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August 2014 News

Where you live may be putting you at risk for foodborne illness, researcher finds
Research from one of the only studies to use the same questionnaire in multiple countries finds that food safety education is lacking. Kansas State University researcher says improving education about food-handling practices may decrease foodborne illness, thus improving food security.

Kansas State University Global Campus offering its first massive open online course: Health and Wellness 101
The first massive open online course, or MOOC, being offered by Kansas State University Global Campus isHealth and Wellness 101: Everyday Small Changes.

Patent issued for research that alleviates pain in cattle
A U.S. patent was recently awarded for technology created by researchers at Kansas State University that improves the health and welfare of beef cattle and other ruminant animals suffering from lameness and following castration, dehorning and other painful but necessary management procedures.

What does 'the sustainable American dinner plate' look like?
A nutrition educator explains the revolution of foods and food choices on the American dinner table.

New gluten-free ingredient may cause allergic reaction
A popular legume used in other countries is showing up in more U.S. gluten-free products. A Kansas State University food safety specialist explains why people with peanut and soybean allergies need to be cautious.

Expedited beef traceback measures aimed to combat foodborne illness
New procedures would allow for immediate investigations to remove contaminated ground beef from the U.S. supply chain before it reaches consumers.

Fruit and vegetable intake still too low; human nutritionist says to focus on lunch
Recent changes to the WIC program have improved fruit intake in children, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

BCI launches new animal care training website
Animal Care Training (ACT), an online training program hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University has incurred a significant amount of growth since its start in 2009, giving the website considerable grounds for an upgrade.

Veterinary student has a 'Plum' of an internship experience
Rachael Gortowski spent the summer at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York as an intern.

Freddie Lamm honored for work in subsurface drip irrigation for field crops
Kansas State University research irrigation engineer Freddie Lamm has been honored for his extensive research and education on subsurface drip irrigation for field crops by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Kun Yan Zhu honored for his research in insect resistance to pesticides, Bt toxins
Kun Yan Zhu, a professor of entomology at Kansas State University has been named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America for 2014. He will be recognized in November during the ESA's 62nd annual meeting in Portland, Ore.

Researchers examine how temperament of cattle could affect their immune function, carcass merit
Recent research involving many universities, including Kansas State University, examined the genetics of bovine temperament and how it relates to two important aspects of production: immune function, specifically animals’ susceptibility to bovine respiratory disease — or BRD, and carcass merit. It found, as previous research has also indicated, that temperament is a moderately heritable trait producers can select for in their herds.

Graduate students awarded sustainable agriculture grants
Three Kansas State University graduate students, along with three faculty members, have each been awarded a $10,000 grant by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Sell By? Use By? What's a Shopper to Do?
Londa Nwadike, assistant professor and consumer food safety specialist, sorts through the meaning of food date labels.

Collaborative research uses camelina to build better biofuel
A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

Food label expert expects most businesses to comply with new voluntary regulation
Kansas State University is helping small businesses comply with a new voluntary regulation defining gluten-free. A University food label expert believes most businesses will add the label information.

Food label expert expects most businesses to comply with new voluntary regulation
Kansas State University is helping small businesses comply with a new voluntary regulation defining gluten-free. A University food label expert believes most businesses will add the label information.

Collaborative research uses camelina to build better biofuel
A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

Sell By? Use By? What's a Shopper to Do?
Londa Nwadike, assistant professor and consumer food safety specialist, sorts through the meaning of food date labels.