University of Kansas

Stephen Koranda

The galleries in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas are closed for renovation, but that doesn't mean the end of art programs. Some of it has been pushed out on to the streets of Lawrence. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, the Spencer Museum may be closed, but it's still keeping art in the public eye.

The Spencer's renovation is not just a couple coats of paint or new carpet. KU's art museum is getting a major overhaul. On this day, cranes are setting up scaffolding. They’ll be cutting holes in the exterior wall to install massive windows.

Abigail Wilson

As concerns about diminishing honeybee populations continue to grow, North America’s 4,000 other species of native bees are also declining. In response, “bee hotels” are springing up all over North America and Europe, including one installed last month north of Lawrence. 

Christine Zenino, flickr Creative Commons

Data and equipment developed by University of Kansas researchers helped scientists create the first comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet.

The foundation's director Prasad Gogineni says the map is important because Greenland's ice sheet has been losing mass in the last two decades and the losses are expected to continue.

Gogineni is a Kansas engineering professor and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.

J. Schafer

The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

The University of Kansas is receiving more sexual assault reports from students.

The recent reports include two accounts of stalking, seven of sexual harassment, one of sexual assault, one of date violence, one of domestic violence and seven so recent, the office had not yet categorized them. The reports began rolling in after a student who said she was raped in 2013 said her attacker received a lenient punishment.

The university has declined to comment on the case.

Sean Sandefur

Originally aired 9-12-14

Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.

University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.

More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.

The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.

A confidential University of Kansas survey shows that one in 10 students say they have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but many never report it.

About 30 reported incidents over a two-year span involved men raping or sexually assaulting woman who were drunk, said Jane McQueeny, executive director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access. The university established the office, which investigates reported sexual assaults, about two-and-a-half years ago.

The University of Kansas has been added to a list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled investigations into sexual assaults.

Seventy-one schools nation-wide, including Washburn University in Topeka, have been named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights as part of a probe into sexual violence against women on campus.

University of Kansas officials have issued a statement saying the school does not tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.

A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.

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