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K-Staters in the news — August 2015

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


Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

KC-centered Animal Health Corridor reaps global recognition
8/29/15 Kansas City Star
Say “Silicon Valley,” and people worldwide understand it’s a high-tech epicenter. Within the animal health industry, the same understanding now applies to the region bookended by strong veterinary schools at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.

US Project to Help Ghana's Poultry Industry
8/28/15 The Poultry Site
Kansas State University is a subcontractor in WISHH’s Assisting Management in the Poultry and Layer Industries by Feed Improvement and Efficiency Strategies in Ghana (AMPLIFIES Ghana).

Author of the “What Ifs?”
8/30/15 Oklahoma magazine
Sauer developed her love of writing at an early age while growing up in the small (population 2,018) town of Victoria, Kan. First, it was letters, and she still corresponds with a pen pal she’s had since she was 14. Later on, it was stories. But it wasn’t until college at Kansas State University that Sauer entertained the idea of writing children’s books.


Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

These Videos Could Change How You Think About Teaching
08/27/15 The Chronicle of Higher Education
Mr. Wesch is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University who has won some of the highest honors for his work in the classroom, including a national professor-of-the-year award in 2008. Yet a couple of years ago, he "got into a funk" about teaching, he says. After many years covering the same material, he was worried things were getting too routine.
 
Dry air, not altitude, makes fleas more sparse at high elevations
08/27/15 Chicago Tribune
"It's not as much about the altitude as it is about the dry air," says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan. "As far as I know, there's no magical altitude cut-off, where fleas don't live. Of course, the higher you go, the more sparse they become. While fleas that live on dogs aren't found where you live, there may be fleas on rodents that carry plague."
 
MediVet Biologics Animal Health Secures Additional Laboratory Facility in Manhattan, Kansas
08/27/15 Houston Chronicle
MediVet Biologics, a leader in Veterinary Regenerative Medicine & Biologic Solutions, announces today that a second US laboratory is to open in Manhattan, Kansas in early October, 2015. The location of the lab is in accordance with the continued partnership and long-term growth of research and development through collaboration with researchers from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Flea Products Fail, Or Did You Fail?
8/25/15 ChicagoNow
Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, says that statistically, veterinary product failures are often human failures -- either people forget to use the product or don't use it as directed.

Post-storm New Orleans: The good and the sad a decade later
8/25/15 MSN Travel
Now he honors the tradition with the museum housed in the long, narrow building rebuilt after Katrina by volunteers from Kansas State University's College of Architecture.

Cinnamon Health Benefits
8/25/15 SparkPeople
Kansas State University studied the effects of cinnamon on different strains of bacteria as well. 

 

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

*Exhibit about middle-class art marketer to begin tour
8/24/15 San Francisco Gate
An exhibit about a gallery that marketed art to middle class American homes beginning in the 1930s is going on display next month at Kansas State University before heading to three other museums.

*10 Terrible Credit Decisions That Will Cause Your Divorce
8/24/15 The Street
One Kansas State University study of 4,500 couples found that fighting over money, especially early on, is a significant predictor of divorce. Adding potential fuel to that fire: Credit cards. Plastic is great when used smartly; potentially devastating when abused.

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef
8/25/15 ABC-7
Consumer Reports contacted the National Cattleman's Beef Association and got this comment: "If all cattle were grass-fed, we'd have less beef, and it would be less affordable. Since grass doesn't grow on pasture year-round in many parts of the country, feed lots evolved to make the most efficient use of land, water, fuel, labor and feed," Kansas State University professor Mike Apley said.

 

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

*Exhibit about middle-class art marketer to begin tour
8/24/15 Washington Times
An exhibit about a gallery that marketed art to middle class American homes beginning in the 1930s is going on display next month at Kansas State University before heading to three other museums.

Consumer Reports Safety Alert: Ground beef
8/24/15 Consumer Reports via ABC 7 Chicago
"If all cattle were grass-fed, we'd have less beef, and it would be less affordable. Since grass doesn't grow on pasture year-round in many parts of the country, feedlots evolved to make the most efficient use of land, water, fuel, labor, and feed," said Mike Apley, Ph.D., and a veterinarian and professor at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and chair of the Antibiotic Resistance Working Group at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Cosmopolitan and Revlon Might Be Heading to Your Campus This Fall!
8/21/15 Cosmopolitan
Look for Cosmopolitan and Revlon on your campus this fall — and get a mini-makeover, free Revlon goodies, and dating advice from a Cosmo expert! Be on the lookout around your campus for details. Starting August 25, we'll be dropping by each of the following colleges as part of the Love Is On Campus Tour: 9/15: Kansas State University, K-State Student Union.

Friday, Aug. 21., 2015

A pet-friendly fountain beats sipping from the fish tank
Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, says that statistically, veterinary product failures are often human failures -- either people forget to use the product or don't use it as directed. In some cases, owners believe their dog swallowed a chewable when the pet actually spit it out or threw it up.
 
Paul G. Allen Ebola Program unveils containment units to reduce biohazard risks
08/20/15 San Francisco Gate
According to the Times, previous experience with vaccine development with Kansas State University struck a chord with him and may have led him into further interest and involvement with Ebola.
 
Exercise vs. Multiple Myeloma
8/12/15 Myeloma Crowd
The reason has to do with blood flow delivery and oxygen, according to Bradley Behnke, Ph.D., a physiology researcher at Kansas State University. “Tumors contain areas of low oxygen (termed hypoxia), which make them resistant to radiotherapy and more likely to metastasize,” says Behnke. Exercise appears to combat this issue – increasing the amount of blood flow to the tumor, resulting in better oxygenation of the tumor.

Wednesday, Aug. 19., 2015

*Designing enhanced treatment options for animals using 3-D printing
8/18/15 Phys.org
A research project by an interior architecture & product design student at Kansas State University is one that could get some tails wagging.

*Researchers modify camelina to produce highest levels yet in transgenic plant oil of novel lipid acetyl-TAG; biofuel and industrial use
8/18/15 Green Car Congress 
Researchers at Kansas State University led by Professor Timothy Durrett and their colleagues at Michigan State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln haveengineered Camelina sativa—a non-food oilseed crop—to produce high levels (up to 85 mol%) of acetyl-triacylglycerols (acetyl-TAGs, or ac-TAGs)—a novel plant oil lipid with possible biofuel or industrial uses.

DroneU: Flying the friendly skies of unmanned aerial vehicles
8/18/15 University Business Magazine 
So far, the FAA works with over 100 industry leaders and 13 institutions, including Drexel University; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Kansas State University; Kansas University; Montana State University; New Mexico State University; North Carolina State University; Oregon State University; University of Alabama, Huntsville; University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and Wichita State University.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

*How college students can save money on pricey textbooks
8/17/15 The Washington Post
A study by the Student Public Interest Research Groups concluded that students could save an average $128 a course if school swapped dead-tree texts for an open-source books. The advocacy group studied open-source pilot programs at five universities, including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Kansas State University, and found it cost students far less than buying traditional textbooks.

RGF environmental HVAC products attack airborne bacteria responsible for pathogenic contaminants such as Legionnaires' disease
8/18/15 Yahoo! Finance
RGF Environmental Group, headquartered in Riviera Beach, said a recent study conducted by Kansas State University shows a 99%+ kill rate of legionella when treated by RGF's Pan Saver®. The patented Pan Saver™ unit was designed to eliminate microbial growth in HVAC system condensate pans and drain lines. Since legionella grows in water, the condensate pan is often the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

*Oilseed plants being considered for biofuels
8/18/15 Digital Journal
The research was performed at Kansas State University. The findings have been published in Plant Biotechnology Journal; with the paper headed "Metabolic engineering of oilseed crops to produce high levels of novel acetyl glyceride oils with reduced viscosity, freezing point and calorific value."

 

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

*Researchers work on possible diesel replacement
8/16/15 Yahoo! News
But researchers may have solved the viscosity problem, said Tim Durrett, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Kansas State University, who is working on the project with experts from Michigan State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

5 Things We Learned From the 'Point of No Return' Climate Solutions AMA
8/14/15 Rolling Stone
"I would also add that 'awareness' is a key step forward. Talk about these issues with friends and families," said Kansas State University grasslands ecologist Dr. Jesse Nippert, adding, "Engagement with others also has more relevance when it's local – notice/record 'small things' in your community like changes in plant phenology (first flower, leaf drop), first freeze/thaw dates, rainfall amounts, etc….[C]itizen science has been a HUGE movement and source of invaluable data recording climate change."

Topeka restaurant owners forced to raise prices due to low egg supply
8/15/15 Topeka Capital Journal
Repopulating a laying operation takes time, according to R. Scott Beyer, a poultry specialist with Kansas State University extension. Many complexes “layer” their birds, so under normal circumstances only a small percentage of the hens would become too old to produce at a time, he said. Some operations have as many as 5 million hens between 17 weeks and about two years old.

 

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

*Biochemist studies oilseed plants for biofuel, industrial development
08/13/15 Science Daily
A Kansas State University biochemistry professor has reached a milestone in building a better biofuel: producing high levels of lipids with modified properties in oil seeds.
 
Controlling unwanted Bermuda and zoysia grasses
08/13/15 Kansas City Star
So how do you control Bermuda grass or zoysia that has invaded a cool-season lawn? Research conducted at K-State showed that glyphosate (Round-up, Kleen-up, Killzall and Kleeraway) are the best herbicides for the job. Glyphosate is a nonselective herbicide and will kill everything — including tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass. That means you will need to reseed treated areas.
 
Test may help decrease yearly pet vaccines
08/13/15 Phys.org
Scientists at Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have modified a test that measures an animal's immune response to the rabies virus, a change that will cost pet owners less money and may help reduce the number of yearly vaccines for pets.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Edible bugs are all the buzz
8/12/15 The Daily News
Two billion people around the world regularly eat insects, but that doesn’t mean many Americans will, said John Ruberson, the head of the entomology department at Kansas State University.

Pumping the economy
8/12/15 Kansas Health Institute 
According to research conducted by Kansas State University using the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, the top eight Kansas counties for market value of agricultural products are on top of the Ogallala aquifer in southwest Kansas. 

K-State University Plant Scientists Named Top Authors By American Society of Plant Biologists
8/12/15 Milling Journal Online
The American Society of Plant Biologists has honored two Kansas State University scientists whose work in that organization’s journals has been cited nearly 800 times since 2009.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Towns and Gowns: The 10 Best College Towns
8/11/15 BuilderOnline.com
So, who's at the head of the class? Manhattan, Kan., home of Kansas State University, scored No. 1 on the list, followed by Durham, N.C. and Columbia, Mo. The top five was rounded out by Berkeley, Calif. and Denton, Texas.

K-State Extension to hold disaster preparation 'challenge'
8/11/15 Topeka Capital Journal
A one-month disaster “challenge” will encourage families and business owners to complete steps to help themselves move forward up after severe weather, according to Kansas State University Research and Extension.

KSU Soybean App
8/11/15 RFDTV
Kansas State University developed a brand new phone app that provides an on-the-spot estimation of a given soybean field's yield potential.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

*Sweetener in some peanut butter may be toxic to dogs
8/10/15 6-ABC Action News (via the AP)
Kansas State University says the sweetener xylitol is showing up in some pricier brands of peanut butter.

Study: If you want to stay married, stop fighting about money
8/10/15 Philadelphia Magazine
But considering that time and time again, research and studies show that money is consistently the top reason for in-fighting among spouses, you'd be wise to sit down and discuss your financial situation before walking down the aisle. The latest one—out of Kansas State University—which broke down data from 4,500 couples as part of the National Survey of Families and Households, confirmed yet again that how much a couple fights about money is a high predictor of divorce. The results also found that it didn't even matter who made what or who came from what concerning wealth and finances, because arguments about finances can happen at whatever economic level you're at.

Study: Punishment for children not bad if done properly
8/10/15 Education News
Colin Fernandez, reporting for the Daily Mail, says a new study claims children who are mildly difficult to discipline may have what is known as the CEO gene, DAT1, suggesting that they are more likely to lead a major business in the future. Bad behavior in the classroom, however, can also lead to a withdrawn personality, which is not a good thing for future Wall Street mega-stars. Kansas State University psychologists studied health data for 13,000 adults and found that DAT1 carries the chemical dopamine to the brain. 

 

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

*Hey couples, it's time to stop fighting over money
8/8/15 New York Post
Even the healthiest of unions can be endangered by money disputes, according to a Kansas State University study.

Post-storm New Orleans: The good and the sad a decade later
8/7/15 Baltimore Sun via Chicago Tribune
Now he honors the tradition with the museum housed in the long, narrow building rebuilt after Katrina by volunteers from Kansas State University's College of Architecture. The space is crammed with Lewis' beadwork, books, framed photographs and memorabilia from the storm, including laminated New Orleans Times-Picayune front pages.

Blind K-State student makes us Kansas Proud
8/7/15 KWCH
Brett & Sierra talk with Charlie Wilks, a Kansas State University who interned with Brett this summer at Q92. He's been blind since he was 5 and he's not letting that stop him from accomplishing his dreams in radio.

Investigation continues into shooting death of college student
8/8/15 ABC 7 Chicago
White was studying to be an orthodontist at Kansas State University.

 

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

*K-State and Manhattan up for economic development award
8/5/15 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan make an award winning team.

*Descendants Keep Alive Legacy of 1877 Black Settlement in Kansas
8/6/15 The New York Times
Campers, many of whom are poor and have no background in farming, spend a couple of days on the Kansas State University campus learning the rudiments of agriculture, then the rest of the week among livestock and crops in Nicodemus, where a few descendants still farm the land. Dr. Holmes hopes to raise money to build a 20-bed dormitory for a camp on a site near the town’s old schoolhouse.

*Kansas State answers critique of bioscience research safety
8/5/15 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University officials responded Wednesday to federal inspections calling into question safety of bioscience research performed on campus while the university proceeds with construction of a $1.25 billion laboratory to study the world’s most lethal animal viruses.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

*'Tis the season for Christmas music in July—here's why
8/5/15 Fortune
“Christmas has such warm memories for so many people and music really affects our emotions,” says Dr. Jana Fallin, a professor of music education at Kansas State University. “You know how after you hear a certain piece of music, it takes you back to the senior prom or whatever? That’s why people love Christmas music so much. It takes them back.”

*Novel fatigue syndrome in feedlot cattle discovered
8/4/15 Science Daily
Researchers at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Iowa State University and Texas Tech University, have discovered a novel fatigue syndrome affecting feedlot cattle. The syndrome is similar to one affecting the swine industry.

*Drones will soon boost farm yields by providing eyes in the skies
8/3/15 Kansas City Star
“There’s a lot of interest, absolutely,” said Mark Blanks, unmanned aerial systems manager for the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University-Salina. “What’s not been proven yet is what the return of investment is. What is the value?”

 

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

*Colleges With The Happiest Students In 2015-16, According To Princeton Review
8/4/15 The Huffington Post
Princeton Review's ranking of the colleges with the happiest students places Vanderbilt as No. 1, Virginia Tech at No. 2, Claremont McKenna College at No. 3 and Kansas State University in fourth.

*Can Therapy Help You Balance Your Checkbook?
8/4/15 Inc.
Today, the association counts 210 registered financial therapists in the U.S., compared against the roughly 72,000 practicing financial planners. Some universities even offer financial therapy certification courses. Kansas State University has a graduate program which aims to teach students to "integrate relational, behavioral, cognitive and emotional elements with personal finance."

*Cattle movement estimation study sheds light on disease risk
8/3/15 Science Daily
A new technique developed by a Kansas State University researcher helps estimate the movement of beef cattle to determine the risk of disease.

 

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Smithsonian Hosting Innovation Festival in September
8/1/15 Travel Impulse
Some of the inventors, academic institutions, corporations and government agencies involved with the festival include C.G.I Technology, Ford Global Technologies, Kansas State University, Mars Incorporated, NASA, NRG Insulated Block, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Solar Turbines Incorporated, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Oklahoma, Wiperfill and Zugara.

How Kansas is killing investment in biosciences
8/1/15 Kansas City Star
Early on, the authority partnered with universities to recruit and support the work of top scientists. It helped Kansas State University and the University of Kansas stake out respective claims in animal health sciences and pharmaceutical research.


Southside High school practicing new fight song
8/3/15 5 News (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
Haver said that Southside will use a more upbeat and fast-paced version of the song, which is used by Kansas State University. Southside will also use a shorter version of the song that will be played after Southside makes a touchdown.