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June 18, 2015

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

K-State in the News

Scientists to Breed Ticks to Study How to Slow Spread of Diseases
06/14/15 MSN.com
To most people, ticks are loathsome, disease-riddled little bloodsuckers. Best avoided. To Roman Ganta, they're a scientific subject worthy of a life's work. He's setting up a breeding facility in Manhattan, Kan., just for ticks. Soon he'll be rearing thousands of the tiny arachnids, trying to learn more about how they harbor and spread sickness to humans and animals. Ticks are responsible for the spread of more than a dozen diseases in people, including some that can be fatal. "We have no vaccines for most of the pathogens," said Ganta, a professor at Kansas State University and director of its Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.
MediVet Biologics to Host Progressive Summit on Animal Health Biologic Treatment Options at 2015 AVMA Convention in Boston

06/09/15 Houston Chronicle
MediVet Biologics has gathered leading researchers from various fields of medicine that will share information on the current state and practicality of applying MediVet Biologics pipeline of products and services to the Veterinary practice. ... a guest speaker is Mike Hutchinson DVM; Dr. Hutchinson is a highly acclaimed speaker internationally on the topic of regenerative medicine in the Veterinary field, including Adipose Derived Stem Cell therapy. Dr. Hutchinson has clinical experience with over 850 stem cell treatments to date. He will share his clinical experience as well as a recent double blinded placebo controlled study from Kansas State University.

Twelve Land-Grant Institutions Contribute to Soil Science, Impact Resource Management

06/10/15 Bloomberg Business
Twelve land-grant universities are working together to make soil survey data more reliable and accessible. Soil survey data is used to evaluate soil and landscape health as well as address environmental concerns like erosion, crop yields, and climate change. The 12 participating land-grant universities include:

  • University of Arkansas

  • University of Illinois

  • Purdue University

  • Iowa State University

  • Kansas State University

  • University of Kentucky

  • Michigan State University

  • University of Minnesota

  • University of Nebraska

  • North Dakota State University

  • Ohio State University

  • South Dakota State University

Fireworks: The Science Behind the Ba-Boom ... Ahhh

06/10/15 Mother Nature Network
"The art of fireworks is the packaging," Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry at Kansas State University, says. "What the firework does depends on what's inside."

K-State Team Gets U.S. Patent on Early Cancer Detection Technology
06/15/15 Topeka Capital-Journal
Researchers at Kansas State University have received a U.S. patent on a new technology to detect cancer cells and tumors in early stages, even before the appearance of physical symptoms.
Collaboration of Citrus Greening Researchers Begins 5-Year Plan to Save Citrus

06/09/15 Phys.org
A diverse group of researchers has teamed up to develop a therapeutic treatment for citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that threatens the future of the U.S. citrus industry. To kick off the initiative, the research team meets this week at the ninth annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, June 17-19. The collaboration received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant worth $10 million to find a solution within five years. "We have put together a strong team of researchers from eight institutions to combat this disease," said group leader Susan Brown, university distinguished professor of biology at Kansas State University. "We are taking a systems approach to bring newfound knowledge from our laboratory studies to the orchard quickly and safely."

From Our Peers

Meet the Secret Group That Decides Which Flavors Are 'Natural'

06/10/15 MSN.com
Ingredients created by food companies flavor what Americans eat each day—everything from juice drinks and potato chips to ice cream and canned soups. ... But the organization responsible for the safety of most "natural" and "artificial" flavors that end up in foods and beverages isn't part of the U.S. government. Rather, the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association—a secretive food industry trade group that has no in-house employees, no office of its own and a minuscule budget—serves as the de-facto regulator of the nation's flavor additives. The trade association, which operates with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's blessing, says that it makes research on the safety of various flavors available for public inspection. "Oh, garbage," said Susan Schiffman, an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University who studies sweeteners. "It's not transparent." 

Scientists are Crowdfunding Spacecraft to Blast Asteroids Out of the Sky
06/13/15 MSN.com
"A 30-meter-wide or 50-meter-wide asteroid is called a small town killer; it's a disaster no question about that," Dr. Bong Wie, a professor of engineering at Iowa State University, tells Popular Science. "A 50-meter asteroid can create a crater like Meteor Crater in Flagstaff. A 150-meter-wide asteroid is called 'city killer' ... It can destroy a typical metropolitan area, with no guarantee in warning time."  
World Leaders Join Universities Presidents in Global Mobilization for a Zero Hunger World

06/12/15 Bloomberg Business
Building on momentum from their launch at the United Nations, scores of university leaders from around the world are gathering in Washington, D.C., to implement the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) action plan, which leverages the collective power of universities to address hunger and malnutrition. ... Auburn University's Hunger Solutions Institute in Auburn, Alabama, spearheaded PUSH to accelerate the fight against hunger through universities working collectively in the areas of teaching, research, outreach and student engagement. "PUSH is an effective mechanism for education, advocacy and engagement across national borders," said Auburn President Jay Gogue.

Wounded Warrior Project Awards Grant to Colorado State University
06/11/15 Yahoo! News
The New Start for Student Veterans Program at Colorado State University (CSU) has received a grant from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to improve the sleep of this generation of wounded veterans with service-related injuries. The Restoring Effective Sleep Tranquility (REST) project is a seven-week sleep improvement program that aims to enhance sleep-related knowledge and skills to improve sleep quality, sleep quantity, and the mental health of veterans seeking college degrees.
Egg Shortage Scrambles U.S. Food Industries
06/12/15 U.S. News & World Report
"Admittedly, there's inherent fluctuations within the egg industry. Under normal circumstances, you'd still have fluctuations," Hongwei Xin, a professor and director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, said in an interview last month on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press." "But this sort of magnitude, we think, is definitely an impact by the avian influenza outbreak." 

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RSCAD Trending Topics

'Trouble With Girls': The Enduring Sexism in Science
“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” the Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt reportedly said on Monday at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea. “Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.” Those are the only three things that happen. Romance and tears. What does not happen, apparently, is science. 
For more on this topic, click here or here.
Where Are All the Women in Engineering? A Female Engineering Student Answers

The United States has traditionally produced the world’s top engineers — the vast majority of them men. A 2012 report by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee said that only 14 percent of U.S. engineers are women (and only 27 percent of those working in computer science and math positions are women). So where are all the women in engineering?

Congress May Finally Offer the NIH More Money — at a Price
The good news for the National Institutes of Health and its university researchers is that after some 14 years of flat budgets, Congress may be about to loosen the purse strings. The bad news is that the scientists might not like the terms.
Conflict Over Sociologist's Narrative Puts Spotlight on Ethnography

Late last month, what began as a book review in an obscure publication blew up into a major controversy that tarnished sociology’s most-buzzed-about young star. At issue: whether the sociologist, Alice Goffman, had participated in a felony while researching her ethnographic study of young black men caught up in the criminal-justice system.

U.S. 'Export Rules' Threaten Research

The US government is considering policy changes that could dramatically affect how researchers handle equipment and information that have national-security implications. Among other impacts, scientists would need to reconsider what they can discuss with graduate students from other countries, or when travelling abroad on work trips.