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May 14, 2015

The weekly RSCAD newsletter provides the latest research news, funding opportunities and academic trends.

K-State in the News

7 Healthy Foods You're Not Eating

05/11/15 MSN.com
Call these nature's steroids: A number of studies have shown that consuming beets can improve your athletic performance. Drinking beet juice caused a 38 percent increase in blood flow to muscles, particularly "fast twitch" muscles that affect quick bursts of speed and strength, a study conducted at Kansas State University showed.  

Wheat Tour: 2015 Crop Forecast Better Compared to Year Ago

05/07/15 Huffington Post
Jim Shroyer, Kansas State University Extension wheat specialist, summed up what he saw after the first two days: variable, short and thin. But the recent rains gave Shroyer and other examiners hope that much of the crop could recover before harvest.

Virtual Classroom, Real Value: Value Colleges Releases 2015 Ranking of Top 50 Best Value Online MBA Programs
05/06/15 Bloomberg 
Value Colleges' Top 50 Best Value Online MBA list is a guide to the online colleges and universities that give students the best return for their investment: online business colleges that provide the ideal combination of affordability and excellence, with high ROI and low debt.
WSU, K-State and KU Part of New Drone Research Center
05/08/15 Bloomberg 
The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had selected a team led by Mississippi State University — and that includes Wichita State University — to operate a new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The center, to be based at Mississippi State, will be charged with commercial unmanned aircraft research, development and integration into the nation's airspace, according to a news release from Mississippi State. The team comprises 18 universities in 13 states and the United Kingdom. Congress appropriated $5 million to launch the center. Kansas State University and the University of Kansas are also part of the team, whose name is Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence.
Fatal Pet Skin Ulcer Called 'Alabama Rot' Spreads From US to UK

05/07/15 Examiner.com
It was reported on Wednesday that a fatal disease that can kill your dog if not quickly and properly diagnosed, has spread from the U.S. to the U.K. And may be one you've never heard of before. It's called 'Alabama Rot', and it was first discovered in Southern U.S. greyhounds in the 1980s. According to a study by Kansas State University researchers, it began hitting canines from Wisconsin to Florida.

Kansas State to Add Drone Cybersecurity Training
05/11/15 Washington Times
Kansas State University is expanding into drone cybersecurity training. The concentration will be available starting in June for students enrolled in a master’s degree program at its Salina campus. The cybersecurity courses will be offered online.

From our Peers

The Audacity Factory Incubator for Social Innovation Launches
05/07/15 Bloomberg 
Audacity Factory and its partner, the Institute for Nonprofits, officially launch the incubator for social innovation at its headquarters on North Carolina State University's campus.
Study: Part-Time College Faculty Crave Respect, Office Space

05/07/15 Bloomberg
"We've done a lot of research about how student success is linked to the type of faculty providing instruction, but we don't really know that much about part-time faculty themselves," says co-author Audrey Jaeger of North Carolina State University, a higher education professor who has published frequently on issues affecting adjunct faculty. "The trend of hiring part-time faculty isn't going to reverse anytime soon, so we need to understand how part-time faculty members are thinking about issues, how they're connected to the university and how we can better support them so they can do their best work with students."

Gas Prices or Economy, Experts Disagree on What Drives U.S. Demand

05/07/15 Yahoo! News
Wallace Tyner, an energy economist at Purdue University, said rises in income and other economic factors typically have 10 times greater impact on U.S. gasoline demand than prices.

Pot for Pets? Some Dog Lovers Say Cannabis Eases Pain
05/11/15 USA Today
Dr. Tim Hackett, a professor of veterinary emergency medicine at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., said he welcomes more research on the topic. Modern veterinary medicine doesn't have all the answers, and scientists should be open to new data.
Million-Year-Old Bubbles Reveal Antarctica's Oldest Climate Snapshot

05/11/15 Live Science
A whiff of air frozen in ice for 1 million years provides a new snapshot of Earth's ancestral climate. ... "Gas bubbles are the gold standard for reconstructing climate," said lead study author John Higgins, a geochemist at Princeton University. ... Higgins' co-authors included Michael Bender, also of Princeton, Paul Mayewski of the University of Maine and Ed Brook of Oregon State University.

You Can Now Measure Your Level of Smartphone Codependence
05/11/15 New York Magazine
Forgetting your phone at home promises a confusing and disorganized day is ahead of you, and the discomfort you feel when this accidentally happens is becoming a scientifically recognized source of separation anxiety, termed nomophobia(That's "no mobile phone" phobia, get it?) Now a pair of social psychologists at Iowa State University have put together a 20-item questionnaire designed to measure an individual's self-reported level of nomophobia, a survey they hope will be used in further research on the subject. Their research will be published in an August edition of the journal Computers in Human Behavior. 

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RSCAD Trending Topics

U.S. and Europe Sign Deal to Collaborate on Scientific Research
A new agreement between American and European scientists will allow collaboration on research projects on both continents, The New York Times reports. The pact, signed on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, allows American researchers to keep working on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and CERN scientists to work on projects in the United States. The deal could free up funding for a facility that American physicists want to build in Illinois to study neutrinos.
How to Remove Bias From Peer Review
The ugly side of peer review was on full display last week when a scientific paper was rejected for reasons that smacked of sexism. Two female authors had submitted a paper to a journal that is part of the open-access PLOS family. A negative decision was made based on a single review stating, “It would probably also be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal review from, but better yet as active co-authors). … ” The reviewer has since been removed from the PLOS reviewer database, and the editor was asked to resign from the editorial board. But the quandary concerning overt sexism — even misogyny — in academic journals remains.
Bobby Jindal, Budget Cuts, and the Uncertain Fate of Louisiana's Universities

Republican Governor Bobby Jindal's new budget plan proposes offsetting a $1.6 billion funding shortfall—caused in part by a decline in oil revenues—largely through budget cuts to higher ed. According to school officials, the cuts could add up to $600 million total, or 82 percent of the state's funding for its colleges and universities, for the fiscal year that begins this July. It would amount to the biggest legislative downsizing ever faced by higher education in the U.S.

How Exams Improve Students' Access to Their Brains

On many campuses, this is finals week. That got us wondering: Is the classic format, a midterm and a final examination, the best way to assess student learning? What might work better? We posed those questions to Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger III. Mr. Roediger, a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of the authors of last year’s Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. 

Consortium of Social Science Associations Calls for Opposition to Cuts to NSF Social Science in H.R. 1806
National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18. 
Background: On April 15, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year’s version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF’s research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). The bill was marked up by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on April 22 and voted to the House floor. COSSA strongly opposes this legislation and we need your help to tell Congress that this bill is bad for science.