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2009-10-07 09:39:02

Ancient soil biota decreased in size by up to 46 percent during period 55 million years ago Ancient soil-inhabiting creatures decreased in body size by nearly half in response to a period of boosted carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures, scientists have discovered. The researchers' findings were published in the October 5, 2009, early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Jon Smith, a scientist at the Kansas Geological Survey, and...

2009-09-24 07:15:22

A researcher at the University of Kansas has made a vital study of how a population in perpetual motion impacts local tax bases and economies around the nation More than any other populace on Earth, Americans are on the move. Because of factors such as employment, climate or retirement, 14 percent of the U.S. population bounces from place to place every year. Now, one researcher at the University of Kansas has made a vital study of how a population in perpetual motion impacts local tax bases...

2009-09-15 08:30:00

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, the hospitality partner to North America's premier convention centers and sports venues, announced today its new additions to the University of Kansas (KU) to improve the overall guest experience and the University's returns. Additions include significant facility improvements, new local vendors, an expanded non-profit partnership program and sustainability initiatives. Since winning the ten-year contract with KU, Centerplate has...

2009-08-27 16:57:03

 A new candidate gene for Specific Language Impairment has been identified by a research team directed by Mabel Rice at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with Shelley Smith, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Javier Gayán of Neocodex, Seville, Spain. The finding, reported in the current issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, was discovered by examining genes previously identified as candidate genes for reading impairments or speech sound disorders....

2009-08-13 19:50:19

Kansas has given its women's basketball coach, Bonnie Hendrickson, a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, the school announced Thursday. We are excited about what the future holds, and very pleased that Bonnie will be the coach to lead us into that future, Athletic Director Lew Perkins said. She has done an excellent job building our women's basketball program to a high level in what is perhaps the most difficult conference in the country. The Jayhawks were 22-14 last...

2009-06-16 07:30:00

STAMFORD, Conn., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate announced today that it has reached an agreement to provide food and beverage concessions services at the University of Kansas athletics complex, which includes Kansas football's 50,000-seat Memorial Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse, home of the defending Big 12 Conference champion and 2008 National Champion Men's Basketball Team. The Jayhawks are the latest to join Centerplate's rapidly growing portfolio of premier university partners, which...

2009-06-13 14:00:40

Former University of Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick has died from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. He was 69. The accident occurred on Thursday when he struck the pavement near an intersection in Lawrence. Frederick was flown by helicopter to University of Kansas hospital, where he died Friday evening. Bob Frederick was an outstanding collegiate athletics administrator, and more importantly a terrific human being, a loving husband and a great father, Kansas AD Lew Perkins...

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2009-05-24 15:25:00

Despite calamities from economic recessions, wars and famine to a flu epidemic afflicting the Earth, a new study from the University of Kansas and Gallup indicates that humans are by nature optimistic. The study, to be presented Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco, found optimism to be universal and borderless. Data from the Gallup World Poll drove the findings, with adults in more than 140 countries providing a...

2009-05-19 11:26:00

$11 Million in New Projects Approved in Atlanta ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meeting at the world's largest bioscience and biotechnology convention, the Kansas Bioscience Authority has approved more than $11 million in new investments as part of a $581 million initiative to help researchers and businesses thrive in the state. The funding decisions made at the Bio International Convention will create bioscience centers of innovation in biomaterials and plant biology, expand...

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2009-03-30 00:55:00

Across the social networking sites, online friendships range from close relationships with strong ties to looser affiliations -- but both types of friendships are useful A University of Kansas professor is researching details of relationships forged on social networking sites and determining their significance, depth and potential. Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies, became interested early on in how the Internet shapes interpersonal communication and of late has focused...