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The birds and bees of ferns: KU professor's research proves mainstream science textbooks wrong

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

For decades biology textbooks have gotten fern reproduction all wrong — at least the part accusing the ancient plants of inbreeding. Ferns have not survived millions of years by sperm and egg from the same plantlet conceiving new plants, research by a University of Kansas professor shows.



Conference at Haskell explores how climate change affects American Indians

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:51 -0500

Indigenous scholars and stakeholders from across the United States are convened at Haskell Indian Nations University this week for a conference on climate change. “Climate Changed: Reflections on Our Past, Present and Future Situation” is the title of the gathering of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, which was established 10 years ago at Haskell.



Library to make contact with International Space Station on Friday

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to eat and/or use the restroom in zero gravity, you likely won’t find out Friday, when the Lawrence Public Library is scheduled to make contact via ham radio with the International Space Station. Since confirming the date with ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) officials last month, the library has received dozens of space-centric questions from the curious public, eventually narrowing the inquiries down to just 20.



Clear skies can’t lose: Where Kansans go to stargaze

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:43:31 -0500

Where there are dark skies, you will find them. Stargazers, from casual novices to astronomers with heavy-duty telescopes, use warm summer nights to look up at the sky. The show features a diverse cast, with constellations and planets like Jupiter and Saturn making appearances.



Upcoming Kansas archeology field school open to public

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:41:12 -0500

The public has a chance to do hands-on work alongside professional and avocational archeologists through the upcoming Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.



The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru

Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Caroline Chaboo, an entomologist, is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University and a curator for KU’s Museum of Natural History. More specifically, she’s a beetle hunter, on a quest to catalog all the beetles of Peru and get everyday people excited about them, too.



Northwest Missouri prepares for 2017 Great American Eclipse

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:06:46 -0500

The “Great American Eclipse” — a total eclipse of the sun — is expected to draw thousands of people to northwest Missouri when it darkens the skies in August 2017.



KU butterfly expert: Monarch resurgence encouraging but habitat restoration must continue

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

This winter’s big rebound of Mexico’s monarch butterfly population is good news, Kansas University’s resident butterfly expert says, but it hardly means we don’t need to worry about the monarchs anymore.



'Too cool for kids to ignore': KU engineering expo draws thousands to campus

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:56:09 -0600

The Kansas University Physics and Engineering Student Organization wanted to build and demonstrate a device “too cool for kids to ignore,” president Austin Feathers said. Their musical Tesla coil shooting out lightening bolts in tune with notes played on an electric keyboard seemed to do the trick.



TV journalist's biography of Sally Ride reveals famous astronaut's life beyond the public eye

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:56:00 -0600

Sally Ride was world-famous for being the first American woman in space. But for all her publicity in that arena, Ride was a private person whose personal life was not widely known until after her death in 2012, said Lynn Sherr, the former ABC News journalist who covered and befriended Ride before her first space flight and recently published the astronaut’s definitive biography, “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.”



KU student earns scholarship to attend grad school at Cambridge

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:08:21 -0600

A Kansas University student and Free State High School graduate has earned a prestigious international award, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Alex Kong, scheduled to complete his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical studies this semester, is one of 35 Americans to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.



KU Natural History Museum ranked top among public universities

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:02:22 -0600

Kansas University's Natural History Museum has been named the top natural history museum among public universities by Best College Reviews, KU announced this week.



Former astronaut Steve Hawley answers universal questions for Hubble's 25th anniversary

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:47:09 -0500

How old is the universe, and what is its ultimate fate? Do black holes really exist? Are there planets orbiting other stars? Since Steve Hawley graduated from Kansas University in 1973, many of the questions he asked as a student have been answered. By Mackenzie Clark



With $527,154 grant, Monarch Watch will train tribes to restore butterfly habitats on their lands

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:21:11 -0500

Kansas University’s Monarch Watch effort is getting more than half a million dollars to enable a butterfly version of the old “teach a man to fish” proverb. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Monday that Monarch Watch would receive $527,154 for its “Building Tribal Capacity for Monarch Habitat Restoration” project, which will train seven American Indian tribes in Eastern Oklahoma — whose lands are beneath the monarchs’ spring migration flight path — in habitat restoration. By Sara Shepherd



Foundation professor to give inaugural lecture, 'Biogeography and Primate Evolution'

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

One of Kansas University’s Foundation Distinguished Professors will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday.



KU’s Gunn inducted into National Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

In 1996, James Gunn co-founded the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and, for several years, inducted others into it at the hall’s home base, Kansas University. The hall of fame moved in 2004 to a bigger national stage — the national science fiction museum, EMP in Seattle — and this summer Gunn himself was inducted. “It was a rather unusual and very surprising turn of events," Gunn said. By Sara Shepherd



Reptile conference draws hundreds of herpetologists to KU

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles kicked off Thursday at Kansas University. The university expects roughly 450 herpetology scholars from around the world to attend the conference, which runs through Sunday. By Sara Shepherd



New science buildings rise to top of KU's budget wish list

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Kansas University’s aging science buildings have “major shortcomings” — major enough that the antiquated facilities could in the future cost KU its membership in the prestigious research institution club known as the Association of American Universities, KU Provost Jeff Vitter told the Kansas Board of Regents Thursday. Moving forward with constructing new integrated science buildings — as called for in the Campus Master Plan unveiled last year — is KU’s top budget enhancement request for fiscal year 2017. By Sara Shepherd



When and from where did humans reach the Americas? KU professor co-authors study with answer

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:11:06 -0500

Disagreement surrounds precisely when and via what path ancient humans took to the Americas. A Kansas University professor co-authored a study, published this week in the journal Science, that provides an answer based on years of genomic sequencing: Ancestors of present-day Native Americans came directly from Siberia, and they arrived here sometime in the last 23,000 years. By Sara Shepherd



Pluto’s ‘heart’ named for KU grad who discovered the planet

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:34:58 -0500

The heart-shaped feature on Pluto’s surface — which itself got a lot of love from Pluto-watchers worldwide this week — will be named for the Kansas University alumnus who discovered the celestial body. NASA on Wednesday released preliminary reports and images from Tuesday’s historic New Horizons spacecraft fly-by, which provided an unprecedented up-close view of Pluto. The New Horizons team also announced the feature informally known as the “heart” would be named “Tombaugh Regio” after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. By Sara Shepherd