Sustainability & Environment
Tue, 09/24/2019 — LAWRENCE – If you want a Kansas City Royals-branded casket or a Marine Corps urn, you can buy one online. But if you want a one-of-a-kind funerary urn or a reliquary shaped like a marigold flower, then Gina Westergard, University of Kansas associate professor of visual art, is the person to see. The metalsmithing artist was inspired to create vessels for cremains after moving to the countryside in 2000. “A sabbatical to Italy, marrying an organic farmer and moving to the country shifted my focus,” Westergard said. “I thought, as a maker of functional objects, what is the most significant object I can make? If I'm making jewelry, I'm thinking about the wearer. Or

Fri, 09/20/2019 — Since 2012, the Cool Science program has featured children’s artwork in public spaces in Massachusetts. Now youths in Kansas and Missouri will have the same opportunity. Through a $3 million National Science Foundation grant, Cool Science is...

Thu, 09/12/2019 — Seven University of Kansas students and graduates received prestigious Fulbright awards to travel abroad to study, conduct research or teach English during the 2019-2020 academic year. Two additional KU students were selected as alternate...

Tue, 09/10/2019 — This fall, 10 University of Kansas students will receive an Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a...

Mon, 09/09/2019 — The University of Kansas increased its ranking two spots to 59th among public universities in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, released Sept. 9. “We recognize the importance of these rankings,...

Fri, 08/30/2019 — Red Hot Research returns this fall with six events for University of Kansas researchers. Red Hot Research is a regular Friday event, built of five short presentations from across KU to open the door for new ways of understanding work through...

Wed, 08/28/2019 — University of Kansas departments, programs, centers and one school in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are starting the academic year with new leadership, following the dean’s appointment of new chairs and directors. Chairs and...

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...


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