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How revolutionary ideas by Albert Einstein on space and time continue to change today's world will be the subject of a lecture by a Nobel laureate.

William D. Phillips, a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a university distinguished professor of physics at the University of Maryland, will present "Time and Einstein in the 21st Century: The Coolest Stuff in the Universe" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the K-State Alumni Center. The lecture, aimed at students and other non-specialists, is sponsored by the Chester Peterson Public Lecture Series in Physics.

The lecture will be a multimedia presentation that will include experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations of some of today's key science.

Phillips and two other physicists shared the 1997 Nobel Prize for physics in recognition of their work in developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.


A K-State at Salina professor is working to help women suceed in the aviation maintenance industry.

Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation, has created Jet Ahead, a mentoring program for female airframe and powerplant students around the country.

The main objective of the program is to connect students with an experienced mentor who can answer questions and help alleviate concerns, Alexander said. Jet Ahead is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs of airframe and powerplant schools and students, and is a networking tool for both.




Greg GrauerGreg Grauer, clinical sciences, presented "Mature Mysteries: Old Age Ain't No Place for Sissies," and "Heart Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease: When Worlds Collide!" Feb. 18-19 at the Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas.

More Noteworthy


On Campus
Feb. - March


Feb. 28
'Cosby Show' actor to talk

Joseph C. Phillips, an African-American actor ("The Cosby Show"), author and social commentator will speak at 5 p.m., Forum Hall, K-State Student Union.

Feb. 29
Beach Museum lecture

Artist Marjorie Schick will lecture about her work, which is on display through March 16 at the Beach Museum of Art, at 5:30 p.m.

Poetry reading
Bryan Penberthy, a poet and former K-State student, will read at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, K-State Student Union, Room 212.

March 3
Nobel physicist to speak

William Phillips will present "Time and Einstein in the 21st Century: The coolest stuff in the universe," at 3:30 p.m., Alumni Center.

'Tres Vidas'
"Tres Vidas," a performance that celebrates the life, times and work of painter Frida Kahlo, peasant activist Rufina Amaya and poet Alfonsina Storni, will be at 9 p.m., Forum Hall, K-State Student Union.

March 5
Classified Senate meeting

The meeting will be at 12:45 p.m., K-State Student Union, Room 212.

March 6
Visiting writer

Native American poet Chrystos will be giving a reading at 7:30 p.m., Little Theater, K-State Student Union.

March 7
Coffee hour

The International Student Center will sponsor a coffee hour on the topic of "Mali: The Crossroads of West Africa,: from 4-5 p.m., International Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Anne Fausto-Sterling will present "Not Your Grandmother's Biology: Towards a New Science of Sex, Desire and Race," 7:30 p.m., Little Theater, K-State Student Union.

'Wizard rock' concert
"The Hallows and Horcruxes Ball: A Wizard Rock Concert for Literacy," will be from 7-11 p.m., K-State Student Union Ballroom. The ball will feature performances by six wizard rock bands. Visit http://www.
for ticket information.

March 10
Employee orientation

The program will be from 8:30- 10:30 a.m. for classified staff and 9:30-11:30 a.m. for unclassified staff and faculty, 103 Edwards Hall. Visit to register.

Nonviolent martial arts
The program will be from noon to 1 p.m., K-State Student Union Courtyard. Aikido, tae kwon do, yoga and tai chi will be taught.

March 11
Vernon Larson lecture

"The French Connection" will be presented by Ted Cable, professor of park management and conservation, as part of the Vernon Larson Lecture Series Luncheon. The meal is $12 and will be served at 11:45 a.m., Holiday Inn Ballroom. The lecture will be from 12:20 to 1 p.m. For reservations call 532-5990.

Faculty Senate meeting
The meeting will be at 3:45 p.m., K-State Student Union, Big 12 Room.

Theater performance
"Too Many Sopranos," a modern American opera, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 5-9, Nichols Theater, Nichols Hall. Call 532-6428 for tickets.

Emphasis on campus safety

Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion and update session about campus safety Feb. 18 in the K-State Student Union Big 12 Room. Read more


Disease relief for feedlots

Bovine respiratory disease complex has multiple causes. It's sometimes hard to classify and predict. It also costs the beef industry more than any other disease -- an estimated $690 million in 2006, according to one report. Read more




Lessons in Web-slinging

Michael Wesch finds himself on YouTube even when he isn't planning to do so. Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, has gained international acclaim for his insightful videos on YouTube, starting with "The Machine is Us/ing Us" in January 2007. Read more





Krishna K. Tummala and Fred W. RiggsKrishna K. Tummala, director of the masters of public administration program in the department of political science, recently received the Riggs Award. This award is named after Fred W. Riggs, the late professor emeritus of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, who was the first director of the Comparative Administration Group originally supported by the Ford Foundation. This group later became the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society for Public Administration.

This award is given for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of international and comparative public administration.

Tummala has held several positions in the society, and in 2005 he received its Don Stone Service Award.

Tummala's Riggs Award is said to be the result of multiple nominations, including one from Riggs himself. The award will be presented to Tummala March 9 in Dallas at the society's annual meeting.

Photo: Tummala (left) with Fred W. Riggs at Riggs' 90th birthday in Honolulu. Riggs recently died.


Several graduate students and faculty members received best paper awards from the 13th annual Graduate Education and Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. This year's conference was Jan. 3-5 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

It's the fourth consecutive year that K-State has received best paper awards at the conference, according to Deborah Canter, head of K-State's department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics. K-State had three of the eight research papers nominated for best paper awards at the conference, Canter said. The papers were selected from the 303 papers accepted for presentation.


Timothy K. Behrens, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is among nine candidates who will be inducted as Research Consortium Fellows at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention April 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Behrens will join about 375 fellows in the consortium, which is a group of more than 5,500 alliance members who have a strong interest in research.

Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors the research consortium can bestow on a member. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, including research presentations and publications.

"Fellows demonstrate an ongoing commitment to research and a high level of achievement in their field," said the group's president, Ellen Staurowsky of Ithaca College.




K-State tops for students in the military

The most recent issue of Military Advanced Education magazine, released at the end of 2007, recognizes K-State as one of the top 30 colleges or universities in the nation for military students.

The magazine's first review of top colleges and universities for service members recognizes institutions that make significant contributions to military education and serve the needs of military students. K-State has provided educational opportunities specifically to the military and their families by working on post at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, on the Manhattan campus, through K-State at Salina, through 2+2 agreements with community colleges and through distance education.






K-State is committed to providing a positive, supportive and harmonious work environment where employees can perform to the best of their ability. In support of this commitment, K-State has revised the procedures to reconcile employee issues related to conduct, behavior or performance. The revised procedures can be found in the K-State Policies and Procedures, Chapter 4020, Disciplinary Action Procedures:

Information sessions for those who supervise classified civil-service employees will begin in March and a transition to updated policies and procedures regarding positive discipline for classified employees will occur throughout 2008. Registration is required via Employee Self Service:

Or register by contacting Employee Relations and Training at Please include your name, employee ID, course title and course code WHR083.

Presentations will be made by Division of Human Resources and Employee Relations and Training staff. Questions may be directed to or 532-6818.





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• A list of employment opportunities is posted at

• For additional information, call 785-532-6277 or come to the Division of Human Resources in 103 Edwards Hall. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.


• A complete listing of vacancies can be seen at

• For additional information, call the office of affirmative action at 785-532-6220 or come by 214 Anderson Hall.