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    K-State Kudos - 12/2010

    Research

    K-State researchers received a patent for their invention, "Compositions and Methods for Controlling Plant Parasitic Nematodes." The current researchers include Harold Trick, plant pathology, Timothy Todd, plant pathology, Michael Herman, biology. It is the eighth patent K-State has received this year.

    A recently formed partnership between the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization -- NISTAC -- and the Midwest Research Institute -- MRI -- will use K-State research to build an intellectual property portfolio.

    K-State and the military

    The Brigade Command Team Spouse Development Program, which is housed at Fort Leavenworth, received the Malcolm Knowles Award for Outstanding Adult Education Program of the Year for leadership and effectiveness in the art and science of teaching adults.

    K-State is a Military Advanced Education magazine Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities honoree for the fourth year in a row.

    Faculty

    Jon Mahoney, philosophy, has been named a 2011 Fulbright Scholar to Kyrgyzstan.

    Chwen Sheu, management, received a Best Paper Award from the Asia Pacific Decision Science Institute and the International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management.

    Peter Magyar, architecture, has been elected a charter member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honored extended to architects who have achieved the gold standard in their profession. Magyar also released his latest book, "THINKINK," about the process of conceiving and refining designs through freehand drawing.

    Students

    Summer Lewis, senior in human ecology with a B.A. in modern languages, is a 2010-2012 Rotary World Peace Fellow by Rotary International, and will spend 18 months studying at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, to earn a master's degree in international studies, peace and conflict resolution. She also is an employee in K-State's housing and dining services.

    Kevin Arpin, senior in mechanical engineering, received a $10,000 national scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies for academic achievement and interest/experience in a career in consulting engineering.

    The student chapter of Associated General Contractors has been selected as the third best collegiate chapter in the nation by the Associated General Contractors of America.

    For the third consecutive year students in K-State’s food science research and development class took home first place at the American Association of Cereal Chemists International Food Product Development Competition. No other university has achieved this benchmark in the history of the competition.

    The Kansas State University Crops Team has captured the title of national champion for the second year in a row. K-State has now won the national crops championship in nine of the past 12 years.

    A K-State student team took second place at the International Leadership Association Case Study Competition, Oct. 25-30, in Boston.

    The Horse Judging team won the 2010 American Quarter Horse Association World Show Horse Judging Contest, Nov. 18.

    The Livestock Judging Team won reserve national champion honors at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville.

    The Meat Judging Team finished third overall at the 2010 International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb.

    Miscellaneous

    The Pollution Prevention Institute intern program concluded its fifth year by collectively identifying savings of more than 3.6 million kWh of electricity, 18 million gallons of water, 257 tons of solid waste, 500,000 therms of natural gas, and $740,000 in operating and disposal costs for Kansas business and industry. If implemented, recommendations made in the last five years by the university's Pollution Prevention Institute intern program would realize savings of up to $6.5 million to Kansas business and industry.

    K-State opened its new Center for Child Development, which serves more children and offers more programs.

    In its fifth year, the All-University Campaign for K-State enjoyed a 37 percent participation rate in 2010, up from 34 percent last year. More than 1,800 faculty and staff members participated this year.