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December 2010


Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

K-STATE RESEARCHERS PROVIDE YEAR OF INTRIGUING DISCOVERIES: It's been a busy year of discoveries for Kansas State University researchers. Here is a sampling of some of the more intriguing and fun faculty and student research projects from 2010.

BUSINESS ETHICS EXPERT REFLECTS ON THE TOP FIVE MOMENTS OF THE DECADE: Corporate ethics made for several news headlines in the last 10 years.

K-STATE PROFESSOR LOOKS AT DECADE'S TOP FOOD SAFETY TRENDS: Highlights from the past 10 years in food safety include fresh produce outbreaks and the creation of a food safety culture, said Douglas Powell, an associate professor of food safety at Kansas State University.

SMITH, CAI EARN HONORS FROM COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Two College of Business Administration faculty members at Kansas State University received teaching and research awards at the college's Dec. 11 commencement ceremony.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING GRADUATES: Kansas State University's College of Education has honored several of its fall 2010 graduates for excellence.

STUDENT FROM HUTCHINSON IS OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN BUSINESS: Allan J. Saylor, bachelor's graduate in human resource management, Hutchinson, is the fall 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Senior in Business Award from Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.


Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

DRAMA THERAPIST'S NEW BOOK PROMOTES BARRIER-FREE THEATER: Sally Bailey, associate professor and director of the drama therapy program at Kansas State University, recently had her third book, "Barrier-Free Theatre," published by Idyll Arbor.

K-STATE PROFESSOR IS STATE SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR: Kansas State University's Jacque Gibbons has been named the social worker of the year in Kansas.


Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

PROFESSOR EDITS NEW BOOK ABOUT SOVIET UNION IN WORLD WAR II: David Stone, the Pickett Professor of Military History and director of the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies at Kansas State University, is editor of the new volume "The Soviet Union at War 1941-1945."

K-STATE GRAD HITS HOME RUN WITH DESIGN OF YANKEE STADIUM, SITE OF THE PINSTRIPE BOWL: When the Kansas State University Wildcats take the field Dec. 30 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl they won't be the first K-Staters to feel the magical Yankee Stadium turf under their toes.


Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

DODDS CONTRIBUTES TO NEW NATIONAL STUDY ON NITROGEN WATER POLLUTION: A Kansas State University professor is part of a national research team that discovered that streams and rivers produce three times more greenhouse gas emissions than estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

PROFESSORS USING USDA GRANT FOR VETERINARY EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECT: Three faculty members from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine have received a grant for developing a new method of teaching veterinarians involved with food safety.

GRAD STUDENT, RUSSIAN BOTANIST ENHANCING BIOLOGY LESSONS AT JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Research by Susan Rolfsmeier, a Kansas State University graduate student in biology, and Svetlana Ovchinnikova, a Russian botanist, is finding its way into Rebecca Steiger's class at Junction City High School.


Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

RESEARCH LOOKS AT PATHOGENIC ATTACKS ON HOST PLANTS: Two Kansas State University researchers focusing on rice genetics are providing a better understanding of how pathogens take over a plant's nutrients.

THREE STUDENTS EARN GILMAN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY ABROAD: Three Kansas State University students -- Nathen Lippert, Andover; Juan Carlos Mendoza, Garden City; and Sophia Ford, Wilson -- have received the spring 2011 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.


Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

K-STATE PROJECT PUTTING IPADS IN LOCAL MATH CLASSROOMS: Kansas State University's department of curriculum and instruction is using a $70,000 grant enhancement to purchase iPads for mathematics teachers in local school districts.

PARTNERSHIP WITH ARGENTINEAN UNIVERSITY KICKS OFF: Two Kansas State University professors recently traveled to Argentina to kick off an international institutional cooperation between K-State and the University of Lanus, or UNLa, in Buenos Aires.

GRADUATE STUDENT WINS TRAVEL AWARD FROM BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT PAPER: The Biophysical Society is honoring research by a Kansas State University graduate student on synthetic channel-forming peptides to treat diseases like cystic fibrosis.


Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

PROGRAM HELPING LATINA, LATINO STUDENTS EARN TEACHING DEGREES IS HONORED: A Kansas State University 2+2 program created for nontraditional Latino and Latina students who want to teach in southwest Kansas has received the 2010 Outstanding Service to Underserved Populations Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

BALTRIP RECEIVES BUSINESS JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP: Kimetris Baltrip, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University, has been named a Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellow by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS TAKING STUDENTS ACROSS THE WORLD: Nearly 50 Kansas State University students are receiving scholarships from the office of international programs to help with their study abroad experiences during the upcoming 2011 spring semester.


Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

WHEN HOLIDAY TIME ISN'T SO MERRY: THERAPIST OFFERS TIPS FOR COPING WITH GRIEF: While many see the holidays as a happy and festive time, the season can be one of the most difficult times of the year for people grieving for a recently lost loved one or struggling with depression.

COMPUTER SCIENCE TEAM PLACES THIRD IN SUPERCOMPUTING COMPETITION: A team of Kansas State University computer science students put their knowledge of computer systems and programming to the test recently to take third place in the Supercomputing 10 Student Programming Competition.


Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

K-STATE OLATHE GRAND OPENING SET FOR APRIL 26: Kansas State University will have a grand opening celebration for its new K-State Olathe campus April 26, 2011.

GIFTS FROM CAMPUS SPREAD WILDCAT HOLIDAY CHEER: Trying to fit holiday shopping into your schedule can be harder than fitting Santa down a chimney. But Kansas State University makes shopping easy with a variety of gift ideas.

AIR FORCE, ARMY ROTC CADETS EARN COMMISSIONS: Nine Kansas State University Reserve Officer Training Corp cadets have earned their commissions as second lieutenants.

ON-SITE AND ONLINE TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Kansas State University is offering Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training Jan. 3-5, 2011.


Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

TIPS FOR MAKING TREE SELECTION ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: The most environmentally friendly option during the holiday season is to purchase a real Christmas tree instead of an artificial one, according to a Kansas State University forestry expert.

FORGET WHISTLING -- THIS PROFESSOR WALKS WHILE WORKING: Eight hours hunkered over her work in Justin Hall. Two hours commuting from her home outside Council Grove. Deb Sellers had become a master at sitting, and she did not like it one bit.


Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

HOW TO KEEP THINGS BRIGHT BUT ENERGY EFFICIENT: While holiday light displays are merry, they also can increase energy consumption and electric bills. But a Kansas State University expert in residential energy says there are a few simple ways to limit holiday decoration energy consumption.

NEW BOOK COMMEMORATES 150 YEARS OF KANSAS BEEF: Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Beef Cattle Institute and Frontier program are commemorating the upcoming 150th anniversary of the state of Kansas with the release of the coffee table-style book "150 Years of Kansas Beef."

K-STATE STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2010-2011: More than 8,500 Kansas State University students have been awarded academic scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year. In all, K-State students have received more than $16 million in scholarships.

URBAN GARDENING SEMINAR JAN. 10-12 AT K-STATE: The seminar "Brownfields and Urban Gardening" will be offered Jan. 10-12, 2011, at Kansas State University in 1052 Rathbone Hall.


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

DIALOGUE AND COMMUNICATION KEY IN IMPROVING FOOD SAFETY: It's not going to happen to me. Issues of food safety are often met with this kind of attitude, according to Doug Powell, associate professor of food safety at Kansas State University. This lack of concern places a greater emphasis on how food safety messages are presented.

K-STATE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS RECEIVE FOURTH PLACE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION: Kansas State University's student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects earned fourth place in the organization's recent Student Design Competition in Boston.

MANAGEMENT PROFESSOR AWARDED CONOCOPHILLIPS FACULTY SPONSORSHIP: Kansas State University's student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects earned fourth place in the organization's recent Student Design Competition in Boston.


Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

ALCOHOLIC ENERGY DRINKS: GETTING A BUZZ TYPICAL RISKY BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG ADULTS, EXPERT SAYS: The popularity of alcoholic energy drinks among college students isn't surprising, according to a Kansas State University expert. Tim Rarick, instructor of family studies and human services at K-State, says while the drinks may be a new trend among college-age students, substance abuse isn't a new phenomenon for the age group.

TIPS FOR RECYCLING, FROM PRESENTS TO PARTIES: Amid the holly and jolly, don't forget to be nice and not naughty when it comes to recycling during the holiday season. Presents, decorations and party supplies can make for a not-so-Earth-friendly holiday season. But Ben Champion, Kansas State University director of sustainability, says it's possible to celebrate and still be mindful of the environment.


Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

MORE THAN 1,275 STUDENTS TO GRADUATE DEC. 10 AND 11: Kansas State University's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina. More than 1,275 students are candidates for graduation.

STUDENTS CHOSEN TO PERFORM, SPEAK AT GRADUATION CEREMONIES: Several Kansas State University students have been selected as speakers, vocalists or musicians for the university's fall commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11.

ROTC CADETS EARN HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE: Cadets in Kansas State University's Army and Air Force ROTC programs are earning honors for outstanding academic and military performance.


Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

K-STATE IS NEW YORK BOUND: Start your planning now for the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl in New York! K-State will play Syracuse in Yankee Stadium on December 30 at 2:30pm Central Time.

PROFESSOR TO PARTICIPATE IN U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: A Kansas State University professor will be in the company of international agricultural and environmental leaders when he attends the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

UNIVERSITY'S TECH TRANSFER GROUP TO HELP COMMERCIALIZE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PORTFOLIO: Kansas State University's goal of being recognized nationally as a top 50 public research university by 2025 is getting a boost.

BRIGADE COMMAND PROGRAM HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADULT EDUCATION: Kansas State University's Brigade Command Team Spouse Development Program has received a prestigious national award for its outstanding leadership and success as an adult education program.

ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS EARN BOWMAN DESIGN FORUM HONORS: Five third-year architecture students earned honors at Kansas State University's 12th annual Bowman Design Forum.


Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

NEWS TIP: K-STATE PROFESSOR CAN SHED LIGHT ON ANONYMITY AND CENSORSHIP-RESISTANCE ASPECTS OF SITES LIKE WIKILEAKS: A major U.S. bank could be the next to have its secret documents exposed by the website WikiLeaks.

CLASSIC HOLIDAY MOVIES HAVE UNIVERSAL APPEAL, PROFESSOR SAYS: Holiday films have a special appeal that reaches all generations, according to a Kansas State University professor who studies why we watch certain movies.

NEW STATEWIDE CENTER TO CREATE, COMMERCIALIZE BIOSCIENCE-BASED PRODUCTS AND MORE: The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University will use a nearly $600,000 Partnership for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of a statewide science and engineering center to create and commercialize bioscience-based products, processes and technologies.

MORTAR BOARD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS OUTSTANDING FACULTY AND STAFF: Four Kansas State University juniors are earning scholarships from the university's chapter of Mortar Board, the national college senior honor society. The chapter also is honoring 12 K-State faculty and staff members for their work and dedication in improving student success.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: VOTE FOR BEST PICTURE BOOK AT MOCK CALDECOTT: What's the best picture book of 2010? Manhattan area residents can help decide at Mock Caldecott 2010. The event will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.


Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE NOME FOR PROFESSOR RESEARCHING MIGRANT SHOREBIRDS: The small town of Nome on the western coast of Alaska is best known to the world as the finish line for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But for Kansas State University's Brett Sandercock, associate professor of biology, the area has far more importance.

2010 ALL-UNIVERSITY CAMPAIGN SETS AN ALL-TIME RECORD: Kansas State University faculty and staff members set an all-time record this year with the highest participation rate ever in the annual All-University Campaign for K-State. The campaign is an internal fundraising effort run by campus faculty and staff volunteers that specifically focuses on participation.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT OFFERS SEVERAL HOLIDAY-THEMED PERFORMANCES IN DECEMBER: The Kansas State University music department is offering several holiday-related performances during December. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

TOO MUCH STRESS IN COLLEGE LIFE? THERE'S A COURSE FOR THAT: Being a college student can be fun but also stressful. Since 1990, Kansas State University's January intersession has included a class that can help students learn to manage the anxiety that sometimes comes with college life.




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