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NEWS IN BRIEF

Susan Lunte to present inaugural lecture Feb. 20

Susan Lunte, Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, will present her inaugural lecture titled "The Incredible Shrinking Laboratory" at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The lecture will be held in the Summerfield Room at the Adams Alumni Center. In the talk, an overview of lab-on-a-chip methodologies will be presented along with a report of progress toward the development of in vivo monitoring systems and clinical analyzers at KU.

HREO schedules financial planning seminars

The Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity is sponsoring a series of pre-retirement and financial planning awareness seminars for KU faculty and staff and their families. Sessions will be in the Kansas Union.

  • Feb. 14 – Alderson Auditorium
    9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Social Security and Medicare after Retirement
    1 – 4 p.m. Health Insurance and Medicare after Retirement
  • Feb. 21 – Alderson Auditorium
    9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. KPERS Retirement Benefits
  • Feb. 28 - Woodruff Auditorium
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Feb. 28 - Big 12 Room
    1:30 – 4 p.m. Long Term Care
  • March 7 – Big 12 Room
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Concepts in Investment Planning

Sessions are free and require no registration. For more information, visit Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity or call 864-4946.

Trivia contest to raise money for scholarships

The Graduate School and Office of International Programs is holding a trivia contest 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Kansas Union Ballroom to raise money for graduate student scholarships and international education. The top three teams will receive prizes. Registration fee is $50 for a team of four people. For more information call Celeste Yaluk, 864-7247.

New provider enlisted for commencement rentals

KU Bookstores has hired Jostens as its new regalia provider for commencement ceremony rentals. The bookstores have also changed the time for ordering materials.

Faculty members who will be participating in commencement exercises for 2007 can place rental orders now through March 17. A $15 late fee will be charged for all orders received after March 17, in order to cover any additional shipping charges, and the orders cannot be guaranteed delivery.

Orders may be placed by calling 864-4640 or in person. Payment is required at the time of order.

Hood and gown rentals are $20 each. Cap and tassel can be purchased for $5 each. All orders can be picked up at the KU Bookstores in the Kansas Union from May 17 through May 19 and before the ceremony May 20.

School of Architecture changes title to 'planning'

The School of Architecture and Urban Design has changed its name to School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The change was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on Jan. 16.

Educational Opportunity Fund applications open

Applications are now available for the 18th year of the Educational Opportunity Fund. All departments, units and organizations at the Lawrence campus are eligible to apply.

Applications and information may be picked up at the Student Senate Office, 410 Kansas Union or in the Office of Student Financial Aid, 50 Strong Hall.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Student Senate Office, 410 Kansas Union. All grants are for the 2007 – 2008 academic year. Call 864-3710 with questions or request for application, or e-mail drhodes@ku.edu to receive an application via e-mail.

CLAS creates awards for service, teaching, advising

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has announced several award opportunities for faculty to recognize outstanding graduate students, faculty service, teaching excellence and exemplary advising.

Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the venue to bring recognition of excellence among departments. The awards range from $500 to more than $1,000 each. For nominations go to Call for Nominations - CLAS Awards.

Forum to address info tech, telecommunications

A gathering of the Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center research communities will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Kansas Union to provide input into information technology and telecommunications directions at both campuses. Overview sessions will be followed by small group discussions.

Feedback will provide guidance as decisions are made about the future of research technology.

The forum is limited to 130 people and is intended primarily for active research faculty. Lunch will be provided. To express a lunch preference, RSVP by Feb. 15 to vpinfo@ku.edu.

More information about the forum is available at KU/KUMC Research Technology Forum.

Revamped Faculty Experts Guide now available

The revamped online Faculty Experts Guide provides the media and public access to faculty and staff members who can speak with authority on research topics, policy issues and current events

Faculty and staff, including retirees, who are not yet in the guide are encouraged to submit information. Each is asked to provide information on fields of expertise; courses taught; recent professional achievements; e-mail and telephone contacts; university and personal Web sites; and comments about research projects.

For more information, contact Evie Rapport, University Relations special projects editor, at erapport@ku.edu or 864-8869.

New equipment to make recycling more efficient

The Environmental Stewardship Program has purchased new baling equipment with grant funds from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which will help make KU recycling more efficient and allow for future expansion of campus recycling services.

Environmental Stewardship is nearing baling capacity with the current staff and equipment.

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