Heard on the Hill

A dispatch from the KU historian involved with 'The Dust Bowl,' by way of Beijing

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/aug/14/195686/ [I mentioned yesterday][1] that I was hoping to get in touch with retired KU historian Donald Worster to discuss his role in the new Ken Burns documentary "The Dust Bowl," and I'm happy to report I was successful. Worster is busy teaching a seminar in China right now, though, ...

KU chancellor signs letter warning of dangers posed by 'fiscal cliff'

Matt Erickson

You'll no doubt be hearing plenty during the coming weeks about the impending ["fiscal cliff"][1] over which the country is in danger of hurdling. That's the term being thrown around for the mandatory federal spending cuts and tax increases that will spring into place in January if Congress can't reach ...

Chancellor talks faculty governance survey, post-tenure review with Daily Kansan

Matt Erickson

Happy Thanksgiving break, KU students and others who've left campus for the rest of the week. Heard on the Hill will keep chugging along today, just in case you need an excuse to tune out a long-winded family member or need something to do during your three-hour airport layover. In ...

KU historian plays big role in new Ken Burns documentary

Matt Erickson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2011/sep/12/220406/ Several alert tipsters and [news][1] [clippings][2] have alerted me to the fact that [Donald Worster][3], a distinguished professor emeritus of history at KU, figures prominently in the new two-part feature "The Dust Bowl" by documentarian extraordinaire Ken Burns. Worster wrote a book on the famous ecological disaster, ["Dust Bowl: ...

This blog's about to get a lot bloggier

Matt Erickson

Dear Heard on the Hill readers, Some changes are brewing here at the headquarters of your favorite KU news blog. But believe me when I say that this new brew will prove to be a more delicious and timely part of your daily news diet. Today's Heard on the Hill ...

Chancellor chooses meetings at KU Med over Gill press conference

Andy Hyland

In stark contrast with her predecessor, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little opted to attend meetings at KU Medical Center this morning instead of attending a press conference held to introduce new KU football coach Turner Gill. While former Chancellor Robert Hemenway flanked Mark Mangino along with then-athletic director Al Bohl ...

KU monarch butterfly emerges in space

Andy Hyland

Here's a video you won't see every day. Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the first of Kansas University's Monarch Watch monarch butterflies — a female — in space emerged from its pupa. As you can see, she looks a little confused: Chip Taylor, a KU professor and director of Monarch Watch, ...

KU's Joyce Castle gets mention in NY Times review

Andy Hyland

A Kansas University voice professor earned a positive mention in The New York Times recently for her performance in Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "The Consul" at the Glimmerglass Opera in New York City. A photo of Joyce Castle is on the first page of the link, and, later in the ...

KU journalists place in national Hearst competition

Andy Hyland

Kansas University students were among the top finishers in San Francisco recently at the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards national championships. Competing among 24 of the winners of monthly competitions, Mark Dent finished second and Rustin Dodd finished third in the national writing championship. Dent earned a $4,000 scholarship ...

Ohio newspaper examines openness in college athletics; KU asks it to pay up for information

Andy Hyland

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Columbus, Ohio, published over the weekend the results of a six-month long investigation into the athletic departments of the 119 colleges and universities in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The newspaper sought the release of information on things such as who accompanied the ...

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