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Fri, 05/22/2020 — LAWRENCE – The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics honored three projects with the 2020 Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize for this year’s Kansas History Day State Contest. The event was judged in April 2020 virtually with the theme “Breaking Barriers.” “History Day competition is a great program to introduce young students to research and really delve into interesting historical topics,” said Julie Bergene, public education coordinator at the Dole Institute. “We are proud to sponsor the Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize to inspire a new generation of leaders.”  Topeka

Fri, 05/22/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio was set to hold its fourth annual KPR Ice Cream Social on June 18 at Maceli’s. The ice cream social draws nearly 300 KPR members and listeners from around the area. Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, KPR has decided to cancel the 2020 event. The ice cream social is a free community event where KPR members can get ice cream in their own KPR member mug designed by a KPR listener, meet on-air hosts and win KPR swag. KPR also provides ice cream for nonmembers in a paper cup. KPR is working toward planning smaller-scale distribution of this year’s mug to KPR members and sustainers while being mindful of health and safety concerns. Follow

Thu, 05/21/2020 — A startup firm with roots in the University of Kansas School of Engineering and Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis will leverage a two-year, $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to...

Wed, 05/20/2020 — LAWRENCE – Ten University of Kansas School of Law graduates from the Class of 2020 received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community. The recipients: Maggie Brakeville, Benton, Louisiana: Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award Terra Brockman, Overland Park: Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award Denise Dantzler, Omaha, Nebraska: Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award Diana Jarek, Republic, Missouri: Janean Meigs Memorial Award in Law Andi Leuszler, Lenexa: Robert F. Bennett Student Award Hannah Lustman, St. Louis: Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Wed, 05/20/2020 — A whole self-help industry has erupted around showing people how to organize their homes and get rid of clutter. While this applies to many Americans, it is especially significant for older adults. “I’m not anti-materialist, but I want to...

Wed, 05/20/2020 — Four academically talented University of Kansas students will be competing for scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The foundation’s Astronaut Scholarship was founded in 1984 by the six surviving members of the Mercury 7...

Tue, 05/19/2020 — Students at the University of Kansas School of Law will have a chance to train diplomats on indigenous issues and conflict resolution as part of a new partnership. The KU School of Law recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the...

Tue, 05/19/2020 —   LAWRENCE – Kevin Willmott loves “Blazing Saddles” and thinks Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy about racism in the Wild West still holds up. Not that Hollywood would finance or the public would accept such a film from a white man today, he asserts. That’s why the University of Kansas professor of film & media studies and his fellow African American film professor (New York University) and writing partner Spike Lee make movies like “BlacKkKlansman.” They believe African Americans must tell their own stories. Willmott and Lee shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 2018’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and they are already generating Oscar buzz for their next collaboration, “

Tue, 05/19/2020 — As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens public health around the world, misinformation regarding its treatment, causes and cures has abounded. A University of Kansas study has found that vulnerable populations, often those most severely affected by...

Mon, 05/18/2020 — LAWRENCE – More than a century ago, before the Great War and long before Hitler’s rise to power, Austrian writer and satirist Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was calling out the danger that “fake news” could drag a nation into unnecessary military conflict and ruin. In that sense, he was one of the first media critics, forming his own magazine, The Torch (Die Fackel), mainly to criticize the dominant and later belligerent narratives pushed by his nation’s leading news outlets. It was just one of the prophecies from Kraus that came to pass and that are reviewed in-depth in a new monograph titled “Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity” (Northwestern University Press) 

Fri, 05/15/2020 — Laura Phillips, a junior at the University of Kansas, earned an honorable mention recognition from the Morris K. Udall and Stuart Udall Foundation in the competition to become 2020 Udall Scholars. Phillips, from Perry, is majoring in classical...

Fri, 05/15/2020 — The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has announced that this year’s Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest winners are Matti Dimmick in the undergraduate essay category for her essay “Putin’s Gendered Political...

Fri, 05/15/2020 — World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced Thursday his resignation, surprising the international trade community and adding to uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. Azevêdo will serve until Aug. 31,...

Thu, 05/14/2020 —   LAWRENCE – When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the University of Kansas campus in March, the piano teachers in the School of Music turned to a technological solution that they say has been a low-cost “lifeline” for students stranded in various places across the country. Students have been able to press the keys of their portable electronic keyboards at home and have their keystrokes reflected simultaneously on a grand piano on campus, where their instructors can listen and offer immediate feedback, just as they would under normal circumstances. According to Scott McBride Smith, the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, the repurposed “Pianos

Thu, 05/14/2020 — LAWRENCE – Daniel Hernández, assistant professor of mathematics, received the 2020 Morrison Foundation Teaching Award.  This award was established in 2008 by the Don and Pat Morrison Foundation to recognize outstanding teaching in mathematics. The Department of Mathematics selects a recipient each year in recognition of exemplary teaching and an ongoing active research program. Hernández received his doctorate in 2011 from the University of Michigan. Before coming to KU in 2016 he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the universities of Utah and Michigan. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research

Thu, 05/14/2020 — Students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas received over $130,000 in awards and scholarships in recognition of superior academic, research and teaching performance. The chemistry department usually honors its...

Wed, 05/13/2020 — KU Professional and Continuing Education's online Registered Behavior Technician training program prepares professionals to help meet a growing need in the Kansas City area.

Wed, 05/13/2020 — LAWRENCE – When you deal with the nitty-gritty, mud-caked reality of animal health and production agriculture every day, it can help to step back from those trees and get a view of the forest. That’s why veterinarian and Bayer Animal Health researcher Douglas Shane reached out to Greg Thomas, professor of design, and his students at the Center for Design Research in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design. Shane wanted to see what ideas they might generate to improve the detection and diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease in cattle. The CDR had worked on previous projects with Bayer Animal Health, based in nearby Shawnee. “We believe that

Wed, 05/13/2020 — The University of Kansas recently hosted the 23rd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium online.  The Online Undergraduate Research Symposium website features over 200 student presentations from disciplines all across campus. “The winning...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — Today, sea-level rise is a great concern of humanity as climate change warms the planet and melts ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Indeed, great coastal cities around the world like Miami and New Orleans could be underwater later in this...


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