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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...

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...

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

Tue, 05/29/2018 — To answer questions about the effects of land use upon ecosystems — including soils, plants and microbial life — scientists must spend time not only in the laboratory but in the field. Field research experiences begin at the undergraduate...

Tue, 05/29/2018 — The University of Kansas will enact a budget adjustment on the Lawrence campus to address fiscal constraints and cut costs for fiscal year 2019. The adjustment entails a 5.87 percent across-the-board budget reduction for all Lawrence campus...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas announced today that Darin Beck is the next executive director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). The state headquarters for law enforcement training, KLETC develops and delivers basic training and continuing education for police officers, sheriff’s deputies and others. “Because of the critical role KLETC serves for the residents of Kansas and its law enforcement community, we knew we had to find another strong, dedicated and progressive leader,” said David Cook, vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus, which includes KU Professional & Continuing Education and KLETC. “Fortunately, Darin is just that

Thu, 05/24/2018 — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has named three University of Kansas students as Astronaut Scholars for the 2018-19 school year. This is the first time that three KU students have won the award during the same year. The recipients of the...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Baltic state of Lithuania is home to “a singing culture,” says Professor of Music Debra Hedden, and, in her most recent scholarly article, she tries to adapt some of that country’s methods for an American audience. She also infuses these in her methods classes, in which she’s preparing future teachers to teach children to sing. “Lessons from Lithuania: A Pedagogical Approach in Teaching Improvisation” is the article Hedden published in the most recent edition of the International Journal of Music Education. Hedden directs the music education program at the University of Kansas School of Music. She worked as an elementary school teacher for nearly 20

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law honored Class of 2018 graduates at a hooding ceremony May 12. During the ceremony, seven students received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community. The recipients: Rhavean Anderson, Memphis, Tennessee, Janean Meigs Memorial Award Waynell Henson, Kansas City, Kansas, Class of 1949 Leadership Award Jordan Kane, Overland Park, Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership and Service Award Samuel LaRoque, Shawnee, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Mathew Petersen, Wichita, Robert F. Bennett Award Jennifer Schorgl, Liberty,

Thu, 05/24/2018 — A University of Kansas dual-degree recipient was selected to receive a fellowship for graduate study from the KU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Mario Balcazar, who completed requirements for degrees in electrical engineering and physics in May, was...


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