Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.


Business people briefs | Leavenworth Times

Joseph L. Uhlman, l’18, is a new attorney at Adrian & Pankratz, P.A. Uhlman graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 2018. During law school, he was the Chief Justice of the Court of Parking Appeals, a Justice on the Student Senate Court of Appeals, was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court, and Mock Trial councils. He served both as an intern in the Harvey County Attorney’s office, and as a prosecutor in the McPherson County Attorney’s office before joining the firm.
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The Star hires three breaking news reporters focusing on crime, justice | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired three reporters, boosting its coverage of breaking news and adding strength to a team of journalists tasked with holding the criminal justice system accountable. All three will join The Star’s breaking news team. Katie Moore, c’05, will cover justice issues and profile victims of violence in the Kansas City area. Luke Nozicka will report on the region’s federal courts and law enforcement in Missouri. Katie Bernard, j’19, will cover police and courts in Johnson County and surrounding districts. Each has a track record of serving their communities by delivering breaking news with skill and professionalism while illuminating issues that affect their readers every day.
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KU mechanical engineering class working to cut down on package delivery time, costs | The University Daily Kansan

From the U.S. Postal Service to Amazon, last-mile delivery, or the “out for delivery” portion when tracking a package, presents a significant challenge in online shopping logistics, but one University of Kansas School of Engineering class is attempting to deliver a more efficient solution. Last year Chanje, a California-based, original equipment manufacturing company, paired up with the University’s Mechanical Engineering Design Process capstone class to find a solution for more efficient last-mile delivery logistics, which according to a 2018 study, is the least efficient stage of the supply chain, comprising 28% of total delivery cost. The result is an autonomous robotic arm nested in the back of delivery vehicles. “When we proposed the idea to the students, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be,” said Austin Hausmann, e’10 g’13, Chanje’s vice president of engineering.
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Gov. Laura Kelly prepares for second round on Court of Appeals vacancy | Kiowa County Signal

A nominating committee assembled by Gov. Laura Kelly recommended the list of three finalists for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals include an assistant solicitor general with extensive experience arguing appellate cases. Kelly said Steve Obermeier, of Olathe, would be considered along with previous finalists Lenexa attorney Sarah Warner and Wichita lawyer Marcia Wood, c’89 l’92. The governor plans to submit the appointment to the Kansas Senate in time for a confirmation review during the Legislature’s so-called veto session starting in May. Her previous nominee, Labette County District Court Judge Jeffry Jack, withdrew in March after disclosure of his insulting social media commentary on political figures and public policy. “I look forward to working with the Senate to consider and confirm one of these three distinguished attorneys to the Court of Appeals,” Kelly said.
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Kansas Senate confirms woman to lead two state agencies | JC Post

The Kansas Senate voted, 37 – 1, Monday to confirm the appointment of Laura Howard, l’84, to serve as Secretary for both the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, according to a media release from DCF. “It is a great honor to serve the people of Kansas,” said Secretary Howard. “With the support of Governor Kelly and the Kansas Legislature, I look forward to doing the important work of protecting children and families and promoting adult self-sufficiency.
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