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June news releases

Friday, June 29, 2012

Enriching experience: Three graduates named 2012 Fulbright scholars

From working with elephants in Kenya to teaching English in Mexico and South Africa, three Kansas State University graduates soon will be lending a hand in foreign countries as Fulbright scholars.

Making history: Team lands K-State Salina's first top 10 finish in historic air race

After more than a week and nearly 4,000 nautical miles in un-air-conditioned cockpits, four pilots returned to Salina on June 25 sweaty, tired and smiling; two of them wearing medals.

Flying to success: Unmanned aircraft systems club scores high finish in first competition

The first year of competition has been a winning one for Kansas State University Salina's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Seeking solace: Celebrity deaths often have pronounced effects on their audiences

When singer Whitney Houston died in February, expressions of grief and solidarity surfaced quickly. Facebook status updates, tweets and related postings captured shared expressions of mourning for a person many of the social media users had never met. Similar results occurred with the recent deaths of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and television host and producer Dick Clark, among others.

Going gluten-free: Is the diet a good fit for everyone?

One of the latest trends in the food market and among celebrities is going gluten-free. Snack giant Frito-Lay has announced it will introduce new gluten-free labels and products, and Miley Cyrus has credited her recent weight loss to a gluten-free diet.

A win-win: Grant program creates revenue for university, enhances distance education

In 2009, Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education implemented a grant funding program to help develop new online programs and courses. What is happening three years later is something Dave Stewart, associate dean of continuing education, says is more than they expected.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The beauty behind the bang: A look at how fireworks produce color

It's time to light up the nighttime skies with plenty of red, white and blue -- and yellow, orange and green, too.

Easing fears, protecting ears: Little ones may need some reassurances, earplugs before watching fireworks

Firework displays are a popular way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they also can be scary to some youngsters -- and dangerous to their little ears.

Match for merit: University, community foundation reward Kansas City area Hispanic students for academics, involvement

Kansas State University has paired with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to award 19 students with scholarships for outstanding academic merit and community involvement.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

University investigating cause of small fire at veterinary health center

Kansas State University health and safety officials are investigating the cause of a small fire at the veterinary health center.

Engineering an opportunity: Collaboration with university in India launches Engineering Summer Institute 

For many students, summer is a time to travel and explore new opportunities. A group of students from India is doing just that -- at Kansas State University.

Taking the helm: Zender to be new editor of K-Stater magazine

A development communications coordinator at the Kansas State University Foundation, Andrew Zender, will be the new editor of the K-Stater magazine for the K-State Alumni Association, effective July 10.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Grain of sense: Research with gluten alternatives shows promise for Kansas sorghum farmers and consumers

Research at Kansas State University could give consumers with celiac disease more food product choices and expand the sorghum market for Kansas farmers.

Noel Schulz named College of Engineering associate dean for research and director of the engineering experiment station

Kansas State University's Noel Schulz has been named the College of Engineering's associate dean for research and graduate programs, and director of the college's Engineering Experiment Station.

Fruits of labor: Hard work pays off with graduation honors to more than 400 students

More than 410 Kansas State University students graduated with scholastic honors at the spring 2012 commencement in May, setting a record high for the total of number of students to receive honors within the past 10 years.


Friday, June 22, 2012

A new act: School of Music, Theatre and Dance aligns university's performing arts programs

Kansas State University's performing arts programs are now part of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The Kansas Board of Regents supported the university’s proposal to elevate the programs to school status after nearly a year of discussion and planning with faculty, students and administrative personnel in two departments and following a realignment of programs earlier this spring.

Cirrus-ly helpful: Four K-State Salina pilot students receive training in advanced aircraft

An offer from a generous donor sent four Kansas State University Salina students soaring in an aircraft they hadn't flown before when Jan Burton loaned them her Cirrus SR-22 and a flight instructor.

Animal Health Corridor seminar at K-State Olathe examines the role of quality assurance in regulatory affairs

The next presentation in Kansas State University's Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series, "The Quality Unit and Its Relationship to Evolving FDA and USDA Regulations," will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, on the university's Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Routine justice: Research shows how racial and gender profiling can affect outcome of traffic stops

Racial profiling has gained national attention in recent years, and a Kansas State University researcher is finding that it can involve an additional factor: gender.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What's your name again? Why it might not be your brain's ability but your lack of interest that causes a bad memory

Most of us have experienced it. You are introduced to someone, only to forget his or her name within seconds. You rack your brain trying to remember, but can't seem to even come up with the first letter. Then you get frustrated and think, "Why is it so hard for me to remember names?"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The power of playtime: Study finds that single mothers can reduce stress by playing, engaging with children

A group of three Kansas State University researchers is studying ways to help single mothers improve their relationship with their children.

Addressing critical needs: Mid-America transportation center grant to enhance safety, help research and education

A grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help Kansas State University continue research, education and internships related to transportation safety.


Monday, June 18, 2012

It takes a village: Youth expert says positive adult, community involvement keeps teens from trouble

Everywhere you look there are troublemaking teenagers with nothing better to do this summer than cruise around town in packs.

Powerful projects: Electrical Power Affiliates Program supports engineering research

Six faculty research projects have received funding from Kansas State University's Electrical Power Affiliates Program, or EPAP. The projects will involve student researchers and provide valuable insight for the engineering industry.

Happy landings: Nearly 30 aviation students receive $84,000 in scholarships

The Connor Burton Aviation Foundation is providing 27 Kansas State University Salina aviation students with $84,000 in flying scholarships to help with the cost of flight fees over the summer.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Steering safety: Research looks at factors in truck-related fatalities and injuries to reduce accidents

Two Kansas State University civil engineers are working to make Kansas roads and highways safer by reducing the number and severity of vehicular crashes that involve large, cargo-carrying trucks.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fatherly advice: Therapist helps first-time dads experience the joy of fatherhood

The transition to fatherhood can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, journeys for dads today, says a Kansas State University marriage and family therapist.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just like dad: University a family affair for some faculty, staffers

Father really does know best -- especially when it comes to the workplace. That's according to three Kansas State University faculty and staff members who are following in their fathers' footsteps by working for the university, too.

At a loss for words: Aging expert discusses how to talk with parents about moving into nursing home, end-of-life wishes

As far as conversations with parents go, talking with them about moving into a nursing home and other end-of-life issues may be the hardest.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Famed cartoonist's work sends faculty member to Belgium, Luxembourg as Fulbright scholar 

A Fulbright award will help a Kansas State University faculty member further his research on one of the world's most famous cartoonists, Belgium's Hergé, the author of the "Tintin" series.

A stitch in time: Alumni survey confirms K-State is a quality education

Earning a bachelor's degree is time well spent for Kansas State University alumni, according to a recent survey by the university's office of assessment.

Built to succeed: Quarter-Scale Tractor Team earns second place in international competition

Small tractors led to big success for Kansas State University's Powercat Tractors Quarter-Scale Design Team in a recent international competition.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Senior leaders: New mortar board members named for 2012-2013

Exemplary service, scholarship and leadership have earned 30 Kansas State University students selection to Mortar Board, a national college senior honor society.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

English for Ecuador: International partnership brings Ecuadorean teachers to campus for English program 

A new program through Kansas State University is helping teachers from Ecuador become more proficient in English while learning how to teach English as a second language to students in their country.

An advocate for students: Dandaneau is university's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate studies

Kansas State University has a new advocate for the undergraduate experience. Steven Dandaneau has been named the university's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate studies. He joins the campus Aug. 1.

At home and away: University research, outreach benefit soldiers in the field and their families at home

While land-grant institutions typically focus on teaching science, agriculture and engineering, another important component can get lost in the shuffle -- the military. Researchers at Kansas State University are the exception, often combining military research with result-oriented programs that help soldiers and their families all around the world.

Spring Hill Ag Issues team, sponsored by K-State Olathe, wins state competition

The Spring Hill High School Agricultural Issues team, sponsored and coached by Kansas State University Olathe, is advancing to the national competition this fall in Indianapolis, Ind.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Organization recognizes senior engineering student from Hutchinson with national scholarship

Academic excellence has earned a Kansas State University engineering student a national scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation.

Celebrating Juneteenth: HandsOn Kansas State co-sponsoring movie in honor of community Juneteenth festival

For the second year in a row, Kansas State University's HandsOn Kansas State and Movies on the Grass are joining with Manhattan's Juneteenth Community Festival to co-sponsor an outdoor movie at the community event.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Great expectations: Alumni association recognizes students for excellence

Outstanding academics, leadership, inspiration and service has earned six Kansas State University students honors from the K-State Alumni Association.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Workers, fire department clean up chemical spill in Mosier Hall

Kansas State University workers and the Manhattan Fire Department were called to Mosier Hall on Friday afternoon to clean up a nitric acid spill that caused minor injuries to one faculty member.

Awarding excellence: Psychology department recognizes outstanding work by students

Three recent Kansas State University psychology graduates are recipients of scholastic awards from the university's department of psychology, while a psychology undergraduate is the first recipient of a new department scholarship for nontraditional students.