K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT HELPING NEW ZEALAND WITH DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL GRADING SYSTEM FOR HYGIENE IN RESTAURANTS, FOOD BUSINESSES: Diners in New Zealand will have a Kansas State University graduate student to thank when they're able to make more informed choices about where they eat.
K-STATE CROPS TEAM EARNS RARE SWEEP OF TWO CONTESTS TO CLAIM NATIONAL TITLE: The Kansas State University Crops Team has again claimed the title as national champion, a feat that K-State teams have accomplished in eight of the last 11 years.
K-STATE, MANHATTAN PUBLIC LIBRARY SPONSORING MOCK CALDECOTT COMPETITION DEC. 6: Deciding each year which children's book is the best is no easy task. To get an inside look at the process, Kansas State University's Children's and Adolescent Literature Community and the Manhattan Public Library will sponsor the second annual Mock Caldecott Medal competition Sunday, Dec. 6.
SWING SENSATION BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY TO PRESENT HOLIDAY CONCERT AT K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM: The Grammy-nominated swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will put on its "Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.
K-STATE'S CHRISTER AAKEROY NAMED TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE CAMBRIDGE CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC DATA CENTRE: A Kansas State University chemistry professor is serving on the board of a prestigious international center that promotes the advancement of the science of chemistry and crystallography for public benefit.
K-STATE DANCE PROGRAM PRESENTS 'WINTERDANCE 2009' DEC. 3-5 IN NICHOLS THEATER: The Kansas State University dance program will present "WinterDance 2009" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. All performances will be in Nichols Theater.
K-STATE ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS USE THE VIDEO GAME ROCK BAND TO STUDY HOW PEOPLE ACHIEVE FLOW WHILE AT WORK, PERFORMING SKILLED TASKS: By playing the video game Rock Band for an hour, Kansas State University students were able to help a pair of psychology professors with their research to understand how people can achieve flow while at work or while performing skilled tasks.
K-STATE, TEXAS TECH PROFESSORS EXPLORE EXPERIENCES OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME: In a research project called "'My Kid Has More Chromosomes Than Yours!': The Journey to Resilience and Hope in Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome," Briana Nelson Goff and Nicole Springer are collecting information about how other parents developed the enduring spirits needed to manage the challenges of raising children with Down syndrome.
K-STATE RESEARCHERS PART OF INAUGURAL SUMMIT LOOKING AT WAYS TO KEEP KANSANS HEALTHY: An upcoming summit on keeping Kansans healthy will feature presentations by several Kansas State University researchers. "Cultivating Healthy Kansans: A Leadership Summit on Health Care Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention" will be Dec. 1-3 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The inaugural summit will focus on public health and chronic disease prevention and management.
K-STATE EXPERTS EXPLORE THE RECREATION OF THE WORLD OF OZ IN COMICS DEC. 3: Literary and popular culture experts from Kansas State University are offering a personal tour of the "Recreating Oz in Comics" exhibition, currently on display at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
REACHING MILLENNIAL STUDENTS: K-STATE ENGLISH PROFESSOR USES EXAMPLES FROM POPULAR CULTURE TO MAKE MILLENNIAL STUDENTS MORE PERSUASIVE WRITERS, BETTER CRITICAL THINKERS: Students in a Kansas State University persuasive writing class are learning to find their James Earl Jones voice, and it has nothing to do with emulating the actor's trademark resonance. Instead, students are learning to balance facts with passion in their writing by taking a cue from "Field of Dreams," thanks to Abby Knoblauch, a K-State assistant professor of English who uses popular culture to make students better writers and critical thinkers.
REACHING MILLENNIAL STUDENTS: K-STATE ENGLISH PROFESSOR USES INTERSECTION OF TEXT AND IMAGES TO TEACH MILLENNIAL STUDENTS RHETORICAL SKILLS FOR THE TYPES OF MEDIA THEY ENCOUNTER TODAY: If colonial patriot Thomas Paine were making an argument for revolution today, "Common Sense" would more likely be a bumper sticker slogan or a YouTube video than a pamphlet. That's why an English professor at Kansas State University thinks that teaching millennial students about rhetoric shouldn't be limited to the page. Instead, it should be a multimodal experience.
K-STATE CHAPTER OF PHI KAPPA PHI SELECTS FALL 2009 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Five Kansas State University students have been selected for fall 2009 scholarships from the K-State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society.
K-STATE'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PROGRAMS RECEIVE HIGH RANKINGS IN NATIONAL SURVEY: Kansas State University's accredited academic design programs have again been ranked highly by professionals in a recent survey published in the journal DesignIntelligence.
K-STATE STUDENT FROM CHINA WINS SECOND PRIZE AT STATE MUSIC COMPETITION: Tianfang Si, a Kansas State University student in piano performance from Hangzhou, China, received second prize in the freshman-sophomore category at the 11th annual Kansas Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions Nov. 8 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
K-STATE PRESIDENT KIRK SCHULZ PRESENTS REPORT TO BOARD OF REGENTS: In a presentation today to the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz reported on what his administration has done to ensure that sound business and management practices are in place at K-State now and into the future.
K-STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND DIETETICS RANKS 14TH AMONG THE WORLD'S TOP 100 RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Kansas State University's department of hospitality management and dietetics has been named one of the top hospitality management research programs in the world, according to an article in November's Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. Of the 100 programs ranked, K-State is No. 14.
K-STATE OFFERS FESTIVE TRIMMINGS WITH CUSTOM MEATS, BAKED GOODS THE ARTS AND MORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: Kansas State University is helping spread the spirit of the holidays with gift ideas, seasonal foods, musical performances and other activities.
GOT THE FLU? YOU MIGHT PASS IT ON TO YOUR PET: Pet owners who contract H1N1 flu may pass the disease along to their pets, especially if the pet is a cat or ferret.
K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT'S RESEARCH ON SENSORY EXPERIENCE OF EATING ITALIAN GELATO COULD INFLUENCE TASTE OF ICE CREAM, OTHER FOODS AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.: Sampling as many as nine gelato flavors a day while in Florence, Italy, was all in a day's work for a Kansas State University graduate student, whose master's thesis project may flavor the types of ice cream and other foods produced in the United States.
K-STATE DEBATE TEAM RANKED NINTH IN THE NATION: The Kansas State University debate team is currently ranked ninth nationally based on a poll of debate coaches from across the country. The team has competed in eight tournaments so far this semester with multiple top-10 finishes and high rankings of student pairings in many of them.
K-STATE DOCTORAL STUDENT WINS BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY CONFERENCE: A paper by Ryan Bergstrom, a doctoral student in geography at Kansas State University, is the first-place winner in the student paper competition at the 32nd Applied Geography Conference, Oct. 28-31, in Baton Rouge, La.
K-STATE STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2009-2010: More than 5,380 Kansas State University students have been awarded academic scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year. In all, K-State students have received nearly $15 million in scholarships.
ANNUAL FAMILY HOLIDAY WORKSHOP DEC. 6 AT K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART: The annual Family Holiday Workshop at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the museum.
APRIL MASON NEW PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: The dean of Colorado State University's College of Applied Human Sciences has accepted the post of provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University. April Carol Mason will join K-State early in 2010.
K-STATE ENGINEERING GRADUATE, PROFESSOR PATENT ENABLING TECHNOLOGY FOR SMART RADIOS, MULTI-BEAM RADARS, OTHER SPREAD-SPECTRUM SYSTEMS BENEFITING DEFENSE, CIVILIAN APPLICATIONS: A pair of engineers at Kansas State University developed and patented an algorithm that enables next generation smart adaptive radios and makes radars more effective by customizing the coding used in transmitting their signals.
SOME NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN POINSETTIAS TO BE OFFERED AT K-STATE SALE: Nearly 50 different varieties of holiday poinsettias -- including some never-before-seen types -- will be displayed and offered to the public as a fundraiser for the Kansas State University Gardens.
K-STATE'S DANA MINIHAN TO SERVE AS NATIONAL ADVISER TO ORGANIZATION FOR STUDENTS IN AGRONOMY, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: Dana Minihan, assistant academic coordinator and an instructor for K-State's department of agronomy, was recently appointed to a one-year term on the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences' national advisory committee.
K-STATE DEAN VIRGINIA MOXLEY FIRST RECIPIENT OF NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Virginia Moxley, dean of the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, is being recognized today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Human Sciences as the first recipient of the board's Public Service Award.
K-STATE CROPS TEAM WINS CENTRAL REGIONAL CONTEST: The Kansas State University Collegiate Crops Team placed first at the recent Central Regional Crops Contest in Manhattan. The K-State team placed first in all three phases of the contest: seed analysis, grain grading, and plant and seed identification.
K-STATE RESEARCHERS STUDYING LINK BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND CATTLE NUTRITIONAL STRESS: Kansas State University's Joseph Craine, research assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and KC Olson, associate professor in animal sciences and industry, have teamed up with some other scientists from across the United States to look into the possible effects of climate change on cattle nutrition.
PROGRESS REPORT NOTES K-STATE'S OLATHE CAMPUS AMONG THE WAYS K-STATE IS HELPING GREATER KANSAS CITY REACH ITS GOALS TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN A NEW ECONOMY: A task force working to help Kansas City stay competitive in a new economy is recognizing Kansas State University's contributions to the region, including the K-State Olathe campus.
K-STATE STUDENTS EARN HONORS FROM STUDENTS OF AGRONOMY, SOILS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: Kansas State University agronomy students earned awards and were elected to leadership positions with the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences, the undergraduate organization of the American Society of Agronomy. The awards and elections were part of the society's annual meetings in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 30-Nov. 5.
K-STATE'S DISTANCE LEARNING VIDEO GALLERY WINS CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AWARD: Kansas State University will receive the Association for Continuing Higher Education's 2009 Creative Use of Technology Award for K-State's Distance Learning Video Gallery.
K-STATE BREAKS GROUND FOR FIRST BUILDING ON OLATHE CAMPUS: A ground-breaking ceremony today at Kansas State University's Olathe campus marks the university's commitment to advancing animal health and food safety research and education in Kansas and the nation.
K-STATE EXPERT STUDIES OBAMA IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: Given the media blitz surrounding the last U.S. presidential campaign and that book authors are often inspired by the world around them, it's no wonder the market for children's literature has seen its share of books about the new president, according to a Kansas State University children's literature expert.
H1N1 INFLUENZA VACCINE AVAILABLE AT LAFENE HEALTH CENTER FOR K-STATE STUDENTS: The H1N1 influenza vaccine is now available at Kansas State University's Lafene Health Center. The first H1N1 vaccine clinic will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union.
K-STATE EMPHASIS ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO PROGRAM THAT WILL GIVE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS THE SKILLS TO PROTECT WATER RESOURCES IN KANSAS AND BEYOND: Kansas State University is poised to get young scientists and other professionals thinking about complex, public water resource issues and giving them the skills to do something about it.
AMONG FINDINGS IN K-STATE STUDY OF FROZEN FOOD PREPARATION, TEENS LESS LIKELY TO WASH HANDS, MORE LIKELY TO CROSS-CONTAMINATE RAW FOOD THAN ADULTS: A Kansas State University study has shown that when preparing frozen foods, adolescents are less likely than adults to wash their hands and are more susceptible to cross-contaminating raw foods while cooking.
K-STATE AGRICULTURE DEAN, AGRONOMY PROFESSORS RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS FROM AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRONOMY: The dean of Kansas State University's College of Agriculture and two faculty members from K-State's department of agronomy are recipients of national honors from the American Society of Agronomy.
K-STATE'S VISITING WRITERS SERIES TO FEATURE AUTHOR ROBERT DAY NOV. 19: Author Robert Day will read from his Kansas-based works as part of Kansas State University's Visiting Writers Series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.
K-STATE'S WENDY ORNELAS BEGINS TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE ACCREDITING BOARD: Wendy Ornelas, associate dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University, is the new president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Her 2010 term began Oct. 24.
K-STATE'S NOEL SCHULZ NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT OF INTERNATIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY: Noel Schulz, Kansas State University's first lady and Paslay professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected to lead the IEEE Power & Energy Society, a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 24,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry.
K-STATE'S NEW POWERCAT FINANCIAL COUNSELING KEEPS STUDENTS SMART ABOUT DEBT IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES: With the increasing cost of a college education, many students serious about pursuing a degree also must get serious about finances. That's why Kansas State University has launched Powercat Financial Counseling, a resource for students who need advice about personal finance.
SIDEBAR: K-STATE EXPERT SAYS COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES THREE KEY QUESTIONS BEFORE INCURRING MORE DEBT: Jodi Kaus, director of Kansas State University's Powercat Financial Counseling, said that college students should ask themselves three questions when considering whether to take on more debt.
COMMERCE BANCSHARES CEO DAVID W. KEMPER TO DELIVER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE NOV. 12 FOR K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: David W. Kemper, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares Inc., will be the fall speaker for the College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series at Kansas State University.
FAIR TRADE MARKETPLACE TO BRING A WORLD OF SHOPPING TO THE K-STATE STUDENT UNION: A special marketplace at Kansas State University will offer shoppers a chance to get a head start on their holiday shopping and improve the lives of artisans from around the world.
K-STATE CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERT SHARES TIPS AND ACTIVITIES TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT BEING THANKFUL: Though Thanksgiving isn't the only time children should be thankful, Kansas State University child development expert Chuck Smith says the annual holiday is the perfect time for families to stress the concept's importance.
K-STATE'S 'MR. MANNERS' OFFERS THANKSGIVING ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR KIDS AND ADVICE FOR PARENTS: Sitting down to a big Thanksgiving dinner can be quite intimidating for a child who might be questioning which fork to pick up first or which direction to pass the rolls.
K-STATE HOST TO SECOND ANNUAL OUT AND GREEK CONFERENCE NOV. 19-22: A national conference to help foster dialogue and create safer and friendlier learning environments at colleges and universities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fraternity and sorority members will be Nov. 19-22 at Kansas State University.
THEATRICAL MARTIAL-ARTS GROUP, THE SHAOLIN WARRIORS, TO PERFORM AT K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM: The Shaolin Warriors, a group of kung fu masters, will take the McCain Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of Kansas State University's 2009-2010 McCain Performance Series.
K-STATE EXPERT SAYS FEAR OF H1N1 AMPLIFIES NORMAL ANXIETY ABOUT SCHOOL, OFFERS TIPS ON HOW TO COPE: For university students, anxiety about grades is nothing new. But this year, students also may be anxious about the H1N1 flu virus and missing classes.
K-STATE PROFESSOR DISCUSSES THE EMERGENCE OF THE DIGITAL TEXTBOOK INDUSTRY: A Kansas State University professor who recently published his first digital textbook thinks the days of students shelling out hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester and lugging around heavy, book-filled backpacks could be over soon -- if the emerging digital textbook industry has its way.
K-STATE STUDENT ADVANCES TO FINALS IN MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION: Danielle Zanotti, a Kansas State University senior in psychology, Mustang, Okla., has been invited to interview for a Marshall scholarship.
K-STATE AT SALINA'S DREW SMITH EARNS MASTER CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR DESIGNATION: Andrew "Drew" Smith, assistant professor of aviation and the aviation maintenance training program lead at Kansas State University at Salina, has earned Master Certified Flight Instructor designation for the first time.
K-STATE PROFESSORS OF AGRONOMY, PHYSICS RECEIVE COMMERCE BANK DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE FACULTY AWARDS: An award-winning agronomist and a theoretical physicist will receive Kansas State University's 2009 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.
NEW MEMBERS JOIN K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF KAPPA OMICRON NU: An honor society that recognizes outstanding students in human ecology has new members at Kansas State University. Kappa Omicron Nu recognizes excellence in leadership, research and scholarship.
LADIES' NIGHT AT K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM FEATURING ORIGAMI HOLIDAY DECOR: Holiday-inspired origami will be the focus of an upcoming ladies' night workshop at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The workshop will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF K-STATE RESEARCHERS CREATING TOOLS TO SHOW HOW DECISIONS ABOUT OGALLALA AQUIFER AFFECT PEOPLE, LOCAL ECONOMIES AND MORE: When water use policies and practices change, they produce a ripple effect in communities, impacting everything from what types of crops a farmer will grow to how many people will move in or out of a town. That's why Kansas State University is pooling experts from multiple disciplines to understand how these changes affect people in communities that depend on the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas.
KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS AND K-STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: The Kansas Board of Regents' adult education program and Kansas State University's department of educational leadership's Adult Basic Education Leadership Academy will receive the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education-Commission of Professors of Adult Education's 2009 Curriculum Innovation Award at its annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, in Cleveland, Ohio.
K-STATE THEATER TO PRESENT BROADWAY MUSICAL 'GUYS AND DOLLS': The Kansas State University theater and dance programs and the K-State department of music will present the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15, all in McCain Auditorium.
MIDWEST REGION OF AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY RECOGNIZES K-STATE'S YASMIN PATELL FOR HER SERVICE TO THE CHEMISTRY PROFESSION: Yasmin Patell, assistant teaching scholar in chemistry at K-State, has received the society's E. Ann Nalley Midwest Regional Award for Volunteer Service in recognition of her exemplary service to the chemistry profession.
K-STATE FRESHMAN MANAGES LARGEST SUPERCOMPUTER IN KANSAS, SUPPORTING RESEARCH PROJECTS ACROSS CAMPUS: Many researchers at Kansas State University do such sizeable projects -- like identifying genetic markers that correlate to drought resistance in plants -- that they rely on computational support from the largest supercomputer in the state.
K-STATE BREAKING GROUND AT OLATHE INNOVATION CAMPUS NOV. 12: A groundbreaking for the first building on Kansas State University's Olathe Innovation Campus will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Kansas Bioscience Research Park, Valley Road and College Boulevard.
TEST OF K-STATE'S EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL: A recent test of K-State Alerts -- Kansas State University's emergency notification system -- was highly successful, with at least 98 percent of subscribers receiving text, phone and e-mail messages.
K-STATE'S STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS RECEIVES 15TH CONSECUTIVE OUTSTANDING CHAPTER AWARD: For the 15th year in a row, Kansas State University's student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is being recognized as one of the best in the nation with the institute's Outstanding Chapter Award.
K-STATE ENGINEERS STUDY SURFACE TEXTURE AND ALGAE GROWTH: Two Kansas State University engineers are assessing systematic production methods that could make the costs of algae oil production more reasonable, helping move the U.S. from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy replacements.
TESTING DIETING PLAN ON HIMSELF, K-STATE ENGINEERING PROFESSOR USES MATHEMATICAL PROOF TO MAXIMIZE WEIGHT LOSS EFFICIENCY AND PUBLISHES BOOK 'THE WHEN DIET': Leave it to an industrial systems engineer to look at shedding a few pounds as a problem that can be solved by maximizing efficiency. That's how a Kansas State University professor came to write a diet book, "The When Diet: Mathematically Optimizing Eating and Exercise for Weight Loss," published in October by Ithaca Press.
K-STATE SENIOR RESEARCHES THE HISTORY BEHIND THE LONGSTANDING K-STATE, KU RIVALRY AS CAMPUSES PREPARE FOR THE NOV. 7 FOOTBALL MATCHUP: Andrew Hartley, a Kansas State University junior in history from Belle Plaine, has been a K-State enthusiast since he was little and has, like many K-State fans, been a KU opponent. Now he is researching this intrastate rivalry to learn more about its history.
BRASIL GUITAR DUO TO VISIT K-STATE AS PART OF THE 2009-2010 MCCAIN PERFORMANCE SERIES: The Brasil Guitar Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in All Faiths Chapel as part of Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.
K-STATE DEVELOPS 2+2 AGREEMENTS WITH BUTLER, COWLEY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES: Kansas State University established new 2+2 partnerships with Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City and Butler Community College in El Dorado. The agreements were signed Oct. 9 on the community college campuses.