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Those in charge of ensuring the safety of the Midwest's biocontainment labs gained valuable skills last week at K-State's Biosecurity Research Institute.

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program's operations and maintenance curriculum took place March 3-7 at the institute in Pat Roberts Hall.

The training was for the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence, a consortium of research and educational institutions from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Cleveland, Ohio.

This was the first time such training was offered at the Biosecurity Research Institute. It was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The BRI is the only research and training facility in the U.S. that can accommodate veterinary medicine, plant pathology, food safety and molecular biology research under one roof. This allows for more comprehensive research on the threats to the nation's food supply.

The operations and maintenance session was part of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program, which is administered by the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation.

About 25 professionals responsible for operations, maintenance and biosafety took part.




Philip NelPhilip Nel, English, presented "Radical Children's Literature" with a colleague, Feb. 7, E.S. Bird Library, Syracuse University, N.Y.

More Noteworthy


On Campus - March


March 28
CAPD faculty show

The annual faculty show by the College of Architecture, Planning and Design will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until March 28 in the Chang Gallery, Seaton Hall.

Band and choir concert
The University Band and University Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium. Frank Tracz and Julie Yu will conduct.

Lunch talk on grasslands
The lecture “Footprints of Settlement: Making Agricultural Landscapes in the American Grasslands,” by Ken Sylvester, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, will be at noon, Room 212, K-State Student Union. The lecture is sponsored by Gamma Theta Upsilon and the department of geography.

March 25
Pianist at All Faiths

Reena Berger, a guest artist, will perform on the piano at 7:30 p.m., All Faiths Chapel. Sponsored by the department of music.

ERSRI Users meeting
The K-State Flint Hills ESRI Users Group will meet from 3-5 p.m., Room 207, K-State Student Union. The topic will be “GIS Services and Applications for the Web.” After the meeting, there will be a social hour at Houlihan’s.

March 26
Brass and woodwinds
The Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble with guest artist Sy Brandon and K-State’s Clarinet Choice with guest artist Anna Marie Wyko will perform at 7:30 p.m. in All Faiths Chapel. Steven Maxwell and Tod Kerstetter will direct. Sponsored by the department of music.

Van operator training
Division of Facilities van operator training will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 213, K-State Student Union. National Safety Council training will be conducted for all operators and potential operators of motor pool vans operated by faculty, staff and students. The training is mandatory for all operators. Visit
to sign up for training.

Grain science a modern marvel

K-State faculty, staff and students recently rolled up their sleeves to help a crew filming a television series about the technology behind everyday objects. Read more


Honored for a career of scholarly prowess

Colleagues rely on his expertise in the field of early modern France, and undergraduates flock to his course on death and dying. Such diverse interests, and a career dedicated to passing that knowledge on, have earned Albert Hamscher recognition as the Kenneth S. Davis Professor of History. Read more




Freeman takes on Olathe Innovation Campus role

Lisa Freeman is taking her knack for research and relationship-building from the College of Veterinary Medicine to a new role at the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus. Read more





Spencer D. Wood, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social work, was recently awarded the Man Called Matthew Award at the Franklinton Center, Bricks, N.C.

The award was established in 1988 in honor of Matthew Grant, veteran farmer and entrepreneur. The award pays tribute to outstanding individuals who support community-based economic development through African-American land retention, family farm sustainability and the development of youth entrepreneurial leadership.

The award is present by the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association and the Concerned Citizens of Tillery, N.C. It recognizes Wood's outstanding commitment to rural community development relating to his research on the decline of black farmers and black-owned farmland.


K-State received 19 awards at the recent District VI meeting of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Denver.

The awards recognize excellence in publications, multimedia, fundraising campaign materials and other communications prepared by K-State's university publications, K-State Alumni Association and the Kansas State University Foundation.

K-State's university publications received 11 awards. The honors include a gold award in the excellence in Web writing category for the quizzes at the Web site. The seven silver awards received were for excellence in electronic recruitment publications (K-State e-news); writing for the Web (; excellence in graphic design for a publications created exclusively for electronic distribution (K-State admissions representatives' letters); excellence in multimedia for a Web subsite or special section (K-State's All-University Open House); and three awards for excellence in multimedia for a single Web page for the K-State admissions representatives, campus interactive tour and K-State traditions.Three bronze awards were received, including for excellence in Web writing (tips on the site); excellence in graphic design for a publication created exclusively for electronic distribution (K-State e-news); and for excellence in an institutional relations project for a parent communications project involving the Web, newsletters, a brochure and more.

The K-State Alumni Association received five awards, including a gold award in the excellence in alumni programming's special groups programming category for the Wabash Cannonball. The four bronze awards received included: excellence in graphic design for special publications-calendar; excellence in photography for a news/editorial or feature photography, tsunami victim, K-Stater magazine; excellence in alumni Web sites,; and excellence in a series of photographs, “capturing the moment” photos in K-Stater magazine.

The Kansas State University Foundation received three awards: a gold for the K-State Proud student campaign and a silver for the Hal Ross Flour Mill dedication and gala, both in the excellence in fundraising special events/special occasions category; and a silver in the excellence in fundraising videos and/or DVDs category (for K-State Proud e-mail campaign and Web-based promotional videos).




Plant pathology ranks high in faculty production

The department of plant pathology at K-State ranks eighth in the country in scholarly productivity, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2007 assessment.

The ranking can be viewed at

The Chronicle judges faculty members on as many as five factors, depending on the most important variables in a given discipline: books published, journal publications, citations in other journal articles, federal grant dollars, and honors and awards.






John English, dean of the College of Engineering, joined engineering deans from across the country at the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Public Policy Colloquium Feb. 26-27 in Washington, D.C.

The event, “Engineering Solutions for the 21st Century,” was designed to strengthen the discussion of engineering education and research issues between deans of engineering and key public policy makers, as well as enable the deans to refine their public policy agenda.

“This was a key opportunity to highlight the importance of federal funding in maintaining and building engineering education programs across the U.S.,” English said.

“It is imperative that our congressional delegation understand that without additional support to our colleges of engineering, America may well fall behind in its ability to compete globally in the fields of science,engineering and technology.”


Relay For Life is looking for more teams for its K-State event. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the relay offers a time and place for people to come celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease that touches too many lives.

The K-State event will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. April 11-12 at Memorial Stadium. Teams of eight to 15 people can sign up at

For more information or to make a contribution, e-mail

All cancer survivors are invited and are asked to arrive 45 minutes early to receive a gift, free T-shirt and snacks. Individuals participating in the Relay for Riley County in August are welcome to participate in K-State’s Relay For Life as well.


Spring break, a student holiday, will be March 17-21.





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