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News in brief

Peterson to present distinguished lecture April 23

Blake R. Peterson, the Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, will present his inaugural lecture, titled “Molecular Tools that Integrate Chemistry with Biology,” at 5:30 p.m. April 23 at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The lecture is open to the public.

Blake Peterson

Peterson joined the faculty in 2008 and was named one of the first two Eminent Scholars by the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The designation carried a $5 million, five-year grant from KBA, which was matched by KU.

Peterson is a key part of KU’s quest to obtain National Cancer Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. He leads an interdisciplinary research team that specializes in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. His research focuses on developing new anti-cancer drugs, delivery systems and molecular probes.

School of Medicine rises in NIH award rankings

The School of Medicine again improved its rank among all schools of medicine based on total National Institutes of Health grant awards. Among all schools, KU rose three spots to 65th in the nation and rose from 39th to 36th among public schools. This signifies tremendous growth from 2005, when the School of Medicine was ranked 81st in the country.

All of the school’s basic science departments, with one exception, are in the top 25 for public medical schools, and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is ranked No. 5. Rankings are based on federal fiscal year 2008, in which School of Medicine faculty members were awarded $44.7 million in grant funding.

Among public medical schools, other significant ranking improvements are: the Department of Preventive Medicine, from 13th to ninth; the Department of Biochemistry, from 41st to 31st; the Department of Neurology, from 37th to 33rd; and the Department of Psychiatry, from 49th to 41st.

Tunnel repairs displace parking; permit holders can park in Mississippi garage

Tunnel repair work has temporarily eliminated much of the parking in the vicinity of Strong, Bailey and Wescoe halls and Watson Library. Because of this, Parking and Transit is allowing individuals who have gold permits to park in the Mississippi Street garage at no charge. Any color permit is also valid in the Park and Ride lot on west campus and shuttle service is free.

Effective immediately:

· The only parking available behind Strong and Bailey will be under the Spencer canopy.

· Poplar Lane, which runs behind Strong and Bailey, will become a two-way street, so parking on Poplar will not be permitted.

· The displaced handicap, service vehicle and reserved parking stalls behind Strong and Bailey have been relocated to the parallel parking in front of those buildings, so no general gold parking will be available in the designated area.

· The driveway into Facilities Operations will be closed, so the state and service vehicle parking will be relocated to lot 10, along Sunflower Road.

Effective after Commencement:

· Another phase of the project will affect some parking on Memorial Drive.

· Individuals who hold a valid color zone permit may park in the Mississippi Street garage at no charge.

For more on the tunnel repairs, click here.

Contact Dave Moore, Danny Kaiser or Donna Hultine at 864-PARK with questions or send e-mail to kupark@ku.edu.

Audio-Reader holding collection drive May 2

Audio-Reader will hold a collection drive for audio equipment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway. Goods collected will be sold at Audio-Readers’ annual “For Your Ears Only” fundraiser.

The drive will collect new and gently used records, LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, DVDs, turntables, speakers, receivers, amps, stereos, CD players, iPods and MP3 players, books on CD, musical instruments and reel-to-reel equipment. The service can not take televisions, telephones, typewriters, office equipment, computer monitors, CPUs or accessories, cassette tapes, VCRs or VHS tapes, cassette decks or players, furniture consoles or nonaudio related items.

Audio-Reader is a nonprofit audio information service for the blind and visually impaired, based at KU. For more information, call (800) 772-8898.

Kemper Award nominations sought

The W.T. Kemper Foundation and KU Endowment have agreed to fund the 14th year of the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

The call for nominations for W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence is available online.

The deadline is 5 p.m. June 8. Nomination materials should be sent electronically to Susann Richardson, Office of the Provost, at srichardson@ku.edu.

The Kemper Fellowship Awards Program will undergo a review at the end of the awards period. Information for future awards will be available late in the spring 2010 semester.

For more information on nominations, contact Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty development, at mlhummert@ku.edu.

Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award nominations open

Nominations are being sought for the 2009 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award, offered through funds provided to KU Endowment by members of the Chancellors Club.

The award is intended to recognize the teaching contributions made by a member of the faculty over a period of 20 years or more. To be eligible for consideration, the faculty member should be within five years of intended retirement.

Nominations are requested by May 15. Announcement of the award will be made at the Chancellors Club dinner during the weekend of Oct. 9-10.

Letters of nomination should be sent to the Office of the Provost, 250 Strong Hall, and must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and departmental (if applicable) and school endorsements.

No announcement will be made concerning nominees, and all materials received in relation to the process will be treated as confidential information.

KU endorses letter to president commending commitment to research

KU has joined 80 members of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in endorsing a letter to President Barack Obama commending the administration’s commitment to science and research. The president has overseen investments in research and federal stimulus legislation has committed funds for research to numerous agencies.

The letter, written by the association, has more than 200 endorsements from universities, private companies, societies and associations, in addition to the member endorsements.

“We are especially pleased with the attention to research, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, in the two appropriations measures you have already signed into law – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY09,” The letter states. “The Recovery Act makes significant one-time investments in the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as other vital research agencies that will create jobs over the next two years.”

The letter also offers support for the administration’s fiscal year 2010 budget.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).