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K-State Today Student Edition

February 7, 2013



Research for the state: Nine graduate students will present state-related research at capitol

By Communications and Marketing

Nine Kansas State University graduate students will present their Kansas-related research to legislators, the Board of Regents and the community at the 10th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit.

The summit will be on Thursday, Feb. 14, on the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol building in Topeka. Students will be presenting their research posters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a luncheon and awards ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. in the Docking State Office Building. The summit is free and the public and the campus community are invited.

"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 and to demonstrate the quality of research being conducted at Kansas State University."

The graduate students are researching a variety of topics important to Kansas, including animal health, concrete materials and water use and availability, among other topics. The nine students were chosen to present their research based on their research presentations at Research and the State, an annual on-campus event that occurred in November 2012.

The Capitol Graduate Research Summit is a statewide event for Kansas legislators and features current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Wichita State University. Two students from each institution will be chosen to receive a $500 scholarship from KansasBio and will be invited to share their research with KansasBio members later this semester.

The nine Kansas State University graduate students who will present at the summit 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.

* Marcie Lechtenberg, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, Oakland, Neb., "Assessing the adolescent experience of mindfulness." Lechtenberg's faculty mentor is Sandra Stith, the 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's 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.