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KU Army ROTC celebrates 100 years on campus

In the early morning hours on the University of Kansas campus, students in military fatigues can often be found running and working out. Those students are preparing to serve as leaders of tomorrow’s U.S. Army, and as of 2019 they’ve been doing it at KU for 100 years, said Lt. Col. Tracey ...

KU researcher studying to make safer lithium-ion batteries, which sometimes explode

Last week in a Chinese parking garage, a Tesla Model S seemed to spontaneously combust — a spectacle that was caught on camera. The car briefly emitted white smoke before exploding into flames, even though the car was off and unoccupied, according to footage shown on CNN. While Tesla plans ...

Estate of KU alumna donates $4.2 million to School of Nursing

The estate of a University of Kansas alumna who spent her life as a nurse and health care volunteer has donated $4.2 million to help fund the education of KU nursing students. Margaret Ann Zimmerman, who received a nursing certificate from KU in 1947, left the money to KU's School of Nursing, ...

Kansas insurance commissioner earns KU pharmacy award

A statewide elected official earned the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy’s highest honor, the university announced on Wednesday. Vicki Schmidt, the Kansas insurance commissioner, was awarded the school’s Distinguished Service Award, which aims to honor individuals who have ...

KU announces partnership extension with Adidas through 2031

Story updated at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday After a wait of roughly 19 months, the signatures on the contract extension between Kansas Athletics and Adidas are now dry. As a result, KU owns one of the largest apparel deals in college athletics, a 14-year, $196 million agreement that extends to 2031 ...

KU names education professor as interim vice provost for diversity and equity

The University of Kansas has selected an associate professor from the School of Education to serve as interim vice provost for diversity and equity. KU’s interim provost, Carl Lejuez, announced in a Tuesday message to the university community that Jennifer Ng will take over the role when the ...

First woman of color to lead KU’s student body as president

A chance encounter between two students during a networking event last year led to University of Kansas students recently electing the first woman of color as their leader on campus. Tiara Floyd, who will be a senior at KU next fall, was elected as student body president in an uncontested race ...

KU organist with ties to Notre Dame says it’s miraculous that organ survived fire

When University of Kansas organist James Higdon learned Notre Dame de Paris was on fire, he thought he would never be able to hear or create music in the historic cathedral ever again. “I was devastated,” Higdon told the Journal-World on Thursday, three days after the April 15 fire. “We ...

KU announces 2019-20 Common Book: a collection of work from 36 writers

A collection that includes essays, short stories and poems from 36 acclaimed writers will serve as the University of Kansas' 2019-2020 Common Book, KU announced Thursday. "Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation," which was edited by John Freeman, was chosen because it ...

KU adds new internet connection to help avoid another massive outage

By placing a new fiber internet cable on campus, a University of Kansas official hopes KU can avoid another crippling internet outage like the one it suffered in 2016. Mary Walsh, chief information officer for KU, told the Journal-World on Monday that the university recently installed a third ...

Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family

The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time between being a professor, writing (both fiction and nonfiction), and advocating for healthy eating in the Native American community, ...

KU junior from Topeka becomes university’s 20th Truman Scholar

University of Kansas junior Sam Steuart, of Topeka, is one of 62 students nationally who have been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Steuart becomes the 20th KU student to receive the scholarship since 1981, according to KU. The award includes $30,000 toward graduate ...