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KU Today: Goldwater Scholarship winner works on a small scale — a very small scale

In a cramped lab full of beakers, chemicals and one very large converting rig, senior Bryce Tappan works with the organic molecule azulene, which he hopes will help change the future of electronics.Tappan is one of Kansas University’s latest winners of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater ...

KU Today: Major transformation of university’s Central District now underway

When the last parents, couples and children moved out of Stouffer Place apartments earlier this summer, they closed an era of family housing at Kansas University.The shuttering of Stouffer Place also closes a broader era for the entire hillside — which for decades has been a somewhat ...

KU Today: Getting down to business at the new Capitol Federal Hall

At least one daily occurrence in Summerfield Hall will be a thing of the past when the Kansas University School of Business moves into its new home next year.“Between classes, the students disappear,” James Guthrie, associate dean of academic affairs, said of the school’s current home.It ...

KU Today: Learned expansion project engineered to be state-of-the-art

From the entryway to state-of-the-art classrooms to open hallway nooks, the new Kansas University School of Engineering building was constructed for collaboration.“Both the instruction and the practice of engineering in the real world are going that way,” engineering dean Michael Branicky ...

KU Today: Construction begins on $82 million building for earth, energy research

The newest major building project to embark on Kansas University’s main campus is the Earth, Energy and Environment Center, being constructed adjacent to Lindley Hall. Construction work just began in July on the 130,000-square-foot, $82 million building — roughly half funded by donations ...

KU Today: University groups team up to restore KU’s historic Prairie Acre

Down behind Blake Hall, bordered by two asphalt streets and surrounded by a low rock wall, is a small, one-third acre of native prairie, overflowing with tall grass, wildflowers and history. This area is Kansas University’s Prairie Acre, which is virgin prairie that has never been tilled, ...

KU Today: Medical technology meets senior housing in New Cities project

Smart toilets, fall-sensing cameras, automated medicine dispensers, gait analysis detectors — this isn’t your typical senior housing unit.As so many things evolve to keep up with the latest technology, so is Kansas University’s New Cities Initiative. The New Cities Housing Lab is one of ...

KU Today: Throwback Coke bottles commemorate KU 150

At various locations on campus this year, you can get a small keepsake along with your soda. Coca-Cola is rolling out special glass bottles for Kansas University’s 150th anniversary. “It seemed like a commemorative bottle that fans, students and alumni could keep on their shelf would be a ...

KU Today: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ready to build on big grant

After receiving a $1 million grant from its national parent organization this spring, Kansas University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to hold classes in 19 Kansas cities this fall.And while hitting the double digits is admirable, the organization’s director, Jim Peters, said ...

KU Today: KU Catalyst helps ambitious students build, launch their own businesses

Many students come to Kansas University hoping that by the time they graduate, they’ll have the skills to succeed in the business world, and maybe one day even launch their own businesses.But a growing number of KU students are finding out they can accomplish that even before they graduate, ...

KU Today: ‘OERs’ take edge off textbook costs by putting study material online

In an effort to save money and promote access, Kansas University’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures now offers open educational resources for 11 different language programs.The school’s open educational resources — called OERs for short — are free, online textbooks that can ...

KU Today: The evolution of KU’s one-of-a-kind mascot

Kansas University may be 150 years old, but its mascot — the Jayhawk — is slightly more of a spring chicken. The term Jayhawk combines two birds: the blue jay, noisy and quarrelsome, and the sparrowhawk, a stealthy hunter, according to KU’s “Traditions” website. During the Civil War, ...

KU Today: How do I say…? A pronunciation guide for tricky KU landmarks

On the Kansas University campus, great pride is taken in following tradition. Often, it’s easy to distinguish the new students from the seasoned ones based on their knowledge of KU culture — and how they pronounce names of the 150 campus buildings and other landmarks.Names such as the Lied ...

KU Today: 10 cool KU buildings worth getting off the beaten path to find

The Campanile towers over Marvin Grove and fills campus with music. Stately Strong Hall is the centerpiece of Jayhawk Boulevard. And Fraser Hall’s sky-high flagpoles can be seen from miles outside Lawrence.But Kansas University has many view-worthy buildings that aren’t on the beaten path. ...

KU Today: 10 fun facts about how the university started 150 years ago

Here are a few Kansas University factoids to know as the institution celebrates its 150th anniversary.Quick language note: Another way of saying “150th anniversary” is to say the university is celebrating its “sesquicentennial anniversary.” Just in case you didn’t know.1: The first ...

KU Today: Know your alma mater, the song of the Jayhawks

Inspired by an existing tune — but with words changed to reflect the beauty of Kansas University’s campus on “The Hill” — the KU alma mater dates to the school’s early decades.According to KU history, in 1891 professor George Barlow Penny searched for a school song for the Glee and ...

KU Today: Stay on top of Jayhawk news with these must-follow Twitter accounts

So, you’ve moved into your residence hall, toured the campus, located where your classes will be, gotten a parking permit and thoroughly read ALL the brochures you’ve received from Kansas University (wink, wink). Now it’s time to get oriented with the KU Twitter-sphere. Twitter is a great ...