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Employee Newsletter March 6, 2006 : Vol. 30, No. 12

An artist's rendering shows what the Docking Family Gateway will look like. It will be 19 feet, 6 inches tall and feature water fountains. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month.

Gateway To KU

Plans call for construction of the new Docking fountain and gateway, a beautification project to make the entry to campus more attractive and welcoming, to begin later this month. Full story.

Research expenditures set record

Research expenditures at the University of Kansas again increased in fiscal year 2005, reaching the highest level in history.

According to recently released figures, federally funded science and engineering research expenditures at the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses climbed to $110.8 million in the year ending June 30, 2005. This was an 8.7 percent increase over the prior year in this most closely watched funding category. Full story.

Professors, students design New Orleans community center

Two KU architecture professors are working with their design studio students to help design and build a prototype community resource center in New Orleans' Seventh Ward – to help people rebuild their homes, one house and one street at a time. Full story.

Harrison named state geologist, director of KGS

William Harrison, interim state geologist and interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at KU, has been named to the positions on a permanent basis. His appointment follows a national search and is effective immediately. Full story.

Researchers: Glaciers melting at rapid pace

Glaciers in Greenland are dissipating at more than twice the rate they did a decade ago, according to researchers from the University of Kansas and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Full story.