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March 2010


Wednesday, March 31, 2010


K-STATE EXPERT SAYS DISCUSSION OF BANNING PRAIRIE FIRES THREATENS ECOLOGY OF TALLGRASS PRAIRIE: What may look like a looming cloud of smoke and an eerie orange hue on the horizon is actually a rejuvenating tool used by land managers and a fairly common scene in the Flint Hills during the spring months. But according to a Kansas State University biologist, growing concerns about air quality in urban areas may hinder more than a century's worth of tradition in the rural Kansas prairie.

K-STATE SENIOR FROM McPHERSON IS UNIVERSITY'S 32ND TRUMAN SCHOLAR: Kansas State University student Amy Sents is K-State's 32nd Harry S. Truman Scholar. Sents is a McPherson senior in animal sciences and industry and pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in international agriculture.

K-STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION OFFERS FREE SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES WEB SITE FOR EDUCATORS, PUBLIC: Planning lessons about Earth Day, recycling, conservation, "green" products and e-waste just got easier with a new Web site from Kansas State University's College of Education.

SONGSTRESS KELLEY HUNT TO HEADLINE FUNDRAISER FOR K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART: Singer, songwriter and musician Kelley Hunt will perform at the annual fundraiser for Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The event will be 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Wareham Opera House in Manhattan, 410 Poyntz Ave.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


K-STATE STUDY USING CHINESE WOLFBERRIES AS A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT TO IMPROVE VISION IMPERFECTIONS CAUSED BY TYPE-2 DIABETES : A Kansas State University researcher is exploring the use of Chinese wolfberries to improve vision deficiencies that are common for type-2 diabetics.

TANTRUMS IN PUBLIC PLACES? K-STATE EXPERT OFFERS PARENTING TIPS ON APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINE FOR CHILDREN: When children act out in public, parents don't always know how best to respond, according to Chuck Smith, a Kansas State University child development expert. The proper way to react depends on a number of factors, he said, including the child's age, the purpose of the public outing and whether the child's behavior even needs to be corrected.

K-STATE SPOTLIGHT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LUNCHEON SET FOR APRIL 16: Kansas State University's seventh annual Spotlight on Intellectual Property will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.

K-STATE'S 19TH ANNUAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM TO HOST ART SCHOLAR TERRY SMITH: Kansas State University's 19th annual Cultural Studies Symposium will feature art and cultural scholar Terry Smith, who will discuss his recent work in the public lecture "Architecture After the Aftermath."


Monday, March 29, 2010


K-STATE'S NEW DOCTORATE IN PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING IN DEMAND: Kansas State University's new distance-based doctorate program in personal financial planning is in demand. The new program, launched in summer 2009, is receiving inquiries and applications on a daily basis, with much of the interest stemming from a desire to obtain the research skills to help others make better daily household financial decisions, according to program organizers.

K-STATE HONORS FOUR FACULTY WITH THE COMMERCE BANK OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AWARD: Four Kansas State University faculty members are being recognized with the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

K-STATE AT SALINA'S RAYLENE ALEXANDER EARNS MASTER AVIATION EDUCATOR ACCREDITATION: Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation at Kansas State University at Salina, has earned Master Aviation Educator accreditation.


Friday, March 26, 2010


K-STATE STUDENT USES VIDEO GAME AS INSPIRATION FOR SPEECH IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE CONTEST: A video game has helped a Kansas State University student place highly in a prestigious Japanese language speech contest.

K-STATE'S GROW PROGRAM SPONSORING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF EARTH DAY: In recognition of Earth Day, middle school-age girls from across Kansas will have the opportunity to explore such topics as wind energy, recycled concrete and use of plants to clean up pollution by participating in "GROWing Green" Saturday, April 10, on the Kansas State University campus.

K-STATE AT SALINA TO OFFER GENERAL BUSINESS DEGREE: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, Provost April Mason, and K-State at Salina Dean Dennis Kuhlman announced today that K-State at Salina will offer a bachelor of science degree in general business administration when the fall 2010 semester begins in August.


Thursday, March 25, 2010


PRESIDENT KIRK SCHULZ KEEPING K-STATE AT THE FOREFRONT OF NATIONAL ANIMAL HEALTH: As head of research at Mississippi State University, Kirk Schulz knew very well how much of an asset a major research university would be in a bid to land the nation's most advanced animal health laboratory. The research expertise at Mississippi State was an integral piece of the overall package that earned the state a position as one of five finalists for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, or NBAF.

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION RESEARCH EARNS K-STATE'S STEPHEN BENTON FELLOW STATUS IN THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION: Stephen Benton, professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, has been selected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Benton is one of 67 scholars to earn the honor this year.

K-STATE'S WILDCAT WARM-UP SELECTS STUDENT COUNSELORS, INTERNS: Twenty-two Kansas State University students will serve as counselors and one student as a sponsorship intern for Wildcat Warm-up.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


MORE THAN 40 K-STATE STUDENTS RECEIVING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CANCER RESEARCH: Forty-one undergraduate students at Kansas State University are earning cancer research awards from K-State's Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.

K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM TO HAVE WORKSHOP APRIL 7 ON 'MOVING' MUSEUM EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN: An expert on using physical movement to engage children in the art experience is having a workshop at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in April.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010


NEWS TIP: K-STATE PROFESSOR INVOLVED IN RESEARCH SUGGESTING THAT LESS PROMISING STUDENTS SHOULDN'T BE DETERRED FROM AIMING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: A Kansas State University professor was part of a study contradicting theories predicting that people who don't reach their educational goals are more likely to be depressed. Chardie Baird, a K-State assistant professor of sociology, and Florida State University's John Reynolds found that shortcomings -- like not finishing college -- don't take a long-term emotional toll.

NEW BOOK BY K-STATE'S TED CABLE SHOWS HOW NATURE CAN BE PART OF INTERSTATE DRIVING EXPERIENCE: Years ago when the nation's Interstate highway system was built, shortening the time it took to get from place to place was first and foremost. Any roadside nature or history that went whizzing by was an afterthought.

K-STATE'S WILD WELLNESS WEEK TO FEATURE PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND A COMEDIAN: Inspiring words from Paralympic gold medalist Kevin Saunders and wisecracks about finance from comedian Tim Clue will highlight Kansas State University's first Wild Wellness Week, March 29-April 2.

ONTARIO SYSTEMS CO-FOUNDER WIL DAVIS TO PRESENT K-STATE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Wil Davis, chairman and co-founder of Ontario Systems, will present the spring distinguished lecture for Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.


Monday, March 22, 2010


K-STATE TO CELEBRATE PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK APRIL 5-10: National Public Health Week is April 5-10 and several programs, students, faculty and staff at Kansas State University will be a part of the celebration.

K-STATE SELECTS ORIENTATION AND ENROLLMENT LEADERS FOR 2010: Several Kansas State University students have been selected to teach incoming students what K-State is all about.


Friday, March 19, 2010


K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION MAKES BUSINESSWEEK'S 2010 LIST OF TOP UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS: Kansas State University's College of Business Administration has made BusinessWeek's list of top undergraduate business programs for 2010.

K-STATE MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO HOST COMPOSERS CONFERENCE MARCH 25-27 THAT INCLUDES 11 CONCERTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: The Kansas State University department of music is host to the Society of Composers Inc. Region VI Conference, March 25–27.

K-STATE DANCE PROGRAM PRESENTS 'SPRINGDANCE 2010' MARCH 26-27: The Kansas State University dance program will present "SpringDance 2010" at 7:30 p.m. March 26-27 in McCain Auditorium.

K-STATE AT SALINA'S WRITING CENTER TO HOST CONSORTIUM FOR FACULTY, STAFF FROM COLLEGE WRITING CENTERS IN KANSAS: The Kansas Consortium of the Midwest Writing Center Association will meet 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the College Center Conference Room at Kansas State University at Salina.


Thursday, March 18, 2010


K-STATE STUDENTS TAKE FIRST PLACE IN AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE'S INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: A Kansas State University team of construction science and management students recently took first place in the American Concrete Institute's international concrete construction competition.

K-STATE AT SALINA'S RAJU DANDU TO SERVE ON TECHNOLOGY ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS: Raju Dandu, professor of engineering technology at Kansas State University at Salina, has been selected to serve on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Committee on Technology Accreditation.

K-STATE BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING PROFESSOR TO SERVE AS FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR IN THE PHILIPPINES: A Kansas State University professor has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines.

K-STATE AIR FORCE ROTC STUDENTS SELECTED FOR RATED AVIATION DUTY IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE: Nine cadets with Kansas State University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 270 have been selected for rated aviation duty in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


K-STATE STUDENT FINDS THAT THERAPEUTICS GIVEN TO TRAUMA PATIENTS MIGHT NOT BE EFFECTIVE WHEN A CERTAIN UNDIAGNOSED INFECTION IS PRESENT: A Kansas State University study aimed at alleviating intestinal damage in trauma patients digressed to an important finding that could affect medication given to the individuals.


Monday, March 15, 2010


K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS KEEP EASTER LILIES AWAY FROM CATS, AND THAT OTHER PLANTS AND FLOWERS CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO BOTH CATS AND DOGS: If the Easter Bunny happens to leave an Easter lily in your basket this year, make sure to keep it away from your cat, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.

K-STATE STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE BOTH THE KANSAS CENSUS ADJUSTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE AND THE U.S. CENSUS: The census coordinator at Kansas State University is urging K-State students to complete both the Kansas census adjustment questionnaire and the U.S. census form by their deadlines.


Friday, March 12, 2010


K-STATE PROFESSOR'S NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARD WILL FUND RESEARCH TO THWART CYBER ATTACKS; PROJECT INFRASTRUCTURE CAN TEACH PUBLIC ABOUT CYBERSECURITY: A Kansas State University professor's research on thwarting cyber attacks is getting a boost from a National Science Foundation award for young faculty.

K-STATE JOURNALISM EXPERT SAYS INTERNET CHANGING NEWS, NEWSPAPERS: News is changing in several ways and innovation is taking place at record-breaking speed, according to Angela Powers, director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University.

MORE THAN 50 K-STATE FACULTY MEMBERS EARN PROMOTIONS, TENURE: Kansas State University is promoting 18 faculty members to full professor, 34 to associate professor with tenure, and is awarding tenure to four faculty members.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


K-STATE EXPERT SAYS RESEARCH SHOWS TREATMENT FOR VIOLENCE AMONG COUPLES SHOULD CONSIDER BOTH MALE AND FEMALE OFFENDERS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND THE CHOICE TO STAY TOGETHER: Effectively treating violence among couples should encompass more than treating men separately for power and control issues, according to a Kansas State University expert.

K-STATE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE STUDENTS, FACULTY EARN HONORS AT PHI ZETA RESEARCH DAY:  Outstanding research efforts have earned several students and faculty of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine honors at Phi Zeta Research Day.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


K-STATE'S SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM RECEIVES CONTINUING ACCREDITATION FROM COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: A key accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S. has approved continuing accreditation for Kansas State University's social work program.

K-STATE'S ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR: Kansas State University's bachelor's degree program in elementary education is being honored with the 2010 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

K-STATE STUDY FINDS THAT LOW-INCOME WOMEN LIVING IN SMALL CITIES HAVE HIGHER CHANCE OF OBESITY BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL FOOD STORES: A recent Kansas State University study found that the availability of supermarkets - rather than the lack of them -increased the risk of obesity for low-income women living in small cities.

K-STATE BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DISCOVERS LINK BETWEEN LOW OXYGEN LEVELS IN BODY AND CANCER-AIDING PROTEIN; COULD HELP TREATMENTS FOR RETINOBLASTOMA AND BREAST CANCER: Research into how diabetics could possibly preserve their eyesight has led to findings that could prolong the vision of children afflicted with retinoblastoma

K-STATE NOMINATES THREE STUDENTS FOR UDALL SCHOLARSHIPS: Three Kansas State University students have been nominated for Morris K. Udall Scholarships


Monday, March 8, 2010


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARD WILL HELP K-STATE BIOCHEMIST WITH RESEARCH FOR COMPUTER MODELS OF PROTEIN STRUCTURE THAT CAN HELP HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE STUDENTS: An award from the National Science Foundation will boost a Kansas State University professor's contribution to the study of proteins while also helping college and high school science teachers learn more about computational and structural biology.

K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION EARNS CONTINUING NATIONAL AND STATE ACCREDITATION: The professional education programs offered by Kansas State University's College of Education have earned continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Kansas State Department of Education.

K-STATE ONLINE SEMINARS OFFER OPTIONS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN VETERINARY MEDICINE: Kansas State University's Veterinary Medicine Online has recently introduced a series of 30 new online seminars as part of its existing Bovine, Small Ruminant, Camelid and new Equine Seminar Series.

Friday, March 5, 2010


K-STATE BEGINNING AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR NEXT 15 YEARS TO BE A TOP 50 PUBLIC UNIVERSITY: The ranking and prestige of Kansas State University is of critical importance to our graduates as they seek jobs

EXTENSIVE, MULTILAYERED APPROVAL PROCESS REQUIRED FOR K-STATE'S BIOSECURITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE TO SAFELY STUDY SELECT AGENT PATHOGENS: Biosecurity Research Institute is undergoing the extensive, multilayered process of gaining approval to study federally regulated select agent pathogens that threaten human and animal health as well as the food supply.

K-STATE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST SAYS FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT FOR THE RESEARCH THAT DEVELOPS IT ARE VITAL TO FEEDING THE WORLD'S GROWING POPULATION:To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

K-STATE RESEARCHERS SAY NUTRIGENOMICS LIKELY TO CHANGE THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH; STUDIES ON NUTRIENTS AND GENE EXPRESSION COULD LEAD TO TAILORED DIETS FOR BETTER DISEASE PREVENTION: Personal health recommendations and diets tailored to better prevent diseases may be in our future, just by focusing on genetics.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FROM K-STATE, COMMUNITY FOR SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATING PEOPLE IN ACTION COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: The K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan and the Community First National Bank are currently seeking nominations for the sixth annual Community Service Awards.


Thursday, March 4, 2010


K-STATE STUDENTS ELECT NEW PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: Students on Kansas State University's Manhattan campus elected Danny Unruh as student body president.

K-STATE'S BLACK STUDENT UNION NAMED BEST BLACK STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL IN BIG 12 FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW AND FOURTH TIME IN LAST FIVE YEARS: For the third year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years, Kansas State University's Black Student Union is the best in the Big 12 Conference.

K-STATE STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS RECEIVES GRANT FROM TARGET FOR ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK TRIP TO HELP IN NEW ORLEANS: The Kansas State University student chapter of the Associated General Contractors has received a $7,950 grant from Target to help with disaster relief efforts in New Orleans.

K-STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION SELECTS SPRING RECIPIENTS OF TEACH SCHOLARSHIPS: Kansas State University's department of secondary education is awarding three students special scholarships created to attract science majors to the teaching discipline.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


K-STATE STUDENT FROM DERBY AWARDED FELLOWSHIP TO STUDY SUITABLE NONLINEAR OPTICS, FIBER LASER SOURCES AT NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY: A Kansas State University doctoral student from Derby has been awarded a fellowship for physics research that will make it possible for basic chemical compounds to be detected quickly and accurately.

TEN K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENTS TO PRESENT RESEARCH AT CAPITOL GRADUATE RESEARCH SUMMIT MARCH 25 IN TOPEKA: Ten Kansas State University graduate students will present their research to Kansas legislators at the seventh annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit

K-STATE'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE ASSISTS LENEXA COMPANY WITH PRODUCT TESTING: A team of engineers at Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute has completed thermal and structural testing on LED streetlight modules and housing for EcoFit Lighting


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


THREE K-STATE INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING FACULTY MEMBERS SERVING ON FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FINANCIAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION: Three Kansas State University faculty members have been named founding members of the Financial Therapy Association's board of directors.


Monday, March 1, 2010


TIME OF K-STATE LANDON LECTURE BY JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF CHAIR MULLEN CHANGED TO 3:30 P.M. MARCH 3: The time of the Landon Lecture at Kansas State University by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been changed from 4 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3.

K-STATE RESEARCHER RECEIVES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION CAREER GRANT FOR PROJECT TO MAKE ALGAE OIL PRODUCTION IN OCEAN MORE ECONOMICAL: A Kansas State University researcher's work on making the costs of algae oil production more economical is being recognized by the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program.

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST TO LECTURE AT K-STATE MARCH 8: Human rights activist Gay Seidman will present "Citizens, Markets and Transnational Activism: Can Consumer Boycotts and Independent Monitoring End Sweatshops?" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Kansas State University. The presentation will be in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

K-STATE'S BLUE KEY SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY SPONSORING U-SPEAK FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Kansas State University's chapter of Blue Key, the national senior honor society, will give high school juniors and seniors from across Kansas the chance to speak their minds at U-Speak, a political forum, Monday, March 29.



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