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K-Staters in the news — January 2018

Some of the top stories mentioning Kansas State University are posted below. Download an Excel file (xls) with all of this month's news stories.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 

National/International  

How I became the White House Chief Photographer: Pete Souza
1/30/18 USA Today
Who has been the biggest mentor in your career?
I would say John Filo. John Filo was an AP photographer based in Kansas City when I was a graduate student at Kansas State University.

State/Regional 

Are farmers successfully managing their farm debt?
1/30/18 High Plains Journal 
Charlie Griffin, a research assistant professor in the School for Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, calls this the “new farm crisis.”.

Local

K-State's examination of falling enrollment underway
1/30/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State’s hard look into declining enrollment is officially underway, said K-State Provost April Mason and Pat Bosco, vice president for student life, in a Tuesday letter.

Mason and Bosco said the university’s work with Huron Consulting Services, which began during winter break, is focusing on undergraduate student enrollment at K-State’s main campus in Manhattan. A steering committee, including Huron Consulting representatives and various K-State administrators, is leading the project.

*KSU contributes two collections of 78 discs to massive international digitization initiative
1/30/18 Junction City Post
More than 150 years of Kansas State University student yearbooks and newspapers are already available for free through the website Internet Archive, archive.org. Now, audiophiles will be able to enjoy two collections of K-State Libraries’ 78 rpm discs there, too — along with hundreds of thousands from other institutions.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 

National/International  

How often should you wash your tea towels and clean your TV remote? 
1/29/18 Daily Mail Online 
A 2015 study by Kansas State University found that, surprisingly, tea towels were the most contaminated surface during food preparation, fast becoming covered in bugs that can cause food poisoning.

State/Regional 

Is radon a problem in your home?
1/29/18 Kansas City Live
January is National Radon Awareness Month. That's why Denise Dias, with Family and Consumer Sciences at K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County, is speaking out to make sure you are safe.

Kansas shelter launches barn program for feral cats
1/29/18 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Students in the veterinary program at Kansas State University come to the shelter every other week and will neuter the cats at no cost. The cats get vaccinated as well before adoption. Cleaves hopes for future grant dollars to help offset the cost of vaccination.

K-State students suiting up for job interviews
1/29/18 KSNT TV
JC Penny in Manhattan held its first ever Suit Up event after store closing Sunday. The store partnered with the career service center at Kansas State University to help students dress for job interviews.

Local

Former Malawi president: U.S. investment in Africa helps promote gender equality
1/26/18 Manhattan Mercury
The U.S. government’s investment in the development of African nations has helped expand the programs that help women, said Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi.

In a speech on K-State’s campus Monday, Banda advocated for gender equality and called for the U.S. government, in light of its current foreign policy, to continue to work with African nations. Banda’s speech is the 177th of the Landon Lecture Series, the university’s most prestigious lecture.

 

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 

National/International  

'Sassy Chef' Renee Kelly's new TV show highlights local farms and restaurants
1/26/18 Feast magazine
It’s been interesting to do the research and development. We send everything down to Kansas State University to get tested, and I go to horse shows and get feedback.

State/Regional 

Shelter launches barn cat program
1/29/18 Hutchinson News
Students in the veterinary program at Kansas State University come to the shelter every other week and will neuter the cats at no cost. The cats get vaccinated as well before adoption. Cleaves hopes for future grant dollars to help offset the cost of vaccination.


* K-State students suiting up for job interviews
1/28/18 KSNT-TV
JC Penny in Manhattan held its first ever Suit Up event after store closing Sunday. The store partnered with the career service center at Kansas State University to help students dress for job interviews.

Local

Cook named K-State chief of staff
1/26/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State President Richard Myers has a new chief of staff.

 

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 

National/International  

MLK III: 'We Have to Work' on President's Heart
01/25/18 Associated Press, MSN
Martin Luther King III spoke at Kansas State University on Thursday, King said Americans must work on President Trump's heart and dissuade him from divisive rhetoric. King's father, Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at the school about 50 years ago.
 
When Life Gives You Milo, Make Vodka
01/25/18 Forbes
I decided to use milo following a meeting with Dr. Praveen Vadlani at Kansas State University. In fact, much of the research I did to figure out how to make vodka from milo came from research papers; the more I researched the idea of vodka from milo, the more I fell in love with it. It’s an ancient grain that is not [genetically engineered] and does not contain any gluten. And Kansas grows more milo than anywhere else in the world, so it’s also local.

State/Regional 

Martin Luther King III speaking at K-State
01/25/18 KSNT
“One of the things that we’ve been advocating and encouraging is courageous conversations,” Special Assistant to the K-State President, Bernard Franklin said. “So, we’re hopeful that people can begin to say I didn’t know that. That was an eye opening comment. That was an eye opening statement.”
 
Martin Luther King III reflects on father in speech at K-State
01/25/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
Fifty years ago, Sylvia Robinson remembers sitting in on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lecture as a freshman at Kansas State University.

Local

K-State dean to receive Family Wildcat Pride Award
01/25/18 Manhattan Mercury
Carol Shanklin, dean of Kansas State University’s Graduate School and professor of dietetics, has been selected to receive the 2018 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award. The award honors a current or emeritus K-State faculty or staff member for his or her advocacy of alumni relations, with a special emphasis on support and participation in alumni programs that engage members of the Wildcat family.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 

National/International  

Engineers develop flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics
1/24/18 Science Daily
In addition to Jonathan Claussen and Loreen Stromberg, co-authors of the paper describing water-repelling, inkjet-printed graphene circuits are: Suprem Das, an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Kansas State University, formerly an Iowa State postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory; Srilok Srinivasan, an Iowa State graduate student in mechanical engineering; Qing He, an Iowa State graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering; Nathaniel Garland, an Iowa State graduate student in mechanical engineering; Warren Straszheim, an Iowa State associate scientist with the Materials Analysis and Research Laboratory; Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and a professor of chemistry at Rice University in Houston; and Ganesh Balasubramanian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, formerly an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State.

State/Regional  

Prior to K-State visit, MLK III calls out Trump
1/24/18 The Miami County Republic
The son of Martin Luther King Jr. set to speak at K-State Thursday has made national news for criticizing the U.S. president.

Local

RCPD use of drones up in air
1/24/18 The Mercury
The Inspire costs $12,000 and the Mavic costs $1,200. Two employees are licensed to use the drones, and a third has completed training and is expected to be certified soon, RCPD spokeswoman Hali Rowland said. The officers have been trained by K-State Polytechnic in Salina, Schoen said. The department is working to secure a Federal Aviation Administration license.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 

National/International  

15 Million Hide A Credit Card Or Bank Account From Partner, Survey Says
1/23/18 CBS Boston 
“You don’t know what the other person is spending money on,” said Sonya Britt-Lutter of Kansas State University. “Are they spending it on another person, or are they spending it on something else that pleases them in a way that you’re not pleasing them as a partner or spouse?”

American Airlines Awards Flight Education Grants to 10 Innovative Aviation Organizations
1/23/18 Air Transport News
American Airlines announced the latest recipients of its flight education grant program, awarding more than $300,000 to schools and organizations working to grow and diversify the pilot population.


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State/Regional 

*Kansas State University earns No. 4 spot in ranking of top veterinary schools
1/23/18 Salina Post
A national publication produced by students for students has recently placed the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the upper half of a list of the top 10 veterinary colleges in the United States.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 

National/International 

Money secrets that wealthy, successful people know
1/22/18 CNBC
Author Paul Sullivan and colleague Brad Klontz, a clinical psychologist with an academic appointment at Kansas State University, conducted research on the differences in spending habits of the 1 percent and the 5 percent. The 1 percent spent 30 percent less on eating out and saved it for retirement instead."

State/Regional

She didn’t have enough to pay for her textbooks. Then a K-State student wrote a check
1/22/18 Wichita Eagle
Amy Buckley swiped her debit card to pay for her spring semester textbooks at the K-State Campus Store when she realized she was almost $200 short.

Local

In Focus 1/22/18
1/22/18 KMAN
The guest on today’s edition of In Focus was Dr. Timothy Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at KSU, and assistant director of the K-State Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy.

Monday, Jan. 20, 2018 

National/International 

Officials predict more wildfires for Kansas in 2018
1/20/18 U.S. News & World Report
Heavy rain from April through September last year prompted heavy growth of brush and grass, resulting in "large to significant fuel loads" across the region, said Chip Redmond, a meteorologist with Kansas State University's Mesonet. Abnormally dry weather west of Wichita over the past three months is depleting any remaining moisture and drying out the grass, he said.

Nigeria: Professor Daniel Saror speaks on 2019 — Buhari has a lot to do to win second term
1/21/18 All Africa
I went to Kansas State University in Manhattan and read Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1970.

State/Regional

*Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at K-State 50 years ago today; his son will next week
1/19/18 Wichita Eagle
It is 50 years to the day since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Kansas State University just months before his assassination, and now his eldest son will speak at the university a week after condemning President Trump.

Local

*'I was there': 50 years later, four attendees recall MLK's speech at K-State
1/19/18 Manhattan Mercury
Fifty years ago one of the most influential men in United States’ civil rights movement stepped foot on K-State’s campus.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 

National/International 

MLK III to Speak at Kansas State After Calling Out Trump
01/18/18 Associated Press and U.S. News and World Report
The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is coming to Kansas State University after raising concerns about President Donald Trump's recent remark about immigrants.
Martin Luther King III will give a lecture Jan. 25 in the university's Student Union.

State/Regional

Federal inspection finds no violations in death of Topeka Zoo elephant
01/18/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
The veterinary pathology department at Kansas State University was evaluating tissue samples taken from the elephant during a necropsy performed Dec. 11 on Shannon, he said.

Local

We must find a solution to international student decline
01/18/18 Manhattan Mercury
The drop in enrollment at K-State has gotten a lot of attention recently, and rightfully so, but it’s worth focusing on a more specific part of that problem.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 

National/International 

*Signed Copy of Eisenhower's Book Donated to Kansas State
01/17/18 U.S. News and World Report
A one-of-a-kind signed copy of a President Dwight D. Eisenhower's wartime memoirs has been given to Kansas State University.

State/Regional

This Kansas town was named one of the top places to live in the U.S.
01/17/18 The Wichita Eagle 
Falling just one point behind the best place to live in the U.S. in 2018, The Little Apple has been named the second best place to live.

Local

Wildland fire risk is above normal in central, southern Plains
01/17/18 The Wamego Times
The central and southern Plains, including much of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have a higher than usual potential of wildland fire through April, according to Kansas State University scientists and a government organization that assesses such risks.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 

State/Regional

Manhattan's the 2nd best place in the country to live
01/16/18 WIBW
As the home of K-State, the city's highest individual score came in education. Affordably-priced apartments and starter homes and low unemployment helped it score well in the housing and economy categories. 

Kansas Looks At Hiring School Counselors, If They Can Be Found
01/16/18 KCUR 
But to hit that 150-a-year number, Kansas will need to train many more counselors. “It is quite a few, right?” said  Debbie Mercer, the dean of the Kansas State University’s College of Education. “Preparation programs would really need to ramp up and I think that they’re ready to mobilize."

*Locals earn honors at KSU
01/16/18 Cowley Courier Traveler
A record 4,044 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2017 semester.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

National/International  

Are Your Money Beliefs Holding You Back?
01/14/18 Forbes
According to research performed by Dr. Brad Klontz and Dr. Sonya Britt, professors at Kansas State University, three out of four primary money beliefs (money avoidance, money status, and money worship) are linked to potentially destructive financial behaviors. For example, these patterns of money beliefs have been associated with having lower levels of net worth, lower income, and higher amounts of revolving credit. The other money belief, money vigilance, was not linked to problematic financial behaviors.
 
INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade
01/15/18 Daily Mail
With such powerful Chinese shareholders, the firm has the financial clout to become an ABCD "if they want to", said Jay O'Neil, senior agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

State/Regional

K-State team, Manhattan small business develop wearable radiation sensors for U.S. government
01/14/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
A tactical yet subtle vest designed at Kansas State University in conjunction with a Manhattan startup and a Virginia-based defense contractor will help law enforcement and military agencies search for nuclear material without being noticed. The research team behind the vest won a R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine late in 2017 for being a top new technology of the year. The award highlights novel technology brought from concept through design and research to full commercialization.

Local

KSU professor learns about students through death and dying class
01/15/18 The Manhattan Mercury
Albert Hamscher, a professor of history, said attitudes towards death and dying can tell us more about those who came before us, something he explores with students in a course he teaches at K-State. Hamscher, who has been at the university for more than four decades, encourages his students to look at the subject from a historical perspective and hopes they might get excited about history in the process.

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

National/International  

Rolling Admissions: 10 Frequently Asked Questions
01/11/18 U.S. News & World Reports
National Universities With Rolling Admissions: Kansas State University
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China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade
11/12/18 Yahoo! Singapore Finance and Reuters
With such powerful Chinese shareholders, the firm has the financial clout to become an ABCD "if they want to", said Jay O'Neil, senior agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

State/Regional

University Honors: Kansas State University
01/11/18 Sabetha Herald
A record 4,044 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2017 semester.

Local

Brownback's budget request wishful thinking
01/11/18 The Manhattan Mercury
By the way, we’re also happy to see the proposed funding level for K-State is relatively unchanged; the university is set to receive $98.4 million for the 2019 fiscal year, up slightly from the previous year’s $97.14 million. We hope that number stays steady as the budget process goes forward, because the university, too, has suffered from years of dwindling state funding and last-minute cuts.

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

National  

Learning Lessons From the Past in Current Farm Bill Debate
1/10/18 Houston Chronicle 
“Crop insurance is on everybody’s mind,” says Mykel Taylor of Kansas State University. “The clear message from people I talk to across the country is don’t cut crop insurance.”

Local

Kansas State University’s Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.1 billion milestone
1/10/18 Junction City Post
Kansas State University’s Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpassed the $1.1 billion mark in December 2017, making significant progress toward its $1.4 billion goal by 2020.

Brownback proposes same budget allotment for K-State
1/10/18 Manhattan Mercury 
K-State will see no major changes in its state funding for the next fiscal year, according to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget released Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

National  

*Breaking the Last Taboo: Talking Money With Our Partners
1/9/18 MSN Money
The frequency of money arguments is the greatest predictor of future divorce, a study of 4,500 couples showed. Fights over children, in-laws or sex aren’t as nasty as arguments over cash, the 2013 Kansas State University study found.

K-State Lab Can Now Analyze Forage Samples
1/9/18 Farms.com
Kansas State University’s Analytical Lab has expanded its services and can now analyze forage samples to give farmers and ranchers a clearer picture of what their animals are consuming.

State/Regional  

Sub-zero temperatures may have damaged Kansas wheat
1/9/18 McPherson Sentinel 
 The recent, stubborn cold spell that settled over the heartland on New Year’s Day made doing almost anything outdoors difficult, and likely did at least some damage to winter wheat in Kansas, a Kansas State University agronomist said.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

National 

Red meat is a window into the nation’s economic soul
1/8/18 New York Post
This is a prime indicator that the economy is strong, said Ted Schroeder, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, with economic growth forecasts reaching the fastest pace in three years. “The conditions around employment and disposable income are creating demand from consumers,” he said. “As income grows and we gain more confidence, we will spend more at establishments on meat, especially products like high-quality steak.”

State/Regional 

Greenhouse expansion provides home to additional wheat researchers
1/8/18 High Plains Journal
These new greenhouses will be the home to researchers from the Wheat Genetics Resource Center, Kansas State University’s Poland Lab for Wheat Genetics and Heartland Plant Innovations.

Local 

*K-State course seeks business owners, leaders
1/8/18 Clay Center Dispatch 
After successfully launching the program in Fall 2017, Executive Education by Kansas State University is looking for its next group of business owners, executives and leaders to apply for its second and third classes of The Executive Coach, set to begin March 21 and June 22, respectively.

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

National 

*Breaking the Last Taboo: Talking Money with Our Partners
1/7/18 Nasdaq/Nerd Wallet
The frequency of money arguments is the greatest predictor of future divorce, a study of 4,500 couples showed. Fights over children, in-laws or sex aren't as nasty as arguments over cash, the 2013 Kansas State University study found.

*Appointments, resignations and deaths
1-8-18 Chronicle of Higher Education
Karen Pedersen,chief knowledge officer for the Online Learning Consortium, to dean of the Global Campus at Kansas State University.
Bryan Samuel, director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to chief diversity and inclusion officer at Kansas State University, effective in March.

State/Regional 

*Kansas stem cell researchers may open the door to the future of healing
1/6/18 Topeka Capital Journal
That long research process starts, in some cases, in biologist Mark Weiss’ lab at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

*Kansas grocery stores vital to small town health, sense of community
1/6/18 Topeka Capital Journal
The store makes the town a bit unique for Kansas — less than a third of incorporated cities with a population of 2,500 or less have a grocery store, according to data from the Center for Engagement and Community Development’s Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University in Manhattan. David Proctor, the center’s director, said the number of small-town groceries has dropped since 2007 when he first began studying food access in rural Kansas.

Local 

*Martin Luther King III to speak at K-State
1/5/18 Manhattan Mercury
In observance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to campus, K-State will welcome the civil rights leader’s son, Martin Luther King III, to speak on Jan. 25.

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

National 

Need Motivation to Exercise? Try the Buddy System
01/04/18 Health
In fact, under the right conditions, the intensity and duration of exercise among workout partners can be more than twice that of solo efforts, according to research led by Kansas State University's Dr. Brandon Irwin.
 
New Programs: Nursing, Health-Care Management, Drones, Scientific Literacy, Health, Law, Social Work, Event Management, Marketing
01/04/18 Inside Higher Ed
Butler Community College, in collaboration with Kansas State Polytechnic, is starting an associate degree in unmanned aircraft systems.

State/Regional 

Here comes the solar
01/04/18 Salina Journal
This will be the second recent solar project in Salina. Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus unveiled a solar and wind project Nov. 8 outside the Student Life Center. K-State Polytech will use some of the power.

Local 

Jackie Hartman to retire from K-State Feb. 1
01/04/18 The Manhattan Mercury
A K-State administrator will retire from her position with the university next month. Jackie Hartman, K-State’s chief of staff and director of community relations, will retire on Feb. 1, the university announced Thursday.
 

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

State/Regional  

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy class
1/3/18 McPherson Sentinel
Kansas State University has launched Stay Strong, Stay healthy to help older adults regain strength and improve balance and flexibility and overall health in the process.

Local 

*K-State research team wins R&D 100 Award for wearable radiation detection technology
1/3/18 The Manhattan Mercury
A Kansas State University research team has won a 2017 R&D 100 Award for a vest specially designed to contain devices that detect illicit nuclear material. This is the team's fifth award since 2005 for one of the year's 100 top technologies awarded by R&D magazine.

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

National/international  

10 things we learned about strong families in 2017
1/2/18 The Spectrum 
4. Perceptions about money can impact marital conflict. When husbands see their wives as too "spendy," the relationship is headed for conflict, according to research from Brigham Young University and Kansas State University.

State/Regional 

Kansas State Polytechnic offers free webinar on UAS rules, regs
1/2/18 Salina Journal 
If you got a drone as a Christmas gift but aren’t quite sure of applicable laws regarding its operation, Kansas State Polytechnic has the answers.

BEECH: Food safety considerations for holiday food
1/2/18 Hays Post
That was my question to Karen Blakeslee, coordinator of the Extension Rapid Response Center at Kansas State University. We discussed the tins of popcorn, candies, jellies, sausages and other foods which may still be lingering in homes and offices. The good news is that some holiday food gifts can be safely enjoyed for weeks or even months to come. 

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

National/international    

*Couples 'Money Talk' Curriculum Reduces Stress, Increases Happiness
1/1/18 USAgNet
A five-week curriculum to get couples talking about money is increasing couples' happiness and reducing stress, according to a Kansas State University financial planning researcher.

State/Regional

*KSU’s Landon Lecture Series to feature former president of Malawi
1/1/18 Hays Post
Activist and philanthropist Joyce Banda, the first female to serve as president of the African nation of Malawi, will present a Landon Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Kansas State University. Banda’s lecture will be in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union and is open to the public.

Local 

Kansas drier than normal in 2017
12/31/17 Manhattan Mercury
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp said while none of the state is entirely drought-free, the conditions are not a concern because the timing of rainfall in 2017 was beneficial.