COVID-19 news releases and experts

 As a land-grant university, Kansas State University is actively involved in the fight against COVID-19, including research projects, outreach efforts and faculty experts. Learn more through this list of news releases and expert sources, which are organized by topic.

Research | Outreach | Education | Agriculture | Family life | Food safety


Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang

New $3.7 million NIH grant supports collaborative research into COVID-19 treatment

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, Kansas State University has received a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to research a new treatment method for the virus.
Experts: Kyeong-Ok Chang,; and Yunjeong  Kim,
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Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang

University-licensed compound selected as candidate against COVID-19

K-State is continuing to help in the fight against COVID-19 with a licensed technology against coronaviruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
Experts: Kyeong-Ok Chang,; and Yunjeong  Kim,
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Kyle Goerl

K-State medical director contributes to research behind updated CDC quarantine guidance

Kyle Goerl, the medical director of Kansas State University's Lafene Health Center, is part of a collaborative team that has published recent research on SARS-CoV-2 transmission and quarantine periods.
Expert: Kyle Goerl
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Juergen Richt

Two K-State studies focus on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in domestic cats, pigs

Two recently published studies from Kansas State University researchers and collaborators include important findings related to SARS-CoV-2 transmission and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert: Jürgen A. Richt,
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Nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19University-community partnership eases COVID-19 testing shortage, receives commendation from state of Kansas

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of the Department of Health and Environment, has commended a Kansas State University-community partnership in their efforts to make COVID-19 testing supplies available.
Experts: Jungkwun Kim,
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Kyeong-Ok Chang and Yunjeong KimNew published study from K-State virologists identifies potential COVID-19 treatment

Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang, virologists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, have published a study showing a possible therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.
Experts: Kyeong-Ok Chang,; and Yunjeong  Kim,
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An artificial intelligence-generated molecule docked to a viral drug targetNew research consortium uses artificial intelligence to find promising drugs for COVID-19 treatment

Kansas State University is leading the consortium, which is making all its findings freely available to researchers worldwide.
Expert: Ho-Leung Ng,
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Study at the Biosecurity Research InstituteK-State study first to show SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, not transmitted by mosquitoes

A new study by K-State researchers is the first to confirm that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes.
Expert: Stephen Higgs,
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University signs research agreement for COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Kansas State University has signed a new preclinical research and option agreement with Tonix Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, to develop a vaccine candidate for the prevention of COVID-19.
Expert: Waithaka Mwangi,
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Biosecurity Research InstituteInfectious disease expert offers road map for future COVID-19 research; investigates potential therapeutic options

A Kansas State University infectious disease scientist and collaborators are offering a possible research road map to find the answers to COVID-19 questions.
Experts: Jürgen A. Richt,; and Stephen Higgs,
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Licensed technology for  coronavirus  antiviral drug 

 Kansas State University has licensed a technology that may lead to the production of an antiviral drug to treat coronaviruses and noroviruses.
Expert: Yunjeong  Kim,
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K-State expands licensing agreement for COVID-19 antiviral treatment

Researchers from Kansas State University are doing their part to help discover a treatment for COVID-19 through a second licensing agreement with Cocrystal Pharma. 
Expert: Yunjeong  Kim,
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K-State veterinary faculty target new ways to confront COVID-19

Scientific work continues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University to better understand and confront the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
Expert: Derek Mosier,
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SORT steps up to help with COVID-19 efforts in Riley County

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students and Master of Public Health students are helping the Riley County Health Department with its COVID-19 efforts as members of the Student Outbreak Response Team, or SORT.
Experts: Ellyn Mulcahy,
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Coronavirus testing K-State begins offering COVID-19 testing for university students, employees

Kansas State University is helping combat the coronavirus pandemic by developing important diagnostic tests and offering testing services for the university community.
Experts: Kyle Goerl,; and Jamie Henningson,
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Lab supplies from K-StateTackling COVID-19: K-Staters taking on the challenge to help locally and globally

Kansas State University faculty and staff have been helping local and state efforts to battle COVID-19 by contributing their time and expertise as well as university resources.
Experts: Peter Dorhout,; and Bonnie Rush,
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Fabric masks Face time: K-State projects creating face shields, cloth masks

Area health care organizations are getting custom-made face shields and cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, courtesy of Kansas State University.
Expert: Jonathan Dessi-Olive,
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Technology Development Institute

Technology Development Institute assists state's small businesses, manufacturers with Great Plains TMC initiative

The Technology Development Institute has assembled a COVID-19 resource guide and is disseminating this information through the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster initiative.
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Art department aids in production of PPE face shields for health care workers

The art department is collaborating with a College of Architecture, Planning & Design club to produce PPE face shields for local health care workers using 3D printing technology.
Expert: Owen Oertling,
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Online classesRemote learning and distance education: Higher education

K-State has created resources to help universities transition to online/remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. One initiative is called Keep Teaching: Resources for Higher Ed and it's an online community among the first of its kind in the U.S. 
Expert: Katie Linder,
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Student writingRemote learning  and distance education: P-12 

The K-State College of Education's Remote Learning P-12 community is a place where educators and parents can share innovative ideas and resources that support student success.
Expert: Thomas Vontz,
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Remote learningCollege of Education study finds top challenges of Kansas K-12 teachers in COVID-19 crisis

More than 800 teachers in rural, urban and suburban school districts across the state participated in the project, "Access, Engagement and Resilience During COVID-19 Remote Learning."
Expert: Debbie Mercer,
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Cow in field

Model of beef cattle, transportation industries as critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities

Cow in fieldK-State keeping rural, urban Kansans on the forefront of COVID-19 knowledge

Livestock prices

Temporary packing plant closures and changes in meat demand linked to the coronavirus pandemic have driven cattle and hog prices lower.
Expert: Glynn Tonsor,
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Coping with volatile farm commodity prices

Agricultural producers should seek to control costs and increase liquidity as much as possible given the current upheaval linked to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Expert: Brian Briggeman, 785-532-2573,
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Family life

Megan McCoy K-State financial planning therapist helps develop MoneyTalk digital tool; offers tips to cope with COVID-19 financial stress

Megan McCoy, Kansas State University professor of practice in personal financial planning, is helping couples and families cope with financial stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert: Megan McCoy, 785-532-5510,
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Helping children cope with crisis 

Children and adults react to crisis differently. Learn to recognize the  warning signs in children. 
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939, 
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Children and anxiety 

An important component to managing anxiety and taking care of others is to take care of oneself first, says K-State child development specialist Bradford Wiles. 
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939, 
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Children  learning at  home 

Reading with children is an important way in which parents can help them continue learning while schools are closed.
Expert: Bradford Wiles, 785-532-1939,
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Food safety

Food packaging and coronavirus 

While food and food packaging does not seem to be a source of contamination for the novel coronavirus, Karen Blakeslee still urges consumers to use common food safety practices.
Expert: Karen Blakeslee, 785-532-1673,
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Foods from farm animals considered safe from COVID-19 

Proteins produced by livestock are safe to eat. People do not have to worry about those products carrying COVID-19 to the population. 
Expert: Gregg  Hanzlicek, 785-532-5650,
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Shopping during a quarantine 

 Planning for meals you plan to eat is the best strategy for limiting trips to the grocery store during a quarantine. 
Expert: Sandy Procter, 785-532-1675,
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