Mon, 12/16/2019 —
LAWRENCE – “Daphne du Maurier gets all the press, but Marjorie Bowen was every bit as good,” said John Tibbetts, University of Kansas associate professor of film & media studies. “In fact, Bowen wrote a short story that I believe du Maurier ripped off for ‘Rebecca!’”
Tibbetts has become so fascinated with the early 20th-century British writer – once popular, critically acclaimed and immensely prolific, but now forgotten – that not only has he written a new biography, “The Furies of Marjorie Bowen,” but he is planning a “Marjorie Bowen Reader” in hopes of bringing her out-of-print work to a new generation.
“I feel like I'm a man on a mission,” Tibbetts said. “
Fri, 12/13/2019 —
LAWRENCE – Come on now, does your friend or family member really need that fancy cooler or clothing-box subscription? Why not consider some scholarly stocking stuffers this holiday season?
University of Kansas professors have produced a number of books, records and artworks in 2019 that could appeal to the discriminating consumer on your shopping list. For example:
Fri, 12/13/2019 — Marc Greenberg, director of the University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, was recently named a 2019 Ambassador of Science by the Slovene Ministry of Education, Science & Sport in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Fri, 12/13/2019 — Kansas Public Radio has a new evening classical host.
Former evening classical host Cordelia Brown transitioned into her new role as classical music director, and longtime volunteer host Marcia Higginson stepped into that role as the new host...
Thu, 12/12/2019 —
LAWRENCE – If you’re prone to depression, this holiday season you might want to say “bah humbug” to offers of sugar plum pudding, caramel corn and chocolate babka.
A new study from a team of clinical psychologists at the University of Kansas suggests eating added sugars – common in so many holiday foods – can trigger metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes tied to depressive illness. The work is published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.
Coupled with dwindling light in wintertime and corresponding changes in sleep patterns, high sugar consumption could result in a “perfect storm” that adversely affects mental health, according to the researchers
Thu, 12/12/2019 — The University of Kansas School of Business has approved new policies for direct and competitive admissions to its Bachelor of Science in Business program.
The new policies will accelerate student engagement with the school’s academic advisors,
Thu, 12/12/2019 — Four undergraduate mathematics majors at the University of Kansas are the first recipients of the Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Research Awards in Mathematics (MathUGRA). The students will receive $1,000 to support their respective...
Thu, 12/12/2019 —
LAWRENCE – In the global health community, they call it “the last mile.”
A vaccine’s journey from manufacturer to a child in the developing world takes it through a complex, refrigerated “cold chain” designed to preserve its medicinal value during shipment and storage. To then reach remote villages, vaccines might have to travel through dense jungles, over hot deserts and across large bodies of water. This final leg of the journey, referred to as the “last mile,” can expose vaccines to harsh conditions that compromise their potency and efficacy.
These harrowing voyages pay off. Vaccines save an estimated 2.5 million lives each year, according to the World Health
Wed, 12/11/2019 — The University of Kansas has created a new graduate degree to help students acquire the skills to lead and develop diversity efforts in their workplace and other organizations.
A new master’s degree in Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion is...
Wed, 12/11/2019 — Mike Rounds, vice provost for operations, has announced the 2020 cohort of Aspiring Leaders at the University of Kansas.
The program provides university staff without an official leadership title an opportunity to learn the essentials of...
Wed, 12/11/2019 — House Democrats and the White House announced Tuesday they had reached a deal on a newly-negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, virtually guaranteeing the updated trade deal would become law. The agreement, an update of the North...
Wed, 12/11/2019 — Coaches are full of motivational tactics, but Frank Beavers probably never imagined one of his sayings would carry a young player through his athletic career, into a 40-year broadcasting career, through a battle with cancer and into a college...
Tue, 12/10/2019 — LAWRENCE – What environmental factors influence language learning in young children? How can research design and data analysis help evaluate and improve education delivery? What can the evolution of immunity genes in fruit flies teach us about disease resistance?
Three University of Kansas researchers grappling with these questions have been named recipients of the Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award and the KU Research Staff and Postdoctoral Achievement Awards.
The honors are given annually to recognize outstanding unclassified academic staff, unclassified professional staff and postdoctoral fellows whose research has significantly influenced their fields
Tue, 12/10/2019 —
LAWRENCE – The ghosts of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Robert Johnson pay visits to author Brian Daldorph in his new collection of poetry, “Blue Notes,” (Dionysia Press, 2019).
Daldorph’s sixth book is a meditation on the power of music to give our lives meaning.
A senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Kansas, Daldorph grew up in Great Britain during the punk era, and bands like the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Damned are name-checked in this collection, too. But hard rockers are a minority in the book, which starts with jazz and moves through blues and country – even touching on reggae – for inspiration.
“Some of the poems are based
Tue, 12/10/2019 — Graduate students at the University of Kansas brought their A-games to the Kansas Union for a competition that encouraged them to speak simply and engagingly on their complicated research.
Fifteen student researchers advanced to KU’s...
Mon, 12/09/2019 — A University of Kansas student, who is preparing for a career that will help him expand equitable health care and educational opportunities for all, has earned a George Marshall Scholarship that will fund graduate study in the United...
Mon, 12/09/2019 —
LAWRENCE – People might survive by eating just one type of food, but they will hardly thrive. Similarly, a new study co-written by a University of Kansas researcher suggests that humans need a balanced diet of social nutrition, including time alone, to thrive.
Jeffrey Hall, professor of communication studies, drew from over 10,000 moments from the days of nearly 400 participants across the country to connect several pathways linking global well-being to daily patterns of social interaction.
Just published in the journal Human Communication Research, the paper extends Hall’s Communicate Bond Belong (CBB) theory, the focus of his recent work.
Mon, 12/09/2019 — Beth Bailey never thought she’d be writing about hair.
The Foundation Distinguished Professor of history at the University of Kansas was working on a book detailing how the U.S. Army coped with racial conflict and violence during the Vietnam...
Mon, 12/09/2019 — The University of Kansas has lost a longtime faculty member to a battle with cancer. Stephen Benedict, professor of microbiology, died Dec. 2 in Lawrence. He was 72.
“Professor Benedict was a dedicated researcher and an inspirational and...
Fri, 12/06/2019 — Barbara Bichelmeyer has been named the next provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus.
Bichelmeyer is currently the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also served as...