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January 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

No guts, no glory: Biologists receive nearly $2.8 million from NIH to study virus escape from mosquito midgut

Kansas State University associate professors of biology Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli have been bouncing ideas off each other since they met in graduate school.

Fall graduates: Nearly 1,300 earn degrees from K-State

Nearly 1,300 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this fall. 


Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Going green: University gears up for annual recycling competition

It may still be winter but things are about to get greener on the Kansas State University campus. RecycleMania starts Sunday, Feb. 5, and the university is ready to participate.

Online and informed: When it comes to social media, professor says the pros outweigh the cons for journalists

In today's social media world, news can spread in 140 characters or less. But the expectations of honesty and integrity in news reporting shouldn't change, even if the type of media reporting it has, according to a Kansas State University professor.

Science stars: Area schools compete in regional science olympiad at K-State Salina

Teams from Manhattan High School and Chisholm Middle School in Newton are the winners of the regional Kansas Science Olympiad hosted by Kansas State University Salina on Jan. 11.


Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Top-Notch experience: Students say internships at advanced manufacturing institute give edge in job market

Kansas State University students are getting the chance to gain professional experience and an edge when they enter the work force by serving as interns with the university's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, or AMI.

High recognition: Swanson new Edgerley family chair in business administration

A nationally known expert in business ethics education has been appointed to the Edgerley family chair in business administration at Kansas State University.

The Sound of Rock Music: Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata comes to  McCain Feb. 10

Prepare to rock out to "The Sound of Music." Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata will turn this iconic American musical on its head in the group's upcoming debut in Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Chemistry research offers a breath of fresh air against indoor pollutants

Removing the smell of new carpet from a room may eventually be a matter of turning the lights on or off.

Long-distance scholars: Recipients of O'Bannon, diversity scholarships earning their degrees from across the nation and around the world

Kansas State University is going the distance for students earning their degrees through distance education by providing scholarships especially for them.

Help wanted: Engineering Career Fair offers chance for jobs, internships

It's a chance for students to engineer an opportunity. More than 115 companies will visit Kansas State University to recruit engineering students for full-time jobs and internship positions at the Engineering Career Fair, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.

Removal of former chemical waste landfill begins Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 1, Kansas State University will begin to remove the contents of the Old Chemical Waste Landfill.

Achieving excellence: Semester honors to more than 3,200 students for outstanding academic work

More than 3,200 students earned semester honors from Kansas State University for their academic performance in the fall 2011 semester.


Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

When it comes to greening a corporate reputation, study shows that words may speak louder than actions

Corporations are clamoring to be green, but their environmental reputation may depend more on what they say rather than what they do, according to a study by a Kansas State University researcher and other collaborators.

Greed meets its match in university theater production of 'The Madwoman of Chaillot'

A satiric fable of good triumphing over evil and beauty over destruction will kick off the spring semester presentations by the Kansas State University theater program.

Time to get growing: Tuesday talks in the gardens return for the spring

Take your lunch break in the Kansas State University Gardens this spring and learn something new. Tuesday Talks in the Gardens are from February to May and are scheduled on Tuesdays, from 12:15-12:45 p.m., in the Quinlan Visitor Center on Denison Avenue.

Friends of the prairie: couple's gift supports educational programming for kids on Konza

A gift by a Manhattan couple will help support educational programming for children at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and honor a longtime environmental educator.


Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Partnership for success: University commercialization institute provides expertise across state, region

When it comes to capitalizing on potential, Kansas State University is sealing the deal with big names in and around Kansas.

Drama, dance, music and more: February a celebration of the arts at K-State

At Kansas State University, February is a time to "STOMP," dance and enjoy the arts. The university is offering a variety of theatrical, dance and music events throughout the month, with something for everyone to enjoy.


Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Eating smart: Researcher studies foods, dietary supplements that may reduce risk of prostate cancer

A Kansas State University professor is turning to nutrition to tackle prostate cancer. Brian Lindshield, assistant professor of human nutrition, is helping men make more informed diet decisions by studying foods and dietary supplements that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

University launches bus route to serve students, faculty, staff

Kansas State University and the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency have partnered to create a campus bus route.

Shining success: University, department of architectural engineering and construction science recognized for lighting course work

A new designation earned by Kansas State University and the department of architectural engineering and construction science is providing students with scholarship opportunities.

Networks that work: Academic advisers help colleague choose K-State's online advising program

When Timothy Bond, adviser at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colo., decided to earn an advanced degree, he got advice from the experts -- fellow academic advisers.


Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

University officials comment on funding announcement in State of the State Address

On Jan. 11, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced $5 million in proposed new funding for Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Guiding the way: Konza Prairie seeks docents, offers lifelong learning

The perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand at Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station is coming Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Konza Prairie docent program offers new docent orientation from 9 a.m. to noon.

Geographer finds her way on list of state's top scientists

A geographer who turns to the past to determine what is happening in the present has earned a top spot in Kansas scientific history.


Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

The power of flowers: research sprouts a closer look at sunflower genetics

A Kansas State University researcher's plant genetic work is rooted in the sunflower state. Mark Ungerer, associate professor of biology, has two major research projects that involve evolutionary change in sunflowers, the state flower of Kansas.

Current event: Noel Schulz takes helm of international electric energy society

Kansas State University now has two President Schulzes: one who leads the university, and the other who leads a major electric power industry organization.

A case for excellence: K-State earns sweepstakes award for advancement efforts

Kansas State University is being recognized as the best in the region when it comes to advancing the university through special projects, publications, programming, videos, photography and more. The university won the 2012 Sweepstakes Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, also known as CASE, at the recent District 6 meeting in Denver, Colo.

Bountiful harvest: New endowed faculty chair, hire made possible through milling association gift

A gift from a major gain milling association has established a new faculty chair at Kansas State University.

Getting the job: Survey finds 94 percent of recent College of Business Administration grads are employed or furthering their education

Getting down to business is what most recent bachelor's graduates of Kansas State University's College of Business Administration say they are doing.

Cultivating knowledge: Master of agribusiness trip offers tour of European food and agriculture industry; room still available

Kansas State University's master of agribusiness program is offering the opportunity to learn more about the food and agriculture industry of Europe through a trip to France, Italy and Switzerland.


Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

A degree of value: Students find more career opportunities with increased job listings, placement

A 30 percent increase in job listings for Kansas State University students coincides with an increase in graduate job placement, according to recent university data.

Bioprocessing engineer named one of top scientists in Kansas

Work by a Kansas State University bioengineer is not only recycling and reducing environmental pollutants, it is also earning him a spot as one of the state's top researchers.

Rewarding excellence: Alumnus provides funds for new university Livestock Marketing and Learning Center

From the animal husbandry group that emerged from the Kansas State University farming department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest departments of its kind in the U.S., the department of animal sciences and industry has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension -- and that's no bull.


Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

'Meating' a solution: Research finds that LED lights extend meat shelf life, save retailers money

A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University.

Find a job, make new career connections at the Agri-Industry Career Fair

Kansas State University students seeking a job or internship in the agricultural industry don't have to go far to start their search.


Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

When less means more: Print messages help students reduce food waste at dining center

To decrease food waste, hold the trays and add posters. That's what Kelly Whitehair found while researching food disposed by students at Kansas State University's Van Zile Dining Center.

News tip: Kansas politics expert can comment on legislative redistricting

Redistricting has begun in Kansas with the opening of the state's 2012 legislative session. The decennial process has often proven contentious, and it resulted in the longest legislative session in Kansas history in 2002. A variety of outcomes could come from the latest efforts at redistricting, especially with significant population adjustments statewide.

Head of the class: College of Education recognizes seven future teachers for outstanding performance, potential

Seven graduates were recognized for their dedication to serving their future students at Kansas State University's College of Education commencement ceremony in December 2011. Five gradates were presented with Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards and two graduates received Outstanding Future Teacher awards.


Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Valuing equality: Student recognized for success in promoting multiculturalism

Positive influences and campus involvement have each helped a Kansas State University student promote multiculturalism.

Computing and information sciences professor advances artificial intelligence, science in Kansas

In addition to writing software, one Kansas State University researcher has also written his way into the state's scientific history.

On the docket: New student group promotes interest in criminal justice fields

The newest student group at Kansas State University has the law on its side -- literally. The Kappa Sigma Upsilon chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association was founded and initiated at the university in December 2011.


Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

The path less traveled: Research is driving solutions to improve unpaved roads

A Kansas State University graduate student sees the unpaved road ahead, and it's filled with biomaterial.

A shining light: Physicist named among top scientists in Kansas

When it comes to research in physics, Kristan Corwin's work is some of the most illuminating.

In the long haul: Advanced Manufacturing Institute design and marketing efforts help Jewell trucking company expand

A Jewell trucking company is on the road to success with the help of Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute.


Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

Exploring new frontiers: Research examines virus infection's differing effects on plants, insects

Tomato spotted wilt virus can be deadly for many important plants, but have little effect on the plants' small insect hosts. Research by a Kansas State University plant pathologist and two students is examining why.

Wildcats around the world: Students receive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

The countries of Turkey and Botswana will each welcome a Kansas State University student this spring thanks to nearly $5,000 in total funding from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Honoring a king: Weeklong observance highlights contributions of civil rights leader

Two special events -- one national and one campus-related -- shape the theme of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week, Jan. 22-27, at Kansas State University.


Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

BRI and the NBAF's research and work force training initiatives

Consider it a changing of the guard. New York's aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center -- a major biosafety level 3 animal disease research facility -- is preparing to be phased out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, NBAF, currently being built in Manhattan, Kan.

Expertise at Biosecurity Research Institute a front line for future security

Although tiny in size, many pathogens are an enormous threat to the food supply, economy and health of more than 300 million Americans.

For the love of teaching: Townsend preparing both Wildcats and Jayhawks for health professional careers

It's what working professionals dream: when their hard work is so highly regarded that their reputation precedes them. That's the case for Kansas State University's Dana Townsend, instructor in the Division of Biology.


Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

Scientific influence: 21 active university researchers recognized for shaping science throughout Kansas history

Science's roots in Kansas run deep with purple. During 2011, the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative named 21 active Kansas State University faculty members among the top 150 researchers ever to work in Kansas throughout its 150 years of statehood. Ad Astra is a Hutchinson-based organization that promotes the scientific accomplishments of Kansans.

Tweeting through time: History expert says social media connecting younger generations to the past

A project by a University of Oxford graduate to document the events of World War II in real time using the social networking site Twitter is generating new interest about the war among young people, according to a World War II expert at Kansas State University. The project also highlights the pros and cons of using Twitter as a teaching method.

Globe-trotters: Study abroad scholarships take students around the world

From South America, Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia and lots of places in between, Kansas State University students are expanding their horizons by studying abroad during the spring 2012 semester with the help of university- and donor-sponsored scholarships.


Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Kansas sees economic boost from Kansas State University, Abaxis partnership

Kansas State University's partnership with Abaxis Inc., a national medical device manufacturer, is expanding veterinary medicine technologies and returning revenue to the state's economy.

Cotton Bowl community service project brings Wildcats and Razorbacks together for a cause

Wildcats and Razorbacks can work side by side and give back to the local community during a volunteer project that coincides with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Prairie companions: New Beach Museum exhibition shows what its like to be home on the range from an animal's view

Animals large and small and critters that fly, slither and crawl call Kansas State University's Konza Prairie home. An upcoming exhibition at the university's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will show what it's like to live on the prairie from the vantage point of these mammals, reptiles, birds and more.

From start to finish: Staff member turns her commitment into success for minority students, recognized with diversity award

Before earning two degrees from Kansas State University and dedicating her professional life to helping students achieve similar success, Madai Rivera was first an immigrant to the United States, and then a first-generation student. Now her efforts to help current minority students are being recognized with the 2011 Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty and Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Historically Under-Represented Students at Kansas State University.

It's alive: 'Young Frankenstein' taking over McCain Jan. 19

The Mel Brooks musical "Young Frankenstein" will scare up some fun at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

Ready for takeoff: Salina campus adds five aircraft to learning fleet

The aviation program at Kansas State University's Salina campus has added five new Cessna Skyhawk 172 G100s to the university's fleet of learning aircraft.