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K-Staters in the news — April 2015

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

*Kansas State awards $500K in grants for global food research
April 29, 2015 The Washington Times
Kansas State University has awarded $500,000 in grants to faculty members who are researching way to boost food production as the world population grows.

Study explores non-biological factors that may cause fewer men to seek bariatric surgery
April 29, 2015 News Medical
He pointed to a 2014 study from Kansas State University showing differences in health satisfaction between obese men and women. That study found that 72.8 percent-94.0 percent of overweight and obese men were satisfied with their health as compared to 56.7 percent-85.0 percent of overweight and obese women.

*7 Signs You May Be a Workaholic
April 29, 2015 Huffington Post
Although some CEOs and managers may feel secretly giddy when they've hired someone who is willing to work all hours of the day and night, in the long-term, it hurts companies -- and individuals. A 2013 study by Kansas State University reports that people who work more than 50 hours per week were likely to suffer both physical and mental health consequences.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

*Start Healthy Eating Habits Early to Head Off Obesity in Kids
4/28/15 U.S. News and World Report
Obese children are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea, according to Kansas State University researchers.

Dollar Overrides Favorable Planting Weather
4/29/15 Ag Web
K-State University reports of stripe rust in central and eastern Kansas continue early this week

Kansas lawmakers returning from spring break to tackle crowded agenda topped by budget, taxes
4/29/15 Daily Reporter
Higher education spending is a key budget issue. Before lawmakers began their spring break early this month, House and Senate negotiators had agreed on a proposal to keep state funding for higher education stable while freezing tuition at state universities for two years. But Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz said the proposal could hurt its ability to provide high-quality academic programs.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

*What's the most dangerous thing in YOUR kitchen? Tea towels and mobile phones riddled with bacteria, scientists warn
4/28/15 Daily Mail (U.K.)
Lead researcher Dr Jeannie Sneed, of Kansas State University, said the study revealed how families were putting themselves in danger in the kitchen.

'Sticky Traps' premieres this week at Copaken Stage
4/28/15 AXS
Jackson is an award winning graduate of Julliard and Kansas State University. His plays have been performed in many places including New York's Lincoln Center in addition to KCREP. TV credits include "Southland" (NBC), "Lights Out" (FX), "Shameless" (Showtime), and a current continuing commission to write "Resurrection" (ABC).

Bird flu spreads north, dooming millions of chickens and turkeys
4/27/15 The Kansas City Star
For this reason the Kansas State University students doing research in the school's poultry unit enter through a single door, stamp their shoes on a mat saturated in disinfectant and change clothes before and after handling the chickens.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

New avian flu viruses send US scientists scrambling
4/26/15 Fox News
"This is something we need to avoid: it is something that could happen and which we have to look for," said Dr. Jurgen Richt, an expert in avian influenza at Kansas State University.

New scholarly books
4/24/15 Chronicle of Higher Education
The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 by David R. Stone, Kansas State University, (University Press of Kansas; 368 pages; $34.95). Focuses on campaigns during the first 18 months of the war.

*K-State to host touring exhibit of early Shakespeare folio
4/27/15 Washington Times
Kansas State University will host an exhibition featuring a rare “First Folio” of the Bard’s plays in February 2016.



Friday, April 24, 2015

*6 Places Germs Are Lurking in Your Kitchen
04/23/15 MSN
Kansas State University researchers analyzed the food prep practices of 123 people.  They divided the participants into two groups. One group received education on keeping kitchen utensils and surfaces clean, while the other group did not.  Then they were video-taped while cooking a meal which included raw poultry or beef, paired with a fruit salad.
 
How Iowa case could change elders' sex rights
04/23/15 USA Today
"You've got all this attention on this — so now is the time to make changes," said Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University.
 
*New K-State Vet College Dean
04/23/15 KSAL
Kansas State has picked a new leader for its College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tammy Beckham said in a news release that she’s “honored to have been chosen.” She’s now the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in College Station, Texas.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

* Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker To Be Honored At KSU Graduation
April 22, 2015 WIBW
Former Topeka native Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker will be honored by Kansas State University with an honorary doctorate degree during the graduate school's commencement and serve as the commencement speaker May 15th this year.

Pass the salt: beef cattle gains increased in DDGS study
April 22, 2015 High Plains/Medwest Ag Journal
A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.

* Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'
April 22, 2015 Space Daily
The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

*K-State Salina names new airport management professor
4/21/15 Bloomberg Business
Kansas State University Salina has a new professor leading its airport management program.

Bird flu in Iowa: Will egg prices go up?
4/22/15 Los Angeles Times
This outbreak of bird flu, the second reported in Iowa this month, is a sign that routine screening for the disease is working, said R. Scott Beyer, an associate professor at Kansas State University and state extension poultry specialist.

Website Promoting Nonprofit Colleges and Universities Published 2015 Students Before Profits Award Ranking for Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs
4/22/15 Bloomberg Business
The "Students Before Profits Award" series of rankings attempts to counteract online education's negative reputation fostered by the exploitative practices of some for-profit online education companies by highlighting online schools that put "students before profits and education before the bottom line." Among the colleges awarded is Kansas State University.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teach children how to read food labels and more advice from a nutritionist on raising healthy eaters
4/20/15 Yahoo News
Good eating habits could ward off obesity, says Tanda Kidd, an associate professor of human nutrition and extension specialist at Kansas State University who has made kids the focus of much of her research.

7 signs your significant other is terrible with money
4/20/15 Business Insider
Financial arguments are some of the most difficult for couples to overcome, according to recent research from Kansas State University.

K-State president criticizes proposed tuition freeze
4/20/15 San Francisco Gate
The president of Kansas State University is speaking out against a proposal to freeze college tuition in the state.

NIAR, K-State researching how environmental factors affect drones
4/20/15 Bloomberg Business
The National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State is participating in a study with Kansas State University that focuses on minimizing risk of the operation of unmanned aerial systems in the national airspace.

KSU students to go on the road to care for shelter animals
4/20/15 Chronicle of Higher Education
Veterinary students at Kansas State University are going on the road to care for shelter animals.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

K-State president criticizes tuition freeze
4/19/15 Topeka Capital Journal
The president of Kansas State University is speaking out against a proposal to freeze college tuition in the state.

Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78
4/13/15 New York Times
Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University, said a person with dementia might not assent with words, but with body language or facial expression.

K-State students to go on the road to care for shelter animals
4/19/15 Houston Chronicle
Veterinary students at Kansas State University are going on the road to care for shelter animals.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Selk Says To Evaluate Udder Soundness After Calving As Culling Criteria
April 15, 2015 Farms.com
Recent new research at Kansas State University (Bradford, 2014 KSU Cattlemen’s Day) with large numbers of Hereford data has given even greater hope that improvement in udder quality can be made. They found heritabilities of .32 for overall udder score, .31 for suspension, and .28 for teat size. Plus, genetic correlations between traits were strong (.83). This means that selection for one trait (teat size or suspension) will result in improvement in the other trait.

Sonic Foundry Announces Finalists in the 11th Annual Enterprise Video Awards
April 15, 2015 Bloomberg Business
Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced the finalists for the company's Enterprise Video Awards. Global Reach Award: Recognizes a successful initiative that connects the international community through video Florida International University College of Business Technology Center; Kansas State University.

New leader named for Kansas Regents as Andy Tompkins says he’s stepping down
April 15, 2015 The Wichita Eagle
Flanders, a native of Edson, Kan., graduated in 1986 from Kansas State University. He received a doctorate of philosophy in curriculum and instruction in 2004.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sonic Foundry Announces Finalists in the 11th Annual Enterprise Video Awards
4/15/15 Bloomberg
Kansas State University is a finalist for the Global Reach Award, which recognizes a successful initiative that connects the international community through video.

Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial
4/13/15 New York Times
Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University, said a person with dementia might not assent with words, but with body language or facial expression.

Lawrence Humane Society, K-State team up to help homeless animals with new mobile vet unit
4/14/15 6 News Lawrence
A new venture between the Lawrence Humane Society and K-State looks to transform the way shelter pets are cared for.

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Man charged in Kansas bomb plot called strange, troubled
4/12/15 New York Times
"I never heard anything radical or critical of the government or the Army," Gonzalez, now a 20-year-old computer science student at Kansas State University, said Saturday. "He struck me as pretty harmless."

Kansas study shows USDA land value surveys below market prices
4/10/15 Reuters
Actual farmland prices in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat state, generally run far higher than values shown from surveys of farmland owners conducted by the U.S. Agriculture Department, according to a study by a Kansas State University economist.

*Why can't KC be the Silicon Valley of the Midwest?
4/10/15 Kansas City Business Journal
Three Kansas City leaders shared their insight during the inaugural Ingenuity Central event Thursday at Kansas State University's Olathe Campus.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Study details animals' ability to adapt to cold snaps
04/09/15 UPI
"Identifying which of these candidate genes actually causes variation in responses to cold snaps will give us the potential to understand whether evolution to climate change can occur in both wild and domesticated animals," said senior author Theodore Morgan, an associate professor of evolutionary genetics in Kansas State's biology department.
 
Chinese pig farms and moonshine fuels sorghum boom
04/10/15 The New Zealand Herald
Some farmers in Kansas are being offered 35 cents a bushel more for sorghum planted this spring than corn, according to Dan O'Brien, an economist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The state is the biggest U.S. grower. The cash price for sorghum delivered in Kansas City slid 0.7 per cent in the past 12 months.
 
Dreaming of a better life
04/09/15 Newcastle Herald
Philpott was named last year as the inaugural winner of the Fulbright Professional Playwriting Scholarship, and he  travelled to the United States in November to work on theatre projects there. 
One was the US premiere of Bustown at Kansas State University in February. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

US farmers likely raising a glass to China, with sorghum exports soaring
April 9, 2015 ChinaDaily
Bloomberg.com reported that some farmers in Kansas are being offered 35 cents a bushel more for sorghum planted this spring than corn, said Dan O'Brien, an economist at Kansas State University. The USDA estimates it will cost $142 an acre to grow sorghum this year, as opposed to $497.26 for cotton, $350.33 for corn and $181.07 for soybeans.

The Germ Bomb That's Lurking In Your Kitchen
April 8, 2015 Prevention
Surprise! It's not your sink faucet or doorknob (though they're gross, too). It's your hand towel, and it's teeming with major germs that could make you sick—like, salmonella-sick. That's what food safety researchers at Kansas State University found when they watched videos of people prepping recipes in a test kitchen. In their findings, published in the journal Food Protection Trends, the tool we associate with cleaning quickly became a leading cause of dangerous cross-contamination.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4 ways to sabotage your child's financial independence
4/8/15 CreditCards.com
"It's financial enabling — parents are supposed to nurture and take care of their kids," agrees Brad Klontz, an associate professor at Kansas State University and founder of Financial Psychology Institute, which trains therapists in the psychological aspects of money.

Three win seats on the Johnson County Community College board
4/7/15 Kansas City Star
Nancy Ingram, a retired medical professional and Kansas State University graduate, was third with 20 percent.

Undeclared Allergens Account for Over Half of Q1 Food Recalls
4/7/15 Food Safety Magazine
Even a study by researchers at Kansas State University admits that beside the actual food items themselves, it’s impossible to calculate costs related to things like medical expenses, time off from work and lives lost.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

*Let Go of Mom Guilt Over Exercise
4/6/15 About.com
First, know you're not alone. Many parents—male and female, working for pay or not—feel guilty about exercising. "The guilt parents feel is because they think of exercise as a selfish behavior," said Emily Mailey, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, who studied this issue with a group of busy parents. "Fathers reported guilt related to family and taking time for themselves, whereas mothers reported guilt related to family, taking time for themselves and work."

K-State's Innovation Campus event aims to showcase region's ingenuity
4/6/15 Kansas City Business Journal
The invite-only event is the first of its kind for the Kansas State University's Olathe Innovation Campus, the host and creator of Ingenuity Central.

Recent rainfall leaves farmers wanting more; no crop damage reported from cold temps
4/7/15 Lawrence Journal World
Since Thursday, the Lawrence area has seen just over a half inch of rain, shy of the expected monthly average of just over two-thirds of an inch of rain, said Mary Knapp, assistant state climatologist with Kansas State University.

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring clean your money house
4/5/15 Huffington Post
Money is one of the biggest stresses of life. According to Sonya Britt, an assistant professor/researcher at Kansas State University, "Arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce." The FINRA Foundation just released a study that shows two thirds of people who are victims of fraud experience "severe stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and depression."

Top value Kansas colleges named
4/4/15 WIBW
Smart Asset found the top five value colleges in Kansas, in order: No. 1 — Kansas State University.

Chinese moonshine, hogs and drought fuel sorghum boom
4/5/15 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Some farmers in Kansas are being offered 35 cents a bushel more for sorghum planted this spring than corn, according to Dan O'Brien, an economist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The state is the biggest U.S. grower. The cash price for sorghum delivered in Kansas City slid 0.7 percent in the past 12 months.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Deal would spare universities from cuts, locks tuition
April 2, 2015 Wichita Business Journal
Budget negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate have reached a deal that would prevent previously planned budget cuts at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.

Stem cells: The next frontier in veterinary medicine?
April 2, 2015 Sun Herald, Gulfport Mississippi
In another application, Dr. Mark Weiss and his team at Kansas State University are looking at stem cell therapy to help with a very frustrating condition in dogs: that of atopy (itchy skin from certain allergies). Dr. Weiss states that what is most helpful about the mesenchymal stem cells are that they use activated stromal vascular fraction, when combined with platelet-rich plasma. Although this is empirical, Dr. Weiss hopes that the immune-system modulating capabilities of stem cells injected beneath the skin in "chronic itchy cases" will replace the need to use drug therapies on these cases that are so frustrating to pet owners and veterinarians alike. This study was mentioned in the March Issue of the veterinary trade journal Veterinary Practice News.

Valley Grain Sorghum Growers Likely To Face Rough Year With Pests
April 2, 2015 Farms.com
Dr. J.P. Michaud, Kansas State University entomologist, Manhattan, Kansas: “Natural Enemies of Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum; What Can We Expect?”

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

*Kansas State, Iowa State research child obesity program
April 1, 2015 Miami Herald via Associated Press
Researchers from Kansas State University and Iowa State University are using a $2.8 million grant to research a school-based program that combats childhood obesity.

Kansas lawmakers negotiate a tuition freeze
April 1, 2015 KC Star
Senate and House budget negotiators on Wednesday reached accord to avoid multimillion-dollar cuts to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University and to freeze tuition at all six state regents universities for the next two years.

Money Matters: When it comes to finances, don’t always follow the script
April 1, 2015 KC Star
According to research done by Bradley Klontz and Sonya Britt at Kansas State University, the first three scripts are associated with poor financial health, including lower net worth and lower income. They can also predict bad money behaviors.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kansas State, Iowa State research childhood obesity program
4/01/15 Kansas City Star
Researchers from Kansas State University and Iowa State university are using a $2.8 million grant to research a school-based program that combats childhood obesity.

How being in a relationship can affect your health
4/01/15 Fox News
But arguments about money are a notoriously touchy spot— and the largest predictors of divorce, according to researchers at Kansas State University. 

A little self-knowledge can go a long way
3/31/15 The Sydney Morning Herald
Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist in Hawaii and an associate professor at Kansas State University, reckons many people fit into one or more of four money belief patterns.