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Four KU researchers to speak at legislative luncheons in February

For the second consecutive year, a series of luncheons is scheduled that will introduce legislators and their staff members to aspects of research at KU. The theme of the four-session series is “Science Serving Kansas,” with emphasis on how a research initiative affects the health and economy of the state.

Scheduled for the upcoming series are:

• Jeff Aubé, professor of medicinal chemistry, “New Tools for Fighting Rare and Neglected Diseases,” Feb. 7

• Peter Smith, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, “Rewiring the Nervous System – For Better or For Worse” Feb. 14

• Shrikant Anant, Kansas Mason Professor of Cancer Research, “Colon Cancer Research and Prevention Feb. 21

• Judy Wu, University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, “Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy” Feb. 28

All presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at 783 Docking State Office Building in Topeka and include an opportunity for dialogue between legislators and researchers.

Westergard’s art selected for exhibition on body adornment

Gina Westergard, associate professor of visual art, has been selected as a featured artist in the Wichita Art Museum’s exhibition "The Art of Adornment: Artists Embellish the Body."

Westergard, who teaches metalsmithing and jewelry design, was selected along with 15 other regional and national artists. The show will run Jan. 23-May 29 at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Objects exhibited pay tribute both literally and theoretically to the way people adorn their bodies, ranging from jewelry, photographs of tattooed bodies, wig based sculptures and a cremation urn. One of Westergard’s pieces exhibited is a reliquary ring, made to hold ashes of a loved one. Her funerary urns have been exhibited nationally and internationally for more than 20 years. She believes in the importance of an urn because it “not only holds a life that has passed but also contains an energy that continues.”

‘Wellness Lunch n Learns’ to offer employees wellness tips

Recreation Services is offering a series of “Wellness Lunch n Learns.” The series, free and open to all faculty and staff, will present information on a number of health and wellness topics over the lunch hour during the spring semster.

All sessions are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Scheduled events include:

• Feb 8, 202 Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, “The Tone Zone – the truth behind toning products and exercises,” Amber Long, presenter

• March 8, Watkins Memorial Health Center conference room, “Supplement Savvy – Vitamins, Minerals and Fish Oil,” Ann Chapman, presenter

• April 5, 202 Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, “Women and Weight Loss,” Amber Long, presenter

• May 3, Watkins Health Center conference room, topic to be announced Ann Chapman, presenter

Educational Opportunity Fund applications open

Applications are available for the 21st year of the Educational Opportunity Fund. All departments, units and organizations on the Lawrence campus are eligible to apply. Applications and information may be picked up at the Student Senate Office, 410 Kansas Union, or in the Office of Student Financial Aid, 50 Strong Hall, or by e-mailing The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 11 by e-mail to or by paper at the Student Senate Office. All grants are for the 2011–12 academic year. Individuals may not apply; the grants are for administration to students on the Lawrence campus by a department, unit or organization. Call 864-3710 with questions or request for application.

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Susan Mercer, associate director, Institute for Policy and Social Research
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