NOBEL LAUREATE TO LECTURE
How revolutionary ideas by Albert Einstein on space and time continue to change today's world will be the subject of a lecture by a Nobel laureate.
William D. Phillips, a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a university distinguished professor of physics at the University of Maryland, will present "Time and Einstein in the 21st Century: The Coolest Stuff in the Universe" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the K-State Alumni Center. The lecture, aimed at students and other non-specialists, is sponsored by the Chester Peterson Public Lecture Series in Physics.
The lecture will be a multimedia presentation that will include experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations of some of today's key science.
Phillips and two other physicists shared the 1997 Nobel Prize for physics in recognition of their work in developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.
PROFESSOR CREATES MENTORING PROGRAM
A K-State at Salina professor is working to help women suceed in the aviation maintenance industry.
Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation, has created Jet Ahead, a mentoring program for female airframe and powerplant students around the country.
The main objective of the program is to connect students with an experienced mentor who can answer questions and help alleviate concerns, Alexander said. Jet Ahead is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs of airframe and powerplant schools and students, and is a networking tool for both.
Greg Grauer, clinical sciences, presented "Mature Mysteries: Old Age Ain't No Place for Sissies," and "Heart Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease: When Worlds Collide!" Feb. 18-19 at the Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas.
Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion and update session about campus safety Feb. 18 in the K-State Student Union Big 12 Room. Read more
Bovine respiratory disease complex has multiple causes. It's sometimes hard to classify and predict. It also costs the beef industry more than any other disease -- an estimated $690 million in 2006, according to one report. Read more
Lessons in Web-slinging
Michael Wesch finds himself on YouTube even when he isn't planning to do so. Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, has gained international acclaim for his insightful videos on YouTube, starting with "The Machine is Us/ing Us" in January 2007. Read more
Krishna K. Tummala, director of the masters of public administration program in the department of political science, recently received the Riggs Award. This award is named after Fred W. Riggs, the late professor emeritus of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, who was the first director of the Comparative Administration Group originally supported by the Ford Foundation. This group later became the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society for Public Administration.
This award is given for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of international and comparative public administration.
Tummala has held several positions in the society, and in 2005 he received its Don Stone Service Award.
Tummala's Riggs Award is said to be the result of multiple nominations, including one from Riggs himself. The award will be presented to Tummala March 9 in Dallas at the society's annual meeting.
Photo: Tummala (left) with Fred W. Riggs at Riggs' 90th birthday in Honolulu. Riggs recently died.
Several graduate students and faculty members received best paper awards from the 13th annual Graduate Education and Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. This year's conference was Jan. 3-5 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
It's the fourth consecutive year that K-State has received best paper awards at the conference, according to Deborah Canter, head of K-State's department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics. K-State had three of the eight research papers nominated for best paper awards at the conference, Canter said. The papers were selected from the 303 papers accepted for presentation.
Timothy K. Behrens, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is among nine candidates who will be inducted as Research Consortium Fellows at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention April 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Behrens will join about 375 fellows in the consortium, which is a group of more than 5,500 alliance members who have a strong interest in research.
Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors the research consortium can bestow on a member. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, including research presentations and publications.
"Fellows demonstrate an ongoing commitment to research and a high level of achievement in their field," said the group's president, Ellen Staurowsky of Ithaca College.
POINTS OF PRIDE
K-State tops for students in the military
The most recent issue of Military Advanced Education magazine, released at the end of 2007, recognizes K-State as one of the top 30 colleges or universities in the nation for military students.
The magazine's first review of top colleges and universities for service members recognizes institutions that make significant contributions to military education and serve the needs of military students. K-State has provided educational opportunities specifically to the military and their families by working on post at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, on the Manhattan campus, through K-State at Salina, through 2+2 agreements with community colleges and through distance education.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION PRECEDURES REVISED
K-State is committed to providing a positive, supportive and harmonious work environment where employees can perform to the best of their ability. In support of this commitment, K-State has revised the procedures to reconcile employee issues related to conduct, behavior or performance. The revised procedures can be found in the K-State Policies and Procedures, Chapter 4020, Disciplinary Action Procedures: http://www.k-state.edu/policies/ppm/4020.html
Information sessions for those who supervise classified civil-service employees will begin in March and a transition to updated policies and procedures regarding positive discipline for classified employees will occur throughout 2008. Registration is required via Employee Self Service: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/selfserv.htm#enr
Or register by contacting Employee Relations and Training at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, employee ID, course title and course code WHR083.
Presentations will be made by Division of Human Resources and Employee Relations and Training staff. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or 532-6818.
A recording of classified job opportunities is available 24 hours a day on the Employment Information Line, 785-532-6271.
A list of employment opportunities is posted at www.k-state.edu/hr/
For additional information, call 785-532-6277 or come to the Division of Human Resources in 103 Edwards Hall. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.
A complete listing of vacancies can be seen at www.k-state.edu/affact/
For additional information, call the office of affirmative action at 785-532-6220 or come by 214 Anderson Hall.