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NEWS IN BRIEF

Life Span Institute group wins health service award

The Work Group for Community Health and Development at the Life Span Institute has received the 2008 Corporate Public Health Service Award from the Kansas Public Health Association. The annual award is presented to a company or organization that makes a significant contribution through policies and activities to the mission of public health and environmental improvement in Kansas. The 2008 award recognizes the Work Group's Community Tool Box, a free Web-based source of information on community health and development. It has been recognized around the world as an effective tool to improve public health and leverage social change. The award was presented Sept. 18 in Topeka.

Clery report about KU safety now available

The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics and campus resources is now available online at www.ku.edu/safety or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, 133 Strong Hall, or (785) 864-4060.

Representatives urge increase in research funds

Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., was one of 29 members of the House of Representatives to sign a recent bill urging House leadership to increase Department of Education and National Science Foundation research funding. The bipartisan bill encourages leaders to keep the funding pipeline full to avoid the cycle of starting and stopping research funding opportunities. The signers of the bill also sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and to members of the committee on appropriations encouraging them to continue robust research funding.

Unclassified Senate to host Dole election event

The professional development committee of the Unclassified Senate is hosting "Dole Institute: The 2008 Election" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center classroom. The event is an introduction to the events the Dole Institute will be holding this fall in preparation of the November election. Jonathan Earle, associate director for programming at the institute, will lead a discussion of the current status of the race. Participants can bring a lunch to the event.

Gilyard to present annual Eberhardt Lecture Oct. 6

Keith Gilyard, professor of English at Penn State University, will present the English Department's 2008-09 Eberhardt Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The lecture, "Literacies of a Lifetime: Literature, Ethnicity, Code," is free and open to the public.

CLAS seeking nominees for highest alumni honor

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for its highest honor, the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. The annual award is presented to select graduates of the College who have excelled in their contributions to KU, professions or communities. A nomination form is available at www2.ku .edu/~clas/alumni/alumniachievaward.shtml.

Nominees must have graduated from the College a minimum of 10 years ago. Electronically submitted nominations are preferred, although hard copies will be accepted. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Christie Appelhanz, 864-3516 or cappel@ku.edu.

Nominations sought for annual KU research award

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is seeking nominations for its annual KU Research Achievement Award. The award honors an outstanding academic staff researcher from the Lawrence campus. The recipient will receive a plaque and $10,000 in research funds. Only full-time academic staff researchers working within an academic department or research center are eligible. A substantial portion of the work for which the award is given must have been done at KU.

For more information and to submit nominations, contact Linda Crawford at 864-7298 or lcrawfor@ku.edu.

Nominations must include a one-page letter of recommendation outlining the individual's accomplishments, as well as the names and contact information for references familiar with the nominee's work and significance. Once nominated, an individual will remain eligible to receive the award for three years. The deadline for submission of nominations is Oct. 26.

Sessions to familiarize faculty to Research, Graduate Studies

To help introduce new faculty to its work, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will hold three sessions in October that identify how RGS can help assist with development of an active research program. The sessions will also provide an opportunity for new faculty to ask questions about the different roles RGS performs in facilitating research at KU. The sessions are identical but will be held on three different dates at three locations. Refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be held: Oct. 7, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Multidisciplinary Research Building, 1st Floor Conference Room; Oct. 21, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Hall Center for the Humanities, 2nd Floor Seminar Room; and Oct. 22, 3:30 - 4:30p.m., Kansas Union, Governors Room, 5th Floor. RSVP via 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.

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