The Kansas Notable Book List highlights our lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.
A committee of academics, librarians, and authors of previous Notable Books identifies quality titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. A medal awards ceremony honors the books and their authors.
A reference and a guidebook for a new generation of plant enthusiasts, this volume includes up-to-date nomenclature, keys, and descriptions, as well as habitat, distribution, and ecological information. Designed for the professional botanist and passionate amateur alike, it expands upon Bare's earlier book's 831 entries with descriptions of 1,163 species—representing about 56 percent of the native and naturalized species currently known in Kansas—as well as 742 color photographs
The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic. The book Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds, by by Michael John Haddock, Craig C. Freeman and Janet E. Bare, made the list this year. More information is below; a full list of awardees can be found here.
The journal Vieraea has published an article by Mark Mort, Daniel Crawford and Jenny Archibald” identifying a new species from the Canary Islands. The abstract from the November 2013 journal article, "Tolpis santosii (Asteraceae: Cichorieae), a New Species from La Palma, Canary Islands" follows:
A distinctive new species, Tolpis santosii, is described from the Canary Islands. The new species is known from several collections in a humid zone near the coast of north-northeastern La Palma. In addition to morpho- logical characters such as stout stems and glabrous leaves, it is distinguish- able from T. laciniata by several molecular markers.
Research and Graduate Studies has announced that Craig Freeman will be honored with the 2013 KU Research Achievement Award at 3:30 5 p.m., on July 8 at the Shankel SBC on west campus. There will be a brief ceremony followed by reception, open to all Biodiversity Institute staff and students. The award, one of two this year, is the highest honor given annually to a full-time academic staff researcher working in a department or research center on KU’s Lawrence campus.
A collaborative research team that includes a KU post doctoral associate in botany has learned that their National Science Foundation proposal to study camas and rush lilies has been recommended for more than $850,000 in funding.
The proposal is entitled "Understanding diversity in camas and rush lilies: can a unified approach resolve species boundaries in difficult groups?" The co-PI for the project are Jenny Archibald at KU, Susan Kephart of Willamette University and Theresa Culley of the University of Cincinnati.
The research team will study the integrative species delimitation in the plant genera Camassia (camas) and Hastingsia (rush lilies). These diverse and systematically complex taxa allow tests of multiple criteria of species boundaries, as well as investigation of the evolutionary processes at play. Morphology, phylogeny, ecology, and pre- and post-zygotic reproductive isolation will all be examined.