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Fri, 05/17/2024

Ancient arachnid from coal forests of America stands out for its spiny legs

A University of Kansas researcher has published a description of a spider with up-armored legs found in an Illinois fossil deposit that's 308 million years old. The ancient critter recently was described in a new paper published in the Journal of Paleontology
Thu, 05/25/2023

KU scientist receives honorary membership award from international organization

Evan Franseen, professor of geology at the University of Kansas, senior scientific fellow at the Kansas Geological Survey and co-director of the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium, is the recipient of the 2023 Honorary Membership Award from SEPM, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, for “excellence in professional achievement and extraordinary service...

Thu, 01/12/2023

Kansas coalition to take step toward development of regional hydrogen hub

A coalition of Kansas public entities and private partners will apply for federal funding that could make Kansas a regional hub in the emerging hydrogen economy. ...

Tue, 12/13/2022

Researchers at CReSIS build radar system to extend range of ice surveys and close 'data gaps'

Researchers at the Center for Remote Sensing and Integrated Systems, headquartered at the University of Kansas, have received almost $1 million from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation program to design and build an adaptable radar system for long-range unmanned aerial systems. ...

Tue, 12/13/2022

KU awarded grant to assist in bringing equity and excellence to introductory science classes

An interdisciplinary team of professors at the University of Kansas has received a $529,500 grant to improve student success and reduce achievement gaps in undergraduate science education. ...

Tue, 11/29/2022

Petroleum engineering professor wins international ‘Breakthrough Research of the Year’ award

A University of Kansas researcher has been honored with one of the energy industry’s most prestigious awards. ...

Tue, 11/29/2022

Kansas Geological Survey scientist emeritus receives Water Legacy Award

Donald Whittemore, scientist emeritus at the Kansas Geological Survey whose groundbreaking work toward understanding and addressing a wide range of water resources issues in Kansas has touched every corner of the state, is the recipient of the Water Legacy Award presented by the Kansas Water Office. ...

Thu, 11/17/2022

KU geography student receives prestigious doctoral dissertation award

University of Kansas geography doctoral candidate Carolisa Watson has received the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. ...

Fri, 11/11/2022

KU to host 21st annual event exploring latest in geographic information systems

The University of Kansas will host the 21st annual GIS Day @ KU, an educational event to promote awareness of geographic information systems and the latest developments in the field. The virtual event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 16. ...

Wed, 11/09/2022

Greenland's Frozen Hinterlands Are Bleeding Worse Than We Thought

rise may proceed faster than expected in the coming decades, as a gargantuan flow of ice slithering out of Greenland’s remote interior both picks up speed and shrinks. ...

Wed, 11/09/2022

KU Kudos: Jayhawk faculty and staff achievements, November 2022

It's time to celebrate Jayhawk colleagues' achievements: KU News Service accepted submissions and combed websites, social media and newsletters for recent external honors and awards for current faculty and staff at the Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses and affiliates. Have something to share? Submit by Dec. 5 for the...

Mon, 11/07/2022

Fossil Dissolution Study Propels Student To A Ph.D. Program

S.D. (KOTA) - A South Dakota Mines student set out to find answers on fossil dissolution rates. Her findings landed her a spot in the paleontology Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas. ...

Fri, 11/04/2022

11 graduate students advance to Three Minute Thesis Competition Finals

Eleven University of Kansas graduate students from four different academic units advanced to the finals of the Three Minute Thesis Competition. The finals will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in forum C of the Burge Union. ...

Tue, 11/01/2022

Program helps Native students bridge from Haskell to KU to careers in science

Kynser Wahwahsuck is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. For as long as she can remember, she has known that the tribe struggles to provide drinking water on the reservation — situated on 150,000 acres of tribal land about 60 miles north of Topeka — because of its...

Thu, 10/27/2022

Kansas Data Access & Support Center manager receives national 2022 Geospatial Excellence Award

Eileen Battles, manager of the Kansas Data Access & Support Center housed at the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the 2022 Geospatial Excellence Award–Catalyst from the National States Geographic Information Council. ...

Wed, 10/26/2022

KU Libraries announce 2022 Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication

KU Libraries have granted the 2022 David Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication to two recipients at the University of Kansas: Shannon O’Lear, director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Corey Rayburn Yung, School of Law research professor. ...

Mon, 10/17/2022

Bring Art And Science Together

Department of Geology is planning a partnership with the KU School of Architecture and Design to create a mural in Ritchie Hall. Ritchie Hall has three cutouts in the walls between the first and third floors that were built to simulate a well. The KU Department of Geology has faculty...

Thu, 10/13/2022

KGS scientist, partners receive NSF funding to expand program to reduce barriers in STEM occupations

A National Science Foundation grant will allow a researcher from the Kansas Geological Survey and her collaborators at seven other institutions to expand the reach of a program designed to reduce hostile workplace climate barriers that individuals face when entering STEM occupations. ...

Wed, 10/12/2022

Report shows tectonics to be main driver of hillslope 'connectivity'

Chances are good that most people reading this are situated on a hillslope, as hillslopes cover some 90% of the Earth’s landmass. ...

Wed, 10/12/2022

KU announces recipients of Keeler Intra-University Professorships for 2022-2023

Four University of Kansas professors have been selected to pursue special projects designed to develop their scholarship in a field while also fostering collaboration at KU during the 2022-2023 academic year. ...

Tue, 10/11/2022

Kansas Geological Survey scientists collaborate on project to identify unmarked graves in local cemetery

A joint project of the Kansas Geological Survey, Douglas County Historical Society’s Oak Hill Cemetery Program Committee and Watkins Museum of History aims to uncover and memorialize the stories of hundreds of people interred in Oak Hill Cemetery’s potter’s field from the 1860s through the 1910s. ...

Tue, 10/11/2022

12 KU undergraduate students selected for 2022 Millennium Fellowship

Out of nearly 32,000 applicants from more than 2,400 institutions worldwide, 12 University of Kansas students have been selected for the 2022 Millennium Fellowship, a leadership development program overseen by the Millennium Campus Network in partnership with United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). ...

Fri, 10/07/2022

KU project to responsibly maximize recovery from unconventional oil and gas reservoirs nominated for major award

A team led by a University of Kansas researcher is a finalist for one of the global energy industry’s most prestigious awards. ...

Wed, 10/05/2022

Five seniors, one alumnus to compete for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell scholarships

Five current seniors and a recent graduate at the University of Kansas will compete for prestigious fellowships for study in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year with the support of KU's Office of Fellowships. ...

Mon, 09/26/2022

Bruce Lieberman named director of KU Paleontological Institute

Bruce Lieberman, professor in the University of Kansas Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and senior curator in the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, has been named director of the KU Paleontological Institute. He previously served as interim director from 2005 to 2007. ...

Wed, 09/07/2022

Surficial Geology Map of Kansas Tutorial

a short video which goes over our interactive geological map of Kansas. ...

Thu, 09/01/2022

For 100 Years, KU’s Colorado Field Station Provides Geology Students With Valuable Hands-on Experience

KU Geology students take part in a century-long tradition – learning geology in a remote, mountainous area 35 miles north of Cañon City, Colorado. ...

Wed, 08/31/2022

Sloan Foundation grant to support Indigenous students in STEM programs at KU, Haskell

A joint project of the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University was selected to receive a $500,000 seed grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Indigenous Graduate Partnership. This project will support Indigenous students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees. The project aims to increase the...

Tue, 08/30/2022

Study will sharpen understanding of precipitation's influence on aerosols in the atmosphere

A new $620,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will enable a University of Kansas atmospheric scientist to research how aerosols, clouds and precipitation interact over ocean waters, with the goal of producing more accurate Earth System Models. ...

Mon, 08/29/2022

Zombie Ice From Greenland Will Raise Sea Level 10 Inches