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Fri, 03/22/2013 — LAWRENCE – Houston A. Baker Jr., a scholar known for his critiques of African-American literature and theory, will present a public lecture at the University of Kansas. “Why Are Black Public Intellectuals Afraid of the Ocean?: Slave Ships, Diaspora Literacy, and Cultural Erasures in the Age of Obama” will be the topic of discussion for Baker, a distinguished university professor at Vanderbilt University. The lecture will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. A book signing will follow. The event is hosted by the Department of English as the 2013 installment of its American Lecture series. Baker’s literary and cultural

Fri, 03/22/2013 — For the second time in five years, a University of Kansas School of Law moot court team has qualified for the international finals of the European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition. Third-year law students Bruno Simões, of...

Fri, 03/22/2013 — Students at the University of Kansas School of Engineering are helping cement KU’s reputation as a nationwide leader in concrete research and education. The KU chapter of the American Concrete Institute was recently named an ACI Excellent...

Fri, 03/22/2013 — An out-of-the-box approach to a competition held entirely within a sand-filled container earned a group of University of Kansas School of Engineering students high honors at a national geotechnical conference. Graduate students Jun Guo, Shenzhen,

Wed, 03/20/2013 — The University of Kansas will broadcast a test of its emergency public address system at 11:30 a.m. today, March 20. The public address system is part of the comprehensive emergency notification system at KU. During the test, a three-second...

Wed, 03/20/2013 — LAWRENCE – Charlotte Pierce-Baker, an author and professor at Vanderbilt University who wrote about her son’s bipolar disorder and the challenges it presented her family, will visit campus for a book-signing and reception for “This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son.” At age 25, Pierce-Baker’s son seemed to have his life on track as a successful postgraduate student. When her high-achieving son ended up handcuffed, dirty and in jail, Pierce-Baker and her family were confronted with the reality that her son had bipolar disorder. In “This Fragile Life,” Pierce-Baker seeks to break the silence that surrounds mental illness in families. She traces the

Tue, 03/19/2013 — Seven students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will spend a portion of their spring break traveling through rural areas of Kansas on their way to visit 10 independent pharmacies and their owners. The annual trip is sponsored by...

Mon, 03/18/2013 — LAWRENCE – Shane Lopez, a positive psychologist and the world’s pre-eminent expert on hope, will bring his Hope Day tour to the University of Kansas, where he will meet with faculty, administrators and student leaders on how hope drives well-being, achievement and professional development. KU’s Hope Day will take place March 27 in the Kansas Room of the Union. The series of events will begin at 2:30 p.m., with a session for KU faculty, staff and administrators. At 4 p.m., Lopez will lead a development session with student leaders from across KU’s campus. “The science of hope shows that how we think about the future is a key determinant of success in school, work and

Fri, 03/15/2013 —  Every teacher knows elementary students have energy to burn, but given the increased focus on meeting specific test scores and the challenges of the school day it’s not easy to fit in enough time for physical activity. Joseph Donnelly,...

Fri, 03/15/2013 — A University of Kansas School of Engineering assistant professor landed a statewide award for leading innovative research with a focus on real-world design and sustainable methods for powering vehicles. Chris Depcik, assistant professor of...

Fri, 03/15/2013 —  Several University of Kansas faculty members will appear on the episode “Gamma-ray Burst,” which is the second episode in the new Weather Channel series “Forecasting the End.” This episode is presently scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. CDT...

Thu, 03/14/2013 — The  Advancement Board for the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital will host Brackfest 2013 on Monday, March 18, at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo. The event includes a breakfast...

Thu, 03/14/2013 — It’s a popular and successful strategy for many investors: Follow the trades made by corporate insiders, those high-level officials who often have informational advantages about their company. But two University of Kansas researchers suggest...

Wed, 03/13/2013 —  Just what is a species? It’s a surprisingly difficult question of biology. One University of Kansas researcher, Jenny Archibald, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore definitions of species and better...

Wed, 03/13/2013 — The fifth Red Hot Research event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at The Commons in Spooner Hall. In a continued effort to bring together scholars from all disciplines, and in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations, The...

Wed, 03/13/2013 — David P. Lindeman, senior scientist and director of the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons, was honored with the Kansas Division of Early Childhood Award of Excellence on Feb. 28. This award honors an individual who has made...

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

Tue, 03/12/2013 — LAWRENCE – National Public Radio White House correspondent Scott Horsley will join Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, to reflect on the 2012 presidential campaign at a special event tonight, March 12. You’re invited to join the conversation. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute. “An Evening with Scott Horsley” is one of several events Kansas Public Radio is putting on to celebrate its 60th anniversary on air. Horsley reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues. The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on

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


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