Heard on the Hill

KU events this week: NPR host, pizza and comedy, the coming (or not) computer uprising

Matt Erickson

Your weekly KU campus events roundup: • Author and radio host Peter Sagal [will speak at 7 p.m. today][1] in the newly remodeled Kansas Union ballroom, on the fifth floor. Sagal is the longtime host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" and his talk tonight ...

New KU Men of Merit honored

Matt Erickson

Eleven students, three staffers and one faculty member are Men of Merit this year at KU. The Men of Merit are [honored on a poster][1] each year by KU's Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity for being on-campus leaders who challenge masculine stereotypes. The 2013 class is the ...

Valentine's report of STD epidemic comes partly courtesy of KU epidemiologist

Matt Erickson

Sorry, folks, but this Valentine's-related post is quite a bit less whimsical than [our previous one][1]. You may have seen media reports about two new studies released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just in time for Valentine's Day, about the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections. The studies ...

KU chancellor's video urges Congress to prevent sequestration, making it feel like last 6 weeks of 2012 again

Matt Erickson

Ah, November and December 2012 — it was a time that seems so long ago, back when "Gangnam Style" had only just become the most-viewed YouTube video of all time and made me feel as though popular culture had permanently passed me by, when we could not even conceive of ...

KU-themed Valentine's cards could be great for procrastinators, which we know you are not

Matt Erickson

I have no doubt that our regular Heard on the Hill readers with significant others have their stuff together enough that by today, Feb. 13, they've got Valentine's gift plans ready. But just in case you're a new reader (Welcome!), or you want something else to pile on top of ...

Where KU ranks on White House's new 'College Scorecard'

Matt Erickson

If you watched President Obama's State of the Union address last night, you may have [heard him mention][1] a new "College Scorecard" to help prospective students figure out where they'll get the most educational value. Well, [the Scorecard is up and running][2] now on the White House website. If offers ...

Visiting historian Richard Norton Smith dreams about future Dole Institute expansion

Matt Erickson

Before [his talk about George Washington][1] on Sunday, I chatted with presidential historian and former Dole Institute of Politics director Richard Norton Smith about what he's up to these days (finishing up a 1,200-page book, plus a "couple thousand footnotes," on Nelson Rockefeller, for one). But we also chatted about ...

KU faculty/staff roundup: Year of the Snake, psychology of energy savings, digital courtship

Matt Erickson

A new feature here at Heard on the Hill, which we'll pull out every week or whenever enough news piles up to merit it: a roundup of recent KU faculty/staff news and media mentions: • KU psychology professor Paul Atchley, who's no stranger to the national media, [talked to the ...

KU events this week: John Adams, Nobel winner, new natural history labs

Matt Erickson

Your weekly sampling of upcoming events around KU: • The KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute will show off its [newly completed $3.5 million renovations][1] during a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Tours will show visitors all the high-tech stuff there that will help scientists and ...

Announcing the first Heard on the Hill Office Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the Union

Matt Erickson

You know, when I started writing about KU, I was enchanted by the idea of getting back on the campus. In my mind, I'd be strolling down Jayhawk Boulevard again, calculating in my head how long it would take me to walk from Budig Hall down to the Kansas Union, ...

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