Samira Sayeh

Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French and Italian, specializes in Francophone literature and culture and the history of countries other than France that speak the language. Read More

Campus Roundup

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-WICHITA: The Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment, known as WIRE, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate public perceptions of and concerns for Environmental health issues in Wichita.

“We’re very excited the EPA chose WIRE to be a part of this process,” said Elizabeth Ablah, principal investigator, assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health and director of the master of science in clinical research program at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. “We want to learn what environmental issues are most important to the Wichita community. This will be a two-year process in which we’ll meet with many community partners, residents, local officials, businesses, community groups, churches and government groups.”

In 2008, the EPA awarded funding for 22 communities nationwide to launch new Community Action for a Renewed Environment Level 1 agreements. WIRE is one of only two Kansas communities chosen for the funding.

KU MEDICAL CENTER: The Clendening History of Medicine Library Foyer is hosting an exhibit of war diaries by artist Steve Mumford through Jan. 30. Between 2003 and 2008, Mumford worked as a combat artist in Iraq six times. Although most war journalism highlights action, Mumford’s art focuses on the everyday life of soldiers, including moments of medical intensity. The exhibit is sponsored by the History of Medicine Department. Co-supporters of include KU Endowment, the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

EDWARDS CAMPUS: The Edwards Campus will host an information session for individuals interested in continuing their education. Sessions will start at 9 and 10 a.m. Jan. 24. Free GMAT and GRE prep courses will be offered at the 9 a.m. session. Ed Foley, director of recruitment, will share a presentation on returning to school at the Edwards Campus at each of the sessions. Participants will learn about enrollment and admission procedures, financial aid, tuition and fees and more. For more, visit

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