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Inventor Gives $2 Million To University Of Kansas

Associated Press - August 23, 2013 5:44 am

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

A University of Kansas graduate who invented a synthetic gel called “Superflab” for use in radiology clinics has donated $2 million to the university for a professorship and two scholarships.

Gene Feaster, of Leawood, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1940 and a doctorate in physics in 1953.

The university said Thursday the gift includes $1 million to establish the Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship at the KU School of Nursing, named for Feaster’s late wife. The other $1 million created two endowed scholarship funds, one in nursing and the other in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Feaster twice was named “Inventor of the Year” while working at Westinghouse and holds 10 U.S. patents. He taught radiation therapy at KU Medical Center from 1977 until his retirement in 1992.

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