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KU names interim director to permanent role in research institute

The University of Kansas on Thursday announced economics professor Donna Ginther as the permanent director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research — a role which she'd held on an interim basis since May 2019. Ginther will be only the second director IPSR has had since it opened in ...

A bus passes in front of Strong Hall on Nov. 16, 2015, on the University of Kansas campus. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KU says China remains only travel-restricted country amid coronavirus outbreak

The University of Kansas on Wednesday said it had no active plans to update its list of restricted travel areas in light of growing concerns that the coronavirus could spread in the United States. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a national media briefing ...

Former ACLU president to deliver lecture on how to resist hate with free speech

Nadine Strossen, the first female and youngest-ever person to lead the American Civil Liberties Union, will deliver a lecture on Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library on how to resist hate with free speech. Strossen, who became president of the ACLU in 1991 at age 40 and served until 2008, ...

KU’s annual one-day fundraising campaign sets new record with $1.7M in donations

The University of Kansas' annual one-day fundraising drive raised $1,771,135 on Thursday — a new record for the event. Thursday's total was by far the biggest of the "One Day. One KU" campaign's three-year run. The next most successful year was 2019, where donations totaled $1,084,062, ...

KU police, security officers get salary bumps in new bargaining agreement

Police and security officers in the University of Kansas' Public Safety Office will see salary increases for the first time since 2016 as part of a new bargaining agreement approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents. Changes to the agreement between KU and the KU Police Officers ...

KU eliminating 2 general degree programs in favor of more specialized options

The University of Kansas is eliminating one of its general biology degrees and its Edwards Campus' master’s program in global and international studies in favor of more specialized offerings. Last summer, KU started the process of examining whether certain degree programs were being used ...

Longtime director of KU natural history museum plans to retire

The longtime director of the University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, Leonard Krishtalka, will retire at the end of the year, KU announced Wednesday. Krishtalka has led the institute and museum since he arrived at KU in 1995, and his last day will be Dec. 31, KU ...

Decision to close KU’s Oliver Hall came down to enrollment trends, chancellor says

The decision not to reopen a decades-old residence hall at the University of Kansas was based on enrollment projections and current occupancy rates at the campus' other nine residence halls, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Monday. The university confirmed on Friday that the hall, which had ...

Local, state leaders hold panel at KU to dispel myths about coronavirus

Local and state officials held a public forum Friday at the University of Kansas hoping to dispel myths associated with the coronavirus disease that caused a scare in Lawrence recently. The virus, which can cause severe respiratory illness, has infected nearly 50,000 people and killed nearly ...

KU’s Oliver Hall to close permanently

A University of Kansas residence hall that closed for renovations after the 2018-19 school year will not be reopened, a KU official said Friday. KU spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson confirmed Oliver Hall's permanent closure to the Lawrence Journal-World. She did not answer questions as to ...

Kelly, Girod discuss efforts to bolster Kansas workforce amid budget concerns

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday stressed the importance of a collaborative effort to improve the state’s workforce after what the two called a “lost decade.” During that decade, a majority of which was governed by Republican Gov. Sam ...

Student project is all about making KU library more inviting, practical and comfy

In the stacks of the University of Kansas’ Watson Library, a warm glow emanates from the end of certain book rows. Some study carrels, once blue and metal to match the stacks, are now made of wood and cast softer light for students seeking a quiet atmosphere. On a recent afternoon, numerous ...

Yusef Salaam, of the exonerated ‘Central Park 5,’ speaks of hope for reform

Despite the injustice brought upon him and his family by crooked law enforcement, prosecutors and media three decades ago, Yusef Salaam delivered a hopeful and empowering message to a packed auditorium Saturday night at the Kansas Union. Salaam, one of the “Exonerated Five” formerly ...