic and life goals. By Sara Shepherd
KU only school in Kansas to rank in top 100 in Business Journals list
February 13, 2015
Kansas University has been ranked in the top 100 public colleges in America by The Business Journals. Ranked at No. 74, KU was the only school in Kansas to break the top 100. Distinction among Kansas schools is good recognition for the university, said Jack Martin, director of strategic communications for KU.
KU grad’s work helps women in Indian Country through changes in law
February 12, 2015
At age 8, Sarah Deer read in a children’s history magazine that women in America didn’t have the right to vote until 1920. “I was sure it was a typo,” she said. Upon verifying that it, in fact, was not, Deer said her thoughts turned to, “that’s not right.” And thus began Deer’s lifetime of work advocating for women, which recently landed the Kansas University graduate on the prestigious list of 2014 national MacArthur Fellows. By Sara Shepherd
KU vice provost a finalist for job at University of Florida
February 12, 2015
A Kansas University vice provost is a finalist for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Ann Cudd, vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, was scheduled for a public presentation Thursday and an open session with students Friday on the Florida campus.
Hearing pushed back in case of lecturer suing KU over records request
February 12, 2015
A hearing that was scheduled for Friday has been canceled in the case of a Kansas University lecturer who’s suing the school over releasing his emails.
KU students to debut original plays this weekend
February 12, 2015
Plays written by Kansas University undergraduate students will debut this weekend in the fifth Black Box Productions at the University Theatre.
KU sees uptick in employees seeking measles shots, which already are required for students
06:05 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Watkins Health Services has had an influx of Kansas University community members coming in for measles vaccinations this week. The rush — primarily employees — follows a friendly reminder the university sent out urging anyone who has not been vaccinated to come in and do so. By Sara Shepherd
Regents back KU’s quest for ‘comprehensive cancer center’ designation
06:00 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
The Kansas University Medical Center is hoping to be designated as a “comprehensive cancer center” by the National Institutes of Health. That’s a step higher than the “National Cancer Institute” designation it received in 2012.
Second architecture dean candidate coming to KU
03:38 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
The second of four candidates for dean of the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning will visit campus this week.
KU policy protects LGBT workers from discrimination, despite governor’s action
03:23 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas University has its own policy protecting LGBT students and employees from discrimination, and it’s not affected by the governor’s actions on a similar state order, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little reminded the KU community on Wednesday. By Sara Shepherd
KU names two new Daisy Hill residence halls
02:33 p.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Kansas University has announced names for the two new residence halls being built on Daisy Hill: Madison A. and Lila M. Self Hall for the north building and Charles W. Oswald Hall for the south building.
Grad student to be student voice for diversity efforts at KU
12:00 a.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 12:00 a.m.
At the tiny, historically black Southern college where she got her undergraduate degree, Jameelah Jones looked like everyone else. There was a “level of comfort there and a level of safety,” she said. Then she came to Kansas University for graduate school. In a sea of 25,000 students — fewer than 5 percent of them black, according to KU data — Jones said she felt different. Jones now is in a formal position to help make KU more welcoming for students of color and other underrepresented groups. By Sara Shepherd
KU polls students on sexual harassment, assault
February 10, 2015
Kansas University sent its third annual climate survey to students Tuesday, an ongoing effort to gauge the problem of sexual harassment and assault on campus.