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July 2009

 
Friday, July 31, 2009
 

K-STATE PROFESSOR RESEARCHES THE 'ART' OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HER OWN BACKYARD: Tall, vivid stands of flowers bloom in the beds surrounding Sherry Haar's Manhattan home. The plants are inspirational, to say the least, and are for more than just looking at, according to the Kansas State University associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design.

ANNUAL REGIER GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPT. 4 TO BENEFIT K-STATE'S CENTER FOR BASIC CANCER RESEARCH: Golfers can tee off to help fight cancer at the 12th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 4. Proceeds from the tournament will support critical research and education programs at Kansas State University's Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2009
 

K-STATE RESEARCHER, COLLABORATORS STUDY VIRULENCE OF PANDEMIC H1N1 VIRUS; WORK AT K-STATE WOULD PROTECT PIG INDUSTRY IF THE VIRUS JUMPS TO SWINE POPULATIONS: Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 virus.

K-STATE ROBOTICS TEAM WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP: For the third year in a row, Kansas State University has won first place in the Agricultural Robotics Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

K-STATE PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCHERS STUDY HOW CHILDREN VIEW AND TREAT THEIR PEERS WHO HAVE UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS: A study by Kansas State University researchers is looking at how children perceive and interact with peers who have various undesirable characteristics, such as being overweight or aggressive.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
 

K-STATE'S CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SELECTS 14 FOR GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS: Fourteen Kansas State University graduate students representing six departments and three colleges have been awarded assistantships to conduct research in sustainable energy for the 2009-10 academic year.

TWO K-STATE STUDENTS MEMBERS OF 2009 STUDENT ADVISORY TEAM OF AGRICULTURE FUTURE OF AMERICA: Two Kansas State University students have been selected as members of the 2009 Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team.

CONFIRMED CASE OF TB DISEASE REPORTED: Health officials have confirmed that a Kansas State University student has been identified and diagnosed with infectious pulmonary -- lung -- Tuberculosis Disease. The student is responding to treatment and a full recovery is expected.

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
 

K-STATE'S EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMS ARE HELPING TO LEAD STUDENTS TOWARD SUCCESS: Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education, in association with K-State's department of educational leadership, offers degree programs in educational administration to meet the pressing demands of education.

 

Monday, July 27, 2009
 

Set for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum: DATE AND LOCATION CHANGED FOR K-STATE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION: Due to overwhelming response to attend the presidential inauguration of Kirk Schulz at Kansas State University, organizers have moved the event to Bramlage Coliseum. The change in venue necessitated a change in date as well.

INSECT ORIGAMI EXHIBIT TO SWARM K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART STARTING AUG. 4: The work of one of the world's foremost origami artists is coming to Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The "Robert J. Lang: Insect Origami" exhibition will feature 20 insect-inspired works and will be at the Beach Museum Aug. 4-Dec. 24. Several larger-than-life spiders, butterflies, cicadas, beetles and a scorpion will be featured. Each piece is 4- to 6-inches long.

K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF PHI BETA KAPPA SELECTS NEW MEMBERS: Kansas State University's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has new members. The academic honor society is the nation's oldest and most prestigious. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. K-State's chapter was recently named one of the top 15 Phi Beta Kappa chapters in the nation.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2009
 

TO FURTHER RESEARCH ON MULTIDRUG RESISTANCE, DOCTORAL STUDENT TRAVELS ACROSS THE WORLD TO PROFILE LIPIDS AT K-STATE: When visiting a new country, lipid profiling is probably not on most people's list of must-see-and-do activities. However, for Ashutosh Singh, a doctoral student from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, it is the main attraction.

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS EXOTIC ANIMALS LIKE LIONS, TIGERS AND MONKEYS SHOULD NOT BE KEPT AS PETS: Tigers, monkeys and mountain lions can be fascinating, but a Kansas State University veterinarian said people cross the line of intrigue when they try to make extreme exotic animals their pets.

SIDEBAR: K-STATE VETERINARIANS TREAT PECULIAR PETS THAT MEET THE EXTREME: Kansas State University veterinarians in zoological medicine often receive requests for help from owners of a variety of animals, but some requests are far from ordinary.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
 

WHEN FOOD GETS INSPECTED AND EVEN RECALLED, CONSUMERS MAY NOT BE GETTING A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE PROCESS, SAY K-STATE RESEARCHERS: Consumers usually find out pretty quickly if the meat they're planning to throw on the grill has been recalled. What consumers may not be finding out about recalls and the inspection process, however, could make them doubt the effectiveness of what is actually a pretty good system to keep food safe, according to Kansas State University researchers.

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
 

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SHARES TIPS TO MINIMIZE RISK OF BITES AND BITE-RELATED INFECTIONS: When a dog or cat bites, an infection can follow. "Wounds that are most likely to become infected are those on the face and hands or when people wait more than eight hours before seeking medical attention," said Dr. Kate Stenske, a clinical assistant professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

K-STATE OFFERING DAY CAMP DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST: Kansas State University's Youth Health Behavior Research Laboratory is sponsoring a day camp to encourage kids to get out and get active this summer.

 

Monday, July 20, 2009
 

K-STATE FOOD SAFETY AND SECURITY EXPERTS TO TRAIN COCHRAN FELLOWS FROM EGYPT JULY 23-AUG. 4: Kansas State University experts in food safety and security will train special visitors from Egypt on topics related to food safety policies.

BROADWAY, COMEDY, SWING MUSIC AND BALLET ALL PART OF K-STATE'S 2009-2010 MCCAIN PERFORMANCE SERIES: Kansas State University's 2009-2010 McCain Performance Series will feature something for everyone to enjoy: Broadway, comedy, swing music, ballet and more.

 

Friday, July 17, 2009
 

K-STATE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND BEEF CATTLE INSTITUTE PARTNER TO OFFER GRADUATE CERTIFICATE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH INDUSTRY: Kansas State University will offer a new 16-credit-hour online graduate certificate in the management of animal health-related organizations beginning this fall.

 

Thursday, July 16, 2009
 

K-STATE'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE HELPS SMALL BUSINESS IN KANSAS EXPAND PRODUCT LINE: Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute has helped a small business owner in Manhattan with the development of two new tools to expand his product line.

K-STATE RESEARCHER SAYS MINIATURIZED LIKENESS OF HIMSELF IS A CONVERSATION STARTER: When Kansas State University's Daniel Fung, professor of animal sciences and industry and of food science, helps organize a seminar or make a conference presentation, he usually receives a small token of appreciation: a lapel pin, a personalized pen or other goodies.

STUDENTS AT K-STATE AT SALINA EARN HONORS AT RECENT COMPETITIONS: Students from Kansas State University at Salina met with success at a couple of recent competitions. K-State at Salina aviation maintenance students took the top three places in the Kansas SkillsUSA competition for aviation maintenance. K-State at Salina's Solar Boat team had an eighth-place finish at the 2009 Solar Splash, an international intercollegiate solar/electric boat regatta, May 27-31 in Fayetteville, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK VETERINARIAN RECEIVES K-STATE VETERINARY ALUMNI RECOGNITION AWARD: Dr. Terry Wollen, Little Rock, Ark., was selected by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association to receive a 2009 Alumni Recognition Award.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
 

THE GARDEN ON TOP -- K-STATE PROFESSORS TEST NATIVE PLANTS AS ROOFING ALTERNATIVE: R. Todd Gabbard, assistant professor of architecture, and Lee Skabelund, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, have installed an experimental green roof -- or living roof -- over a third-floor breezeway in Seaton Hall's west wing.

K-STATE STUDENT INTERNATIONAL TEAMS PROVIDING SERVICE IN AFRICA AND MEXICO DURING SUMMER 2009: As members of Kansas State University's International Teams, K-State students are involved in special service projects in Africa and Mexico this summer.

K-STATE ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: A team of architectural engineering students from Kansas State University is a first-place winner in the 2009 Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

K-STATE AT SALINA'S STUDENT LIFE CENTER WILL OPEN IN TIME FOR START OF CLASSES, RIBBON-CUTTING TO FOLLOW: Kansas State University at Salina's new $5.9 million Student Life Center is nearing completion and will be open in time for the beginning of the fall semester Aug. 24.

STUDENTS AT K-STATE AT SALINA RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING WORK IN 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR: Kansas State University at Salina has recognized several students with awards for outstanding academic achievements, writing skills, dedication, leadership or community service in the 2008-2009 school year.

2008-2009 K-STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM MAKES NATIONAL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL: Along with success on the court, Kansas State University's women's basketball team has earned recognition for success in the classroom during the 2008-2009 basketball season.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
 

K-STATE SCIENTIST RECEIVES GRANT FROM NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO RESEARCH CATARACTS: Research at Kansas State University is investigating the molecular composition of cataracts in hopes of developing a nonsurgical method to prevent or reverse the eye disease.

FOURTH ANNUAL DIALOG ON SUSTAINABILITY JULY 23 AT K-STATE: The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Kansas State University's director of sustainability and partners will be hosts to the fourth annual Dialog on Sustainability, Thursday, July 23, at K-State.

K-STATE STUDENTS CONDUCT SUMMER RESEARCH PROJECTS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES: A Kansas State University student is combining engineering and nature to design a more affordable and more sustainable lighting source for those living without electricity.

K-STATE'S ANIMAL RESOURCE FACILITY BECOMES THE COMPARATIVE MEDICINE GROUP: To demonstrate Kansas State University's commitment to setting, achieving and maintaining high standards for animal care and use in science, the university's Animal Resource Facility is being centralized under the vice president for research.

 

Monday, July 13, 2009
 

K-STATE AT SALINA STARTS UNMANNED FLIGHTS WITH AUTHORIZATION FROM FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a certificate of authorization to Kansas State University at Salina to fly the Aerosonde over Crisis City.

K-STATE PLANT PATHOLOGISTS DEVELOP ONLINE TEACHING MODULES USED GLOBALLY, CREATE WORKSHOP IN BOLIVIA TO SUPPORT TEACHING ABOUT EPIDEMIOLOGY AND STATISTICS: Managing plant diseases that threaten the food supply and economy is a challenge for agriculturalists around the world. Sparsely stocked libraries, scarce and expensive software, and even a lack of materials in students' native languages are barriers to training plant pathologists in resource-poor regions.

PHYSICISTS FROM 25 COUNTRIES MEETING AT K-STATE TO DISCUSS RESEARCH WITH ULTRAFAST LASERS: Kansas State University's world-renowned physics research with ultrafast intense lasers at the J. R. MacDonald Laboratory is drawing more than 200 top researchers from 25 countries to Manhattan for the second International Conference in Attosecond Physics from July 28-Aug. 1.

SPECIAL K-STATE COURSES HELP STUDENTS BEAT STRESS: Kansas State University stress management courses, offered through the Division of Continuing Education, address the stresses encountered in life, equip college students with the knowledge to gain self-regulation, and could help students counter a personal meltdown.

 

Sunday, July 12, 2009
 

CHAIRS OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION TO PRESENT LANDON LECTURES AT K-STATE IN FALL: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will present Landon Lectures at Kansas State University in the fall.

 

Friday, July 10, 2009
 

K-STATE'S RAY YUNK FIRST UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBER TO EARN LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN CERTIFICATION IN BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION: Ray Yunk, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science at Kansas State University, recently became the first university faculty member in the world to be certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional in building design and construction.

COLLABORATION BETWEEN K-STATE AND GEARY COUNTY USD 475 TO FOSTER SCIENCE EDUCATION: This fall will mark the beginning of a special collaborative effort between graduate students at Kansas State University and teachers at Junction City High School in Geary County USD 475.

K-STATE OFFERING HORTICULTURAL THERAPY GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM BEGINNING IN FALL 2009: Kansas State University's department of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources and Division of Continuing Education will offer a 16-credit hour graduate certificate program in horticultural therapy beginning this fall.

 

Thursday, July 9, 2009
 

K-STATE SENIOR RESEARCHES POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN BITTER-TASTE SENSITIVITY AND TYPE 2 DIABETES: Could an individual's bitter-taste sensitivity help determine their risk for chronic disease? Kansas State University's Kathy Nguyen, senior in public health nutrition, Garden City, is studying the genotypes of diabetic and non-diabetic individuals to determine if there is a link between the risk for type 2 diabetes and bitter-taste sensitivity.

K-STATE STUDENTS GAIN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES BY SERVING IN COMMUNITIES ABROAD: When Trisha Gott went to Izamal, Mexico, in summer 2005 she set out to help the locals learn more about English and maybe do a few educational programs.

NIEHOFF TO SERVE AS INTERIM ASSOCIATE PROVOST AT K-STATE: Brian Niehoff, head of Kansas State University's department of management, has accepted the position of interim associate provost, and will assume this new role beginning July 13.

K-STATE'S MEAT SCIENCE FACULTY OFFERING BEEF '505' SHORT COURSE: Increasing and optimizing the value of beef is the objective of a special short course organized by meat scientists from Kansas State University's department of animal sciences and industry.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
 

K-STATE'S HARRY POTTER SCHOLAR TO DISCUSS UPCOMING SIXTH POTTER MOVIE: Phil Nel, a Kansas State University professor of English and expert on the Harry Potter book series, will talk about the complex relationship between the books and movies just a few days before the latest installment, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," hits the movie screen.

K-STATE WORKING ON EXCHANGE PROGRAMS WITH CHINA: Kansas State University's Bill Meredith, special assistant to the provost and past director of K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services, is working to increase the number of exchange programs between K-State and China.

'TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK' NIGHT JULY 24 AT KAW VALLEY RODEO TO BENEFIT K-STATE'S JOHNSON CANCER CENTER: To raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, Kansas State University's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research is teaming up with the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association for the third annual "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, Friday, July 24, at the Kaw Valley Rodeo.

 

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
 

K-STATE AFRICAN DANCE AND MUSIC ENSEMBLE TO FEATURE THE SOCIAL DANCE AND MUSIC OF GHANA: An addition to the Kansas State University dance program will bring dance and music from a West African country to the university and surrounding communities. K-State is adding an African Dance and Music Ensemble that primarily will feature the social music and dance of Ghana, a West African country, and possibly explore other world dance and music forms.

 

Monday, July 6, 2009
 

K-STATE ANESTHESIOLOGIST HELPING TO TRAIN AFGHANISTAN'S FUTURE VETERINARIANS: Going to a country in the midst of a war probably isn't something most people would consider. But Dr. David Hodgson, a veterinary anesthesiologist at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is not most people.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2009
 

K-STATE PHYSICIST'S WORK WITH ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPE COULD LEAD TO TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTH CARE LIKE BETTER DIAGNOSTICS, DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF CANCER: Where biology, chemistry and physics intersect, a Kansas State University professor expects to find applications to improve human health.

K-STATE HAS THREE 2009 FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT SCHOLARS: Three Kansas State University students have won 2009 Fulbright U.S. Student scholarships for travels abroad. The students are among more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2009-2010 academic year through the Fulbright program.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
 

NISTAC BOARD CHAIR PLANS ADDITIONAL REVIEWS: The board of directors of the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization -- NISTAC -- will be asked to oversee a thorough review of matters raised in a recent exit analysis to identify any actions needed to ensure NISTAC operates within the expected highest standards of ethics and accountability, said NISTAC board chair Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University's vice president for research.

DAVID RINTOUL NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF K-STATE'S DIVISION OF BIOLOGY: The Division of Biology at Kansas State University has new leadership. David Rintoul has been selected interim director and has begun a one-year term in the post.