KU news

$1 million gift will help KU continue lifelong learning programs
11:16 a.m., February 9, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kansas University has received a $1 million gift to help provide for its continued educational programming. The endowed gift comes in the form of a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has similar institutes at a number of universities nationwide, said Jim Peters, director of KU’s Osher Institute.
Prep work for reaccreditation yields ‘honest’ 10-year look at KU
February 7, 2015
Have some time to kill and want to know — honestly — what’s been going on at Kansas University for the past decade? Check out the 209-page Self Study that upwards of 100 KU community members spent more than a year preparing in time for Monday’s visit by representatives of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. By Sara Shepherd
KU expels 8 students over sexual harassment since May 2012
February 6, 2015
Kansas University has sanctioned 32 students — expelling eight of them — for violating its sexual harassment policy, which includes sexual violence, in the past two and a half years. The counts are according to a KU Student Affairs tally made public for the first time this week. By Sara Shepherd
KU scientists enable first-ever comprehensive map of Greenland’s ice sheet
06:58 p.m., February 5, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Thanks to years of data collected and ultra-sensitive radar equipment developed by Kansas University researchers, scientists have created the first-ever comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet. Where others in the past tried and failed, KU-based National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) researchers and collaborators successfully documented deep and ancient channels of ice to complete the picture. By Sara Shepherd
KU ramping up online course offerings in liberal arts
11:12 a.m., February 5, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is ramping up its online course offerings, enough that it has dedicated a new administrative position to the task. Longtime psychology professor Paul Atchley has been appointed CLAS associate dean for online and professional education, KU announced this week. And for the first time, starting this fall, students with associate’s degrees will be able to complete coursework completely online for Bachelor of General Studies degrees through CLAS. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Virtuosi to perform concert Sunday at KU
February 4, 2015
Kansas University School of Music will stage the third performance in the Kansas Virtuosi Series for the 2014-15 season Sunday, featuring a special program titled “Organ Plus.”
Kansan to cut print edition from four days a week to two, citing ‘digital-first’ push
05:39 p.m., February 4, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Starting this fall, the University Daily Kansan will print just two days a week instead of four. The Kansan announced the change Wednesday, describing it as a move toward “digital-first” journalism. By Sara Shepherd
KU lecturer who won HOPE Award found guilty of stalking, violating protection order
01:39 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
A Kansas University lecturer is serving a sentence of two years on probation after a Johnson County district judge found him guilty of stalking and protection order violations.
Author Margaret Atwood delights packed house with reflections both serious and silly
February 2, 2015
As many guest speakers in Kansas do, Margaret Atwood began her much-anticipated speech with an allusion to “The Wizard of Oz.” Only this time it wasn’t something the 1,100 Kansans in the room had heard a million times before. This time it was a query, not a cliché. And it elicited genuine — not merely polite — laughter. By Kim Callahan
KU professor’s research suggests on-campus sex assault vastly underreported
05:48 p.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
A Kansas University law professor whose previous research showed more than 1 million rape cases went unreported in official U.S. crime statistics has published new research indicating underreporting appears widespread on college campuses as well. Universities across the country are likely underreporting on-campus sexual assaults by as much as 44 percent, says Corey Rayburn Yung. By Sara Shepherd
KU seeks state funds for institute to foster discovery, development of vaccines and drugs
February 1, 2015
As Kansas University pharmaceutical chemistry professor Wendy Picking knows firsthand, the process of getting a vaccine or drug from science lab to people and animals in need is long, costly and involves many entities. Picking has been researching shigella since 1993 and says there’s still years to go before a vaccine for it can save lives. Getting $5 million to establish and grow a Drug and Vaccine Discovery Institute is one of KU’s top three priorities for the 2015 Legislative session, and one the university says is critical to maintain its reputation as a “global power” in pharmaceutical science in an increasingly competitive environment. By Sara Shepherd
Telling tales: Community plans events around Margaret Atwood book, visit
January 31, 2015
Margaret Atwood is taking over Lawrence. The renowned and activist will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union Ballroom, followed by a reception and book signing.
KU student to stand trial in music lesson sexual battery case
05:39 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:06 p.m.
A 22-year-old Kansas University senior was bound over for trial Friday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and criminal restraint.
Citing USDE list, group buys ads claiming KU has a ‘rape problem’
January 30, 2015
A national women’s rights group is funding online ads warning prospective Kansas University students that the university has a “rape problem.” UltraViolet is basing its “rape problem” label on the list of postsecondary schools the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating for their handling of one or more sexual violence cases. By Sara Shepherd
First of four architecture dean candidates to visit KU next week
11:34 a.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:08 p.m.
The first of four candidates for dean of the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning will visit campus next week. Mahesh Daas, chair of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University, will give a public presentation from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
KU music festival concludes with free Lied Center concert
January 30, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will conclude its Prairie Winds and inaugural Sunflower Strings festival with a concert Sunday at the Lied Center.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
KU music ensembles, symphony to perform shared concert at Lied Center
12:00 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
Kansas University’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and Symphony Orchestra will share the stage Saturday for a special concert at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Hemingway masterpiece selected as KU’s 2015 Common Book
03:45 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
KU announces “A Farewell To Arms” will be the 2015-2016 Common Book.
Lawrence high schools to offer KU courses in English, algebra
09:21 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
The Lawrence school board on Wednesday approved a partnership with KU that will allow Lawrence faculty to teach KU’s English 101 and Algebra 101 at Lawrence High School and Free State High School.
KU’s Audio-Reader radio network receives grant
04:35 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Kansas University’s Audio-Reader radio network received a $5,880 grant to help develop the organizations services for the blind, visually impaired and print disabled, officials said.
KU researchers discover new lizard species for sale on Manila’s black market
January 25, 2015
Kansas University’s resident reptile expert and fellow researchers routinely trudge through rainforests overturning leaves and combing streambeds to find live specimens. But that’s not where Rafe Brown and his team first encountered two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard. Instead, their first glimpse of the reptiles was at pet shops in the Philippines — where they say the country’s rampant black market trade in exotic animals threatens its ecosystem. By Sara Shepherd
Sexual violence and related complaints doubled at KU in 2014
03:25 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Kansas University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access received almost twice as many complaints in 2014 than the previous year, and more than two-thirds of the new cases relate to Title IX. During a presentation Friday to KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force, IOA executive director Jane McQueeny said her office received 85 complaints in 2013 and 169 complaints in 2014. By Sara Shepherd
Epitome’ of storytellers chosen for KU national journalism award
11:15 a.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Bob Dotson, an NBC News correspondent best known for his long-running series “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” will receive the 2015 William Allen White Foundation National Citation, Kansas University announced Friday.
Obama at KU: Some university community members came for the issues, others for the show
07:10 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
To be sure, President Barack Obama’s star power was the driving force behind many Kansas University community members who flocked to see him speak Thursday on campus. But plenty of students, administrators and professors were there for the issues, too.
Late KU history professor receives prestigious honor from Polish government
06:15 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Polish dignitaries were on the Kansas University campus Thursday to posthumously award one of Poland’s highest honors to the late Anna Cienciala, who was professor of history and Eastern European studies at Kansas University from 1965 until her retirement in 2002.
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December 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 fellow KU student his legs.
Why were ticket holders turned away from Obama’s speech at KU? President was in the building
04:01 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Dozens of people who had tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at Kansas University were turned away at the door, starting about an hour before Obama took the podium. The facility wasn’t over capacity, organizers say. Rather, the day’s schedule fluctuates to accommodate the President’s movements, and at that time the President was in the building.
President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU on Thursday
January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday night in advance of a speech he will deliver on the Kansas University campus Thursday.
Select KU, Haskell students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event
04:06 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited … for everything that’s to come in the future.”