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Employee Newsletter February 6, 2006 : Vol. 30, No. 10

KU employees Jen Humphrey and David McKinney recently volunteered for Medical Missions Foundation, an organization that provides medical care to people living in poverty across the world. Above, Humphrey reads a story to Panamanian children before they see a doctor.

On a medical mission

They may not have medical training, but a pair of KU staffers recently helped doctors heal burns, perform reconstructive surgeries for cleft lips and palates and skin grafts. And they did it all without being able to speak the native language. Full story.

Provost takes leadership post in D.C.

State and national higher education leaders hailed as a coup for Kansas the selection of KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger to a leadership post at one of the nation's top educational bodies.

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges last week named Shu-lenburger as vice president for academic affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization of 214 public universities and land-grant institutions. Full story.

North Carolina dean to lead KU Law

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill law Professor and Interim Dean Gail B. Agrawal has been named the 13th dean of the KU School of Law, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger announced recently. Full story.

Staff from Brown v. Board site visit Spencer

Staff from the Brown v. Board of Education historic site in Topeka visited KU last month to learn more about Spencer Research Library's collection of materials related to the history of African-Americans in Kansas. Full story.

Astronomer celebrated with look to stars

On Feb. 18, 1930, a future KU graduate discovered the planet Pluto. Although three quarters of a century have passed since Clyde Tombaugh's historic discovery, his contributions to astronomy and KU live on. Full story.