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Heard on the Hill: Digging into that faculty survey; WSJ reports on KU-KSU relations, 'manicured lawns'; British market researcher (and knight) visiting campus next week

I received a survey, and began to answer it, but is was so long and tedious with poorly formed questions that I quickly gave up. I am a member of the national AAUP, which by default puts me in the Kansas and KU chapters. While I don't agree with everything the AAUP does, the mission is important, and one can either gripe about an institution or contribute to steering it in the right direction. I certainly don't endorse everything the (technical) professional societies do in which I'm a member.

Unfortunately, KU AAUP seems to be hung up on a single issue right now, and one that has been terribly misrepresented by a small fraction of the membership.

I've talked to several other people that didn't receive the survey.

November 20, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU ranks low in statewide faculty governance survey

The survey was extremely long and poorly designed. I began to take it but quit in frustration. The results have no significance.

November 16, 2012 at 7:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster

What you call a 'shipping hub' is an intermodal facility. They already exist in Kansas City, are *very* expensive to build, and given our distance from KC would be redundant and never built here. You need to do some reading on transportation infrastructure before you make absurd proposals.

May 23, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster

If you think there is even a remote possibility that Lawrence could become a rail hub, then you don't understand even the most basic aspects of transportation economics and policy. The traditional rail hubs of Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are because the ICC did not permit transcontinental mergers, and thus these are the main interchange points between the eastern railroads (now CSX and NS) and the western roads (now UP and BNSF). A new hub would cost tens of billions to build and take decades of regulatory approval and court battles. Constructing one 50 miles from the KCMO hub is ridiculous. As the government increasingly subsidizes trucking (with freeway infrastructure) mixed freight has shifted off the rails, and the importance of these traditional hubs has decreased. The importance of small intermodal hubs in large cities has increased, as have the ports on the coast the interchange container traffic with ocean transport. Lawrence is neither a port city nor had the critical mass to support an intermodal hub, particularly so close to KC. The other dominant traffic is unit trains, for example moving Powder River coal. They sail right through Lawrence without any reason to dwell.

May 23, 2012 at 9:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs measure to increase engineering graduates at KU and other schools

I meant actually looking at the web pages of faculty and research groups to see what was going on, not a cursory look at a top page. And the job market depends on discipline. Our EECS graduates are having no trouble getting jobs. Jobs in the information technology sector (which includes our EE, CoE, and CS graduates) is very hot now.

May 28, 2011 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs measure to increase engineering graduates at KU and other schools

It appears that devobrun has no idea of what goes on in Eaton, and just happening to be on campus when a lab is not scheduled doesn't mean it isn't used. Microwave engineering, radar, communication, and remote sensing is an area in which KU excels with multiple faculty, classes, and a vibrant research agenda; trivial surfing of the EECS and ITTC Web sites will show this. Learned is so heavily booked that we desperately need new classrooms, even without an expansion. Our graduates do not have problems getting gobs, and Kansas engineering employers have documented the need for more graduates, and were solidly behind this initiative.

May 26, 2011 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill would give $65 million boost to KU engineering school

You clearly don't understand the process. We write proposals to get grants and contracts to do research, we don't fund others. *You* need to write an SBIR proposal or get VC money to prove your ideas.

May 13, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU needs something to spark enthusiasm

I don't know what you did, but you seem to not understand how university research works. There is no "Engineering Department" at KU; it is a school consisting of a number of departments, which consist of faculty members. KU gets money from research grants; KUCR helps facilitate individual *faculty* in this process, and Alumni has *nothing* to do with it. You would have to get a faculty member interested in your idea, and either get them to submit a proposal to a government funding agency (like DOE) or be the lead on an SBIR proposal with a faculty member participating. Perhaps you need to understand the process before you complain about it. I felt the need to reply to this so that readers would understand that the idea of KU alumni having any control over individual KU research agenda is preposterous. Of course influential alumni that work for corporations might help steer research funding to KU, but not prevent funding from being obtained from other sources.

March 19, 2011 at 2:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ongoing effort

Does this include a willingness to help us fund bridging ninth-grade German alternative and the teacher that was laid off?

April 28, 2010 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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