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Four faculty members received the state higher education system’s most prestigious recognition for scholarly excellence.

The annual awards recognize outstanding unclassified academic staff, unclassified professional staff and postdoctoral fellows whose research has significantly influenced their fields and expanded intellectual or societal insights.

Mary Sibande, Sophie-Ntombikayise, 2009, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund, 2011.0007

“The work outlined in these projects demonstrates the critical role of research in advancing racial equity in our communities,” said Belinda Sturm, interim vice chancellor for research.

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Kansas lakes contain hidden pollution with unknown health impacts, study finds

Ted Harris, associate research professor at the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, found microplastics in every lake sampled in the state.

For Wellness And Happiness, Study Shows That Conversation Is Key

Jeff Hall, professor of communications studies, finds that it takes about 40-60 hours of time together to build a casual friendship and about 200 hours for a close friendship.

The history of Emmett Till: From lynching to national remembrance

Dave Tell, professor of communications studies, spoke about the criminal cases following the lynching of Emmett Till.

Joe Rogan Boosted a Bad Space Study. It’s Scientists Who Are Paying the Price.

Allison Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of astronomy, spoke about the danger of misinformation in science.

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