University of Kansas http://kcur.org en Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee http://kcur.org/post/students-lose-seats-allen-fieldhouse-after-vote-cut-athletics-fee <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this month the University of Kansas athletics department announced that Section U, a 120-seat area of Allen Fieldhouse previously reserved for students, would be reallocated to donor seating. The decision was a direct response to an attempt by the Student Senate to cut the mandatory athletics fee charged to all KU students.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57928 at http://kcur.org Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases http://kcur.org/post/kansas-regents-vote-tuition-increases <p>The Kansas Board of Regents will consider proposed tuition increases at a meeting this week. Breeze Richardson with the board, says this will be the final step in the process. Universities have spent the last few months developing and submitting their proposals.</p><p>"Those proposals were brought forth at last months meeting, and then the final proposals will be presented [Wedesnday] and voted upon" Richardson said.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:16:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57478 at http://kcur.org KU Breaks Ground On New Center To House Naismith’s Rules Of Basketball http://kcur.org/post/ku-breaks-ground-new-center-house-naismith-s-rules-basketball <p>Construction begins Friday on the DeBruce Center, a three-story building that will house the original rules for basketball, typed up by the game’s inventor, James Naismith, in 1892.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The </span>DeBruce<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Center will be connected to Allen </span>Fieldhouse&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">by a second-story walkway. </span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:00:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 55099 at http://kcur.org KU Breaks Ground On New Center To House Naismith’s Rules Of Basketball KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro http://kcur.org/post/kus-andrew-wiggins-goes-pro <p>University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins announced&nbsp;Monday he’s declaring for the NBA draft.</p><p>The 6' 8'' player was the top high school recruit in 2013 - and this season Wiggins scored 597 points, more than any freshman in KU's history, including a high of 29 points in one game.</p><p>The draft takes place in June – and Wiggins is expected to be a first-round draft selection, if not the first. He says that’s where he wants to be.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:32:22 +0000 Laura Spencer 53467 at http://kcur.org KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro KU Professor Looks For Medical Breakthroughs In Insects http://kcur.org/post/ku-professor-looks-medical-breakthroughs-insects <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the University of Kansas, some chemical engineers study petroleum, others work on solvents. Then there’s Professor&nbsp;</span>Stevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Gehrke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He casts his scientific lens downward, looking for the future of medicine in things that scurry underfoot.</span></p><p>“What’s different about a bug that goes ‘squish’ when you step on it and a bug that goes ‘crunch’ when you step on it?” Gehrke describes his work.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:31:54 +0000 Alex Smith 50158 at http://kcur.org KU Professor Looks For Medical Breakthroughs In Insects I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ http://kcur.org/post/i-can-t-tweet-honestly-because-i-m-afraid-i-might-get-fired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.</p><p>When we asked <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-should-your-boss-be-able-fire-you-what-you-tweet">“Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?”</a> on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City. &nbsp;</p><p>We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:16:50 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50178 at http://kcur.org I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers' http://kcur.org/post/look-new-ku-basketball-film-jayhawkers <p>KU basketball had a different sort of atmosphere back in the 1950s. In addition to some Phog, one of the things that changed the weather there was a certain player called Wilt Chamberlain.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with local filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his newest movie, <em>Jayhawkers</em>, that takes a look at the Chamberlain era and how it changed KU forever.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:59:50 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 46531 at http://kcur.org A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers' Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech? http://kcur.org/post/social-media-maelstrom-tweet-protected-speech <p>Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:45:54 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 44184 at http://kcur.org Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech? Biking, Bamboo Style http://kcur.org/post/biking-bamboo-style <p>When you think of getting a bicycle, finding one made of bamboo isn't usually your first thought.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"> </a><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/uptodate"><em>Up to Dat</em></a><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/uptodate"><em>e</em></a>, we talk with University of Kansas design professor <strong>Lance Rake</strong> about how he took an underused Alabama crop and turned it into an economic stimulus&nbsp;for the town of Greensboro, Ala.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43339 at http://kcur.org Biking, Bamboo Style Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits http://kcur.org/post/fatty-acids-baby-formula-show-lasting-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at the University of Kansas say fatty acids added to baby formula produce lasting gains in intelligence and performance.</span></p><p>Infant formula has been enriched with fatty acids since 2001, based in part on research done by University of Kansas scientists John Colombo and Susan Carlson.&nbsp; The<a href="http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/06/26/ajcn.112.040766.abstract"> new findings by Colombo and Carlson</a> are based on 81 babies who were tested every six months over a span of six years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:09:53 +0000 Bryan Thompson 41944 at http://kcur.org Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits Supreme Court Says Human Genes Can't Be Patented http://kcur.org/post/supreme-court-says-human-genes-cant-be-patented <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that segments of naturally-occurring human genes cannot be patented. The ruling may change the focus of genomic research, but it won't stop it.</p><p>Professor Andrew Torrance specializes in biotechnology patent law at the University of Kansas. He says the ruling falls hardest on companies that have invested billions of dollars, hoping to profit from patents on human gene fragments like those that help reveal a person’s risk for breast cancer.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:54:53 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38499 at http://kcur.org Supreme Court Says Human Genes Can't Be Patented Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise http://kcur.org/post/kansas-universities-hit-hard-budget-cuts-tuition-expected-rise <p>University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.</p><p>The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:52:10 +0000 Ryan Schuessler & Stephen Koranda 38070 at http://kcur.org KU Officials Aren't Yet Sure What Budget Cuts Will Mean http://kcur.org/post/ku-officials-arent-yet-sure-what-budget-cuts-will-mean <p>The first Kansas legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over.&nbsp; But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions; one is the Kansas University Medical Center.</p><p>Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n a speech this spring, KU Chancellor </span>Bernadette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gray-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:18:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37818 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-june-3-2013 <p>Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.</p><p><strong>Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session</strong></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:46:30 +0000 Steve Bell 37820 at http://kcur.org Brownback Calls For Sales Tax Extension For Higher Ed http://kcur.org/post/brownback-calls-sales-tax-extension-higher-ed <p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.</p><p>The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas. Lawmakers are hesitant to extend the sales tax hike, which was approved in 2010 on the condition that it would expire July 1 of this year.</p><p>Following a tour of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina, Brownback called the facility a great place to invest.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:13:52 +0000 Bryan Thompson 36377 at http://kcur.org Brownback Calls For Sales Tax Extension For Higher Ed $2.5 million Gift for Patient Support at KU Hospital http://kcur.org/post/25-million-gift-patient-support-ku-hospital <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span>Leawood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> couple has donated $2.5 million to expand a patient-support program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.</span></p><p>A cancer diagnosis can be a bewildering event.&nbsp; Having a trained professional to guide the way can make a huge difference.&nbsp; That’s why Tom and Teresa Walsh are putting up the money to fund five, experienced nurse navigators at the KU Cancer Center.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:42:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 35934 at http://kcur.org Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding http://kcur.org/post/governor-calls-continued-medical-center-funding <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been on an all-out tour of state universities this week, calling on lawmakers to extend a sales tax and maintain funding for higher education in the coming budget. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:31:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 35700 at http://kcur.org Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center http://kcur.org/post/governor-signs-bill-establishing-ku-med-stem-cell-center <p>Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:13:21 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35508 at http://kcur.org KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/ku-prof-explores-black-israelite-roots-kansas <p>Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.&nbsp; And it’s perhaps the most evident when they claim the same religion, or historical ancestry. The development of Black Israelite or Black Jewish faith has its roots in Kansas, according to the book <em>The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions</em> by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, <a href="http://news.ku.edu/2013/01/31/book-explores-race-identity-ancient-israelites" target="_blank">Jacob Dorman. </a></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:27:18 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 34744 at http://kcur.org KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas Big 12 Tournament Set http://kcur.org/post/big-12-tournament-set <p>The <a href="http://www.big12sports.com/">Big 12 </a>brackets are set for the men's tournament in Kansas City. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:06:32 +0000 Greg Echlin 33276 at http://kcur.org Big 12 Tournament Set From Poetry To History http://kcur.org/post/poetry-history <p>It's not often a <strong>state poet laureate</strong> turns her pen to <strong>write a non-fiction tale</strong>, but Kansas Poet Laureate<strong> <a href="http://carynmirriamgoldberg.com/" target="_blank">Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg</a></strong> has done just that. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:18:15 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 30937 at http://kcur.org From Poetry To History KU Researcher Finds Racial Disparity In NIH Grants http://kcur.org/post/ku-researcher-finds-racial-disparity-nih-grants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When researchers submit proposals to the National Institutes of Health to get funding, they don’t indicate their race or ethnicity. But black researchers are a third less likely than other equally-qualified researchers to receive </span>NIH<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> funding.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:29:33 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 30548 at http://kcur.org KU Researcher Finds Racial Disparity In NIH Grants Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans http://kcur.org/post/telemedicine-initiative-reaches-out-kansas-veterans <p>The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.</p><p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:09:21 +0000 Stephen Koranda 27531 at http://kcur.org Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans Political Power Of Imagery http://kcur.org/post/political-power-imagery <p>What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt.&nbsp; Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:05:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 26090 at http://kcur.org Political Power Of Imagery The Cultural History Of Flab http://kcur.org/post/cultural-history-flab <p>We crave its taste but not its look.&nbsp; What&rsquo;s up with our love-hate relationship with fat? Fri, 10 Aug 2012 04:04:51 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 22531 at http://kcur.org The Cultural History Of Flab University Of Kansas Gets 'Select' Cancer Institute Designation http://kcur.org/post/university-kansas-gets-select-cancer-institute-designation <p>KU Cancer Center has obtained a National Cancer Institute designation. Officially.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:55:34 +0000 Elana Gordon 20970 at http://kcur.org University Of Kansas Gets 'Select' Cancer Institute Designation KU To Announce Prestigious Cancer Center Designation http://kcur.org/post/ku-announce-prestigious-cancer-center-designation <p>Leaders from the University of Kansas, politicians and health officials, including U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will gather at the University of Kansas Medical Center this afternoon to formally announce KU Cancer Center becoming a National Cancer Institute designation.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:53:36 +0000 Elana Gordon 20897 at http://kcur.org KU To Announce Prestigious Cancer Center Designation Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports http://kcur.org/post/balancing-competition-and-fun-youth-sports <p>More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. Many parents see it as a way for kids to get physically fit, and learn teamwork and discipline. And a lot of parents like to see their kids win, too. But how important is winning? And how much pressure should parents and coaches put on young people to be the best athletes they can be?</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:51:08 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Zack Lewandowski 19949 at http://kcur.org Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports Wyandotte County Continues To Battle Low Health Status http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-continues-battle-low-health-status <p>That Wyandotte County is grappling with some major health issues is no secret.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s ranked <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/kansas/2012/wyandotte/county/1/overall">one of the least healthy regions</a> in Kansas, and findings from a recent health assessment reaffirm the challenges: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 23:41:37 +0000 Elana Gordon 18812 at http://kcur.org Wyandotte County Continues To Battle Low Health Status Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity http://kcur.org/post/bobbing-continents-believed-cause-changes-biodiversity <p>According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:25:29 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 18515 at http://kcur.org Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity