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Tue, 06/05/2018 — A retired high school teacher in Concordia has left a $7.4 million estate gift to benefit students majoring in the arts, humanities and education at the University of Kansas. Lavon Brosseau grew up on a farm without electricity or plumbing and...

Tue, 06/05/2018 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the May 31 death of Shu Wu, associate professor of economics. He was 51. “I am profoundly saddened to learn of the death of Professor Wu, who was both a dedicated scholar and a devoted teacher...

Tue, 06/05/2018 — Most citizens of Nigeria deeply distrust the Nigerian government, but at one state-run shelter for human trafficking victims, many young migrant women are finding common ground with state officials through religious beliefs and discussions about...

Tue, 06/05/2018 — More than 50 LGBT candidates in conservative-leaning Texas are running for political office this cycle, likely a response to the current national climate and developments of the past two decades, according to a University of Kansas researcher...

Tue, 06/05/2018 — LAWRENCE – With an upcoming sabbatical from his teaching duties, a Hall Center for the Humanities Fellowship and now the support that comes from having been named a Core Writer by the Minneapolis-based Playwrights’ Center, Associate Professor of English Darren Canady has only the blank page to conquer. Canady, author of such recent plays as “Ontario Was Here” (a drama set in a child welfare office) and “Black Butterflies” (which examines the school-to-prison pipeline), was recently named one of the Playwrights’ Center’s six Core Writers in the class of 2018-21. The program provides financial and other forms of support, Canady said. The center promises to support

Mon, 06/04/2018 —   LAWRENCE – There’s not a lot of repertoire for cello and percussion, so University of Kansas faculty members Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello, the cellist and percussionist, respectively, who form the duo New Morse Code, commissioned some of their favorite composers to write for them. The result is the group’s first album, “Simplicity Itself,” released on CD late last year by New Focus Recordings. “We create the repertoire to a large extent,” said Compitello, assistant professor of music. “There are some things, particularly from a famous percussionist and cellist who worked together in the 1990s. But most music we play is stuff we have commissioned and

Mon, 06/04/2018 — The great Laurel-or-Yanny debate of 2018 was so fun because it shined a light on the often-illusory nature of auditory perception. What you hear may not be the same as what somebody else hears. Or, perhaps what you hear could change over time....

Mon, 06/04/2018 —  The Supreme Court announced today it ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, citing religious objections. The court ruled 7-2 and stated the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward...

Mon, 06/04/2018 — After being forced to flee Germany during World War II due to her anti-fascist stances, author Anna Seghers returned in 1947, eventually moving to East Berlin. Her views as a leftist and socialist have likely caused her work to be obscured...

Mon, 06/04/2018 — OVERLAND PARK – Ten of the largest education institutions in the Kansas City metropolitan area are joining forces across the state line, enabling students to earn a bachelor’s degree in only three years. This new partnership potentially reduces students’ cost of earning a degree and accelerates their entrance into the Kansas City workforce or graduate school. Education and community leaders from Kansas and Missouri will gather to witness KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) Vice Chancellor David Cook, superintendents and directors from six school districts, and three community college presidents and chancellors sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the Degree in 3

Mon, 06/04/2018 — Anyone with vinyl records, CDs, gently used audio equipment or musical instruments gathering dust in their homes is encouraged to consider donating them to the KU Audio-Reader Network, a nonprofit that serves the blind, visually impaired and...

Fri, 06/01/2018 — LAWRENCE – Twenty-nine University of Kansas School of Law students contributed more than 3,373 hours of free legal services over the past year, earning a spot on KU Law’s Pro Bono Honor Roll. Students prepared tax returns for low-income residents, represented the interests of children as court-appointed special advocates, helped clients expunge past criminal convictions and prepared guardianship petitions for families seeking to secure their adult children’s futures. “KU Law students are committed to giving back to the community and making service part of their professional lives,” said Meredith Schnug, associate director of KU’s Legal Aid Clinic. “Through pro bono

Thu, 05/31/2018 — A major new study appearing in PLOS Biology on May 31 examines more than a century of fungal pathogens, finding well-aimed biosecurity measures cut the spread of unwanted fungi into a nation, even in the face of increased globalized...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — The University of Kansas School of Business will host its second annual Summer Venture in Business program June 3-5 at Capitol Federal Hall. The program is a pre-college experience for underrepresented students, including minority and potential...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — Five University of Kansas students out of nine national semifinalists have been selected for prestigious Fulbright Awards for research, study or English teaching abroad for 2018-19, with one person declining the award. Notably, KU has three...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — The 2018 Rocket Grants have awarded a total of $60,000 for 11 artist projects in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. Rocket Grants, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, support...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — Two administrators whose leadership has produced significant advancements in research development have been named as associate deans for research in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. Tamara Falicov will...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center (SAPEC) will train all incoming students to be active bystanders against sexual violence. By training incoming students through Jayhawks Give a FLOCK!, KU’s...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — A seasoned attorney with extensive legal and leadership experience at some of the nation’s top public research universities will be joining the University of Kansas. Brian White, currently the chief counsel at UConn Health – the clinical,...

Wed, 05/30/2018 — LAWRENCE – Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari is booming. The University of Kansas School of Music lecturer will have four teams of musical entertainers performing nearly 80 Drum Safari shows for children in five states this summer. Draper’s wife, Teryn, recently quit her job as an elementary school music teacher to run the operation full-time. He turned down 100 requests for shows this year, and he is already booking shows for 2019. Upcoming stops will include sites in the Greater Kansas City area as well as cities in Leavenworth, Lyon, Morris, Saline and Sedgwick counties. It’s not unlike a homegrown version of “Stomp” or Blue Man Group. “I’ve had extensive


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