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Pink rodeo July 24 to benefit cancer center

To raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, K-State's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research is teaming up with the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association for the third annual "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, Friday, July 24, at the Kaw Valley Rodeo.

The evening will begin with a pink balloon launch to honor cancer survivors. Pink T-shirts, bandanas and other items also will be sold, with all proceeds going to the cancer center.

The Kaw Valley Rodeo will be at 8 p.m. July 23-25 in CiCo Park's Wells Arena and is in conjunction with the Riley County Fair. More information on the rodeo is available at

K-State's Johnson Cancer Center works each day to conquer cancer in our time. All of its programs are supported by private contributions. More information about the center is available at


Fourth annual Dialog on Sustainability July 23

The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, K-State's director of sustainability and partners will host the fourth annual Dialog on Sustainability, Thursday, July 23, at K-State.

The consortium is headquartered at K-State, where administrative leadership is provided by the Center for Hazardous Substance Research in the College of Engineering.

Sessions throughout the day will focus on sustainable energy, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings, community development and K-State initiatives. There will be dialogs, panel discussions, posters and exhibits that will include plug-in electric vehicles.

K-State President Kirk Schulz will provide opening remarks, and other guest speakers will include Noel Schulz, Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and K-State's first lady; Ben Champion, K-State director of sustainability; and Gary Schuberth, Opus Architects and Engineers, Kansas City, Kan.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the sessions at no cost, but pre-registration is encouraged. More information is available at


Animal resource facility becomes the Comparative Medicine Group

To demonstrate K-State's commitment to setting, achieving and maintaining high standards for animal care and use in science, the university's Animal Resource Facility is being centralized under the vice president for research and will change its name to the Comparative Medicine Group.

"This realignment dovetails with the inclusion of all campus biomedical and behavioral research activities in the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care -- International unit," said Dr. Jerry Jaax, associate vice president for research compliance and university veterinarian.

More than 770 institutions in 31 countries have earned the association's international accreditation, making it a symbol of quality recognized around the world, Jaax said.

The Comparative Medicine Group will provide a full range of veterinary support and services for campus biomedical and behavioral research activities.

Veterinarian Dr. Kerry Taylor, a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, is the new director of the Comparative Medicine Group, which is in 103 Coles Hall.