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2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

Hadara Bar-NadavAssociate Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav’s publication, Fountain and Furnace, was awarded the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner by Tupelo Press.

Winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Peter Stitt

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Peter Stitt has selected Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri as winner of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for her chapbook manuscript, Fountain and Furnace. Continue reading

$300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling. Continue reading

A Balance Between Poetry and Motherhood

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Kansas City Writer Hadara Bar-Nadav Strikes A Balance Between Poetry And Motherhood

Eighth Street Tap Room, a bar at 8th and New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas, hosts poetry readings each month in a dimly lit basement. As poets take the stage, they’re cast in a reddish light, with gold streamers as backdrop.

Sunday’s event started with a short open mic session, and then three featured poets. The final reader of the night: Hadara Bar-Nadav, an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City… Continue reading

A king of KC theater takes on Shakespeare’s great king — and then steps aside

Shakespeare’s King Lear is the theatrical equivalent of an Olympic decathlon.

UMKC Theatre's Theodore Swetz

Lear may be the most challenging role in the English-speaking theater, one that takes prickly concepts of vanity, loss and madness and pushes them about as far as they can go.

“Of all the roles I’ve done, this is the most demanding,” said Theodore Swetz, who will play the mad king in the Kansas City Actors Theatre production starting Friday, Oct. 13, in Spencer Theatre as a co-production with UMKC Theatre.

“It’s a sustained assault on the mind and body. At the same time it’s fun. Terrific fun.”

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A Literary Force Emerges: The Rise of UMKC’s MFA Program

MFA Program, Creative Writing Team

For decades art has been a vital part of Kansas City culture. Visitors from all over the world travel to Kansas City for a glimpse of its vibrant art districts, including the Crossroads Art District and the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. But Kansas City also nurtures another art form – a hidden gem. Creative Writing. Continue reading

ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy…

Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars. Continue reading

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers. Continue reading

“Black Studies Internship Course Partnership” receives national attention

Business Portrait

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced that is expanding its internship program with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce. The program offers instruction for students in the Black studies program at the university who are interested in entrepreneurship or business ownership.

Undergraduate and graduate students in Black studies will combine classroom learning with community service and on-site internships at small businesses in the area. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and must have completed six hours of Black studies courses. Continue reading

Broadway World review of Theatre’s Frank Higgins’ play Black Pearl Sings!

Black Pearl Sings!BLACK PEARL SINGS! Drama and Music at Its Best in Kansas City

A line from the play best describes Black Pearl Sings! when Susannah Mullally says, “Pearl is a pearl.” Black Pearl Sings! opened on Saturday March 7 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The production marks two firsts for Spinning Tree Theatre, the production of a local playwright and the first time the company utilized a director outside the organization.

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CAS Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

CAS hosts annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony

Dean Wayne Vaught speaks at the 2017 CAS Fall ReceptionThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 15, 2017, in the Atterbury Student Success Center’s Pierson Auditorium. Dean Wayne Vaught delivered a “State of the College” address, followed by faculty and staff awards.

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CAS presents inaugural Royall Professorships

Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

“As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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CAS Professors Receive 2016 UMKC Online Awards

UMKC Online AwardsTwo UMKC College of Arts and Sciences professors recently received 2016 UMKC Online Awards for their online teaching.

Dr. Kymberly Bennett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program, was honored with the 2016 Accessible Course Content Award for the course Psychology 312 – Social Psychology. This award recognizes the individual who supports and promotes accessibility through the incorporation of accessible design/universal design standards into the online course. Continue reading

Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry. Continue reading

Clara Irazabal-Zurita Wins Award for Co-authored Article

Clara Irazabal sits in her officeClara Irazábal-Zurita, UMKC Professor of Planning and Director of Latinx Studies, recently received a Best Journal Article Award from the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Continue reading

Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest! Continue reading

Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners…

Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It’s led to lower recidivism.

The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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Economics’ Dr. Eaton represents UMKC in the Federal Reserve Research Center

Three universities, Kauffman Foundation gain access to secure Census data

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is joining with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, two other universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a new research data center (RDC) that will provide area researchers with access to some of the nation’s highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.  Read more.

Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

“This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities.” Continue reading

Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

Dylan Mortimer’s struggles lead to a Cure

As an artist known for making impressively scaled signs and combining hip-hop symbols with references to Christianity — Google him and his brilliant Prayer Booths still come up first — Dylan Mortimer has always made personal art. But his latest exhibition transcends the personal for something revelatory. Cure is his externalized dialogue with God, one in which he attempts to lay out the terms of his genetic lot, his cystic fibrosis.

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Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

Dynamic Duos

Reaching for Lofty Goals

Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association. Continue reading

Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association. Continue reading

Erik K. Olsen’s “Unproductive Activity and Endogenous …

Erik K. Olsen’s “Unproductive Activity and Endogenous Technological Change in a Marxian Model of Economic Reproduction and Growth” receives the Review of Radical Political Economics best paper award.

Abstract: This paper integrates unproductive activity into a Marxist growth model based on Marx’s reproduction schemes. Labor extraction and technological change are related to the production and distribution of surplus and thus are endogenous. Continue reading

Inscribing Yourself into a Nazi Future: Love Letters in the Third Reich

Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Marlis Buchholz, Bianca Roitsch, Karl H. Schneider, Christiane Schröder, Hrsg. Der Ort der “Volksgemeinschaft” in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöning, 2018. https://www.schoeningh.de/katalog/titel/978-3-506-78648-7.htmlSince 2011, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Professor of History & Public Humanities, has been one of the lead researchers for a project called Trug&Schein. It uses the correspondence of an ordinary German couple, Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, to facilitate public engagement with everyday life over the course of the Second World War. Continue reading

Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

“UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City. Continue reading

KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees

KC-NoVA image by Allison Long

The Kansas City No Violence Alliance recently started meeting with inmates about to go on parole in an effort to help them get what they need in order to keep them away from crime while also delivering them a warning. KC NoVa rounded up people deemed by police as being key to violent crime in the area in January 2013. File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:

An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs. Continue reading

Laurie Ellinghausen Publishes New Book on Notorious Figures in Renaissance England

Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing Book CoverCongratulations to Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D., associate professor in the UMKC Department of English Language and Literature, on the publication of her fourth book, Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing.

This monograph examines the tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, including the mercenary Thomas Stukeley, the Barbary corsair John Ward, and the wandering adventurers the Sherley brothers. Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion. Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing shows how domestic issues of class and occupation exerted a major influence on representations of renegades, and heightened their appeal to the diverse audiences of early modern England. Continue reading

Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

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Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Lundgren is taking over the Associate Dean position previously held by Michael Kruger, Ph.D., who has accepted a new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota. Continue reading

UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

The New York Times’ John Eligon interviews CJC’s Ken Novak.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said. Continue reading

Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

Professor’s Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

Although the problems in Greece didn’t begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place. Continue reading

Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

Kansas City’s smart policing push users computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Civil rights groups say that tactic raises serious privacy questions.

Kansas City had a murder problem. For the past decade it’s violent crime rate had made it one of the top ten dangerous cities in America.

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Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

Eric Hurst recently interviewed UMKC Political Science Professor Dr. Max Skidmore for “It’s Too Late,” a short documentary exploring the the Electoral College including its origin, how it is intended to function and how one 2016 Elector now views his role.

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Professor Emeritus Hank Frankel Receives UM System President’s Award

Prof Emeritus Hank Frankel receives awardHenry R. Frankel, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been awarded the ninth of 10 UM System President’s Awards for his excellence in teaching, research, writing and service to the University of Missouri and larger community.

The award was presented by University of Missouri System Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Graham. Continue reading

Radical economic ideas grab attention…

An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we’ve now been in an “experimental stage” with monetary policy for more than seven years…

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Researching Saints: English Department Chair Receives NEH Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities New Grant Recipients photo collageDr. Virginia Blanton, professor and chair of the UMKC Department of English Language and Literatures, recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the only 2018 recipient in the state of Missouri.

“I have a big job ahead,” said Blanton, who joined the UMKC faculty in 2002. Her awarded project is a book-length study on the lives of saints in medieval England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Continue reading

Science Fiction Solutions

Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

“I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings. Continue reading

Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist

UMKC’s Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist on the Senate Budget Committee

Stephanie Kelton has been an economics professor at UMKC since 1999. She is a self-described “deficit owl” who supported larger budget deficits to counteract the recent recession. Each party has its own chief economist on the budget panel, which among other things oversees the Congressional Budget Office.

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Syed E. Hasan Receives Fulbright Award

Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Hasan will teach courses in waste management and environmental geology at Qatar University, and offer seminars at other Middle East universities, during the 2016 spring semester

“Qatar, with its unique marine and desert ecosystems, needs to implement a waste management strategy that is compatible with its natural environment,” Hasan said. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise in the field of waste management with students and faculty at Qatar University to help them develop a sound waste management plan for their country.” Continue reading

The Kansas City Star quotes AUP+D’s Professor Frisch

Rising KC rentAUP+D’s Professor Frisch quoted in the Kansas City Star’s “Spiking rents in Kansas City threaten new real estate bubble that’s hardest on the poor” article.

This was nuts. Lisa Miller’s rent was jumping a third this summer, to $600 from $450 — more than she could possibly bear.

What the Kansas City home caregiver didn’t know was that the whole central city has been going nuts. But she was about to find out.  Continue reading

The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus. Continue reading

The New Yorker’s “The Case Against Cash Bail”

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It’s obvious that jail isn’t good for the jailed. It may be particularly bad for people accused of minor crimes, who are confined not because they are likely to be dangerous but because, under our cash-bail system, they can’t afford to get out. Think of the appalling case of Kalief Browder, the Bronx teenager who was profiled by my colleague Jennifer Gonnerman, in 2014. He was charged with stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Two years after the trial was dismissed and he was released, Browder killed himself.

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The Secret Lives of Deans

The Secret Lives of DeansManaging budgets, hiring faculty, recruiting students, setting academic policy…the life of a university dean is a high-stress job. How do you decompress?

For one dean, it’s calling fouls on the court.

Growing up in Lexington, Ky., College of Arts and Sciences Dean Wayne Vaught says basketball was a huge part of his life. He played in youth leagues all the way through high school. Continue reading

Top 25 Women in Higher Education

Diverse Issues in Higher Education name Dr. Cantú  as one of 2015 ‘s Top 25 Women in Higher Education. Dr. Norma E. Cantú Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Professor, Latina/o Studies and English, University of Missouri-Kansas City A professor emeritus of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Cantú is currently a professor of Latina/o studies and English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts. Continue reading

UMKC Art Professor’s public artwork seen on famous Sunset Strip

Professor Barry Anderson, chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, has a video on public display in West Hollywood, California.

The piece, Totemic Persona, is a two-channel video animation that was created with the help of UMKC Studio Art students. Continue reading

UMKC Art Professor’s Videos at KC Streetcar Metro Center

Totemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art HistoryTotemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is being shown at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Northbound Stop and Kiosk, located at 12th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Continue reading

Professor’s work featured in Art in the Loop Project

Professor Toivanen's HopscotchUMKC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of 25 artists selected for the third annual Art in the Loop Project in Kansas City, Missouri.

Toivanen’s work, a larger-than-life rendition of the childhood game of hopscotch entitled “Hopscotch,” will be on display in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Locust through September.

“Hopscotch aims to provide moments of surprise and playful delight in the downtown business environment,” Toivanen said. “Images of familiar toys and even a spilled ice cream cone merge into the sidewalk, inviting participation from viewers.”

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UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

University of Missouri – Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

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UMKC English Professor Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

Michelle BoisseauUMKC English Professor Michelle Boisseau has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Professor Boisseau, a poet, teaches in UMKC’s MFA program, is Senior Editor of BkMk Press and is Contributing Editor of New Letters. She is the recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Continue reading

UMKC English Professor Wins $25K NEA Fellowship

Prof. Hadara Bar-NadavHadara Bar-Nadav, associate English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for poetry. She will receive a $25,000 grant to use for writing, research, travel and career advancement.

The NEA creative writing fellowship is the considered among the most distinguished prizes a poet can receive. Judging is anonymous. Continue reading

UMKC History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about “the best surgeon” in 18th century England.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne’s new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner. Continue reading

UMKC Humanities Consortium Receives Grant for Performance of Letters from Nazi Germany

Group seeks to spark community conversations with special project and performance

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Humanities Consortium – a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program – is the recipient of a 2017 Missouri Humanities Grant totaling $2,500. Continue reading

UMKC professor among handful of economist to predict Eurozone fiscal downturn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s not something Dr. Randall Wray wanted to be right about.

“When you have your own currency, you have sovereign power,” said Wray, a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

But when it came to predicting Europe’s financial downturn, the economics professor was spot on. Continue reading

UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short. Continue reading

UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

“There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso. Continue reading

Unified front is needed to steer area youths from violent crimes

Kansas City police have identified almost 200 young people who are connected to groups associated with crimes such as shootings, armed assaults, robberies and weapons trafficking. About half of the teenagers are 16 and younger, and a few are as young as 13.

Young suspects have been charged in two of the Kansas City region’s most violent and high-profile crimes so far this year.

The four men accused of killing Shawnee gun shop owner Jon Bieker Jan. 9 in a robbery gone bad range in age from 18 to 20. Continue reading

Using Research to Reduce Violent Crime

Direct involvement by UMKC faculty aids No-Violence Alliance

An ongoing law enforcement effort to rethink strategies to reduce violent crime in the Kansas City area has its own secret weapon: UMKC.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, is intimately involved in the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA). NoVA is a 2-year-old multi-agency effort to reduce gun-related violence.

Chancellor Leo E. Morton serves on NoVA’s governing board, and UMKC faculty members and graduate students are embedded in NoVA’s effort to implement a crime-prevention approach known as “focused deterrence,” which helps police look beyond individual criminals to the criminals’ entire social networks.

Read the UMKC Today article.

Who Has the Candidate’s Ear?

What does a presidential candidate’s choice of advisers tell us about the candidate?

A deep bench of experienced advisers is essential for any president — to provide policy guidance, a sounding board, intellectual ballast and, eventually, help in translating ideas into action. But the people selected say much about the candidates themselves — their intellectual rigor, their willingness to entertain fresh views, the value they place on experience.

Hillary Clinton’s roster is a who’s who of the astute and ambitious accumulated by both Clintons in four decades in Democratic politics. It includes Alan Blinder, former Fed vice chairman, and John Podesta, campaign chairman and a top adviser in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Continue reading