3 Kansas students credited with rescuing boy in Florida
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Three University of Kansas fraternity brothers on a spring break trip to Florida are credited with rescuing a young boy from a riptide.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas engineering professor says administrators removed him from teaching a course for the rest of the semester after he told a student to "learn...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas School of Medicine says a gift of more than $2.8 million will fund scholarships for medical students.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is expanding care for transgender students at its health center so students no longer have to leave campus to seek hormone therapy.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas programs allowing high school students to start their post-secondary education early are an "innovative" example of how universities can help...
Missouri woman charged after baby burned in bath tub
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old southwest Missouri woman is jailed after her 6-month-old daughter suffered severe burns in a bathtub.
Elizabeth Austin, of Lake Ozark, was charged after...
Kansas professor Kevin Willmott wins Oscar
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas professor Kevin Willmott is an Oscar winner.
Willmott won the award for best adapted screenplay Sunday night for his contribution to the film...
Kansas endowment raises more than $1 million in 1 day
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Officials with the KU Endowment say the organization raised more than $1 million in 24 hours to benefit the University of Kansas.
Kansas researcher helps find antibiotic-resistant bug
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that originated in India has been found in a remote part of the world by a group of researchers that includes a University of Kansas geology professor.
‘BlacKkKlansman’ screenwriter to pursue Langston Hughes film
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas screenwriter who co-wrote Spike Lee's latest film, the Oscar-nominated "BlacKkKlansman," is setting his sights on his next project: a documentary about poet Langston Hughes.
Company donates $2M to Kansas for cryptocurrency technology
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Silicon Valley company has donated $2 million to the University of Kansas to support research related to cryptocurrency and digital payments, such as Bitcoin.
The university says in a news release that the donation from Ripple will provide $400,000 each year for five years. It will go to the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the Kansas School of Engineering.
Crime reported on Kansas campus hit 10-year low in 2018
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas officials say crimes reported on the Lawrence campus in 2018 dropped to the lowest level in 10 years.
The Office of Public Safety said in a news release Wednesday that 619 crimes were reported last year, down 8 percent from 670 in 2017.
The report found theft continues to be the most common crime, with 150 reported in 2018. That was followed by drug crimes, with 113 reports, and property damage, with 91 reports.
Kansas geology department buys 600 acres of Colorado land
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas geology department bought 600 acres of land in Colorado to ensure geology students continue to take a class there each summer.
The department bought the land, known as Blue Ridge, from the landowner. It is in the mountains outside Canon City, Colorado. The geology department has used the land since 1922 to teach a six-week "field camp" class there.
Study: Most Americans overestimate gun ownership
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Most Americans tend to overestimate how many people own guns in the country, a finding that some experts said could have political ramifications across the U.S.
Kansas to use gift for chemical engineering research lab
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to use a $1 million gift to establish a new chemical engineering research laboratory.
Richard and Elizabeth Hoover, of Northport Michigan, both graduated from the university in 1971. They now live in Northport, Michigan.
Richard Hoover said in a news release that he hopes the lab will give students more hands-on research experience so they will be better prepared for the job market.
Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires.
New Kansas governor disputes with DCF over research
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is up in arms with the state's troubled child welfare agency for spending public funds to undercut research linking welfare restrictions with a rise in the number of abused children in foster care.
Kansas researcher’s study suggests social media not so bad
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas researcher who led a study on social media says giving it up doesn't make a person significantly happier and concerns about social media may be overblown.
Communications professor Jeffrey Hall has told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he was surprised by the finding.
Woman dies in shooting near KU Medical Center
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman near the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The shooting was reported about 5 p.m. Saturday and initially didn't appear to be serious.
After being shot, the 27-year-old victim sought help at a Taco Bell restaurant, where a customer and employees called 911. Police say the woman was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries but she later died.
Lawrence rabbi named 1 of the 50 influential Jewish leaders
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence rabbi has been named one of the 50 most influential American Jews by a prominent Jewish magazine.
The Forward magazine recently included Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel in its list of this year's influential leaders. Tiechtel and his wife, Nechama, have led Chabad, a University of Kansas campus Jewish community, since 2006.
Kansas given $6.9 million gift to research early human life
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A $6.9 million gift from a late geologist and his wife will be used to help University of Kansas researchers better understand early human life in the Americas.
Joseph and Maude Ruth Cramer established the Odyssey Archaeological Research Fund at the university in 2002 with a $1 million gift. The additional $6.9 million was recently received after their deaths.
Pharmacy tech sentenced to probation for stealing drugs
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 37-year-old former pharmacy technician at the University of Kansas Hospital was placed on probation for stealing drugs from the hospital.
Federal prosecutors say Heydon White, of Stillwell, admitted that he stole the painkiller fentanyl from cabinets at the hospital. He was responsible for stocking the computerized cabinets and removing expired medication for disposal.
University of Kansas to cut more than 150 positions
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to shed more than 150 positions in an effort to cut $20 million from the school's budget.
Interim Provost Carl Lejuez announced Wednesday that the university will be eliminating about 55 faculty positions and 100 staff positions over the next two school years, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Gunman shoots man, then chases him to hospital and kills him
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A gunman is suspected of wounding a man and a woman and chasing them 2 ½ miles to a Kansas hospital, where he fatally shot the man as he ran to the entrance. The gunman then took his own life, authorities say.
University of Kansas campus to be wind-powered by 2020
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has signed an agreement with Westar Energy to have its Lawrence campus powered nearly 100 percent by wind energy by 2020.
The Kansas City Star reports the 20-year agreement is expected to lower the university's utility bills about 22 percent, from 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 1.8 cents.
Kansas State and Washburn universities have signed similar agreements with Westar.
65 at the University of Kansas to take retirement incentive
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say 65 faculty members at the University of Kansas are expected to take an early retirement incentive.
15 months later, just 1 violation of KU gun policy
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — More than a year after the University of Kansas adopted a policy allowing concealed guns on campus, only one gun-relation violation has been reported.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the sole violation was minor enough that it was corrected without disciplinary action. The violation was for carrying a gun inappropriately.
Kansas university researchers help uncover ancient asteroid
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Kansas had a hand in uncovering what might have been about a mile-wide iron asteroid that crashed into Greenland perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago.
Details of the impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland were recently published in Science Advances, a multidisciplinary journal.
Nurse’s kidney donation triggers bi-state transplant chain
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nurse's decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that led to three people getting new organs at two Kansas City-area hospitals.
University of Kansas forms task force for Greek system
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has established a new task force to recommend changes to the school's Greek system in order to improve safety and efficiency.
Disbarred Kansas lawyer sentenced for hitting nurse with car
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A recently disbarred lawyer has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison for hitting a nurse while she was crossing a street.
Fifty-five-year-old Mark Logan was sentenced for aggravated battery and failure to yield to a pedestrian.
$1,000 reward for information on stolen inflatable colon
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — There is now a $1,000 award being offered for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the return of the University of Kansas Cancer Center's giant inflatable colon.
The Kansas City Star reports that the American Society of Gastroenterology donated the reward money in hopes of returning the stolen colon.
Giant inflatable colon stolen in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Someone has snatched a giant, inflatable colon used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center said Friday in a news release that it was stolen from a pickup bed in Brookside.
Surgical oncologist John Ashcraft says colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.
Kansas woman drives university bus for 7 years
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kait McNeely steered the 40-foot bus alongside the curb and pressed her foot on the air brake, quickly opening the door.
"Thank you," called out several college students as they stepped off Bus 38, like appreciative passengers to an airplane pilot after a smooth flight.
Dole Leadership Prize to ex-Secretary of State James Baker
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will honor former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker with the 2018 Dole Leadership Prize.
The institute announced Wednesday the honor for Baker on Wednesday.
Baker served in senior government positions under three U.S. presidents, including as secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush and chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan.
About 6 percent of Kansas faculty in Lawrence take buyout
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — More than 60 of the University of Kansas' tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Lawrence campus are taking an early retirement buyout.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that's about 6 percent of the 1,000 faculty members in Lawrence. They will leave between May 31, 2019, and May 31, 2020.
Kansas university chancellor asks for more funding
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas' chancellor is asking gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers to provide more funding to higher education.
On-campus rapes doubled last year at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An annual safety report at the University of Kansas says twice as many rapes were reported on the Lawrence campus in 2017 than the previous year.
The Clery report says nine of the 12 rapes reported were in campus housing.
Data: Many University of Kansas students graduate in 6 years
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Only 42 percent of University of Kansas students graduated within four years, according to a recent review of graduation data.
The university's graduation rate grew to 63 percent when tacking on two additional years, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. After spending six years at the University of Kansas, 37 percent of students still haven't graduated.
Free food pantry opens at Kansas’ student union
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is offering a free food pantry at the Memorial Union on the Lawrence campus.
The Campus Cupboard on the fourth level of the union opened Monday.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the space allows students, faculty and staff to pick up such items as fresh fruit, cereal, steaks and even gluten-free products.
University of Kansas budget cuts involves buyout program
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to cut $20 million from its budget by leaving many vacant faculty positions unfilled and implementing a buyout program for older faculty members.
KU Interim Provost Carl Lejuez presented the budget cut proposal at a town hall meeting Wednesday, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Director: Kansas stem cell research center needs more money
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A stem cell research facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center needs more money, not more space, according to the center's new director.
Sunil Abhyankar, an oncologist who specializes in blood cancers, was introduced Sept. 17 to the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center Advisory Board as the center's new director.
2nd teenager dies after car crashes into creek near Atchison
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — The second of two teenagers trapped inside a car that landed upside down in an Atchison creek on Sunday has died.
Sixteen-year-old Regan Moger, of Houston, Texas, died Tuesday at the University of Kansas Hospital, where she was flown after the wreck.
Moger was a passenger in the car driven by 16-year-old Zachary Armontrout, of Rushville, Missouri, who died Monday. Three other students in the car escaped serious injury when the vehicle went into Independence Creek.
Campus minister offers KU students spiritual friendship
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — For Susan Mercer, handing out a Capri Sun juice pouch to a college student is more than quenching a thirst.
"It's offering prevenient grace to whoever shows up," said Mercer, the Wesley KU campus minister at the University of Kansas.
University of Kansas Health System given $66 million gift
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Health System has received a $66 million donation to be used for an inpatient care unit.
4 Kansas students accuse dormmate of sexual assault
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a report that a University of Kansas student sexually assaulted four female dormmates during the first few weeks of classes.
KU journalism project tells stories of historic buildings
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Downtown Lawrence's old brick and stone buildings, some marked with names and dates from centuries past, are a call to the curious. And now, those wanting to know more about the storefronts, people and events that populated downtown's historic buildings have an easy way to find out.
Ex-Kansas Chancellor Gray-Little to be honored for service
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will honor former chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little for her service to the university.
University officials announced Thursday that Gray-Little will receive the 2018 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service. The award will be presented by the KU Alumni Association during a fall meeting of its board of directors on Sept. 14.
University of Kansas won’t have booth at Kansas State Fair
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — For the first time in decades, the University of Kansas will not have a booth at the Kansas State Fair.
University spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said the university decided to use more targeted efforts to attract people to the university.