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2011-06-21 13:44:00

KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas City's two preeminent cancer care programs, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Kansas City Cancer Center (KCCC), have completed their merger and are now operating as the area's premier outpatient cancer care organization. The newly merged organization will have 52 medical and radiation oncologists working in 12 locations throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The combined organization will be part of The...

2011-05-31 17:13:31

How do people who speak more than one language keep from mixing them up? How do they find the right word in the right language when being fluent in just one language means knowing about 30,000 words? That's what science has wondered about for decades, offering complicated theories on how the brain processes more than one language and sometimes theorizing that bilingualism degrades cognitive performance. But University of Kansas psycholinguist Mike Vitevitch thinks that complicated...

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2011-04-20 09:16:43

Right-handedness is a distinctively human characteristic, with right-handers outnumbering lefties nine-to-one. But how far back does right-handedness reach in the human story? Researchers have tried to determine the answer by looking at ancient tools, prehistoric art and human bones, but the results have not been definitive. Now, David Frayer, professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, has used markings on fossilized front teeth to show that right-handedness goes back more than...

2011-01-20 13:12:00

LAWRENCE, Kan., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm® will be televised live Saturday morning, January 29th from the University of Kansas. Through a State Farm initiative, fans will have an opportunity to raise money for KU's Student Union Activities' organization Hawk Zone during the morning telecast (10 a.m. ET on ESPNU continuing on ESPN at 11 a.m.). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110120/NY33420LOGO ) For every person...

2010-12-07 22:32:37

A new study by a University of Kansas researcher shows that U.S. employers fail to pay Asian-American men as much as they pay similarly qualified white men. "The most striking result is that native-born Asian Americans "” who were born in the U.S. and speak English perfectly "” their income is 8 percent lower than whites after controlling for their college majors, their places of residence and their level of education," said ChangHwan Kim, assistant professor of sociology at KU,...

2010-11-01 16:35:49

Communications researcher: Understanding flirting key to positive romantic interactions A little self-awareness can help people struggling in the world of relationships, says Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas. Hall recently completed a study into styles of flirting among dating adults, surveying more than 5,100 people regarding their methods of communicating romantic interest. "Knowing something about the way you communicate attraction says...

2010-09-11 02:11:41

Federal programs to assist the unemployed are failing job seekers with disabilities, according to an investigation by Jean Hall and Kathy Parker of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. The KU study, published recently in the Career Development Quarterly, shows two major federal programs "” the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, which requires recipients to find employment within two years, and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which set up...

2010-09-11 02:09:05

 A drug developed at the University of Kansas has the potential to stop a debilitating condition of diabetes that often leads to pain in the extremities and even amputations, KU researchers have found. The researchers recently published an article showing that KU-32 can stop and even reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN, in mice. The condition leads to death of nerves in the extremities of individuals with diabetes. "People with DPN can be very sensitive to light touch, which...

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2010-08-25 09:11:20

Using powerful lasers, Hui Zhao, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, and graduate student Lalani Werake have discovered a new way to recognize currents of spinning electrons within a semiconductor. Their findings could lead the way to development of superior computers and electronics. Results from their work in KU's Ultrafast Laser Lab will be published in the September issue of Nature Physics, a leading peer-reviewed journal, and was posted online in...

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2010-07-22 06:25:00

Longer summers have improved the growth and survival of Colorado's marmots, according to a decades-long study published today in the journal Nature. The extended summers have meant the large mountain rodents spend less time burning up stored fat during hibernation, giving the yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) an evolutionary advantage by making them heavier and healthier, the study found. The groundbreaking investigation is the first to reveal that changes in seasonal timing can...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'