TAKING THE BRAIN OFF THE GRID: Paul Atchley, associate professor of psychology, was quoted in a New York Times story about what happens to the brain when heavy technology users abstain from mobile devices and technology they are used to. A group of scientists, including Atchley, recently took a trip to a remote canyon area of Utah, leaving phones, laptops and other technology behind. Atchley and a colleague think constant use of such gadgets can cause problems with attention and are not constantly necessary. “The grant will still be there when you get back,” he said of a colleague on the trip who was worried about keeping in touch with the office.

STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR WEEKS: Bob Honea, director of the Transportation Research Institute, was quoted in a Yahoo news story about a massive traffic jam in Beijing. It is estimated that it could take weeks for the jam to fully dissipate. Triggered by construction, it has been at a near-standstill for more than a week. China is growing quickly, but lacks the roadways the United States has built up over generations. "We'll see this problem more and more often. It's true of every developing country," Honea said.

AN IMPRESSIVE PRESS: The University Press of Kansas was cited in a Huffington Post article about some of the best university presses in the country. The KU press is lauded for its selection of political titles. "Our press is strongly committed to publishing top-quality books in American politics, history, law and Constitutional studies,” said Susan Schott, assistant director and marketing manager. “Our books are routinely shortlisted for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and our book on the Constitutional amendment process was awarded the Bancroft Prize.”

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