Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Research

Newly identified vernalization gene provides insights into the mechanisms of fine-tuning of wheat to diverse environments
A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization.
Researchers put water-saving technology on fast track
Kansas State University agricultural engineer Isaya Kisekka explains mobile drip technology to a visitor at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City
In a region where some of the United States’ most productive farmland lies, Kansas State University researchers are putting a water-saving technology on the fast track.

News

Nominations open for Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards
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The K-State Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards. The two $5,000 awards honor Kansas State University faculty for outstanding teaching and research.
Kansas State University Salina joins Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland for Program on Demand initiative
After collaborating with the Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland for the past five years in a variety of capacities, Kansas State University Salina is elevating the partnership by joining the Girl Scouts' Program on Demand initiative.
Prevent falls among seniors in four steps
Many events for seniors are hosted in September. Go4Life Month calls to mind the need for seniors to be active in their daily lives to help improve their well-being. Sept. 13 is Grandparents Day and Sept. 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Helping children cope after a disaster
Natural disasters come in a variety of forms and can forever alter the lives of those affected. As communities and families rebuild, often times those around children do not know how to assist a child in the recovery process.
Human Ecology hosts Fulbright Professional Scholar studying services for disadvantaged youth
Australian Karen Hart spent last week in Kansas, talking with Kansas State University students, visiting social services for disadvantaged youth and lecturing in classrooms.
Study abroad scholarships memorialize daughter, inspire future teachers
Can something good really come from the loss of a cherished daughter? For one couple — and about 200 teachers and counting — the answer is "yes."
Apply now to be a Center for Risk Management Education and Research Student Fellow
The Center for Risk Management Education and Research is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students with three semesters left in their program. Applicants should have a strong interest in risk management. Applications are due Sep. 16

Events

Artist Stan Herd to give talk Sept. 3 at the Beach Museum of Art
Stan Herd, the lead artist of the collaboratively designed exhibition "Cairns on the Beach" at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, will discuss his work in an Artist's Talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the museum.
K-State Celebrates coming to Kansas City area Sept. 9
High school students from the Greater Kansas City area are invited to learn more about college life with the help of Kansas State University.
Study Abroad Fair today
Study Abroad Fair Flyer
Encourage your students to attend the Study Abroad Fair between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the K-State Student Union's courtyard.
Student chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing to meet Sept. 2
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The Kansas State University student chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, or ASPRS, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in 164H Seaton Hall.

Kudos

Chemistry professor presents national lectureship
Professor Aikens
Christine Aikens, professor of chemistry, received the Journal of Physical Chemistry A Lectureship Award at the National American Chemical Society meeting in August.

Publications and presentations

Interior architecture & product design assistant professor to speak at Medical Design Conference
Dustin Headley, assistant professor of interior architecture & product design in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, will be a guest speaker at the 2015 Medical Design Conference on Oct. 21.

New hires/exits

Dave Kendall joins Miller School as interim news director
Dave Kendall, award-winning documentary filmmaker and former executive producer at KTWU/Washburn University, has joined the faculty of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism & Mass Communications in the College of Arts & Sciences as interim news director.

Gifts

Alumnus Ray Willis creates scholarship fund to aid minority graduate students in planning
A new scholarship fund endowed by a Kansas State University alumnus will provide financial assistance to minority graduate students in regional and community planning program.

Human resources/benefits/training

Financial wellness workshop Halfway There: A Retirement Checkup
Human Capital Services will offer the financial workshop Halfway There: A Retirement Checkup for the K-State community. Two sessions will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 9, — one over the lunch hour and one in the evening.
ALiCE training offered Sept 16
Sgt. Chad Jager with the K-State Police Department will offer a training for citizen response to active shooter and critical incidents called ALiCE — Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 in the Union's Big 12 Room.
Fire extinguisher training offered in September
The environmental health and safety department suggests annual Fire Extinguisher Training, WTD159, for all university employees. This training will be offered several times during the month of September and throughout the fall.

Newsletters

Recent news from the Division of Facilities
Read an article from Ryan Swanson about K-State pride, a thank you letter regarding Seaton Hall, Division of Facilities September birthdays, new hires and employee profiles.
Read full announcement | From Adam Ukena | September 2, 2015

Volunteer opportunities

Recruiting participants for pet feeding study
The Sensory Analysis Center is looking for participants for an upcoming pet feeding study.

Student Life

K-State Proud logo 2015-2016
KState Proud logo
Wildcats, thank you so much for your participation in the voting for this year's logo design for K-State Proud. We congratulate Katie Azeltine, senior in graphic design, Overland Park, on her winning design for the 2015-2016 K-State Proud campaign.