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Recent book from KU researcher reveals 'underappreciated' beauty of tapeworms, other observations on parasites

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:06:31 -0600

For nearly 10 years now, University of Kansas parasitologist Kirsten Jensen has traveled the world in search of new tapeworm species. More than 50 countries and countless gutted specimens later, Jensen has documented her fascination with parasites in a new book, published late last year by the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.

KU students launch 'Make it Happen' conference to encourage girls in STEM

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Growing up in Lawrence, Alita Joseph always felt her dreams were within reach. Education was emphasized in her household, and her mother, she says, always “made a point” of encouraging the Joseph siblings in their interests, particularly those in STEM fields.

KU researcher part of international team that discovered ancient spiderlike creature with tail

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

The idea that an ancient spiderlike creature with a tail longer than its body once roamed the earth might seem a walking nightmare to some. Not for University of Kansas researcher Paul Selden, whose writings on the recently discovered 100 million-year-old species were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

KU Natural History Museum to expand programming this year; first up, Sunday's 'Extraordinary Animals'

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:56:40 -0600

Dyche Hall is getting a facelift this year. That much is clear to anyone who’s passed by the historic limestone building, home to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, over the last several months.

KU students nab top prize at international spacecraft design competition

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0600

The University of Kansas School of Engineering recently won first place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ undergraduate team space design competition, KU announced Thursday.

Prairie Park Nature Center aids in national efforts to save endangered black-footed ferret

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:16:16 -0600

With his playful personality and bandit-like facial markings, Gyr the ferret is one of the best-loved critters at the Prairie Park Nature Center.

After years of digging and crowdfunding campaigns, T. rex now on display at KU Natural History Museum

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:33:33 -0500

The University of Kansas is now home to one of oldest — and most complete — Tyrannosaurus rex fossilized skeletons of its kind, thanks to paleontologist David Burnham, a team of students and volunteers, and the donors who helped dig up the specimen and bring her home to Lawrence.

Pulitzer-winning cancer expert, author Siddhartha Mukherjee to deliver Hall Center lecture at KU

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:08:51 -0500

Acclaimed oncologist, cancer researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee will visit Lawrence this week as part of the Hall Center’s Humanities Lecture Series at the University of Kansas.

Recapping the eclipse experiences of those who journeyed outside of Lawrence — and those who stayed behind

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:26:44 -0500

Even with overcast skies, eclipse observers in Lawrence generally tried to maintain a sunny attitude Monday as the big event — or lack of it — came and went.

Today's the day: What you need to know about the solar eclipse in Lawrence

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Well, readers, the big day is finally upon us. Here’s some last-minute information on Monday afternoon’s solar eclipse to get you started:

Longtime amateur astronomer planned months in advance for St. Joseph eclipse viewing

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It’s estimated that 7 million Americans will travel some distance to see Monday’s solar eclipse in its path of totality. Rick Heschmeyer is one of them, but the longtime amateur astronomer isn’t trekking too far, all things considered. Heschmeyer, representing the Astronomical Associates of Lawrence, expects he’ll share the experience with anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 people Monday at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo.

Solar eclipse guide: Where to watch, how to watch, and why it's such a big deal

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A little primer before Aug. 21's solar eclipse.

Professor invites public along for Friday's night-time spider walk at Clinton Lake

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:10:51 -0500

Dustin Wilgers wasn’t always so comfortable around spiders. Up until graduate school, when his study of the eight-legged critters began about 10 years ago, Wilgers even considered himself a bit of an arachnophobe. But, in the decade he’s spent getting to know them, Wilgers says he’s developed an appreciation for arachnids, and he wants to pass it on.

KU professor, Lawrence dentist team up to analyze Neanderthal teeth; results suggest evidence of primitive dental treatment

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

David Frayer has been studying fossils excavated from a site in Croatia for about 20 years now, off and on. So, when the University of Kansas anthropology professor decided to revisit the grooves in one 130,000-year-old set of teeth during a recent trip to the Croatia’s Krapina Neanderthal site, he thought it best to bring in a fresh pair of eyes. More specifically, those of longtime friend and dentist Joe Gatti.

NASA picks KU alumna from more than 18,000 astronaut applicants

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:26:52 -0500

University of Kansas alumna Loral O'Hara has been selected by NASA as one of 12 astronaut candidates for 2017, NASA announced earlier this week.

Upcoming Kenneth Spencer lecture to explore relationship between bacteria and the world around us

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:37:46 -0600

This year’s annual Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas will feature a professor who’s made a career out of inspiring people to better appreciate bacteria.

KU’s $78.5 million EEEC designed to foster modern geology, petroleum engineering study

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

The outside of the new building going up at 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.

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.