Sustainability & Environment
Tue, 08/13/2019 — LAWRENCE – Not to get all mystical about it, but in her life and work, Sunyoung Cheong has achieved an exquisite balance of new and old, East and West. A native of Seoul who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from the University of Kansas, Cheong is both a product and an extension of KU’s connection to Kookmin University in South Korea. The two universities’ art departments have had a formal student-exchange program since 2009. Now that Cheong has been named a visiting assistant professor in KU’s Department of Visual Art, she is helping to extend the Kansas-Korea connection by curating a series of shows featuring artists from both places. Her

Tue, 08/13/2019 — Researchers from the University of Kansas have described three genera and 17 new species of water scavenger beetles from the Guiana and Brazilian Shield regions of South America, areas seen as treasure houses of biodiversity. The beetles from...

Wed, 07/31/2019 — Eight faculty members at the University of Kansas are being recognized as winners of annual distinguished teaching awards. The eight award recipients will be honored Aug. 22 at the KU Teaching Summit. This year’s winners are as...

Wed, 07/31/2019 — Sustainability. Locally sourced. Farm-to-table. These are familiar concepts to Americans who are hoping to improve their eating habits. But the term that indigenous food activists are also adopting is “food sovereignty,” which refers to...

Thu, 07/25/2019 — When Jude Kastens was developing a new floodplain mapping model more than a decade ago as part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas, he aimed to address a critical information gap that often hindered officials during major...

Tue, 07/16/2019 — Imagine printing electronic devices using a simple inkjet printer — or even painting a solar panel onto the wall of a building. Such technology would slash the cost of manufacturing electronic devices and enable new ways to integrate them...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — Susan Williams, professor of chemical & petroleum engineering, has been named as the associate dean for academic affairs (ADAA) for the University of Kansas School of Engineering. The ADAA leads the school’s academic affairs at the...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — College philosophy classes may open your mind to new ways of thinking. But can they really affect how you behave? The answer is yes, according to a new study. “In the current environment where people are not reasoning so well, it is...

Wed, 07/10/2019 — LAWRENCE – First, the indigenous people of Central America’s Northern Triangle region were economically marginalized. Then they were massacred in the ideological civil war that raged across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras during the 1980s and early ’90s. Now, climate change has driven many to starvation. No wonder, then, that thousands are streaming north through Mexico, with their arrival and the Trump administration’s crackdown creating a sociopolitical humanitarian crisis on the United States’ southern border. “Many of the flood of Central American migrants arriving at the border are coming straight from the area where I’ve done research since 1990. In

Tue, 07/02/2019 — Three University of Kansas students received outstanding achievement awards in May from the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based in KU’s West District. Sarah Morton Rupert, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering and master’s candidate...

Mon, 07/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Affordable housing is the issue of the day in Kansas and around the world. So it is that two researchers in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design have received a $20,000 honorarium from the city of Sydney, Australia, to flesh out their shortlisted entry in that city’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge. Joe Colistra, associate professor and director of the Institute for Smart Cities, and Nilou Vakil, program director of the school’s interior architecture and design program director, are spouses as well as partners in a firm they call in SITU Design. Among 230 international entrants, they were the only non-Australians selected for

Wed, 06/26/2019 — Growing up in Liberia during that country’s brutal 14-year civil war, Benedictus Freeman and his family fled into the rainforest, where they survived for years eating bush meat and foraging. The rainforest provided Freeman sustenance and...

Wed, 06/26/2019 — The University of Kansas Office of Research has announced that Sara Baer has accepted the position of director of the Kansas Biological Survey, a KU designated research center with dual status as a state agency. Baer has been professor and chair...

Thu, 06/20/2019 — New research from the University of Kansas shows machine learning is capable of identifying insects that spread the incurable disease called Chagas with high precision, based on ordinary digital photos. The idea is to give public health...

Tue, 06/18/2019 — The public is invited to the summer semiannual tour of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 21. The tour is scheduled for evening on the summer solstice. The garden, situated just east of the...

Mon, 06/17/2019 — LAWRENCE – Growing up on a farm and carrying on a family tradition is one thing. Taking on the trials of farming from scratch? That’s quite another. The environmental and societal concerns that drive some 21st-century farm families away from cities and even divide them from their conventional-farming neighbors are the focus of the new book “New Farmers 2014/2018” (P&T Committee, 2019) created by a cross-disciplinary team of University of Kansas scholars. The project had its genesis when Paul Stock, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program, met Bryon Darby, former KU assistant professor of photo media and now a

Fri, 06/14/2019 — This summer, 13 University of Kansas students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards, which come with $1,000 scholarships as recipients work on mentored research and creative projects. “Every day across campus, KU undergraduates work with...

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...

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

Tue, 06/04/2019 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved sabbatical leave for the following 52 faculty members at the University of Kansas Lawrence campus: ...


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