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November 15, 2012



Research and the State: Nine graduate students selected to present research, represent university at annual statewide summit

By Communications and Marketing

Nine Kansas State University graduate students who are performing important Kansas-related research have been chosen to represent the university at the tenth Capitol Graduate Research Summit early next year.

The nine students were chosen based on their research presentations at Research and the State, an annual on-campus event that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the KS Ballroom in the K-State Student Union. The graduate students are researching a variety of topics important to Kansas, including pet food, concrete materials and rainfall detection, among other topics.

"These students are making a difference in Kansas by focusing their research on topics important to our community and our state," said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School. "By presenting their research at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit, the students will have the opportunity to show the value of graduate research to legislators and other statewide leaders."

At the Research and the State event, the original 55 participants were narrowed down to 16 in the second round, then down to the top nine students, as well as two alternates.

The nine students will present at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Topeka. The annual statewide summit for Kansas legislators features current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the KU Medical Center and Wichita State University. Two students from each institution will be chosen as KansasBio winners.

The nine Kansas State University graduate students selected to present at the summit and the two alternates include:

* Kelly Foster, master's student in biomedical sciences, Gardner, "Bovine viral diarrhea virus transmission from persistently infected cattle to non-persistently infected cattle when commingled:  An evaluation of serum neutralizing antibody titers." Foster's faculty mentor is Daniel Thomson, Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine and professor of clinical sciences.

* Michael Gibson, master's student in grain science, Meriden, "Physical and processing differences between baked and extruded pet foods." Gibson's faculty mentor is Sajid Alavi, associate professor of grain science and industry.

* Tanner Miller, master's student in biomedical sciences, Overland Park, "Comparison of gamithromycin, tilmicosin and tulathromycin: metaphylactic treatments in high risk calves for BRD." Miller's faculty mentor is Daniel Thomson, Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine and professor of clinical sciences.

* Tera Rooney, master's student in biomedical sciences, Satanta, "Implementation of industry-oriented animal welfare and quality assurance assessment tools in commercial cattle feeding operations." Rooney's faculty mentor is Daniel Thomson, Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine professor of clinical sciences.

* Melissa Lynes, doctoral student in agricultural economics, Kissimmee, Fla., "Determining farmers' willingness to grow cellulosic biofuel feedstocks on agricultural land." Lynes is an alternate selection. Her faculty mentor is Jeffery Williams, professor of agricultural economics.

* Marcie Lechtenberg, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, Oakland, Neb., "Assessing the adolescent experience of mindfulness." Lechtenberg's faculty mentor is Sandra Stith, Virginia Mowrey McAninch endowed professor in family studies and human services.

* Katie Burke, doctoral student in environmental design and planning, Tunkhannock, Pa., for "Measuring gully erosion in two disturbed Kansas landscapes." Burke is an alternate selection. Her faculty mentor is Tim Keane, Mary K. Jarvis scholar of distinction and professor of landscape architecture.

* Feraidon Ataie, doctoral student in civil engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan, "Utilization of high lignin residue ash (HLRA) in concrete materials." Ataie's faculty mentor is Kyle Riding, assistant professor of civil engineering.

* Michael Joseph, doctoral student in grain science, Karimanoor, State-Kerala, India, "Novel delivery mechanism for nutrition using sorghum based pre-cooked "'beans.'" Joseph's faculty mentor is Sajid Alavi, associate professor of grain science and industry.

* Vahid Rahmani, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering, Shiraz, Iran, "Abrupt rainfall change detection in Kansas." Rahmani's faculty mentor is Stacy Hutchinson, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering.

* Kabita Kharel, master's student in entomology, Bharatpur, Nepal, "Sanitation increases effectiveness of aerosol insecticides in milling facilities." Kharel's faculty mentors are Frank H. Arthur, adjunct professor of entomology, and Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology.