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November 12, 2015

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

K-State in the News

You Can't Judge Meat By Its Color and 4 Other Common Food Handling Mistakes

11/08/15 Today.com
"Making sure we follow some basic food safety practices will help to make sure you're enjoying the holidays and not feeling miserable," said Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. "Even if it does take that little extra bit of time or effort, it is worth it in terms of not seeing a loved one or yourself getting sick, or even worse."  

Good News on the Horizon for Rabies Vaccines?

11/05/15 Mercola.com
I’m very happy to be able to share a bit more encouraging news regarding rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. Very recently I reported the results of a study performed by Kansas State University (KSU) that compared “anamnestic” antibody responses of dogs and cats with current vs. out-of-date rabies vaccinations. The animals in the study were given rabies boosters (“booster” is simply another name for a re-vaccination), and then given antibody titer tests to see if the group with current vaccinations had higher titers than the group with out-of-date vaccinations.

Fighting Mosquitoes with Mosquitoes

11/03/15 Scientific American
Earlier this year Los Angeles residents met about a new plan to release thousands of mosquitoes in their backyards. The bugs—all males—would not bite humans like females do, and area officials hoped these particular insects would block further reproduction of their kind. ... The bugs to be released were not genetically modified. But they were not exactly garden-variety mosquitoes, either. The male mosquitoes were raised in a laboratory where they were infected with Wolbachia, a natural bacterium that would effectively sterilize them. When the males are released into people’s backyards and mate with wild females, the resulting eggs—for reasons not yet fully understood—simply will not hatch, leading to fewer mosquitoes. ...
“We can’t control mosquitoes with a single approach, and this is a new way with great potential,” says Stephen Higgs, a Kansas State University infectious disease expert.

5 Ways You and Your Spouse Can Discuss Your Financial Future Without Risking a Break-Up

11/10/15 Deseret News
Finances are often one of the top reasons couples divorce, according to financial expert Suze Orman, and a 2013 study from Kansas State University found that such arguments were a viable predictor of divorce.

The Top Predictor of Divorce — and How to Avoid It

11/02/15 NewsOK
Financial battles and concerns have often been noted as one of the leading causes of divorce, especially when they happen early in a relationship, according to The Huffington Post. In fact, a study from a Kansas State University researcher cited by The Huffington Post found that couples who argued about money in their early days as a couple were more likely to get divorced later in their marriage. "Arguments about money [are] by far the top predictor of divorce," researcher Sonya Britt told The Huffington Post. "It's not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It's money — for both men and women."

From Our Peers

Research Suggests Business Leaders Should Re-Think How They Treat Team Members

11/04/15 Bloomberg
"Existing research has generally shown that leaders treating team members differently, depending on factors such as how competent they believe each member is, can result in productive teams," says Bradley Kirkman, co-author of a paper on the work, General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and head of the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management. "In fact, previous research points to a linear relationship between treating team members differently and team performance. But we didn't find that to be true."

OSU Applies for Permission to Research Industrial Hemp

11/06/15 Bloomberg
Oregon State University is asking the federal government for permission to conduct research on industrial hemp, university officials said Thursday. Agricultural sciences faculty "believe there is interest within Oregon for industrial hemp production and related research, as well as potential to promote the crop's agricultural and economic opportunities," a university spokesman said.

NASA to Fly, Sail North to Study Plankton-Climate Change Connection

11/04/15 Yahoo!
"We will be studying an ocean region that every year exhibits one of the largest natural phytoplankton blooms on Earth," said Mike Behrenfeld, NAAMES principal investigator from Oregon State University in Corvallis. "These plankton are also known to release organic compounds into the atmosphere that can be measured as far away as Ireland. That makes the North Atlantic an ideal place to study how plankton blooms are recreated each year by ecological and physical processes, and how ocean biology is involved in the sea-air exchange of organic aerosols and trace gases that may influence clouds and climate."

Strong Marketing Department Drives Firm Performance, Iowa State Researcher Finds

11/04/15 Science Daily
Not only does marketing pay off in the short-term, but it has a positive effect on long-term shareholder returns, according to new research from Iowa State University's College of Business. Hui (Sophia) Feng, lead author and assistant professor of marketing at Iowa State, says the study provides clear evidence of the marketing department's value.

New Study Shows Most of Oklahoma's Turbines Outside Limits

11/05/15 San Francisco Gate
A new study from Oklahoma State University researchers says most of Oklahoma's 2,000 utility-scale wind turbines are located outside of new siting limits put in place by state law earlier this year.

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 Simons Foundation invites applications for collaborative grants for mathematicians and seeks to support the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts among mathematicians. The Foundation in particular seeks accomplished, active U.S. researchers who otherwise have limited access to funding that supports travel and related expenditures.
Check out this week's new funding opportunities. 

RSCAD Trending Topics

Trickery by editors to boost their journal impact factor means that the widely used metric “has now lost most of its credibility,” according to Research Policy journal.

International Education Week 2015 is November 16-20
What Google’s New Open-Source Software Means for Artificial-Intelligence Research

Google wants the artificial-intelligence software that drives the company’s Internet searches to become the standard platform for computer-science scholars in their own experiments. On Monday, Google announced it would turn its machine-learning software, called TensorFlow, into open-source code, so anyone can use it.

WOTY Primaries Begin at Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries

Word of the Year season is upon us. More than five-sixths of 2015 has gone by, time enough to think of the word (or phrase, or prefix, or abbreviation) that best reflects the interests, style, attitudes, and preoccupations of the year so far. The American Dialect Society, meeting early next year in Washington, D.C., with the Linguistic Society of America, will as usual have the last word. On the evening of Thursday, January 7, the society’s New Words Committee, chaired by Ben Zimmer of Vocabulary.com, will hold an open meeting to consider candidates in eight very subjective categories: most useful, most creative, most unnecessary, most outrageous, most euphemistic, most likely to succeed, least likely to succeed, most notable hashtag.

Psychologists' Betting Market Hints at Most Reliable Research Findings

When psychologists are asked which findings in their field will pass a replication attempt, their predictions prove little better than flipping a coin. But if they play a betting market on the same question, the aggregate results give a fairly good prediction of which studies will hold up if repeated, a prediction experiment suggests.

Ag Industry 'Woefully Underprepared' for Next Big Threat

Since the events of 2001, the agricultural sector has made great strides in preparing for challenges posed by a natural or intentional introduction of a biological event. But animal agriculture needs to more closely integrate with the public health sector as the nation is still “woefully underprepared” for the next big threat, according to Dr. Tammy Beckham.