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Mon, 06/21/2021 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, in partnership with West Virginia University Libraries and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, will develop an online portal through which researchers can access a vast collection of congressional documents. The three organizations are members of the Association for Centers for the Study of Congress, and WVU will lead the initiative, called the American Congress Digital Archives Portal project. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a nearly $60,000 grant for the project.  “We are excited to be a part of this important and timely project,” said

Mon, 06/21/2021 — LAWRENCE – The government of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to back down soon from its Twitter ban but will continue to look for measures to exert control over online political and social discourses, despite not being sufficiently adjusted to the requisite sophisticated computational thinking to attempt this control, according to James Yeku, Lagos native and University of Kansas assistant professor of African digital humanities. Yeku, author of the forthcoming book “Cultural Netizenship: Social Media, Popular Culture and Performance in Nigeria” (Indiana University Press, 2022), is available to comment on the Buhari government’s current and future

Mon, 06/21/2021 — LAWRENCE – This month, KU Transportation Services will begin using a new device, called The Barnacle, that will be used in certain situations in lieu of towing. The Barnacle is a lightweight, GPS-equipped device that is attached to the windshield using two large suction cups, preventing the vehicle from being driven by blocking the view of anyone sitting in the driver’s seat.  The Barnacle is a more passive way of enforcing certain University of Kansas parking rules and regulations compared to Transportation Services' current policy of towing the vehicle. It will be used to immobilize vehicles of flagrant violators. It allows the vehicle owner/driver to self-release

Mon, 06/21/2021 —  Tulsa may not be the first town one thinks of when talking about jazz, and flood management may not be the first vocation one compares to the musical genre. But the success Tulsa displayed in going from one of the nation’s most flood-prone...

Thu, 06/17/2021 — LAWRENCE – By teaching a course analyzing music videos, some have questioned whether University of Kansas Associate Professor of Music Brad Osborn is preparing his students for life after graduation, i.e., the job market. After all, it’s not like there’s any way to monetize the skills they learn in class, is there? Then again, in his new book, “Interpreting Music Video: Popular Music in the Post-MTV Era” (Routledge), Osborn notes the massive cultural, financial and critical success achieved from scratch by one of the creators he features, Lil Nas X. Osborn writes that in 2019, Lil Nas X “self-released ‘Old Town Road’ on various internet channels, a viral

Thu, 06/17/2021 — Three projects were selected to receive a 2021 J.R. and Inez Jay Fund research award. One project has the potential to help patients with Parkinson’s disease, and two projects are addressing the fight against bacteria that cause illness....

Thu, 06/17/2021 — The Associated Press has announced it will no longer name suspects charged with minor crimes in its news coverage. The move is intended to prevent news about minor transgressions from living on via the internet and interfering with people’s...

Thu, 06/17/2021 —  The Supreme Court announced today a unanimous ruling stating the City of Philadelphia could not bar a Catholic agency from working with the city on foster care cases. The city originally made the move because of the agency’s policy against...

Wed, 06/16/2021 — Twenty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on June 11 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium. Officer Kaelin Leach of the Hays Police Department was the graduating...

Tue, 06/15/2021 — LAWRENCE – Three University of Kansas students received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to study, conduct research and teach English abroad for the 2021-2022 academic year. Five additional KU students were named as alternate Fulbright recipients. This year’s Fulbright U.S. Student grantees include recent graduates from the School of Music who will study and conduct research in Spain and the Czech Republic, and a recent graduate from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who was selected to teach English in Colombia. “As the Fulbright program reemerges from the pandemic, I could not be more delighted to see KU students leading the way,” said Charles

Tue, 06/15/2021 — LAWRENCE – By tracing the roots and shifting definitions of the area known as the Maghreb, native son Majid Hannoum aims to liberate study of the region from its colonial past. The University of Kansas professor of anthropology has just published a book addressing the history and identity of this part of northern Africa, “The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East” (Cambridge University Press, 2021). The name Maghreb (which in Arabic means “west”) as used for the region of North Africa (without Egypt) is an ambiguous term, little known among the U.S. public and little used in the region itself, where people instead identify with the nation-

Mon, 06/14/2021 — The United States has the highest population of incarcerated citizens among developed nations. Every year, roughly 2 million women, the majority held in jails, leave incarceration. The COVID-19 pandemic hit jails and correctional facilities...

Thu, 06/10/2021 — This week, 10 high school science teachers from across Kansas have converged at the KU Field Station, just north of Lawrence, to gain new knowledge and skills to share with their students. They are spending the week together working with KU...

Thu, 06/10/2021 — Joseph Hartung, a University of Kansas student from St. Louis, is one of 20 students selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. The award recognizes...

Thu, 06/10/2021 — As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools and forced many children with autism spectrum disorder to be schooled at home, professionals and families became concerned that children with disabilities might not be receiving adequate and specialized...

Wed, 06/09/2021 — Ever since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016’s Brexit referendum, debates have raged on whether it was the right decision and how the U.K. would separate itself. A new study from a University of Kansas international...

Wed, 06/09/2021 — This summer, 12 University of Kansas students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. “I am continually impressed by the...

Wed, 06/09/2021 — A longtime University of Kansas professor has been honored with an award to recognize his career achievements in aerospace engineering education. Saeed Farokhi, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, is the 2021 recipient of the J. Leland...

Tue, 06/08/2021 — There are 34,000 species of fish. And they all have their own flavor. “People like to discover the fact you don’t always have to bake or fry a fish. All different kinds of fish have different tastes, and sushi lets you experience that,”...

Tue, 06/08/2021 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio is asking listeners to lend a helping hand this June by becoming sustaining members or upgrading their sustaining membership. If KPR reaches a goal of 300 new and upgrading sustainers, it will meet a $30,000 challenge put forth by a group of generous KPR donors. Listener support is now more important than ever – KPR’s budget will be cut by $216,571 as the University of Kansas is bracing for financial setbacks from the pandemic. This is the largest budget cut in the station’s 69-year history and represents about 70% of the remaining annual funding from KU.  Fortunately, Kansas Public Radio has more than 100,000 weekly listeners who can


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