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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Abby Works and Jill Applegate
New Student Services
Kansas State University
9 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0110

1-800-432-8270 (toll free) or 785-532-6318



Health and Nutrition  

Choices Matter    

Ms. Jessica Arnold, Assistant Coordinator, New Student Services

Life is full of choices. What should I have for breakfast? Should I turn in my homework on time? Our daily choices begin the moment we get out of bed in the morning. In fact, that is our first choice…to get out of bed! Some choices can be harmful to our health, while others can help us become more successful, healthier people. This completely customizable and interactive presentation allows educators to choose the healthy choices topic for discussion. You choose the topic, we discuss the choices. The ultimate goal for this presentation is to help your students make healthier choices and improve their decision making skills for a successful future!

Is Obesity a Disease?

Dr. David C. Poole, Professor of Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology

This presentation explores the scientific evidence for obesity being considered as a disease.  Recent scientific and medical evidence is presented and the societal view of overweight/obese individuals is integrated into the narrative.  Audience views are solicited and discussed. 

Is the Purple-Fleshed Sweet Potato Good for Cancer Prevention?

Dr. George Wang, Professor and Director of Graduate Program

Purple is not only the K-State Wildcats’ color, but it also provides some healthy benefits when present in food, like in a purple-fleshed sweet potato. We recently selected a purple-fleshed sweet potato grown in Kansas to study its health effects. The natural purple pigment of the purple-fleshed sweet potato is contributed by a group of plant chemicals named anthocyanins. In this lecture, we will present our recent studies of anthocyanin-enriched purple-fleshed sweet potatoes for cancer prevention by using both in vitro cell culture and in vivo animal models.

One Health - The Interdependent Connections Between Environmental Health, Animal Health and Human Health

Dr. Suzanne Parsel, Project Director, One Health

One Health is about the inextricable systemic relationship between human health, animal health and the environment.  Climate change as a result of human activity in the form of increased carbon emissions is changing ecosystems and expanding the range for disease vectors like mosquitoes and tick.  This in turn causes zoonotic (of animal origin) pandemics to circumvent the globe in a matter of weeks or even days,---leaving a wake of death and destruction. So what have we gained by growing our economy in a way that makes humans, animals and the planet sick?  This talk explores the systemic nature of One Health and our roles as actors in the system.   We must instill a vision of hope and possibilities in the hearts of the next generation to sustain them through the academic rigors and equipping process to pursue STEAM careers.   When we help young people think systemically and grasp their identity as change agents, they will take action as the heroes and heroines of the future.

The One Health Concept - Human, Animal and Environmental Health (Grades K-12)

Ms. Martha Nowak, K12 Program Coordinator at K-State Olathe

With the expanding populations, animals and humans come into closer proximity to one another. Zoonotic disease is a concern.  We share one world, and zoonotic disease can be transmitted by water, air or other animals.  This lecture explores how to co-exist with caution, but without fear.  

Understanding the Role of the Built Environment in Successful Aging

Dr. Migette Kaup, Associate Professor of Apparel, Textile, & Interior Design

In the field of long-term care and housing for seniors, we are often in search of new ideas that will help improve our environments, our services, and our lives.  Sometimes, however, to be effective in our planning we need to return to the fundamentals of what it means to be connected to the world around us.  Healthy and successful aging focuses on “abilities” of elders rather than their disabilities. This presentation will review and discuss ideas, options, and strategies for rethinking how people of different abilities connect with and control their own environments when the aging body changes.