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Mon, 06/05/2017 — LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized this spring with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community engaged research. Community Engaged Scholarship Award  The Community Engaged Scholarship Award is given to a faculty member whose scholarship actively collaborates with a community partner through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, such work contributes to the scholar’s discipline and strengthens

Fri, 06/02/2017 — LAWRENCE – Projects that have reached Kansans from Garden City to Wyandotte County have garnered recognition for three University of Kansas faculty who won this year’s Steeples Service to Kansans Award. The Steeples award honors faculty contributions to the people of Kansas through teaching and research. This year’s recipients are Mary Banwart, director of the Institute for Leadership Studies and associate professor of communication studies; Jennifer Ng, associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies; and Sean Smith, professor of special education. Banwart is the founder and director of the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute. Each year, the

Fri, 06/02/2017 — After President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, national media reported several U.S. local governments and states are planning to submit their own plan to the United Nations pledging to meet...

Fri, 06/02/2017 — Most people think of picks, dental tools or small hand-held spades as the tools of the paleontologist’s trade. But today, when University of Kansas paleontologist David Burnham heads back to Montana for an expedition, he’s calling in much...

Thu, 06/01/2017 — Today, Matthew W. Mosconi assumes the directorship of the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, or K-CART. K-CART has headquarters at the University of Kansas Edwards campus and is allied with the Center for Child Health and...

Thu, 06/01/2017 — One of the marks of the foundation of 18th century Spanish Enlightenment was the ideal of women as displaying virtues such as loyalty, honor, honesty, obedience and resignation. But, according to a University of Kansas researcher who...

Thu, 06/01/2017 — 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, 05/31/2017 — From 2000 to 2012, either Harvard University or Princeton University secured to the top spot in the popular U.S. News & World Report university rankings. It's likely not a surprise the two prestigious Ivy League universities so closely vied...

Wed, 05/31/2017 — A doctoral student of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas and Kansas Biological Survey has earned a National Geographic Young Explorer’s grant to investigate how soil microbes drive plant invasion in the Galapagos...

Wed, 05/31/2017 —  For as long as people have been teaching, they have tried to put a new idea or concept “in terms you’ll understand.” But believe it or not, new teachers are often not trained how to put ideas into terms their students will understand when...

Tue, 05/30/2017 — A University of Kansas associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science is exploring new ways to open the Spencer Museum of Art’s history and collections to the public through data visualization and storytelling. James...

Tue, 05/30/2017 — The 2017 Rocket Grants have awarded a total of $60,000 for 10 local artist projects. Eight projects received Full Project Awards and two received Research & Development Awards. To date, the Rocket Grants program has awarded $392,000 for 81...

Tue, 05/30/2017 — With baby boomers moving toward their golden years, the need for effective long-term care facilities, particularly for those with dementia, is growing at a rapid pace. Now, University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning...

Tue, 05/30/2017 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law’s moot court program is 17th in the nation, according to rankings published this month by the University of Houston Law Center. Led by several top-three national performances, KU Law students accumulated enough points to break into the top 20 for the second year in a row. Pamela Keller, clinical professor of law and lawyering skills director, helped advance KU Law's moot court program two spots above last year’s No. 19 ranking. “This year every team in our program made it to what we call the ‘knockout’ rounds – the advanced rounds – of a national or international competition,” Keller said. "This means that every

Thu, 05/25/2017 — All people deserve the chance to thrive in a community, but for people with disabilities, there are often obstacles to participating. A new special issue of the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community explores various aspects...

Thu, 05/25/2017 — The Kansas Board of Regents today announced the appointment of Douglas A. Girod as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas. "Naming the next chancellor is one of the most important jobs we undertake as the Board of Regents," said Zoe...

Thu, 05/25/2017 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law honored Class of 2017 graduates at a hooding ceremony May 13. During the ceremony, nine students received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and to the community. The recipients are: Craig Boyd, Dallas, Texas, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Hannah Brass, Wilmore, Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award Ethan Brown, Flower Mound, Texas, Janean Meigs Memorial Award Tyler Childress, Coffeyville, Robert F. Bennett Award Kriston Guillot, Shawnee, Janean Meigs Memorial Award Beth Hanus, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Samuel Mellinger Scholarship,

Wed, 05/24/2017 — The rise of design-build education for architects can be tied directly to the decline of old-fashioned treehouses. “Students are clamoring for design-build education experiences, by and large,” said University of Kansas Associate Professor...

Tue, 05/23/2017 — LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas has selected Sarah Waters as its next director of KU Student Housing. Waters, currently director of residence life at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, begins her new position July 17. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Sarah to KU,” said Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs. “Her long record of achievement, with outcomes that include improved student retention, emphasis on diversity, and work on capital improvement projects totaling $130 million, meshes with KU’s priorities. I am confident she will continue moving the organization forward.” Waters has served Bowling Green State University for nearly 10 years

Tue, 05/23/2017 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas mathematics department recently recognized its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for outstanding academic and teaching achievements at its 60th annual honors banquet. Two students received certificates and Jayhawk statues from the Kansas Algebra Program for their outstanding contributions to teaching, tutoring and extra duties. Winners were Morgan Cahill, a senior in biology from Rossville, and Rachel North, a senior in journalism from Overland Park. KU's math department annually recognizes outstanding graduate students. Kyle Claassen, Wichita, received the Florence Black Award for Excellence in Teaching by a


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