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July news releases

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The digital student: E-books, tablets and even smartphones becoming classroom staples

The use of technology in the classroom is growing beyond computers to improve student learning, according to a Kansas State University education technology expert.

Evaluation nation: Online course analyzes funded program success in the age of accountability

Limited budgets and an overflow of educational and social programs in need of continued funding are creating a demand for professional evaluators who can determine and document a program's success.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Future of fiber: Researcher seeks to update fiber recommendation in children, increase understanding of nutrient

Experts have long since determined the recommended daily amounts of certain nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, but the numbers for nutrients like fiber have proven more difficult to nail down.

Dr. Roy Jensen coming to campus to discuss KU's National Cancer Institute designation and how it benefits Kansas State University

The University of Kansas Cancer Center director is coming to Kansas State University to discuss KU’s recent National Cancer Institute designation.

University working to clean up leaking fuel storage tank outside Pat Roberts Hall

An emergency fuel storage tank on campus was found leaking this morning. The containment wall built around the tank served its purpose and prevented the spill from causing damage to the environment.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Healthy connections: Using social media for health concerns helps patients find success, stay motivated

Social media websites are useful in staying in touch with friends and family, but one Kansas State University researcher believes they also may keep you healthy.

That's entertainment: McCain Auditorium announces 2012-2013 Performance Series

A dash of dinosaur; a bit of swan; a pinch of ogre; and a smidgen of a down-home comedian; blend together with rock, jazz, classical and country music, and it's the recipe for a must-see 2012-2013 season at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

College of Architecture, Planning and Design professor is new director of Kansas City design center

Vladimir Krstic, professor of architecture at Kansas State University, is the new director of the Kansas City Design Center.

Altercation between students stemmed from personal issues

An interpersonal conflict between two students spurred an altercation on campus July 26.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Giving back: Student entrepreneurs showing more interest in charity than profit

Abbey Brown wants pearl earrings to be more than an accessory. Her vision is to make them a statement piece.

Ageless education: Researchers create guide for intergenerational program at nursing homes to benefit students, residents

A Kansas State University researcher and writing team are developing ways for nursing home residents and elementary school students to learn in a shared setting: an intergenerational classroom.

Leading in academics and athletics: President Kirk Schulz to serve on an NCAA board of directors for four years

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz is taking on a new leadership role: serving on a board of directors for the nation's premiere collegiate athletics organization.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cleaning conflict: Research team looks at what happens when roommates, romantic partners have different levels of tolerance for housework left undone

One area that can contribute to relational satisfaction between romantic partners or roommates can be division of household labor. Studies have shown that women traditionally do more in the household. While the differences often vary based on the selected study, the amounts are disproportionate. Sarah Riforgiate, assistant professor of communication studies at Kansas State University, wanted to know why those differences exist. She collaborated with Jess Alberts and Paul Mongeau, professors of human communication at Arizona State University, to examine the issue.


Monday, July 23, 2012

A digital dilemma: As news migrates online, journalism expert sees strong niche for small markets where the local newspaper is the only coverage

Recent economic turbulence and the pressures of an ongoing news cycle have forced some daily newspapers to re-examine their business models and change how they deliver news, according to a Kansas State University newspaper expert.


Friday, July 20, 2012

The real deal: University on list of top schools for professional sales education

When it comes to top universities for getting a professional sales education, the Sales Education Foundation is sold on Kansas State University.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crossing the gap: Civil engineers develop improved method for detecting, measuring bridge damage

A ratings system developed by a group of Kansas State University researchers could keep bridges safer and help prevent catastrophic collapses.

Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series features seminar on animal welfare Aug. 15 at K-State Olathe

The Kansas State University Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series will present its next luncheon seminar, "Animal Welfare: Impact on Industry and Public Perceptions," at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, on the university's Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

Teamwork for success: K-State, Garden City Community College sign agreement allowing students easier access to both institutions

Kansas State University and Garden City Community College are making it easier for students to transfer credit hours earned at the university toward completion of their community college degree.

Summer fieldwork: Workshops help teach girls science of soil carbon

Kansas State University agronomists are helping to grow and excite interest in science fields by girls in middle and high school through two personalized, hands-on summer workshops.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Accepting the end: Bucket lists, cemeteries show changing attitudes toward death

Bucket lists are more than goals or accomplishments a person wants to achieve before dying. They are also a way for people to discuss death -- even though most of us probably would rather avoid doing so, according to a Kansas State University historian.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Current event: Study finds renewable energy could power more of electricity-scarce Afghanistan

Afghanistan's growing economy is spurring more industrialization, but a severe energy shortage in the country threatens that progress.

Artful organizers: Local students create exhibition for university's beach museum of art

Students from Manhattan elementary and middle schools are the curators of a special exhibition at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Purple pride: K-State donors set new record with $121 million

Alumni, friends and corporate partners of Kansas State University made philanthropic gifts and commitments totaling $121 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. This figure sets a new record in fundraising activity in the 68-year history of the KSU Foundation, surpassing the previous record of $107 million in fiscal year 2011.

Batman redefined: Comic expert says success of Dark Knight trilogy tied to character examinations, loyalty to storyline

The July 20 release of "The Dark Knight Rises" marks the end of arguably the most successful series of Batman films ever. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the latest Batman franchise has smashed box office records with each of its first two films.

All the 'write' words: English faculty members earn honors for new books

Two faculty members from Kansas State University's department of English are award winners for their recent books.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Kansas State University leaders comment on National Research Council report on NBAF options

The National Research Council released a new report July 13 that assessed three options for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, located on the Kansas State University campus.

Flying high: Graduate receives national fellowship for graduate study

An inventor by heart, Bryan Rogler, recent Kansas State University graduate in mechanical engineering from Olathe, has been named a 2012 Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellow.

Distinguished success: Canter tapped for one of nation's top dietetics honors

Deborah D. Canter, professor of dietetics at Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology and a longtime advocate for the dietetics profession, has been selected for one of the highest honors given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Going for the gold: Medals aren't only way an Olympic champion can excel

A gold medal at the Olympic games can mean more than being the best in the world in a particular sport. It also can prove lucrative in the marketing world, according to a Kansas State University marketing expert.

Creating safer roads: Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory has cemented status as premier testing facility

When it comes to testing materials for road construction, real conditions are a must. But financial limitations and security concerns often preclude such large tests from occurring in the field altogether.

On a roll: K-State Salina students place in top 5 at aerobatics competition

Two Kansas State University Salina students are flying high after landing top-five finishes at their first aerobatics competition.

Drop it off or take it home: Furniture Amnesty Day July 27 in City Park

Manhattan Good Neighbors and the city of Manhattan are hosts of the fourth Furniture Amnesty Day on Friday, July 27. The event will take place in the parking lot by the Wilson baseball fields in Manhattan's City Park.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Social responsibility: Monitoring children's social media usage is important, but so is allowing their mistakes

Despite the risks, a parenting expert says using Facebook is worthwhile for children if parents remain aware.

High achievers: 33 students complete University Honors Program

The University Honors Program has 33 new success stories -- students who completed requirements of the advanced academic program during the 2011-2012 school year.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Change on the way: Campus improvements take center stage

With summer in full force, Kansas State University is experiencing another season: construction season.

Making connections: New office to strengthen partnerships with corporations

The office, in the university's research park, will coordinate engagement with the three campuses -- Manhattan, Salina and Olathe -- and the Kansas State University Foundation to enhance partnerships with corporations.

Tough and ready: Pink rodeo to benefit K-state's Johnson Cancer Research Center

The association will host its sixth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo on Friday, July 27, to raise awareness of breast and other cancers and to raise funds for Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Rock stars: Geologists testing aquifer rocks as containers to permanently trap carbon dioxide

Two Kansas State University geologists are part of a comprehensive statewide study on using rocks for long-term storage of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a gas that is a byproduct of respiration and burning fossil fuels and heat sources, among other causes. Studies have linked increased carbon dioxide production to climate change.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Big Bang: 'God particle' announcement gives weight to scientific theory, university contributions

According to Tim Bolton, a professor of physics at Kansas State University and one of the researchers affiliated with the worldwide subatomic search, the announcement is tantamount to scientists snapping a picture with the footprint and shadow of the particle, with the actual particle just out of frame.

Prescription for change: Study finds drug warning labels need overhaul to better capture attention and effectively convey information

Many patients seem to ignore prescription drug warning labels with instructions that are critical for safe and effective use, according to a study by a Kansas State University researcher working with scientists at Michigan State University.

Trendsetter: Personal financial planner co-edits book about establishing financial counseling centers for students

College often is the first time young adults will be faced with management of their finances. Helping students improve their financial management skills is one reason why financial counseling services for students, such as those offered by Kansas State University's Powercat Financial Counseling, are a growing trend on campuses.

University's annual dialog on sustainability looks at best ways to achieve a greener world

"Finding an Optimal Path to a Sustainable World" is the title of the seventh annual Dialog on Sustainability from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Fiedler Hall and auditorium at Kansas State University. The event is open to the public.

K-State day at the Kansas State fair planned for Sept. 9

Kansas State University will roll out the purple carpet at the 2012 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The first Sunday of the fair, Sept. 9, is designated as K-State Day with the university being recognized as the day's official sponsor.

Designing success: Portfolio design intersession course can help students showcase their talent

The design of a portfolio can be key to a student's success in acquiring a job, internship or a scholarship in the design fields. That's where a course offered online through Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education can help.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Strength in numbers: Physicists identify new quantum state allowing three -- but not two -- atoms to stick together

A Kansas State University-led quantum mechanics study has discovered a new bound state in atoms that may help scientists better understand matter and its composition.

Campus dining centers make the grade in boosting students' academics, social support

Students eating meals together may be a contributing factor to good grades and an active social life.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Camp Shakespeare sheds light on teaching the Bard's work to high school students

The intimidating language of William Shakespeare's work can seem overwhelming to high school students, but a summer program at Kansas State University promises teachers helpful techniques, ideas and examples to help overcome students' perceptions.