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Nuclear engineer, KU alum to read, sign suspense novel

Kansas University alumni and nuclear engineer Robert Hagan will read from and sign copies of his book "Joint Eagles," a suspense novel about a terrorist threat against the United States involving nuclear material from Russia, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

The free event is open to the public.

Hagan graduated from KU in 1962 with a degree in engineering physics. He served as lieutenant in the Nuclear Navy and earned master's and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia. His subsequent career in nuclear engineering included reactor design and emphasis on nuclear safety.

He was involved in building and operating Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Burlington, where he was director of nuclear services and vice president of quality and engineering. He retired in 1996 and now lives in Goddard.

Hall Center awards book subvention award

Sherry Fowler, Kansas University assistant professor of Japanese art history, has been awarded the Vice Provost of Research and Public Service Subvention Award from the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Fowler's book, "Rearranging Art and History at the Japanese Buddhist Temple of Muroji," will be published by the University of Hawaii Press.

The award, created five years ago, provides financial support for the publication of a manuscript based on humanistic research, written by a KU faculty member and accepted by a refereed press.

The subject of Fowler's book is Muroji, a Japanese Buddhist temple founded in the eighth century.

Unlike most temples of this time period, Muroji preserves many of its artistic masterpieces from the ninth and 10th centuries in excellent condition. Fowler considers the establishment of the temple, the role it played in the religious life and power structure of the region, and the circumstances of the creation and function of the main images at the temple.

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