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Brett SandercockBrett Sandercock, a K-State biologist with expertise in wildlife ecology, is the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research.

Sandercock is an associate professor and program coordinator for the Research Experience for Undergraduates site program at the Konza Prairie Biological Station.

"At K-State, scores of undergraduates have the opportunity to take part in real research activities," said Jon Wefald, K-State president. "This takes encouragement on behalf of faculty researchers. Brett Sandercock is a prime example of the university's research excellence."

Sandercock joined K-State in 2001 and has been a program coordinator for the Division of Biology's Research Experience for Undergraduates site program since 2003.

In 2008-2009, Sandercock's mentoring efforts resulted in six peer-reviewed articles by undergraduate authors, and two presentations at national meetings.




Roger AdamsRoger Adams presented "Flatter Than a Pancake; or, Kansas 'Cuisine,'" annual joint conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, April 8-11, New Orleans, La.

More Noteworthy


On Campus - May


May 9
K-State at Salina, 10 a.m., at the Kansas Highway Patrol Headquarters, 2025 E. Iron Ave., Salina.

May 15
Graduate School, 1 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Veterinary Medicine, 3:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium.

May 16

College of Arts and Sciences, 8:30 a.m. Bramlage Coliseum; College of Architecture, Planning and Design, 10 a.m., McCain Auditorium; College of Education, 11 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Business Administration, 12:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Agriculture, 2:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Human Ecology, 4:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Engineering, 6:15 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum.

-Sept. 8
Art exhibition
Lester Raymer's work "Circus," is part of "The Circus Comes To Town" exhibition, which runs through Sept. 8 at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Planning ahead

Since the news about the H1N1 (swine) flu virus hit the airwaves, officials at K-State have been keeping a close eye on the situation and are working to ensure there are programs in place to minimize the consequences of a potential outbreak. Read more


Viral capabilities

Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, studied the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Read more



The power of 'green'

For K-State's grounds department, the word "green" is loaded with meaning. It refers to the plants and flowers used to beautify campus, the way crew members have been getting to their job sites, and the "green" this approach is saving the university. Read more






Two faculty from K-State's department of apparel, textiles and interior design were Peggy Honeyrecently recognized at the annual meeting of the Interior Design Educators Council -- or IDEC -- in St. Louis.

Assistant professor Peggy Honey was awarded the 2009 Award of Excellence - Members Choice for Best Presentation. She presented Migette Kaup"Teaching Millenials: What (interior design) educators need to know to effect meaningful change."

Associate professor Migette Kaup was given the IDEC Outstanding Service Award, in appreciation for service on the council's board of directors as regional chair for the Midwest from 2007-2009.


Carol Shanklin, dean of K-State's Graduate School, has been elected to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools as a member-at-large. She will serve a four-year term on the executive committee in the roles of member-at-large, chair-elect, chair and past chair.

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools. Member colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education in the central U.S. that offer graduate programs leading to master's, specialist and doctorate degrees.

In addition to being dean of the Graduate School, Shanklin holds the rank of professor in the department of hospitality management and dietetics. A veteran administrator and educator in food service and dietetics, she was named dean of the Graduate School in January 2009. She had been the Graduate School's interim dean since October 2007, serving previously as acting dean and associate dean. She joined the K-State faculty in 1990.



In full bloom

For creative professional images contact university photographer David Mayes at 785-532-6304 or via e-mail at

To see a gallery of Mayes' photos, go to:






The symptoms of H1N1 (swine) flu in humans are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include: fever greater than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, sore throat, respiratory congestion and, in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting. Employees at K-State who experience these symptoms should contact their physician. Students should contact Lafene Health Center at 532-6544.

To prevent the spread of diseases like flu, K-State experts recommend you:

* Wash your hands vigorously with adequate soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. A video produced by K-State's Doug Powell, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, shows proper hand-washing techniques and can be viewed at

* Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers, classmates and friends.

* Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.

* Stay healthy by getting plenty of sleep, managing your stress, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.

* Try to avoid people who appear to be sick and avoid others when you are ill.

To ensure students, their parents and others have the latest information, a hotline is available at 532-7233 or 532-SAFE. The hotline provides general information and can connect callers to K-State's Lafene Health Center or the office of student life.


Composting efforts are combining the university's excellence in agriculture with the university's commitment to sustainability.

K-State dining facilities are partnering with K-State's student farm and College of Agriculture to develop a composting program for food waste.

Students who work at K-State's student farm pick up about 1,500 pounds worth of preparatory food waste from two of K-State's dining centers. They drop it off at the student farm and at the department of agronomy's North Farm.

At the student farm, the waste is covered with a layer of carbon-rich material like hay. When the waste has been broken down into usable compost, the students will use it on their crops. The compost they are creating now will be used on fall crops like collards and cabbage.

The food waste that goes to the North Farm is combined with other organic waste generated by the College of Agriculture like leaves, tree limbs, seeds, grains and garden waste. With the help of a large tractor and a turner, student employees incorporate new materials into the already-decomposing material.

Part of the compost from the North Farm gets used by the college's researchers for erosion, field and greenhouse experiments.

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