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January 2014

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

University selects 12 Civic Leadership Scholarship finalists from high schools across Kansas, region
Kansas State University has named 12 high school seniors as finalists for the university's Civic Leadership Scholarship, presented by Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.



Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Anatomy and physiology researchers contribute chapter on breast cancer to new book on stem cell therapeutics for cancer
A team of researchers from the anatomy and physiology department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has just closed the book on an important chapter on stem cell research.

Kansans invited to take action against hunger at 2014 Hunger Dialogue in Wichita Feb. 25-26
Leaders and activists in the fight against hunger will convene in downtown Wichita in February to generate strategies and action plans for ways that college campuses can combat hunger.



Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Video: Slow cooker safety tips
With temperatures in the single digits, it's the perfect time of year for using that slow cooker. But sometimes slow cookers can cook up some problems.

National grant to help five Kansas postsecondary schools increase STEM graduates from underrepresented groups, meet state's workforce needs
A $2.5 million national grant will be used by Kansas State University and four other educational institutions in Kansas to help students find success in science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM -- careers, regardless of their race, ethnicity or economic status.

Regional high schools compete in Mortar Board-sponsored Academic Decathlon
Following the Kansas Academic Decathlon at Kansas State University on Jan. 24 and 25, Shawnee Mission South High School will advance to national competition in Hawaii in April.

Dark comedy 'God of Carnage' looks at what happens when parents behave badly
K-State Theatre will kick off the spring semester with"God of Carnage," a dark comedy by Yasmina Reza, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 13-15, and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16, all in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Kansas State University's Nichols Hall.


Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Visitors from Costa Rica meet with journalism faculty and students, learn about university branding efforts
Two representatives from the communication and marketing office at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica in Cartago are on the Kansas State University campus until Thursday, Jan. 30.

Dance, acrobatics, music and more part of performance by Quixotic at McCain Auditorium
Kansas City's Quixotic will perform at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.



Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Dawson named College of Engineering Dean at Kansas State University following national search
Following a national search, Kansas State University has selected Darren Dawson, an electrical engineer from Clemson University, as dean of the College of Engineering. He will join the college July 1.

World-renowned gospel singer and preacher to perform Jan. 29 at MLK candlelight vigil
Known for his "booming baritone" voice, Rev. Wintley Phipps Sr. has performed for iconic world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.

Division of Continuing Education scholarships provide financial support to distance students

Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education has awarded $26,400 in scholarships to distance education students across the country for the spring 2014 term. This is the largest amount of scholarship funding the division has awarded for a single semester.

Video: Presidential call to action to expand college opportunity
LA new call to action by the president of the United States seeks to provide more college opportunity. Kansas State University is already doing its part to make the American dream possible for everyone.

Linda Biehl to speak on restorative justice, Nelson Mandela and her daughter's death in Feb. 4 presentation
Like many who dedicate their lives to a social cause, Linda Biehl's story is personal.

Design principal of New York architecture firm to present diversity lecture Jan. 30
Jay Siebenmorgan, design principal at the global architecture firm NBBJ Design, will deliver the annual College of Architecture, Planning & Design's Diversity Lecture as part of Kansas State University's Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week. 


Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Video: Sweet relief for artificial sweetener lovers
New research is providing sweet relief for diet soda and artificial sweetener lovers.

APDesign's Krstic earns Urban Hero award from Downtown Council of Kansas City

A Kansas State University architecture professor has been recognized for his work with students to revitalize downtown Kansas City, Mo.

New Beach Museum of Art exhibition features works by noted regionalist painter John Steuart Curry
Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is sharing works from its renowned John Steuart Curry collection in the exhibition "John Steuart Curry: Prairie Journeys," which will be on display through May 11.

February a month for art, music, theatre, dance and more at university
Aerial acrobats, oboists, flautists, tap dancers and even native stone cellars highlight February at Kansas State University.



Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Study finds why accounting firm leaders and professional staff may view ethical environment differently
If an accounting firm wants to maintain a strong ethical environment from top to bottom, a new study by a Kansas State University accounting professor and her colleagues finds it's important that the firm's environment is viewed the same from bottom to top.

Wildcat fans can be K-State Proud with a T-shirt purchase at the Salina campus
K-State Proud, a Kansas State University student-led fundraising campaign established in 2007, is coming to Kansas State University Salina on Friday, Jan. 24.

Agricultural job opportunities available at university's Agri-Industry Career Fair
Kansas State University students wanting to connect with employers in the agricultural industry will have the opportunity at the 2014 Agri-Industry Career Fair.

Sales seminar at K-State Olathe shows how to heat up sales
A sales seminar for working professionals in the Kansas City area, sponsored by Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, will be 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Kansas State University Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe.

Tony Award-winning actress, singer Bernadette Peters performing at McCain
Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters will present an evening of Broadway music in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.



Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

The color purple, 150 ways, on display through quilts in Justin Hall
One hundred fifty shades of purple. Who knew? The shades have been quilted into masses of stitches and patterns now on display throughout Justin Hall, the home of the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. The exhibit, presented by the college's Historic Costume and Textile Museum, will hang until March 28.

New Beach Museum of Art exhibition explores history, significance of root cellars found in Flint Hills
"Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish," an exhibition at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, will be on display Feb. 4 through May 25.



Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Energy issues leader is featured speaker at Lou Douglas Lecture Series
A Kansas State University alumnus who is a leader in America's discussion, policy and education efforts on energy solutions will be the speaker at the 2014 Lou Douglas Lecture Series. UFM Community Learning Center sponsors the lecture series.

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Video: Food labels deceiving when choosing healthy diet
Gluten-free, organic or free of genetically modified organisms -- or GMO. These are all labels you will be seeing more of in grocery stores, but they might not offer the benefits you are expecting.

Work by interior architecture & product design students accepted to national environmental design conference
Posters and papers by 17 students from the interior architecture & product design department of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, have been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference.


Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Research supported by the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases finds potential treatment for drug-resistant H7N9 influenza virus
The novel avian H7N9 influenza virus has caused more than 130 human infections with 43 deaths in China. New research, conducted under the supervision of Kansas State University's Juergen Richt, is showing promise in helping to fight this deadly virus.

Alternative energy patent issued to Kansas State University
Kansas State University was recently granted a U.S. patent for a material that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner substance for alternative energy and fuel.

Fourth-year architecture student earns scholarship for design project
Sara Todavchick's work in her fall comprehensive architecture studio is earning more than a grade. The fourth-year architecture student at Kansas State University is receiving a $5,000 scholarship as the winner of a College of Architecture, Planning & Design competition sponsored by MANKO Window Systems in Manhattan.



Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Take a stand and be active to reduce chronic disease, make aging easier, research finds
People who decrease sitting time and increase physical activity have a lower risk of chronic disease, according to Kansas State University research.

Clasen and Merritt join university's Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Two area residents have joined the staff of industry-experienced professionals at Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute.



Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week
Continuing a tradition of more than four decades, Kansas State University will host an extended week of events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 20-31.



Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Video: Polar Vortex harming some plants
The Polar Vortex has moved on, but it's left behind some damage that you may not notice until spring.

Documentary about K-State's African-American alumni premieres during Martin Luther King Jr. observance week
The College of Education has produced an insightful new documentary that tells a history of Kansas State University that has often lived below the surface of campus life.

Research by design: APDesign students participate in research symposium

Graduate students from Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, got the chance to show off their research skills at the recent 2013 APDesign Research Symposium.

Broadway hit 'American Idiot,' based on Green Day album, rocks McCain Jan. 22
The Broadway and international smash "Green Day's American Idiot," based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning album, will come to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Video: Pet trusts gaining in popularity
It's the beginning of a new year and time to get your affairs in order, which usually means going over your will. However, what about your four-legged family members? A new type of after-care insurance is gaining in popularity and it's for your pets.

K-State Salina and Kansas Science Olympiad come together for regional competition
Kansas State University Salina will open its campus to junior high and high school students on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when it hosts the Kansas Science Olympiad. K-State Salina is one of five regional locations and play will begin at 8 a.m. for the high school level and 9 a.m. for junior high participants.



Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

American College of Veterinary Microbiologists names Chengappa the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year
The American College of Veterinary Microbiologists named M.M. Chengappa, university distinguished professor and head of the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, as its 2013 Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year.

Engineering, education online graduate programs move up in U.S. News & World Report rankings
U.S. News & World Report recognizes Kansas State University as a great place to earn an online graduate degree in education and engineering, moving both programs up in its rankings released Jan. 8. Kansas State University's ranks No. 72 for best online graduate education programs, up 57 places from No. 129 in the previous survey. The university ranks No. 27 in best online graduate engineering programs, up 10 places from No. 37 in the previous survey.

Three graduate programs ranked among nation's top 25 by student-rated website

GraduatePrograms.com, a student-rated guide, ranks the College of Arts and Sciences' sociology graduate program No. 20, the political science graduate program No. 23 and the College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate program as No. 24 in the nation.

Former Salina area residents' endowment aims to make difference for prospective students
Recipients of the new Dale C. and Marceline L. Dandurand Olson Engineering Scholarship in Kansas State University's College of Engineering will receive about $5,000. The scholarships will have an emphasis on helping mechanical engineering students and students from Saline County, where the Olsons both attended high school.



Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Architects, designers and engineers use 3-D printers to make research come to life
Researchers and students at Kansas State University are thinking in three dimensions.

Mastering an opportunity: Number of Master of Public Health graduates growing
Kansas State University is racking up the numbers in its interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program. December 2013 brought eight new graduates of the program, bringing the total graduate count for the 2013 calendar year to a record 32.



Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

A lasting touch: Former history professor leaves gift to university
A retired Kansas State University history professor who died in 2012 has provided more than $400,000 to the university through his will.

Jackie Robinson's inspirational story comes to McCain Auditorium on Jan. 19
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series will feature the true story of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.



Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

School lunches helping children from getting too-salty diets
New findings show that many Americans are at risk for high blood pressure because of too much sodium in our diets — and the risk is especially high for children.