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COLD WEATHER PET CARE TIPS OFFERED BY K-STATE VETERINARIAN: Cold weather is here, which means it's time to give special attention to your pets. Dr. Susan Nelson, veterinarian and clinical assistant professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, encourages pet owners to be alert to seasonal health issues, especially as the temperature drops. November 2007




K-STATE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR SAYS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT MORE LIKELY ATTRACTION AT FIRST SIGHT: If you're hoping that cupid's arrow finds you on Valentine's Day, don't expect it to be a case of "love at first sight," according to a Kansas State University psychology professor. February 2010

PLANNING TO GIVE SWEETS TO YOUR SWEETIE? K-STATE PROFESSOR SAYS SOME TYPES OF DARK CHOCOLATE A LITTLE HEALTHIER THAN OTHERS TYPES OF CHOCOLATE: Before buying that box of chocolates for your Valentine, it is important to understand the type of chocolate to buy if you are looking for health benefits, according to Brian Lindshield, Kansas State University assistant professor of human nutrition. February 2010

K-STATE EXPERT SAYS SINGLES CAN -- AND SHOULD -- REVEL IN THE VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION: Those without a sweetheart this Valentine's Day need not drown their sorrows in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Kansas State University relationship expert Tony Jurich says instead, singles should make light of the traditionally couples holiday. February 2010

K-STATE HORTICULTURE PROFESSOR SAYS FLOWERS CONVEY FEELINGS WITHOUT WORDS: Whether it is a dozen red roses, a single carnation or a flowering potted plant, the emotional power of giving flowers on Valentine's Day remains strong, according to Richard Mattson, a Kansas State University professor of horticulture. January 2009

K-STATE HOSPITALITY EXPERT GIVES ADVICE ON CREATING A ROMANTIC DINING ATMOSPHERE AND TIPS ON HOW TO DO VALENTINE'S DAY ON A BUDGET: The perfect Valentine's Day dinner is all about planning, and with the big day right around the corner, the planning should start now, according to Pat Pesci, head of Kansas State University hotel and restaurant management program. January 2009

ROMANTIC FILMS NOT JUST FOR WOMEN: "Chick flicks" aren't just for women. According to research by Richard Harris, professor of psychology at Kansas State University, guys like romantic movies, too. January 2007




HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED: K-STATE EXPERT LOOKS AT HISTORY, IMPORTANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY: The holiday known today as Memorial Day actually began as Decoration Day and was designed to honor military personnel of the American Civil War, according to Don Mrozek, professor of history at Kansas State University.




K-STATE HUMAN NUTRITION PROFESSOR HAS TIPS ON HEALTHY SUMMER FOODS, DIET: Trying to look slim and trim for swimsuit season or just want to eat healthier this summer? A Kansas State University professor of human nutrition says there are some seasonal fruits and vegetables you should include in your diet to help. June 2010

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS HOT WEATHER, DOGS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES MAY NOT MIX: Hot weather is here, and that means both dogs and their owners can enjoy more outdoor activities. But a Kansas State University veterinarian says hot weather can be dangerous for dogs. June 2010




K-STATE EXPERT DISCUSSES THE HISTORY OF ALL-AMERICAN FOODS FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY: Today's ideas of a traditional Fourth of July menu are probably more associated with patriotic picnics than with original American food, according to a Kansas State University expert on American cuisine. June 2010

FOUR FOR THE FOURTH: K-STATE EXPERTS OFFER WAYS TO MAKE INDEPENDENCE DAY SAFER: From food to fireworks, Kansas State University experts suggest four ways to make this Fourth of July safer for the whole family. June 2008

K-STATE PSYCHOLOGISTS LOOK AT SOME REASONS BEHIND THE FASCINATION WITH FIREWORKS: Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate the Fourth of July, whether shooting them off from the backyard or watching a professional display. While there are many reasons why fireworks are so enjoyed on Independence Day, tradition and their dangerous side could be part of their attraction for some of us, according to two Kansas State University psychologists. June 2009

K-STATE EXPERT ON JOHN PHILIP SOUSA SAYS THE FAMOUS AMERICAN COMPOSER WAS PROUD TO BE KNOWN FOR HIS PATRIOTIC MUSIC: For many in the United States, John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" is as much a part of the Fourth of July as parades and fireworks. According to a Sousa expert at Kansas State University, the prolific American composer would have wanted it that way. "It's hard to think of anyone being more patriotic than Sousa," said Craig B. Parker, K-State associate professor of music history. June 2007




WHEN SWEET TREATS GO BAD: FOOD SCIENCE EXPERTS OFFER ADVICE ON THE SHELF LIFE OF CANDY: When checking your child's Halloween candy to make sure it is safe to eat, also keep in mind the candy's shelf life, according to Kansas State University food experts.

K-STATE MUSIC PROFESSORS OFFER SCARY MUSIC SUGGESTIONS FOR HALLOWEEN: Several famous musical compositions have become known for their terror-raising appeal through their association with various mediums of pop culture, according to two Kansas State University professors. October 2009

K-STATE LIBRARIAN SAYS HORROR STORIES HAVE LONG BEEN PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE; RECOMMENDS SOME SCARY TITLES FOR HALLOWEEN: The horror story has long been a part of Americana, according to Kansas State University's Roger Adams, an associate professor and rare books librarian at K-State's Hale Library. October 2009




K-STATE'S 'MR. MANNERS' PROVIDES HOLIDAY DINING TIPS: This holiday season don't let your bad manners get you relegated to the kids' table. Kansas State University's Pat Pesci, director of the hotel and restaurant management program, said that holiday meals always seem to ramp up people's focus on dining etiquette and table manners. November 2010

K-STATE KINESIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECOMMENDS HEALTHY HABITS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The holiday season can add many social and cultural challenges to a one's diet and exercise regimen, according to Kansas State University's Melissa Bopp, assistant professor of kinesiology. December 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS HOSTS SHOULD CONSIDER HOW THEIR PET AND GUESTS WILL INTERACT AT GATHERINGS: Though you love your pet, keep in mind that your guests might not appreciate having your four-legged friend at holiday celebrations. December 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN GIVES TIPS ON HOW TO BE A GOOD GUEST WHEN BRINGING YOUR PET ALONG FOR HOLIDAY VISITS: When you visit your family and friends during the holidays, don't assume it's OK to have your pet in tow. Dr. Susan Nelson, assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said bringing your pet to holiday gatherings can be a convenient option, but there are several things to consider when taking your furry friend along. December 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS WHEN FINDING ALTERNATIVE HOUSING FOR YOUR PET DURING THE HOLIDAYS, THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PET'S STRESS: The holiday season can be a stressful time of year -- even for your pet. When you leave home for the holidays, it's important to choose the best housing option to ensure your pet's well-being, a Kansas State University veterinarian said. December 2009

EXPECTATIONS TYPICALLY LEAD TO HOLIDAY STRESS, SAYS K-STATE PROFESSOR: Holiday stress is typically caused by high or unrealistic expectations, according to a Kansas State University expert on family relationships. "People often feel that they have to match or surpass the holiday experiences of previous years; if we don't meet those expectations, we feel like failures," said Tony Jurich, K-State professor of family studies and human services. November 2007



FOOTBALL FINDS PLACE IN THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS, PROFESSOR SAYS: The Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. means plenty of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie -- and football. American football has become a staple in the Thanksgiving celebration of feast and family, according to a Kansas State University expert on the history of sport. The day typically includes nationally televised college and pro games. November 2010

K-STATE'S 'MR. MANNERS' OFFERS THANKSGIVING ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR KIDS AND ADVICE FOR PARENTS: According to Pat Pesci, director of Kansas State University's hotel and restaurant management program and known as K-State's "Mr. Manners," there are several ways parents can help prepare their children for proper etiquette at a Thanksgiving dinner. November 2009

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. November 2009

K-STATE EXPERTS SAY TURKEY NOT ONLY REASON FOR THAT POST-THANKSGIVING MEAL NAP: As you flop on the couch after that Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, you may find yourself drifting into an afternoon nap. Some say tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, has proved itself to be an effective sleep aid, causing that post-Thanksgiving meal sleepiness.

TIP SHEET: K-STATE POULTRY EXPERT TALKS TURKEY: The type of turkey that is on sale at your local grocery store today is not the turkey your grandma used to buy -- but her "old-fashioned" bird may be making a comeback, according to a Kansas State University poultry researcher. November 2007

K-STATE POULTRY EXPERT SAYS TURKEYS HAVE CHANGED: The type of turkey that is on sale at your local grocery store is not the turkey your grandma used to buy -- but her "old-fashioned" bird may be making a comeback, according to a Kansas State University poultry researcher.




K-STATE CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERT SAYS THE MAGIC OF SANTA CLAUS IS NO LIE: Should parents let their children believe in Santa Claus? Absolutely, according to Charles Smith, a Kansas State University expert in child development. While Santa may not be a flesh-and-blood person, the cultural truth of St. Nicholas is key to a child's developing imagination, Smith said. December 2009

K-STATE BUSINESS ETHICS EXPERT DISCUSSES HOW TO GIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS ETHICALLY, FAIRLY AT THE OFFICE: Trying to cut down on spending this holiday season? It may be best not to worry about expensive gifts for the co-workers and the boss. A batch of homemade treats or a handmade craft is not only less expensive, but it also may raise fewer ethical dilemmas, said Kansas State University business ethics expert Diane Swanson. November 2008

K-STATE MUSIC PROFESSOR SAYS BEAUTY, SIMPLICITY KEYS TO LASTING HOLIDAY SONGS: For a Christmas song to become popular sometimes less is more, according to Jana Fallin, a Kansas State University professor of music. The beauty and simplicity of a song, combined with its message, is what can create a lasting Christmas tune, said Fallin, who also is a distinguished teaching scholar and division chair of music education at K-State. November 2007