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Source: Carol Shanklin, 785-532-7927, shanklin@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jennifer Torline, 785-532-0847, jtorline@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Ten Kansas State University graduate students who are researching topics important to Kansas will share their findings with legislators, the Board of Regents, industry representatives and the public at a statewide summit.

The eighth annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Docking State Office Building in Topeka.

"The goal is for students to communicate how research they're conducting directly benefits Kansas and to educate about the value of supporting research and graduate education," said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School. "I believe we have a dynamic group of graduate students from diverse disciplines representing K-State at this joint event."

The research summit features Kansas-related research conducted by graduate students at K-State, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Wichita State University. It's supported by KansasBio and the graduate schools and graduate student organizations at each university. Two students from each university will be chosen as KansasBio winners and receive awards.

The 10 K-State students were selected from a group of 28 students who presented at a Feb. 2 on-campus poster session, called Research and the State. The event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the Graduate School with support from the K-State Academic Excellence Fund.

The K-State students presenting at the summit, including two students selected as alternate presenters, are:

* Sarah Kubler, master's student in electrical and computer engineering, Chanute, "Reliable and Secure Networks for the Communication of the Power Grid."

* Jennifer Hanson, doctoral student in human nutrition, Manhattan, "Dietary Intakes of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Among Soldiers Deploying to Combat."

* Matthew VanSchenkhof, doctoral student in hospitality management and dietetics, St. George, "An Investigation of Water Usage in Casual Dining Restaurants in Kansas."

* Shonda Anderson, master's student in agricultural economics, Durango, Colo., "Preferences of U.S. and EU Undergraduates for Cloning."

* Evan Hurley, doctoral student in chemistry, Bomoseen, Vt., "Coupling Pyrazole to Pyridine: Steps to Engineering a Better Agricultural Chemical and Predicting Binding Preferences through Co-crystal Synthesis."

* Yi Zhang, doctoral student in chemical engineering, Shanghai, China, alternate presenter, "Characterization of Icosahedral Boron Arsenide (B12As2) Epitaxial Film: a Novel Semiconductor for Beta-cell and Neutron Detector."

* Pei Liu, doctoral student in hospitality management and dietetics, Tianjin, China, alternate presenter, "Perceived Availability of and Attitudes Toward Healthy Food Choices in Assisted-living Facilities in Kansas."

* Lateef Syed, doctoral student in chemistry, Hyderabad, India, "Dielectrophoretic Capture of E. coli at Nanoelectrode Arrays."

* Sakshi Pahwa, doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, Mumbai, India, "Distributed Sources and Islanding to Mitigate Cascading Failures in Power Grid Networks."

* Neena Kanwar, doctoral student in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, New Delhi, India, "Effects of Controlled Intervention Strategies on the Quantities of a Ceftiofur Resistance Gene (blaCMY-2) in the Feces of Feedlot Cattle."

* George Paul, doctoral student in agronomy, New Delhi, India, "Crop Modeling Approach for Assessing Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Crop Productivity in the Ogallala Aquifer Region."

* Orlando Aguilar Gallardo, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering Panama City, Panama, "Nitrous Oxide Emissions from a Commercial Cattle Feedlot in Kansas."


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