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John Brushwood, KU professor emeritus, dead at 87

Joel Mathis

Kansas University issued [this press release today:][1]John S. Brushwood, professor emeritus of Latin American literature at the University of Kansas, died May 27 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He was 87.Brushwood joined the KU faculty in 1967 and was considered one of the most important U.S. scholars of Latin American literature.He ...

More butterfly-friendly plants available on KU campus

Eric Weslander

Chip Taylor, KU professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, called us up today to let us know there are still hundreds of butterfly-friendly plants up for grabs at Foley Hall on west campus. The plants, available a suggested donation price of $1 to $3 per plant, are leftovers from this ...

"Yoyoman" dies at 84

Eric Weslander

Bob Lewis, a former employee of KU's University relations department, has died at age 84 from cancer of the esophagus, KU announced today.He retired from university relations in 1998 after nine years as a video producer.Lewis, whose license plate read "Yoyoman", won a Duncan Co. yo-yo contest in 1937 and ...

Hillary Rodham Clinton, KU Hospital leader among 'Top 25' women in health care

Eric Weslander

The trade magazine [Modern Healthcare][1]on Monday named outgoing Kansas University Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming to its 2007 list of the "25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare."Other notables on the list- compiled every two years by the magazine- include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Julie Gerberding, the first woman ...

KU prof lands $7.5 million grant to study male contraceptives

Eric Weslander

A researcher at Kansas University Medical Center has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant to oversee a nationwide effort to study male contraceptives.The grant from the National Institutes of Health will establish the Interdisciplinary Center for Male Contraceptive Research and Drug Development. The goal is to develop reversible male contraceptives ...

KU wins dispute with GTAs

Joel Mathis

**From a Kansas University press release:**An independent fact-finder's ruling in favor of the University of Kansas in its labor dispute with the union representing graduate teaching assistants frees the university to move quickly to implement a pay raise for GTAs, Provost Richard Lariviere said today.Lariviere said the university was extremely ...

KU-St. Luke's partnership could be finalized by mid-summer

Joel Mathis

A new relationship between Kansas University's medical-education center and a private Kansas City, Mo. hospital could be finalized by mid-summer, according to a statement released Monday.Saint Luke's Hospital on Monday announced that its board had voted Friday to "proceed with finalizing" its affiliation with Kansas University Medical Center. It set ...

NY Times picks up on KU-related shooting in Denver

Eric Weslander

The New York Times has [this story][1] mentioning the group of Kansas University and Kansas State University students who were victims in a robbery and shooting early Sunday morning in Denver.An excerpt:_A rash of seemingly random shootings last weekend has baffled the police here and added to the unease of ...

'Pay for your program' trend spreading

Eric Weslander

[This article][1] in gives Kansas University a mention as one of the schools to have jumped on the bandwagon for charging more tuition for certain kinds of degree programs."The one-student, one-rate model is somewhat silently slipping away at many public universities nationwide, as institutions increasingly turn toward differential (read: ...

When "Bud" Melman visited KU

Joel Mathis

![][1]Calvert DeForest - best known to the world as Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's late-night talk show - died this week at age 85.He once came to Lawrence - to make an appearance at "Late Night with Larry Brown" in 1986 at the beginning of the KU basketball season.[From ...

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