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Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery (RSCAD) News

September 3, 2015

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

K-State in the News

KC-Centered Animal Health Corridor Reaps Global Recognition

08/30/15 Bloomberg
No question about it. The 300-mile corridor between Manhattan, Kan., and Columbia, Mo., is firmly fixed as "the Silicon Valley for animal health research and development," said Sam Al-Murrani, interim CEO of Prommune Inc., a startup working on swine and avian flu vaccines that is relocating to Overland Park from Omaha, Neb. Say "Silicon Valley," and people worldwide understand it's a high-tech epicenter. Within the animal health industry, the same understanding now applies to the region bookended by strong veterinary schools at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.

MediVet Biologics Animal Health Secures Additional Laboratory Facility in Manhattan, Kansas

08/27/15 Houston Chronicle
“The new facility will expand capacity for MediVet Biologic’s core product line, including in-house and on-site autologous stem cell processing and training, cryo-storage of cell therapy products, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Autologous Conditioned Serum (ACS) services for the North America Animal Health community”, said MediVet Biologics CEO Jeremy Delk. Recently, MediVet Biologics licensed the Intellectual Property rights to produce an Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy product, MB-007, from the Kansas State University Research Foundation for potential orthopedic and internal medicine applications for both veterinary and human clinical use. The new facility will be the site of commercial development of MB-007 and support clinical testing by providing proximity to collaborators at Kansas State University.

Dry Air, Not Altitude, Makes Fleas More Sparse at High Elevations

08/27/15 Chicago Tribune
"It's not as much about the altitude as it is about the dry air," says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan. "As far as I know, there's no magical altitude cut-off, where fleas don't live. Of course, the higher you go, the more sparse they become. While fleas that live on dogs aren't found where you live, there may be fleas on rodents that carry plague."

Researchers, KDOT Discuss Use of Drones

08/25/15 Topeka Capital-Journal
“I think it’s important that we educate not only the legislators but we educate ourselves and we educate the public,” said Joel Anderson, development director in the office of research and sponsored programs at Kansas State University. “Inform the people of the goodness that this will have across all the industries that are represented here. The benefits it’s going to have for agriculture, the benefits it’s going to have for emergency response.”

K-State was one of the first universities in the country to offer instruction on operating unmanned aircraft. Its Salina campus offers a bachelor’s degree in that subject, and the school is part of an alliance of 22 universities that offer research and expertise on the topic to the Federal Aviation Administration. The University of Kansas and Wichita State University also are members.

ESA Recognizes 2015 Fellows

08/26/15 EurekAlert!
The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2015. Election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2015, ESA's 63rd Annual Meeting, which will be held November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... 

Dr. Michael R. Kanost is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University. He is internationally known for his research in biochemistry and immunology of insects.

From Our Peers

Cooper Makes Progress With Guayule

08/27/15 Bloomberg
In less than two years, Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. expects to be able to make a tire using 100 percent domestically produced rubber from the guayule plant. It's too early to predict how well those prototypes will hold up to testing, but people involved in the project say the progress so far has been nothing short of remarkable. ... 

One of the next steps is a project from researchers at Clemson University to look at the total costs associated with growing, processing, producing, shipping, and disposing of tires made of guayule versus tires made of hevea.  

Researchers Use DNA ‘Clews' to Shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 Gene-Editing Tool into Cells
08/28/15 Bloomberg
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.
Tail As Old As Time — Researchers Trace Ankylosaur's Tail Evolution

08/31/15 Bloomberg
How did the ankylosaur get its tail club? According to research from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences that traces the evolution of the ankylosaur's distinctive tail, the handle arrived first on the scene, and the knot at the end of the tail followed.

Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids

08/25/15 WebMD News
New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children's food intake — a potentially bad idea — if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. By contrast, mothers and fathers are more likely to pressure their kids to eat more when both parents and children are normal weight. ...

Laura Hubbs-Tait, a human development professor and parenting specialist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, said the study is valid and useful. However, she noted, it doesn't prove that parents act in certain ways — pressuring their kids about food or not — because of how much the parents or the kids weigh. More research is needed to confirm that, she said.

What Is Fiber?

08/27/15 livescience
Fiber can be put into two categories: soluble and insoluble fiber, according to Colorado State University

New Funding Opportunities

The Funding Connection

The Funding Connection is a weekly publication of Research & Sponsored Programs. For more information about individual programs and for applications, please e-mail research@k-state.edu or call 785 532-6195.

Highlight from this week's Funding Connection: 
The American Antiquarian Society is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, and others whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history for general audiences.
Check out this week's new funding opportunities. 

RSCAD Trending Topics

Over Half of Psychology Studies Fail Reproducibility Test

Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted. In the biggest project of its kind, Brian Nosek, a social psychologist and head of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 269 co-authors repeated work reported in 98 original papers from three psychology journals, to see if they independently came up with the same results. 

Psychologists Welcome Analysis Casting Doubt on Their Work

“It’s like we’ve come clean,” said Alan Kraut, the executive director of the Association for Psychological Science, which publishes one of the journals analyzed in the new report. “This kind of correction is something that has to happen across science, and I’m proud that psychology is leading the charge on this.”

Innovations in Science: The Cuban Research Connection

On July 20, 2015 the governments of the United States and Cuba officially re-established diplomatic ties by opening embassies in Washington DC and Havana, after a 55 year embargo initiated by the Kennedy Administration in 1960. The full impact of US re-engagement with Cuba has yet to be determined, but two business sectors have been quick to take advantage of this nascent relationship: travel and academia.

Grad Schools Try to Ease ‘Culture Problem’ of Anxiety and Isolation

These days, Arran Phipps often feels depressed and stressed. The worrying has led to migraines, he says, and he has visited the student health clinic at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is a doctoral student in physics. But seeking professional help feels inadequate, a Band-Aid, he says. "My reactions to what’s happening around me are totally valid and normal. It’s not like there’s a problem with the way I’m looking at things. That tells me there’s a culture problem in graduate school."

Is Nuance Overrated?

"Sociologists typically use it as a term of praise," says Mr. Healy, "and almost without exception when nuance is mentioned it is because someone is asking for more of it." Nuance can elucidate the complexities of the world, says the Duke sociologist, but too often scholars use it to bury anything resembling a clear, forceful idea. "We want our abstract concepts to do something for us," he says, but nuance-worship "makes us shy away from the riskier aspects of abstraction and theory-building."

Buzz Aldrin Joins University, Forming ‘Master Plan’ for Mars

Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne to develop “a master plan” for colonizing Mars within 25 years. The second man to walk on the moon took part Thursday in a signing ceremony at the university, less than an hour’s drive from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute is set to open this fall. The 85-year-old Aldrin, who followed Neil Armstrong onto the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, will serve as a research professor of aeronautics as well as a senior faculty adviser for the institute.