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SPENCER ‘DEBUT’ Exhibit      LAUGH TREK Comedian
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Bruce Frey’s alter ego
  spins catchy hits
Professor Bubblegum Bruce Frey's alter ego spins catchy hits - SPENCER 'DEBUT' Exhibit reveals collection's depth - Kansas Alumni magazine

                                                                                                                                                      Talk and squawk in the news

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “These terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            don’t exactly roll
                                                                                                                                                                      ••                 -   -          ••
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            off the tongue. A

answers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kid’s not going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            want to grow up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dreaming to be a

                                                                                                                                        Steve Puppe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            civilian crew.

saving lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Space tourist is not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a good Halloween

is the ultimate                                                                                                                                       “Good Morning America” correspondent
                                                                                                                                                      Becky Worley: “Guys, this is a dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    —Andrew McKenzie, associate professor of linguistics, in a Houston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chronicle story on the debate over what to call Jeff Bezos, Richard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Branson and others who flew on private spacecraft this year, the first

                                                                                                                                                      assignment, I tell ya.”                                                                       time Americans not trained by NASA orbited Earth.

                                                                                                                                                      GMA host Robin Roberts: “Are you really
                                                                                                                                                      there? Because that looks like a movie set.
                                                                                                                                                      So picture-perfect.”                                                   “Norm @normmacdonald was a great
                                                                                                                                                      Worley: “It’s incredible, you guys. I can’t even                       talent, and I loved laughing with him
                                                                                                                                                      believe I’m standing here and it’s gotten more                         on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss
                                                                                                                                                      beautiful as we’ve been here all morning long.”                        Norm Macdonald.”

                                                                                                                                                      —Worley reporting live on ABC alongside Ted Grinter, ’92, on his       — A tribute tweet from former
                                                                                                                                                      family’s beloved sunflower farm near Tonganoxie, during the live       U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, ’45, after the
                                                                                                                                                      stand-up segment of Worley’s Sept. 9 “Rise and Shine” travel           Sept. 14 death of his Saturday Night
                                                                                                                                                      feature. Worley’s report also included a visit with men’s basketball   Live doppelganger, who made

Nationally ranked as the Best Hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas.                                                                                  coach Bill Self in Allen Field House and “Ted Lasso” actor Jason
                                                                                                                                                      Sudeikis’ parents at Sporting Kansas City’s soccer stadium, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             America laugh with his good-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             natured impersonations during
                                                                                                                                                      pieces on the Eldridge Hotel, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que,             Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.
The University of Kansas Hospital is proud to receive national recognition, but we’re even
                                                                                                                                                      and, because of course, Wamego’s Oz Museum.
more proud of what we do each day to earn it. We continue to be a leader in providing
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ourselves to offer very specialized, innovative care. There can be no greater reward than this.                                                                                                                                                             was a pool but whatever.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roofing company in Lenexa, recently installed a new roof on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            building and added the rooftop logo at no extra charge. Accord-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing to KU officials, the graphic, which measures 80 feet from top
                                                                                                                                                        #KUalumni                                                                                           to bottom, will be highly visible on Google Earth.
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Steve Puppe
                                                                                                         and be open to intellectual uncertainty. I
                                                                                                         know my students live in a culture driven
                                                                                                         by social media bluster and clever memes,
                                                                                                         but I want them to learn how to recognize
                                                                                                         and make a well-substantiated argument
                                                                                                         based on the best available evidence.
                                                                                                            To develop those skills, as is a historian’s
                                                                                                         wont, I ask my students to look to the past
                                                                                                         to prepare themselves for the future.
                                                                                                         During the early months of the pandemic,
                                                                                                         for example, we read essays crafted in two
                                                                                                         distinct eras by two starkly different
                                                                                                         American thinkers: conservative philoso-
                                                                                                         pher Russell Kirk’s “The Essence of
                                                                                                         Conservatism” (1957) and President
                                                                                                         Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism,”
                                                                                                         the address he gave in 1910 at the dedica-
                                                                                                         tion of the John Brown memorial in
                                                                                                         Osawatomie. How do these two Ameri-
          A Kansas City TV news reporter                 often based on their political leanings.        cans, I asked my students, envision good
          recently contacted me to discuss teaching         Consequently, discussing the issue with      citizenship? How do they justify their
          at the University in the midst of              students remains tricky. As a professor, I      claims to their respective audiences? How
          COVID-19. She began the interview by           feel strongly that it is not my business to     do they establish their authority to make
          asking how I explained the unprecedented       push an ideological or political position on    such claims? To what extent do their essays
          nature and impact of the pandemic to           my students. At the same time, as we            reflect the times in which they lived? By
          my students.                                   professors like to say, COVID has               examining these and other readings and
             Now, I’m a historian, and we historians     presented the University community a            by answering such questions, students can
          are generally of the Ecclesiastes school of    useful “teachable moment.”                      develop the habits of mind that just might
          thought: “There is no new thing under the         The battles over how to respond to           enable them to see through the carny
          sun.” Unprecedented? If you want to talk       COVID open the classroom door to some           shenanigans of too many of today’s public
          about a pandemic, try the Black Death,         of the most vexing questions of our time.       figures and withstand the dark rabbit holes
          which killed millions of Europeans during      In the morass of social media, cable TV         of internet “research.”
          the Middle Ages; the waves of smallpox         and the near-endless recesses of the               Teaching at KU in the Age of the
          epidemics that devastated American             internet, how do we know which informa-         Pandemic has offered both students and
          Indians from the 17th to the 19th              tion is trustworthy? What is and what           instructors unexpected opportunities for
          centuries; and, of course, the 1918-’19        should be the basis of expertise and            intense educational exploration. COVID
          influenza pandemic, which first became         cultural authority in America’s democratic      and the fraught political battles that have
          evident at Fort Riley and killed at least      society? How should we balance individu-        swirled around it have forced us all to
          675,000 Americans (in a total U.S.             al freedom with the public good? And,           confront the meaning of leadership in our
          population of just over 100 million).          from a vantage point of institutional           democracy, the utility of evidence in the
          Nonetheless, the reporter had a point.         self-interest, what does or should educa-       search for truth, the acceptable balance
             We have responded to COVID differ-          tion at KU, one of only 131 Carnegie            between conflicting values and interests
          ently from how Americans reacted to most       Research 1 universities in the United           and much more. At KU, many of us have
          previous public health crises. Almost from     States, contribute to the search for truth in   done our best—even amid so much
          the beginning, the pandemic became a           a world where so many, regardless of their      COVID-related sorrow and uncertainty—
          fiercely partisan political issue. Americans   training or analytic sophistication, feel       to use our classrooms to grapple with the
          quickly came to have radically divergent       called upon “to do their own research” on       enduring questions the pandemic has
          understandings of what could and should        all matter of issues, even the most technical   placed in such tight focus.
          be done to manage the illness, and those       and scientifically complex?                                               —David Farber
          divides have only deepened over time.             None of these questions, obviously, have       Farber is the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished
          KU students, I soon learned, likewise          simple answers. That’s part of the learning                              Professor of History.
          held widely different views on COVID—          experience at KU: embrace complexity

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 Native Hosts, a five-panel series by Edgar Heap of Birds,
 f ’76, (Cheyenne, Arapaho) on Oct. 14 returned with proper
 ceremony to the Spencer Museum of Art after vandals defaced four
 of the panels and the fifth was stolen. KU’s First Nations Student
 Association, University leaders and about 100 community
 members rededicated Native Hosts, which acknowledges tribes
 that historically or currently inhabit the region and serves as this
 year’s KU Common Work of Art. Professor Robert Warrior
 (Osage) described Native Hosts as an invitation to pause and
 consider the struggles of Indigenous peoples and acknowledge
 those who came before.

 Photograph by Ryan Waggoner

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                                                                                                                                                     academic career in high school versus how
                                                                                                                                                     they did on a Saturday morning.”                 Fall 2021 Enrollment
                                                                                                                                                        Though standardized test scores are no
                                                                                                                                                     longer required, Lisa Pinamonti Kress,
                                                                                                                                                     director of KU Admissions, still encour-
                                                                                                                                                     ages students to take at least one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      n   27,685 on all campuses
                                                                                                                                                     exams, reminding them that the score may             (+ 66 students, or .2 %)
                                                                                                                                                     be helpful for placement into courses or

                                                                                                                                                                                                          23,598 Lawrence/Edwards Campus
                                                                                                                                                     for scholarship purposes. But she admits
                                                                                                                                                     that not having to continually chase a high      n
                                                                                                                                                     score is a relief for many students and their
                                                                                                                                                     families. “I know students are certainly             (-6 students from fall 2019)
                                                                                                                                                     excited about not having to retake the
                                                                                                                                                     test,” says Kress, g’98. “If they have the
                                                                                                                                                     GPA, they have the confidence of know-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      n   4,119 new freshmen
                                                                                                                                                     ing they’re getting in. Some students are         (+290 students or 7.6%, 6 fewer than pre-pandemic
                                                                                                                                                     super-successful at GPA and they take the
                                                                                                                                                     test and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s not the score    Fall 2019)
                                                                                                                                                     I want,’ and they kind of feel pressured
                                                                                                                                                     to keep taking it.” But with KU’s new
                                                                                                                                                     test-optional policy, students are required
                                                                                                                                                                                                      n   3.66 freshman average high school
                                                                                                                                                     to report only their GPA and, if they want,          GPA (highest on record)
                                         STUDENTS                             prevented many students from taking the exams.                         their test score. “If you meet the require-

                                                                                                                                                                                                          84.8% one-year retention rate
                                                                              “It forced institutions to do what a lot of schools                    ments you’re admitted within 48 hours,”
                            New admissions                                    were looking into anyhow—decreasing emphasis on
                                                                              standardized test scores.”
                                                                                                                                                     Kress continues. “If you don’t, we review
                                                                                                                                                     your application and it takes another seven

                              standards                                          Over the past year, several university systems in                   to 10 days to hear back. I think it eases up         for Fall 2020 freshmen (3rd-highest on record)
                                                                              the United States, including those in California,                      the stress of retaking that test.”
                         First-year students no longer need
The new policy
helps ensure that
                           to report ACT or SAT scores
                                                                              Oregon, Colorado and Illinois, have moved to
                                                                              test-optional standards for admissions, allowing
                                                                                                                                                        Melvin, who for years has advocated
                                                                                                                                                     that GPA is the best predictor of student
                                                                                                                                                                                                      n   6,681minority students
                                                                              students to choose whether they submit ACT or                          success in higher education, hopes the new           (24.1% of total KU population, largest on record)
the University’s     The Kansas Board of Regents has approved                 SAT scores. Some institutions have gone a step                         standards ultimately will boost student

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1,584 veterans, active-duty and
admissions           new admissions standards for the University that         further and become test-blind, meaning that even                       enrollment and retention. “Our admis-
                     no longer require incoming freshmen to submit            if students submit exam scores, those scores aren’t                    sions requirements aren’t designed to keep       n
process is as fair
                     standardized test scores. First-year students will       considered in the application process. KU’s test-                      people out,” he says. “That’s never what
and equitable        now be assured admission to KU if they have:             optional pathway allows the University to remain                       we’re about. Our admissions requirements             military-connected (dependent)
as possible,                                                                  competitive in attracting out-of-state students.                       were designed to say, ‘Can we predict                students (+.4%)
regardless of           • a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or                          “The market shifted, and one of the things we                       success in college? Can we predict success
a student’s             • a 2.0 GPA plus an ACT score of at least 21          talk about at KU all the time is, ‘How can we main-                    at KU?’ That’s what we’re about.
                        (or an SAT score of at least 1,060).                  tain that we are in equilibrium with the market?’”                        “Over the next year or two, we are clear-
background.             		                                                    Melvin says. “That really was a driver.”                               ly going to start looking at how are these

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve Puppe
                        These changes take effect in spring 2022 and are         The new policy also helps ensure that the Uni-                      students doing in terms of their academic
                     similar to test-optional pathways at other Kansas        versity’s admissions process is as fair and equitable                  performance, their academic progress
                     universities, including K-State, Wichita State and       as possible, regardless of a student’s background. In                  from term to term, their success rate with
                     Emporia State. The KU application deadline for           recent years, Melvin explains, high school students                    certain courses, their retention rates.
                     freshman scholarships is Dec. 1 for new students         have often taken the ACT or SAT multiple times                         There becomes a whole opportunity for an
                     planning to enroll for the fall 2022 semester.           and even enlisted coaching services to obtain higher                   assessment to say, ‘Are those variables that
                        According to Matt Melvin, vice provost for            scores—critical advantages for some but not all                        we’re collecting predictive of success?’ And
                     enrollment management, COVID-19 helped drive             students. By eliminating the test requirement and                      I think that’s going to be the next round of
                     the revision of KU’s admissions criteria. “The pan-      putting greater emphasis on GPA and the academic                       research that we do.”
                     demic forced our hands, and it forced the hands of       intensity of a student’s high school curriculum, “It                      		                     —Heather Biele
                     most schools across the country,” he says, explaining    levels the playing field a bit,” he says. “It looks at
                     that the widespread closure of standardized test sites   the success of a student over the course of their

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                                                                                                                                                response to behavioral health crises, updates to                            shown over the years, I was kind of shocked—and
                                                                                                                                                policies on officer conduct and the formation of an                         very honored.”
                                                                                                                                                oversight board [“Public Safety changes planned,”                             In addition to her sun sculptures, Brou also
                                                                                                                                                issue No. 3, 2021]. Mosley also stresses the impor-                         creates ceramics, paints silk scarves, and does
                                                                                                                                                tance of recruiting a diverse staff of qualified law                        graphic design, including for Kansas Alumni. See
                                                                                                                                                enforcement officers—more closely representative                            more of her work at
                                                                                                                                                of the University community itself—and priori-                                Making art is a meditative activity that has helped
                                                                                                                                                tizing accountability and transparency, an increas-                         her cope with personal loss, and she often hears
                                                                                                                                                ingly important issue following the recent deaths                           from people who say her suns do the same for them.
“I came here                                                                                                                                    of George Floyd and other Black men and women                                 “When I was first widowed, I had three little
with the idea                                                                                                                                   during police encounters.                                                   boys, and holidays were really difficult,” Brou says.
of building and                                                                                                                                    “It’s just a matter of making sure we’re doing the                       “We had family friends who always made sure we
                                                                                                                                                right thing,” he says. “Most police departments are                         weren’t alone. At one holiday dinner, a really kind
maintaining our                                                                                                                                 doing it and should be. I know we’re ahead of the                           lady told me a story about her dad. He worked in
relationships                                                                                                                                   curve; we’re doing those things. We’re a leader by                          Colorado on the railroad and would get up in the
                                                                                                                                                continuing what we’ve been doing.”                                          middle of these brutal winters early in the morning
with everyone                                                                                                                                      Mosley, who recently served as president of the                          to go to work, and he’d always say, ‘Well, spring’s
out there.”                                                                                                                                     Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, also looks
                                                                                                                                                forward to working with local law enforcement

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kendra Hatfield
—Chief Nelson Mosley                                                                                                                            agencies, which KU relies upon during games and                                                                                        Toni Brou’s digital collage,
                                                                                                                                                other University events, and getting involved with                                                                                     “Sun Over Sunflowers,”
                                                                                                                                                the greater Lawrence community. But for now,                                                                                           brightens the month of
                                            CAMPUS                             thought, ‘I want to do that.’ So that was my motiva-             KU students, faculty and staff get his immediate                                                                                       May in Follow the Suns, a
                                                                               tion from then on.”                                              attention.                                                                                                                             2022 calendar featuring
                             Open-door policy                                     In 1987, Mosley joined the Wichita Police
                                                                               Department and was promoted to deputy police
                                                                                                                                                   “I have an open-door policy,” he says. “If I’m here,
                                                                                                                                                you can stop in and talk to me about any number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       art from the popular news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       program “CBS Sunday
                            Accountability, transparency are                   chief in 2009. Along the way, he served as captain               things.                                                                                                                                Morning.”
                           priorities for KU’s new police chief                of the Crimes Against Persons Bureau and led the                    “This is your police department.”
                                                                               unit that responded when the city’s notorious serial                                                —Heather Biele
                                                                               killer BTK resurfaced in 2004. He retired in 2016,
                       Nelson Mosley, the University’s new chief of            after nearly two years as Wichita’s interim police
                       police and director of KU Public Safety Office, has     chief, but the break was short-lived. “After getting                               N E WS B R I E F
                       led departments both large and small in his nearly      through my list of chores and things that needed                               Sun salutation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Courtesy Toni Brou
                       35-year career in law enforcement. So, then, what       attention around the house—and that went rather
                       attracted him to the Jayhawk community? “Well,          quickly—I made a decision,” Mosley, then 50 years                After losing both her father and husband 20
                       number one, I’m a KU fan,” he says with a grin,         old, says. “I’m ready to get back to work.”                      years ago prompted Toni Brou to adapt the motto
                       “and I have been for a while.”                             When the chief of police position opened in                   “The sun always rises,” the visual artist began craft-
                          But for Mosley, who in September replaced            2016 in Rose Hill, a suburb southeast of Wichita                 ing smiling sun artworks that draw inspiration from
                       retired KU Chief of Police Chris Keary, c’83,           where he and his family lived, Mosley jumped at the              her father’s love of making art from found objects in
                       it’s more about continuing the good work of his         chance. The change of pace was welcome, and he                   his Dodge City workshop.
                       friend and predecessor and promoting community          embraced the opportunity to get out and interact                    Since 2011, two dozen of Brou’s suns—which
                       policing by strengthening relationships with KU         with community members, something that didn’t                    she sculpts and affixes to hubcaps before paint-
                       students, faculty and staff. “Just like anything, we    come easily as chief in a much larger metropolis.                ing—have been featured on the long-running CBS
                       can always make things better,” he says.                Now, five years later, Mosley enjoys a similar expe-             News program “Sunday Morning.” Now her digital
                          Mosley grew up in Felton, Delaware, a town with      rience on Mount Oread. “I came here with the idea                collage “Sun Over Sunflowers,” which combines her
                       just over 1,400 residents, and moved to Kansas after    of building and maintaining our relationships with               sculpture “Spring’s A Comin’” and her photograph
                       completing basic training at Lackland Air Force         everyone out there,” he says.                                    of Grinter’s Sunflower Farm, is featured in the
                       Base in San Antonio. Throughout his military               In his first few months, Mosley has focused on                show’s first calendar, Follow the Suns, a 2022 day-to-                      a comin.’ I knew she was trying to tell me things
                       service, he remained committed to a career in law       the 12 recommendations created last fall by the                  day calendar published by Simon & Schuster.                                 would get better.
                       enforcement. “I always wanted to be a police officer,   27-member Chancellor’s Task Force on Commu-                         “The current sun curator at the show has been at                            “So now that I’ve kind of come through—hope-
                       since I was little,” he says. “I had two uncles who     nity-Responsive Public Safety. The recommended                   her position for 20 years and during that time hand-                        fully—the worst of things, I like to encourage
                       were state policemen, and I remember they had           changes, all of which Chancellor Doug Girod                      picked 9,000-plus suns,” says Brou, f ’91. “When                            other people. It’s really worth a lot to know that it’s
                       the high boots. I used to help take them off and I      approved this year, include improvements to KU’s                 I heard my sun was one of 12 chosen out of 9,000                            helping someone else.”

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                                                                                                                                Rylie Koester (4)
                                                                                                                                                    visited KU Sept. 17 with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran,           transform non-food biological resources such as          C A L E N DA R
                                                                                                                                                    c’76, l’82, to meet some of the researchers and           grasses and crop leftovers into plastic products—        H I G H L I G H TS
                                                                                                                                                    students involved in NSF-funded research at the           which in turn will advance economic growth for
                                                                                                                                                    University.                                               farmers. Second, the team will improve processes         For full listings of events,
                                                                                                                                                       “This award highlights the key role Kansas plays       for breaking down used plastic into elements to          visit the links below.
                                                                                                                                                    in advanced manufacturing and how they contin-            create new plastic.
                                                                                                                                                    ue to innovate in critical areas such as renewable           The KU grant was one of nine the NSF an-              Lied Center
                                                                                                                                                    plastics that will benefit the entire nation,” Panchan-   nounced in September to fund collaborative               Dec. 5 Vespers
                                                                                                                                                    athan said.                                               projects that target national priorities. Kansas and
“This award                                                                                                                                            The project will strive to reduce the environ-         Delaware both participate in the NSF EPSCoR,             Dec. 10 Ashley Davis
highlights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Winter Solstice with
                                                                                                                                                    mental toll of discarded plastics in two ways. First,     which stands for Established Program to Stimulate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       special guest Cormac De
the key role                                                                                                                                        researchers will develop sustainable methods to           Competitive Research. For 40 years, the initiative
Kansas plays                                                                                                                                                                                                  has strengthened studies in science, technology and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              engineering in about half of all U.S. states.            Dec. 17 “Summer: The
in advanced                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since 2006, KU has received 11 EPSCoR awards          Donna Summer Musical”
manufacturing                                                                                                                                                                                                 totaling more than $72.4 million.                        Jan. 18 Jazz at Lincoln
and how they                                                                                                                                                                                                     Over the past decade, 26 KU faculty members,          Center Orchestra with
continue to                                                                                                                                                                                                   including eight women, have received NSF career          Wynton Marsalis
innovate in                                                                                                                                                                                                      In fiscal year 2021, the NSF awarded $23.1            Jan. 23 Russian National
critical areas                                                                                                                                                                                                million to KU for projects that include 37 principal     Ballet: “Swan Lake”
such as renew-                                                                                                                                                                                                investigators across 17 research centers and   
able plastics that                                                                                                                                                                                            departments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spencer Museum of Art
will benefit the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Debut,” through fall
entire nation”                                                       RESEARCH                                                                                                                                                                                          2022

                                        Project to create safer plastics
Panchanathan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Murphy Hall
                                  NSF director, Sen. Moran announce grant during campus visit                                                                                                                                                                          Dec. 3 Chamber Music
                     Three KU professors will help lead research
                     to improve the manufacturing and recycling of                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dec. 7 Rock Chalk
                     plastics as part of a four-year, $4 million grant from                                                                                                                                                                                            Singers
                     the National Science Foundation (NSF).                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                        “We’re excited to advance technologies that will                                                                                                                                                                                               University Theatre
                     help society transition to a more sustainable plastic
                     economy,” said lead investigator Bala Subramaniam,                                                                                                                                                                                                Dec. 3-5, 7-9 “The
                     Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor of Chem-                                                                                                                                                                                                    Devils Between Us”
                     ical & Petroleum Engineering and director of the                                                                                                                                                                                        
                     Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
                     (CEBC).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Humanities Lecture
                        Subramaniam’s KU colleagues on the project are                                                                                                                                                                                                 Series
                     Alan Allgeier, associate professor of chemical &                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dec. 7 Simone Marchesi
                     petroleum engineering and CEBC deputy director,                                                                                OPPOSITE, l to r: NSF Director            TOP, l to r: Panchanathan, Moran and graduate student Victor Sharma
                     and Donna Ginther, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished                                                                                Sethuraman Panchanathan’s                 also heard from Alan Allgeier, associate professor of chemical and
                     Professor of Economics and director of KU’s                                                                                    momentous visit to KU was years           petroleum engineering and part of the team that will help create more    Academic Calendar
                     Institute for Policy & Social Research. Completing                                                                             in the making. Panchanathan and           sustainable plastics with the new NSF grant.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nov. 24-28
                     the leadership team are Timothy Dawsey, executive                                                                              U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran met with Ana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thanksgiving break
                     director of the Kansas Polymer Research Center at        Engineering at the University of Delaware.                            Rita C. Morais, assistant professor of    ABOVE, l to r: Mark Shiflett, Foundation Distinguished Professor of
                     Pittsburg State University, and Raul Lobo, Claire          News of the grant was delivered personally by                       chemical and petroleum engineering,       Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and his students presented the       Dec. 10 Stop Day
                     D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular         NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan, who                             to learn about her research.              Shiflett Research Group’s work.                                          Dec. 13-17 Finals week

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                                                                                      Steven Voss
                                                                                                                                “In recent decades we’ve
                                                                                                                             realized that climate change
                                                                                                                             is an existential threat, in
                                                                                                                             the last year and a half we’ve
                                                                                                                             realized that pandemics are
                                                                                                                             an existential threat, and
                                                                                                                             what I’m also trying to get
                                                                                                                             the American people to
                                                                                                                             realize is that bigotry is an
                                                                                                                             existential threat,” Kendi
                                                                                                                             said. Many forms of bigotry
                                                                                                                             (racism, sexism, classism,
                                                                                                    ableism, homophobia, antisemitism) “are causing
                                                                                                    humans to see different groups as not human like
                                                                                                    them, that they’re the problem, they’re the threat.
                                                                                                    Certainly the scale of the division now is something
                                                                                                    that I think we should be concerned about, but not
The Kansas Biological                                                                               only the scale of the division, the scale of the denial.
Survey in July changed                                                                              … There’s mass denial about climate change, there’s
                                               N E WS B R I E F
its name to the Kansas                                                                              mass denial about the threat of pandemics and
Biological Survey &             Self lecture features Kendi                                         there’s mass denial about a persistence of bigotry,
Center for Ecological                                                                               despite all the inequality that persists between many
Research to better reflect   The best-selling author of How to Be An                                of these groups.”
its mission and scope,       Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, visited campus Oct. 7                         The Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities
which includes research      for the annual Self Graduate Fellowship Symposium                      at Boston University and founding director of the
in terrestrial, aquatic,     Lecture, joining Professor of Film Kevin Willmott                      BU Center for Antiracist Research, Kendi is the
remote sensing and           in a wide-ranging discussion on race in American                       youngest person to win a National Book Award,
analytical subjects, as      politics, history and culture.                                         for his 2016 cultural history Stamped from the
well as management of           Asked what the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol says                 Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas
the KU Field Station.        about the scale of division now, Kendi noted that                      in America. The week before visiting KU he was
“This re-designation aims    the bid to overturn election results through violence                  awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. His
to more clearly convey       is both a result of the campaign to misinform Amer-                    symposium appearance was sponsored by the
our prominent role in        icans about what constitutes the gravest existential                   Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship
generating basic and         threat to the republic and a very stark demonstra-                     program; Academic Success; Diversity, Equity,
transformative ecological    tion of the real threat—namely, white supremacist                      Inclusion & Belonging; and the Office of
knowledge to national        domestic terrorism.                                                    Multicultural Affairs.
and international
audiences while main-
taining emphasis on the
important work we
conduct for the state,”      Home on the Hill                                                                                                                  Dan Storey
said Director Sara Baer.
                             The First Nations Student Associa-
                             tion in mid-October celebrated what
                             was thought to be the first tipi outside
                             Strong Hall. When alumni reminded
                             FNSA that they also did so in 1978, the
                             current Jayhawks responded with joy:
                             “It is our strength,” they said of con-
                             necting with those who came before.


                                                                                                                                              Steve Puppe
                                                                                                                                                            science, Wallace enlisted in the Army and served           her interest in societal change while
                                                                                                                                                            harrowing tours as a Ranger in Vietnam; he was a           a student in the late 1960s and early 1970s,
                                                                                                                                                            Congressional aide when the CIA finally took no-           a time when authority figures tended
                                                                                                                                                            tice of the application he’d submitted before leaving      to insist health care providers main-
                                                                                                                                                            KU. More than 25 years later, Spycraft required            tain distance from social upheavals
                                                                                                                                                            years to pass muster at the CIA’s publication review       of the era.
                                                                                                                                                            board, yet the agency eventually signaled its enthu-          “My classmates and I stretched
                                                                                                                                                            siastic, hard-won support by approving a foreword          the faculty, we stretched our
                                                                                                                                                            by former director George Tenet.                           education, and we stretched our
                                                                                                                                                               Wallace hesitates to agree that intelligence            limits,” says Hartley, whose nursing
                                                                                                                                                            work can, at times, be characterized as fun, instead       practice was in coronary and critical
                                                                                                                                                            describing it as an “adrenaline-producing” career          care and as a clinical nurse educator.
                                                                                                                                                            path, a keystone to America’s founding and ongoing         “During that time there was some push-
                                                                                                                                                            existence.                                                 back for nursing students and professional nurses
                                                                                                                                                               “Whenever the nation was facing a crisis, intelli-      to actually be agents of change.”
                                                                                                                                                            gence was a vital element in resolving it, to the good
                                                                                                                                                            or the bad. If we got it resolved well, intelligence
                                                                                                                                                            played a critical role. If it didn’t get solved well, or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KU Engineering
                                                                                                                                                            addressed well, intelligence probably didn’t do its
                                                  BOOKS                                                                                                     job well,” Wallace says. “The fun side of it is kind of
                                                                                    community, the well-organized agencies, and I                           parallel to the idea that spies all believe that what
                              ‘Always on the edge’                                  think that presents a false picture of what the his-
                                                                                    tory of American intelligence is really like,” Wallace
                                                                                                                                                            we are doing is important. There’s a high level of
                                                                                                                                                            satisfaction in doing it well.
                            Former CIA officer illuminates yet more                 says of the appreciation he’s gained for the history                       “You’re a race car driver, in a sense. You’re right
                                 corners of the shadow world                        of global espionage since leaving the CIA. “Be-                         on the edge, always on the edge. You’re trying to
                                                                                    ginning with the Revolutionary War, through the                         push it to the maximum. You also know that if you
                            Once was a time when Bob Wallace lived                  Civil War, World War I, and even through much of                        go over the maximum, you wreck the car and you
                            within the shadows of the secret service, forging       World War II, a lot of the best intelligence work was                   kill yourself. When you go over, an intelligence
                            a long career as a CIA operations officer, includ-      done by people I would call ‘citizen spies.’ There was                  failure frequently has severe consequences. It’s not a
                            ing three tours as a chief of station. Even when        not a professional intelligence service. There wasn’t                   mistake that can be erased.”
                            he capped his career at the CIA as director of the      an organization that trained people to be intelli-                                                       —Chris Lazzarino
                            vaunted Office of Technical Service, Wallace            gence officers or spies. These individuals just kind of
                            continued his work behind the scenes, unknown           came to it on their own, and they made do.”                                                                                        Aerospace awards: Four aerospace engineering
                            to all but his closest colleagues.                        As with the previous installments of the Spy
                               Wallace, g’68, shed his invisibility cloak when he   Sites series—all gorgeously illustrated, thoroughly
                                                                                                                                                                              N E WS B R I E F                         teams recently won design awards in prestigious competitions,
Spy Sites of Philadelphia   co-wrote Spycraft [issue No. 4, 2008], the authorita-   researched and presented with hundreds of short                           Support for nurse educators                              including first place for graduate students in a regional jet
By H. Keith Melton and      tive history of the CIA’s super-secret spy techs and    entries illuminating people and places otherwise
Robert Wallace              their brilliant inventions and espionage adventures,    forgotten or even unknown to history—Wallace                            Baxter Springs native Christine Ness                       design competition offered by the American Institute of
Georgetown University       his first public partnership with the internationally   and Melton’s latest book tells stories that originate                   Hartley, n’73, g’86, and her husband, Ross, l’74,          Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Press, $24.95               recognized intelligence historian H. Keith Melton.      in and around one locale, yet serve the larger sweep                    recently made a $1.5 million gift to KU Endow-
                            The latest of five Wallace-Melton book collabo-         of American history.                                                    ment, supporting nursing professorships at KU.               The winning KU team, led by Lendon Jackson, e’21,
                            rations is Spy Sites of Philadelphia, which follows       As they demonstrate throughout the Spy Sites                            To honor her rural upbringing, Hartley, an avid          unveiled designs for a family of jets they dubbed the
                            earlier histories of espionage from the Revolution-     books, the national destiny turned time and again                       skier who now lives in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole
                            ary War to the Cold War and beyond in New York          on unlikely heroes risking their lives in unexpected                    valley, directed $1 million to establish the Hartley       Skyblazers, which would be faster than current models while
                            City and Washington, D.C.                               adventures.                                                             Rural Nursing Professorship for faculty at the             also reducing carbon footprints; they also include a “magic
                               Wallace and Melton are also co-executive               “You can’t tell who the spy is,” Wallace says. “They                  KU School of Nursing Salina; $500,000 supports
                            producers of the eight-episode Netflix docuseries       could come from any walk of life. The spy really can                    the Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professorship,         carpet” conveyor belt to offload cargo for reduced labor costs.
                            “Spycraft,” based loosely on their book, for which      be the person next door. Spy operations occur wher-                     currently held by University Distinguished Profes-           “This is the pinnacle of aerospace design competitions
                            they also appeared as expert commentators and           ever the spy can conduct the operation, not where                       sor Janet D. Pierce, at the School of Nursing at KU
                            helped filmmakers find former espionage officers        you think it might be. Spies aren’t met just in dark                    Medical Center.                                            around the world,” Professor Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, e’88,
                            who were free to speak on camera.                       corners and back rooms of bars. They’re out there in                      Hartley cites the influence of now-retired nursing       PhD’93, told the Lawrence Journal-World.
                               “Since the Second World War, we have had this        plain sight and you never see them.”                                    faculty Rita Clifford, n’62, PhD’81, and Sue Pop-
                            established intelligence apparatus, the intelligence      After earning his master’s degree in political                        kess-Vawter, n’69, g’72, who allowed her to explore

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Book brief
                                                                                                                   Chicago advertising executive Paige Meyer                 here, I wonder what they’ll see. A woman about to
                                                                                                                   loves a man who cherishes her every word and              have her world knocked off its axis.
                                                                                                                   mood, and she adores her two unlikely friends-for-           “I want to tell you a story,” Aunt Sissy says.
                                                                                                                   life. But, as author and Chicago advertising execu-          Hammer’s confident narrative soars as Paige’s
                                                                                                                   tive Alison Hammer, ’01, reveals in the fast-paced        free-spirited aunt reveals details about an unfortu-
                                                                                                                   opening of Little Pieces of Me, her second novel,                                           nate night of passion
                                                                                                                   Paige can’t breathe.                                                                        back in the late 1970s,
                                                                                                                      She’s been laid off from her job and frets over                                          when Sissy, Paige’s
                                                                                                                   her 43rd birthday. Her supercilious mother back                                             mother and both of
                                                                                                                   home in St. Louis grates on her last raw nerve. And,                                        her fathers were all
                                                                                                                   churning just beneath the ripples of otherwise com-                                         Jayhawks who social-
                                                                                                                   monplace troubles, her father’s car-crash death two                                         ized at KU Hillel.
   For sixty-five years, Midwest businesses have relied on                                                         years earlier still hurts in unexpected ways, stopping
                                                                                                                   Paige cold when she allows herself fleeting feelings
                                                                                                                                                                                                               As close as she was to
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the events in question,
     SumnerOne to provide them with the services and                                                               of good cheer.
                                                                                                                      At this unsettled moment, Paige gives no thought
                                                                                                                                                                                                               though, Sissy doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                               know everything—far
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In September, KU’s

  technology they need to work as efficiently as possible.                                                         to an email from; she had sub-
                                                                                                                   mitted a DNA kit as part of her research for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                               from it—and it’s left
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to Paige to illuminate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Office of Institutional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Opportunity and
  We are proud to be involved and serve the communities                                                            failed pitch on behalf of her former agency, so the
                                                                                                                   company now means nothing to her. Upon closer
                                                                                                                                                                                                               with a depth of com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               passion that startles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          announced that it
    of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.                                                         inspection, even the news that FamilyTree found a
                                                                                                                                                                             Little Pieces of Me
                                                                                                                                                                             By Alison Hammer
                                                                                                                                                                                                               even her, the true
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          would now be called the
                                                                                                                   parent-child match is shrugged aside.                                                       identities of her
                                                                                                                      It must be a mistake on their end—I would know if      William Morrow, $27.99            uptight mother, the        Office of Civil Rights
                                                                                                                   I’d ever had a child.                                                                       “DNA dad” assumed          & Title IX to more
                                                                                                                       From the moment Paige learns that she is the          to be a predatory Lothario, and the fine father who          clearly communicate
                                                                                                                   child half of the life-altering DNA match, the            raised her as his own despite unmistakable differ-
  We are dedicated to providing the communities that we                                                            search is on for her biological father and his place in   ences in physical features.                                  its role in investigating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reports of racial, ethnic
   serve with top of the line technology and outstanding
                                                                                                                   her disjointed world.                                        Families are complicated and, as Paige learns,
                                                                                                                      I look out the window at the apartment building        parents were once young, too, and unsure of them-            and sex-based discrim-
                            service.                                                                               across the street. If someone over there is looking in    selves, and the future is found only in forgiveness.         ination on campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In addition to the
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                                                                                                                                                                       Courtesy of the Literary Estate of Evan Shelby Connell Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trail,” the author of Hemingway at Eighteen: The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Steve Puppe (2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sets out to portray the “writer’s writer” who even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    friends concede was essentially unknowable. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    finds Connell’s youth and adolescence “hard to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    trace,” aside from the hints he later left behind in his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    writing. The college years—first at Dartmouth and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    then at KU, where he finished his degree in three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    semesters and a summer term after serving as a Navy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pilot during World War II—are more enlightening.
                            University of Kansas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the Hill he pledged Phi Kappa Psi and helped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    found the Bitter Bird, a campus humor magazine to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which he contributed drawings and writing; studied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with the painter Albert Bloch, who later became the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    subject of one of his first published short stories;
KU’s senior class has                                                                                                                                                                                                               and cut a dashing figure in his leather flight jacket.
selected Jonathan Hagel,                                                                                                                                                                                                            He made training flights from the naval air station
assistant teaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Olathe, Paul reports, until one spring day when a
professor of history, and                                                                                                                                                                                                           fellow flyer, a war buddy also enrolled at KU,                       Coffee shop wades
Sarah Jen, assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                buzzed Memorial Stadium, causing both men to                          into quiet waters
professor of social                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lose their flight privileges. He also studied creative
welfare, as recipients of                                                 BOOKS                              boldly innovative indictment of the Indian Wars as                                                                     writing with the novelist and editor Ray B. West,          Even in a downtown district beloved for fun
                                                                                                             exemplified by Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s                                                                          who became a longtime mentor and champion.                 and funky coffee-shop concepts, Great Blue Heron
                                                            The writing life
the 2021 HOPE Awards.
Given annually through                                                                                       resounding defeat at the Battle of the Little                                                                             Literary Alchemist shines welcome light on              Outdoors is quickly—and quietly—getting noticed
the Board of Class                                                                                           Bighorn, Son of the Morning Star.                                                                                      events and milestones in the life of a writer who          for its new take on two old ideas: a full-service cof-
Officers to Honor
                                                            Biography explores Connell’s                       Elsewhere, in collections of short stories, novels,                                                                  shunned public attention; especially enlightening          fee bar within a tidy showroom of outdoor gear.
Outstanding Progressive                                              ‘quaint mania’                          essays and in nearly uncategorizable forays into                                                                       are descriptions of Connell’s world travels and his           Bob Marsh’s hope for Great Blue Heron Out-
Educators, the long-                                                                                                         history, philosophy, religion, art and                                                                 deeply held connection to nature, which illumine           doors, at 823 Mass, is to encourage “community and
standing tradition was                             As a writer and as a man,                                                 alchemy (Were they fiction? Poetry?                                                                    his most adventurous, genre-busting books. Even            connection”—without TVs or a blaring stereo—
established by the Class                           Evan Connell could be hard to read.                                       Nonfiction? Even publishers and                                                                        more valuable, though, is the literary appraisal           among water-sports enthusiasts from across the            Great Blue Heron, outdoors
of 1959 and is the only                               Enigmatic, introverted, emotionally                                    critics struggled to put a label on his                                                                put forth by Paul, whose 40-year tenure at the             region, as well as curious newbies and even visitors      and coffee shop
award given to a faculty                           distant and averse to the publicity                                       work), he constantly defied expecta-                                                                   Star included a stint as editor of the paper’s book        looking only for a relaxing spot to read while enjoy-
member by the senior                               chores like interviews and personal                                       tions and challenged readers, setting                                                                  section. Synthesizing a wide range of sources,             ing coffee and a pastry.
class. Jen and Hagel were                          appearances that publishers typically                                     out on wildly esoteric journeys to                                                                     including book reviews, award citations and                   “You don’t need an outboard motor,” Marsh
recognized Oct. 23 at the                          require of writers, Connell, c’47, was                                    deeply explore the things that                                                                         personal notes sent to Connell by contemporaries           says of the fishing and boating interests supported
KU-Oklahoma football                               fiercely independent, iconoclastic and                                    interested him, with seemingly no                                                                      such as John Updike and William Styron, and                by Great Blue Heron. “Paddle or wade. Simplify,
game in David Booth                                uncompromising not only in his                                            concern for whether or not anyone                                                                      adding his own incisive analysis of Connell’s              so you don’t need to carry a bunch of gear in a big
Kansas Memorial                                    personal life, but also in the subjects                                   would follow along. He simply                                                                          formidable work, Paul reminds us that even                 basket. We’re the quiet-water outfitter.”
Stadium.                                           he chose to explore in 20 books                                           wrote what he wanted, publishing                                                                       books that did not generate the broad adoring                 Amid a challenging time for acquiring retail
                                                   published in a half-century career.                                       conventions be damned.                                                                                 readership granted his most successful titles still        stock, Marsh was delighted when the owners of a
                                                      Mrs. Bridge (which established his                                        “He is undoubtedly among the                                                                        added to his exalted reputation in the literary            popular local fly fishing store, which had moved
                                                   reputation when it appeared to             Literary Alchemist: The        best of recent American writers, one                                                                   world. With each new project Evan Connell pushed           online years ago, dropped in shortly after the shop’s
                                                   widespread acclaim in 1959) and            Writing Life of Evan S.        who possessed an extraordinary                                                                         the boundaries of literature, unshakable in his            recent opening and offered to sell him their invento-
                                                   Mr. Bridge (which followed in 1969)        Connell                        range of talent and output,” former                                                                    conviction that what mattered beyond all else was          ry; now Great Blue Heron features flies, lures, rods
                                                   are quintessential Kansas City novels      By Steve Paul                  Kansas City Star journalist Steve                                                                      this “quaint mania,” as he called the obsessive            and reels alongside carefully curated outdoor gear,
                                                   whose emotionally remote title             University of Missouri         Paul writes early on in Literary                                                                       writing about topics that captured his imagination         as well as a custom-built coffee bar and sparkling
                                                   characters were instantly recognizable     Press, $45                     Alchemist, the first full-length                                                                       and challenged his redoubtable intellect. In that          espresso machine.
                                                   to most Americans, even as the books’                                     biography of the Kansas City-born                                                                      regard, Literary Alchemist would seem to do all its           “The heron is the patient but strong wading bird,
                                                   inventive structure—short, impres-                                        Connell, who died in 2013. “Yet,                                                                       subject could ask: It sends us back to his books with      quietly working in the water, hunting and fishing
                                                   sionistic sections that eschewed traditional plotting reflecting the characteristic cruelty of the predomi-                                                                      renewed appreciation for his lifework, challenging         alongside us, familiar with us but keeping
                                                   and narrative drive—prodded mainstream readers            nant cultural measuring apparatuses, he is also one                                                                    bold readers to claim this “writer’s writer”               its distance,” Marsh says. “It’s that message, of
                                                   to reconsider what a novel could be. Yet his most         of the least known.”                                                                                                   for our own.                                               patience and wading, that we keyed in on with
                                                   well-known work, surprisingly, was a nonlinear,             Undaunted by Connell’s “relatively sparse paper                                                                      		                                     —Steven Hill        Great Blue Heron.”

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