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Ben Unglesbee

Ben Unglesbee is the Kansas University reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Former Defense Dept interrogator recounts hunt for Saddam Hussein
April 16, 2014
Eric Maddox, an interrogator with the U.S. Department of Defense who gathered intelligence that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, spoke at the Lied Center as part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial lecture series. By Ben Unglesbee
Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor
April 15, 2014
Paleontologist Chris Beard has made a name in the world of paleontology for his work uncovering the early history of monkeys and other primates. Recently he joined Kansas University as one of its first Foundation Professors. The initiative is aimed at luring top academic talent to the university. By Ben Unglesbee
Distinguished professors endorse social media group’s proposal
April 15, 2014
More than 80 distinguished professors at Kansas University, Kansas State University and others in the state have signed a letter endorsing the proposal by a Kansas Board of Regents work group reviewing the regents’ controversial social media policy. By Ben Unglesbee
Chipotle money at heart of KU student elections limbo
April 15, 2014
After a complaint against a student election coalition led to its disqualification, the coalition filed appeals through judicial boards at the university. Now the results of the student elections are being withheld until the election dispute is resolved. By Ben Unglesbee
Moran receives award for support of research
April 14, 2014
On Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran received an award for his support of scientific research. Presenting the award was Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who worked closely with Moran when KU was trying to win a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer research center. By Ben Unglesbee
KU’s RedTire program matches business owners with successors
April 13, 2014
Casey Thomas, a veterinarian in Junction City, found someone to take over his practice through Kansas University business school’s RedTire program, which helps sellers reaching retirement age to find buyers so their businesses can live on. By Ben Unglesbee
Group considers future of online classes at KU
April 12, 2014
A group of faculty, staff and students at Kansas University delved into the many needs, consideration and issues involved in created more online classes at the university. The group pointed to the need to consider the quality of courses and learning and how to fairly compensate faculty for their time in developing courses. Going forward, the instructors and administrators will have to weigh the many perspectives of faculty and students as it tries to add more online classes. By Ben Unglesbee
Social Work Day at KU brings Leonard Pitts Jr., Harriet Lerner to speak
April 11, 2014
National authors Leonard Pitts Jr. and Harriet Lerner came to the Kansas Union on Friday to speak as part of Social Work Day 2014, a celebration of the profession put on by the KU School of Social Welfare. Pitts spoke at length about the distance between America’s ideals and its history, including its recent history. Lerner’s talk centered on making important personal changes to improve relationships. By Ben Unglesbee
Psychologist Harriet Lerner’s advice on changing in relationships
April 11, 2014
Harriet Lerner was a staff psychologist with the Menninger Clinic for more than 30 years and is author of 11 books, including the best-selling “The Dance of Anger.” Lerner spoke Friday as part of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare’s Social Work Day events. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas University Senate endorses social media policy group’s proposal
April 10, 2014
The Kansas University unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the proposal by the work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents’ controversial social media policy. If adopted by the regents, the proposal would replace the current policy, which allows university heads to fire employees for social media posts, with an advisory version.

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