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Source: Kevin Lease, 785-532-6191,
Note to editor: Kala Ade is a graduate of Bennington High School.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Ten Kansas State University graduate students will present their research to Kansas legislators at the seventh annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Docking State Office Building, Topeka.

The 10 K-State students were selected from a field of 70 graduate students who competed at an on-campus research forum.

The annual research summit for Kansas legislators features current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, University of Kansas, the KU Medical Center and Wichita State University. In all, 32 students will present, including the 10 graduate students from K-State, eight students from KU, four students from the KU Medical Center and 10 students from Wichita State University.

At the summit, legislators and the general public have the opportunity to find out about research in Kansas that's relevant to issues the state is facing.

K-State graduate students presenting at the summit include:

Sally Tucker, master's student in biology, Independence, "Anatomical and physiological traits as indicators of drought tolerance in tallgrass prairie plants."

Kala Ade, master's student in architecture, Manhattan, "The significance of outdoor environments for dual sensory impaired persons."

Craig Smith, doctoral student in agricultural economics, Manhattan, "Using watershed manager to cost-effectively target cropland best management practices."

Brandon Bortz, master's student in civil engineering, Preston, "Long-term salt scaling durability of concrete containing fly ash."

Amanda Cashman, master's student in geology, Shawnee, "Depositional analysis of the Tonkawa sandstone, Oklahoma."

Ben Wileman, doctoral student in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, Wamego, "Analysis of the stability of rumen pH measurements obtained post-mortem."

Alysha Soper, master's student in entomology, Lindstrom, Minn., "Developing site-specific monitoring strategies for managing corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) in sorghum."

Ronald Michalsky, doctoral student in chemical engineering, Giessen, Germany, "Solar chemical production of ammonia used for fertilization."

Kanithaporn Puangsombat, doctoral student in food science, Bangkok, Thailand, "Inhibitory activities of spices on heterocyclic amine formation in ground beef patties."

Moses Khamis, doctoral student in grain science and industry, Kampala, Uganda, "Flameless catalytic infrared radiation for disinfestation of stored wheat does not affect wheat quality."