Education & Behavior
Mon, 06/01/2020 — LAWRENCE – The counterintuitive appeal of Stanford University sociologist Mark Granovetter’s theory about “the strength of weak ties” being key to finding a job has steadily grown since he first published it in 1973. But now a University of Kansas assistant professor of communication studies has published a paper questioning its primacy. KU’s Cameron Piercy and University of Arkansas researcher Yaguang Zhu have co-written a paper titled “Transactive Memory and the Job Search: Finding Expertise and Influence in Socio-technical Networks,” published in the Western Journal of Communication. They argue that strong ties, websites like Indeed and other job sources are

Thu, 05/28/2020 — Minyoung Kim, associate professor of strategy and international business at the University of Kansas School of Business, will receive the 2020 International Management (IM) Division FIU Emerging Scholar Award from the Academy of Management. The...

Thu, 05/28/2020 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated to 97 individuals on the University of Kansas Medical Center and 62 individuals on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Girod and Barbara Bichelmeyer, the...

Fri, 05/22/2020 — The University of Kansas mathematics department recently recognized its undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for outstanding academic and teaching achievements.  Usually these awards are presented at the department’s annual honors...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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 — 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 — The University of Kansas has awarded 13 students with honors that recognize community engagement, leadership and academics. The winners of the Campanile Award and 12 University Awards are usually lauded at a celebration the weekend of...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — LAWRENCE – Bill Matney believes music therapists must sing and play a variety of instruments to have a complete toolkit to help their clients. And as his scholarly publications show, the assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Music takes a similarly wide-ranging interest in the field, from probing its deepest philosophical underpinnings to offering very specific instructions in his specialty, the use of percussion and the drum set. In a 2019 issue of The Journal of Music Therapy, the field’s most prestigious, Matney published the article “A Knowledge Framework for the Philosophical Underpinnings of Research: Implications for Music Therapy.”

Tue, 05/12/2020 — University of Kansas scholar Sarah Deer was named today as one of 27 researchers in the 2020 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. With a $200,000 stipend, it is one of the most generous awards of its kind for scholarship in the humanities and...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — Susan Klusmeier, who has served in various roles at the University of Kansas since 2016, and for the past 11 months as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, will be the new vice provost for academic success. The title change also...

Mon, 05/11/2020 — LAWRENCE – The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved a name change for a University of Kansas languages department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures will now be called the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures. The department houses six minor concentrations, three Bachelor of Arts tracks, a Master of Arts and two doctoral concentrations. "The new designation follows closely in the footsteps of the national organization of our profession,” said Ani Kokobobo, department chair and associate professor. “Our department has already been intellectually trending toward Eurasia in

Mon, 05/11/2020 — As media organizations downsize across the country, fewer voices are represented in the national media dialogue, and the already small number of minority voices declines further. While it stands to reason those voices could be replaced by...


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