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

December 3, 2015

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

K-State in the News

PURE’s SDC Antimicrobial is a Featured Listeria Solution in Food Safety Consortium Presentation by James Marsden, Ph.D

11/20/15 Yahoo! Finance
PURE Bioscience, Inc., creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate antimicrobial, today announced that the superior efficacy and safety of its SDC-based technology was highlighted as a Listeria control solution in a presentation made this week by James L. Marsden, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor – Food Safety and Security at Kansas State University, at the Food Safety Consortium in Chicago

9 Herbs That Make Any Meal Healthier

11/22/15 Yahoo! Health
Who doesn’t love a good grilled steak? But exposing meat (red or white) to the hot flames of a grill leads to the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), carcinogenic compounds created when meats are barbecued or grilled. Add rosemary, though, and that doesn’t happen, according to researchers from the University of Arkansas, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University, who found that cooking meats with rosemary could lower the levels of HCAs by 60 to 80 percent. 

Parents Reshaped Their Children's Skulls, for Their Own Good

11/19/15 BBC Earth
In 2009 a team of archaeologists found intreaguing remains at an ancient burial. Marta Alfonso-Durruty, an anthropologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, US, was invited to Chile's Instituto de la Patagonia to investigate them. She had been told to expect one extremely modified skull.

A Frozen Turkey and a Surprise Medical Breakthrough

11/23/15 The Atlantic
To figure out how to make the birds more palatable, the army turned to Fred Kummerow, a young Kansas State University biochemist with an interest in nutrition. Kummerow had done his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the role of linoleic acid in averting blood clotting, and had later conducted research at Clemson University on pellagra. The disease, then widespread in the South, can cause swollen tongues, rashes, erratic behavior, and, ultimately death. Kummerow’s team helped to identify lack of niacin (vitamin B3) as the cause, and eradicated it by convincing grits manufacturers to fortify their product.

Spirit to give thousands in scholarships to Kansas college students

11/18/15 The Wichita Eagle
Spirit AeroSystems has decided to invest in itself by investing in university students. The company on Wednesday announced plans to give 18 new $32,000 scholarships to engineering and business students attending Wichita State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, starting this coming spring semester, said Larry Lawson, Spirit’s CEO.

From Our Peers
Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

11/18/15 Bloomberg
A Corvallis startup is making strides to be the first to introduce a formaldehyde-free adhesive used to manufacture particleboard and medium density fiberboard. If successful, the innovation would be a breakthrough in the burgeoning green building materials industry and likely in high demand since California implemented the world's strictest regulation of formaldehyde emissions in 2012.

Why Some Conservatives Can't Accept That Climate Change Is Real

11/23/15 The Huffington Post
Although 97 percent of climate scientists insist climate change is real and caused by human actions, 56 percent of Republicans in Congress deny these atmospheric changes, according to Think Progress. Some conservative commentators have gone so far as to describe climate change as a "hoax." 

Comet fragments likely to blame for dimming of star KIC 8462852, not aliens

11/25/15 Yahoo! Finance
What exactly caused star KIC 8462852 to dim by as much as a quarter in 2011 and 2013? Some researchers believe the mysterious dimming of the distant star may be due to the simultaneous destruction of a group of comets, instead of the far fetched theories that briefly grabbed headlines last month.

Pesticide-makers point to other culprits in bee die-offs

11/24/15 Houston Chronicle
In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens

Can these men clean up Iowa's water as part of task force?

11/21/15 San Francisco Chronicle
Neither Larry James nor Steve Bruere like to dwell on what divides environmentalists and the ag community when it comes to Iowa's issues with water quality. Both are more interested on finding solutions as the two men tapped to lead a Greater Des Moines Partnership task force on water quality.

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 National Science Foundation’s (NSF’S) GERMINATION Dear Colleague Letter seeks EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants  (i.e., early to mid-career faculty, graduate students) to conceive of research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes.  Proposals should focus on the development of key skills and mindsets that will increase the capacity of participants to identify big opportunities, think creatively, explore novel research formulations, and take intellectual risk.

RSCAD Trending Topics

Bill Gates to Launch Multibillion-Dollar Clean Energy Initiative
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will launch the Clean Tech Initiative, in which countries will commit to doubling their clean energy technology research and development budgets by 2020 and private investors will boost their own investments in the sector.  This initiative was announced at the beginning of the two week 21st U.N. Conference of the Parties held in Paris from November 30th through December 11 where more that 190 countries will negotiate a new global warming pact.

U.N. Weather Agency: It's Record Hot Out There This Year
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on November 25th.The United Nations weather agency's early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year's record heat. It made the proclamation without waiting for the end of the year because it has been so extraordinarily hot, forecast to stay that way and unlikely to cool down enough to not set a record.

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project
NASA is currently seeking volunteer mail-in reviewers for the 2015 Undergraduate Student Instrument Project proposals. Signing up does not commit you to provide reviews, nor will NASA be obligated to invite you to do so, this is just an opportunity for NASA to find some subject matter experts and for you to gain some review experience and help NASA.

Graphene structures at the cutting edge
Did you ever make paper snowflakes as a kid? The kind where you fold a circle of paper several times, cut shapes out, then unfold it to reveal a beautifully symmetrical pattern.  Now physicist Melina Blees has applied the same technique to the ‘supermaterial’ graphene — strong sheets of carbon a single atom thick creating structures like- pyramids, cantilevers and hinges — just a few tens of micrometres across. These basic components herald a day when physicists might make entire machines on minute scales.

'Leaders and lifters' help ants move massive meals
Scientists in Israel have discovered how ants co-operate to move big chunks of food back to their nests. A large team of ants does the heavy lifting but they lack direction, while a small number of "scouts" intervene and steer for short periods.They appear to have a mathematically perfect balance between individuality and conformism, the researchers said. The discovery was made by analyzing videos of ants carrying oversized food items, including Cheerios.

Washington, D.C., is sinking … slowly
Washington, D.C., could sink 16 centimeters in the 21st century, and keep sinking 40 meters or more over 80,000 years—enough to put a fifth of the Washington Monument under the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. That’s according to new research looking at the geologic record of past ups and downs as glaciers came and went over the Northeast United States.