K-Staters in the news - February 2014

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

How to Benefit from Smoke Breaks (Without Smoking)
2/27/14 Successful Meetings
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a smoker to benefit from “smoke breaks,” as smartphone breaks may work just as well, according to preliminary research from Sooyeol Kim, a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University.
 
Letter: Research nexus 
2/27/14 Lawrence Journal World
As a member of the Joint Economic Development Council, bringing quality jobs to our community is something I care deeply about. When the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is built outside of Manhattan, northeast Kansas can become a major research nexus, and that could serve to draw quality jobs to us. This potential of a research nexus is something we need to plan for now, not after NBAF is built.
 
*Bryan Pinkall recounts Olympic adventures in Russia
2/28/14 Salina Journal
Pinkall, 28, a former music director at Salina's University United Methodist Church and now a music instructor at Kansas State University, said he saw a call online for applicants to help produce the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 
 
*K-State researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
2/27/14 Little Apple Post
A collaborative experiment involving a Kansas State University biochemist may mark the beginning of an effective, environmentally friendly plant-based method of insect control.
 
Joseph G. Lundholm, NASA manager, dies at 88
2/27/14 Washington Post
Joseph Gideon Lundholm Jr. was born in Emporia, Kan. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 and a master’s degree in 1948, both in engineering physics from Kansas State University.

 
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

*Why Negative Performance Reviews Don't Work ... Ever
2/26/14 Business News Daily
Satoris Culbertson, one of the study's authors and an assistant professor of management at Kansas State University, said she was surprised to find learning goal-oriented employees weren't satisfied with an appraisal in which they received negative feedback.

*A new window into Dr. Seuss’ creative genius
2/26/14 San Diego Times Union
“This new material can grant us more insight into his creative process, and a better sense of the artist behind the work,” said Philip Nel, a leading Seuss scholar and an English professor at Kansas State University.

*Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
2/26/14 Science Codex
A collaborative experiment involving a Kansas State University biochemist may mark the beginning of an effective, environmentally friendly plant-based method of insect control.

*Kansas works to preserve Ogallala Aquifer, other water resources
2/26/14 AgFax
Research at Kansas State, led by David Steward, professor of civil engineering, found that if current usage of the aquifer continues, as much as 69 percent of the aquifer would be depleted by the year 2060. Usage is exceeding the recharge of the aquifer, which has led to its depletion.

K-State president shared his story of leadership at Boy Scouts breakfast
2/26/14 WIBW
A former Eagle Scout and current President of Kansas State University shared his story of leadership, character development and community support at the Boy Scouts of America's Annual Friends of Scouting Kick-Off Breakfast.

*College Notes March 2
2/26/14 Hutchinson News
Lance Noll, Greensburg, was one of two Kansas State University winners at the 11th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit on Feb. 13.

Young woman taking engineering field by storm
2/26/14 KCTV-5
Zimmerman is also working on a new degree from Kansas State University's masters in engineering management program.

Making Connections: ISU hosts 37th Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government
2/26/14 Iowa State Daily
The event location rotates through the Big XII to a different school each year. The last time the conference was hosted at ISU was in 2006 and the faculty and students involved are excited to host it again this year. Two co-chairs and a variety of students on a planning team have been working to put this event together since last year’s event at Kansas State University.

Top-notch films highlight US history, Jesus
2/27/14 Hutchinson News
The production has a credible list of academic advisors and a steering committee that includes Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, along with former military Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Myers. The makers say they have strived to be nonpartisan and have accomplished that mission. While most of the footage underscores principles that most older persons learned in school long ago, it provides an important refresher that many need today as we watch the fabric of our country being torn apart by hostility and a lack of cooperation in Washington to solve critical problems that threaten to send us down a path the Founding Fathers feared but could never imagine.

Landings at wrong airports are lessons in what not to do
2-27-14 The Wichita Eagle
At Kansas State University’s aviation program in Salina, students have had questions about the incidents, said Tom Karcz, an assistant professor in the program. “We’ve certainly had the classroom discussions,” Karcz said.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

*Another nail in the performance review coffin
2/26/14 Management Issues
If you wanted any more evidence that traditional performance appraisal methods are (at best) counter-productive, then new research from Kansas State University is for you. No-one, it seems, likes or benefits from a negative performance review and a critical performance evaluation can have a negative effect on any employee, even those who are normally motivated to learn and improve.
 
'We The People' an entertaining lesson
2/25/14 Hutchinson News
The production has a credible list of academic advisors and a steering committee that includes Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, along with former military chief of staff General Richard Myers.
 
*At William Jewell College, technology is replacing lecture halls
2/25/14 Kansas City Star
“I think a lot of professors are looking at different teaching formats,” said Kansas State University professor Jana Fallin. “I can’t be wedded to just one format. But I don’t think we will ever get away from the lecture format completely, at least not the large state colleges. I don’t see K-State giving everyone an iPad.” 
 
KSU professor discusses population growth in the Great Plains
2/26/14 Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday’s installment in the Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies will challenge population growth versus natural resources in the Great Plains, led by Kansas State University history professor Derek Hoff.
 
300 positions available in Cowley County job fair
2/25/14 KWCH
Resources from Cowley College, Kansas State University and the United States Army will be on hand to answer questions.
 
Home invasion: K-State college roommates roughed up in burglary 
2/25/14 Kansas First News
Both victims were hit by the suspects and suffered minor head injuries. The victims were taken to Mercy hospital and were treated then released. Both victims are students at Kansas State University. The home is near campus.
 
Fox 4 helps a K-State student obtain his missing passport so he can travel abroad
2/24/14; WDAF

 
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
*K-State offers new financial tools for grad students
2/24/14 Topeka Capital Journal
New workshops and tools could help students make smarter decisions about loans and their financial futures, according to Kansas State University’s student financial center.
 
Housing study: Reverse mortgage fraud growing daily
2/24/14 Reverse Mortgage Daily
Reverse mortgage counselors are on the first line of defense to detect HECM fraud, say Andrew Carswell and Michal Polanowski, both of the Department of Housing & Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia, and Martin Seay, School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, in an article published in the Journal of Housing for the Elderly in February. 
 
Aqueduct plan a window on Kansas water issues
2/25/14 Hutch Post
“We’re looking at about 50 years to make some kind of changes in the way agriculture is done out there,” said Prof. James Sherow, an environmental historian at Kansas State University who wrote a 1990 book about the history of water use in the Arkansas River Valley.
 
Smartphone breaks could help boost productivity
2/24/14 Benefits Pro
At least that's what preliminary research based upon a very small study told doctoral candidate Sooyeol Kim at Kansas State University. “Having workers take small breaks on their phones throughout the day may positively influence their perceived well-being at the end of the workday," he said.
 
Speaker to discuss involvement of fathers
2/25/14 Salina Journal
Ways fathers can be more connected with their children -- even if they can't be around physically -- is the topic of a Wednesday presentation at Kansas State University at Salina.
 
Problem Solvers, postal workers help student solve a passport snafu
2/24/14 Fox 4 KC
Dustin Phommanivong’s bags were packed, but the Kansas State University civil engineering student might not have been able to get on the plane that leaves for South Korea just 24 hours from now. His passport was stuck in the mail.


Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Canada eyes animal feed as pig-killing virus spreads
2/21/14 Chicago Tribune via Reuters
Grand Valley said it decided to recall the feed products after a Kansas State University swine specialist team posted research recommending replacing porcine-based products in diets.
 
Advancing the global food systems
2/21/14 High Plains Journal
“Food security is the availability of food to a person in a safe and socially acceptable way,” said April Mason, Kansas State University’s provost and senior vice president, who is also a food science and human nutrition professional. “Everyone needs to have access to safe food that is unadulterated and free of bacteria and foreign substances.”
 
Professors association questions university invention policy
2/23/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
KU isn’t alone in asking faculty to sign such agreements. Kansas State University has a similar policy, which is common at research universities.
 
K-State grad stars in 'SAF3' television series
2/22/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A Kansas State University graduate is making her television debut as a regular cast member in the action-packed series “SAF3.”
 
*KSU food safety specialist explains why you can’t bring food back from the Olympics
2/24/14; KNOP
 
*Northeast Kansas happenings
2/22/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
TRADITIONAL DANCE — The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company will present “Dynasties and Beyond,” featuring court dances and ribbon dancing, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Cost: $32 for general admission; $16 for students. Information: (785) 532-6428.
 
Pasta bridges and more at engineering expo
2/22/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Other event sponsors included the American Society of Civil Engineers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Emporia State University, Kansas State University and Westar Energy.
 
*K-State graduate student chosen by national biodiesel board to present his findings on renewable fuels
2/21/14; KSN
 
Phillipsburg clerk, Peterson brothers among Huck Boyd Leaders of the Year
2/21/14 Hays Post
“Service” would be a common theme among the five Kansans who were recognized at a Feb. 19 luncheon by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as 2014 Leaders of the Year.

Series of meetings to focus on Spring River watershed
2/23/14 The Joplin Globe
DNR officials are joining in the sessions, along with Kansas State University professors who are helping in plan development.

 
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

*Kansas researchers looking for ways to stem spread of tularemia in cats
2/20/14 Consumer Affairs
A Kansas State University epidemiologist is helping cats, pet owners and soldiers stay healthy by studying feline tularemia, a serious problem for cats and their human friends in parts of the Midwest. 
 
*Always working? How to pull back before it hurts you
2/20/14 Entrepreneur
And a Kansas State University study found overworking can lead to reduced well-being as measured by such factors as skipping meals and self-reported depression levels.
 
Congressman promotes professionals’ summit
2/20/24 Great Bend Tribune
Panelists include Ed Hammond, Fort Hays State University; Kirk Schulz, Kansas State University; Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University of Kansas; Michael Shonrock, Emporia State University; and Shawn Naccarato, Pittsburg State University.
 
Report: 'Everest' leading wheat variety in Kansas
2/21/14 Wichita Eagle
Developed by Kansas State University, Everest topped the list in the eastern two-thirds of the state.
 
*Headliners 2025: K-State Olathe bringing together Kansas City community, academia, industry and government leaders for interactive dialogues
2/20/14 Olathe Edge
Kansas State University Olathe is launching Headliners 2025, a new series of interactive dialogues on topics of interest and relevance to government, industry, academic and community leaders in the Kansas City area.
 
*Olathe student recognized for teaching excellent by Kansas State University
2/20/14 Olathe Edge
A Kansas State University master's student from Olathe, Kan., is being honored for excellence as a graduate teaching assistant.
 
Kansas wheat scoop: Wheat Quality Lab provides breeders with critical information
2/20/14 Kansas Ag Network
Kansas State University researchers met with representatives from the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Alliance, and Kansas Crop Improvement Association, on February 17-18, 2014. They presented updates on current research projects and outlined requests for future project funding.
 
*Survey finds more jobs, advanced degrees for recent K-State grads
2/21/14 1st Infantry Division Post
A Kansas State University survey of recent graduates has found an increase in the percentage of new graduates with jobs -- more than half of them in Kansas -- as well as rising salaries and a broad range of career choices.
 
*Resort president to give 40th Annual Shugart Lecture at K-State
2/20/14 Little Apple Post
Cynthia Kiser Murphey, president and chief operating officer of New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will present the 40th annualShugart Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall at Kansas State University.

 

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

*Research prevents zoonotic feline tularemia by finding influential geospatial factors
2/19/14 Science Codex
A Kansas State University epidemiologist is helping cats, pet owners and soldiers stay healthy by studying feline tularemia and the factors that influence its prevalence.
 
*K-State Offers Online Minors in Grain Science
2/19/14 Grainnet
Kansas State University is now offering bakery science and management, feed science and management and grain handling operations as stand-alone minors through distance education.
 
K-State pride was front and center at Statehouse
2/19/14 WIBW
Students and staffers from Kansas State University brought there "A" game to legislatures and prospective students.
 
Vitamin E/selenium requirements an open book
2/20/14 Canadian Cattlemen
According to Dr. K. Olson at the department of animal sciences and industry, Kansas State University, problems with animal health or performance are frequently the result of interaction between one or more minerals in the diet and not attributable to deficiency or excess per se. Even more likely to cause economic harm is a mineral supplementation program that is mismanaged or overpriced.
 
Political climate heats up as House takes on Obama plan 
2/19/14 Ottawa Herald
State Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, questioned the scientific accuracy of evidence presented by Hedke and called for Chuck Rice, a scientist from Kansas State University, to testify. Rice said peer-reviewed scientific literature says there is uncertainty about climate change, but it is clear there is a heat build-up happening in the deep ocean and the heat has the potential to transition into the atmosphere.
 
Lessons at master class are right on pointe
2/19/14 Miami County Republic
Laura Donnelly, Associate Professor of Ballet at Kansas State University, led a master class in ballet for students of The Dance Studio, which has locations in Louisburg and Paola. The studio’s owner and instructor, Lacy Frees, said this is the first master class in ballet that The Dance Studio has hosted. 
 
New variety pushes Clearfield wheat yield potential
2/19/14 Agriculture.com
Kansas State University researchers began developing Oakley CL, a new hard red winter wheat variety that will be commercially available for the 2015 growing season, 12 years ago in western Kansas. This year, K-State wheat breeder Guorong Zhang has the variety ready for field testing. The new variety is touted as both high-yielding, but also strong in drought tolerance, disease resistance and processing.
 
Farm bill webinar set
2/19/14 Osawatomie Graphic
A one-hour online seminar to discuss the new farm bill is planned for noon Friday, featuring Dr. Art Barnaby from Kansas State University’s department of agriculture economics.
 
Tampa woman finds purpose in managing the store
2/19/14 Marion Record
McMahan became involved in Tampa’s Pride program soon after the couple moved to the community. In June 2012, the Pride committee sent her to a grocery store summit at Kansas State University in Manhattan to explore options for establishing such a store in downtown Tampa.
 
Kansas senators consider local foods task force
2/19/14 Kansas Health Institute
Currently, the bill would let the governor appoint two members. The state health and agriculture secretaries and the secretary of the Department for Children and Families would each get to appoint a member. The Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Farmers Union and the rural center would each be represented. Kansas State University would send representatives from its college of agriculture and departments of agricultural economics and horticulture, forestry and recreational resources. In addition, the secretary of agriculture would appoint two members to represent farmers’ markets.
 
K-State Rodeo kicks off Friday in Manhattan
2/19/14 Topeka Capital Journal
About 590 entries from 27 colleges will compete in the 58th annual K-State Rodeo Friday through Sunday at Weber Arena, north of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.

 
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

*K-State researchers strive to understand feline tularemia
2/19/14 Little Apple Post
A Kansas State University epidemiologist is helping cats, pet owners and soldiers stay healthy by studying feline tularemia and the factors that influence its prevalence.
 
Top 11 values consumers use when buying beef
2/18/14 Beef Central
A national online survey of consumers in the United States conducted by Kansas State University has identified freshness and safety as the values consumers consider most important when buying popular livestock products. 
 
*Dance Company Blends Ancient Chinese Dance Styles With Modern Dance For McCain Performance
2/18/14 KNDY
Kansas State University’s McCain Performance Series will present “Dynasties and Beyond” by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in McCain Auditorium.
 
Great Plains lecture to covers changing ideas on population growth
2/18/14 Lawrence Journal Star
Derek Hoff, associate professor of history at Kansas State University, will give the February Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies on “A Prophet without Honor? Malthus on the Great Plains.”
 
K-State student hopes to begin organization on campus for victims of bullying and cyber bullying
2/18/14 WIBW
 
Kansas college students taking six years to graduate
2/18/14 WIBW
And Alexa is not alone. Recent reports say 41% of Washburn University students will take 6 years to graduate while only around 18% graduate in 4 years. At University of Kansas and K-State, around 60% of students are taking 6 years to graduate.
 
Wiley, Sebelius make '25 most influential Kansas' list
2/18/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
The others on the list are Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett; Bill Snyder, head football coach for Kansas State University; Bill Self, head basketball coach for The University of Kansas; Bob Davis, radio announcer for KU; Ryan Lefebvre, radio announcer for the Kansas City Royals; Peter Vermes, head coach of the Sporting Kansas City professional soccer team; Neal Patterson, owner of Sporting Kansas City and owner of Cerner, a health care information technology company; Bill James, author and inventor of Sabermetrics; Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Paul Rudd, movie actor; Eric Stonestreet, actor in the TV sitcom, “Modern Family;” Scott Geiger, radio personality with “The Church of Lazlo” for Kansas City, Mo.’s 96.5 the Buzz; Colin Dieden, lead singer of the indie folk/rock group, The Mowgli’s; Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin; David Booth, founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors; John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Co.; Daniel Jacobs, founder of the Red Bag Charity Program; Carolyn Unruh, director of Camp Center Stage; Crystal Paine, author who blogs on her “Money Saving Mom” website; Manon Bol, refugee from South Sudan; Gene Feaster, inventor and physicist; Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains SCPA, Kansas City Metro’s most comprehensive No Kill animal welfare organization; and Lindsay Shannon, owner of BB’s Lawnside Barbecue.

 
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

*K-State First director explains how university is helping students transition into college
2/17/14; KNOP, KTKA, KSNT, KDRV
 
Lawn care through the year
2/17/14 Tri-State Neighbor
We run on it. We play on it. And sometimes we lie down and dream on it. It’s easy to take that grass underfoot for granted, especially when temperatures are mild and rains are plentiful. A few steps through the year, however, will help fortify the green carpet we call lawns through tough times, according to Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham.
 
Animal moms customize milk depending on baby's sex
2/14/14 The Olathe News
To tell, Hinde paired with Kansas State University researchers to examine lactation records of nearly 1.5 million Holstein cows. Unlike monkey babies, calves are separated from their mothers early on, meaning any difference should be prenatal.
 
Report says 60 percent of students taking 6 years to graduate from K-State and KU
2/17/14; WIBW
 
Board of Regents approves transfer courses
2/17/14 Dodge City Globe
The three most popular institutions which DCCC students transfer to are Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University.
 
University student body presidents asking Kansas lawmakers to reject bill designed to prevent lawsuits or other legislation against same sex couples.
2/18/14; KMBC
 
In its 10th Year, Midwest Dairy Challenge provides career training for college students
2/17/14 Agri-View
Participants traveled to northeast Wisconsin from Ohio, Kansas, South Dakota and many points between. Dordt College, Fox Valley Technical College, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Lakeshore Technical College, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, Southwest Technical College, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls all participated.

 
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

UAVs draw farmers' interest 
2/15/14 Aberdeen (S.D.) News
“There are 10 times more applications for using UAVs in agriculture than in other industries,” Kevin Price of Kansas State University told those attending the Aberdeen Precision Ag Conference this week.
 
*Pa. couple give $10 million toward KSU business school project
2/14/14 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University has announced a $10 million donation to support a new building for its College of Business Administration.
 
*Psychology professor says ‘love at first sight’ is just in the movies
2/14/14; KRDO, KSNT, KTKA, KATV
 
*Veterinarian advises pet owners to make dental care a priority
2/17/14; KNOP, KTKA, KSNT, KRDO, WZVN, WJXT
 
*Think 30-40-30 for your tax refund
2/14/14 High Plain Journal
Income tax season is upon us, as W-2 and other tax forms arrive in mailboxes and electronically to people across the United States. Elizabeth Kiss, assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University and family resource management specialist for K-State Research and Extension, recommends filing tax returns early and planning ahead for what to do with a potential refund.
 
Animal moms customize milk depending on baby's sex
2/16/14 New York Post
To tell, Hinde paired with Kansas State University researchers to examine lactation records of nearly 1.5 million Holstein cows. Unlike monkey babies, calves are separated from their mothers early on, meaning any difference should be prenatal.
 
New electrode technology claims to make sodium batteries worth their salt
2/17/14 Solar Choice
Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a new composite paper electrode for use in sodium-ion batteries, potentially revolutionizing the design of sodium-ion batteries and getting them one step closer to the market.
 
*Northeast Kansas happenings
2/15/14 Topeka Capital Journal
THEATER FAVE — “God of Carnage,” a Tony Award-winning comedy, will be staged at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Chapman Theatre at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Cost: $14-$16 for general public; $12-$14 for senior/military; $9-$11 for students. Information and tickets: (785) 532-6428.
 
K-State historian Jim Sherow announces he is running for Congress
2/14/14; WIBW
 
Peterson Farm Bros' optimism shines with home-spun videos 
2/14/14 High Plains Journal
Kendal is the youngest of the brothers. He is 17 years old and is a senior at Southeast of Saline High School with plans to attend Kansas State University and major in agribusiness with a minor in animal science after graduation. Nathan is a sophomore at K-State majoring in agriculture technology management. He is 20 years old. Greg is the eldest of the trio. He graduated from K-State in 2013 with a degree in agriculture communications and journalism. He spawned the idea for the parody during his junior year of college.
 
Grand Island woman honored by veterinary group
2/14/14 Grand Island (Neb.) Independent
The award was presented Jan. 24 by the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association in recognition for the time and effort devoted to advancing veterinary medicine and for being an exemplary role model for future alumni in a professional and community setting.

Valentine’s Day Credit Card Savings
2/14/14 Card Hub
Pat Pesci – Instructor of Hospitality Management, Kansas State University.

 
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

*4 Financial Factors to Consider Before You Tie the Knot
2/13/14 U.S. News & World Report
Whether you’re married, engaged, dating or have never been in a serious relationship, you’re probably no stranger to arguments about money. Sadly, some of these arguments can even lead to the end of a relationship. A recent Kansas State University study revealed that arguments about money remain the top predictor of divorce.
 
Kansas State University political science and engineering students participate in CSPAN bus tour of Big 12 schools
2/13/14; CSPAN, WIBW
 
*Pennsylvania donors give $10M toward new K-State business school 
2/13/14 Wichita Business Journal
Kansas State University has received a $10 million gift from Pennsylvania donors Frank and Elizabeth Burke to help build a new business school building.
 
*Grad students from around the state display potential benefits of their work
2/13/13 KHI News Service
There were 33 presentations, each displayed via poster boards circling the second floor rotunda, for the 11th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit. The students were selected by their own schools based on their research's potential to economically benefit Kansas, said Carol Shanklin, graduate school dean at Kansas State University and one of the event's organizers.
 
*Patented airflow system decreases pollutants from large piston engines
2/13/14 Science Daily
A patent was recently issued to Kansas State University for a system that controls the airflow to pistons in reciprocating internal combustion engines -- engines powered by pistons.
 
How to make Valentine's Day about love, not couples
2/14/14 Live Science
Despite the advertising, or perhaps because of it, most people probably don't care that much for Valentine's Day, said Jeffrey Hall, a communications researcher at Kansas State University.
 
House Energy and Environment Committee discusses human involvement in climate change
2/13/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Charles Rice, a Kansas State University professor of soil microbiology who has researched global climate change's effect on soil and the potential benefits, spoke to the committee.
 
K-State captures National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Championship
2/13/14 Drover's Cattle Network
A team of Kansas State University students went undefeated in three rounds of competition to win the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Championship Feb. 6 in Nashville, Tenn. The competition was held in conjunction with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention.
 
Renewable energy discussion Feb. 19 at KWU
2/14/14 Salina Journal
A number of Salina, Saline County, Dickinson County and Kansas State University entities are sponsoring the event. 
 
Lykins to give N-word summit speech on King's connection with K-State
2/13/14 Topeka Capital Journal
The goal of the speech, Lykins said, is “to bring some history to Topeka about Dr. King and maybe make people feel better about who he was."
 
Student Senate talks social media policy
2/13/14 University Daily Kansan
The Kansas State University publication The Collegian also indicated that faculty felt the policy endangered free speech rights. This included professor Phillip Nel, who responded with what he called an experiment of civil disobedience.
 
Dad: 'Daniel was not a threat to anybody'
2/13/14 KWCH
Flores worked at KGSO, a Wichita radio station. His passion was for sports radio and he loved all things K-State.
 
Garden City sweethearts celebrate 60th on Valentine's Day
2/13/14 Garden City Telegram
The couple first crossed paths in 1952, when they both attended Kansas State University and worked extensively with 4-H. 


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

KSU president reflects on 5 years at helm — and his future
2/12/14 WIBW
Kirk Schulz appeared on 13 News at 4 on WIBW-TV Wednesday to mark his five-year anniversary as K-State's president. He reached the milestone this week.
 
*Family studies professor gives tips on maintaining a lasting relationship
2/12/14; KSNT, KTKA
 
Research shows that the longer you date, the happier your marriage is. Unless you're Shirley Temple.
2/13/14 New Republic
For a 1985 paper in the journal Family Relations, a team of researchers from Kansas State University’s department of Home Economics recruited 51 middle-aged married women and split them into four groups: those had dated for less than five months; those who had spent six to 11 months getting to know their future husband; those who had dated for one to two years; and those who had dated for over two years.
 
Agriculture budget panel OKs scale inspector money
2/10/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
The Kansas State University Foundation is financing construction of the agriculture department's new facility and will lease it to the state agency.
 
Now that's rural: For the common good
2/13/14 Hays Post
Column by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.
 
Colleagues describe missing St. George woman, Kansas State employee
2/12/14 Kansas First News
The search continues for a St. George woman who has been missing for almost a month. Her coworkers at Kansas State University want the public to know the impact she’s had on the school.
 
Kansas State University physics department trying to continue on without Jane Peterson
2/12/14; KTMJ, KTKA, KSNT

 
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

*Adviser Shares Five Secrets To A Financially Happy Relationship
2/11/14 KCGR-TV (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
A study published last year by Kansas State University reported that arguments over money are the top predictor of divorce.
 
Little Moisture In Big Snow As Drought Continues
2/11/14 Emporia Gazette
Mary Knapp, Kansas State University climatologist, who has been a regular commentator at Farm Profit Conferences for at least a half-dozen years, was introduced by longtime 580 Farm Director Kelly Lenz, coordinator and moderator of the program.
 
Home Leisure Show to feature vendors from throughout Midwest 
2/12/14 Salina Journal
This year for the first time, the continuing education office at KSU-Salina was contracted to organize and coordinate the event, Zoller said. 
 
Parents recall Steckline homicide victim; police say business targeted
2/12/14 Wichita Eagle
Jose Flores, 52, recalled a phone call from Daniel Flores, then a student at Kansas State University. An excited Daniel Flores told his father: “Dad, guess what I’m getting ready to do?” Daniel Flores was informing his father that he was about to storm the basketball court with a throng of other students. It was Jan. 30, 2008. K-State beat No. 2 University of Kansas, 84-75.

 
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

*Kansas State University instructor one of two Americans to help produce Olympics Opening Ceremony
2/10/14 KSHB TV
Bryan Pinkall arrived home Sunday at Kansas State University after spending a month in Russia. Pinkall, a graduate of UMKC and a voice instructor at Kansas State, said he had months of interviews and "tests" before he knew whether he would be selected to go to Sochi. 
 
*High School Seniors Earn State’s Largest Scholarship Award to Kansas State University
2/10/14 Little Apple Post
Kansas State University has awarded Presidential Scholarships, the largest award in the state, to two high school seniors.
 
*Syrian rebellion is topic of lecture
2/11/14 Salina Journal
The rebellion in Syria is the topic of the next Civic Luncheon Lecture Series at Kansas State University at Salina. 
 
Lawrence couple gives 165 acres to Land Institute
2/11/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
The Land Institute is forming a research consortium with the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and the Konza Prairie.
 
Attorney general vetted ag department's move
2/11/14 Hutchinson News
The department expects to move more than 100 of its 150 employees in Topeka to Manhattan by this summer so they're close to Kansas State University and a new national biodefense lab.
 
*Community News
2/10/14 Emporia Gazette
Emporian Morgan Nail, a sophomore in communication studies at Kansas State University, was a featured dancer in a performance of “Yaa Yaa Kole” held Sunday as par of the the fourth annual McCain Student Showcase.
 
*Kansas State University Police warn of sexual assault on campus
2/10/14 Kansas First News
Kansas State University Police are warning the entire campus of a recent sexual assault. It happened last Thursday to a woman right on campus.
 
Veteran Kansas Senator Faces Questions About Home
2/10/14 ABC News
Roberts was born in Topeka, holds his degree from Kansas State University and makes a point of spending much of his congressional breaks crisscrossing the state. But he's worked in Washington as an aide and member of Congress since the late 1960s, and he owns a home in suburban Alexandria, Va.
 
Former K-State Student Found Dead In Wichita
2/11/14 KMAN
Wichita police are investigating the death of a man found in the basement of a communications company as a homicide. Sources tell KMAN the victim was a former Kansas State student.

 
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

*Wildflowers may have flourished during ice age
2/8/14 Wichita Eagle
A study in the journal Nature, which includes contributions from many researchers including Kansas State University’s assistant professor of biology Joseph Craine, suggests the wildflowers were a regular item in the diets of woolly mammoths, ancient horses and other grazing animals.
 
Lacking a House, a Senator Is Renewing His Ties in Kansas
2/7/14 New York Times
He opposed a major spending project at his beloved alma mater, Kansas State University, that he had sought for a decade, because it was tied to a larger appropriations measure. And he called for the resignation of the health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, the daughter-in-law of his former boss, Representative Keith Sebelius, over the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
 
More spouses are financially cheating
2/10/14 HITC Business
Sonya Britt, an assistant professor at Kansas State University's Institute of Personal Financial Planning, confirms that fighting about money is the top predictor for divorce.
 
Kansas attorney general vetted ag department's move
2/10/14 Wichita Eagle
The department expects to move more than 100 of its 150 employees in Topeka to Manhattan by this summer so they're close to Kansas State University and a new national biodefense lab.
 
*Exhibit explores root cellars in the Flint Hills
2/9/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A new exhibit at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University explores one of the last remnants of the state’s pioneer homesteads.
 
Flint Hills Discovery Center hosts K-State Day
2/9/14 WIBW
hile it may be basketball season, K-State fans got a big taste of football on Saturday at the Flint Hills Discovery Center as both current and former players were on hand to experience the football exhibit.
 
National Cyber Defense competition comes to Iowa State 
2/9/14 Iowa State Daily
The Kansas State University team is working on their defense system during cyber defense competition on Saturday Feb. 8 at Transformative Learning Area in Coover Hall. The competition is designed to test students ability to secure networks against attacks. 
 
*Northeast Kansas happenings
2/9/14 Topeka Capital Journal
“The Addams Family” musical will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Cost: $59 for general admission; $29.50 for students. Information and tickets: (785) 532-6428.
 
Opinion: Blame overzealous fans, not players, for college basketball's woes
2/9/14 Kansas City Star
The fans are overzealous at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas State University in Manhattan and basically most other NCAA schools that take basketball oh-so-seriously.
 
Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area
2/8/14 Kansas City InfoZine
“The workshops are open to the public and are appropriate for anyone interested in growing,” said Kansas State University horticulturist Cary Rivard. “We offer a range of workshops covering ‘Market Farming 101’ topics, plus several advanced topics. Participants typically include Growing Growers apprentices, new or experienced growers, and others who are interested in the particular topic or who are considering farming for market sales.”

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

*Music conservatory grad brings his talents to Olympics opening ceremony
2/7/14 Fort Worth Star Telegram
A worldwide audience didn’t witness it, but Bryan Pinkall will forever be able to say he was the first flag bearer for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
 
*Sodium-Ion Batteries Receive Boost From Graphene Nanosheet Composite Paper
2/6/14 Clean Technica
Sodium-ion batteries are now one step closer to being a reality, thanks to new research from Kansas State University. Researchers there have developed a new composite paper — utilizing graphene nano-sheets — that can be used as a negative electrode in sodium-ion batteries.
 
Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth
2/3/14 National Science Foundation
Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer at Kansas State University are developing a novel materials treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.
 
Study Links Fetal Gender to Milk Production in Cows
2/6/14 Harvard Crimson
Fetal gender influences the quantity of milk produced by cows during lactation, according to a study co-authored by Human Evolutionary Biology assistant professor Katie J. Hinde and Kansas State University associate professor Barry J. Bradford. In the paper, published Monday on the open access journal PLOS One, Hinde and Bradford demonstrate that cows bearing female rather than male offspring produce higher quantities of milk.
 
*How to stay warm in the Kansas cold
2/6/14 Wichita Eagle
“You want to cover as much as the body surface as possible, and you want to evenly distribute the insulation over the body surface,” said Elizabeth McCullough, a professor of textiles and co-director the Institute for Environmental Research at Kansas State University. 
 
*Kansas St. police going after drunken drivers 
2/6/14 Kansas First News
Campus police at Kansas State University are cracking down on drunken drivers, calling them a hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists.
 
US cattle count hits record low
2/6/14 Hutchinson News
Glynn Tonsor, a livestock marketing specialist with Kansas State University, said that as of Thursday, the Livestock Marketing Information Center is projecting feeder cattle prices to average $169 to $$180 a hundredweight through 2015. Similarly, the agency projects fed cattle prices at $137 to $145 a hundredweight through the next two years.
 
Kansas public universities seek bill that they say would streamline process to offer online courses in other states
2/6/14 Lawrence Journal World
Sue Maes, dean of continuing education at Kansas State University, said she believed that safeguards in the reciprocity agreement would provide the needed checks and balances to the system.
 
Rhodes Scholar speaks at N.C. State
2/6/14 N.C. State Technician
Mary Hale Tolar, a Rhodes and Truman Scholar and director of Kansas State University’s School of Leadership Studies, spoke to N.C. State students today regarding authentic and ethical leadership.
 
Belafonte will headline K-State Black History Month celebration
2/6/14 Hays Post
Civil rights champion, world-renowned entertainer and human rights advocate Harry Belafonte will deliver the keynote address for Kansas State University’s Black History Month celebration in February. Belafonte will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in McCain Auditorium.
 
Student Shot In Home Invasion Testifies
2/6/14 KMAN
Horne is accused in the home invasion case back in October of 2012.  He faces two count of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.  During this incident, authorities said a K-State student was shot in the upper torso.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

*Recent K-State graduates finding jobs, university says
1/4/14 The Wichita Eagle
A survey of its recent graduates by Kansas State University shows an increase in graduates with new jobs, more than half in Kansas, the university said in a statement Tuesday.
 
*Graphene Composite Offers Critical Fix for Sodium-ion Batteries
1/31/14 IEEE Spectrum
Now researchers at Kansas State University have developed a composite, paper-like material made from two 2-dimensional materials—molybdenum disulfide and graphene nanosheets—that has been shown to overcome this shortcoming.
 
*UMKC conservatory grad brings his talents to Olympics opening ceremony
2/5/14 Kansas City Star
The Great Bend, Kan., native, now a voice instructor at Kansas State University, can’t reveal much about what we’ll see, although the show sounds both elaborate and high-tech. A cast of thousands will make it happen, including dancers, acrobats and musicians.

Rex Huppke: Negative feedback and why we hate it
2/4/14 Kansas City Star
"Learning-oriented people really are in it to learn and improve themselves, so they really should just value feedback all the time, and it shouldn't matter if it's negative or positive," said Satoris Culbertson, an assistant professor of management at Kansas State University and co-author of the study. "Even if it wasn't seen as, 'Yay! It's a great thing!' we wouldn't think negative feedback would be seen as bad for the learning oriented. But it is. If nobody is going to be happy getting negative feedback, you have to be careful about what people will perceive as negative."

Washburn fails to effectively communicate #epicfail
2/5/14 Washburn Review
Yesterday's winter storm created a lot of negative social media buzz for Washburn University. Before people were even safe at home Monday evening, the state and most local K-12 schools had canceled for Tuesday. And in the early evening, both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas had also announced Tuesday closings.
 
House bill may cut university property insurance premium
2/3/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Officials at Kansas Board of Regents universities proposed the bill repealing a law forbidding Kansas State University, The University of Kansas and four other universities in the system from contracting with property insurance companies that hadn’t been vetted by the Kansas Department of Insurance.
 
Rehearsals for 'Messiah' begin Sunday in Marysville
2/4/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
The choir needs many voices to create the depth of the work. The choir is open to anyone living in the Marshall County area who wants to sing. Kansas State University faculty members will be the solo vocalists for the concert and make up the 11-piece orchestra.
 
Opinion: Public universities not elitist
2/5/14 Lawrence Journal-World
Public universities in Kansas are not elitist in origin, in philosophy, in demographics, nor in outlook. The whole reason for public universities to exist is to offer multiple educational experiences to all of the residents of the state not just those wealthy enough to afford private colleges and universities. Kansas University, Kansas State, and the other state universities exist because the majority of Kansans cannot afford to send their children to places like Harvard or Yale or Stanford.
 
Kan. conference focuses on women managing farm
2/3/14 Salina Journal
The event is put on by the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency, Kansas State University Research and Extension and numerous Kansas farm organizations. 
 
Stellar Energy Completes Modular Chiller Plant for Kansas State University
2/5/14 San Antonio Express-News
Stellar Energy, a global provider of energy plant solutions, has completed a modular chiller plant for Kansas State University’s Veterinary Medicine Complex in Manhattan, Kansas.
 
*Deines gets civic leadership scholarship from K-State
2/5/14 Marion Record
Centre High School senior Makenzie Deines of Ramona received a $500 competitive scholarship from Kansas State University as one of 12 finalists for the university’s Civic Leadership Scholarship.
 
8 students attend Kansas State Honor Band Clinic
2/5/14 Marion Record
Last weekend eight students from Marion High School band students joined 630 others from across the state to participate in the Kansas State University Honor Band Clinic.

 
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Report: US cattle herd at lowest number since 1951
1/31/14 San Diego Union-Tribune 
This year will be a historically tight cattle and beef situation, said Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University extension specialist. "Nothing that comes in this report will change that kind of fundamental point, and consumers are very likely to see historically high beef prices through 2014," he said.
 
BWW Interviews: Bernadette Peters Loves Kansas, and Kansas Loves Her
2/2/14 Broadway World
Last night, McCain auditorium of Kansas State University was the home of a much anticipated Bernadette Peters concert. The film and stage legend sat down with me afterward to discuss her passions, Sondheim and Kansas.
 
Kansas City firm's design wins Blue Barn Theatre green space contest
2/1/14 Omaha World Herald
The proposal also seeks to involve architecture and landscape architecture students from Kansas State University, where Dowell teaches, and construction management students from the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.
 
HOPE program helps people get finances in order
2/1/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Cherie Stueve, a Topeka resident working on a doctorate degree in personal financial planning at Kansas State University, has been a HOPE mentor for about 1 1/2 years.
 
Saturday Column: University faculty could be great legislative resource
2/1/14 Lawrence Journal-World
This relationship could also be developed between lawmakers and distinguished faculty members at Kansas State and Wichita State.
 
Northeast Kansas happenings
2/1/14 Topeka Capital Journal
SENSORY SENSATION — Quixotic, a blend of dance, aerial acrobatics, projection mapping, fashion and live music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Cost: $48 for general admission; $24 for students. Information and tickets: (785) 532-6428.
 
*At school -- KSU APDesign
2/3/14 Salina Journal
Graduate students from Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, got the chance to show off their research skills at the recent 2013 APDesign Research Symposium. 
 
A divisive issue, a human dilemma
2/3/14 Hutchinson News
"The program is not broke — the economy is broke," said Barry Flinchbaugh, an agricultural economist and policy expert at Kansas State University.
 
New pact makes credit transfer easier from Salina Tech to Wesleyan
2/1/14 Salina Journal
Pedro Leite, vice president of instruction at Salina Tech, said the college has negotiated similar agreements with Kansas State University at Salina and Fort Hays State University and is working on one with Pittsburg State University. 
 
Weed grow increasing resistance
1/31/14 Aberdeen (S.D.) News
In South Dakota, it began with common ragweed followed by kochia, according to Phil Stahlman, a weed scientist from Kansas State University.