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9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee

Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas
Credit Jonnybsay / Wikimedia Commons

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.

On Thursday's, Up to Date, we talk with student reporter Ben Carroll for a look at the timeline of events leading up to the decision and how it's being perceived by Jayhawk fans.

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Education
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases

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.

"Those proposals were brought forth at last months meeting, and then the final proposals will be presented [Wedesnday] and voted upon" Richardson said.

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History of Sports
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

KU Breaks Ground On New Center To House Naismith’s Rules Of Basketball

The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with Dr. Naismith in the back, right.
Credit Wikimedia / CC

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.

 The DeBruce Center will be connected to Allen Fieldhouse by a second-story walkway.

University of Kansas associate athletics director Jim Marchiony says the rules will be part of a display that tells the story of the sport of basketball and KU’s connection to it.

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Sports
3:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro

KU men's basketball coach Bill Self and Andrew Wiggins at the Monday press conference.
Credit Courtesy: KU Athletics

University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins announced Monday he’s declaring for the NBA draft.

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.

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.

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Health
7:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

KU Professor Looks For Medical Breakthroughs In Insects

Red flour beetles are the subject of KU Professor Stevin Gehrke's research.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

At the University of Kansas, some chemical engineers study petroleum, others work on solvents. Then there’s Professor Stevin Gehrke. He casts his scientific lens downward, looking for the future of medicine in things that scurry underfoot.

“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.

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Tell KCUR
4:16 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’

This painting of a Twitter logo by Ashley Raletz, the sister of KCUR Social Media Producer Alyson Raletz, sits on her desk in the station's newsroom.
Credit Alyson Raletz/KCUR

 The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.

When we asked “Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?” on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City.  

We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.

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Up to Date
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers'

Kevin Willmott's latest film is 'Jayhawkers.'

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.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with local filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his newest movie, Jayhawkers, that takes a look at the Chamberlain era and how it changed KU forever. 

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Up to Date
10:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech?

KU Prof. David Guth's tweet has sparked a debate on what is protected speech.

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.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media.  

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Biking, Bamboo Style

Lance Rake has designed a bamboo frame for bikes.
Credit Lance Rake

When you think of getting a bicycle, finding one made of bamboo isn't usually your first thought.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with University of Kansas design professor Lance Rake about how he took an underused Alabama crop and turned it into an economic stimulus for the town of Greensboro, Ala.

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Health
9:09 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits

Researchers at the University of Kansas have shown fatty acids in baby formula provide benefits to the baby.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

Researchers at the University of Kansas say fatty acids added to baby formula produce lasting gains in intelligence and performance.

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.  The new findings by Colombo and Carlson are based on 81 babies who were tested every six months over a span of six years. 

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Health
7:54 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Supreme Court Says Human Genes Can't Be Patented

An illustration of the human genome.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

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.

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.

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Tuition Hikes
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise

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.

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.

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Education
8:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KU Officials Aren't Yet Sure What Budget Cuts Will Mean

The first Kansas legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over.  But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions; one is the Kansas University Medical Center.

Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; in a speech this spring, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations.

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Headlines
6:46 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session

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Government
10:13 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Brownback Calls For Sales Tax Extension For Higher Ed

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback address media at the KU School of Medicine in Salina.
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

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.

Following a tour of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina, Brownback called the facility a great place to invest.

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Health
9:42 am
Tue April 30, 2013

$2.5 million Gift for Patient Support at KU Hospital

A Leawood couple has donated $2.5 million to expand a patient-support program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

A cancer diagnosis can be a bewildering event.  Having a trained professional to guide the way can make a huge difference.  That’s why Tom and Teresa Walsh are putting up the money to fund five, experienced nurse navigators at the KU Cancer Center.

“You have somebody with you to hold your hand, kind of help you along the way.  There’s so many questions, and you’re so scared in the beginning,” says Teresa Walsh.

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Government
4:31 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r) speaking with Doug Girod (l) and other KU Medical Center officials Thursday afternoon about the importance of continued state funding to the medical center. The state House's budget proposal would cut about $11 million from the center.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

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.

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Health
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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KC Currents
3:27 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas

Michael :"Devar" Long discusses his path to joining Ohev Sholom synagogue in Prairie Village.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.  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 The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, Jacob Dorman.

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Sports
9:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Big 12 Tournament Set

The Big 12 brackets are set for the men's tournament in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 25, 2013

From Poetry To History

Needle in the Bone by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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KC Currents
10:29 am
Thu January 17, 2013

KU Researcher Finds Racial Disparity In NIH Grants

Credit University of Kansas

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 NIH funding.

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Health
3:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans

Lidor Flickr

The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

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Visual Arts
9:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Political Power Of Imagery

Larry Schwarm, "Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States," 2002. chromogenic color print
Gift of the artist, 2006.0102 Spencer Museum of Art

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. 

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Up to Date
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Health
11:55 am
Fri July 13, 2012

University Of Kansas Gets 'Select' Cancer Institute Designation

Bill Witaker (pictured left), a cancer survivor, spoke at yesterday's official announcement. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little listened next to him.
Elana Gordon KCUR

KU Cancer Center has obtained a National Cancer Institute designation. Officially.

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Health
11:53 am
Thu July 12, 2012

KU To Announce Prestigious Cancer Center Designation

KU's application to be a nationally designated cancer center was on display at an event last fall, celebrating the application's completion.
Elana Gordon KCUR

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.

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports

T-ball player Drew poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. 

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Health
6:41 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Wyandotte County Continues To Battle Low Health Status

Note cards used during a group exercise at a community meeting last week about health issues in Wyandotte County.

That Wyandotte County is grappling with some major health issues is no secret.  It’s ranked one of the least healthy regions in Kansas, and findings from a recent health assessment reaffirm the challenges:

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Central Standard
7:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity

flightsaber Flickr

According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents.

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