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March 2015    

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

Researchers part of new grant project targeting food, physical activity systems impact on child obesity prevention
David Dzewaltowski, professor of kinesiology, and Ric Rosenkranz, associate professor of human nutrition, will provide leadership in community-based research design and evaluation of the evidence-based SWITCH program offered through school-wellness coalitions. The project takes aim at childhood obesity. The work is supported through a grant to Iowa State University from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

April blooms with music, art, dance and more at Kansas State University

March brings a well-known Irish band, opera, art, music and more to Kansas State University.

 

Monday, March 30, 2015 

University animal health leader selected to lead NBAF engagement
Marty Vanier, the director of operations at Kansas State University's National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, will become the senior program manager for strategic partnership development at the Department of Homeland Security.

Cultural performances, special guests and more set for grand opening April 7 of Kansas State University's Confucius Institute

A grand opening ceremony and activities highlighting Chinese culture will mark the official launch of the Kansas State University Confucius Institute on Tuesday, April 7.

National Strategic Selling Institute to host third annual benefit auction
The National Strategic Selling Institute, or NSSI, in the Kansas State University College of Business Administration is set to host its third annual benefit auction Saturday, April 25, at the Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St., Manhattan.

Timely warning about attempted robbery
The Kansas State University Police Department is looking for a suspect in an attempted robbery that occurred around noon March 30 in the D-1 parking lot west of West Stadium. A sketch of the suspect is available. Any witnesses should call 785-532-6412.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Small fire extinguished in Willard Hall
A small fire occurred Sunday afternoon in Willard Hall at Kansas State University.

 
Friday, March 27, 2015

Journey to Neverland with 'Peter and the Starcatcher' April 6 at McCain Auditorium
The winner of five Tony Awards, "Peter and the Starcatcher" will be performed at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. The show is part of the McCain Performance Series.

 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Students help visitors unfold their futures at K-State's All-University Open House
A group of Kansas State University students is helping unfold a future of fun and exploration at this year's All-University Open House. On Saturday, April 11, the yearlong work of the event's core coordinating committee will pay off with a celebration to remember.

Dementia workshop to focus on creativity, use of theater techniques
"Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh," a performance about the world of caregiving for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, will be part of the Personhood and Dementia Workshop on Thursday, April 9, at the K-State Alumni Center.

All-University Open House allows visitors to experience campus through food, fun and learning
Students, visitors and community members are invited to unfold their futures at Kansas State University. On Saturday, April 11, the Manhattan and Salina campuses will offer activities, learning, fun and food as part of the annual All-University Open House.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kansas State University again selected for Collegiate Wind Competition
Kansas State University has been selected to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition. The university also was chosen for the inaugural competition, a biennial event, in 2014.

Diavolo sets architecture in motion for McCain performance April 1
The daredevil dance group Diavolo will perform at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.

Kansas State University Gardens group offers April 16 bus trip to Botanica Gardens in Wichita
The Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens is offering a bus trip to tour the Botanica Gardens in Wichita.

 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Food safety specialist hopes new tracking strategy will lead to better intervention
A Kansas State University food safety specialist says a new federal partnership to monitoring foodborne illness is a promising approach.

Two alumni join Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame
Two distinguished alumni from Kansas State University's College of Engineering will be inducted into the college's Hall of Fame for their achievements.

Kansas State University engineering alumni honored for career success
Eleven alumni from the College of Engineering at Kansas State University will receive the college's Professional Progress Award for their career accomplishments.

 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Kansas State University researchers offer first book combining financial planning, mental health
Three faculty members from Kansas State University's Institute of Personal Financial Planning have written the first textbook on financial therapy, which integrates financial planning and mental health for fiscal and emotional well-being.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute helping Federal Railroad Administration with rail safety project
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University will use a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to help improve rail safety across North America.

K-State Salina family studies and human services program to host community poverty simulation
The Poverty Simulation is an educational and interactive workshop about the struggles of living in a low-income family and the realities of poverty within the community and across the nation. It will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Kansas State University Salina.

University offers free electronics recycling event March 28
The Manhattan community's fourth electronics waste recycling event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the D1 parking lot at Kansas State University.

 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Kansas State University researchers offer first book combining financial planning, mental health
Three faculty members from Kansas State University's Institute of Personal Financial Planning have written the first textbook on financial therapy, which integrates financial planning and mental health for fiscal and emotional well-being.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute helping Federal Railroad Administration with rail safety project
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University will use a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to help improve rail safety across North America.

K-State Salina family studies and human services program to host community poverty simulation
The Poverty Simulation is an educational and interactive workshop about the struggles of living in a low-income family and the realities of poverty within the community and across the nation. It will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Kansas State University Salina.

University offers free electronics recycling event March 28
The Manhattan community's fourth electronics waste recycling event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the D1 parking lot at Kansas State University.

 
Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers develop detailed genetic map of world wheat varieties
Kansas State University researchers have produced the first haplotype map of wheat that provides detailed description of genetic differences in a worldwide sample of wheat lines. A haplotype map is a powerful tool for transferring sequence-level variation to multiple gene mapping projects. This is an important foundation for future improvements in wheat around the world.

Dryer causes fire in Kramer Dining Center
On Friday, the Manhattan Fire Department responded to a small fire in the Kramer Dining Center at Kansas State University. The fire was caused by a dryer. There were no injuries.

 
Thursday, March 19, 2015

University develops detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows
Kansas State University researchers have developed a nanotechnology platform that positively identifies mastitis in dairy cattle earlier and for less cost than current technologies on the market. Mastitis is a disease that inflames and hardens the udder tissue of dairy cows, reducing milk production and altering milk composition. It is the most common disease in U.S. dairy cattle and costs the U.S. dairy industry more than $2 billion annually in loses.

Athletic training students honored for academic achievements
The Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society is recognizing students in Kansas State University's athletics training program for academic achievement.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pest insects, diseases in food crops
Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.

 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry products
A Kansas State University poultry specialist explains why humans don't need to worry about H5N2 avian influenza getting them sick or contaminating their food.

Graduate student to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Courtney Passow, doctoral student in biology, is one of 672 young scientists selected worldwide to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

Irish beef now available in U.S. for first time in 15 years
For the first in decades, you can enjoy beef imported from Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other countries in the European Union.

Study on divorced military parents seeks respondents for survey
A Kansas State University professor is studying how divorced military parents communicate with former partners and children through technology.

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Researchers find 'affinity switch' for proteasome assembly process in cells
Researchers conducted a study that looked at how proteasome-specific chaperones work at the molecular level to help in proteasome formation. Proteasomes are complexes inside cells that help keep the cells healthy. Fully understanding this process may present new target sites for drugs and may lead to better treatments for neurological diseases, cancers and other disorders.

Six high school seniors earn Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship
High school seniors from Emporia, Gardner, Kansas City, Mission and Wichita are recipients of the 2015-2016 Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship from Kansas State University.

 
Friday, March 13, 2015

Veterinary researcher validates human tracheal/bronchial-cell model for influenza A infections of trachea
A recently hired veterinary pathologist is bringing multiple skills to her new position in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, including experience with a human primary cell line used for modeling human influenza infections.

K-State Launch awards $20,000 to student entrepreneurs
A Kansas State University competition has awarded 19 students and 16 different business ideas with $20,000 in prize money.

Science fiction adventure story 'Twin Infinity' to be performed March 30 at McCain
Straight from Austin, Texas, "The Intergalactic Nemesis-Twin Infinity," a live-action graphic novel, is coming to Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in McCain Auditorium.

University's Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership scholars to explore urban leadership in Boston
Kansas State University students who have been recognized for their outstanding urban leadership will be spending their spring break learning about leadership activities in one of America's major cities: Boston.

 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Victaulic Sales Competition highlights university's Sales Week
Three Kansas State University students earned cash prizes at the recent Victaulic Sales Competition, a part of the fourth annual K-State Sales Week hosted by the National Strategic Selling Institute in the College of Business Administration.

Johnson Cancer Research Center hosts PBS cancer documentary screening, community resource fair March 28
Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center will host a preview screening of the PBS documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

SpringDance 2015 coming to McCain Auditorium March 27-28
Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents SpringDance 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in McCain Auditorium.

 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

University's education, engineering, veterinary medicine graduate programs named among the nation's best
The U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings for 2016, the university's College of Education is No. 88, College of Engineering is No. 94 and College of Veterinary Medicine is No. 14.

NBAF-focused research enters third year at university's BRI, research transition underway
Although the remaining funding for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, was recently finalized, work on the federal livestock research facility has continued to move forward in recent years — including Kansas State University conducting research that will help jump-start future operations at NBAF.

Kansas State University Provost April Mason honored for leadership
Kansas State University's top academic leader is being recognized for contributions to her field and outstanding leadership.

Kansas State University promotes 62 faculty members, 40 receive tenure
Sixty-two Kansas State University faculty members are earning promotions in rank while 32 faculty members are earning tenure.

19th annual Mathematical Olympiad for grade school, high school students April 11
Adding to the fun at Kansas State University's All-University Open House, the university's mathematics department will host its 19th annual Mathematical Olympiad for students in the fifth through 12th grades from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, in 101 Cardwell Hall.

Statement on incident at the University of Oklahoma
The recent incident involving racism at the University of Oklahoma serves as a reminder of the importance of our Principles of Community to all within the K-State family. The Wildcat Way is to respect all individuals and celebrate our unique differences.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thirty-eight Kansas State University faculty members granted sabbatical leave
Kansas State University is granting sabbatical leave to 38 faculty members during the 2015-2016 school year.

K-State Salina's Civic Luncheon Lecture to look at new ways of effective discipline in criminal justice
The March Civic Luncheon Lecture at Kansas State University Salina will look at restorative justice. The free lecture starts at noon Thursday, March 12, at K-State Salina's College Center conference room. The public is welcome.

Boogie down to fight cancer at Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 10
Help Kansas State University fight cancer by attending the fourth Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 10 at the Houston Street Ballroom in Manhattan.

 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Kansas State University students participate in alternative spring breaks
Kansas State University students are giving up their spring break to help others by participating in the university's Alternative Spring Break program.

Patented process builds better semiconductors, improves electronic devices
Through a surprise research discovery, a Kansas State University chemical engineer has found the icing on the cake for electronic devices.

Five professors tapped for top College of Human Ecology awards
Five faculty members have earned the College of Human Ecology's top faculty awards for 2015.

 
Friday, March 6, 2015

NBAF construction projected for May, to be completed in 2020​
Construction on the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is projected to begin in May and will be completed in December 2020.

Nutritionist shares how to shop inexpensively without compromising nutrition
Kansas State University nutritionist gives tips on finding the most nutritious food at the dollar store.

Hurtig, Tinker new Kansas State University Student Governing Association leaders
Kansas State University students have elected Andrew Hurtig, junior in accounting and finance, Wichita, as student body president and Joseph Tinker, junior in psychology with a minor in business, Overland Park, as student body vice president.

Author David Abram, artist Lauren Bon speakers at national landscape architecture conference March 24-27
The 2015 international conference of the Council ofEducators in Landscape Architecture will be March 24-27 at Kansas State University.

 
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Statement on budget from President Kirk Schulz
The Education Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means issued its recommendations yesterday for FY 16 and FY 17, which included $3.1 million in cuts for Kansas State University. The proposed cuts come on the heels of a nearly $3.1 million cut to the university announced Feb. 5 for the current fiscal year, FY 15.

CEEZAD director Richt helps organize international conference on West African Ebola virus
A faculty member from Kansas State University is one of four organizers of a national conference to review the status of Ebola viruses and potential vaccines in Washington, D.C., from March 25-29.

Voice professor Bryan Pinkall featured on new album celebrating Rachmaninoff's classic 'All-Night Vigil'
Bryan Pinkall's career continues to hit the right notes. The award-winning assistant professor of music in the College of Arts & Sciences at Kansas State University is following up on his success as artistic director of the Emmy-winning production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony by performing on the soon-to-be released recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles.

K-State team takes honorable mention honors in Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition
A team of four Kansas State University College of Business Administration students was awarded a $500 cash prize after receiving the honorable mention award at the recent Phillips 66-Enactus Business Ethics Case Competition.

 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kansas State University researchers monitor for next novel influenza strain
While flu season starts to die down, Kansas State University researchers are diligently monitoring for the next novel influenza virus by monitoring swine influenza viruses.

Staged readings of two student-written plays March 6-7 in Chapman Theatre
"Catcalls" and "Sheperdless," two plays written by drama therapy students at Kansas State University, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 6-7 in Nichols Hall's Mark A. Chapman Theatre at Kansas State University.

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dan Thomson receives 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year Award
The 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year is Dan Thomson, Jones professor of veterinary medicine, director of the Beef Cattle Institute and assistant dean of outreach for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University seeks innovative startup ideas for Launch a Business program
Kansas State University is now accepting applications from Kansas-based startups for its second Launch a Business program, which provides entrepreneurs with the building blocks for turning a concept into a successful venture.

Koch Industries renews support for diversity programs at Kansas State University, adds support for new programs at the university
A gift of $2,635,000 to Kansas State University from Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, will benefit many areas of the university and campuswide programs, with the majority of the funds supporting diversity initiatives as well as research and creative inquiry.

Political science student from Lenexa earns prestigious fellowship
A nationally competitive fellowship will send Kansas State University's Shai Washington to the Public Policy and International Affairs Program's Junior Summer Institute this summer.