Heard on the Hill

KU professor appearing on national TV tonight, days after being featured by Journal-World (these things likely unrelated)

Matt Erickson

A KU psychologist will be a national TV star, at least for a short time tonight. [KU announced][1] this morning that [Paul Atchley][2], a professor of psychology and the department's chairman of undergraduate studies, will appear on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" tonight. This is surely prompted by the ...

KU pharmacy students get peek at life serving rural Kansans

Matt Erickson

We working folks may feel a bit jealous of the lengthy winter break KU students enjoy. But here's a reminder that they're not actually sleeping till noon and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix all day as they are in our envious imaginations — at least not all of them. Ten ...

KU student-government leaders planning to lobby state legislators on concealed carry on campus, higher-education funding

Matt Erickson

We're just a few days away from a new Kansas legislative session, and KU's student government is getting ready to join in the fun. Student Body President Hannah Bolton is rounding up students to come along on Higher Education Day, Feb. 11, when student governments from all the Kansas Board ...

Looking for people who've taken a MOOC

Matt Erickson

So, who out there has tried out a MOOC? For those of you not hip to the biggest higher-education buzzword (buzz acronym?) of the last year or so, MOOC stands for "[massive open online courses][1]." Those are exactly what they sound like: college courses with thousands of students, offered for ...

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 ...

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