Heard on the Hill

Missouri, Kansas politicians exchange sports salvos

Andy Hyland

As if the Missouri Tigers basketball loss to Kansas this past weekend wasn't enough for Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a certain recent Cabinet nominee busted her chops a little bit too. After the 90-65 drubbing this weekend, she posted the following update on her Twitter page: "I'm depressed about my ...

KU MBA students participate in case competitions

Andy Hyland

Think "The Apprentice" without Donald Trump and reality-television silliness. MBA students at Kansas University will be participating in two international case competitions. A team of students get a "case" detailing a business situation involving a real-life company and have 24 hours to research a solid answer. KU is hosting the ...

KU professor blogging from Iraq

Andy Hyland

A Kansas University professor is offering a peek into Iraq at a blog set up to follow his travels there.Burdett Loomis, a political science professor, is in Iraq at the invitation of the State Department to share his knowledge of U.S. government and the Obama administration.He is scheduled to speak ...

KU students meet Warren Buffett

Andy Hyland

Members of Kansas University's Finance Club recently got the chance to travel to Omaha and visit with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.Students had two hours to glean information from the Berkshire Hathaway CEO on topics like the stimulus package, playing bridge, how to run a business and marriage.Buffett also took a ...

Student newspaper wants more students on Chancellor search committee

Andy Hyland

In an editorial, Kansas University's student newspaper opined that one more student and one more faculty member should have been included on the committee to find KU's next chancellor.The paper points out that three students served on the committee that brought current chancellor Robert Hemenway to campus."Since then, enrollment has ...

KU professor on PBS tonight

Andy Hyland

Chip Taylor, a professor of entomology and director of Kansas University's Monarch Watch program, is scheduled to appear on PBS this evening.Taylor is set to appear on an episode of "NOVA" called "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies."A preview video of the program is available here. Taylor is the fellow ...

Missouri governor promises to maintain higher ed funding

Andy Hyland

In a news release distributed today, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced an agreement that will hold the line on Missouri tuition increases.From the statement:"Under the agreement reached by Gov. Nixon and leaders of Missouri’s public four-year colleges and universities, in fiscal year 2010, the institutions will receive the same state ...

Film created by three KU professors headed to Sundance

Andy Hyland

Three Kansas University professors have collaborated on a film, "The Only Good Indian," that has been selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival.Kevin Willmott, associate professor of theatre and film, produced and directed the film. Matt Jacobson, associate professor of theatre and film, was director of photography, and ...

KU researcher gets mention in USA TODAY

Andy Hyland

A Kansas University researcher talked in USA TODAY on Monday about a topic of growing concern to many Americans: unemployment.The article points out that women are holding on to their jobs at a higher rate than men in this most recent recession.Donna Ginther, associate professor of economics and director of ...

Regents name finalist in Kansas State University presidential search

Andy Hyland

The Kansas Board of Regents announced it had found a finalist for the Kansas State Presidential opening.The first finalist chosen by the search committee is Kirk H. Schulz, vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University. Although you can check out his credentials and resume at the ...

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