Wichita State University Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini has been chosen as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his numerous scientific and academic contributions.
Those who have been elected for this high professional distinction have demonstrated "a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."
The largest corporate foundation gift in the history of Wichita State University was announced Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….
Wichita State University will receive $11.25 million from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. President John Bardo says it will be split five ways.
"It really covers almost the whole waterfront of the University," says Bardo. "Obviously, it starts in athletics and will help us expand our capacities around Koch Arena. That’s particularly important as athletics is always an arms race and this gets us the next step.”
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.
Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on K-12 public schools, an education funding lawsuit is complicating efforts by legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to close budget shortfalls.
A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court expects to rule by the end of December in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents of more than 30 students and the Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City school districts.
Both sides predict an appeal to the state Supreme Court, which might not rule until 2016.
A program called Breakfast In the Classroom has added Kansas and six other states to the list of those eligible for the grant-funded program.
It’s too early to say how many kids might be affected. The program chooses individual school districts, based on how many kids qualify for free or reduced-price meals, how many participate in the federal school breakfast program, and the level of local support.