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Mon, 06/16/2014 — Critics have decried the use of utilitarianism to justify major American policy changes, like the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage, instead arguing both fail the "do no harm" test. But a University of Kansas researcher who...

Thu, 06/12/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has named an alumnus who is a nationally recognized public administrator as the new director of its School of Public Affairs and Administration. Reggie Robinson, who has held numerous leadership and advisory posts at the state and federal level, was selected to lead the top-ranked school after a nationwide search. As director, Robinson will return to the institution where he earned his law degree in 1987. “I’m pleased to appoint an experienced administrator and dedicated public servant,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Reggie captivated those he met with his strategic view and knowledge of

Thu, 06/12/2014 — The winners of this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction have been announced by Christopher McKitterick, director of the Gunn Center...

Wed, 06/11/2014 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has received a $25 million award from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development to develop and administer customized assessments for Alaska’s public schools.

Wed, 06/11/2014 — Lawrence – On June 28, the event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred 100 years ago in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. These characters will tweet as though the events were occurring in real time. Twitter users can follow along through the hashtag #KU_WWI, which will provide dozens of

Wed, 06/11/2014 — This June, the Lawrence Arts Center will host headlining musicians, outdoor films, and indoor and outdoor art installations as part of its annual Free State Festival. The event represents a significant partnership between the Lawrence Arts...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is now accepting donations of gently used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs and musical instruments. Donated items will be sold at Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only, which will take place...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Two former University of Kansas chancellors and their wives — Archie and Nancy Dykes of Leawood and Gene and Gretchen Budig of Isle of Palms, South Carolina — have jointly established a new teaching professorship in the School of...

Tue, 06/10/2014 — Despite heightened focus on preventing global terrorism since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a University of Kansas researcher has found that the economic relationship between two countries is the most significant factor in determining the acceptance...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — Stephen Ware, professor of law at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today on Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 12-1200, a bankruptcy case relating to the Constitution’s...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society has initiated 98 new members. Jeffrey Moran, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of history, presided at the May 18 ceremony, immediately...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — When the first widespread computer virus was born, government didn’t shut down all computer science research. Similarly, now that synthetic biology, a field of science that uses standardized pieces of DNA to build new life forms, medications,...

Mon, 06/09/2014 — E. Nathan Thomas III, a highly successful educator, administrator and entrepreneur, has been named the vice provost for Diversity and Equity at the University of Kansas. Thomas will join the KU community on July 14. Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — Students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently took part in an international competition that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and test an all-terrain vehicle that’s part dune buggy and...

Thu, 06/05/2014 —  Sticking to an exercise routine is not easy, especially when the gym is not exactly a person’s favorite place to be. Two University of Kansas researchers have published a study showing that, when exercisers perceived the climate at a fitness...

Thu, 06/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized two University of Kansas master’s graduates with its award for Outstanding Thesis. The awards were presented at the College’s graduate recognition ceremony during Commencement weekend. Lizzy Adams, who finished her master’s in classics in spring 2013, was recognized for her thesis, “Esse videtur: Occurrences of Heroic Clausulae in Cicero’s Orations.” Adams’ thesis makes a significant contribution in a century-long debate concerning the heroic clausula, a sequence of long and short syllables that end a line of Greek or Latin epic poetry. Her research discovers a new and fresh way to hear the echoes of

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Humans are really bad at detecting flirting, according to research at the University of Kansas. And their wingmen aren’t any better. Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of communication studies and author of the 2013 book “The Five Flirting Styles,” conducted a study to see how often pairs of strangers correctly identified when the other was flirting. “If you think someone is not interested in you, you are probably right, they are not interested,” Hall said. “But if someone is, you probably missed it.” The study is detailed in the article “Accurately Detecting Flirting: Error Management Theory, the Traditional Sex Script, and Flirting Base Rate,” which

Wed, 06/04/2014 — University of Kansas scientists welcome the public to an event this week, when thousands of Emperor Hackberry butterflies are expected to emerge at the Fitch Natural History Reservation, northeast of Lawrence Municipal Airport. From 1 p.m. to 3...

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Russ Ostermann, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas, has been named interim director of KU’s Tertiary Oil Recovery Program (TORP). The move is effective July 1. Ostermann succeeds Jenn-Tai Liang, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, who has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Liang has directed TORP since 2007. A national search for the permanent director will begin soon. TORP is a research center whose mission is to increase the extraction of crude oil from existing and largely depleted

Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Center for Civic and Social Responsibility has announced the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Service Learning Awards, given to one faculty member, one student and one community partner in recognition of exceptional dedication to service learning efforts, community effects and student development. Recipients of this year’s awards are Dory Sabata, clinical assistant professor in occupational therapy education; Leigh Loving, senior from McPherson, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Sabata received the faculty award for building a service-learning program in the occupational therapy education program at KU Medical Center


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