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K-Staters in the news - June 2014

Monday, June 30

*Hesston business tabbed for K-State LAB program
6/29/14 Hutchinson News
The Kansas State University College of Business Administration has selected NMotion UAS, Hesston, as a high-potential startup venture for participation in the inaugural class of the K-State Launch a Business program, or LAB program, powered by KS State Bank.

*Engineering systems for special needs children
6/27/14 Medical Design Briefs
A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

Kansas views on state budget, Kobach, tuition hike, school taxes

6-27-14 The Wichita Eagle 
It’s tough to spin a 5.2 percent tuition increase as “restrained,” but that’s what Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, did. About all that makes the 5.2 percent increase for in-state undergraduates at K-State restrained is that, according to Logan, all the increases for the past 13 years have been larger.

Chicken art at Des Moines art festival
6/28/14 KWHO
Sally Linville of Lyons, Kansas took a college lab project at Kansas State University, and turned it into a line of art. “Chicken Footstools” is as the words suggest footstools to rest your tired feet, they just look like big chickens.  Linville developed the first two, Henny and Penny with cloth sewn together on top of brass feet.

Kansas political leaders drive puzzling, profound debate in 2014
6/29/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Same-day appearances by the Wichita State University, Kansas State University and University of Kansas basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament prompted speculation about eagerness of legislators to devote themselves fully to work in the Capitol while games were played elsewhere.

At home living: Bindweed, a binding opposition
6/27/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Bindweed is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. It was described as a medicinal herb in first century Greece. In England in 1633, Gerard wrote in his Herball, “…Bindweeds are not fit for medicine but are unprofitable weeds, and hurtful unto each thing that growth next unto them.” (p.864). Bindweed in North America was reported in Virginia in 1739 probably as a result of contaminated seed shipments. Not seen as a problem over the next hundred years you could actually buy bindweed seeds for your garden. Bindweed showed up in Kansas in 1877. By 1900 all of the western states and Canada had been invaded. Kansas State University Extension has been studying bindweed for the last 115 years! Non-native plants arrive without natural predators, fungi, viruses, or bacteria to control them. Bindweed has choked out millions of acres of crops causing a tremendous economic impact worldwide. Twenty two US states have declared it a noxious weed.

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

*Marriage and Money: Why saying what you think about finances is as important as saying "I do"
6/26/14 Cincinnati Business Center
Whatever an unvarnished view of finances lacks in romance is outweighed by the benefits.  Anxiety, arguments and anger about money matters does more damage to marriages than nearly every other factor, according to research by sources such as Kansas State University, the University of Michiganand the Association of Economic Research. 

*Kemper Foundation gives Kansas State $1 million
6/25/14 KCTV 5
Kansas State University has received a $1 million donation from the William T. Kemper Foundation in Kansas City. 

*K-State board takes step toward new development
6/26/14 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University’s foundation board has voted to develop the first part of a plan for 14 acres at the corner of Kimball and Denison Avenues near the campus. The first part of the project will be for an office building for the foundation, but future phases will create corporate office and lab space, the university said in a prepared statement.

*Research mattress may sense autism seizures
6/26/14 Garden City Telegram
Kansas State University students and Heartspring, a center for children with special needs, are working together to develop devices to help improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

*Kemper Foundation gives $1 million to K-State architecture college
6/25/14 Wichita Eagle
The Willliam T. Kemper Foundation has given $1 million to the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University, for revitalization and expansion.
Also in:
Kansas City Star, Salina Journal, Emporia Gazette, KSN-TV, WGEM, KOAM-TV, Great Bend Post, Nebraska TV, News In Kansas, KNDY Radio, Little Apple Post, Hutchinson News, KMAN, WIBW and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kansas City Foundation donates $1M to K-State University
6/25/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University has received a $1 million donation from the William T. Kemper Foundation in Kansas City.

*KSU Researchers Develop Genetic Test to Help Detect E. coli in Beef Cattle
6/26/14 Food Safety News
Researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, have developed a genetic test that could help the cattle industry more rapidly and accurately detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7.

Renter Hotspots: Where Are There More Renters Than Homeowners?
6/25/14 eWallstreeter/Huffington Post
In the United States, it's a fact that most people own their homes. But there are few areas in which renting is king. These are the areas where residents embrace the freedom from mortgage payments and yardwork, where they can pick up and move easily and they don't have to come up with a down payment. So where does renting rule? Manhattan, Kansas.

At school -- Bell 6-3-14
6/25/14 Salina Journal
Kyler Bell, of Salina, was recently awarded a leadership scholarship from Kansas State University for the 2014-15 school year. This renewable scholarship recognizes academic and leadership achievements. About 11,000 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2014-15 school year. Overall, K-State students have earned $23 million in scholarships.

At school -- Farm Bureau
6/25/14 Salina Journal
* Scholarships were awarded to juniors and seniors enrolled in Kansas State University's college of agriculture and majoring in a subject related to agriculture. $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Brady Rundel, Thomas County, and Nicholas Wineinger, Lincoln County.

Rain's mixed impact on wheat noted
6/25/14 Hutchinson News
Mary Knapp, service climatologist with the Kansas State University Weather Data Library, called June’s storms “popcorn” storms.

Editorial: Costly comforts
6/26/14 Lawrence Journal-World
Kansas University and Kansas State University also have announced plans for new residence hall construction. KU will build two new Daisy Hill residence halls that will house about 350 students each. The total cost of the project, including demolition of the outdated McCollum Hall, will be about $48 million. Earlier this month, K-State announced it would name its new eight-story, 540-student residence hall for former chancellor Jon Wefald. The hall is part of a $76 million project that also will include a new dining facility and renovations to two other halls. Rates to live in these new halls haven’t been set, but they almost certainly will be considerably higher than rates at existing, older halls.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward
6/24/14 KCUR
Ron Trewyn, vice president for research at Kansas State University, says this week's appropriation for a top-security animal disease lab on K-State's campus will allow the Department Of Homeland Security lab to be finished.

$300 million for Kansas biolab moves through senate
6/24/14 KSN-TV
A U.S. Senate subcommittee has endorsed a spending bill that would authorize $300 million for the construction of a new national bioscience lab at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Editorial: More millions headed toward NBAF
6/24/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Federal funding for construction of a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to Kansas State University in Manhattan made yet another incremental advance Tuesday as the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations passed a bill that includes $300 million for the project.

*K-State’s DVM/PhD Scholarship Program In Full Swing
6/24/14 Veterinary Practice News
A scholarship program offered by Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine helps students earn both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and doctorate.

*K-State helping new businesses
6/24/14 Garden City Telegram
Ten business start-ups in Kansas will get help and resources this summer from a program at Kansas State University that seeks to help create jobs. - See more at: 

*Kansas State develops genetic test to detect E. coli
6/24/14 Drovers Cattle Network
Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a genetic test that could help the beef cattle industry more rapidly detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, and according to the university, could save the cattle industry millions of dollars annually by developing earlier and accurate E. coli detection.

Brazilian students to study at KSU-Salina
6/25/14 Salina Journal
Starting in August, Kansas State University at Salina will host 59 students from Brazil who will major in a variety of engineering fields. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

*University scientists unraveling nature of Higgs boson
6/23/14 Science Daily
New physics research involving Kansas State University faculty members has helped shed light on how our universe works. A recently published study in the journal Nature Physics reports scientists have found evidence that the Higgs boson -- a fundamental particle proposed in 1964 and discovered in 2012 -- is the long sought-after particle responsible for giving mass to elementary particles.

Tangled web at two charter schools shows shortcomings of state law
6/23/14 Detroit Free Press
Diane Swanson, a professor of management at Kansas State University who specializes in ethics, said she sees “conflicts of interest at every turn.”

*Research mattress may sense seizures, physiological data in kids
6/21/14 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University students andHeartspring, a center for children with special needs, are working together to develop devices to help improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities.

*Caldwell, Hesston firms joining Kansas State’s Launch a Business program
6/23/14 Wichita Business Journal
Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration has selected 10 high-potential Kansas startups, including two based in the Wichita metro area, to take part in a new accelerator program.

Green your grill
6/23/14 Boulder (Colo.) Weekly
But J. Scott Smith, a professor of food chemistry at the Kansas State University, spent some time a few years back figuring out how to provide some protection against carcinogens found in grilled meats. Turns out it’s as easy as marinating meats with the right blend of herbs and spices.

*E.coli research targets quicker quantification and detection
6/21/14 Food Quality News
A molecular assay to detect and quantify major genes specific for E. coli O157 has been developed and validated by researchers at Kansas State University.

Regents approve raise for university leaders
6/23/14 Hutchinson News
Among other Regents universities, Kansas State President Kirk Schultz will make nearly $467,000; Wichita State's John Bardo, $350,000; Pittsburg State's Steve Scott, $258,000; and Emporia State's Michael Shonrock, $255,000.

Prairie chicken's listing impacts western Kansas producers ...
6/23/14 Hutchinson News
Landowners, energy companies and county and state governments fear the ... degree in agronomy from Kansas State University and then returned home to the ...

Kansas lawmaker running Huelskamp re-election bid
6/23/14 Hutchinson News
Two Democrats are running. They are Kansas State University history professor Jim Sherow, and 2013 Wichita State University graduate Bryan Whitney of Syracuse.

 
 
Monday, June 23, 2014

*Kansas State University research sheds new light on particles
6/22/14 Kansas First News
New physics research involving Kansas State University faculty members has helped shed light on how our universe works.

*Research mattress may sense autism seizures 
6/22/14 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University students and Heartspring, a center for children with special needs, are working together to develop devices to help improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. 

Tangled web at two charter schools shows shortcomings of state law 
6/23/14 Detroit Free Press
Diane Swanson, a professor of management at Kansas State University who specializes in ethics, said she sees “conflicts of interest at every turn.”

Editorial: Despite increased tuition cost, college still best bet
6/22/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
College students this fall will pay between 2.5 percent and 5.7 percent more in tuition and fees. The smallest increase was for in-state undergraduate students at Fort Hays State University and the largest for in-state undergraduates at Kansas State University’s Salina campus.

*Barnhart promoted at KSU-Salina
6/21/14 Salina Journal
Kurt Barnhart, who has been chairman of the aviation department at Kansas State University at Salina for the past seven years, has been promoted to the newly created position of associate dean of research and outreach.

Businessman wants to pitch Topeka as retirement destination
6/22/14 Topeka Capital Journal
They focus on people who had some connection to Manhattan earlier in their lives by advertising in publications for Kansas State University alumni and Kansas residents, Pagen said. Advertising to people from far-flung areas is more expensive and doesn’t produce the same results, he said.

*Start mosquito protection measures now, says Kansas veterinarian
6/20/14 Horsetalk
Horse owners should start thinking now about protecting themselves and their animals from West Nile virus, a Kansas State University veterinarian says.

*Researchers probing earlier detection of E-coli
6/21/14 Grand Island (Neb.) Independent
Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

*Wayne Charney: Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Kansas State University 
6/20/14 Society of Architectural Historians
Wayne "Mick" Charney, PhD, associate professor of architecture at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, has been designated the 2014-2015 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. The position was created in 1995 to highlight K-State's commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning. A faculty member acknowledged as a leading teaching scholar is appointed to the chair for one academic year, but all who are selected retain the title of University Distinguished Teaching Scholar throughout their careers.

*Northeast Kansas happenings
6/21/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
EXPLORING ART — A gallery walk for the exhibition “Picturing People” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Free. Information: (785) 532-7718.

Topekan making his mark in filmmaking world
6/21/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
“Chris has that everyman quality that makes him appealing to an audience — the ability to shift tone and focus on a dime, and the range to play nearly any kind of character a director could ask for,” said Tim Harvey, a Kansas State University graduate and president of just some guy productions, who worked with Bylsma during the making of the short film “For a Moment.”

At home living: Tips for dealing with storm-damaged trees
6/20/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
A late-spring stretch of stormy weather may mean damaged trees and gardens for homeowners. Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham provided tips for pruning damaged trees and assessing and helping garden plants survive the weather.

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

*Always report food-borne illnesses, K-State extension specialist says
6/19/14 Wichita Eagle
“I confess,” said Blakeslee, an extension specialist in food science for Kansas State University. “I should practice what I preach.”

*Finding E. coli earlier and more accurately
6/20/14 Food Processing
As part of a study into preharvest food safety in beef cattle, Kansas State University master’s student Lance Noll has developed and validated a molecular assay that can detect and quantify major genes specific to E. coli O157. 

*Start mosquito protection methods now, says veterinarian
6/20/14 Phys.org
Start thinking now about protecting yourself and your horse from West Nile virus, says a Kansas State University veterinarian. 

*Cybersecurity Center Earns DHS, NSA Designation
6/20/14 Tech News
Kansas State University's cybersecurity center is receiving national recognition for its dedication to cutting-edge research. 

*Kansas State University Engineers and Students Developing Technology for Children With Severe Developmental Disabilities
6/19/14 Advance Healthcare Network
A group of Kansas State University engineers and students is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.  

Kansas Board of Regents approves pay raises for chief executive officers
6/19/14 Lawrence Journal World
Kansas State University President Kirk Schultz will make $466,951; Wichita State President John Bardo, $350,175; Pittsburg State President Steve Scott, $258,194; and Emporia State President Michael Shonrock, $255,019.

Fire marshal visits USD 383 students
6-20-14 WIBW
MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - USD 383 students packed the K-State campus this morning for a full day of tutoring activities. 

Transfer Rule Changes Coming, But Who Makes Call?
6/20/14 NPR
Recently, Kansas State drew criticism for initially denying the release of women's basketball player Leticia Romero. The school eventually released her to transfer to any school outside of the Big 12.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Many Rebuilding Challenges Ahead for Nebraska Town
6/18/14 ABC News
People are much more likely to rebuild if they live in a close-knit community and have ties to the area, said Laszlo Kulcsar, director of the Kansas Population Center at Kansas State University.

*Kansas State to name new residence hall after Wefald
6/19/14 The Washington Times
A new residence hall at Kansas State University is being named to honor Jon Wefald (WEE’-fald), the university’s president from July 1986 to June 2009. 

Dr. Flea Says You Can Win the Flea War
6/18/14 Chicago Now
We can win the flea war, and we need to," says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University-Manhattan. "Let's face it, these are blood-sucking parasites. Obviously, that's not a good thing for our pets, or for us," he says. "After all, fleas will bite us, too." 

*Food poisoning cases underreported, food safety specialist says
6/18/14 Science Daily
You've probably heard of norovirus, salmonella and E. coli, but would you know if you were sick with one of these foodborne illnesses? A Kansas State University food safety specialist says there are distinct symptoms for food poisoning and reporting them to your doctor is an important step in improving food safety. 

K-State announces Bramlage Coliseum improvements
6/18/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State is moving forward with the next phase of its athletic facilities improvements, announcing Wednesday a $2.4 million project that will include a new video board and enhanced sound and lighting systems in Bramlage Coliseum. 

*Start mosquito protection methods now, says a Kansas State University veterinarian
6/19/14 Little Apple Post
Start thinking now about protecting yourself and your horse from West Nile virus, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.

Greenhouse effect could push corn to $3.50
6/19/14 Ag Web
Severe to extreme drought, however, still persists in Kansas and Nebraska, but a burgeoning El Niño could bring wetter-than-normal conditions to the central plains later this summer and early fall, according to Mary Knapp, meteorologist with Kansas State University. 

Kansas regents raise universities' tuition, fees
6/18/14 Kansas City Star
In-state undergraduates at Kansas State's main campus in Manhattan will see an increase of 5.2 percent. At the University of Kansas, the most popular option for tuition and fees for new, in-state undergraduates — in which they agree to pay a higher rate but have it frozen under a four-year "compact" — will rise by 3.4 percent. 

Modern drone optics
6/18/14 Ag Info
Dr. Deon van der Merwe is a Kansas State University professor who is heavily involved in the development of modern drone technology for use in agricultural applications.

Leawood family rewards students with scholarships
6/18/14 Kansas City Star
Geary received his degree in business in three years and graduated from Kansas State University. The Cocherl family helped fund his MBA from K-State, too. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

*Distracted minds still see blurred lines
6/17/14 Medical Xpress
In a paper published in Visual Cognition, researchers from Concordia University, Kansas State University, the University of Findlay, the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois prove that we can automatically detect changes in blur across our field of view. 

*Researchers Create Better Methods to Detect E. coli
6/18/14 Iowa Ag Connection, Health Canal, Kansas Ag Connection
Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli. 

State Library of Kansas announces notable books for 2014
6/17/14 Hays Post
“Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table” by Jane P. Marshall. To celebrate K-State’s sesquicentennial, the College of Human Ecology published a book about the university’s rich food heritage featuring stories and recipes from 1863 to 2013. The book encompasses the entire university, from Call Hall’s ice cream parlor to Van Zile’s dining room, from Cowboy Cabbage cooked in a cast iron pan to the union’s Crown rolls. Much of the information for this book came from archives, diaries, newspapers and historical journals- demonstrating the link between the school and the business of feeding the world. 

*KSU international grains explains what crop producers can expect from El Nino
Jay O’Neil
6/17/14; WALA, KQTV, KAKE, KJTV, KNOP, KQTV 

*K-State researchers find new tests for E. coli
6/17/14 The Wichita Eagle
E. coli kills people sometimes, and many times costs farmers and the cattle industry millions in recalled beef or other losses. Researchers at Kansas State University say they’ve found a fast new way to detect the bug at the molecular level – and save some of that money.

Kansas regents to consider increasing tuition
6/18/14 Kansas First News
The proposed increases in tuition and fees would provide almost $29 million in additional revenues for the universities. The largest is a proposed 5.7 percent increase for in-state undergraduate students at Kansas State University’s campus in Salina.

City, donors to open inclusive playground at new park on Friday
6/17/14 Hutchinson News
Piligian was born and grew up in Hutchinson, majored in dance at Kansas State University and competed in the Miss Kansas pageant. After college, she moved to California and won a role as a dancer in the movie “Grease 2.” Later she played a jazz dancer turned break dancer in “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” 

Morton promoted to deputy chief of police department
6/18/14 Salina Journal
* Chad Burr has served since 1999 as patrol officer, detective with the drug/technical investigations and criminal investigation units, dog handler and school police officer. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with an associate of technology degree. 

 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

*8 Money Blunders Just-Married Couples Often Make
6/16/14 Forbes
In fact, one Kansas State University study found that if couples argued about money at the beginning of their marriage, they were more likely to report poor relationship satisfaction in the long-term. This is precisely why experts say it’s key for couples to tackle money issues early—to stave off fights over finances in the future.

*E. Coli Could Be Detected More Quickly Easily With New Method
6/16/14 Headlines & Global News
A research team identified a molecular assay that can "detect and quantify" the genes specific for E. coli, a Kansas State University news release reported. 

*El Nino may help agriculture, K-State ag economist says
6/16/14 Wichita Eagle
El Nino might actually help U.S. agriculture this year, a Kansas State University agricultural economist says. 

*Better methods to detect E. coli developed
6/16/14 Science Daily
Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

*Check out McCain's fabulous season
6/16/14 Topeka Capital Journal
The 2014-15 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University has a lot to offer  -- from Broadway hits to Grammy winners to comedy. I think this may well be the best lineup they’ve ever offered. 

Editorial: Tuition balance
6/17/14 Lawrence Journal-World
The proposed increases in tuition and fees facing the Kansas regents this week are relatively modest, ranging from 2.5 percent at Fort Hays State University to 5.7 percent at Kansas State’s Salina campus. KU is seeking a 4.6 percent increase in its standard tuition and fees and a 3.4 percent increase in the compact tuition — the rate guaranteed to incoming freshmen for four years. Although KU’s tuition increase proposal isn’t the highest among state universities, its base annual tuition remains several hundred dollars higher than the next highest school, K-State. 

New Ag Dept. Facility Opens in Manhattan
6/16/14 WIBW
The agency officially opens for business in its new quarters on Monday. The 3-story building is on the edge of the Kansas State University, next to the National Bio- And Agro-Defense Facility, which is still under construction.

Learfield Sports acquires large sports marketing group
6/16/14 Dallas Business Journal
Learfield, which has an office in Frisco, represents more than 220 universities, colleges, athletic conference and special properties throughout the nation. Those relationships include Baylor University and Kansas State University.

Will state's lower bond rating hurt Salina?
6/17/14 Salina Journal
Designers weren't able to incorporate executive suites because of the Bicentennial Center structure but are designing several suite areas similar to those in Bramlage Coliseum at Kansas State University. 

 
Monday, June 16, 2014

Got bugs? K-State lab knows its arthropods
6/14/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Tucked away in a space filled with microscopes and other equipment in Kansas State University’s Waters Hall, Eva Zurek is looking for clues to identify a perpetrator.

*Kansas State University engineers design systems to help children with disabilities
6/16/14 Global Accessibility News
A group of Kansas State University engineers and students is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

*Nutritionist offers advice on vitamins, dietary supplements
6/14/14 Medical Xpress
Before taking a daily vitamin or dietary supplement, you might want to think about what you're really consuming, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

*Dawoud Bey's photos coming to Beach Museum
6/14/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A collection of Bey’s thought-provoking photographs are featured in “Dawoud Bey: Picturing People,” an exhibition running Tuesday through Oct. 5 at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

*Renovated RV brings books to rural communities
6/14/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
The Bookmobile is a project of CommunityCORE, a Soldier-based nonprofit organization started in June 2013 by Ross Allen, a senior at Kansas State University studying economics, philosophy and nonprofit leadership, and Luke Schreiber, a youth minister at Soldier Christian Church.

Kansas Department of Agriculture moving to Manhattan
6/14/14 KSN
The agency will officially open for business Monday in its new quarters. The three-story building is on the edge of the Kansas State University campus next to the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, which is still under construction.

NEA to explore biological control methods to tackle dengue
6/14/14 Wild Singapore
Panel members include entomologist Professor Stephen Higgs, research director of the Biosecurity Research Institute and associate vice president for research at Kansas State University; and epidemiologist Associate Professor Vernon Lee from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. Professor Lee is also the head of the Singapore Armed Forces' Biodefence Centre.

Kansas family good example of agvocates 
6/13/14 Ag Day 

 
Friday, June 13, 2014

*Engineering design meets special needs
6/13/14 Special Ed Post
A group of Kansas State University engineers and students have developed technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

*The truth about supplements
Brian Lindshield
6/12/14; KDRV, KSNT, KTKA, KNOP, WALA, KQTV 

Kansas Department of Agriculture working with K-State to fight PEDv
6/12/14; KWCH

Schools Partner Together for STEM Program
6/12/14 KMAN
Kansas State University’s College of Education and Manhattan/Ogden USD 383 have partnered on the implementation of a Department of Defense Education Activity grant.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

*Kansas State University Engineers and Students Develop Customized Devices and Software to Help Children with Severe Developmental Disabilities
6/11/14 In Compliance Magazine
Engineers and students from the Kansas State University have been developing technology to help children with severe developmental disabilities through a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s General and Age-Related Disabilities Engineering program. 

Also in: AZoSensors, Bio-Medicine, Medical News Today, Medical Design Technology

*Read the label: Nutritionist offers advice on vitamins, dietary supplements
6/11/14 KOAM-TV
Before taking a daily vitamin or dietary supplement, you might want to think about what you're really consuming, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

AFIA to organize online feed manufacturing course
6/12/14 All About Feed
Registration is now open for AFIA-500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing. The distance education program is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and Kansas State University, and is ideal for individuals at all levels interested in gaining a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.

Horticulture research focuses on increasing antioxidant content, decreasing disease
Gardner EDGE

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FAA permits first commercial drone flight over land
6/10/14 Wichita Business Journal
Kansas State University is helping lead the way in drone development and research in Kansas. Existing infrastructure of both aviation and agriculture presents a potentially multi-billion dollar industry for the state.

*Indian-origin woman awarded for contribution to education
6/11/14 Newstrack India
Meena Kumari, associate professor of anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2014 Service Award of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America, a university statement issued Tuesday said.

Also in:Z News India, Phys.org

Horticultural Research Focuses on Increasing Antioxidant Content, Decreasing Disease
6/10/14 Lab Manager
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population age 20 and older is overweight, with more than 35 percent of that population considered obese. Many people who are obese suffer from a number of degenerative health issues that need to be addressed and prevented, said C.B. Rajashekar, professor of food crops and phytochemicals in Kansas State University’s Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources.

Agricultural lender optimism wanes slightly, survey finds
6/10/14 Capital Press
An expected increase in loan interest rates has dampened ag lender optimism, according to Kansas State University’s just-released semi-annual survey of lenders.

Opinions vary on proposed Regents tuition increases
6/10/14 Lawrence Journal World
For a resident undergraduate, the proposals would increase tuition and fees at Kansas State University by 5.2 percent; Wichita State, 7.5 percent; Emporia State, 5.6 percent; Pittsburg State, 5.5 percent and Fort Hays State, 2.5 percent.

Food exports hit record high
KOAM-TV

Southwest Indiana Clearing a Path for Economic Development with help of EPA Grant
6-10-14 San Antonio Express-News
Under the leadership of Coalition Vice President Debbie Bennett-Stearsman, the efforts to write the grant proposal were welcomed by local and regional partners during a brownfields workshop conducted by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB), an EPA-funded program at Kansas State University, and hosted by the Coalition in late 2013.

Also in: Houston Chronicle  

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

*Engineers design systems to help children with special needs
6/9/14 Health Digest
A group of Kansas State University engineers and students is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

Also in:

*New technology to improve quality of life for kids with severe developmental disabilities
News-Medical Net
Phys.og

*Engineers design systems to help children with special needs
Phys.org

*Agricultural economist gives the pros and cons of the projected record amount of agricultural exports in 2014
Glynn Tonsor
6/9/14; KRDO, KULR, KQTV, KSNT, KTKA, KJTV

*Physicist builds useful light source from harmonic generation
6/2/14 Opli
A Kansas State University physicist's proposal may lead to a new way of creating tabletop light sources in the laboratory.

Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds
6/9/14 KCUR
Recently, Kansas State University researchers visited every park in Kansas City, Mo., to analyze the distribution of parks and park amenities throughout the city.

KDA move to better serve all of Kansas
6/9/14 WIBW
"Certainly we want to be close to Kansas State University, the new NBAF Facility, the vet school and other businesses in the Bio-Tech corridor. It is going to give so many collaborations and opportunities to better serve our customers and for people to see how we do business as a state," said Worcester.

Reasonable Accommodations Enable Employees to Work, “Not to Not Work”
6/9/14 National Law Review
The recent Tenth Circuit decision in Hwang v. Kansas State University upholding the employer’s inflexible leave policy causes one to ponder the logic of leave as an accommodation under the ADA in a broader sense. When contemplating such issue, the “oxymoronic anomaly” relating to this issue comes to the fore. Just what is this anomaly?

Report: County faces tough budget talks
6/9/14 Ottawa Herald
As the Franklin County Board of Commissioners heads into 2015 budget talks this week, officials are tasked with figuring out how to cope with dwindling revenues outlined in a county revenues report conducted by Kansas State University.

Cattle Feedlot Nutrition 'Boot Camp' takes learning a step beyond
6/9/14 Drover's Cattle Network
“We invite in 30 graduate students from throughout the U.S. who are studying feedlot nutrition for a week-long short course,” said Kansas State University associate professor, Chris Reinhardt of the training, this year to be held Aug. 4 to 8.

Young Alumni Event Highlights K-State Day at the K
6-9-14 Kansas First News
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State young alumni, those who have graduated from Kansas State University within the past five years, are invited to a special event at Kauffman Stadium prior to the June 29 K-State Day at the K game.

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

*Harmonic Generation Promising for Powerful Light Source
6/6/14 Photonics
“High-order harmonic generation has been considered a very promising way to provide the tabletop coherent light sources in the extreme UV to x-ray regions, but so far is limited by its low intensity,” said Cheng Jin, a lead researcher and physics research associate at Kansas State University.

*KSU hosts national summit June 9-10 to improve rural access to healthy food
6-9-14 Kansas First News
Local grocery stores are vital to rural America. But as small towns lose population to larger cities, the issue of finding healthy food in rural areas is a growing concern. To help small grocery store owners create sustainable solutions, Kansas State University is hosting the fourth National Rural Grocery Summit, June 9-10, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. Third St., Manhattan.

*Tick Exposure Can Occur in a Minute in Infested Areas
6/7/14 Health Day
"There are areas in this part of the country that the tick exposure can truly be massive. You can walk into areas and literally encounter dozens or hundreds of ticks," said Michael Dryden, a tick expert and professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Australian Drug Maker Jurox to Open U.S. Office
6/5/14 Veterinary Practice News
Already established in the Animal Health Corridor are companies such as Bayer Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and educational institutions such as the Kansas State University and University of Missouri veterinary colleges.

*How de-roling may help actors shed intense roles
6/5/14 Science Daily
"I asked myself that question," said Daijah Porchia, a Kansas State University freshman in theatre, Kansas City, Missouri. "How do actors handle intense parts without becoming depressed or negatively harmed?" 

University gets it right when it says, "enough is enough": Tenth Circuit upholds inflexible leave policy under Rehabilitation Act
6/5/14 Employer Law Report
Employers who have been concerned about the EEOC’s stance on inflexible maximum leave policies can find some comfort in the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Hwang v. Kansas State University, wherein the court held a six month leave of absence was a reasonable accommodation, and the University’s denial of additional time was not a violation of the Rehabilitation Act. 

*Quarter-scale tractor teams score high at international competition
6/5/14 KTIC
The winning streak continues. For the 16th time in the last 17 years, a Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor team has won or placed in the top three at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 

*Veterinary medicine students build doghouses to benefit Manhattan, Topeka humane societies
6/6/14 Little Apple Post
College of Veterinary Medicine students at Kansas State University recently assembled and painted doghouses in the Homes for Hounds event to raise funds for two area nonprofit animal welfare organizations: Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka and the Riley County Humane Society in Manhattan.

New trading tool at farmer's markets
6/5/14 Kansas First News
Kansas State University Nutrition Specialist Sandy Procter says it’s important for all families to have access to nutritious food. 

Tips for dealing with storm damaged trees, gardens
6/5/14 Kansas First News
Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham provides tips for pruning damaged trees and assessing and helping garden plants survive the weather. 

L&P study validates SomniGel's 'cool factor'
6/5/14 Bed Times
The company validated its in-house lab results with third-party research from the Institute of Environmental Research at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The institute is part of the university’s engineering department and specializes in the study of the thermal interaction of people and their surroundings. 

Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium coming to Kansas State University Alumni Center on August 13, 2014 - growers and ag professional encouraged to register
6/5/13 The Intelligencer
Key industry experts will discuss the benefits of agricultural gypsum at the fourth annual Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium: Research and Practical Insights into Using Gypsum. The symposium offers advanced education on the use of agricultural gypsum for managing soil quality. It will take place at the Kansas State University Alumni Center on August 13, 2014, and is co-sponsored by GYPSOIL, a division of Beneficial Reuse Management (BRM), and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA). 

KHP graduates new troopers
6/5/14 Salina Journal
The keynote speaker at the graduation was Bill Snyder, head football coach at Kansas State University.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My pet world
6/5/14 Chicago Tribune
Dr. Michael Dryden, a veterinary parasitologist at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine-Manhattan, says, "Using brewer's yeast is totally illogical because brewer's yeast is used in labs to grow fleas."

Landin lands national ‘military children’ scholarship
6/4/14 Clay Today (N.J.)
The program called Scholarships for Military Children announced recently that Jacob Landin is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship, which was awarded through the commissary at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He plans to attend Kansas State University. Landin, son of Jammie and Amy Landin, was a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society while at Oakleaf.

*Nutrition specialist explains use of SNAP at Farmer’s Markets
Sandy Procter
6/4/14; KSPR, KTKA, KSNT

*Physicist builds useful light source from harmonic generation
6/3/14 Space Daily
A Kansas State University physicist's proposal may lead to a new way of creating tabletop light sources in the laboratory. Cheng Jin, research associate in physics; Chii-Dong Lin, university distinguished professor of physics; and collaborators are developing a way to greatly enhance the generation of high-order harmonics to create powerful small tabletop light sources that are important to science and technology.

Multimillion dollar grant benefits statewide research program, K-State faculty, students
6/5/14 Little Apple Post
Kansas State University faculty and students will benefit from a five-year, $19 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health awarded to The University of Kansas Medical Center. 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

*Physicist builds useful light source from harmonic generation
6/2/14 R & D Magazine, Lab Equipment Magazine
A Kansas State Univ. physicist's proposal may lead to a new way of creating tabletop light sources in the laboratory.

*Unwanted souvenir
6/3/14 Emporia Gazette
You may have heard the phrase “leaves of three, let it be” when it comes to detecting poison ivy. Kansas State University horticulturists say it is a bit more complicated than that. 

KU Med Center receives $19 million grant
6/4/14 Topeka Capital Journal
The grant will fund numerous research initiatives, including research projects and startup funds for new faculty, post-doctoral fellowships and undergraduate student research projects. The 5-year renewed grant also supports translational research partnerships between clinicians and basic scientists, and provides bridging funds for national-level applications that are close to acquiring national funding. A major initiative of the grant is to enhance bioinformatics research in Kansas that builds biological information databases. Known as the K-INBRE Bioinformatics Core, the facility is directed by Susan Brown, university distinguished professor of biology at Kansas State University in Manhattan. 

K-State veterinarians give free eye exams to working animals
Amy Rankin
6/4/14; KSNT, KTKA, KJTV, KSPR 

Grant to help small growers cut losses
6/3/14 The Packer
A four-year research project by researchers at Kansas State University and the University of Florida aims to help small fruit and vegetable growers reduce postharvest loss. 

Kids learning about farm safety in Wamego
6-3-14 Kansas First News
“We try to give them training to make them safe and that’s our goal is to keep them safe and where they do not make a mistake that they lose a limb or a life.” said Kansas State University Research & Extension Agent Leroy Russell.

At school
5/12/14 Salina Journal
Kelby Green, of Moundridge, junior in nutrition and health; and Kelsie Hoss, of Sharon Springs, junior in animal sciences and industry, are studying at Kansas State University.  

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

*Creating tabletop light sources in the lab: Physicist builds useful light source from harmonic generation
6/2/14 Science Daily
A Kansas State University physicist's proposal may lead to a new way of creating tabletop light sources in the laboratory. Cheng Jin, research associate in physics; Chii-Dong Lin, university distinguished professor of physics; and collaborators are developing a way to greatly enhance the generation of high-order harmonics to create powerful small tabletop light sources that are important to science and technology.

Would consumers buy transgenic food if they believed it would boost health?
6/2/14 Food Navigator
A new scientific paper by researchers at Kansas State University examined the consumer acceptance of transgenic tomatoes with enhanced flavonol and anthocyanin content.

Researchers Working to Cut Fruit, Vegetable Losses as Part of $1 Million Grant
6/2/14 Gardner EDGE
Kansas State University and the University of Florida have teamed up to look for ways to improve the quality and extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables using tomatoes and spinach as their models. The work is focused specifically on aiding small-acreage growers who sell locally and might lack the washing, packing and cooling facilities needed to reduce food postharvest (after harvest) losses.

*Dawoud Bey exhibition opening at Beach Museum of Art
6/3/14 Little Apple Post
If a picture speaks a thousand words, Dawoud Bey’s portraiture has been providing a conversation on society and how we view ourselves for nearly 40 years.

Agribusiness: El Nino expected
6/3/14 WHO-TV (Des Moines)
El Niño tends to affect southern and western regions of the United States and Kansas State University Senior Ag Economist Jay O’Neil says the past experiences of El Niño years shows favorable conditions for central U.S. corn and soybeans.

K-State research and extension hosts farm safety course in Wamego
6/2/14; KTKA, KTMJ

Letter: Focus on issues
6/3/14 Lawrence Journal World
Rep. Jenkins’ claim that her opponent’s University of Missouri education is inferior to her own Kansas education in order to serve the people of her district is disingenuous. It is shamelessly selective since her opponent graduated from the Kansas University’s law school. Would either UMKC or Northwest Missouri State be better? Both are closer to our district than K-State or Wichita State.

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

*Exercise More or Sit Less?
6-1-14 Huffington Post
Research from Kansas State University in 2013 concluded that those who sit four hours or more each day are at a significantly higher risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The interesting takeaway was that four hours of sitting wasn't necessarily the cutoff for an increased risk. The likelihood of developing a degenerative disease continued to increase on a consistent curve from six to eight hours, and eight hours and beyond.

Drought sapping expectations for wheat harvest
6/1/14 Wichita Eagle
“Things have gone downhill since May 1,” said Jim Shroyer, an agronomy professor at Kansas State University and an extension crops specialist.
http://www.kansas.com/2014/06/01/3483660/drought-sapping-expectations-for.html

*Circuit court dismisses Kansas State professor's lawsuit
5/30/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Grace Hwang, an assistant professor at Kansas State University, had just signed a contract to teach three semesters when she received her cancer diagnosis before the fall term began.

GrowthForce CEO Stephen King receives education award from Houston CPA Society
5-31-14 San Antonio Express-News
As a result of King's work with the Houston CPA Society, Parish attended a three-day accounting workshop for high school teachers conducted by the accounting department at Kansas State University.

UAF veterinarian shares a world of agricultural knowledge
5/31/14 Fairbanks (Alaska) News-Miner
Back then the FFA conventions were held in Kansas City. “On a whim I applied to Kansas State University,” Lunn said. She earned a degree in animal science, then a doctorate of veterinary medicine. “That was the greatest decision I ever made,” she said. “I learned large animal and small animal medicine. It’s so well rounded.”

Use of food stamps rises in Mayes County
6/1/14 Pryor Daily Times
“Without SNAP and WIC, we wouldn’t be able to make it,” wrote the owner of the Mill City Market in the small town of Mill City, Ore., in a survey of rural grocers conducted by the Oregon Food Bank and Kansas State University Rural Grocery Initiative. 

Brownfields workshop planned in Shreveport
5/31/14 Kansas City Star
The program is sponsored by the city of Shreveport, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program at Kansas State University.

At home living: When mowing, how long should you go?
5/30/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
But just how much should you mow? It really depends on what sort of grass you have. While some warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and zoysia can be cut quite low (1.5 - 2 inches), buffalo grass and cool-season grasses such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass should be cut higher, said Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham.