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K-Staters in the news — March 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.

Friday, March 30, 2018 

National/International 

Kansas' top military mind reflects on WWI and the parallels to today
3/28/18 Eastern Kentucky News WYMT 
Kansas State University President Richard Myers told a national audience: military might and diplomacy to match are the keys to holding the world together. During a panel discussion on the WWI centennial at D.C.'s national press club, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also noted peace is fragile. 

Researchers investigate riverbank erosion and resilience in coastal Bangladesh
3/29/18 Phys.org
Crawford and postdoctoral associate Munshi Khaledur Rahman, also from Virginia Tech's Department of Geography, are working with researchers from East Carolina University, Kansas State University, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in Bangladesh to conduct a three-year study on , human vulnerability, and adaptation strategies to promote resilience in the face of erosion disturbances.

State/Regional

Thursday, March 29, 2018 

National/International 

*Veterinarian clarifies misconceptions about toxoplasmosis, offers safety tips
3/28/18 Phys.org
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that can have devastating effects on an unborn child, and many women have been erroneously advised to get rid of their cat if they are pregnant, says Susan Nelson, veterinarian and clinical professor at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center.

State/Regional

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

National/International 

*Researcher studies risk of African swine fever in animal feed
3/27/18 Phys.org
Megan Niederwerder, Kansas State University assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, wants to prevent that.

State/Regional

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

National/International 

Linda Brown, student in Brown v. Board of Education case, dies at 76
3/26/18 The Washington Times
By the time the case was decided, Ms. Brown was of junior high school age, a level that already was desegregated in Topeka. Her family later moved to Missouri but came back to Topeka, where Ms. Brown attended college at Washburn University and Kansas State.

State/Regional

Monday, March 26, 2018 

National/International 

*Financial secrets: Here's why couples fight over money
3/24/18 USA Today
"Arguments about money is by far the top predictor of divorce," Sonya Britt, a researcher at the Kansas State University said in a K-State news release. "It's not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It's money — for both men and women."

State/Regional

Friday, March 23, 2018 

National/International 

Hawaiian Plants For Good Health
03/22/18 Arizona Daily Star
Houseplants have also been shown to help your health, wealth and happiness in other ways. Researchers at Kansas State University found people in hospital rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and were released from the hospital sooner compared to people in rooms without plants.

State/Regional

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 

National/International 

Fixing soybean's need for nitrogen
3/21/18 ScienceDaily
Hungria thinks these results will extend beyond Brazil as well. "But they have to be verified because the genetic background of soybean is different in each country," she says. Collaborations with Kansas State University, to verify if the results can be extended to the U.S., have just started. 

Regional

Manhattan city commissioners discuss pet licensing Tuesday
3/21/18 KMAN
According to Assistant City Manager Kiel Mangus, a study done by a K-State Graduate student estimated a 9% compliance rate for licensing pets in Manhattan. Mangus said they sold approximately 2,300 licenses in 2017 making about $20,000 in revenue, similar to the average over the past five years.

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

National/International 

Could our diet help depression more than we thought?
3/20/18 The Pool
Dr Mark Haub, a researcher at Kansas State University, has been studying nutritional psychiatry for over 10 years. He says, “We know there’s a link between food and mental health and mental status, especially depression.” 

Regional

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge gives kids jump start on business ideas
3/20/18 Wamego Times
The contest, which aims to support youths who have a concept that could lead to a future business, is in just its second year in Manhattan. This year’s winners advance to the state competition, which will take place April 24 at Kansas State University.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 

National/International 

Chloride as a Topdressing Nutrient for Wheat
3/19/18 Farms.com
K-State has done considerable research on Cl applications to wheat since the early 1980’s, mostly in the eastern half of the state. Results have been varied, but there have been economic yield responses in almost all cases where soil test Cl levels have been less than 30 lbs per acre (Figure 2).

Priestley Medal 2018 for Geraldine Richmond
3/19/18 ChemistryViews
Geraldine Richmond studied chemistry at Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA, and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, where she received her Ph.D. in 1980 under the supervision of George C. Pimentel. She was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA, from 1980 to 1985, and then joined the University of Oregon as Associate Professor. She was promoted to Full Professor in 1991 and since 2013, she is Presidential Chair of Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon.

Regional

City to discuss using vets for pet licenses
3/19/18 Manhattan Mercury
The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday will discuss a strategy to increase the number of pet licenses.

Monday, March 19, 2018 

National/International 

The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health
3-16-18 New York magazine
Mark Haub, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, describes nutritional psychiatry as a field where both mental health and nutrition professionals can “cross over and better understand how food and nutrients can affect mental health and mental status.” In particular, a body of research has emerged in the last decade linking healthy diet with the treatment and prevention of depression. (The particular definition of healthy diet vary from study to study, but generally speaking, the common link is nutrient-dense plant based foods and lean proteins — in other words, cornflakes and turmeric lemonade need not apply.)

Kansas State dominates College Series Classic
3/18/18 Bassmaster
Having found favorable clarity and appealing water temperatures during practice on Lake Keowee’s south end, Kansas State’s Zack Vielhauer and Will Andrie sacked a limit of 13 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic presented by Bass Pro Shops.

Regional

*K-State military teams conduct 24-hour honor of WWI soldier
3/17/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State’s military drill team and ROTC cadets honored a fallen Wildcat on Thursday with a 24-hour silent guard at the World War I Memorial Stadium.

Sky is the limit
3-18-18 Salina Journal
“It’s probably even more potential than we realize,” said Barnhart, associate dean for research at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina.

 

Friday, March 16, 2018 

National/International 

Here's Why Couples Fight Over Money
02/15/18 MSN
"Arguments about money is by far the top predictor of divorce," Sonya Britt … said in the K-State News. "It's not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It's money -- for both men and women."

Regional

Education key to American workers adapting to a new business world
03/15/18 Manhattan Mercury (Contributing piece written by Jon Wefald)
Wefald was president of Kansas State University from 1986 to 2009.
 
Q&A: Cindy Bontrager discusses getting inspired by students
03/15/18 The Collegian
Cindy Bontrager, vice president of administration and finance, speaks about how working with students has inspired her and helped her decide to stay at Kansas State.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 

National/International 

Fiberstar Announces the Winners from the 2nd Citrus Fiber Student Innovation Contest
3/14/18 Houston Chronicle
1st Place: Citri-Fi 125 to improve hummus. Kansas State University (Yuda Ou, Yizhou Ben Ma, Jingwen Xu) Citri-Fi 125 enhances texture, reduces syneresis and increases profitability of hummus.

*6 ways USDA is changing the nation’s school lunch program
3/14/18 Beef Magazine
Kansas State University (KSU) will guide the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Program:KSU’s efforts will help improve food safety for all of USDA’s child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Regional

Nick Jonas to headline UPC concert
3/14/18 The Manhattan Mercury
Grammy-nominated artist Nick Jonas will perform at K-State in April. Jonas will play at 8 p.m. April 12 at Bramlage Coliseum. Jonas, who rose to fame as a member of the Jonas Brothers, will perform at the concert hosted by the K-State Union Program Council.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

National/International 

Regenerative ag as the next BIG thing
3/13/18 Politico
— New research on weed resistance to glyphosate: A new study from Kansas State University researchers found that once certain weeds develop a DNA structure that immunizes them from the effects of the widely used herbicide, resistance can evolve as quickly as in one generation. Read the study here.

4 ways to encourage healthy eating habits in childhood
3/13/18 The Citizen 
Tanda Kidd, an associate professor of human nutrition and extension specialist at Kansas State University, says that parents and children should cook together, go grocery shopping together, and read food labels together to teach children about the nutritional value of their food.

Local

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

National/International

Researchers make breakthrough in glyphosate resistance in pigweeds
3/12/18 Phys.org
Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture and many other industries.

State/Regional

K-State Launch challenges students of all backgrounds to be entrepreneurs
3/12/18 Silicon Prairie News
For nine years, K-State Launch has been giving students from across the Kansas State University campus a shot at entrepreneurial success. The pitch competition, led by the Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship, is open to any graduate or undergraduate students on campus and encourages cross-collaboration between individuals and their colleges of study.

Firm awards scholarships to veterinary students
3/12/18 High Plains Journal 
As part of its ongoing commitment to the practice of veterinary medicine, Merck Animal Health, Madison, New Jersey, has provided an American Association of Bovine Practitioners Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award and a $5,000 scholarship.

Monday, March 12, 2018 

National/International

3 tips to help college students utilize their summer efficiently
3/12/18 Odyssey
The most important thing here is to look at your university’s transfer policy. Kansas State University has a nifty one that you can use online. All you do is pop in a couple of universities that you may end up near in the summer and then you can search by the transfer universities courses or K-State’s courses.

How to encourage healthy eating habits in childhood that will last a lifetime
3/11/18 Inquirer.net
By getting children involved in all aspects of food, not just eating it, parents can help kids develop a healthy interest in what they eat and encourage them to make more nutritious food choices. Tanda Kidd, an associate professor of human nutrition and extension specialist at Kansas State University, says that parents and children should cook together, go grocery shopping together, and read food labels together to teach children about the nutritional value of their food. Kidd also adds that planting a garden together could also give children an appreciation for vegetables, as well as giving families some quality time together.

State/Regional

Higher ed cuts in Kansas shifting cost onto student tuition
3/9/18 KCUR
“We are looking at ways of how do we reduce our costs and be more efficient,” said Ethan Erickson, the assistant vice president for budget planning at Kansas State University.

Local

*Working the games
3/11/18 Manhattan Mercury
Shortly after the U.S. men’s curling team won gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics, first upsetting team Canada in the semifinals and finishing off Sweden in the final, a K-State student joined American Olympians in the U.S. clubhouse for the celebration.

Friday, March 9, 2018 

National/International

USDA announces more local control for school meals
03/08/18 Daily Herald (Utah)
Other actions include … Selecting Kansas State University to direct the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs, which will help improve food safety across all of USDA’s child nutrition programs.

State/Regional

University students seek to protect Kansas higher education funding from cuts resulting from K-12 lawsuit
03/08/18 Lawrence Journal-World
Kansas State University student body president Jack Ayres, the current chairman of the committee, said in a news release that university students are already paying a high price as a result of budget cuts over the last several years.

Local

Bill that prohibits 'free-speech zones' has it right
03/09/18 Manhattan Mercury (Editorial)
You might remember that Kansas State University last fall released a statement reinforcing its commitment to free speech and the exchange of ideas. It said, in part, “Controversial speech and robust debate are expected and valued on college campuses and in our society. Moreover, the right to engage in such expression is one of our most cherished rights, protected by the United States Constitution. Without unwavering protection of that right, our society would suffer, and the vulnerable in our society would suffer the most.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018 

State/Regional

Wildfires Continue to Erupt in Kansas
03/07/18 AgWeb
Kansas State University scientists and the National Interagency Coordination Center began warning producers and fire managers earlier this year that drought in the central and southern Plains is causing a higher than normal risk of wildfire through April, stretching through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

New farm bill discussions add another layer of uncertainty for farmers
03/07/18 The Grand Island Independent
Farm bill issues were discussed Wednesday in Hastings by Art Barnaby from Kansas State University and Brad Lubben from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They updated about 30 farmers and ag officials on the process.

Local

K-State awards Kassebaum Scholarships to five high school seniors
03/07/18 Manhattan Mercury
The university received 165 applications, and a selection committee chose 11 student finalists to interview for the Kassebaum Scholarship. Of those interviewed, Kevin Colle, Hutchinson, a senior at Nickerson High School; Lilian Colburn, Manhattan, a senior at Manhattan High School; Allison Burnett, Olathe, a senior at Olathe North High School; Sara Wallace, Overland Park, a senior at Blue Valley West High School; and Anna Weigel, Overland Park, a senior at Blue Valley Northwest High School, were chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 

National/International     

The National WWI Museum and Memorial to mark final year of Centennial Commemoration of WWI at National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker, March 29
03/06/18 Business Insider/Associated Press
General Richard Myers, President of Kansas State University and a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force who served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 
Red wine compound may 'inhibit' poxviruses
03/07/18 Medical News Today
Researchers working at Kansas State University in Manhattan as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tested various concentrations of resveratrol in human cells infected with the vaccinia virus.

State/Regional

Fake Patty's Day to take over Aggieville in Manhattan
03/06/18 WIBW
K-State Police Lieutenant Bradli Millington said he wants the public to use common sense and be safe.
“Make sure you are in the property area so you don’t get an open container. Stay in the bars and don’t bring them out onto the city streets," said Lt. Millington. "Or, if your at your house stay on the property so you don’t end up in the street or on the sidewalk.”

Local

First candidate for K-State provost explains his vision for land grant university
03/07/18 Manhattan Mercury
Taber is the first of four candidates vying to replace April Mason, outgoing K-State provost and executive vice president, who will step down from the position June 30. He explained his vision for a 21st century land grant institution in an open forum interview at K-State’s Alumni Center on Tuesday.
 
Colburn earns Kassebaum Scholarship for leadership, public service
03/07/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State announced Tuesday Manhattan High School senior Lily Colburn is one of the school’s five Kassebaum Scholarship recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

National/International     

10 of the Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day
03/05/18 MSN
Dishcloths are also filthy: Researchers in one study, which analyzed 82 dishcloths from five major cities in the U.S. and Canada [PDF], found E. coli on 25.6 percent of towels and Salmonella on almost 14 percent of the dishcloths. Another study [PDF], published a year later, had similar findings. "Towels were the most contaminated of all the contact surfaces we tested," lead study author Dr. Jeannie Sneed, a Kansas State University food safety specialist, told Prevention.
 
Kansas State Library Upgrade to Add Group Study Rooms, Event Space and More
03/05/18 Campus Technology
Kansas State University is drumming up private financial support for a renovation of its main library's first floor. Under the new design Hale Library will offer five new "zones": dedicated to meeting, studying, relaxing, inventing and sharing ideas. Construction on the $6.5 million project is expected to begin in May 2018.

State/Regional

Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill to Protect Speech on Campus
03/03/18 Kansas Public Radio/Associated Press
Brian Lindshield, faculty senate president at Kansas State University, said the legislation wouldn't have much of an impact on his campus.  "I think a lot of what is expressed in this bill is covered by our policy already, so I don't think it would change a lot here," Lindshield said.

Local

OUR NEIGHBORS | Hughey works hard to help others, loves to give back
“I literally can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Hughey, a K-State associate professor of counselor education. “I think education is absolutely the very best job in the whole world. I love counseling, I love teaching others about counseling. I think it’s incredibly rewarding.”
 

Monday, March 5, 2018 

National/International     

Kansas lawmakers consider bill to protect free speech on campus
3/4/18 Houston Chronicle
Brian Lindshield, faculty senate president at Kansas State University, said the legislation wouldn't have much of an impact on his campus. "I think a lot of what is expressed in this bill is covered by our policy already, so I don't think it would change a lot here," Lindshield said.


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Fire forces evacuation of K-State residence hall
3/2/18 U.S. News & World Report
A fire at a Kansas State University residence hall displaced about two dozen students.

State/Regional

Topeka egg drop puts physics, engineering skills to work
3/3/18 Topeka Capital Journal
Sponsors of the engineering expo included Bartlett & West, Westar Energy, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the Foundation for Aeronautical Education Inc., Multiphase Microfluidics Lab at Kansas State University and the Greater Kansas City Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Local

*Patented vaccine technology offers options for cattle care
3/4/18 Manhattan Mercury
A new divisional patent issued to researchers at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine could help lead cattle producers to a path of least resistance by providing a nonantibiotic treatment option for beef cattle liver infections.


Friday, March 2, 2018 

National/International      

*Patented Vaccine Technology Offers Options for Cattle Care
3/1/17 Pharmacy Choice 
A new divisional patent issued to researchers at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine could help lead cattle producers to a path of least resistance by providing a nonantibiotic treatment option for beef cattle liver infections.

State/Regional

*Wine and chocolate compound may aid against deadly virus, K-State researchers say
3/1/18 Kansas City Star
Kansas State researchers have discovered that a compound found in red wine and chocolate, as well as other plant-based food items, may be capable of preventing smallpox and similar viruses from replicating in human cells. 

Local

K-State names four finalists for provost position
3/1/18 Manhattan Mercury
A K-State committee narrowed its search for a new university provost and executive vice president down to four candidates on Thursday.


 

Thursday, March 1, 2018 

National/International      

Helping students learn about the workings of top universities in US
2/28/17 Daily Times of Islamabad
The universities included the University of La Verne, the University of Iowa, St Cloud State University, California State University, Hiram College, DePaul University, Augustana College, State University of New York Plattsburgh, Wabash College, Southern New Hampshire University, Winona State University, Kansas State University, Valparaiso University, Western New England University, Creighton University, Colorado State University, Minerva Schools at KGI, University of South Dakota, SUNY at Buffalo, Northern Kentucky University, Pima Community College, Berkeley College, University of Bridgeport, Stony Brook University and Merrimack College.

*Kansas State University Researchers Using Gene-Editing Technology to Improve Wheat
2/28/17 Farms.com
Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a gene-editing technology is another positive step toward global food security.

State/Regional

*Patented vaccine technology offers options for cattle care
2/27/18 KTIC Radio
Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a gene-editing technology is another positive step toward global food security.

New record high set Tuesday
2/28/18 Hays Post
According to official statistics kept by the K-State Agricultural Research Center south of town, the mercury soared to 79 degrees yesterday, just barely breaking the former record for Feb. 27 of 78 degrees reached in 1932 and again in 2016.

Local

Wichita State student paper’s editors laments proposed cuts
2/28/18 Topeka Capital Journal
According to data presented by The Sunflower last week, the paper gets about 54 percent of its annual funding from student fees and the rest from advertising or other sources. The University of Kansas student newspaper gets about 20 percent of its funding from fees; Kansas State, about 55 percent; Pittsburg State, 51 percent; and Emporia State, 81 percent, according to the data.