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Thu, 05/24/2018 — The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas has named a new leader to oversee key issues in faculty and staff hiring, retention, development, policies and procedures. Ben Eggleston, professor of philosophy, will begin...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — Steven Johnson Jr., a complex director with KU Student Housing, will fill the new position of director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Student Programs at the University of Kansas School of Business beginning June 3. Johnson will be...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas announced today that Darin Beck is the next executive director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). The state headquarters for law enforcement training, KLETC develops and delivers basic training and continuing education for police officers, sheriff’s deputies and others. “Because of the critical role KLETC serves for the residents of Kansas and its law enforcement community, we knew we had to find another strong, dedicated and progressive leader,” said David Cook, vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus, which includes KU Professional & Continuing Education and KLETC. “Fortunately, Darin is just that

Thu, 05/24/2018 — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has named three University of Kansas students as Astronaut Scholars for the 2018-19 school year. This is the first time that three KU students have won the award during the same year. The recipients of the...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Baltic state of Lithuania is home to “a singing culture,” says Professor of Music Debra Hedden, and, in her most recent scholarly article, she tries to adapt some of that country’s methods for an American audience. She also infuses these in her methods classes, in which she’s preparing future teachers to teach children to sing. “Lessons from Lithuania: A Pedagogical Approach in Teaching Improvisation” is the article Hedden published in the most recent edition of the International Journal of Music Education. Hedden directs the music education program at the University of Kansas School of Music. She worked as an elementary school teacher for nearly 20

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law honored Class of 2018 graduates at a hooding ceremony May 12. During the ceremony, seven students received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community. The recipients: Rhavean Anderson, Memphis, Tennessee, Janean Meigs Memorial Award Waynell Henson, Kansas City, Kansas, Class of 1949 Leadership Award Jordan Kane, Overland Park, Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership and Service Award Samuel LaRoque, Shawnee, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Mathew Petersen, Wichita, Robert F. Bennett Award Jennifer Schorgl, Liberty,

Thu, 05/24/2018 — A University of Kansas dual-degree recipient was selected to receive a fellowship for graduate study from the KU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Mario Balcazar, who completed requirements for degrees in electrical engineering and physics in May, was...

Thu, 05/24/2018 — In an average kindergarten class of 30 students, about two are experiencing developmental language disorder, meaning they learn language more slowly than their peers. While DLD is just as common as dyslexia or ADHD, fewer people have heard of...

Wed, 05/23/2018 — LAWRENCE – An expert in African-American social movements says today’s move by NFL owners to penalize players who kneel during the national anthem before games is part of “an alarming trend of authoritarianism” that flows down from President Donald Trump. Randal Maurice Jelks, professor of African & African-American studies and history at the University of Kansas, is the author of books including “African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids” (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and “Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography” (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). He is also an ordained

Wed, 05/23/2018 — The public is invited to the semiannual summer tour of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26.  The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, includes research plantings,...

Wed, 05/23/2018 — For more than 20 years, scientists managing biological research collections around the world have used open-source Specify software for data entry, managing museum curation, linking images and documents to specimens, and for sharing species...

Tue, 05/22/2018 — Nicole Hodges Persley has been busy, submitting one book to her publisher, researching a second and co-editing a special edition of an academic journal. In November, she was named associate dean for diversity, equity & inclusion by the...

Tue, 05/22/2018 —  In his career educating and mentoring future teachers and educational researchers, Bruce Frey has helped students understand all manner of statistics, analytical tools, research designs, evaluation methods and other complex concepts. Now,...

Mon, 05/21/2018 — U.S. companies with board directors who have connections to well-known island tax havens of the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands exhibit significantly greater tax avoidance than other companies, according to a novel study that includes...

Mon, 05/21/2018 — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 again exceeded the national average for residency matches, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. KU’s Pharm.D. students matched at a rate of 79 percent,...

Mon, 05/21/2018 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod today announced that Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. “This morning I met with Sheahon and relieved him of his duties,” Girod said. “Sheahon has been...

Thu, 05/17/2018 — LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized this spring with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community-engaged research. Community Engaged Scholarship Award The Community Engaged Scholarship Award is awarded to a faculty member whose scholarship actively collaborates with a community partner through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, such work contributes to the scholar’s discipline and strengthens the

Thu, 05/17/2018 — LEAVENWORTH – May is synonymous with graduation, and it’s also National Military Appreciation Month. In the spirit of both, the University of Kansas is celebrating its largest graduating class in the history of its programs in the city of Leavenworth. In one year, the number of graduates from KU’s off-post Leavenworth programs more than tripled to 30 students, most of whom are active members of the military. Fort Leavenworth is home to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), in which midcareer officers spend a year furthering their education and training to develop their skills and rise in the ranks. During this year, these officers may complement

Thu, 05/17/2018 — The University of Kansas Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics are coordinating “Hawks & Highways,” a multiyear effort to host KU events in communities throughout Kansas. The series will begin with eight events in June and will include...

Wed, 05/16/2018 — Every day, more and more people interact with the Internet of Things (IoT) in daily life. The IoT includes the devices and appliances in our homes — such as smart TVs, virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or learning thermostats like Nest...


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