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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Annie Jewell
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506





Health and Nutrition

Am I in My Right Mind:  Understanding Right and Left Brain Dominance   

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

In an organization, business, or agency, individuals must deal with other people at one time or another.  That human interaction can sometimes be difficult if individuals don’t understand one another.  These interactions may vary from the boardroom to the mail room and from the manager’s office to the customer service desk.  This workshop will help you identify your own brain dominance, illustrate the social and cognitive tendencies of each dominance, and provide you with practical applications of ways to utilize the information for maximum benefit of your personal and professional communication.  With the insights gained from this workshop, you will learn how to better allocate your communication energy and assign the best roles and tasks to individuals where they can make the biggest contribution.  Do not miss this opportunity to discover what you value in yourself and how you can provide more effective leadership to others in your organization.

Conditioning and Learning in Everyday Experience

Dr. Jerry Frieman, Professor of Psychological Sciences

The basic concepts of Pavlovian and operant conditioning are presented in the context of common everyday examples.

Design for Aging in a Modern World

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

As we age, 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 older adults rather than their disabilities.  This presentation will review and discuss ideas, options, and strategies for rethinking how people across the life span connect with and control their own environments when the aging body changes.

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. 

Managing Soil Health to Human Health

Dr. Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology

Soil is often associated with food production and ecosystem services however soils have direct and indirect impacts on human health.  Humans are directly exposed to soils, which can adversely impact public health in terms of what we eat, drink, and breathe.  Soils contain pathogens and contain bacteria with antibiotic resistance genes and are a major source of endotoxin. Soil borne antibiotics are used to treat human infections, but can also result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Natural products isolated from soil resulted in 60% of new cancer drugs between the period 1983-1994.  Soils are also crucial to human health through their impact on human nutrition.  Micro nutrient deficiencies in human health need to be directly tied to soil as a source for infant development.  Soils also indirectly impact human health via anthropogenic activities associated with soil.

The One Health Concept - Human, Animal and Environmental Health 

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

A twenty-minute PowerPoint overview will be delivered including the history of the One Health Concept, a case study of why specialization actually hinders investigations, and what is needed to get health officials back on track, followed by two hands- on activities by participants.  One is a critical thinking activity (Cats in Borneo), and the other a lab, involving a role-playing exercise involving foodborne illness.  

Our Immune System, and How Vaccines Work 

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

A twenty-minute PowerPoint overview will be delivered including how macrophages, B-cells, and cytotoxic T-cells function in our immune system.  The various vaccine types available (e.g., live, attenuated, etc.) will be discussed.     Following the presentation, a hands-on activity will be completed so that the participants have a record of the immune system response process.