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K-STATE'S BERNARD KING DESIGNATED A MASTER CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR FOR FIFTH TIME
Bernard KingBernard King, associate professor of aviation at K-State at Salina, has earned Master Certified Flight Instructor designation for the fifth time.

King has continuously held the national accreditation since 2001 and is one of only 18 master certified flight instructors in Kansas. When King initially earned this designation he was the first from K-State at Salina and the sixth in Kansas. Today, five master certified flight instructors teach in K-State's department of aviation.

The national accreditation is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration. Fewer than 700 of the approximately 93,000 certified flight instructors in the nation have achieved the master distinction. The designation must be renewed biennially and surpasses the FAA's requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate.

King graduated as a second lieutenant in the infantry from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1969 and has a master's in secondary education from Georgia State University and a master's in computer resource and information management from Webster University.

 

K-STATE FINANCE FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES BEST PAPER AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN RISK AND INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
An article co-authored by Xuanjuan "Jane" Chen, assistant professor of finance at K-State, has been named the best feature article published in the journal Risk Management and Insurance Review in 2008.

The award was presented by the journal's professional organization, the American Risk and Insurance Association, for "Intangible Assets and Firm Asset Risk Taking: An Analysis of Property and Liability Firms."

The article, which appeared in the spring 2008 edition of the journal, analyzed how the incentives to protect intangible assets affect asset risk-taking behavior of property and liability insurers. Intangible assets facilitate insurers' capacity to retain existing business and attract new clients. Chen and her co-authors concluded that their results support the view that insurers' incentives to protect their intangible assets lead to an inverse relation between intangible assets and asset risk.

Chen is the first person from K-State to receive the best feature article honor from the American Risk and Insurance Association. Risk Management and Insurance Review publishes respected, accessible and high-quality applied research, well-reasoned opinion and discussion in the field of risk and insurance.

The article's authors were recognized at the annual meeting of the association Aug. 4 in Providence, R.I.

Chen earned her doctorate from the University of Rhode Island in 2005. She served as an assistant professor of finance at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington before joining K-State in 2007.