News in brief

KU hosting first Symposium on the Scholarship of Diversity

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend the first Symposium on the Scholarship of Diversity to be held March 14 and 15.

The symposium will feature speeches and discussions on topics such as “Diversifying the Curriculum: A Call for Inclusion and Reform,” “Mentoring Best Practices,” “Understanding Faculty Perspectives on Diversity” and “Institutional Climate: KU and Beyond.”

Visit to register for the symposium.

Nominations open for outstanding women awards

The Commission on the Status of Women and the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center are inviting faculty and staff to make nominations for several awards to honor outstanding women. The awards will be presented at Women’s Recognition Program at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union.

The awards are:

• Outstanding Woman Educator and Outstanding Woman Staff Member, open to faculty and staff

• Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Women Mentoring Women Award, open to faculty, staff or students

• Outstanding International Woman Student, Outstanding Nontraditional Student, Outstanding Woman Student in Athletics, Outstanding Woman Student in Leadership, Outstanding Woman Student in Partnership, Outstanding Woman Student in Community Service, Sally Mason Outstanding Woman Student in Science Award and Ethel Bohning Single Parent Student Award, all for students

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. March 9 and should be e-mailed to or delivered to the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union. Self-nominations are accepted for the Ethel Bohning award.

KU Physicians opening Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic

The KU Physicians Department of Pediatrics of the KU Medical Center will open a new Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic March 14 in Prairie Village.

The clinic will be located at 7301 Mission Rd., Building B, Suite 350. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The phone is 913-945-6544. Walk-in patients are welcome.

A full range of pediatric urgent care service will be offered including treatment of strep throat, ear infections, coughs, fevers, sprains, strains, minor lacerations, urinary tract infections, common cold, upper respiratory infections and removal of foreign bodies. To celebrate the opening of the Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic, the public is invited to an open house on from noon to 2 p.m. March 26. In addition to tours of the facility, the open house will feature refreshments, children’s entertainment and giveaways.

Prominent Russian writer to discuss Faulkner

Acclaimed Russian writer Mikhail Kuraev will visit KU to discuss “William Faulkner in Russia” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the English Room in the Kansas Union.

Kuraev, author of "Captain Dikshtein," "Journey from Leningrad to St. Petersburg," "Night Patrol" and several other books of prose and essays, recently won the Russian "Contemporary Classics" award. Admission is free. Kuraev will speak in Russian, with an interpreter.

Kuraev will also speak twice in the Biography of a City: St. Petersburg course, first at 7 p.m. March 30 at 1005 Wescoe on "St. Petersburg as Russia's Cultural Capital" and then April 6 at the same time and location on "St. Petersburg in the History of Russian Literature.” Guests are welcome.

The visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Hall Center for the Humanities; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; International Programs; the Center for Global and International Studies; the Department of English; and the American Studies Program.

Filmmaker to screen work March 15

Independent filmmaker Dmitry Trakovsky will visit KU as part of the American tour for his acclaimed Film “Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky.”

Trakovsky, writer and director of the award-winning feature documentary, will introduce the movie and conduct a question and answer session with the audience and will sell DVDs of the documentary to raise funds for Advita USA, an organization that helps treat childhood cancer in children from the former Soviet Union. He will present the film at 3 p.m. March 15 at the Malott Room in the Kansas Union. For more information, contact Gerald Mikkelson at

Student Health Services hosting golf clinic

Student Health Services is hosting a golf clinic, open to faculty, staff and students, from 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 at Watkins Memorial Health Center physical therapy department. Individuals must reserve a spot for evaluation and video swing analysis. Call 864-9592 to reserve a spot.

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