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Fri, 09/22/2017 — Scot Pollard and his wife, Dawn, in partnership with the School of Education, will host the 24th Annual Gale Sayers & Scot Pollard Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 29, at Eagle Bend Golf Course. The 18-hole tournament is scheduled to tee off...

Fri, 09/22/2017 — LAWRENCE – Change is in the power of the appeal. Marianne Wilkinson, a longtime member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas and Lawrence resident, attends courses in the Institute’s main classroom at the St. Andrews Office Facility and noticed a common need among her classmates. She approached Jim Peters, KU’s director of the Osher Institute and statewide outreach, about the need for a hearing loop in the classroom. When Peters said, “We just don’t have the money,” she replied, “Well, why don’t you ask us?” This was the impetus of a whirlwind campaign to update the classroom at 1515 St. Andrews Drive. In only seven days of the

Fri, 09/22/2017 — Nine alumni are the 2017 recipients of the KU Black Alumni Network’s Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award. The network, sponsored by the KU Alumni Association, will honor them Friday, Oct. 6, during its biennial reunion. The award...

Thu, 09/21/2017 — The University of Kansas debate team of seniors Quaram Robinson, of Round Rock, Texas, and Will Katz, Topeka, won the first major policy debate tournament of the year at Georgia State University in Atlanta. It was the first time KU has ever won...

Thu, 09/21/2017 — The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won’t play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will present itself as fossilized bacteria. To find...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — A recent study of Kansans with serious mental illness enrolled in KanCare, the state Medicaid managed care program, revealed many significant unmet needs and barriers to care. While managed care organizations (MCOs) have the potential to...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — Leaders of the Catalan independence movement in northeastern Spain are poised to vote for independence Oct. 1, though the Spanish government is taking steps to impede the vote. A University of Kansas historian is available to discuss the...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis caused fewer babies being born there — through reduced fertility rates and higher fetal death rates — compared with other Michigan cities during that time, according to a working paper that includes a...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — Sixty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) earlier this month. Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium. The new...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — Although he is just 43 years old, Slava Mogutin has seen Russian attitudes toward homosexuality come full circle – from outlawed to accepted and back again to pariah status. A journalist, poet and visual artist, Mogutin was arguably...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — University of Kansas Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology Cecilia Menjívar will deliver her inaugural distinguished professor lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Summerfield Room of the Adams Alumni Center. The topic will...

Wed, 09/20/2017 — LAWRENCE – Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist, cancer researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, will deliver the Hall Center’s Humanities Lecture Series presentation “The Gene: An Intimate History” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Lied Center Auditorium. The lecture is supported by the Hall Family Foundation. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow. University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod notes: “Siddhartha Mukherjee is a groundbreaking physician, researcher and author whose work has changed the way we think about cancer, genetics and other important topics in medicine. We are delighted to have

Wed, 09/20/2017 — University of Kansas School of Law alumnus Art Piculell of Scottsdale, Arizona, has made a $500,000 gift to establish a professorship honoring the late Professor William R. Scott, who taught law at KU from 1947 to 1979. “We just basically are...

Tue, 09/19/2017 — This fall, 13 KU students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). UGRA recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship for support as they work on mentored research and creative projects.  Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page...

Tue, 09/19/2017 — While much research has been devoted to the social and communication issues that define autism spectrum disorders (ASD), much less is known about motor deficits that affect the majority of, if not all, individuals with ASD. These include not...

Tue, 09/19/2017 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas will partner with four other Kansas universities on a new project funded by $20 million from the National Science Foundation to gain a better understanding of how tiny microorganisms, collectively known as microbiomes, influence environmental changes and the resulting economic implications. The project will focus on microorganisms that live in the water, plants and soil. KU will work with research partners at Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University and Haskell Indian Nations University. The work is funded through the NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR),

Tue, 09/19/2017 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio is hosting its first-ever Songwriters Showcase, an evening of music featuring local musicians Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, Heidi Gluck and Inside Baseball. The show, sponsored by Briggs Subaru, will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $10.50 in advance at macelis.com. Arthur Dodge of Lawrence band Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers and his wife, Meg Heriford (owner of the Ladybird Café), are teaming up for a rare duo performance. Dodge’s band performs indie ballads and rock and country tunes around the area. The duo plan to release

Tue, 09/19/2017 — LAWRENCE – Perhaps it is best to beat yourself up a little the next time you fail at a task. New research led by a University of Kansas marketing professor has found emotional responses to failure rather than cognitive ones are more effective at improving people's results for the next time they tackle the next related task. "Understanding how performance differs when focusing on feelings versus thoughts could really impact the way people think about their failures or the way employers think about their employees' failures," said Noelle Nelson, assistant professor of marketing and consumer behavior in the KU School of Business. "Sometimes the literature has

Tue, 09/19/2017 — A team from the University of Kansas School of Engineering has once again earned top honors in an international aircraft engine design competition. The nine-person team won the event sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and...

Mon, 09/18/2017 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will honor retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin as the recipient of the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize. Harkin will receive the award at a public program at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Dole Institute. The program will be free and open to the public. A live stream of the event will be available at doleinstitute.org. “Senator Harkin shares Senator Dole’s belief in bipartisanship, civil discourse and respect for the other side,” Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said. “We look forward to honoring his long service to our country.” “I am honored and humbled to join the list of renowned


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