SETTING THE STANDARD: Lorraine J. Harricombe, dean of libraries, was quoted in a recent story on libraryjournal.com about open access. KU was the first public university in the nation to adopt an open access policy regarding its scholarly publications. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is encouraging other universities to follow suit. “Granting the university the right to deposit a copy of scholarly journal articles in an open digital repository extends the reach of the scholarship, providing the widest possible audience and increasing its possible impact,” Harricombe said.
THE CULPRIT GENE: Mabel Rice, Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies, was quoted in a recent Science Daily story about identifying a candidate gene for specific language impairment. Rice led a research team that made the discovery. "We don't understand the biological mechanisms yet but it's important that we have identified the first gene that could be involved across these three different dimensions of development,” Rice said.
ELIMINATING LITTER: U.S. News and World Report carried a story about the efforts of KU’s Center for Sustainability, KU Recycling and Facilities Operations to reduce litter on campus. The units launched the Campus Litter Reduction Campaign. "We want to spread awareness that it's on us to keep these rooms clean during the day," Celeste Hoins, administrative manager for KU Recycling, said. "It's littering. We shouldn't do it on the street; why would we want to dirty up our hallways and classrooms?"