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Data from KU’s CReSIS used to predict Antarctic melting
May 31, 2014
The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, or CReSIS, has been studying the mechanics of ice on the Antarctic continent, as well as Greenland, since the 1990s and making its data publicly available for other scientists to study. Recently teams of scientists used the center’s public data to predict runaway melting of glaciers in Antarctica that could lead to a steep rise in sea levels. By Ben Unglesbee
KU seeks expansion of planned business building before construction even starts
May 30, 2014
KU is requesting an expansion of the business school building project before construction even starts. By Scott Rothschild
KU closing in on new science building
May 30, 2014
A project to expand Lindley Hall and begin to replace the science facilities in Malott Hall on the Kansas University campus has garnered $40 million in private donations. Now KU is hiring designers and hopes to be breaking ground by fall 2015. By Ben Unglesbee
Spencer Museum unveils designs for first-phase renovations
May 29, 2014
A $5 million renovation of Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art would expand the entryway, add a central staircase and open up the building to natural light as well as let visitors and outsiders see into the museum. By Ben Unglesbee
Former KU faculty remember Maya Angelou’s time on campus
May 28, 2014
Before she became household name as a poet and writer, Maya Angelou visited Kansas University as a writer in residence. Faculty members who were here then remember Angelou as an impressive and generous woman who drew a crowd through sheer force of personality. By Ben Unglesbee
New contract would raise minimum pay for KU teaching assistants
May 27, 2014
Kansas University administrators and union officials representing KU teaching assistants reached an agreement on a new contract that would raise minimum pay for GTAs by nearly 8 percent. Both KU and union members said they were pleased with the new contract, which is expected to go before the Kansas Board of Regents in June. By Ben Unglesbee
Longtime fixture at KU set to retire
May 27, 2014
After more than 20 years at the Kansas University Honors Program and 30 years at the university, Sandra Wick is set to retire in July. In her career she has counseled countless students on their career ambitions and built up deep reserves of knowledge about the university. By Ben Unglesbee
KU names new director of Center for Teaching Excellence
May 26, 2014
Associate professor of psychology Andrea Greenhoot has been named director of Kansas University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. By Ben Unglesbee
KU professors defying Boko Haram militants from half a world away
May 24, 2014
The kidnapping of more than 250 girls from a school in Northern Nigeria prompted international outrage and a movement defined by the slogan, “bring back our girls.” Kansas University professors who have studied and lived in Nigeria are trying to raise awareness in Lawrence. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence woman honored by KU law school
May 23, 2014
Kate Marples, of Lawrence and Dodge City, was among seven Kansas University School of Law graduates honored last week for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community.
Journalism educators association calls on regents to reverse social media policy
May 22, 2014
The national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication called on the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse a social media policy it finalized earlier this month. strong>By Ben Unglesbee
After $25 million from Hall foundation, KU set to begin planning KU Med expansion
May 20, 2014
On Thursday Kansas University announced a $25 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation for its prized new health education facility. Combined with state funding, the gift has set the university on the path toward construction, which officials hope will begin by spring 2016. By Ben Unglesbee
KU homecoming 2014: A downtown parade and board game theme
May 20, 2014
This September Kansas University will again hold its homecoming parade downtown and celebrate with a board game theme and the slogan “Rolling with the ‘Hawks.”
New KU Foundation Professor will help launch vaccine center
May 20, 2014
After earning his Ph.D. in microbiology from Kansas University in 1989 and later teaching at KU, William Picking left to chair the microbiology department of Oklahoma State, where he studied the inner workings of deadly bacteria. Now he’s returning to KU to help launch a new center focused on developing diseases. By Ben Unglesbee
KU celebrates 142nd Commencement
May 18, 2014
Sunday’s 142nd Kansas University Commencement ceremony saw clear skies, thousands of exuberant graduates and selfies galore. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little encouraged students to strive to be a part of something bigger than themselves and use their degrees to solve the challenges of the day. By Ben Unglesbee
A father and daughter headed down the hill together on graduation day
May 18, 2014
More than 35 years passed between the time Dan Mercer started college at Kansas University and when he finished. When he heads down the hill today, he’ll be joining his daughter Maureen Mercer, who will graduate with her master’s degree. The tandem graduation has been a happy accident and source of pride and fun for the family. By Ben Unglesbee
KU ROTC to graduate its first female combat officer since Pentagon lifted ban
May 17, 2014
When Madeline Wilcox enrolled in the Army ROTC program at Kansas University four years ago, women weren’t allowed to be combat officers. So she planned to go into military intelligence, like her father before her. But a few things changed on the way the graduation. First, the Department of Defense lifted the ban on women in combat. Then, Wilcox so impressed her superiors with her leadership and athletic abilities they assigned her to be a field artillery officer. On Monday, she becomes the first female combat arms officer to be commissioned by KU ROTC under the military’s new rules. By Giles Bruce
Planning for KU’s Commencement: What you need to know
May 15, 2014
Kansas University’s 142nd Commencement ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the traditional walk down the hill. Lots around campus will be free and open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
KU English professor named acting vice provost of faculty development
May 15, 2014
Marta Caminero-Santangelo, a Kansas University English professor, will fill in for Mary Lee Hummert as vice provost for faculty development while Hummert serves as interim vice chancellor of research.
KU alumnus and wife donate ‘Gard Blue’ by renowned light artist to Spencer Museum
12:10 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 04:59 p.m.
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife have donated an important piece of art by renowned light artist James Turrell to the university’s Spencer Museum of Art. By Giles Bruce
Swarthout Recital Hall to host final pre-renovations concert tonight
May 15, 2014
After more than a half-century of service to the Kansas University School of Music, Swarthout Recital Hall will host a special decommissioning concert at 5:30 p.m. today. The event will mark Swarthout’s final performance before renovations begin on the venue later this month.
KU proposes 3.4 percent tuition, fee increase for incoming freshmen
04:23 p.m., May 14, 2014 Updated 06:23 p.m.
Incoming freshmen at Kansas University would pay 3.4 percent more in tuition and fees than the last freshmen class, under a proposal unveiled Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
New KU School of Business building to be named Capitol Federal Hall
03:05 p.m., May 14, 2014 Updated 06:10 p.m.
The new Kansas University School of Business building will be named Capitol Federal Hall. By Scott Rothschild
Piano professor retiring after 50 years at KU
May 13, 2014
Kansas University piano professor Richard Reber announced his retirement after teaching at KU for 50 years. Reber’s career has taken him around the world to study and perform music, including some of modern piano’s most famous names.
KU parking rates to increase, some by as much as 40 percent
May 13, 2014
Prices for parking passes at Kansas University are set to rise in August, some by as much as 40 percent. The new rates will fund maintenance projects around campus, several of which are scheduled for the summer. By Ben Unglesbee
New KU student advocate helps students navigate complexities of life and university
May 13, 2014
A new position at Kansas University is aimed at helping students navigate the university and academic coursework in periods of high stress, such as illness or the death of a loved one. As “Special Student Advocate,” Mary Ann Rasnak is focused on connecting students to resources that can help them get back on track. By Ben Unglesbee
Crime at KU dropped by nearly 20 percent in 2013, police say
May 12, 2014
Crime at Kansas University dropped by 18 percent in 2013, according to the KU Public Safety Office on Monday. Officials credit the drop to increased safety awareness and new security cameras across campus. strong>By Ben Unglesbee
KU names new director of Honors Program
May 12, 2014
Kansas University has named Bryan Young, a KU associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at KU, as director of the University Honors Program. Current director Jonathan Earle, who began in January, will leave the post after being named dean of the Honors College at Louisiana State University.
KU police say crime has decreased sharply on campus
May 12, 2014
Kansas University police say crime at the school last year was down significantly from the year before.
KU Department of Internal Medicine earns specialty recognition
May 12, 2014
The Kansas University Department of Internal Medicine on Friday became one of the first places in the country to be recognized as a patient-centered specialty practice.