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Lawrence man searches for sperm donor father, finds half brother in California

David Brown was 8 or 9 when his mother told him his dad wasn't his biological father. Because her husband was unable to have kids, she had used a sperm donor, she said.It never really bothered David, a lifelong Lawrencian who is as cool and collected as they come. After all, his dad was his ...

Ancient packrat nests crammed with clues about climate change

Packrats — pests or preservationists? That depends.Modern packrats have a reputation for ruining car engines and invading attics with nests they cram with debris. But Kansas University researchers have found nests of their ancient kin to be a powerful tool for studying climate change’s ...

KU sends financial wish list to regents

As Kansas University submits its budget requests for additional spending, higher education officials also are watching the state's bottom line."We certainly have to have it in mind because we don't know what the collections and receipts will be in the next few months," said KU Chancellor ...

KU professor calls for support of banking regulators

A Kansas University professor who is a leading scholar on banking urged a congressional panel on Wednesday to support safeguards against poorly managed banks. In comments to a U.S. Senate banking subcommittee, Robert DeYoung said the federal Dodd-Frank Act includes important provisions to ...

KU Hospital performs well on U.S. News & World Report’s best hospitals list

Kansas University Hospital has become the first hospital in the region to be ranked in the top 50 on all 12 adult specialty areas on U.S. News & World Report's annual best hospitals list.The list is ranked based on health outcomes, patient safety, structure and reputation. KU Hospital ...

KU Hospital begins offering nonsurgical pacemakers

Kansas University Hospital recently began implanting nonsurgical pacemakers that experts say cut down on procedure and recovery time, leave patients without visible scars or lumps, and reduce the risk of infection."This truly … is a paradigm shift in our ability to pace the heart in a much ...

KU seeking state funding commitment for drug, vaccine program

Kansas University is seeking a commitment from the state for $5 million annually to help develop new pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines."This is clearly an area where we have the opportunity to compete on an international and national level and improve the human condition," said Joe Heppert, ...

Two KU professors say influx of minors at the border requires difficult solutions

Two Kansas University professors say that stopping the flow into the United States of unaccompanied minors from Central America will require tough policy choices, made more difficult by a highly politicized environment."These children are caught in a policy vacuum, but this vacuum has been 25 ...

Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre set to debut this weekend

The Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre will kick off its inaugural season Friday evening with “The Boys From Syracuse” at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall.The musical — along its source material, William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — will be performed in rotation ...

KU names news director

A Kansas University graduate has been named as the director of news and media relations at KU.Erinn Barcomb-Peterson will succeed David Martin, who had been in the role on an interim basis after the departure of Jill Jess Phythyon, who left in March for a job with the College of Nursing at Ohio ...

KU hosting women’s leadership institute

Women from six countries and Kansas will participate this week in the Kansas Women's Leadership Institute.Starting Wednesday, the program will run three weeks as participants work on projects and proposals to improve their home communities.The participants will arrive in Lawrence after having ...

KU professor helping identify important sites, events in LGBT history

A Kansas University professor is one of 16 scholars from across the country participating in an effort by the National Park Service to identify historic places and events commemorating the history and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans."If you look in the history ...

Alumnus donates $500,000 to KU law school

A Kansas University School of Law alumnus has made a $500,000 gift to establish a professorship in honor of the late professor Earl B. Shurtz.Art Piculell, of Portland, Ore., made the donation on behalf of himself and his late wife, Dee.Piculell described Shurtz, who taught from 1955 to 1977, ...

KU, school in Ghana sign agreement

Kansas University has signed an agreement with a university in Ghana to help address health and development issues in the African country.The agreement between KU and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Development Services in the city of Tamale will start student ...

KU Endowment fundraising among tops in nation

For the third straight year, the Kansas University Endowment has been recognized as one of the nation's top educational fundraising programs."We have a staff of fundraising professionals who are very passionate about KU," said Dale Seuferling, president of the KU Endowment, the fundraising ...

KU music students to jazz up Europe on tour

A group of student musicians from Kansas University will perform at several high-profile festivals across Europe starting this July on a university-funded tour.KU's Jazz Ensemble I, comprising 19 members ranging from undergraduates to doctoral students, is slated to play eight shows during the ...