NIH AWARDS K-STATE RESEARCHER $5.1 MILLION
Noroviruses make most people sick to the stomach, but not K-State's Kyeong-Ok Chang. Instead, the study of noroviruses has become his career focus, which has resulted in a $5.1 million cooperative research grant from the National Institutes of Health.
"There are no commercially available vaccines or antivirals against noroviruses, despite an estimated 23 million cases of illness, 50,000 hospitalizations and 300 deaths each year in the United States alone," said Chang, an assistant professor in veterinary virology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.
The aim of K-State's norovirus project is to develop novel small molecule therapeutics against human noroviruses.
Chang is the principle investigator on this project. His co-principle investigators include Duy Hua, a university distinguished professor of chemistry at K-State; William Groutas, a distinguished professor of chemistry at Wichita State University; and Linda Saif, a distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
The $5.1 million grant will provide support for the project for the next five years.
Assistant geology professor Keith Miller presented "Acceptance of Biological Evolution Within The Evangelical Christian Community," Darwin's Reach: Celebrating Darwin's Legacy Across the Disciplines, Hofstra University, March 12-14, Hempstead, N.Y.
On Campus - April
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K-State is inviting everyone to campus to experience university life firsthand, just as it has for the last three decades. K-State's All-University Open House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, will allow visitors to experience what life is like on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina. Read more
When animals in southern Africa are sick, often the first place their caretakers look for help is from native plants. That's what makes understanding and conserving these plants so important, according to a group of K-State researchers who are learning more about the uses of such plants in veterinary medicine. Read more
Most people know Cher, Liberace, Prince, Bono and Madonna. They're noted not only for their talents, but their singular names. And so is K-State's Robby -- though instead of being a pop culture icon, he's known in the arena of software engineering research. Read more
Two faculty members from K-State's College of Education have earned recognition for their teaching and research.
K-State's Susan Dillinger, instructor of special education, counseling and student affairs, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. The award helped Dillinger, left, attend the Council for Exceptional Children 2009 Convention and Expo in Seattle, Wash.
The award is named after Lucile Cornetet, a longtime educator in Ohio who died in 2001. A portion of the money from her estate was donated to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which established the Lucile Cornetet Professional Development fund. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an honorary organization for women educators with more than 111,000 members in 16 countries.
Jeong-Hee Kim, K-State assistant professor of secondary education, received an award from the American Educational Research Association for an outstanding narrative research theory article. Kim's article, "A Romance with Narrative Inquiry: Toward an Act of Narrative Theorizing," was published in 2008 in Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue.
Kim, right, also received the award in 2007 for her article, "For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Conflicting Voices Inside an Alternative High School." She will be presented with the award at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting, which is the largest educational conference in the U.S. The conference is April 13-17 in San Diego.
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THREE TO INTERVIEW TO BECOME DEAN OF K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN
Duane Nellis, K-State's provost and senior vice president, has announced the names and dates of campus visits for three individuals who have been selected as finalists to become the next dean of K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
The three finalists and their campus visit dates are: William Sullivan, director of the Environmental Council at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 13-15; Charles Linn, deputy editor for the Architectural Record, April 14-16; and Tim de Noble, head of the department of architecture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, April 15-17.
Interview schedules and curriculum vitae for each candidate will be posted once they are finalized at http://www.k-state.edu/provost/searches
K-State is searching for a new dean to replace Dennis Law, who is returning to teaching at the end of the school year. Law has served as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design since 1995.
E-MAIL MIGRATION TO ZIMBRA BEGINS MAY 29
The replacement of K-State's enterprise e-mail system with the Zimbra Collaboration Suite will begin 6 p.m., Friday, May 29, and will continue through that weekend. Migration should be completed by Sunday, May 31.
Where K-Staters go to access and receive their e-mail is not changing. Webmail access will still be available at http://webmail.ksu.edu and K-State's IMAP and POP (for incoming e-mail) and SMTP (for outgoing e-mail) settings will remain the same. Those who use a local mail client, like Thunderbird or Mac Mail, or a mobile device, like a BlackBerry or iPhone, can continue to use their preferred devices without any noticeable changes.
Currently, there are 1,600 people participating in the K-State Zimbra pilot program, which began in January. These testers have been successfully using K-State Zimbra and providing feedback to the K-State Zimbra project team to ensure the system offers a stable, secure and intuitive experience.
This K-State Zimbra migration will focus only on enterprise e-mail. While K-State Zimbra contains a calendar, the K-State Oracle calendar will remain the official university calendar system until the university switches to the Zimbra calendar at a later date.
To learn more about K-State Zimbra, visit http://www.k-state.edu/infotech/e-mail/zimbra/
NEW HEAD OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS NAMED
David K. Lambert has been named to lead K-State's department of agricultural economics.
Lambert, who is a professor and former chair of the department of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University, will assume his new responsibilities Aug. 3.
Lambert holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University. He has been on the faculty of North Dakota State University since 1998, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and authored numerous journal articles.
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