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NEWS IN BRIEF

EAT writing contest seeks faculty, staff entries

To help promote its upcoming double-bill of original student-written one-act plays, English Alternative Theatre is sponsoring a writing competition open to all students, faculty and staff, on the subject of "How My Parents Met."  

Entries should be no more than 250 words, include the writer's full name, age and occupation and must be e-mailed with the subject heading "How My Parents Met" before 5 p.m. Oct. 26 to Paul Stephen Lim at plim@ku.edu. Twenty-four semi-finalists will be selected, 18 of which will be read by the writers in front of the audience prior to each of the three performances of the pays. A winner will be announced each night after the show, and three $100 cash prizes will be awarded.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire. Call 843-2787 for ticket information. Tickets are $6 for students, $8 for seniors and $10 for others.

Applications open for annual wheat state tour

Applications are now being accepted for the 11th installment of the Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

The 2008 tour takes place May 19-23. The university covers all expenses, but there is a charge for single occupancy rooms. Faculty members have priority, although unclassified staff may apply. To apply, visit www.wheatstate.ku.edu. Applications are due by Nov 30.

Meetings will introduce research to new faculty

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is inviting faculty to attend an "Introduction to Research for New Faculty" session this week, an informational meeting and an opportunity to ask questions about the different roles the office performs in facilitating research at KU.

Three sessions are scheduled: 3 p.m. Oct. 23, Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union; 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Spahr Classroom, Eaton Hall; 3 p.m., Oct. 31, Hall Center Conference Room.

RSVP for a specific session by sending an e-mail to tkopsa@ku.edu. For more information, contact Joshua Rosenbloom, associate vice provost for research and graduate studies, at jrosenbloom@ku.edu, 864-3567.

Open house to address research topics

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is inviting graduate directors, graduate secretaries and faculty to attend an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Sara Rosen, associate vice provost and dean of graduate studies, will be joined by other Research and Graduate Studies staff in a discussion of the following topics: functions of the new Office of Research and Graduate Studies, updates on the graduate application process, introduction of the new KU-Fort Leavenworth Program for advanced degree study and discussion with members of the recently formed Graduate Studies Task Force. For more information, contact Rochelle Bass-Montgomery at 864-7234.

CLAS promotion, tenure applications due Nov. 1

Members of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who want to apply for promotion and/or tenure should submit their applications, endorsed by their departments, to the College Dean's Office, 200 Strong Hall, no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 1, for consideration by the College Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure.

KU United Way campaign off to $10,000-plus start

KU's United Way campaign is under way. The goal of the annual campaign is to raise $230,000, or 13.5 percent of United Way of Douglas County's overall goal of $1,700,000.

As of Oct. 11, KU had raised more than $105,500. Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is this year's KU United Way Committee chair.

The campaign got an early boost from the KU Pacesetter Team, a group of vice provosts, deans and department chairs who got together and raised $27,888. The campus campaign officially started Oct. 1.

Program promotes collaboration with industry

The Kansas Bioscience Authority has introduced a program designed to promote and fund research collaborations with industry. The Eisenhower Innovation R and D Fund provides vouchers on a competitive basis to Kansas bioscience companies. The vouchers are then used to fund research projects.

Participating companies can receive up to $500,000 per project under this program. The company must match the KBA grant dollar-for-dollar in cash, resulting in a pool of available funds up to $1 million.

Funds are used to support applied research projects that can lead to commercialization of new technologies. There must be a commercial application in one of five areas: animal health, plant sciences, bio-fuels, bio-composites or human health.

The company is the lead organization in the submission of an application to KBA. To be eligible, the company must have a major physical presence in Kansas, operate primarily in the biosciences industry and enter into a partnership with a Kansas research university.

Eligible companies may submit a pre-application to KBA at any time. KBA reviews the document within 30 days. If approved, a formal application is submitted for final review and action by KBA.

At least 51 percent of the total available funds for any project must be spent at the collaborating Kansas research university. Universities that participate in a project are required to match 20 percent of the total available funds in cash or in kind.

Novak's role, he said, is "to help KU researchers connect with eligible companies that may have an interest in collaborative research. Many of these companies are too small to have an R and D budget, so this program is ideal for them and a great opportunity for KU researchers."

For more information about the Eisenhower Innovation R and D Fund, contact him at cnovak@ku.edu or 864-9004.

KU Dining Services introduces organic ‘mini-concept'

KU Dining Services unveiled MarketFresh, a "mini-concept" within the Market retail café in the Kansas Union that will feature organic and all-natural snack items, to-go soups/salads and produce, Oct. 5.

MarketFresh's offerings will run the gamut from organic and all-natural granola and fruit to dairy products, sandwiches with organic bread and meats, soups and premium packaged salads.

Peace Corps office to host annual gala Oct. 25

The Peace Corps office at KU will host is annual gala from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, at the Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.

Several former volunteers will speak about their experiences serving with the Peace Corps and how it has helped to enrich their careers, education and lives. In addition to the featured speakers, there will be other returned volunteers present to speak to students one-on-one about the Peace Corps. Refreshments will be served.

KU is ranked 17th among all U.S. colleges and universities for number of currently serving Peace Corps volunteers. There are also numerous graduate students and faculty at KU who count themselves among the number of returned volunteers.

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