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August 2009


Monday, August 31, 2009

K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF MORTAR BOARD COLLEGE SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY IS HONORED AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION: Kansas State University's chapter of Mortar Board, the national college senior honor society, has again been recognized as one of the best chapters in the nation.

K-STATE ANTHROPOLOGISTS CHRONICLE THE LIVES AND RESOURCEFULNESS OF INDIANS IN MOUNT DESERT ISLAND FROM THE 1840s-1920s IN NEW BOOK: Cultural historical facts from the mid-1800s of the Wabanaki Indians in Mount Desert Island, Maine, have been preserved through the work of two Kansas State University anthropologists.

K-STATE TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDENT EXCHANGE WITH BRAZILIAN UNIVERSITIES: Kansas State University has received a $257,000 four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a U.S.-Brazil student exchange program.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE AT K-STATE HELPS MCPHERSON COMPANY WITH LAUNCH OF NEW PRODUCT: The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University has assisted HG Engineering, McPherson, with the launch of Flextrusion, a tooling system that increases process control in plastic extruders for the tubing and profile industries.


Friday, August 28, 2009

K-STATE PRESIDENT KIRK SCHULZ WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY TO MEET GOVERNOR'S CHALLENGE: Kansas State University stands ready to respond to Gov. Mark Parkinson's challenges. That's the word from K-State's new president, Kirk Schulz.

KOREAN DESIGN MAGAZINE LISTS K-STATE'S INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM AS AMONG TOP 15 IN THE WORLD: Korea's top publication for designers has named Kansas State University's interior design program among the top 15 design schools in the world. K-State is the only public university in the U.S. on the list.

DESIGN WEEK AT K-STATE TO EXAMINE MANHATTAN'S FUTURE: The future of Manhattan will be the focus of a weeklong exercise Aug. 31-Sept. 4 involving students from Kansas State University's department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning.

TWO AVIATION STUDENTS AT K-STATE AT SALINA RECEIVE MIDDLEKAUFF SCHOLARSHIPS: Two Kansas State University at Salina students have been named recipients of the Mildred and Rolland Middlekauff Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

INDIVIDUAL WHO HAD BEEN BANNED FROM CAMPUS ARRESTED AND CONFINED IN JAIL: About 5 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Kansas State University police department received information that an individual who was banned from campus last spring, and who was under a criminal investigation, had returned to Manhattan.

FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING HELPS K-STATE ECOLOGISTS BRING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS TO KONZA PRAIRIE FOR RESEARCH COMBINING ECOLOGY, MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: Federal stimulus research funding means Kansas State University ecologists will get more help studying the tallgrass prairie. The funding is supporting research opportunities for eight to 10 undergraduate students each summer through 2011.

FUNDRAISER FOR K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART TO FEATURE JAZZ PERFORMER DONNA TUCKER: The annual Friends of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Kansas State University's Alumni Center.

'STAR WARS' FASCINATION INSPIRES K-STATE LIBRARIAN TO WRITE SHORT STORIES: When you walk into Charlene Simser's office at Kansas State University's Hale Library, it's difficult not to notice that she's a fan of "Star Wars."

K-STATE AT SALINA'S BARNEY KING SUCCESSFULLY RENEWS HIS MASTER CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR DESIGNATION: Bernard King, associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University at Salina, has earned Master Certified Flight Instructor designation for the fifth time.

K-STATE'S MOVIES ON THE GRASS 2009 FEATURES VARIETY OF FREE MOVIES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: Kansas State University's fifth annual Movies on the Grass series will feature more movies and some new venues. Movies on the Grass offers films on current issues, all shown in a relaxed setting with music, entertainment and raffles from local business. This year's series features some films shown on the K-State campus, with others will be shown at locations across Manhattan.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

KEEPING SAFETY IN MIND IMPORTANT FOR ALL STUDENTS AS K-STATE'S FALL SEMESTER BEGINS: Whether new to campus or returning, living on campus or off, students should always make their safety a priority, said Heather Reed, director of student life at Kansas State University.

K-STATE FINANCE FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES BEST PAPER AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN RISK AND INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: An article co-authored by Xuanjuan "Jane" Chen, assistant professor of finance at Kansas State University, has been named the best feature article published in the journal Risk Management and Insurance Review in 2008.

K-STATE'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE SELECTS STUDENTS FOR INTERNSHIPS: The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University has selected several students to serve internships in the fall 2009 semester.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

K-STATE WOMEN'S CENTER DIRECTOR ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO STAY ALERT WHEN WALKING OR JOGGING AT NIGHT: The director of Kansas State University's Women's Center, Mary Todd, is advising men and women to be -- as usual -- alert to their surroundings and on the lookout for a male who accosted a young woman Aug. 16. Drawing of suspect

K-STATE OLATHE INNOVATION CAMPUS SELECTS DESIGN-BUILD TEAM FOR FIRST CAMPUS BUILDING: THE INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY: Dan Richardson, chief executive officer of Kansas State University's K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, has announced the selection of the design-build team for construction of the first building on the campus.

FOUR K-STATE STUDENTS RECEIVE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FROM AMERICAN HUMANICS: Four Kansas State University students are recipients of 2009-2010 American Humanics Academic Award scholarships. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, involvement in the student's American Humanics campus program and commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector.

K-STATE'S JAMES GODDARD NEW VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION: James Goddard, professor of architectural engineering and construction science in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, has been named vice president and president-elect of the American Council for Construction Education.

FOUR K-STATE STUDENTS RECEIVE FELLOWSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: Four Kansas State University psychology students are receiving the Doreen Shanteau Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

K-STATE LAUNCHES FIRST DISTANCE-BASED DOCTORATE PROGRAM: Working professionals in the finance industry can now bolster their skills with a distance-based doctorate in personal financial planning from Kansas State University.


Monday, August 24, 2009

K-STATE PREPARING FOR FALL CASES OF H1N1 (SWINE) FLU: With the expected resurgence of the H1N1 flu virus this fall, officials at Kansas State University are educating students, staff and faculty on what to expect, as well as how to prevent the disease's spread and where to seek help if needed.

K-STATE VETERINARY PROFESSOR CHAIRS INTERNATIONAL BEEF CATTLE WELFARE COMMITTEE: A Kansas State University professor recently chaired an international animal health committee to develop beef cattle production and welfare standards worldwide. Dan Thomson, K-State's Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology in the department of clinical sciences, traveled to Paris, France, in late July to chair the OIE Beef Cattle Production and Animal Welfare committee.

FOR LABOR DAY 2009: K-STATE RESEARCHERS FIND THAT EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ENGAGED IN THEIR WORK HAVE HAPPIER HOME LIFE: K-State psychology researchers studied how positive work experiences extend into family life and facilitate family interactions. They found that employees who are engaged in their work, which includes higher levels of vigor, more dedication and absorption in daily activities, have better moods and more satisfaction at home.

K-STATE'S JULIA KEEN RECEIVES 2009 OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD FROM REGIONAL SECTION OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION: Julia Keen, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering's department of architectural engineering and construction science at Kansas State University, is receiving the 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Midwest Section of the American Society of Engineering Education.

K-STATE OFFERING COURSES ON GRANT WRITING AND FUNDRAISING THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION: Kansas State University will offer the distance education courses, Grant Writing: Finding the Elusive Dollar, EDACE 786, and Fundamentals of Nonprofit Organization Fundraising, EDLST 502, in the fall 2009 semester.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY EXPERT FROM FRANCE TO LECTURE AT K-STATE: A noted international bioenergy researcher will visit Kansas State University Aug. 26-28 to lecture about bioenergy, meet with students and faculty, and tour K-State's sustainable energy research facilities.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

K-STATE CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR GETS GRANT FOR RESEARCH THAT COULD AID IN DEVELOPMENT OF ARTIFICIAL PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES: A Kansas State University professor has a grant to study an area of physical chemistry that will provide more insight into the electronic structure and energy transfer processes in natural and artificial photosynthetic complexes.

K-STATE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WORK WITH FACULTY RESEARCHERS IN PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE STUDY: Kansas State University undergraduate students aspiring to graduate studies conducted independent research projects this summer alongside experienced faculty researchers.

K-STATE LIBRARIES TO CELEBRATE DONATION, OPENING OF COLLECTION OF PAPERS FROM MAMIE ALEXANDER BOYD AND FROM HUCK AND MARIE BOYD: The legacy of one of Kansas' most noted newspaper and political families will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kansas State University's Hale Library with a special ceremony to mark the donation and opening of the Mamie Alexander Boyd Papers and the McDill "Huck" and Marie Boyd Papers, which are housed in the library's Morse Department of Special Collections. The papers were donated by members of the Boyd family.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT RECEIVES $12,000 SCHOLARSHIP FROM NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S FOUNDATION: Chelsea Good, who is finishing up her master's in communication studies at K-State, is one of two recipients of the foundation's W.D. Farr Scholarship, which helps support young scholars in the beef industry.

TWO K-STATE STUDENTS ATTEND SPECIAL SUMMIT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Two Kansas State University students took part in the Youth Policy Summit on Energy Efficiency, Aug. 2-6, in Sacramento, Calif.

K-STATE, FORT RILEY TO RENEW MILITARY-UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP: A model partnership between Kansas State University and Fort Riley will be renewed at a signing ceremony Thursday, Aug. 27, at the K-State Alumni Center.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

K-STATE VETERINARY SCIENTISTS' WORK ON DIAGNOSTIC, INTERVENTION TOOLS FOR H1N1 HELPS HUMAN HEALTH LAB, TOO; NONINVASIVE TEST BY SALIVA SAMPLE JUST ONE OUTCOME: If some day you are tested for the H1N1 virus without the painful prick of a needle, thank a pig -- and a team of Kansas State University researchers and their collaborators who are connecting animal and human health.

G.I. JOBS MAGAZINE PUTS K-STATE AMONG THE NATION'S TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS: G.I. Jobs magazine has designated Kansas State University one of the most military-friendly schools in the nation for 2010.

K-STATE OFFERING A NEW MAJOR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Students looking to launch their own business someday can learn the latest techniques with the new academic major in entrepreneurship offered by Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.

CLOSE CONTACTS OF K-STATE STUDENT WITH TB HAVE BEEN CONTACTED, TESTED: Health officials at Kansas State University have contacted and are testing close acquaintances of a student recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

BARBECUE, PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES FAIR TO SHOW HOW K-STATE'S CAREER AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES HELPS STUDENTS WITH THEIR CAREER PLANNING AND JOB NEEDS: Kansas State University's career and employment services will start the fall semester with two events to help students with their career options and job searches.


Monday, August 17, 2009

K-STATE STUDENTS STUDY THE MECHANISMS INVOLVED IN TWO INFECTIOUS SWINE DISEASES: Students at Kansas State University are researching some of the most important infectious diseases in swine to improve the long-term health of pigs.

WEEK OF WELCOME EVENTS TO HELP STUDENTS FIND OUT ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES, SERVICES AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP THEM SUCCEED AT K-STATE: Kansas State University has a week of special activities planned to make new students feel right at home and welcome back returning students. K-State's Week of Welcome is Aug. 23-29.

16TH ANNUAL BRIDGE DESIGN WORKSHOP OCT. 9 AT K-STATE: Kansas State University's 16th annual Bridge Design Workshop, "New Trends in Concrete Bridges," will be Friday, Oct. 9, at the K-State Student Union.


Friday, August 14, 2009

THANKS TO SUMMER CAMP AT K-STATE, KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE HEADING TO CLASSROOMS THIS FALL WITH NEW TECHNIQUES TO BRING SHAKESPEARE TO STUDENTS: If you hear Kansas high school students hurling insults at one another in English or drama classes this fall, just remember that their teachers may be encouraging them.

K-STATERS WHO SING WITH THE FLINT HILLS MASTERWORKS CHORALE COME FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS -- AND NOT ALWAYS A MUSICAL ONE: To sing with the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale, you don't have to be a professional musician. Just ask the Kansas State University employees who belong to the group -- most are experts in fields other than music.

K-STATE EVENING COLLEGE INCREASING CLASS OFFERINGS FOR FALL SEMESTER: This fall, Kansas State University's Evening College is set to offer classes from more than 20 K-State departments -- around a 25 percent increase in the variety of classes offered during spring, summer and fall Evening College terms in the last year.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

K-STATE'S BIOSECURITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE GIVES RESEARCHERS THE TOOLS NEEDED TO RESOLVE ANIMAL HEALTH ISSUES QUICKLY: Porcine circovirus associated diseases cost pig producers around the world hundreds of millions of dollars each year. That's why Kansas State University virologists Dick Hesse and Bob Rowland have been working to create new vaccines to tackle such complex diseases.

K-STATE STUDY FINDS THAT 18- TO 24-YEAR-OLD GROUP MORE POLITICALLY ACTIVE IN 2008 ELECTION, BUT NOT MORE POLITICALLY KNOWLEDGEABLE: A study by three Kansas State University graduate students finds that the 18- to 24-year-old demographic became more politically active during the 2008 U.S. election season through the use of new media, but that the young adults were not necessarily more knowledgeable about politics.

CESSNA LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO TWO K-STATE AT SALINA STUDENTS: Two Kansas State University at Salina students have been selected to receive the Cessna Leadership Scholarship: one from the professional pilot program and one in the aviation maintenance program.

K-STATE AND AREA OFFICIALS TO USE NEW AIR SERVICE TO DALLAS: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz will join various community leaders on a flight to Dallas, Texas, Friday, Aug. 28, to commemorate the availability of air service between the Manhattan Regional Airport and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

THREE K-STATE STUDENTS RECEIVE GREATER CHICAGO CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS: A strong interest in careers in the hospitality industry -- particularly in the private club industry -- has earned three Kansas State University students scholarships from the Chicago Club Managers Foundation and Great Chicago Club Managers Association.

JODI KAUS TO HEAD K-STATE'S NEW STUDENT FINANCIAL PLANNING AND COUNSELING CENTER: Jodi Kaus, an expert in financial management, will be the director of Kansas State University's new Student Financial Planning and Counseling Center.

STUDENTS FROM K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SPEND PART OF SUMMER ASSISTING TEACHERS IN GUATEMALA AND LEARNING ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES: To prepare for careers as future teachers in classrooms with diverse students, 10 undergraduates from Kansas State University's College of Education spent three weeks this summer in Guatemala to enhance their abilities to work with and relate to students from all backgrounds.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

H3N2 INFLUENZA UNLIKELY TO SPREAD BETWEEN HUMANS, K-STATE INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND DIAGNOSTICS EXPERTS SAY; SWINE EXHIBITS AT FAIRS ARE SAFE WITH PROPER HYGIENE: Seeing animals up close is an integral part of experiencing the state and county fairs that take place around the country each summer and fall. And with good hygiene, Kansas State University veterinary experts say fair visitors shouldn't worry about contracting diseases from animals.

SIDEBAR: HOW DO FLU STRAINS GET THEIR NAMES? K-STATE INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND DIAGNOSTICS EXPERTS EXPLAIN: H1N1, H1N2, H2N3, H3N1, H3N2, H5N1: What looks like a jumble of numbers and letters to most of us actually tell scientists quite a bit about particular strains of influenza viruses, according two Kansas State University infectious disease experts.

K-STATE ECOLOGIST STIMULATES INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT WITH NEW BOOK, 'LAWS, THEORIES AND PATTERNS IN ECOLOGY': Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor of biology at Kansas State University, proposes discussion on more than 60 ecological laws, theories and unresolved general questions about ecology in his new book, "Laws, Theories and Patterns in Ecology," published by University of California Press. The book is directed toward undergraduate and graduate students with a general understanding of ecological concepts.

K-STATE DRAMA PROFESSORS CREATE CURRICULUM TO HELP KANSAS TEACHERS USE 'ROMEO AND JULIET' TO TALK WITH STUDENTS ABOUT VIOLENCE: William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" opens with a brawl between the feuding Montagues and Capulets until the Prince of Verona steps in and threatens them with death if they don't stop fighting.

K-STATE STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO ENROLL QUICKLY FOR FALL 2009 DISTANCE EDUCATION CLASSES: Enrollment in Kansas State University distance education classes offered during fall 2009 is under way and students are encouraged to act quickly because the fall semester at K-State starts Monday, Aug. 24.


Monday, August 10, 2009

STIMULUS FUNDING WILL ALLOW K-STATE BIOCHEMIST TO FURTHER STUDY HOW A CERTAIN ENZYME AFFECTS THE EYE'S LENS, PARTICULARLY IN PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, GALACTOSEMIA: Dolores Takemoto, a K-State professor of biochemistry, received more than $366,000 from the National Eye Institute to study how a particular enzyme affects the lens. Her research looks at protein kinase C gamma, called PKC gamma, and how it is controlled in normal cells versus the loss of control in diabetics.

BY SHOWING SAFETY NET CLINICS HOW THEY CAN USE RESOURCES MOST EFFICIENTLY, K-STATE ENGINEERS' RESEARCH HELPING LOW-INCOME, UNINSURED KANSANS WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE: When low-income and uninsured Kansans get sick or need routine medical care, they often rely on one of nearly 80 clinics in the state that help the medically underserved.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

K-STATE LEADERS PREDICT NBAF SAFE, SECURE AND VITAL TO NATION'S INTERESTS: Kansas State University leaders remain optimistic that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will be built in Kansas.

K-STATE SENIOR STUDIES PAGAN CULTURE IN KANSAS CITY, LAWRENCE AREAS TO HELP DEBUNK MYTHS AND CREATE UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES: Jessica Ice, K-State senior in anthropology, Kansas City, Kan., is debunking myths about paganism through summer anthropological work studying the culture in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas. She is conducting in-depth interviews and attending pagan community events for a documentary she is making and plans to make available through Internet blogs and YouTube.

K-STATE'S DISTANCE PROGRAMS IN ACADEMIC ADVISING SERVING ON-CAMPUS ADVISERS: Several academic advisers at Kansas State University have taken the expertise they acquired from K-State's academic advising distance education programs and applied it to their advising jobs at the university.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

K-STATE'S CHUCK RICE APPOINTED TO PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL BOARD: A Kansas State University scientist has been appointed as a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a major program unit of the National Research Council.

K-STATE LANDON LECTURE BY JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF CHAIR ADM. MULLEN POSTPONED: The Landon Lecture at Kansas State University by Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been postponed at the admiral's request, according to Charles Reagan, chair of the Landon Lecture Series.

K-STATE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES AUDIT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE'S MAKEUP: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz has named 12 people to a Transition Audit Advisory Committee. An additional individual from the athletics department will serve as an ex officio member.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AREA VETERINARIAN WHO HAS BEEN FIRST RESPONDER TO ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAKS SAYS PUTTING NBAF IN KANSAS WILL ENHANCE CRUCIAL RESPONSE TIME TO SUCH CASES: When it comes to animal disease outbreaks, Steve Henry, a practicing veterinarian from Abilene, knows from long experience that speed and accuracy in diagnosis, testing and treatment are essential in stopping a disease from spreading.

Monday, August 3, 2009

BACK TO SCHOOL: K-STATE EDUCATION FACULTY MEMBERS OFFER TIPS FOR PARENTS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF A PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE: Parent-teacher conferences can be a big source of stress for both parents and children. The keys to making these meetings less stressful and more successful are being prepared and having an open mind, according to two Kansas State University College of Education faculty members.

BACK TO SCHOOL: K-STATE RESEARCHERS SAY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS SHOULD PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION: Children's after-school activities often consist of sedentary behavior such as watching television, but after-school programs that offer physical activity and healthy snacks could be the best place for children's health. David Dzewaltowski, head of the department of kinesiology at Kansas State University, and other K-State researchers have found that quality after-school programs are an important contributor to children's physical activity.

BACK TO SCHOOL: K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS PETS MAY NOT ALWAYS MAKE BEST ROOMMATES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: College students who would like a four-footed roommate -- or even one that slithers, flies or swims -- should consider their schedule, budget, lifestyle and living accommodations before getting a pet, recommends a Kansas State University veterinarian. "Research, research, research. Know the approximate cost of care and special needs before you purchase a pet," said Dr. Susan Nelson of K-State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.



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