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KU prof: College savings accounts lead to success for low-income students

Matt Erickson

How can we help young people from low-income families have an opportunity to go to college and succeed? A KU social welfare researcher writes that one answer could be to provide such students with college savings accounts like those that higher-income families might create — even if they don't actually ...

KU physicist says huge solar storm may have happened around year 775

Matt Erickson

As you may have noticed in [a short item][1] sent out over the Associated Press wire recently, KU physicist [Adrian Melott][2] is spreading a theory that a huge solar flare happened some 1200 years ago — at least 10 to 20 times bigger than any solar storm scientists have known ...

Site collecting pay data for adjunct instructors; not much info on KU yet

Matt Erickson

We may still be two weeks out from the beginning of spring-semester classes at KU, but we're back to full time now at Heard on the Hill. Things were a bit hit-or-miss the past few weeks, but now it's back to regularly scheduled programming. First up: At colleges across the ...

KU provost Vitter back from 12-day China trip

Matt Erickson

I've been talking lately with a few KU faculty members who regularly travel overseas about their joy at the news they'll be able to access wireless internet internationally. Provost Jeff Vitter is not among those I've talked to, but I can report he is an international traveler, as well: He ...

West Virginia University has KU alumnus to thank for iconic logo

Matt Erickson

Perhaps you're not sure what to make of West Virginia University, a newly added athletic conference-mate of KU's this school year, and you're searching for some sort of connection you can use to make a sign, a chant or something when the school's basketball team visits Allen Fieldhouse in March. ...

Colombian president (and KU alum) named 'Kansan of the Year' by Topeka paper

Matt Erickson

Juan Manuel Santos, the KU alumnus who is president of Colombia, is the "[Kansan of the Year][1]" for 2012, at least according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. The newspaper picked Santos for its annual honor last week, recalling [his appearance at KU][2] in September when he became the first sitting head ...

Learn a bit more about the new KU Med Center leader

Matt Erickson

KU's [announcement yesterday][1] that longtime Medical Center faculty member Douglas Girod would become the new executive vice chancellor there capped off a process that began [about a year ago][2] (though at that time, the search committee thought it was looking for a new medical-school dean, rather than a leader for ...

KU ranks at bottom of Forbes football cost efficiency list

Matt Erickson

We're back here at Heard on the Hill after a brief Christmas hiatus, and we'll have a few more KU tidbits this week to tide you over until the new year. First we'll catch you up on an item that perhaps you missed amid pre-holiday hustle and bustle: Forbes magazine ...

Four years later, auto-parts company follows KU business students' suggestion to open plant in KCK

Matt Erickson

A newly reported move of a manufacturing facility from Missouri to Kansas is at least partially thanks to a group of one-time KU business students. Back in 2008, a mix of graduate students and undergrads in a KU School of Business course had a real-world class project, according to Wally ...

Dole Institute opens exhibit in honor of late Sen. Inouye

Matt Erickson

For the [second time][1] in the last few months, the Dole Institute of Politics will honor one of Bob Dole's former U.S. Senate colleagues with a memorial exhibit. LIke George McGovern, who died in October, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was an across-the-aisle friend of Dole's, according to [a Dole Institute ...

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