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Thu, 01/17/2013 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little released the following statement regarding the death of KU junior Raphael “Rafe” Biltz: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Rafe Biltz in this time of grief. I offer the deepest condolences on behalf of Jayhawk nation.” Biltz, Mulvane, was a junior in the School of the Arts in film and media studies. He had a minor in English. He died Jan. 4.  

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
Wed, 01/16/2013 — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s comments on the governor’s budget: "These are extremely challenging budget times for Kansas and require that we redouble our efforts in making sure every dollar received is put to good use. The top-to-bottom efficiency measures KU is implementing are critical in helping ensure that all of our financial resources – tuition dollars, state revenues and private donations – are well-spent. "The governor's budget recognizes that we can't have a pro-growth strategy in Kansas without investments in our universities. Further, we are heartened by the recognition of the vital role the University of Kansas Medical Center

View of KU campus.
Wed, 01/16/2013 — David Pittaway is a sixth-generation Kansan whose ancestors moved to Kansas prior to the Civil War. He has lived out of state since graduating from the University of Kansas in 1972, yet still considers Kansas his home. To show his support for...

Largest-ever dynamic learning map unveiled.
Wed, 01/16/2013 — Vermont has joined the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium, a multistate initiative led by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas. Vermont joins the DLM Consortium’s 13 other states:...

Wed, 01/16/2013 — The University of Kansas will honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration Monday, Jan. 21. “The KU and Lawrence community is invited to join us on campus to both honor Dr. King and think about what we can do...

Wed, 01/16/2013 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little released the following statement regarding the death of KU senior Brian Carman: “On behalf of the entire University of Kansas community, I offer sincere condolences to the family of Brian Carman. He honored us all with his service to our nation, and we are truly thankful for that.”   Carman served in the U.S. Marines and the Kansas National Guard and was deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.   Carman was a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, attending classes on the Edwards Campus. He died Dec. 30.

Researcher Ric Steele suggests engaging the family in healthy lifestyle behaviors is essential.
Tue, 01/15/2013 —  Despite recent data showing that childhood obesity in the U.S. has begun to drop, overweight and obese kids and teens remain a personal and public health hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of...

Onsite at the University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network.
Tue, 01/15/2013 — The University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network, a reading and information service for the blind and print-disabled, has received a $10,000 grant from the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation. The grant will help fund Braille program guides,...

Spooner Hall
Tue, 01/15/2013 — Emilio Chapela Pérez will visit the University of Kansas from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25 as the artist in residence at The Commons in conjunction with programming for the academic year, based on the theme Data & Democracy. During his residency at...

A new investigation by researchers at the University of Kansas suggests that differences in how ethnic groups see racism could be due to differences in awareness about the severity of racism over the course of U.S. history.
Tue, 01/15/2013 — A new investigation by researchers at the University of Kansas suggests that differences in how ethnic groups see racism could be due to differences in awareness about the severity of racism over the course of U.S. history.   In this research,...

Phillip Vardiman, assistant professor of health, sport and exercise science at KU, has conducted an epidemiological study on injury and illness data from athletes who took part in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mon, 01/14/2013 — International athletic competitions such as the Olympics bring competitors, fans and coaches from across the world together.  A University of Kansas professor is conducting a study to see how such events might bring different areas of medicine...

Mon, 01/14/2013 — LAWRENCE – Lucy Sankey Russell has been appointed assistant vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. Russell comes to KU from the University of Virginia, where she has served as director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence since 2007. As assistant vice provost, Russell will oversee the integration of student services and retention services across KU’s academic affairs units and serve as an advocate for student needs across the university community. She will supervise the Academic Achievement and Access Center, KU Info and the Learning Center, the KU Writing Center, the Undergraduate Advising Center and the University Career Center.

Mon, 01/14/2013 — The University of Kansas home page at KU.edu, along with select second-level navigational and informational pages, has a new look today as part of KU's ongoing transition to a new, Drupal-based content management system. KU Today and KU News...

Fri, 01/11/2013 — TOPEKA – The KU Public Management Center has announced the 2012 graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The graduation ceremony was Nov. 16, 2012, in the House Chambers at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. The 72 students, who began their course in January, represented local, county, state or federal agencies, as well as utilities, from across Kansas, and they participated in classes in Topeka, the Kansas City area and Southwest Kansas. “CPM students represent the very best in public service,” said Terri Callahan, program manager. “While managing full-time jobs, CPM students and their sponsoring agencies somehow find the time and energy to

Planet Earth from space
Fri, 01/11/2013 — A grim hazard of climate change is that “positive feedbacks” will augment the warming induced by human activities. One such a positive feedback loop that could spiral out of control lies directly underfoot. When microorganisms in the soil...

An older couple snuggle with a toddler
Thu, 01/10/2013 — University of Kansas research on communication and aging is the basis of several guidelines in a new manual developed by the Gerontological Society of America for health care providers who frequently interact with older patients. Communicating...

Paul Atchley's work has been featured in stories about the dangers of texting and driving.
Thu, 01/10/2013 — Paul Atchley, professor and chair of undergraduate studies in the University of Kansas Department of Psychology, appeared in a news segment on "Rock Center with Brian Williams" on Jan. 10 on NBC to discuss the dangers of texting while...

Child's hand on book
Wed, 01/09/2013 — There’s an old saying in education that first you learn to read, then you read to learn. A University of Kansas professor has authored a study highlighting the importance of focusing instruction early in a child’s life on vocabulary and...

Wed, 01/09/2013 — LAWRENCE – Ways to address a budget shortfall and state tax policy are likely to be the top priorities when Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address, and KPR will bring it to you live. The coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the first week of the 2013 Kansas legislative session. The speech will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by the Democratic Party response. KPR Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will co-host the public radio and public TV coverage with Jennifer Schmidt, host and producer of the program “Ask Your Legislator” on KPTS, public TV in Wichita. After the speeches, KPR will offer in-depth analysis with

Tue, 01/08/2013 — The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble will make the trip of a lifetime when the group performs for the first time at the renowned Carnegie Hall on March 26. The KU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Paul Popiel, director of bands, will present the...


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