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August 2010


Tuesday, August 31, 2010


RECENT K-STATE GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE FINDS JOB MAPPING OIL SPILL: Matthew Hosey says he's had lots of jobs, but none has been as stressful or chaotic as his last one: helping keep tabs on the massive Gulf oil spill.

FEDERAL GRANT KEEPS COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAMS FOR FIRST-GENERATION, LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IN PLACE: Key services that help low-income and first-generation college students at Kansas State University are receiving continued federal funding.

DOROTHY L. THOMPSON LECTURE SERIES OPENS WITH DISCUSSION ON JUDICIAL DIVERSITY: A distinguished group of Kansas judges will open Kansas State University's 2010-2011 Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture Series and be part of the university's observance of Constitution Day.


Monday, August 30, 2010


RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SELAMECTIN IS SAFE FOR RABBITS AND HIGHER DOSES ARE NEEDED TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT FLEAS: Selamectin, a widely used product that kills parasites in dogs and cats, is an effective treatment for fleas in pet rabbits, according to a Kansas State University research team.

ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION: A team of Kansas State University architectural engineering students won first place in the 2010 Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

WILDCAT WINS EMMY: A Wildcat has won an Emmy Award. Eric Stonestreet, a 1996 K-State alum, received the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy at the Emmy Awards ceremony Aug. 29.

KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS FIND BRIDGES TO FUTURE THROUGH K-STATE: Thirteen community college students partnered with Kansas State University researchers this summer on science projects ranging from growth of cancer cells to microbiological safety of tea.

EXHIBITION FEATURES WORK BY K-STATE STUDENTS AT KANSAS CITY DESIGN CENTER: Projects and design studies by 16 Kansas State University and University of Kansas students enrolled in the Kansas City Design Center during the 2009-2010 academic year are on display in the Chang Gallery at Seaton Hall.


Friday, August 27, 2010


FREE EDUCATIONAL EARTHWORM COLLECTION KITS STILL AVAILABLE TO KANSAS TEACHERS: This school year a slew of earthworms will take a journey from moist soil into the young hands of Kansas students, and finally to Kansas State University research labs.

EMMY AWARDS CEREMONY FEATURES K-STATE NOMINEE: K-Staters have a Wildcat to root for at the Emmy Awards, Sunday, Aug. 29. Eric Stonestreet, a 1996 K-State alum, is nominated for best supporting actor in a comedy for his role as Cameron Tucker in ABC's "Modern Family."

PROFESSOR'S HOBBY REALLY ONE FOR THE BIRDS: Jim Shroyer is into tweeting in a big way. No, it's not the popular social website Twitter that has captured some of the spare time of the Kansas State University professor of agronomy: it's birding.

STATE'S THREE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES TO UPGRADE SHARED DATA NETWORK WITH NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT: The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.176 million over two years to Kansas' three research universities to upgrade a shared data network.

STUDENTS GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE THROUGH ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE'S INTERN PROGRAM: The internship program at Kansas State University' s Advanced Manufacturing Institute gives students a head start on their career by providing hands-on experience working on challenging projects with engineering and business professionals.


Thursday, August 26, 2010


PROFESSOR TURNS TO FACEBOOK AS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING TOOL FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY: Facebook can be more than a way to connect with friends -- it also can be a valuable research and learning tool, according to one Kansas State University professor.

SAFERIDE READY TO ROLL WITH NEW ROUTE SYSTEM: Kansas State University's SafeRide program is ready for a new school year with a new look and added convenience.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


K-STATE PROFESSORS USE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT TO HELP MILITARY VETERANS EARN ENGINEERING DEGREES: Three Kansas State University electrical and computer engineering professors will use a National Science Foundation grant for a project to help military veterans enter the work force at an accelerated pace.

FILM FESTIVAL ENTERS SIXTH YEAR ON K-STATE CAMPUS: The Movies on the Grass film festival, now in its sixth year on the Kansas State University campus, features independent films and documentaries. This year's festival covers topics such as peace, recycling and immigration reform.

PRESENTATION ON AMERICAN QUILTS IN MODERN AGE SEPT. 10 AT K-STATE: Patricia Crews, director of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss the history of American quilts Friday, Sept. 10, at Kansas State University.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


K-STATE HOME PAGE HAS NEW LOOK; MORE CHANGES COMING: K-Staters will notice some slight changes to the university's home page starting today. The page features an expanded features section; links have been added to the Salina and Olathe campuses; and social media icons are now available at the bottom of the page.

$90.9 MILLION CONTRIBUTED TO K-STATE LAST YEAR: Alumni, friends and corporate partners of Kansas State University contributed $90.9 million to K-State through the Kansas State University Foundation during the fiscal year that ended June 30. It is the fourth-highest total in the 65-year history of the foundation.

UNIVERSITY SEES RECORD YEAR FOR RESEARCH FUNDING: Kansas State University received a record amount of research funding during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, according to recent reports.

PROFESSOR'S BOOK IS FIRST TO EXPLORE TWO-SPIRIT LITERATURE IN NORTHWEST NATIVE GROUPS: Western culture's grappling with homosexuality and alternate genders isn't strictly limited to the United States, but is also prevalent in many Native American and native Alaskan groups -- or native nations. That issue is the focus of work by one Kansas State University researcher.

K-STATE'S CHAPMAN GALLERY TO FEATURE EXHIBITION BY MASTER'S STUDENT FROM LAWRENCE: An exhibition of artwork by Lynn Cool, a master of fine arts student from Lawrence, will be on display Sept. 7-17 in Willard Hall's Mark A. Chapman Gallery at Kansas State University.


Monday, August 23, 2010


RESEARCHERS EXPLORE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF SPACE TRAVEL WITH NASA GRANT: The final frontier may be no further than Manhattan, Kan., as a team of Kansas State University researchers launches a project funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Friday, August 20, 2010


STUDENT PROJECT TO MAKE BIKING MORE ACCESSIBLE, SAFER IN MANHATTAN: The first class assignment for around 180 Kansas State University students could help Manhattan become a greener, healthier and more bike-friendly community. The students, all in K-State's landscape architecture and regional and community planning programs, will participate in Design Days: Cruise, Commute, Connect, Aug. 23-25.


Thursday, August 19, 2010


WIND TURBINE TO AID K-STATE PROGRAM: Kansas State University is exploring the best way a donated wind turbine can be used for research and instruction. The university also will work with the community on a site for the turbine.

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN K-STATE, KU BRINGS LIFELONG LEARNING COURSES TO MANHATTAN: A partnership agreement between Kansas State University and the University of Kansas will make four noncredit courses available to adults age 50 and older in the Manhattan area this fall.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


MAGAZINE RATES K-STATE AMONG NATION'S MOST MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS: Kansas State University is among the most military-friendly schools in the nation, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. The magazine has included K-State on its 2011 list of schools that cater to the military.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


K-STATE TO STUDY ATHLETICS PROGRAM FOR NCAA CERTIFICATION: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz announced today that K-State is beginning a yearlong, campuswide effort to study its athletics program as part of the regularly scheduled NCAA Division I athletics certification process.


Monday, August 16, 2010


FACILITIES EMPLOYEES MAKE QUICK WORK OF CAMPUS CLEAN-UP: Thanks to the work of Kansas State University facilities workers, the campus is recovering from an Aug. 13 storm that damaged Anderson Hall and numerous trees.

VETERINARY STUDENTS SPEND SUMMER TRAINING FOR DISASTER: Four Kansas State University veterinary medicine students experienced a summer filled with disease and disaster -- and that's just what they wanted.

BARBECUE, PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES FAIR HELP STUDENTS WITH CAREER PLANNING, 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.

Friday, August 13, 2010


SIGNIFICANT STORM DAMAGE AT K-STATE DUE TO WIND AND MICROBURST: A late afternoon storm with damaging winds caused significant losses to trees and some damage to buildings on the Kansas State University campus.

WESCH AMONG FIRST FELLOWS OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY IN LIBERAL EDUCATION: Michael Wesch has earned many accolades for his expertise and creativity in the use of digital technology to enhance student learning. He's received national professor of the year honors, been named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic, and has been dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine.

WILDCAT GREAT BOB BOOZER TALKS HALL OF FAME 'DREAM TEAM': Bob Boozer had a dream and he followed it. The former Kansas State Wildcat delayed his entry into professional basketball for the right to try out for the 1960 Olympic basketball team. Boozer made that team, and tonight in Springfield, Mass., that Gold Medal-winning team will enter the storied Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


BETTORS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO PROFIT WHEN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS IN HUMID REGIONS PLAY IN DRY AREAS, K-STATE STUDY REVEALS: When placing a spread bet on college football, a bettor's success might have as much to do with geography as with luck. When a Kansas State University economist combined his enthusiasm for college football with his expertise in arid land studies, he and a colleague found that bettors have a good chance of making money by placing a spread bet on an arid-region team when it hosts a humid-region team.

SPECIAL SERVICES HELP KEEP K-STATE CAMPUS SAFE: Paying attention to your surroundings and your belongings are good ways for college students to avoid being a victim of crime, according to two Kansas State University experts.

GAIL SHROYER CHAIR OF NEW DEPARTMENT AT K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: An award-winning professor who specializes in improving teacher preparation will lead a newly merged department in Kansas State University's College of Education.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


K-STATE PROFESSOR'S CANCER RESEARCH GETS BOOST FROM NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: Understanding how cancer cells communicate with each other and how to enhance their receptiveness to drug treatments is the focus of promising work by a Kansas State University researcher.

WEEK OF WELCOME SET FOR NEW, RETURNING K-STATE STUDENTS: Kansas State University has a week of special events to welcome new and returning students to campus, Aug. 22-Sep. 1.

TRUMAN STATE UNDERGRADUATE WORKS AT K-STATE TO CREATE FASTER DETECTION METHOD FOR CANCEROUS CELLS: A visiting undergraduate at Kansas State University is working to detect cancer in its earliest stages, and to better understand the development of neurodegenerative diseases.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010


BASKETBALL PLAYER, ACTOR RETURNS TO K-STATE FOR HIS DEGREE: Reggie Britt's resume already reads professional European basketball player and accomplished model and actor. Come December he will add Kansas State University graduate to the list.

K-STATE HUMAN ECOLOGY STUDENT RECEIVES $5,000 GRANT FOR HER SERVICE TO MILITARY FAMILIES: A Kansas State University student making a difference in the lives of Army families is being honored for her actions.

WHEN IT COMES TO AVIATION MAINTENANCE, K-STATE SALINA STUDENT AMONG THE BEST: A Kansas State University Salina student rates among the best in the nation when it comes to aviation maintenance.


Monday, August 9, 2010


K-STATE RESEARCH TEAM INVESTIGATES MUTATED GENE'S ROLE IN BREAST CANCER: A microscopic gene may play a gigantic role when it comes to cancerous tissue in the human body, according to one Kansas State University research team.

KANSAS CITY SYMPOSIUM ON NATIONAL BIOSECURITY EFFORTS FEATURES SEVERAL K-STATE EXPERTS: A national biosecurity symposium Monday, Aug. 30, in Kansas City, Mo., will showcase biosecurity research and industry at Kansas State University and the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

ONLINE COURSE FROM K-STATE HELPS TEACHERS ACROSS NATION SEEKING ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT: Beginning this fall Kansas State University distance education is offering its first online course in the English as a Second Language Endorsement program.


Friday, August 6, 2010


BRIAN NIEHOFF NAMED ASSOCIATE PROVOST AT K-STATE: Brian Niehoff has been named associate provost at Kansas State University. Niehoff's promotion was announced by April Mason, provost and senior vice president.

LEARNING PROGRAM AT K-STATE HELPS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ENJOY MORE CAMPUS LIFE: Kansas State University is offering a new program to help adults with developmental disabilities experience more campus life.

POPULAR PEER EDUCATION GUIDE BY K-STATE PROFESSOR NOW IN SECOND EDITION: The second edition of "Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses," by Fred Newton, professor of counseling and educational psychology at K-State, and Steven C. Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan has been released. It's published by Jossey-Bass.

CLUB SPORTS A HIT AT K-STATE SALINA: Three new offerings -- women's softball, men's basketball and women's dance -- have joined dodgeball and disc golf as club sports at on the campus.

PHYSICS UNDERGRADUATE BUILDS PULSE LASER THROUGH K-STATE SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM: Jennifer Black, a senior at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia, is working with Brian Washburn, associate professor of physics at K-State, on a nonlinear optics project. Her research is through the K-State physics department's 2010 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

STUDENT FROM FRANCE SERVING INTERNSHIP AT K-STATE'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE: A new addition has arrived at Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute all the way from France. The institute's first internationalstudent intern, Sebastien Dan, recently began work as a chemical engineer for Gina Becker, senior engineer.


Thursday, August 5, 2010


K-STATE CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR FINDS SWEET REWARD WITH HOBBY: Viktor Chikan has a large fascination with minute objects. He uses nanoscale devices, developing tools to manipulate materials small enough to fit at the atomic or molecular scale. But there's more buzz in his life than nanoscale devices.

K-STATE OLATHE NAMES JOHN PASCARELLA ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS: John B. Pascarella is joining Kansas State University Olathe as associate dean for academic and research programs.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERT RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FROM K-STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: A longtime Kansas State University faculty member is the recipient of the 2010 Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration Award from the K-State College of Education.

GRINNELL COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE HELPS SOLVE FRAGMENT OF DIGITAL SIGNALS EQUATION WITH K-STATE PROFESSOR: In eight weeks Laura Garcia has achieved what most college students only imagine accomplishing by the end of their graduate career.

UNDERGRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO STUDIES ROMANTIC JEALOUSY THROUGH K-STATE RESEARCH PROGRAM: While many college students spend their summer vacation away from the world of academia, one has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to get more of it.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


K-STATE PROFESSOR OFFERS TIPS TO MAKE BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME CALM AND COOL: In addition to pencils, markers and wide-rule paper, parents should add a few back-to-school tips to the school supply list this fall, according to a Kansas State University education expert.

RESIDENCE HALL LIFE CHANGES -- AND STAYS THE SAME, SAYS K-STATE HOUSING EXPERT: Life in a college residence hall has changed a lot in the last 20 years while the core elements have stayed the same, according to Kansas State University's Derek Jackson.

STUDENT FROM MINNESOTA COLLEGE CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY ON K-STATE'S KONZA PRAIRIE: Kansas State University has provided one college student with a research project this summer where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT DOING SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH ON BIOFUELS AT K-STATE: One student is conducting sustainability research at Kansas State University this summer that could make the world -- and specifically Manhattan -- a greener place to live.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


K-STATE, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS RELEASE PRELIMINARY DATA FROM DOWN SYNDROME STUDY: The tumultuous feelings parents have when they first learn their child will be born with Down syndrome give way to joy and resilience, according to preliminary data from a study by researchers at Kansas State University and Texas Tech University.

RECENT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT GRADUATE RECEIVES K-STATE'S KING AWARD: Christie Murman Schneider, Glenvil, Neb., has earned Kansas State University's 2010 King Medal from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.


Monday, August 2, 2010


NEW GUIDE NAMES K-STATE AS ONE OF BEST UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS IN NATION: K-State is in the 2011 edition of "The Best 373 Colleges," just released by The Princeton Review and Random House. Only about 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book.

K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DYNAMIC 2010-2011 PERFORMANCE SERIES: From Broadway musicals to student performances, Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium has hosted hundreds of events since its first in 1970. The tradition continues this year with the 40th anniversary of the McCain Performance Series.

K-STATE POLICE CAPTAIN JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO COMBAT CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Capt. Donald Stubbings of the Kansas State University police department is taking part in a national effort to curb violence against women.

NEW EXHIBITION AT K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART HONORS EARLY LEADERS IN KANSAS ART EDUCATION: An exhibition exploring the historical roots of art education in Kansas will be on display Aug. 18-Dec. 19 in the Vanier Gallery at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.



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