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May 14, 2004
Vol. 28, No. 16

KU remembers Emily Taylor
Roberts named vice provost for research
Derritt chosen as university registrar
History, economics to be focus of faculty bus tour
Forum honors KU debate, features former winners
Chancellor chat
High-tech history
Clinton to give 1st Dole Lecture
Bush meets with education professor to discuss literacy

2004 employees of the year honored
KU, higher education see positive results from Legislature
Segregation scene
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Alumni earn KU’s highest honor
Professors to receive teaching awards

Outstanding students to carry banners
Grad school ceremony fetes students, faculty
9 graduating seniors win chancellor’s awards
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Dinner to thank retiring employees
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Grad students give awards to mentors
Mother, daughter make graduation family affair



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Roberts named vice provost for research

James A. Roberts, interim vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research, has been named vice provost on a permanent basis.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David E. Shulenburger praised Roberts for his instrumental role in creating research success at KU.

“During his time at KU, the university has led the nation in obtaining Fulbright grants for faculty, NEH fellowships and a doubling of external research funding,” Shulenburger said. “I’m delighted that Jim will be the next vice provost for research and will serve as chief operating officer of KUCR.

“He knows KU at every level and will continue the progress that he has been such an integral part in establishing.”

Roberts will lead research efforts at a time when KU has set a record for total research expenditures—$258 million for fiscal year 2003—from sources both outside and within the university.

“This is a great time to be at KU,” Roberts said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to build a research powerhouse that will drive economic growth for the state and the region. We can make KU a truly outstanding place for students now and in the future.”

Roberts has a long and distinguished career with research-related activities at KU. He came to the university in 1990 as professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering. During his tenure as chair, the ranking of KU’s funding for electrical engineering research among public universities improved from 61st to 21st in the nation. In 1993, he shepherded the successful merger with the computer science department, formerly part of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to form the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Beginning in 1998, he served as associate vice chancellor for research and public service and later as associate vice provost for research. In his former role, he administered the campus research centers and institutes and had responsibility for matching funds, research space, faculty startup and other strategic research investments that have had a positive impact on researchers’ ability to win major interdisciplinary awards.

Roberts graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at KU; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

Roberts succeeds Robert E. Barnhill, who left KU in September 2003 to begin an appointment as the National Science Foundation/Council of Graduate Schools dean-in-residence in Washington, D.C.

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