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Tue, 01/22/2019 — LAWRENCE – Nearly a quarter-million people volunteer each year to work for the National Park Service. That’s a lot of trash pickup and trail blazing. But University of Kansas researcher Jeremy Shellhorn, his colleagues and students have just donated work of a very different sort: a new typeface inspired by the iconic, wooden wayfinding signs of the Park Service. Inspired by the bureau's communal ethic, Shellhorn and friends have made their font – which is named “National Park Typeface” – open-source, meaning it is free to download. Shellhorn, associate professor of design, is an avid outdoorsman who has cultivated relationships with rangers at Colorado’s Rocky

Tue, 01/22/2019 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has unveiled its full schedule of programming for the spring 2019 semester. The slate is led by April events with Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, and Carly Fiorina, former HP chief executive and presidential hopeful. Fiorina will visit in April to deliver the 2019 Dole Lecture. Held each spring and headlined by a national figure, the Dole Lecture commemorates April 14, 1945, when former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole was critically wounded while serving in Italy during World War II. The event honors Dole’s courageous recovery and continuing commitment to serve the nation

Mon, 01/21/2019 — The University of Kansas community is remembering Andrew Zinn, associate professor of social welfare, who died Dec. 28. He was 54. “Professor Zinn was a great colleague and a spirited advocate through his work at our School of Social Welfare,...

Fri, 01/18/2019 — Faculty and researchers at the University of Kansas will find new services to help put their work into the hands of others. The University Press of Kansas (UPK) has earned a reputation for publishing distinguished scholarship, and now it is...

Fri, 01/18/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” will shake away the winter blues with a Kansas Tiki Week performance by the Tiki Torches at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Maceli’s in downtown Lawrence. Doors open at 7 p.m. Escape to a warmer place this winter with the musical stylings of the Tiki Torches, a talented foursome from Dallas. The group will perform classics like Les Baxter’s “Quiet Village,” “Jungle Drums” and “Misirlou,” along with their own original tunes. Enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails and appetizers from Maceli’s while you sway to the Tiki Torches’ tunes. They blend jazz, exotica, blues and surf sounds with some bossa nova, creating a unique fusion

Fri, 01/18/2019 — The University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration has named Patty Gentrup as interim director of the Public Management Center (PMC). Laura Howard resigned from the position last week when Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly appointed...

Thu, 01/17/2019 — A recent University of Kansas graduate has won international recognition for his dissertation proposing innovative advances to radar technology. Patrick McCormick, an Olathe native who graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate in electrical...

Wed, 01/16/2019 — Have you ever been stressed out by the idea of doing math or statistics problems? You’re not alone. Research shows that up to 80 percent of college students experience some form of statistics anxiety — and for students majoring in psychology,

Tue, 01/15/2019 — New programs for families and University of Kansas students are in the lineup for winter and spring at the KU Natural History Museum, including International Museum Selfie Day on Wednesday, Jan. 16. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will have...

Tue, 01/15/2019 —  The publishing company that produces USA Today, one of the country’s largest newspapers, has received a buyout bid of $1.36 billion from MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media. Gannett Co. has been targeted by the company,...

Tue, 01/15/2019 — The University of Kansas has three programs ranked among the nation’s best in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Programs,” released today. The university’s online MBA program is ranked 20th among public...

Tue, 01/15/2019 —  Cherokee is spoken as a first language by fewer than 5,000 people, yet in recent years it has experienced a remarkable revival as a second language. But what happens when entire generations may have learned to speak the language but not read or...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — LAWRENCE – There’s a juicy psychological, even romantic, angle underlying his mathematical analysis of an important Johannes Brahms composition in the new book co-written and edited by Scott Murphy, University of Kansas professor of music theory. Murphy’s chapter in “Brahms and the Shaping of Time” (2018, University of Rochester Press) is titled “Durational Enharmonicism and the Opening of Brahms’ ‘Double Concerto.’” The book is part of the publisher’s Eastman Studies in Music series, named for the New York university’s renowned music school. In addition to his editing tasks, Murphy contributed the book’s introduction and one of its nine chapters. In his chapter

Mon, 01/14/2019 — When University of Kansas students return to the School of Engineering at the start of the spring semester, they’ll find a familiar face and name occupying the dean’s office. Arvin Agah, interim dean of engineering and professor of...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — The University of Kansas will lead several community events to help celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Lawrence. The hallmark event to commemorate the day will take place along Jayhawk Boulevard on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the first day...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — A University of Kansas historian has received a prestigious $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete his book project on the history of defection from the Soviet Union and what it can tell us about the nature of...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — The call for proposals for the 10th round of Rocket Grants — a program that supports innovative, artist-driven projects outside of established art venues within the Kansas City area — opens today. Artists are encouraged to attend an...

Thu, 01/10/2019 — The University of Kansas Libraries are now accepting applications for the fourth annual Research Sprints, a program offering faculty and academic staff the chance to work intensively with a team of expert librarians for one week on a research...

Wed, 01/09/2019 — LAWRENCE – There have been two biographies of jazz piano great Mary Lou Williams. There are two biographies of singer and actor Ethel Waters, as well as her two autobiographical memoirs, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “To Me It’s Wonderful.” Black Panther Party founder Eldridge Cleaver wrote two autobiographies – “Soul on Ice” and “Soul on Fire.” And there have been countless books on the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, including his own, “The Greatest.” So why did Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas professor of African & African-American studies and American studies, feel it was necessary to write a book focusing on their spiritual and religious

Wed, 01/09/2019 — Joe Evans, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Kansas, has been named a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Evans is recognized for...


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