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January 2011

 

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

 

CANCER RESEARCH CENTER FIGHTS DISEASE FROM THE LABORATORY: Cancer, according to statistics from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, has become the leading cause of death in Kansas, surpassing heart disease.

WHEN A BLOCKBUSTER BECOMES LACKLUSTER: NOT ALL MOVIE-WATCHING EXPERIENCES ARE CREATED EQUAL: When you sit down to watch a new flick, whether you enjoy the movie may depend on the person sitting next to you, according to research from a Kansas State University professor. It's especially true if you are awkwardly watching a movie's steamy love scene with your parents.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH OFFERS CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES, WORKSHOPS AND MORE: The Black Student Union and other multicultural groups at Kansas State University will offer several events in February for the national celebration of Black History Month.

SENIOR FROM TOPEKA TO HELP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY WITH K-12 EDUCATION OUTREACH: A Kansas State University student plans spend her summer exploring the National Geographic Society.

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING HONOR SOCIETY EARNS NATIONAL AWARD FOR ACTIVITIES, SERVICE: An electrical and computer engineering honor society at Kansas State University is being recognized as one of the best in the nation.

STUDENT TALENTS SHOWCASED IN CELEBRATION OF MCCAIN'S 40TH SEASON: The spotlight will shine on the music, dance and acting talents of Kansas State University students in the first McCain Student Showcase, a show in honor of the 40th anniversary season of the McCain Performance Series.

AREA MATHLETES TO COMPETE FEB. 5 AT K-STATE SALINA: Nearly 70 middle school-aged mathletes will flex their multiplying muscles, divide into teams and try to add a MATHCOUNTS competition title to their accomplishments.

 

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

 

BEEKEEPING AND ASTROPHYSICS COLLIDE IN COMEDY 'HUMBLE BOY': The Kansas State University theatre program will present the comedy "Humble Boy" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3-5 and Feb. 9-12, all in Nichols Theater.

KANSANS TO BENEFIT FROM UNIVERSITY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH VETERINARY LABORATORY: Kansas State University is strengthening its collaboration with industry through a partnership with Abaxis Inc., an animal health company coming to the Kansas City area.

KANSAS POLITICAL EXPERT IDENTIFIES STATE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL EVENTS: The state of Kansas boasts a rich political history. Conflict, compromise and crusades have created a lasting influence on the structure and status of Kansas politics today, said a Kansas State University political scientist.

GLASS, PLASTIC AND PAPER, OH MY: RECYCLEMANIA RETURNS TO K-STATE: Kansas State University is going gaga for going green. For the third straight year K-State will participate in the RecycleMania recycling competition.

ALPHA OF CLOVIA INITIATES NEW MEMBERS: Alpha of Clovia, a 4-H based scholarship house for women at Kansas State University, has gained 17 new members.

 

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

NATIONAL STUDY EXPLORES THE REACTION AND TRANSPORT OF TUNGSTEN IN DRINKING WATER: A Kansas State University scientist is digging deep to solidify information about potential tungsten contamination in the nation's groundwater and aquifers.

UNIVERSITY'S VALUE STATEMENT GETS UPDATE, NEW LOOK: A decade after Kansas State University first established its Principles of Community, those principles are getting an update.

KANSAS ACADEMIC DECATHLON CROWNS NEW STATE CHAMPS; MORTAR BOARD ASSISTS COMPETITION: Three high school teams competing in the recent Kansas Academic Decathlon at Kansas State University will advance to national competition. The university's chapter of Mortar Board, the national senior honor society, was host of the event.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

OVERLAND PARK MAYOR REPRESENTING K-STATE ON GROUP THAT ENHANCES REGION'S ECONOMY, QUALITY OF LIFE: Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach has been named Kansas State University's representative on the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle Authority, also known as JCERTA.

PRICE AT THE PUMP TOO HIGH? BLAME SUPPLY AND DEMAND, SAYS K-STATE EXPERT: Expect gas prices to continue rising in 2011, according to a Kansas State University expert in energy economics.

ZOOMING IN: BEACH MUSEUM OFFERS FILM SERIES, WORKSHOPS WITH WARHOL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: An exhibit of Andy Warhol photographs is coming into focus through a film series and special events at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. The museum is host to "Big Shots: Andy Warhol Photographs of the '70s and '80s."

MEDIA ADVISORY: GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENTING RESEARCH ON TOPICS IMPORTANT TO KANSAS: The Kansas State University Graduate Student Council is having a research poster session to highlight graduate students' scholarly work and how it can benefit the state.

COMMUNITY EFFORTS EARN THREE STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIPS FROM FLINT HILLS HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT: Efforts to make the Manhattan community more inclusive have earned three Kansas State University students scholarships from the Flint Hills Human Rights Project.

WORLD-CLASS OPERA SINGER NANCY MAULTSBY HITS HIGH NOTE WITH OPERA BENEFIT: When renowned opera singer Nancy Maultsby steps off the stage at some of the world's most recognizable performance venues, she retreats to her home here. But at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, her refuge will become the stage.

K-STATE AWARDS SEMESTER, GRADUATION HONORS FOR FALL 2010: Nearly 3,000 students earned semester honors from Kansas State University for their academic performance in the fall 2010 semester, while 122 students have received December 2010 graduation honors to recognize outstanding academic performance in their undergraduate careers.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

CARGILL GIFT HELPS K-STATE LEAD WAY IN FEED AND FOOD SAFETY RESEARCH: Cargill has announced another milestone in the company's partnership with Kansas State University: a $500,000 gift that will help fund the construction of the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research.

ARTIST CRAIG LAYS OUT THE EVIDENCE IN 'WHY MATERIALS MATTER' LECTURE: Theorist Marshall McLuhan famously said, "The medium is the message." Gerry Craig, head of the department of art at Kansas State University, will explore just that in "Why Materials Matter" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

 

Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

WITH NO HIGHER EDUCATION CUTS, K-STATE BENEFITS FROM GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL: Kansas State University is treated well in Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal, which does not call for cuts in higher education, university leaders said.

SOCIAL NETWORK'S POLICIES, LOBBYING EFFORTS RAISE CONCERNS WITH BUSINESS ETHICS EXPERT: Some recently reported practices by the social-networking giant Facebook may lean toward unethical status or may need to be more transparent, according to a Kansas State University business ethics expert.

DIVERSITY EFFORTS EARN BRINTON, WILEY COMMERCE BANK PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS: Samuel Brinton and Zelia Wiley share a common goal: enhancing diversity at Kansas State University so all students feel welcome and have the opportunity to succeed.

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND PRODUCT DESIGN PROGRAM EARNS TWICE THE EXCELLENCE: Kansas State University's master of interior architecture and product design degree program is doubling up on excellence.

 

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

CHANGING BEHAVIORS, ENVIRONMENTS CAN HELP SHED HOLIDAY POUNDS: Having trouble losing the extra pounds you packed on over the holidays? A Kansas State University physical activity expert says you may be too focused on the scales and not on how you gained the weight.

JOURNALIST TO SPEAK AT K-STATE ABOUT STITCHING TOGETHER U.S. TRENDS THROUGH REPORTING PROJECT PATCHWORK NATION: Dante Chinni, director of Patchwork Nation, will deliver the "State of the Patchwork Nation" Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Kansas State University.

K-STATE UNDERGRADUATES HEADING TO THE LAB TO CONDUCT CANCER-RELATED RESEARCH: Nearly 50 undergraduates at Kansas State University are heading to the laboratory this semester to join the fight against cancer. The students are recipients of cancer research awards from K-State's Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, and will conduct cancer research projects sponsored by the center.

SUMMER AT THE BEACH: NEW PROGRAM HELPS KIDS EXPLORE ART CAREERS: Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art has drawn up a summer of fun for budding young artists and curators.

 

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

LAYER BY LAYER, SAFETY FEATURES PARAMOUNT AT K-STATE'S BIOSECURITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Biosafety officer Julie Johnson likes to think of safety at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute as an onion: it has layers of precautions that keep the facility safe and secure. From lab construction and staff training to safety procedures, these layers of security exist to protect staff, the public and the environment.

ROCK GROUP KANSAS TO HELP CELEBRATE STATE'S 150TH WITH MCCAIN PERFORMANCE: Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series is offering a special way to celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood: a concert by the rock band Kansas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in McCain Auditorium.

K-STATE ORCHESTRA PREPARES TO ROCK WITH KANSAS: David Littrell isn't sure who is more excited about the Kansas State University Orchestra's upcoming performance with the rock group Kansas: the orchestra members or their parents.

PANELISTS, ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR SOTOMAYOR LANDON FORUM: Two federal judges and the Kansas State University student body president will serve as panelists for the upcoming Landon Forum with Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

PREDICTING POLITICAL HOTSPOTS: PROFESSORS' GLOBAL MODEL FORECASTS CIVIL UNREST AGAINST GOVERNMENTS: The forecast for predicting the next political hotspots could be much more accurate because of a model developed by two Kansas State University professors and a colleague in New York.

K-STATE PROUD CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES 2011 LEADERSHIP: The K-State Proud Campaign is back in its fifth year of students helping students. The campaign is the first all-university, student-led campaign at Kansas State University.

FIND A JOB, MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS AT THE K-STATE AGRI-INDUSTRY CAREER FAIR: Kansas State University students seeking a job or internship in the agricultural industry don't have to go far to start their search. More than 60 businesses, agencies and organizations will be on campus 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, to discuss jobs and internships with students at K-State's Agri-Industry Career Fair. The fair will take place in the K-State Student Union Ballroom.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

K-STATE, MERCY REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP CREATES SAFER WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR BRI, NBAF: A partnership between Kansas State University and Mercy Regional Health Center is ready to provide medical care oversight and occupational health response plans for high profile biosecurity laboratories in Manhattan.

PRAIRIE COMPANIONS: DOCENTS NEEDED TO SHOW WONDERS OF KONZA PRAIRIE: Have an affinity for the prairie and want to share your interest with others? Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station is seeking people interested in learning more about the tallgrass prairie preserve and sharing that knowledge through its docents program.

 

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDING BRINGS MARTIN LUTHER KING'S VOICE BACK TO K-STATE: When Kansas State University archivist Tony Crawford answered his ringing phone last year, he didn't expect it would lead to him hearing Martin Luther King Jr.'s voice.

WATER BOTTLE COMPETITION WHETS ENTHUSIASM FOR LEARNING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CLASS: Playing with water is encouraged in Keith Hohn's introductory-level chemical engineering class at Kansas State University -- all to promote learning.

AVIATION STUDENTS AT K-STATE SALINA TAKE TO THE SKIES WITH PILOT AND FLIGHT RATINGS: Kansas State University at Salina aviation students have earned pilot and flight ratings during the fall 2010 semester.

 

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

CATTLE HEALTH AND WELFARE AT THE HEART OF RESEARCH ON LAMENESS, A COMMON AND PAINFUL DISEASE IN CALVES: At any given time between 10 and 20 percent of cattle in the United States are afflicted with lameness, making it one of the most common ailments affecting feedlot and stocker calves.

'THE DREAMER SPEAKS AGAIN' DURING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. OBSERVANCE EVENTS: For the first time in more than 40 years the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. will reverberate through the halls of Kansas State University.

THE SKY IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT CLUB: The sky isn't the limit -- it's the starting line for Kansas State University at Salina's Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, Club. The student organization brings people from two campuses and many majors together to build unmanned aircraft systems for competition.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

NEW NETWORK TO HELP COMPANIES IN RURAL KANSAS COMPETE GLOBALLY: A new network being established by Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute will help rural Kansas companies become more competitive nationally and globally.

BEACH MUSEUM TURNS ITS EYE TO ANDY WARHOL'S LENS: In the early 1970s Andy Warhol purchased a Polaroid Big Shot camera, a bulky, unreliable piece of equipment that brought its subject into focus from a distance of only three feet. It was from this vantage point that the voyeuristic artist turned his lens on all he knew, from celebrities and socialites to politicians.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR TO PARTICIPATE IN LANDON FORUM: A forum with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the first presentation of the spring semester in Kansas State University's Landon Lecture Series.

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR LANDON FORUM WITH JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: A forum with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Forum Hall at the Kansas State University Student Union.

WANT TO IMPROVE KANSAS WATER QUALITY? THINK SMALL: PROFESSOR TAPS INTO HEADWATER STREAMS FOR CLEANER WATER: Kansas State University professor Walter Dodds is providing Kansans with a better understanding of how human activity affects water quality.

 

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

K-STATE PRESIDENT KIRK SCHULZ ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT FOR ATHLETICS DIRECTOR JOHN CURRIE: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz announced today that John Currie, K-State athletics director, has accepted a new contract, a move that recognizes Currie for his outstanding leadership and allows K-State Athletics to continue the stability and momentum provided since his appointment 18 months ago.

 

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

POP ART, COMMUNITY INTERSECT AT BEACH MUSEUM'S OPEN HOUSE FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY: The Beach Museum will celebrate two world-changers with its Martin Luther King Day Open House. The free Day-On Open House is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 17. The event, funded by a Community Giving Program Grant from Target, celebrates the holiday as a day on, not a day off.

 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

MCCAIN KICKS OFF SEMESTER WITH MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE CANTUS: Cantus, a male vocal ensemble, will open the spring semester in Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in McCain Auditorium.

K-STATE SALINA HOST OF REGIONAL SCIENCE COMPETITION: Teams from more than 25 schools will participate in a regional Kansas Science Olympiad hosted by Kansas State University at Salina, Wednesday, Jan. 12.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

CARNEGIE FOUNDATION AGAIN RECOGNIZES UNIVERSITY'S EXCELLENCE: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has once again recognized Kansas State University for excellence. Already ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a "very high research activity" university, K-State was named today as one of 115 institutions to receive the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.

NEW PROGRAM OFFERS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGICAL GENOMICS: Kansas State University is offering a new undergraduate research program in ecological genomics. The program begins in June and provides students with a $15,000 stipend and research experience for one year. Applications are now being accepted.

GIRLS TO EXPLORE CAREERS AT K-STATE SALINA'S TWIST: More than 250 teen girls will learn about careers in traditionally male-dominated fields like aviation, banking, chemistry, construction, dentistry, digital media, food science, math, medicine, psychology and utility engineering at the 18th annual TWIST Career Day at Kansas State University at Salina, Friday, Jan. 7.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

DOCTORAL GRADUATE PENS DISSERTATION ON FOOD BIOTERRORISM: According to recent news reports, the next venue for a terror threat may involve the use of bio-agents to contaminate the food supplies of U.S. hotels and restaurants.

SIDEBAR: LOW-COST TIPS TO PREVENT FOOD BIOTERRORISM AT COUNTRY CLUBS: A dissertation by recent Kansas State University doctoral graduate Dave Olds examined how national and Midwestern country club managers use safety precautions for food security and to prevent food bioterrorism.

STUDY LOOKS AT ENHANCING THE FOOD SAFETY CULTURE TO REDUCE FOODBORNE ILLNESS: If providing safe food is a priority, why do large outbreaks of foodborne illness keep happening? Incidents like 2010's salmonella-in-eggs outbreak sickened more than 1,900 across the U.S. and led to the recall of 500 million eggs.

STUDENTS HEAD TO HAITI FOR WINTER BREAK SERVICE PROJECT: A group of about 30 Kansas State University students and sponsors from Ichthus, a campus Christian church/ministry, is spending 10 days in Haiti to help build homes and assist in a school in Fond-des-Blancs, a town damaged by the January 2010 earthquake.

 

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

THE ECOSYSTEM ENGINEER: RESEARCH LOOKS AT BEAVERS' ROLE IN RIVER RESTORATION: When engineers restore rivers, one Kansas State University professor hopes they'll keep a smaller engineer in mind: the North American beaver.

K-STATE CHAPTER OF PHI KAPPA PHI INTRODUCES MORE THAN 130 FALL 2010 INDUCTEES: The nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society recently inducted more than 130 new members from Kansas State University.