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Tue, 09/24/2019 — Elizabeth “Betsy” Esch grew up with a horizon of factories in view. “I was raised where the first Jeep factory was in Toledo, Ohio. As soon as my friends and I got driver’s licenses, we started driving to Detroit to see bands while...

Mon, 09/23/2019 — LAWRENCE – Telling an adult, much less a preschooler, to calm down is easier said than done. But it is a skill that can be learned. So that is what Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, University of Kansas associate professor of music, is working on. She and a colleague recently won a grant from the American Music Therapy Association to experiment with what they believe is an effective way to train preschoolers to regulate their emotions. “You hear a song from childhood, and it brings you right back to that original memory with the smells and the emotions and everything, right? So there's this real power in music,” she said. Clearly, Hanson-Abromeit said, music has a

Mon, 09/23/2019 — LAWRENCE – Even though they are not needed to make the specific sounds, parts of Mandarin Chinese speakers’ faces – their eyebrows and lips – mimic the rising and falling pitch that distinguishes one word spelled exactly the same from another. In other words, speakers' eyebrows follow the sounds their throat is making. This is the finding of a new study co-written by Allard Jongman and Joan Sereno, University of Kansas professors of linguistics. They say it implies the need to study whether these subtle facial movements help listeners perceive what the speakers are trying to convey. Along with Canadian university colleagues Saurabh Garg, Ghassan Hamarneh and Yue

Fri, 09/20/2019 — A pastor’s sermon shakes the foundation of his megachurch in “The Christians,” playing weekends Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall. The play opens the season for KU’s University Theatre and features...

Fri, 09/20/2019 — Since 2012, the Cool Science program has featured children’s artwork in public spaces in Massachusetts. Now youths in Kansas and Missouri will have the same opportunity. Through a $3 million National Science Foundation grant, Cool Science is...

Thu, 09/19/2019 — Twelve students at the University of Kansas School of Law have been chosen as Dean’s Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.  The Dean’s Fellows are a group of second- and third-year law students selected to mentor first-year peers. Fellows...

Thu, 09/19/2019 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids for the 2019 Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture. The program will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dole Institute. The program will be free and open to the public. A livestream of the event will be available at doleinstitute.org. “Congresswoman Davids’ victory as a Democrat in the historically Republican 3rd District was one of the most compelling political stories in Kansas last year,” Director Bill Lacy said. “As a lawyer, leader and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, she is emblematic of the public servants this

Thu, 09/19/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art invites the University of Kansas and Lawrence communities to kick back with friends and neighbors in the biggest backyard on KU’s campus — historic Marvin Grove — for an artful celebration of nature. The Backyard...

Wed, 09/18/2019 — As states across the nation celebrate the 100th anniversary of their ratification of the 19th Amendment, a journalism historian and women’s suffrage expert says the issues women faced in their struggle to secure the right to vote still resonate.

Wed, 09/18/2019 — The University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures has announced the 2019/2020 cohort of Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants. The following individuals have received a Fulbright award to teach a foreign language...

Tue, 09/17/2019 — LAWRENCE – The famous writer turns her pen on the men of her native land, saying an old boys’ network has caused grievous harm to the nation and women must be accorded greater respect. Sounds torn from today’s headlines, right? And yet it describes the theatrical works of Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921) more than a century ago in Spain, according to a new book by a University of Kansas professor. Margot Versteeg, professor of Spanish in the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and director of KU's Humanities Program, makes the case for the author as an early feminist in “Propuestas para (Re)Construir una Nación,” which translates as “Proposals to (Re)

Tue, 09/17/2019 — A new study in the Journal of Neurophysiology by researchers at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute is the first to look at functional brain activity in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while they performed precision...

Mon, 09/16/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Foundling” features 100 portraits of children who were adopted by American parents from overseas painted by artist Megan Rye. Rye will give a gallery talk at the Spencer Museum at 5:30 p.m....

Mon, 09/16/2019 — Albert Bloch’s “Frieze for a Music Room” hangs imposingly in the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. The 1915 painting created by this former chair of the university’s art department depicts groups of clowns reveling and...

Mon, 09/16/2019 —  Talking about politics isn’t always comfortable, especially with children. But research has shown they know more about the topic than we might assume. A University of Kansas professor has co-written a study arguing that children’s knowledge...

Mon, 09/16/2019 — An international association for public affairs schools in higher education has recognized the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration (SPAA) with its 2019 Diversity Award. The Diversity and Social Equity Committee of...

Mon, 09/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – Sometimes the purpose of art, and particularly a still life, is to remind us of the passage of time and of the fleeting hours we have to determine and then accomplish our life goals. It’s that, much more than any critique of consumerism that her nods to pop art might imply, that drives Yoonmi Nam’s work, now taking the form of ceramics after a lifetime as a printmaker. Nam, University of Kansas professor of visual art, will have a solo show titled “For Now” consisting of a few prints and mostly ceramic works Sept. 20 through Oct. 30 at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri. An opening reception is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. “What I'm really

Fri, 09/13/2019 — A new laboratory opening this fall at the University of Kansas School of Engineering will provide a state-of-the-art environment for aerospace engineering students to design and build launch-worthy satellites. The Hill Space Systems Laboratory...

Fri, 09/13/2019 — University of Kansas faculty and staff members who want to expand their knowledge and perspectives on disability inclusion can join KU’s 2019-2020 Mentoring Circles for Disability Inclusion Program. Participants will gain insights and...

Fri, 09/13/2019 —  The tobacco industry has a history of targeting young people in its advertising to attract new customers. As vaping and electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity, advertisers are up to the same old tricks. New research from the University...


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