Jayhawks in the News | Dec. 7

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 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.


The problem solver | KU Law Blog

In the summer of 2005, a jury found Lawrence carpenter and former Christian school board member Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. He was sentenced to life in prison. Charles Branson, b’93 l’96, should have been overjoyed, but he wasn’t. Not exactly. The newly elected Douglas County District Attorney had taken office six months prior, expecting jubilation when verdicts went his way. But two young children had lost their mother through violence. “And now, because we had been successful, they had also lost their father,” Branson recalled. “It was such a profound moment for me, realizing there’s not the joy in victory that I thought there would be. You’re still dealing with real people and real issues in the aftermath.”
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Stanford coach Jerod Haase recalls giving ‘blood, sweat, tears’ during his KU career | The Kansas City Star

A fan favorite during his playing days at the University of Kansas, Jerod Haase, b’97 g’01, received a hero’s welcome on Dec. 3, 2016 — the day he brought his Stanford basketball team to Allen Fieldhouse to face the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks. Many friends and former classmates approached the 1997 KU graduate during warmups to hug or grasp the hand of the gritty 6-foot-3 former Jayhawk guard, whose teams went 42-0 in an Allen Fieldhouse during his three-year KU career (1995-97).
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Audrey is an associate in Thompson Coburn’s business litigation group. | Thompson Coburn LLP

Mense, c’06, focuses on complex commercial litigation and her clients include local businesses, national banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and multi-national corporations. Audrey has extensive experience handling mass tort claims, contract disputes, business torts, fraud claims, and asbestos cases in state and federal courts across the country and she also serves a national counsel coordinating the defense of multi-jurisdictional product liability claims.
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International organization announces the Rosemary O’Leary Prize | The University of Kansas

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) announced they are seeking nominations for the first ever Rosemary O’Leary Prize for outstanding scholarship on women in public administration. Rosemary O’Leary, c’78 l’81 g’82, is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas. The inaugural award will be given at the society’s annual conference next year in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Bikes that build jobs: Chicago museum to feature KU professor’s unique bamboo bikes | University Daily Kansan

When picturing a build-it-yourself bike, one would probably assume the main material used is metal or wood; however, some “BIY” bikes created by a University of Kansas professor are made of locally-sourced bamboo from Greensboro, Alabama. Lance Rake, f’74, professor of industrial design, said his bamboo bikes were born out of the small Alabama town as the socioeconomic situation of the community needed a boost.
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