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K-Staters in the news — December 2015

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

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

*Therapist offers advice on coping with stress, depression
12/22/15 Medical Xpress
Kansas State University's Joyce Baptist, associate professor and marriage and family therapist in the College of Human Ecology, offers the following tips on how to avoid holiday stress, especially if it jeopardizes your mental health.


Kansas group plans to restore monarch butterfly habitat
12/22/15 San Francisco Gate
Shelly Wiggam with Kansas State University's Department of Entomology says she believes the grant has "great potential" to have a significant effect on monarch populations by changing rangeland management practices, and, in turn, increasing milkweed populations, which are vital to the insect.


Researchers Look For Ways To Slow Runoff, Soil Erosion In Farm Fields

12/22/15 Farms.com
Researchers at Kansas State University say they’re learning more about what causes ephemeral gullies – or tracts of land that are carved out when runoff pushes soil off of the farm field and into nearby waterways.

 

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

*Getting a drone? Here's what you need to know
12/20/15 ABC15 (Arizona)
Kansas State University Assistant Professor of Aviation Michael Most stressed that drone pilots should exercise common sense when flying unmanned aircrafts. Most said that unmanned aircrafts could pose a potential danger not only to aircrafts, but also to people on the ground.

*Kansas colleges show earnings gap for former students, may reflect cost of living
12/20/15 Topeka Capital Journal
Kerri Day Keller, director of Career and Employment Services at Kansas State University, pointed out that many of the top schools in the rankings nationwide were highly selective private schools, whose students are more likely to be wealthy and connected. About 40 percent of K-State students have parents who did not attend college.

Kansas State University to spend $6M more on student union
12/19/15 San Francisco Chronicle
Kansas State University is set to spend $6 million more than originally budgeted for the renovation of its student union.

 

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Gerontologist offers suggestions for families coping with dementia
12/17/15 Science Daily
The holidays can be especially disquieting when a family member, such as Grandma or Grandpa who has always been the center of the family, is suffering from dementia. A Kansas State University gerontologist suggests ways to help the family cope and include Grandma in the celebration.
 
Beta agonists wrongly blamed for fatigued cattle syndrome
12/17/15 Beef Magazine
That’s according to Dan Thomson, the Jones Professor of epidemiology and production medicine at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Thomson recently reported on the results of nearly three years of research into the issue, which first surfaced in the summer of 2013.
 
K-State, local leaders offer tributes to Krause
12/17/15 The Manhattan Mercury
Many other K-State and local leaders described Krause this week. Here are their comments.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

WalletHub’s 10 Financial Predictions for 2016
Dec. 16, 2015 WalletHub
Lance Bachmeier, Associate Professor of Economics at Kansas State University.

Seeing Green: The Importance of Nature for Our Health
December 2015 Mother Earth News
The presence of plants in a room, particularly flowering plants, can enhance recovery from the stress induced by an emotional video, quickly bringing brain wave activity back to normal, researchers at Kansas State University found.

Regents policy would require transcript notations and disclosure of criminal, disciplinary history on admissions forms
Dec. 16, 2015 Lawrence Journal-World
Of the six Regents universities, two — Kansas University and Kansas State University — already apply nonacademic misconduct transcript notations.

Kansas State researchers develop method for higher purity in wheat flour
Dec. 16, 2015 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University researchers have developed a new testing method to help millers assure wheat flour purity that will meet baking industry standards and consumers’ expectations.

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Holiday foods: Tips on storage and shelf life
12/15/15 The Examiner
If you receive a gift of food this holiday season, ensure quality and safety by following the storage guidelines listed below, says Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension.

*Researchers Breed Pigs Resistant to PRRS Virus
12/15/15 Veterinary Practice News
A team of researchers at Kansas State University, the University of Missouri and global biotechnology company Genus plc say they have developed pigs that are resistant to the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus.

K-State Researcher Seeks New Ways To Battle Johnsongrass
12/15/15 Farms.com
Michael Smith, Kansas State University professor of entomology, is part of a new five-year, $4.8 million research project supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which intends to find genetic material in Johnsongrass that could help fight the noxious weed and improve grain sorghum's tolerance of these pests.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Kansas school regents to mull notations for sexual assault
12/14/15 San Francisco Gate
Some schools, such as Kansas University and Kansas State University, already add transcript notations whenever students are expelled for nonacademic misconduct.

*PRRS-resistant pigs developed through gene editing
12/14/15 Made in China
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has been terrorizing the pork industry for over 25 years, but the end may be in sight. Researchers and scientists from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and Genus pIc bred pigs that are not affected by PRRS.

Fake vs. real Christmas trees: The perennial debate
12/15/15 Global News
"Recent studies have found that as plastic trees age, they can start to release a kind of lead dust into your home. That alone could have a real impact on how long we want to keep an artificial tree before replacing it – perhaps with a live tree," said Jennifer Smith, horticulturist with Kansas State University. 

 

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

The 20 best college towns in America
12/13/15 Business Insider
11. Manhattan, Kansas — home of Kansas State University

*Detective veterinarian pursues mysterious globe-trotting virus
12/11/15 Harvest Public Media
PED’s devastation has also prompted additional research into feed, including how to safely manufacture it if ingredients are contaminated. Jason Woodworth, a swine nutrition researcher at Kansas State University, has been looking at the ability of PED to survive in feed mills. His work advances Dee’s identification of the feed bin as a player in PED’s dispersal.

K-State opens office park
12/12/15 Topeka Capital Journal
The Kansas State University Foundation and Kansas State University celebrated the opening of the K-State Office Park on Dec. 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

*This week's most influential drone industry news
12/11/15 JDA Journal
Kansas State University Polytechnic is offering UAS flight safety instruction as holiday drone sales expected to rise. Content will focus on two areas: classroom education on the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations for hobby applications of small UAS, and personal flight instruction with the program’s aviation experts in the newly built flying pavilion. The entire course will run three hours and will equip participants with essential knowledge needed to fly judiciously and confidently as hobbyists in the national airspace system.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

*Research Develops Breakthrough Technology To Address PRRS
12/8/15 Farms.com
It is a discovery that spans decades and careers: A team of researchers at Kansas State University, the University of Missouri and global agricultural biotechnology company Genus plc has developed pigs that are resistant to the most devastating disease in the swine industry.


Gut Bacteria Important Factor in Cockroach Gathering

12/8/15 Bloomberg 
Authors: Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Godfrey Nalyanya and Coby Schal, North Carolina State University; Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University; Wendell Roelofs, Cornell University; Aijun Zhang, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Not all healthy ingredient switches will work with Christmas cookies
12/9/15 NewsTimes.com
According to two Kansas State University experts, cookies can and should be enjoyed in moderation this holiday season. The experts provide tips to prepare, bake and store cookies safely, and offer advice on how people can alter ingredients to make cookie recipes a bit more healthful.

 

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

*Kansas seeks bigger piece of growing pet food market
12/5/15 Kansas City Star
Greg Aldrich, a research associate professor of grain science and industry at Kansas State University, has been developing its pet food programs since 2011, with an emphasis on innovation. This year the students helped develop a new gummy treat, similar to the Swedish Fish and Gummy Bears humans enjoy, and hosted about 200 people in the pet food industry at a Petfood Innovation Workshop in late October.

Market finds success through reducing food waste
12/6/15 Portland (Ore.) Tribune
A 2007 study by RTI international, Research Triangle Park, Tennessee State University and Kansas State University found that 24 percent of respondents believed they should throw food away once it reaches the sell-by date, when the label is actually intended to tell the store how long to display the product.

*Holistic veterinarians endorse K-State rabies titer test

12/7/15 DVM 360
A new test panel developed at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has garnered the support of a national veterinary organization. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association has endorsed the lab’s rabies titer test, an antibody test that can measure an animal’s immune response to the rabies virus.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Kansas university faculty seek halt of concealed weapons law
12/3/15 Houston Chronicle
Forty distinguished professors from Kansas State University have signed a letter to the state Legislature, seeking a halt to plans to allow concealed weapons on campus.
 
Method for higher purity in wheat flour developed
12/3/15 Science Daily
Kansas State University researchers have developed a new testing method to help millers assure wheat flour purity that will meet baking industry standards and consumers' expectations.
 
Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline
12/3/15 High Plains Journal
A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer’s groundwater beyond the aquifer’s recharge rate peaked in 2006. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

*Novel pestivirus affecting swine discovered by researchers
12/2/15 ScienceDaily
Researchers at Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have discovered a virus that's been a real pest for pigs and hope the diagnostic tests they've developed to detect the virus are a step toward understanding the disease.

*K-State professors: Repeal law opening colleges to concealed guns
12/2/15 The Wichita Eagle
Forty Kansas State University distinguished professors have signed a letter to the Legislature, seeking to halt the plan to allow concealed weapons on campus, the university reported Wednesday.

*KSU commencement exercises to take place next weekend
12/2/15 KMAN 1350 AM
Throw your caps in the air! Commencement exercises will soon take place at K-State.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Monsanto takes action to fight climate change with carbon neutral crop production program
12/1/15 Yahoo! Finance
“This program is a critical step in the agriculture’s overall effort to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Chuck Rice, Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University and an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. “The recent IPCC report indicated that agriculture is a significant pathway to mitigating greenhouse gases. Similar to other formalized carbon offset and renewable energy credit programs, organizations have started to invest in verified offsets originating from agricultural activities. Agriculture can be a positive force in the fight against climate change, and it’s important to see Monsanto stepping forward in this way.”

Fashion truck turns into holiday pop-up
12/1/15 The Kansas City Star
Owners Kristi Sargent and her future mother-in-law, Janet Schmutzler, rolled out the truck this spring. Sargent has a degree in fashion design and marketing from Kansas State University.


*K-State announces schedule for graduation ceremonies
12/1/15 The Manhattan Mercury 
K-State’s fall commencement ceremonies for the Manhattan campus and the polytechnic campus in Salina will be held Dec. 11. The Manhattan campus also will hold graduation ceremonies Dec. 12. - See more at: http://themercury.com/articles/k-state-announces-schedule-for-graduation-ceremonies#sthash.cjzUh47f.dpuf

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Monsanto takes action to fight climate change with carbon neutral crop production program
12/1/15 Yahoo! Finance
“This program is a critical step in the agriculture’s overall effort to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Chuck Rice, Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University and an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. “The recent IPCC report indicated that agriculture is a significant pathway to mitigating greenhouse gases. Similar to other formalized carbon offset and renewable energy credit programs, organizations have started to invest in verified offsets originating from agricultural activities. Agriculture can be a positive force in the fight against climate change, and it’s important to see Monsanto stepping forward in this way.”

Collaboration key to antibiotic stewardship
12/1/15 Chad Moyer blog
"Stewardship is a cycle, not something we do and then forget," said Dr. Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology at Kansas State University. "Stewardship is a commitment to a cycle."

Staff of one aims to grow bulk solids research center
12/1/15 Salina Journal
John Lawrence, so far a staff of one, is working to develop research projects at the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center.