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K-Staters in the news — December 2014

The top stories mentioning Kansas State University are posted below. Download an Excel file with all of this month's news stories.

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

*K-State marching band honored as best in nation
12/19/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A foundation bearing the name of the composer of much of America's greatest marching music has named the Kansas State University Marching Band the nation's best collegiate band.

*Graphene oxide as paper electrode to improve rechargeable sodium batteries
12/22/14 Before It's News
Researchers from Kansas State University studied graphene oxide sheets as flexible paper electrodes for sodium-ion flexible batteries and found GO to have important properties that can boost the efficiency of such batteries.

Why comparing lots of colleges might not help as many students as you’d think
12/22/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
The school, in a suburb of Kansas City, sends a lot of its graduates to the University of Kansas and to Kansas State University.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

*Disclose your religion to find job satisfaction
12/18/14 Business Standard
"Being able to express important aspects of one's life can influence work-related issues such as job satisfaction, work performance or engagement. It can be beneficial for organisations to have a climate that is welcoming to every religion and culture," said Sooyeol Kim, a student of psychological sciences at Kansas State University.
 
*Improving rechargeable batteries by focusing on graphene oxide paper
12/18/14 Science Daily
A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries.
 
*Holiday parenting tip: How to handle the impossible Christmas wish list
12/18/14 CBS 5 (Phoenix, AZ)
Kansas State University child development expert Bronwyn Fees says more gifts don't mean more love.


Thursday, D
ec. 18, 2014

*Disclose your religion to find job satisfaction
 
Dec. 18, 2014 YahooNews
"Being able to express important aspects of one's life can influence work-related issues such as job satisfaction, work performance or engagement. It can be beneficial for organizations to have a climate that is welcoming to every religion and culture," said Sooyeol Kim, a student of psychological sciences at Kansas State University.

*Employees who are open about religion are happier, study suggests
 Dec. 17, 2014 ScienceDaily
It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

*Peanut Brittle Style Coating Offers Nutrition Breakthrough
Dec. 3, 2014 The Cattle Site
All ruminants can benefit from the Kansas State University breakthrough, say researchers.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

*National Academy of Inventors Names 170 New Fellows
12/16/14 Political News Headlines - Yahoo! News
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today announced the election of 170 distinguished innovators as Fellows of the NAI for 2014.
Karen J.L. Burg, Kansas State University

Congressman Behind Controversial Citi Group Wall Street Provision is MIA
12/16/14 Opposing Views
How much did Citi donate in exchange for you inserting their requested verbiage?" asked Kevin West, a student at Kansas State University.

When the cancer patient is a pet you love
12/16/14 Myfoxdfw.com
As in humans, age is a big factor in cancer, said Mary Lynn Higginbotham, assistant professor of oncology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State Universit

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill
12/15/14 Huffington Post
"How much did Citi donate in exchange for you inserting their requested verbiage?" asks Kevin West, who studies at Kansas State University.

National Academy of Inventors Names 170 New Fellows
12/16/14 Yahoo! Finance
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today announced the election of 170 distinguished innovators as Fellows of the NAI for 2014.
Karen J.L. Burg, Kansas State University

Fitch Upgrades Mercy Regional Health Center (KS) Revs to 'A+'; Outlook Stable
12/15/14 Reuters
Consistent and strong profitability continued, reflecting good cost control, strategic growth plans, and payor mix. Fiscal 2014 was a particularly strong year, with operating and operating EBITDA margins of 13.4% and 18.8%, respectively. Results include $8.2 million in other operating revenues received for the sale of MRHC's Sunset Campus to Kansas State University. Excluding these funds, profitability remains solid with operating and operating EBITDA margins of 6.2% and 12%, respectively, against Fitch's 'A' medians of 2.5% and 9.5%.

 

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Kansas university lists show total of 37 registered offenders
12/13/14 Wichita Eagle
Besides the 12 at WSU, Kansas State University lists 10, Pittsburg State University, seven; the University of Kansas, five; Emporia State University, two; and Fort Hays State, one.

Commentary: When Indians 
ruled Maine’s seas
12/14/14 Portland (Maine) Press Herald
“This wasn’t a desire to control the oceans, it was maritime guerrilla activity,” says one of the leading authorities on the colonial and pre-contact Wabanaki, Harald Prins, an anthropologist at the Kansas State University, who is finishing a book on the Wabanaki’s maritime heritage. “The Wabanaki knew if they were pushed away from the coast they would have a hard time surviving, so they were doing this to resist the loss of their access to the sea.”

Trendy flyer! LeAnn Rimes cuts a chic figure
12/14/14 U.K. Daily Mail
The star was coming home after a performance in Englewood, New Jersey and has seven more shows to go, with the next one taking place at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas on December 16.


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Seasoned Employee Benefits Expert Joins Lockton
Dec. 10, 2014 Reuters
Dennis attended Kansas State University and has a bachelor's degree in social science.

Microbiologists discover how gut bacterial resources are hijacked to promote intestinal and foodborne illnesses
Dec. 10, 2014 UT Southwestern Medical Center
The work was carried out in collaboration with researchers at Kansas State University and supported by the National Institute of Health and the Burroughs Welcome Fund.

Feeling lazy at work? Research suggests the boss may be to blame!
Dec. 10, 2014 News 1130
The research out of Kansas State University looked at the age-old nature vs nurture argument and compared twins to see if a person’s genetics could be faulted for a lazy approach.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

PURE(R) Hard Surface Disinfectant Remediates Listeria Contamination in Shuttered Food Processing Facility
12/10/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, today announced that Dr. James L. Marsden, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor-Food Safety and Security Kansas State University, has released a White Paper (click-here) which details the successful remediation of Listeria contamination in a food processing facility. The decontamination of the plant was achieved by utilizing a cleaning and sanitizing program incorporating PURE™ Hard Surface disinfectant.

*Is There Ever a Right Time to End a Relationship?
12/9/14 Psychology Today
Kansas State University Family Studies researcher Amber Vennum and her colleagues (2014) investigated the patterns of "cycling" among cohabiting and married couples. Among couples not in a committed relationship, the process is referred to as churning but for people already committed, the less dramatic term cycling is used to convey this sense of going in and out of the same relationship.

5 "rules" to burn fat faster
12/10/14 Salud180 (Spanish)
1. Exercise early. A study by Kansas State University indicates that a kilogram of fat is burned faster when doing exercise in the morning and still fasting, compared to doing it in the afternoon.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Lazy at work? Blame your boss
12/7/14 USA Today
New research from Kansas State University shows that employee proactivity is determined not by genetics or the environment alone, but rather by the interaction between the two. That means you may have innate tendencies when it comes to seizing the initiative, but your environment is also responsible for how eager you might be to tackle projects at work — giving employers a leading role in bringing out their team's proactivity.

Best Master's Programs Publishes 2015 Ranking of 50 Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs
12/7/14 Yahoo! Finance
Other ranked schools include (in alphabetical order):
Kansas State University

ACLU files motion against Brownback officials in same-sex marriage issue
12/7/14 Wichita Eagle
Darci Bohnenblust, a systems specialist who works for Kansas State University, was informed by the university's human resources department that she could not add her wife, Joleen Hickman, as a dependent on her health plan because Kansas law does not recognize same-sex marriages, according to documents filed by the ACLU with the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

 

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

9 Ways to Get a Flat Belly Without Diet or Exercise
12/7/14 Elle
Walk It Off: Try to squeeze in a 30-minute walk daily, says Lyons. The simple boost in metabolism will help you burn waistline fat more efficiently. And if you want to work out, skip those gadgets that promise "miraculous abs in minutes": A study from Kansas State University found most devices designed to target abs (think infomercials) don't live up to their promises. You'll see better results with traditional exercise.

Milo poised to help water woes in western Kansas
12/7/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
Given its drought tolerance, sorghum needs better genetics and good management expertise. Researchers proved long ago that milo, like corn, can put weight on cattle, said Christopher Reinhardt, an associate professor and feedlot Extension specialist at Kansas State University, in Manhattan.

Kiddies’ books and the race debate
12/7/14 Independent Online
Philip Nel, a Kansas State University professor and scholar of children's literature, presented opposing views in a post on his blog “Nine Kinds of Pie”: “Inasmuch as Willy Wonka's workers are human beings imported from another country, the whitened Oompa-Loompas remove the original book's implication that a person of European descent had enslaved people of African descent, and that the latter group had gladly accepted their new lot as his slaves.”

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Explore the soul of the Flint Hills in photographs by Tom Parish at the Box Gallery
Dec. 3, 2014 The Kansas City Star
While working on his Master of Fine Arts degree at Kansas State University, Parish began exploring Flint Hills root cellars, taking detailed photographs of these man-made caves with arched roofs made of native stone.

Data on Ecology Research Discussed by Researchers at Kansas State University (Fire dynamics distinguish grasslands, shrublands and woodlands as.
Dec. 3, 2014 4-traders
Data on Ecology Research Discussed by Researchers at Kansas State University (Fire dynamics distinguish grasslands, shrublands and woodlands as alternative attractors in the Central Great Plains of North America)

Zoo's three tamarins die of mouse-borne disease
Dec. 3, 2014 Hutchinson News
However, two of the tamarins died on Nov. 23 and the third died on Nov. 25. The bodies of all three were sent to the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed that they had died of Callitrichid Hepatitis/Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Sanitized 'Pippi Longstocking' raises questions about erasing old racial references
12/3/14 The Washington Post
Philip Nel, a Kansas State University professor and scholar of children’s literature, presented opposing views in a post on his blog “Nine Kinds of Pie”: “Inasmuch as Willy Wonka’s workers are human beings imported from another country, the whitened Oompa-Loompas remove the original book’s implication that a person of European descent had enslaved people of African descent, and that the latter group had gladly accepted their new lot as his slaves.” On the other hand, he pointed out, the “new versions instead more subtly encode the same racial and colonial messages of the original versions. After all, the Oompa-Loompas still live in ‘thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the entire world,’ and are still a ‘tribe’ who do not learn English until they come to Britain.”

Kennedy and Coe partnering with Cargill to establish supply chain metrics
12/2/14 Wichita Business Journal
Dr. Dan Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, will provide technical support.

KU Edwards Campus jumps on growing opportunity: life sciences
12/2/14 Kansas City Business Journal
The sales tax generates more than $15 million annually and is divided among the Edwards Campus, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas State University's Olathe Innovation Campus. One of the stipulations of the tax is the Edwards Campus must add new undergraduate and graduate programs during the next several years.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Deadly pig virus jumps to Hawaii, animal feed tested
12/2/14 Yahoo! News Taiwan
The outbreak occurred on a farm with about 150 pigs, and about 25 percent died, according to Hawaii's agriculture department. Veterinarians sent samples from the farm to the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed the PEDv infection.

K-State aviation community remembers pilot killed in crash
12/2/14 Wichita Business Journal
Friends and former colleagues of Charlie Sojka, a flight instructor at Sojka Aviation and a former aircraft maintenance instructor at K-State Salina, are taking time to remember him.

Amid more scrutiny of police, KC-area departments employ body-mounted cameras
12/2/14 Kansas City Star
Other agencies that use body cameras include the Grandview, Leawood, Merriam and Raytown police departments, the sheriff's offices in Wyandotte and Clay counties and campus police at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas State University.

 

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

To Improve Graduation Rates, Advising Gets Intrusive by Design
12/1/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
Charlie L. Nutt, the executive director of the National Academic Advising Association and an assistant professor of education at Kansas State University, said that universities are paying more attention to how they deliver advising than ever before because of increased pressure to improve student outcomes.

Female teachers: The sex offenders no one suspects
11/28/14 Yahoo News Canada
When a male is a victim of a female, society doesn’t take it as seriously, says Robert Shoop, a professor of education law at Kansas State University and an internationally recognized expert on sexual harassment and abuse prevention in schools.

New parody video is ‘All about K-State, ’bout K-State, no others’
11/29/14 Kansas City Star
If you’re all about K-State, you’re going to love a new parody video created by some enthusiastic Wildcat women.

Salina Pilot Killed In Crash
11/30/14 KSAL
Tim Rogers of the Salina Airport Authority says Sojka was a flight instructor at Sojka Aviation. Rogers says the plane had left Salina earlier in the week and was on its way back from Boonville.