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EndNote X3 available for free download by faculty, staff

Information Technology has announced EndNote X3 software for Windows and Macintosh is now available for KU faculty, staff and graduate students.

IT provides the software that can help researchers gather, manage and cite references to scholarly literature and materials.

The software is available for free download. Information about how to obtain and use EndNote X3 is available at www.technology.ku.edu/software/endnote.

The software will be installed on all public computing workstations maintained by Information Technology.

For assistance with EndNote, contact your departmental technical support staff or call the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080 or e-mail itcsc@ku.edu.

KPR nets more than $227,000 in fall membership drive

After more than seven days of on-air fundraising, Kansas Public Radio ended its fall membership drive with more than $227,000 in pledges.

At 6 p.m. Oct. 23, pledges from KPR listener-members pushed total donations past $227,000. The membership drive missed its overall goal of $240,000, the most ambitious goal KPR has ever set for a fund drive.

The membership drive began Oct. 16, with more than $104,000 raised through a direct-mail campaign. Eight days later, more than $122,000 was raised through on-air appeals to new and renewing members.

The first day of the drive featured a “Power Breakfast,” when an entire day’s fundraising was compressed into just 90 minutes. That raised more than $24,000.

All donations during spring and fall membership drives directly support programming services.

In all, more than 2,100 listeners pledged through direct mail, on-air appeals or at KPR’s Web site, kpr.ku.edu. The overall total does not include challenge grants, in which a company or individual will donate money if KPR can raise a certain level of funding during a show. More than $23,000 was raised through challenge grants.

More than 100 volunteers answered phones from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the drive. Area restaurants donated meals and beverages for volunteers’ breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.

University Relations lands nine American Graphic Design Awards

University Relations has won nine 2009 American Graphic Design Awards.

The national awards are for design and marketing excellence. The competition attracted more than 8,000 entries this year with only 15 percent of entries being honored with certificates of excellence.

University Relation’s winners were:

• “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” postcard for the Office of Admissions and Scholarships

• KU Directory cover. The cover features a painting by KU alum Mike Savage.

• Multicultural Roadshow poster, “Showing You KU” for the Office of Admissions and Scholarships

• KU Works for Kansas 2009 booklet for University Communications

• International Desk Calendar 2009 for International Programs.

• Community Pharmacy Residency program for the School of Pharmacy

• Multicultural Resources and Opportunities booklet for the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

• Retirement Luncheon program for the Office of the Chancellor

• Annual Report “One Great Year” Online, www.report.ku.edu, for the Office of the Chancellor

Higuchi Award Nominations Being Accepted

Dec. 14 is the nominations deadline for the 2010 Higuchi-Endowment Association Research Achievement Awards. The recognition program was established in 1981, and awards are made in four categories: humanities and social sciences, basic sciences, biomedical sciences and applied sciences.

The $10,000 award in each category is used in support of the recipient’s research activities. Researchers at any of the Kansas Board of Regents universities are eligible. Nominations include a detailed one-page letter of recommendation, the nominee’s vitae and the names of four qualified external references.

Complete information, including a list of past recipients, is online at http://www.rgs.ku.edu/higuchiaward/index.shtml. Nominations should be submitted by the deadline to:

Higuchi-Endowment Association Research Achievement Award, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Youngberg Hall, 2385 Irving Hill Road Lawrence, KS 66045-7568.

School of Music partners with community for outreach ensemble

In the spirit of outreach across Kansas, the School of Music has partnered with a fine arts patron to create student outreach ensembles to perform across the state.

The outreach programs are a direct result of the vision and funding of the Zakoura Family Fund (a fund of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation), Reach Out Kansas, Inc., and James P. Zakoura. Zakoura, who received both his undergraduate and law degrees from KU, has been a generous supporter of fine arts for years. He created the outreach ensembles in order to better provide youth a chance to experience the fine arts, targeting rural communities, underserved and minority populations. So far five outreach ensembles have been implemented: a jazz combo, saxophone quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet and string quartet. Additionally, KU student Cory Hills provides percussion outreach, and more groups are in development, including opera/voice and piano ensembles.

Professor’s study shows more than 8 million kids have no health coverage

Nearly 40 percent of Medicaid-eligible children — an estimated 8.4 million children — don’t have any kind of health coverage, according to an article published in this month’s Journal of the American Dental Association that was co-authored by an associate professor at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

And while children with Medicaid coverage were more likely to use health care services, it did not improve Medicaid-eligible children’s general or oral health and did not decrease the unmet treatment needs for the poorest children, the article, “A Comparison of medical and dental outcomes for Medicaid-insured and uninsured Medicaid-eligible children,” reported. “This finding is not surprising because other issues, such as transportation, inability to get to a dental office, taking time off from work and finding child care, are additional factors that affect access and predict health and use of health care services,” the article said. “In addition, provider availability and finding a provider willing to accept Medicaid are issues, particularly in dentistry.”

The article was co-authored by Monica Fisher, associate professor and director of the Dental Public Health Research in Preventative Medicine and Public Health at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. It was also written by Ana Karina Mascarenhas, professor and director of the Division of Dental Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University.

To view the article, visit http://jada.ada.org.

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