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Mon, 06/28/2021 — Despite facing cultural and political pushback, the evidence remains clear: Face masks made a difference in Kansas. “These had a huge effect in counties that had a mask mandate,” said Donna Ginther, the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished...

Thu, 06/24/2021 — LAWRENCE – In a finding that runs contrary to one of the most-cited studies in the field, a new research paper from University of Kansas linguists shows that even as beginners, adults can quickly begin mentally processing sentence structures in a second language like a native speaker. And even if their results cannot, just yet, be translated into new teaching methods, the co-authors say this type of scientific study points to optimism for classroom second-language learning. KU linguistics professors Alison Gabriele and Robert Fiorentino and four co-authors will publish “Examining Variability in the Processing of Agreement in Novice Learners: Evidence From Event-

Thu, 06/24/2021 — Two University of Kansas students entering their final year of undergraduate study have earned scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Jonah Stiel, of Topeka, is a chemistry major, and Julian Moreno, of Lawrence, is majoring in...

Wed, 06/23/2021 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design will host a free, one-day photography workshop for high school students at the Hays Arts Center on July 10.   Students will spend the day developing camera skills and learning...

Wed, 06/23/2021 — The University of Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society recently inducted 153 new members in a joint ceremony for 2020 and 2021. David Slusky, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and associate professor of...

Tue, 06/22/2021 — Tony Reames, a 2013 graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration, has been appointed by President Joe Biden's administration to serve as a senior adviser in the Office of Economic...

Tue, 06/22/2021 — adding in her affinity for horror and suspense — in her already acclaimed new novel, “The Hatak Witches” (University of Arizona Press). Following ...

Tue, 06/22/2021 — Longtime University of Kansas leader Sharon Graham will retire in August 2021. Graham started with KU in 1986 and currently serves as the vice provost of Lifelong & Professional Education (LPE). “I so appreciate Vice Provost Graham’s...

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...

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

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 – 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-

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

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...


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