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Doug Ward, assistant professor of journalism, led two workshops on "People Editing" and "Embracing Innovation" at the American Copy Editor Society national conference, April 19-21,Miami. He also served on the panel "So You Want to Teach."

Malcolm Gibson, general manager of The University Daily Kansan, was elected president of the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press at its annual conference April 15-16, Wichita. The Kansas chapter represents advisers and students at 30 four-and-two-year colleges.

Peggy Kuhr, professor of journalism, was the luncheon keynote speaker at the Kansas Press Association convention on April 21, Topeka. She spoke on "Citizen Journalism: How Newspapers Can Connect with Communities to Engage Readers."

Ed Wiley, curator of ichthyology at the KU Biodiversity Institute, spoke April 9 and 10 at the University of South Carolina. Wiley was the inaugural A.C. Moore lecturer. The lecture series is intended to bring nationally recognized scientists to KU for lectures and discussions with students and the public on the impact of evolutionary biology on society.

William J. Harris, associate professor of English, gave an Invited Reading (as the Jimmy Rushing Distinguished Lecturer), titled "An Evening of Jazz Poetry with William J. Harris," on April 11 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok; Harris also gave a lecture, "The Jazz Life in Amiri Baraka," at Oklahoma State on April 13.

Stephan Egbert, associate professor and associate scientist of geography and the Kansas Biological Survey, and Jude Kastens, senior research assistant at Kansas Applied RemoteSensing were the recipients of two awards from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for an article recently published in the journal Photogrammetry Engineering and Remote Sensing. They received the 2007 John I. Davidson President's Award for Practical Papers for "Using USDA Crop Progress Data for the Evaluation of Green-up onset Data Calculated from MODIS 250-Meter Data."

At a meeting of the American Physical Society in April, Mikhail Medvedev, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and Adrian Melott, professor of physics and astronomy, presented their theory that cosmic rays produced at the edge of our galaxy have devastated life on Earth every 62 million years. Medvedev and Melott were also selected by the American Physical Society for a press conference on their work linking terrestrial biodiversity fluctuations, the dynamics of our galaxy and cosmic rays.

Susanne Clement, head of collection development for KU Libraries, and John Stratton, head of outreach services, recently presented a poster titled "Getting Up to Speed: Planning an Integrated and Comprehensive Orientation Program for New Librarians." The poster was presented on March 30 at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 13th National Conference in Baltimore.

Nancy Hawkins, media and reserve supervisor of Gorton Music and Dance Library, Tami Albin, undergraduate instructional outreach librarian and Sherrie Tucker, associate professor of American studies, recently coordinated an exhibit titled "What's Avant-Garde about the Avant-Garde?" in conjunction with the Fourth Annual interdisciplinary Jazz Studies colloquium, which took place March 30-31. The exhibit features materials from the library's collections and Avant-Garde album covers from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and will remain in the Music and Dance Library through the end of the semester.

Jim Lichtenberg, associate dean and professor of education administration, and Susan Twombly, chairperson and professor of educational leadership and policy studies, were honored for their contributions to graduate education at an April 25 ceremony in the Burge Union. Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, presented the Graduate School Dean's award to Lichtenberg and Twombly, as well as four other faculty members. The award, presented since 1996, recognizes faculty members' work in graduate education.

Svetlana Vassileve-Karagyozova, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, published an article "The Baroque in Bulgarian Literature: The Current State of Research on the Problem" in Slavia, Prague, Czech Republic.

The Department of Geology's students and faculty gave several presentations at a May 7-9 at the Rocky Mountain Section meeting of the Geological Society of America, at St. George, Utah. "Rare Earth Elements, Taphonomy, Fossilization, Cedar Mountain Formation," a research project by Luis Gonzalez, associate professor of geology, and "Cretaceous, Phytoliths, Paleoenvironments, Paleobotany" a research project by Steven Ray Bozarth, lecturer were presented. "Carbonate, Ruby Ranch member, Cedar Mountain Formation, Stable Isotopes, Mid-Cretaceous," a research project also by Gonzalez, and Greg Ludvigson, associate scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, were presented as well. Ludvigson also presented "Cretaceous, OAEs, Aptian-Albian, Carbon isotopes, Paleoclimatology," a research project also by Gonzalez and graduate research assistants.

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