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The massive hurricanes Harvey and Irma have people talking about how much, if at all, climate change adds to such storms’ destructiveness.

In a blog post authored by Paul Driessen, the conservative Heartland Institute disputes that global warming is worsening the weather or that it’s human-caused. And, Driessen writes, fossil fuels “bring rescue boats.”

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When you go to a University of Kansas football game this year, you'll notice some old things and some new things.

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The director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center says it will continue to pursue “comprehensive” status after the National Cancer Institute denied it that coveted designation this week.

Dr. Roy Jensen says it typically takes 10 to 15 years to attain comprehensive status. The KU Cancer Center only received NCI designation in 2012, so the denial was not entirely unexpected.

Jensen, who has led the cancer center since 2004, says it’s not giving up, though.

“We’re just going to be absolutely fearless in moving forward with this initiative," he says.

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A former University of Kansas student who alleges she was raped in a college dorm can proceed with her lawsuit against the university, a federal judge has decided.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday ruled that the dismissal of a separate class action lawsuit against KU over sexual assaults on campus did not preclude Daisy Tackett’s individual lawsuit against the university.

KU had moved to dismiss Tackett’s lawsuit, arguing she was trying to relitigate issues that had been raised in the class action case. Marten disagreed and denied KU’s motion.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has selected Dr. Doug Girod to be the next chancellor of the University of Kansas. Girod has been serving as the head of the KU Medical Center for the last four years.

The regents held a special meeting in Lawrence Thursday to make the announcement.

“Dr. Girod is the right person for this time of transition. His 23 years of service are a testament to Dr. Girod’s love and commitment to KU," said Regents Chair Zoe Newton. "He will honor KU’s traditions and history while leading this great university into the future."

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Citing a growing need for nurses—especially in rural Kansas—the University of Kansas School of Nursing is expanding to Salina.

If nurses are trained in a rural area, they’re more likely to work in a rural area. Sally Maliski, Dean of the KU School of Nursing, says that’s the idea behind the Salina campus.

“Well, it provides an opportunity to get a high-quality education in their home areas, thereby being more likely to stay in those rural areas to practice,” Maliski says.

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With the infusion of $10 million in philanthropic support, two of the region’s largest medical centers have established four high-level research positions aimed at making Kansas City an international hub in the fight against pediatric cancers.

Children’s Mercy Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center announced the new endowed chairs Monday evening at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

“There are very few causes in our community that touch people’s hearts like children and cancer,” said Dr. Roy Jensen, director of the cancer center.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved policies for how the state's six public universities will implement a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns into campus buildings starting July 1.

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A University of Kansas scientist has been named one of the first recipients of an $825,000 fellowship for her work in developing a protein designed to thwart antibiotic resistance.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced on Thursday that she will step down next summer.

Gray-Little has led the school since 2009, when she became the first woman and the first African-American to serve as KU chancellor.

In a message to campus students and staff, Gray-Little said she’s proud of the school's accomplishments during her tenure, including the Far Above fundraising campaign, which raised $1.6 billion to help pay for scholarships, faculty and new buildings.

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