Faculty Q&A: Paula Fite

Name: Paula Fite Undergraduate Major: Psychology Why did you become a professor? I love research and working with students Why should someone study your subject? It is fun with a host of different career options and you are addressing real world problems Before graduating, every student should: Visit a different part of the world What […]

Faculty Q&A: Brian Donovan

Name: Brian Donovan Undergraduate Major: Sociology Why did you become a professor? I became a professor because it gives me an opportunity for life-long learning about important topics like gender inequality and violence. It allows me to share my passion for those issues with students of all backgrounds. Why should someone study your subject? Sociology gives […]

Faculty Q&A: Don Haider Markel

Name: Don Haider Markel Undergraduate Major: Political Science Why did you become a professor? I never imagined myself as a teacher or mentor, because I started with the notion that I love conducting research and writing. I don’t write well enough to make a living from that, so with the help of some great mentors, […]

Faculty Q&A: Jen Weghorst

Name: Jen Weghorst Undergraduate Major: B.S. Zoology at Miami University. At KU, this would be closest to B.S. Biology—Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. Why should someone study your subject? If you marvel at the amazing diversity of life on Earth and are eager to understand the mechanisms of evolution behind this diversity, then you would […]

Faculty Q&A: Omri Gillath

Name: Omri Gillath Undergraduate Major: Psychology Why did you become a professor? Because I was always interested in human behavior and wanted to do research. Why should someone study your subject? Because nothing is more fascinating than close relationships (think sexuality, friendships, social networks) Before graduating, every student should: Try to do some research, take a variety […]

Mars image from Hubble Space Telescope

Professor Q&A with Craig Marshall, researching life on Mars

Part of Craig Marshall’s job as an associate professor of geology is to play with lasers. He’s a specialist in Raman spectroscopy, which involves using lasers to determine the molecular makeup of matter. Marshall frequently employs this technique to analyze minerals and crystals. One application he’s studying is whether Raman spectroscopy could help scientists find […]

Professor Chris Brown

Postcard from Abroad: Professor Chris Brown in Brazil

Chris Brown is a professor of environmental studies and geography Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil – My family and I have been here in Brazil for six months now, and there are six months to go. I’m on sabbatical, supported by grants from Fulbright and the São Paulo Research Foundation. I’ve been keeping in touch with colleagues and […]

9 things you should know about Langston Hughes

Famed writer and one-time Lawrence resident Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, Mo., 114 years ago, is celebrated throughout the University of Kansas and the city. To help us celebrate his birthday and kick off Black History Month, we spoke to professors across campus to tell us what we should know about Hughes’ significant and broad […]