Tue, 09/10/2013 — LAWRENCE – In the midst of efforts to ensure more students succeed and graduate, the University of Kansas moved up in U.S. News and World Report rankings released today.
In the “Best Colleges 2014” rankings, KU is tied for 47th among public universities, up from a tie for 51st last year. It remains the top-ranked university in Kansas and features more ranked graduate programs than all other public universities in the state combined.
The university is completing the second year of the implementation of Bold Aspirations, its strategic plan. Central to that effort are initiatives to increase the number of students who succeed in their studies and graduate on time.
Tue, 09/10/2013 — LAWRENCE – A prominent media lawyer from Washington, D.C., will discuss “Whistleblowers, Reporter Surveillance and the First Amendment” on Constitution Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Invited journalists, lawyers, students and others will attend the discussion by Charles D. “Chuck” Tobin. In addition, members of the Kansas Press Association, Kansas Association of Broadcasters and Kansas Bar Association from around the state who do not attend in person may engage with Tobin via conference call or Twitter.
Tobin will speak and answer questions about recent controversies over the media’s publication of leaked government secrets and
Tue, 09/10/2013 — LAWRENCE – The creation of the Achievement and Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas earlier this year also created the need for something in short supply on campus: office space.
To help meet that need, the KU Center for Research Inc. (KUCR) has purchased a building at 1617 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence to house the rapidly expanding staff of the institute. The 11,700-square-foot, two-level facility was constructed in 1974 for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. By Tuesday, Oct. 1, as many as 40 institute staff will have relocated to new offices in the building, and room remains for additional anticipated growth.
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Mon, 09/09/2013 — Experts on business, international relations and environmental issues in South America will converge at the University of Kansas for a conference, MERCOSUR and Latin American Regionalism: Land, Business, Environment, and Politics.
Mon, 09/09/2013 — Scientists have long recognized retinoic acid – a compound the body produces by metabolizing vitamin A – as crucial to embryonic development. Either too much or too little retinoic acid during gestation can lead to a number of severe...
Mon, 09/09/2013 — The University Career Center and the Center for Community Outreach at the University of Kansas, along with the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, are co-sponsoring a Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Kansas Union...
Fri, 09/06/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas will test several facets of its multi-tiered emergency notification system at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.
KU will test:
Public address system: Speakers for the public address system have been installed in and around 83 buildings, reaching 98 percent of KU’s academic areas. The buildings comprise the highest concentration of students, faculty and staff.
Emergency text alerts: More than 21,000 students, faculty and staff are signed up to receive emergency text messages. Those who have not yet signed up are encouraged to do so at alert.ku.edu.
E-mail alerts: The university’s emergency broadcast e-mail system can reach about 33,
Fri, 09/06/2013 — The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) at the University of Kansas has received a $46,000 grant to preserve at-risk drilling records and rock cuttings that hold valuable information about oil and gas deposits in Kansas and clues to the Earth’s...
Fri, 09/06/2013 — Two researchers at the University of Kansas School of Business earned top honors this month at the Academy of Management annual meeting. Assistant professors Minyoung Kim and Kristie Rogers won best paper awards for their individual...
Fri, 09/06/2013 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas has hired 29 new faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year. All faculty and staff are invited to welcome the new faculty at a reception Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The College will host the reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Malott Room at the Kansas Union. The program will include the presentation of the 2013 Career Achievement Award to James Hartman, professor emeritus of the Department of English.
The recognized new faculty members:
Fri, 09/06/2013 — Who is more likely to succeed in politics: a white woman or a Latina?
If you assumed the white candidate has a better shot, think again.
In her new book, “The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race and Political Success,” University of Kansas...
Thu, 09/05/2013 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas has awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Teaching Award to a professor in the Department of English. The $1,000 award honors a retired faculty member in the College who has a distinguished career through excellence in teaching.
James Hartman received the award for outstanding teaching at all levels of English courses at KU. Hartman is a professor emeritus of the English department in the area of language and linguistics.
Anna Neill, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, nominated Hartman for the award. Neill emphasized Hartman’s positive and lasting influence on
Thu, 09/05/2013 — LAWRENCE – The classic image of volunteers “getting their hands dirty” will take on a new look at Kansas Athletics events this fall. Starting with the University of Kansas football season opener Saturday, Sept. 7, volunteers with the new Rock Chalk Recycle program will help patrons sort their game day trash.
Rock Chalk Recycle, a partnership between Kansas Athletics and KU Recycling, aims to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill by recycling and composting a majority of waste at all sports complexes.
For games at Memorial Stadium, that will involve volunteer Waste Ambassadors. To help fans learn the new three-container system for recycling, compost and
Thu, 09/05/2013 — The Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic for the School of Law and The Big Event will benefit from the 2013 Proud To Be A Jayhawk tailgating fundraiser. The KU football season kicks off Saturday, Sept. 7, when the Jayhawks take on the University of...
Thu, 09/05/2013 — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas will offer eight courses at four sites in Topeka, including Brewster Place Retirement Community, Washburn University, McCrite Plaza Retirement Community and its new partner,...
Thu, 09/05/2013 — Arsalan Iftikhar, author of “Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. His lecture, "The Role of Islam in Post 9/11 America," is the...
Thu, 09/05/2013 — Roger W. Ferguson Jr. will present “Ethics and the Financial Services Industry” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. The 2013 Walter S. Sutton Lecture is free and open to the public.
Ferguson is the...
Thu, 09/05/2013 — Scientists have long speculated about the cause of the Younger Dryas, a sudden cold period that befell Earth as it emerged from the last Ice Age between about 12,800 and 11,500 years ago. Sometimes, this millennium-long temperature glitch is...
Wed, 09/04/2013 — LAWRENCE – As the world’s glaciers and polar ice sheets continue to vanish, advanced technology for the study of this global change – and the resulting rise in sea level – is more important and more sophisticated than ever before. The multi-partner Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), headquartered at the University of Kansas, is a recognized world leader in this critical field of study.
For that reason, the International Glaciological Society has chosen Lawrence as the site for its International Symposium on Radioglaciology, to take place Sept. 9-13 at KU. Nearly 100 researchers from more than 30 universities and research institutes around the world
Wed, 09/04/2013 — A University of Kansas disability research center has published the eighth edition of “Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities,” a nationally known publication. The recommendations for disability terminology are...