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Tue, 03/12/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas continues to offer more ranked graduate programs than all other Kansas public universities combined, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” In the latest rankings, KU has 10 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities and 32 ranked among the top 40. “These rankings reflect the talent and stature of our students and scholars, as well as the fact that the best college education in Kansas continues to be at the University of Kansas. And while that comparison is important, where we’re focusing our efforts is on the changes that will elevate our stature and quality relative to

Tue, 03/12/2013 — Elementary and secondary school educators with full-time jobs who wish to obtain administrative certification have a new path to an advanced degree from the nationally ranked University of Kansas School of Education.   Beginning in June 2013,...

Tue, 03/12/2013 — LAWRENCE – After students and faculty expressed interest in further opportunities to pursue indigenous studies, graduate students at the University of Kansas can now receive certification for studies in indigenous people and cultures of the United States. The Indigenous Studies Program, which already offers a master’s degree, will add the multidisciplinary graduate certificate as an option beginning in fall 2013. The program gives students an essential understanding of the relationship between the U.S. and indigenous nations and peoples. Students working toward certification will gain knowledge of related historical, political, religious and social issues. The

Mon, 03/11/2013 — University of Kansas Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter will present his inaugural lecture as a Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Vitter’s...

Mon, 03/11/2013 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas startup company has begun producing a new drug delivery technology that could make cancer treatments safer and more effective. HylaPharm, a drug delivery company founded in 2010 by a team of KU faculty, is now producing its patented HylaPlat technology, which delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to cancer cells in tumors and nearby lymph nodes while limiting drug exposure in kidneys, nerves and auditory organs. By limiting exposure in these surrounding areas, HylaPlat enables targeted treatments with fewer side effects for patients. “For most drugs, there’s a trade-off between side effects and efficacy,” said Dr. Daniel Aires,

Mon, 03/11/2013 — LAWRENCE – It is one of the most popular consumer electronics gadgets in U.S. history, and now with the help of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) at the University of Kansas, the iPad may one day change the way students take standardized tests. This winter 1,423 students in fourth and seventh grades used the iPad to take their formative assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics, which marks the first time CETE delivered a test on the iPad.  School participation was voluntary, and 15 schools across Kansas participated during the eight-week testing window.   “This recent small-scale tryout of our iPad test delivery is part of our

Mon, 03/11/2013 — Mental illness continues to make headlines in the wake of high-profile violent criminal incidents, but the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice, especially in jails, is nothing new. A University of Kansas professor has published...

Mon, 03/11/2013 — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute, issued the following statements on the death of Professor Larry Martin:  Gray-Little: “The University of Kansas and the...

Fri, 03/08/2013 — The University of Kansas has bestowed Employee of the Month honors for the month of February. They are as follows:University Support Staff Employee of the Month for February 2013Name: LaVerta LoganStart date: 1996Current title: Assistant director,

Fri, 03/08/2013 — An entry by a team of area university students is among the finalists in the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Late last fall University of Kansas architecture student Lauren Leigh Brown, Hermitage, Mo.,...

Thu, 03/07/2013 — The University of Kansas Center for Sustainability has launched its second annual energy-saving competition, which begins today, March 7. The contest, Lights Out–Round 2, is a competition among buildings on campus to see who can save the most...

Thu, 03/07/2013 — Traditionally, students studying to become teachers learn the craft in two places: the university classroom and through student teaching. A University of Kansas professor has authored a study advocating that community-based field experience as a...

Thu, 03/07/2013 — LAWRENCE – An international organization dedicated to furthering the development of applied mathematics and computational science has recognized a professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas for his contributions. Tyrone Duncan, a professor at KU since 1974, is the recipient of the 2013 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The award honors individuals for their research or contributions to differential equations and control theory. Duncan will give the Reid Prize Lecture this July at the SIAM Annual Meeting in San Diego. The selection committee noted Duncan has made “fundamental contributions to nonlinear

Thu, 03/07/2013 — Edwidge Danticat, author of "Breath, Eyes, Memory" and "Brother, I’m Dying," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Her lecture, "An Evening with Edwidge Danicat," is the spring installment...

Thu, 03/07/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas recognized some of its most productive researchers recently, conferring the Leading Light Award on 40 faculty and staff at the Lawrence campus. The 40 are principal investigators or co-principal investigators on externally funded grants of  $1 million or more awarded during the 2012 fiscal year. Recipients were recognized at a luncheon, where each received an inscribed bronze sunflower symbolic of Kansas and their leadership in research. This is the second year of the Leading Light Award program.  It was established at KU by Jeff Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor. “By contributing to the research enterprise at KU in

Wed, 03/06/2013 — LAWRENCE – Which do you prefer: Beethoven’s "Fifth Symphony" or Mozart’s "Jupiter" symphony? How about Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" or Bach’s "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring"? Now Kansas Public Radio listeners have their say about their favorite classical music by voting in KPR’s Classical Top 60. Listeners can choose their five favorite selections from among the 100 all-time greatest pieces of classical music. The ballot is at KPR’s website. Listeners can choose up to five compositions. The voting is open until April 8. After that, votes will be tabulated and the top 60 selections will be played – from 60 through No. 1 – beginning April 19. Classical music director

Wed, 03/06/2013 — A national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools, known as the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), will partner with the University of Kansas to increase college completion rates for underserved students from KIPP...

Tue, 03/05/2013 — LAWRENCE – The biography of Civil Rights mentor Benjamin E. Mays by a University of Kansas professor has been recognized as one of the top nonfiction works by an African-American author in 2012. Randal Jelks, associate professor of American studies and African and African-American studies, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Literary Award for Nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It is one of a handful of awards given by the organization to recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African-American authors. Jelks’ book “Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement” was released in April 2012 by the University

Tue, 03/05/2013 — Henry Lennon, a University of Kansas student from Branson, Mo., has received the Academic Excellence Award for Architecture from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.   Institute staff members select recipients of the award. The winners must...

Tue, 03/05/2013 — Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter James B. Steele will present a lecture on his book, “Betrayal of the American Dream,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas.


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