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Mon, 07/28/2014 — A team from the University of Kansas School of Engineering has earned a spot among the top minds in traffic engineering who will compete next month for the Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship. Nine teams will gather from Aug. 10-13 in...

Mon, 07/28/2014 — When older generations pass on, they often take with them knowledge that hasn’t been documented anywhere else. A recent University of Kansas graduate and research assistant is completing a video project in which elders of her native Iowa Tribe...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — Joe Lilek, a University of Kansas student, has been awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. Lilek, an atmospheric science major and theatre minor from Bethesda, Maryland, was selected from a pool...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — The family of University of Kansas alumnus Donald Slawson has made a $16 million lead gift for construction of a hall to be located in KU’s planned Earth, Energy and Environment Center. Slawson Hall will honor Don Slawson’s longstanding...

Thu, 07/24/2014 — University of Kansas researchers are at the forefront of efforts to develop standardized measures of the support needs of children and adults with intellectual disability. Such tools represent a new way of thinking about how to enable people...

Wed, 07/23/2014 — OVERLAND PARK – A new collaboration among the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and the Blue Valley and Olathe school districts will enable secondary students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in information technology three years after high school graduation, officials announced. The Degree in 3 program represents an innovative way for students interested in an IT career to accelerate education, obtain access to internships, become acclimated to the business world and save money on higher education. The Edwards Campus and JCCC also are exploring ways to expand Degree in 3 to additional fields of study and to more school

Wed, 07/23/2014 —  In April 2010, a catastrophic explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated for the BP company some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven rig workers lost their lives, and oil gushed freely into Gulf waters for...

Wed, 07/23/2014 — Researchers working to measure and predict sea level rise based on changes to ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will soon have a new tool to use in their assessments.  Jilu Li, assistant research professor with the Center for Remote...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — Concluding the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 10th anniversary year, the Dole Institute celebrates the official online release of The Dole Institute Oral History Project, a collection of interviews documenting the life and career of former...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — Barbara Timmermann, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), a distinction awarded to fewer than 5 percent of this professional...

Tue, 07/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – Janet Campbell, general manager of Kansas Public Radio and director of the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, announced today that she will retire Sept. 2. Campbell began working at Audio-Reader, a radio reading service for the blind and print-disabled, in 1979, the year she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in education. Hired as a secretary, she became director of Audio-Reader in 1988. She was named general manager of KANU-FM in 1998 after serving as interim general manager for 18 months. KANU was renamed Kansas Public Radio in 2002 to better represent its broadcast area, which now includes northeast and north-central Kansas,

Tue, 07/22/2014 — A theme of the University of Kansas strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, is Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World. The university’s commitment to environmental awareness and research is embodied by KU’s newest Udall Foundation honoree....

Tue, 07/22/2014 — LAWRENCE – With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows. Using brain imaging, a trio of KU researchers was able to examine to the millisecond how the brain processes a second language. They then compared their findings with their previous results for native speakers and saw both followed similar patterns. The research by Robert Fiorentino and Alison Gabriele, both associate professors in the linguistics department, and José Alemán Bañón, a former KU graduate student who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom

Mon, 07/21/2014 — In an era when school districts are under near-constant pressure to improve budget efficiencies, they are increasingly looking at alternative solutions such as the consolidation of school districts, or, more recently, the consolidation of...

Mon, 07/21/2014 — A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared with single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared with 31 percent of nonidentical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of...

Mon, 07/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas lost a longtime member of the Lawrence campus July 16. Michael “Mickey” Waxman, a statistical consultant for University of Kansas Libraries, died at his Baldwin City home after a long illness. “On behalf of the University of Kansas, I offer my condolences to Michael Waxman’s family and friends, who include the many students he helped,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said. Waxman had worked at KU since 1983. At the libraries, Waxman was responsible for statistical data consulting. He worked closely with faculty and graduate students in structuring statistical analyses for their research, often earning him mentions in the

Fri, 07/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – Experts at the University of Kansas can provide insight into the international implications of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday. The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) offers one of the country’s leading programs in Ukrainian studies, including the study of Ukrainian language and courses on the country’s history, politics and culture. Mariya Omelicheva, director of CREES, and Vitaly Chernetsky, incoming associate director of CREES, can provide context to the historical and escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Mariya Omelicheva, an associate professor of political science, can speak

Thu, 07/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – For Latino-Americans, World War II was a turning point in melding home country nationalism with recently acquired U.S. citizenship. A University of Kansas scholar has studied how those dynamics unfolded in Mexican-American theater during the 1940s. Peter Haney, assistant director of the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, has researched how the war influenced popular Spanish-language entertainment in San Antonio and throughout the Southwest. His work is a featured chapter in the book “Latina/os and World War II: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology.” The anthology is the first book-length study on the Latino-American experience during World War

Thu, 07/17/2014 — The University of Kansas community is saddened by the death of John “Jack” Lange, a freshman from Lawrence studying pre-law. Lange died unexpectedly in his sleep July 13 at his home. “Our university is keeping Jack Lange’s family and...

Thu, 07/17/2014 — Connie GentryStart date: Aug. 1, 2004Job title: Administrative assistant, School of Education  What that means: In her current role, Connie Gentry serves as the administrative assistant for an assistant dean and is most widely recognized as the “face” of the School’s Welcome Center.  Her duties also include maintenance of classroom schedules, coordinating conferences and meetings, and providing support wherever needed. She is perpetually pleasant and helpful to the people around her, especially students. Her institutional knowledge of the School of Education is beyond compare, providing a distinct advantage in managing the Welcome Center. She also is a creative


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