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Fri, 06/14/2019 — If your car has an electronic parking brake, you’re asking for trouble. “There are measures we should build into the design of computerized systems,” said John Symons, professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas. “A manual...

Fri, 06/14/2019 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Office of Research has announced that John Stobaugh will serve as interim director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center starting July 1. Stobaugh is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and associate dean of research & graduate affairs in the School of Pharmacy. He also serves as associate director of academic research at the HBC. He will succeed Bill Picking, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and director of the Kansas Vaccine Institute, who is stepping away from the leadership role he has held since 2014 to focus on his research and teaching commitments. “Under Bill’s guidance, the Higuchi

Thu, 06/13/2019 — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation named two University of Kansas students as Astronaut Scholars for the 2019-20 school year. Both of the recipients also earned Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships this year. The recipients of the award: Tyler...

Thu, 06/13/2019 — Former Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib has joined the University of Kansas Public Management Center as the manager of the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) program. He will oversee the PMC programs tailored to law enforcement...

Thu, 06/13/2019 — Homes torn apart, outbuildings shattered, trees uprooted and power lines ripped from poles. The tornado that developed in southwestern Douglas County on May 28 strengthened into an EF4 with peak winds of 170 mph as it skirted the city of...

Thu, 06/13/2019 — Anyone with vinyl records, CDs, gently used audio equipment or musical instruments gathering dust in their homes is encouraged to consider donating them to the KU Audio-Reader Network, a local nonprofit that serves the blind, visually impaired...

Wed, 06/12/2019 — At the 234th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in St. Louis, Allison Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of physics & astronomy at the University of Kansas, will announce her discovery of “cold quasars” — galaxies featuring an...

Wed, 06/12/2019 — If we accept French writer Jean Cocteau’s dictum that great literature is “simply a dictionary in disorder,” then Stephen T. Johnson’s 2-story-tall mosaic triptych featuring the alphabet and animating the new Lenexa City Center branch of...

Wed, 06/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – Sunflower. Meadowlark. Ad astra per aspera. Most Kansans are familiar with the state’s official symbols and motto. But as the summer road trip season kicks into high gear, a new resource from the Kansas Geological Survey invites travelers to dig deeper. The mobile-friendly “Highways & Byways to Kansas Geology” website leads users on a geological tour of the state’s roadways with a scrolling format known as a story map. It explores what natural features like rock formations, wetlands and colorfully layered roadcuts reveal about the evolution of the ground beneath our feet and the cultural history of the people who settled and passed through the state

Wed, 06/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is mourning the death of Dr. Douglas Dechairo, director of Watkins Health Services, who died May 26 at the age of 78. Dechairo was a life-long Jayhawk who attended KU for his undergraduate and medical degrees. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he had a medical practice in California for more than 30 years before returning to Lawrence for what was supposed to be his retirement. But retirement didn’t stick for the always energetic doctor, and in 2011 he joined Watkins as a part-time physician before becoming Watkins’ full-time director in 2013. Dechairo served in that capacity until March 2019, when he stepped away from the role due

Tue, 06/11/2019 — LAWRENCE – Fifty years on, the time is right for a reappraisal of the Black Power movement in America. That’s what University of Kansas scholar Ayesha Hardison has in mind with the first in a series of essays for what she intends to be a book on the subject. In this case, she has contributed a chapter titled “Stalled in the Movement: The Black Panther Party in 'Night Catches Us'” to a new book titled “The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle Outside the South” (New York University Press, 2019) edited by Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis with Komozi Woodard. It’s an examination of the 2010 film “Night Catches Us” from director Tanya

Tue, 06/11/2019 — The founding dean for the High Point University School of Pharmacy will be the next dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas. Ronald Ragan, a KU alumnus and past KU School of Pharmacy faculty member, will begin his tenure Aug. 1. “We...

Mon, 06/10/2019 — The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance and its production wings, the University Theatre and University Dance Company, will explore themes of identity, human desire, trauma, morality and religion during the 2019-2020 season....

Mon, 06/10/2019 — There was a time when hijacking a plane was considered heroic. Glamorous, even. “The idea that hijacking was romanticized is hard to fathom in our post-9/11 mentality,” said Erik Scott, associate professor of history at the University of...

Mon, 06/10/2019 — The NCAA is quick to point out that the word “student” comes first in the term student-athlete and that the vast majority of them will not go pro in their chosen sport. It stands to reason, then, that student-athletes would have access to...

Mon, 06/10/2019 — Just about everybody loves peanut butter. We put it on sandwiches and in candy. We use it to trick our dogs into taking their heartworm pills. When we have to, we bait mouse traps with it. But, as scientists learned when trapping rodents in the...

Thu, 06/06/2019 — The University of Kansas Libraries announce the recipient of the fourth annual Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award winner is Derrick E. White. A scholar of modern black history with an emphasis on intellectual, political and...

Wed, 06/05/2019 —  For decades, the federal government has used housing vouchers as part of a strategy to help low-income Americans obtain affordable housing as a way out of poverty. Part of that strategy was to help individuals and families settle closer to...

Wed, 06/05/2019 — Papers by two University of Kansas engineering students ranked among the top entries in a worldwide competition hosted this spring by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charles Mohr, doctoral student from Wichita, took second place in...

Tue, 06/04/2019 —  On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. The event became known worldwide as D-Day, a turning point in World War II. This Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Adrian Lewis, the David B. Pittaway...


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