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K-Staters in the news - December 2013

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

K-State president seeks changes to controversial regents policy
12/23/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
The president of Kansas State University is calling for a collaborative revision to a controversial Kansas Board of Regents policy on the use of social media.
Spire chamber ensemble
12/19/13 Kansas Public Radio
Patricia Thompson, assistant professor and Dr. Amy Rosine, associate professor, both from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, were featured soloists on KPR Thursday. They will be performing Handel's Messiah on Monday, Dec. 23 with SPIRE Chamber Ensemble at the Kaufmann Performing Arts Center in Kansas City. The performance will be with a select ensemble of 24 singers from all over the United States and Baroque orchestra with period instruments.

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

*Study: 'A Christmas Carol' still popular because it is still relevant
12/22/13 UPI
Naomi Wood, a Kansas State University professor of English who specializes in children's and Victorian literature and culture, says "A Christmas Carol," 170 years after it was written, is a compelling story about the Christmas holiday not as a religious observance, but as an aspect of the social contract -- the time when those who "have" experience joy in sharing with those who "have not."
KU, K-State officials bemoan bioscience funding loss
12/22/13 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz also said the lack of KBA funding will hurt efforts to recruit top-ranked professors. The KBA helped the state land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is proposed to be built in Manhattan.
Kansas universities' research having increasing economic impact
12/21/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Research at Kansas State University this year also has shown potential for an economic impact, including turning agricultural waste and less-valued crops into replacements for petroleum and even cement.
*KSU to lead global food security program on reducing postharvest loss
12/23/13 Farm & Ranch Guide
Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to establish the federal government’s new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss.
Silence deafens hope for wind tax credit extension
12/22/13 Energy Biz
"Because of (the language change) there's somewhat of a less serious urgency about this," agreed Ruth Douglas Miller, director of Kansas State University's Wind Application Center. "The wind industry has some momentum to keep things going through 2014 without too much panic -- though it doesn't mean they're happy about it."
At school
12/23/13 Salina Journal
Kansas State University students are packing their bags for classrooms around the globe with the help of scholarships especially for study abroad. 
'Willie and the Beanstalk' contests open for 2014
12/23/14 Kansas Farmer
The Kansas State University Department of Agronomy will host the 7th annual Manhattan and the 3rd annual Olathe "Willie and the Beanstalk" contests in 2014.

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Where are you on the 7 Deadly Sins map?
12-20-13 Houston Chronicle 
I was reading an article today on Yahoo News referring to a blog on memolition a couple of years ago research from geographers who from Kansas State University who in 2009 were seeking to determine where in America the “7 Deadly Sins” were more prevailing. According to the article those sins are wrath, envy, gluttony, sloth, lust, pride, and greed.
Military Advanced Education Magazine Releases 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities
12-19-13 San Antonio Express-News
Now in its seventh year of publishing its Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. 
KU, K-State leaders bemoan loss of funding to Kansas Bioscience Authority
12/19/13 Lawrence Journal World
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz said the lack of funding for the KBA will hurt efforts to recruit top-ranked professors. "I don't think that's positive for the state of higher education in Kansas. I'm hopeful to see funding turn around," Schulz said. The KBA also helped the state land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is proposed to be built in Manhattan.
Hey, Tom Coburn: Why 'Wasteful' Science Is Important
12/18/13 Live Science
"They twisted it," said Chuck Rice, a soil microbiologist at Kansas State University and a researcher on a project cited in Coburn's new report
Kansas State researcher provides update on E. coli study
12/19/13 Drover's Cattle Network
With more than three years to go on a major study focused on prevention of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef, Randy Phebus, K-State professor of animal sciences and industry, says progress is being made.
Room and board costs increasing at Kansas universities
12/19/13 Kansas City Star
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday improved increases ranging from 3.9 percent at Kansas State to 2.1 percent at Fort Hays State.
*KSU to lead a multimillion-dollar global food security program on reducing postharvest loss
12/19/13 McPherson Sentinel
Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to establish the federal government's new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss.
‘Devil’ Brigade officers mentor future Army leaders at K-State
12/20/13 First Infantry Division Post
Officers with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division hosted 130 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets during a Dec. 3 leadership conference at Kansas State University. The conference focused on selfless service and mentorship of future Army leaders.
AW2 holiday party brings families together 
12-19-13 1st Infantry Division Post
A painting and drawing collaborative from Kansas State University contributed the Polar Express mural, which took about 15 hours to make.
Community members donate toys to Op Santa 
12-19-13 1st Infantry Division Post
The couple’s philanthropy began with the ROTC program at Kansas State University. One year, the program received a donation of $250, and Brett said he and his wife figured they could double that.
Kan. acting agriculture secretary names assistant
12/19/13 North Jersey.com
A management consultant and former Kansas State University student body president has been appointed assistant secretary of the state Department of Agriculture. 
Airport OKs lease for new aircraft repair business
12/19/13 Salina Journal
Just over a decade ago, Tait Middleton enrolled at Kansas State University at Salina and completed a degree and certification as an airframe and powerplant mechanic, and began his career at Raven Aero Services in Junction City.


Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Expanded Kansas diagnostic lab opens

12/18/13 AVMA.org
Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory opened its second site, on the K-State Olathe Campus, Nov. 15, 2013. The new Microbial Surveillance Lab was funded partly by Merck Animal Health, though officials declined to give an amount.
Geographers map out the seven deadly sins
12/18/13 Deseret News (Utah)
Actually, there's a couple of maps. These maps — originally published in 2009, when Kansas State University geographers researched and mapped out where the seven deadly sins are most prevalent in the United States — recently resurfaced on Memolition, an online news site, and are gaining attention, Yahoo News reported.
*Ramona native McIntosh gave $5 million to K-State
12/18/13 Marion Record
Wayne McIntosh, a native of Ramona and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, left a $5 million gift for Kansas State University through his trust after his death in 2012. McIntosh’s bequest will benefit construction of the university’s Welcome Center, as well as multicultural initiatives.
LHS musicians perform with best in the region
12/18/13 Louisburg Herald
Leading the All-District Band was Don Linn, Assistant Director of Bands at Kansas State University
K-State researchers among those getting sorghum funds
12/19/13 Kansas Farmer
Four Kansas State University researchers are among those that will have proposals funded through the Sorghum Checkoff program, the Checkoff board announced this week.
*'Pork' book cites Kan.-linked projects
12/18/13 Hutchinson News
K-State's distinguished professor of soil microbiology, Chuck Rice, and Rossville City Clerk Lisa Stum and the Kansas Department of Transportation said there was more to the story.
Airport OKs lease for new aircraft repair business
12/19/13 Salina Journal
Just over a decade ago, Tait Middleton enrolled at Kansas State University at Salina and completed a degree and certification as an airframe and powerplant mechanic, and began his career at Raven Aero Services in Junction City. 
Cost of room and board going up at public universities in Kansas
12/18/13 Lawrence Journal World
Kansas State University will see a 3.9 percent increase; Emporia State, 3.6 percent; Pittsburg State, 3 percent; and Fort Hays State, 2.1 percent.
The inner workings of the new Extension district 
12/18/13 Osawatomie Graphic
An operational agreement will be completed by the two counties and submitted to the state attorney general for approval. It must be approved by the two boards of county commissioners, the Miami and Linn County Extension councils and the authorized representative of the Director of Extension, Kansas State University. 
Jenkins won't fault senator's no vote on budget bill
12/18/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
The congresswoman emphasized the package set the stage for future legislation necessary to appropriate as much as $404 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University. The federal laboratory is designed to conduct research on deadly animal diseases.
Manhattan ranked among top small cities
12/18/13 WIBW
K-State, Aggieville, and a rapidly growing economy helped boost Manhattan into the survey’s top 10, but just talk to the area residents and you’ll hear that the best part about the Little Apple is the people.


Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Editorial: NBAF funding must be appropriated
12/17/13 Topeka Capital Journal
Now that Kansas’ congressional delegation is in agreement that a House budget bill doesn’t make specific mention of construction funding for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University and that an appropriations bill is required to secure it, it’s time for Congress to finally produce the funding.
Repent now. Geographers map 7 deadly sins
12/18/13 Yahoo! News
Seeking to discover where in America those sins are most prevalent, a group of geographers from Kansas State University did some research using data on things such as number of fast food restaurants per capita (gluttony), number of thefts and robberies (envy), and average incomes compared with the number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line (greed).
*KSU veterinarian discusses the effect of new FDA antibiotic regulations on producers
Mike Apley
K-State crops team claims fifth straight national championship
12/17/13 Bourbon County Review
The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the fifth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the crops contest championship in 12 of the past 15 years.
*Butler’s EduCare one of two Kansas facilities to receive Education Department funding
12/18/13 Wichita Business Journal
Butler is one of two schools statewide to be awarded funding for this type of program through the Department of Education. Kansas State University was the other.
*Gardner native earns Phi Kappa Phi induction at Kansas State
12/17/13 Gardner Edge
A master's student in agribusiness, he is among more than 100 Kansas State University students and one professor are new members of one of the best chapters of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor societies for all disciplines.
K-State entomology graduate student receives national award
12/18/13 Little Apple Post
In 2013, the Kansas State University Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society recognized Ximena as the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant of the Year. Her thesis, which she successfully defended in October, titled “Influence of plant architecture on tritrophic interactions between canola, aphids and Hippodamia convergens” is a significant contribution to the scientific literature on plant-insect interactions.


Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Kansas congressman challenges NBAF funding status
12/16/13 San Francisco Chronicle
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins asserted her vote for a controversial House budget compromise "will" provide $404 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, but a Kansas congressman said Monday the legislation doesn't guarantee funding for the research lab at Kansas State University.
*K-State journalism class helps reconnect towns in Kansas, France
12/16/13 Clay Center Dispatch
A small town in Clay County and one in France are reconnecting thanks, in part, to a Kansas State University journalism and mass communications class assignment.
Inspect Christmas trees often
12/17/13 Idaho Statesman
Most of those fires start because tree owners have either neglected caring for a fresh tree or overlooked some basics of electrical safety, said Jake Weber, horticulturist with Kansas State University Research and Extension.
Community news
12/16/13 Emporia Gazette
The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the fifth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the crops contest championship in 12 of the past 15 years.
*School notebook
12/16/13 Kansas City Star
Commencement honors: Vincent Carlisle, doctoral student in educational leadership from Parkville, was selected as the reader at the Graduate School ceremony on the campus in Manhattan.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Construction of national lab at Kansas State University closer after the U.S. House passed budget agreement
12/13/13; KAKE, KSNT, KTKA
Clock is ticking on use of antimicrobials
12/13/13 National Hog Farmer
News that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help phase out the use of certain antimicrobial drugs as growth promoters in livestock means there’s now a timeframe in place for livestock producers to adjust production practices, says Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley.
K-State graduates hear from Renfro
12/12/13 Salina Journal
In his speech to the December 2013 graduating class at Kansas State University at Salina, Clark Renfro remarked on the campus's prime location next to the largest pizza factory and beer distributing plant in the area. 
*Kansas State University food safety specialist gives tips on how to give deployed soldiers a taste of home
Karen Blakeslee
12/13/13; KSNT, KTKA, KQTV
Sorghum Checkoff Invests $1.85 million to Further Producer Productivity, Profitability
12/14/13 KTIC
The Sorghum Checkoff approved the following 16 projects: Dr. Bob Goodband, Kansas State University was funded $64,865 for livestock nutrition; Dr. Sajid Alavi, Kansas State University was funded $68,550 for the companion animal industry; Greg Aldrich, Kansas State University was funded $119,700 for the companion animal industry; and Dr. Donghai Wang, Kansas State University was funded $140,000 for biofuels enhancement.
Holiday happenings
12/14/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Harmony for the Holidays, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Tickets: $10 adults; $ 7.50 seniors and military; $5, children; $25 per family. Tickets: McCain Auditorium box office or www.k-state.edu/mccain. Information: Leonard, 537-7122; Nancy, 235-33657; or Linda, 776-6478.
*At school
12/16/13 Salina Journal
Kansas State University researchers are improving astronauts' outerwear for outer space. 
Penn State’s poultry judging team places fourth in national contest
12/14/13 Farm and Dairy
Ten universities and 40 students participated. Texas A & M University won the contest, followed by the University of Arkansas, second; Kansas State University, third; and Mississippi State University, fifth.
KU moves up in federal research rankings
12/13/13 Lawrence Journal World
The 2012 rankings place KU second among Big 12 universities, below the University of Texas, which ranked 30th. Kansas State University placed 132nd. Other area universities in the survey included Wichita State University, at 229th; the University of Missouri-Kansas City, at 234th; Haskell Indian Nations University, at 431st; and Pittsburg State University, at 552nd.
Longtime agriculture columnist retires
12/14/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Suber worked for a dairy farm at Quinter and various other jobs before he decided to continue his education at Kansas State University, where he majored in journalism and graduated in 1973.
Ag minute: Allowing farmers to determine how they manage groundwater is new approach
12/15/13 McPherson Sentinel
Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the proverb. And that’s how Kansas State University agricultural economist Bill Golden sees what is happening in western Kansas when it comes to how farmers are adapting to a diminishing Ogallala Aquifer. His presentation on how crop profits are affected by water management policies is among several planned for the K-State Ag Profitability Conference Jan. 7 in Oakley.

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

*K-State gets $5M gift
12-13-13 The Houston Chronicle
Kansas State University is getting a $5 million donation from the estate of a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.
Aviation schools prepare for boom in drone jobs 
12-13-13 Politico
The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs. Dozens of other schools offer some courses in what's known as UAS — unmanned aircraft systems — which range from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters.
Congresswoman Jenkins Statement on Budget Agreement
12/12/13 KOAM-TV
“NBAF (National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility), which is critical to Kansas and our national security, will receive $404 million with this agreement, but without it, only $17 million, effectively sending NBAF a stop work notice causing ripple-effects across Kansas. After careful review, this agreement will not solve our massive debt problem, but supporting this agreement, is the only RESPONSIBLE option for the Kansas economy and takes a small step toward getting our fiscal house in order.
New leader of Black & Veatch sets lofty goals
12/12/13 Kansas City Star
This year Black & Veatch reached $1.75 million in total pledges for the Greater Kansas City United Way Campaign. It also raised $350,000 at its annual golf tournament for Children’s Mercy Hospital, and made grants of $100,000 to the University of Kansas and $200,000 to Kansas State University for engineering program
*K-State student from KCK earns Commerce Bank Presidential award 
12/12/13 Kansas City Kansan
Kansas State University and Commerce Bank are recognizing two individuals for their diversity enhancement efforts.
Dual credit accounting program links Kansas high schools, ESU
12/12/13 Emporia Gazette
Emporia State University is now the second Regents university in the state to integrate the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program into its curriculum. This program, developed by Kansas State University, is designed to encourage high school students to consider a degree in accounting and shed light on what opportunities are available with this particular career path.
K-State educators visit post to learn about military lifestyles
12/13/13 First Infantry Division Post
A group of educators from Kansas State University went back to school for a day when they visited Fort Riley to learn about educational, developmental and recreational services on post for military children.
National FFA presents veterinary science prize award to Parsons student
12/12/13 KOAM-TV
"Being selected as a finalist for the veterinary science award shows me that all of my hard work is paying off. I've been working in the veterinary field for over four years at two different veterinary clinics, and it's my dream to return to a rural community as a veterinarian in a mixed animal practice," says Bogner. "The award is currently in a college fund. My goal from here include gaining acceptance into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, which will lead me to my future career as a veterinarian."


Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs
12/12/13 NPR
The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs. Dozens of other schools offer some courses in what's known as UAS — unmanned aircraft systems — which range from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters.

K-State's Charlie Nutt quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education
12/2/13 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
A major article concerning academic advising in the Dec. 2 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted NACADA executive director Charlie Nutt and several NACADA experts. The article focused on student success, retention, and institutional funding.

*KSU wins grant to help preserve crops after harvest
12/11/13 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University has won a five-year $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to develop ways to cut the loss of food after it is harvested.

*Researchers working to slow deadly pig virus
12/11/134 St. Joe Channel
Researchers from the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are trying to prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. The disease kills almost all nursing pigs it infects.

*Thyroid project sheds light on molecular processes related to cystic fibrosis
12/12/13 The Almagest
Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is leading to a better understanding of the molecular interactions in the thyroid gland related to cystic fibrosis.

*KSU to lead new global food security program
12/11/13 Hays Post
Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to establish the federal government’s new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss.

Topeka native named BNSF's new CEO
12/12/13 CJOnline
Carl Ice, a native of Topeka and a graduate of Kansas State University, has been elevated to the chief executive officer position at BNSF Railway.

K-State engineering students show off semester projects
12/11/13 WIBW
Students in K-State’s Intro to Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering class put a semester of hard work on display this afternoon.

Opportunity for K-State technology students with the opening of a global software services company in the little apple
12/12/13; KSNT, KTKA

K-State music fraternity honors WWII veterans memorial
12-12-13 WIBW
The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity at Kansas State University, presented the program in partnership with the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance.

Get in the holiday spirit while raising money at Kansas State University
12/11/13; KTMJ, WIBW

UMC: Collegiate Crops Team places 3rd in national contests
12/11/13 Crookston (Minn.) Times
Both third place finishes by the team came behind Kansas State University who finished first, and University of Wisconsin Platteville who finished in second, and ahead of fourth place finisher Virginia Tech.

K-State music fraternity honors World War II veterans memorial
12/12/13 WIBW
The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity at Kansas State University, presented the program in partnership with the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance.

Online training provides continuing education for veterinarians
12/11/13 Bovine Veterinarian
The Animal Care Training program hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University continues to grow and provide education for beef, dairy, equine, transportation and livestock marketing. Among the most widely attributed programs are the business training modules released earlier in 2013, which are offered by the National Food Animal Veterinary Institute (NFAVI) and tailored for veterinarians’ continuing education.

Tips for safe and even delicious holiday meals
Wayne Co. Journal Banner
And even normal-looking ham and eggs might contain an unpleasant surprise without proper attention to food safety, says Londa Nwadike, extension food safety specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University.

Also in:
Kansas State University to lead a multimillion-dollar global food security program on reducing postharvest loss

KSU to lead new global food security program
Salina Post

K-State Crops Team claims fifth straight national championship

*KSU wins grant to help preserve crops after harvest

Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

*Researchers from the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory trying to stop the spread of PEDv
Dick Hesse, Diagnostician
12/11/13; KRDO, WPTY, KJTV


Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

*Arguments About Holiday Spending May Spell Doom For Your Relationship 
12/10/13 The Huffington Post
A survey conducted by Moneysupermarket.com found one in ten people say that secret spending played a part in their separation or divorce. Additionally, researchers from Kansas State University released a report earlier this year that suggested arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce. 
U.S. Farmland Prices May Fall in 2014, Economist Says 
12/10/13 Bloomberg News/Businessweek
U.S. farmland values at a “tipping point” may fall as much as 10 percent in 2014 as commodity prices ease, according to Terry Kastens, agricultural economist emeritus at Kansas State University.
Most Imported Food Not Inspected
12/10/13 TriStates Public Radio
“I don’t think consumers have to be necessarily extremely concerned but it’s something that they can think about and make choices accordingly,” said Londa Nwadike, Food Safety Educator for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University.
Kansas State University quietly scrubs open-records policy
12/10/13 Kansas Watchdog.org
Kansas State University has performed a disappearing act of sorts after the institution’s backwards open-records policy banning email submissions was exposed to the light of day.
ACEware Systems Hires New Vice President of Operations
12/10/13 The Houston Chronicle
Prior to joining ACEware Systems, Brookshire served 18 years with Kansas State University in the Division of Continuing Education (DCE). During her tenure with DCE she supported the continuing education of thousands of professionals in her role of program coordinator for state, national and international conferences held across the nation. She assumed administrative responsibilities in 2001 and was appointed as director of the conferences and noncredit unit within DCE in 2009. She received the President’s Award of Excellence in 2012 for Team Building/Group Activity/Service to the University and has received additional meritorious service awards.


Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

*Kansas soldiers train for mission in Africa
12/9/13 St. Joe (Mo.) Channel
Kansas State University students like Issa are helping soldiers prepare for their missions by teaching them about the culture and ethnic groups in Africa. The 3,500 members of the Dagger Brigade go through five-day training with African natives.
Simplified Solutions of WNY Helps Depressed Loved Ones in a Nursing Facility
12/10/13 The Houston Chronicle
Laci Cornelison, a research assistant with Kansas State University’s Center on Aging, pointed out that in some cases, nursing home residents may be dealing with the loss of their lifelong partner, or coming to terms with a long-term disability or chronic illness.
WheatJournal: Kansas State University expands facilities
11/7/13 AgWeb
With the dedication of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center in October, Kansas State University officials say that the school’s Grain Science Complex provides students a world-class educational experience for the wheat industry.
*K-State students from Johnson County receive study abroad scholarships
12/9/11/ Gardner Edge
Kansas State University students are packing their bags for classrooms around the globe with the help of scholarships especially for study abroad.
Banker to speak at KSU-Salina commencement
12/10/13 Salina Journal
Winter graduation ceremonies for Kansas State University at Salina are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the Student Life Center. 
Editorial: Ag leadership
12/10/13 Lawrence Journal-World
Rodman was born and raised in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University before embarking on a 37-year career with Cargill Inc., during which he worked in more than 30 countries. He brought a wealth of experience with various agribusiness industries to the job, but he’d mostly been away from Kansas for a long time. Nonetheless, when Brownback was elected and asked Rodman to come out of retirement and temporarily leave his home in Texas to serve as head of the Agriculture Department he agreed to do so. He said he would serve two or three years. It’s been three years and he’s ready to go home.
Manhattan man pleads guilty to being guilty after the fact in fatal fire
12/9/13 Topeka Capital Journal
A Manhattan man has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in an arson that killed a Kansas State University researcher.


Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

*Kansas State to graduate more than 1,800 students
12/9/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
More than 1,800 students will receive their degrees from Kansas State University later this week.

*Kansas State University helping Fort Riley prepare for missions in Africa
12/9/13; KAKE, KQTV

Ranchers to see good times ahead, say forecasters
12-6-13 The Wichita Eagle
Glynn Tonsor, associate professor and agricultural economist at Kansas State University, forecast that cow-calf ranchers will see an average profit of $302 per head. That’s about twice as much as the $148 to $150 per head return in the previous peak years of 2004 and 2013.
*College notes: Kansas State University
12/7/13 Hutchinson News
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University is giving 51 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects. The center's undergraduate Cancer Research Award program promotes early participation in laboratory research, encouraging students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine while they're still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.
K-State Salina testing the standards for drones used for deliveries
At school
12/9/13 Salina Journal
Kansas State University awarded five undergraduate students $5,000 Mark Chapman Scholarships. Recipients included Christina Peterson, junior in biology and psychology, of Lindsborg.
KU putting best foot forward in central, western Kansas
12/8/13 Lawrence Journal-World
KU enrollment on Lawrence and Edwards campuses has declined every year for the last five years, from 26,999 in 2008 to 24,435 in 2013. Meanwhile, K-State's enrollment has made gains each year during the same time. This year K-State, with 24,581 students, actually surpassed in enrollment KU's Lawrence and Edwards campuses for the first time in decades.
Gary Schmitt: Wichita is a city of opportunity
12-8-13 The Wichita Eagle
During the past year, WDDC has had numerous planning sessions at the Design and Innovation Center, hosting more than 60 group meetings such as Kansas State University architectural students generating ideas for downtown catalyst sites. Staff and volunteers have also conducted a multitude of meetings with local and national developers and investors on potential projects.
*Holiday happenings
12/6/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! 10th Anniversary Tour, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Tickets: $29.50 to $125, plus taxes and fees. Full holiday schedule of events at KSU available at www.k-state.edu/mccain. Information and tickets: McCain Auditorium box office, 532-6428 or www.k-state.edu/mccain.
Four finalists named for Education commissioner
12-6-13 The Houston Chronicle
She earned a doctorate in educational administration and a master's in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University; and a bachelor's in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Senator, farmer, rabbi speak on climate change
12/6/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Wayne White, a Jefferson County farmer and author with a doctorate degree in sociology from Kansas State University, said he was glad to see Francisco and others begin to stand up to groups like ALEC, who he said "don't use real science" in Statehouse lobbying. 

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

*Study finds PHS gene that prevents wheat from sprouting
12/5/13 Farm and Ranch Guide
Researchers at Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, or USDA-ARS, found and cloned a gene in wheat named PHS that prevents the plant from preharvest sprouting. Preharvest sprouting happens when significant rain causes the wheat grain to germinate before harvest and results in significant crop losses.
Research combats the stomach flu
12/5/13 Medical Xpress
With support from the NIH, and in collaboration with Kansas State University and Ohio State University, Groutas and his team are focusing not on the Norovirus itself, but on blocking an enzyme that allows it to replicate.
*Kansas State University Engineers Tackle Other Forms of Power for Space
12/5/13 Trendhunter
Developed by engineers at the Kansas State University, the heat-powered spacesuit would usher in a much-needed alternative to current sources of energy.
*Cow-Calf Specialist explains what producers need to know about a newly discovered cattle genetic condition
Bob Weaber
*Locals make early strides in cancer research
12/5/13 Dodge City Globe
When it comes to pursuing their dreams, a pair of Dodge City natives are getting a head start, thanks to a grant from their academic institution. Jenny Barriga and Nallely Barron-Garcia, both of Dodge City, are among 51 Kansas State University (KSU) undergrads to receive awards from the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center. The $1,000 awards can be used for cancer research projects. The award program encourages early participation in lab research as well as the consideration of a career in cancer research while students are still deciding what they want to pursue.
Ag minute: World Soil Day
12/5/13 McPherson Sentinel
There is nothing simple or humble about soil, however, said Gary Pierzynski, professor and head of the department of agronomy at Kansas State University.
K-State Graduate named Cherokee County’s economic development director
12/5/13; KODE, KSNF

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Kent State University students will learn how to build and fly drones
12/4/13 Cleveland Plain Dealer
The University of North Dakota was first, in 2009, and has about 120 students in the field. Other universities with programs include Kansas State University Salina, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Indiana State University.

World Soil Day on Dec. 5 Highlights Importance of a Valuable Treasure in Kansas
12/4/13 KTIC
There is nothing simple or humble about soil, however, said Gary Pierzynski, professor and head of the department of agronomy at Kansas State University.

K-State Salina testing the standards for drones used for deliveries

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

*Spacesuit of the future could power gadgetry with body heat
12/3/13 CNET
At Kansas State University, researchers are just over two years into a three-year, $750,000 NASA grant to turn current spacesuits into even better readers of astronauts' vital signs -- and on top of that, make use of the inner workings of the suits themselves to power radios and other embedded electronics.
*Sports bras don't hold up, says researcher developing a better supportive undergarment
12/3/13 Health Canal
One of the most important articles of clothing in women's wardrobes and its contents are receiving a Kansas State University researcher's undivided attention.
*Early childhood educator recommends better toys
12/3/13 Phys.org
When it comes to Christmas gifts for young children, Anna Nippert, instructor of early childhood education at Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, recommends parents be more focused on fostering imagination in their children than simply buying what is on their list.
OHS presents a new approach to career readiness in accounting
12/3/13 Surfsky (Kentucky)
OHS is the only school in this area currently offering the course that was developed by the Kansas State University Accounting Department under the leadership of Dr. Dan Deines and other KSU accounting professors.
Devoted GM fan gets the ride of a lifetime at Fairfax plant
12/3/13 Kansas City Star
“It has become more unusual as the market has become more competitive,” said Kevin Gwinner, a professor of marketing at Kansas State University.
Kansas Livestock Association to meet as outlook for ranchers improves
12/4/13 Wichita Eagle
Tips on how to start rebuilding is the topic of a panel discussion at the convention featuring ranch management consultant Burke Teichert, Kansas State University professor Glynn Tonsor and Sunflower Supreme heifer development program director Jaymelynn Farney.
THS grads help ChemE Car team on national stage
12/4/13 Tonganoxie Mirror
K-State junior Lacie Falk and sophomores Matthew Christensen and Ben Williams are members of KSU’s ChemE (chemical engineering) Car team.



Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

*A K-State apparel professor is trying to get a firmer hold on sports bras
12/2/13 KMBZ
Kansas State researcher Minyoung Suh said current sports bras just do not hold up and she wants to develop a better bra.
*Kansas State work may lead to next-generation spacesuit
12/2/13 KMUW (Wichita Public Radio), Kansas Public Radio
Kansas State University researchers are working on a spacesuit that could monitor astronauts' health and use body heat to power electronics.
*KSU early childhood instructor gives tips on toys that will make your child smile this Christmas
Anna Nippert
*KSU Financial Planner says the thrill of Black Friday isn’t just about the deals
Elizabeth Kiss
*Wildlife Specialist gives advice on avoiding car accidents caused by deer
Charlie Lee
11/28/13; KAKE, KNOP
K-State's drone efforts could inspire Amazon
12/2/13 KCTV 5
As Amazon reveals that they are looking to deliver packages via drones, company officials can look to K-State's Salina campus for inspiration.
Kansas State University study find cattle kept in shade perform better in packing plants
12/2/13 RFD-TV
*Krueger named to Johnson Cancer Research Center
12/2/13 Emporia Gazette
Erika Krueger, of Americus, senior in chemistry at Kansas State University, is one of 51 undergraduate students receiving the chance to conduct cancer research projects at The Johnson Cancer Research Center.
Get 'er done
12/3/13 Salina Journal
"The temperatures are what's going to be nasty," said Mary Knapp, state climatologist at Kansas State University. 
Dipping land values, rising ag loan competition ahead -- survey
12/2/13 Agriculture.com
The biannual audit of ag lending conditions comprising the K-State Agricultural Lender Survey, carried out by Kansas State University ag economists, shows a tipping point has come and gone between the spring survey and the fall version, the results of which were released recently.
Rodman to step down as Kansas agriculture secretary
11/2/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Before joining the agriculture department, McClaskey was an assistant dean in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

*Soon, biomedical sensors to keep astronauts fit in space
12/1/13 Yahoo! News
In an attempt to keep astronauts healthy in space, engineers from theKansas State University are designing new tools and biomedical sensors for spacesuits.
For Chairs, the Seat's Gotten Hotter
12/2/13 Chronicle of Higher Education
Some universities are developing in-house training programs for chairs. An academic-chairpersons' conference conducted by Kansas State University draws a few hundred people each year. Meanwhile, some people learn by developing a relationship with someone at their college who can serve as a mentor.
*Professor offers insights to holiday shoppers
11/27/13 Topeka Capital Journal
Reo Song, business administration professor at Kansas State University, said an individual's shopping habits played a central role in determining the content of promotional information sent by retailers.
Kansan to live Olympic dream she helped others fulfill
11/30/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Bryan Pinkall, a Kansas State University music instructor, also will be volunteering, she said. His work will be mainly devoted to the opening ceremonies.
On the Thanksgiving table: a bounty from several states
11-27-13 The Wichita Eagle
Pie doughs are better made from soft wheat rather than the hard winter wheat that Kansas grows, said Faubion, a professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University. It’s known as winter wheat because it’s planted in the fall, over-winters in the field, matures in the spring and early summer, and then is cut in late June or July.
Firm offers weather to help farmers
11/29/13 Hutchinson News
"The variability from year to year is going be greater than it has been in the past," said Charles Rice, professor of soil microbiology at Kansas State University.
Editorial: Managing Family Holiday Stress and Expectations
11/29/30 KTHS (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
I am a firm believer that expectations set us up, especially during the holiday season. A new study found that people experience holiday stress due to unrealistic expectations. The study conducted by Tony Jurich, a Kansas State University expert on family relationships, found that people feel like failures when they are unable to meet their expectations.
Twitter trend busts kissing couples in Huntsville
11/29/13 Huntsville (Ala.) Item
These Twitter accounts began in early 2013 in dozens of colleges including Columbia University, Louisiana State University, Notre Dame, Auburn, Kansas State and others. They feature anonymously posted pictures of kissing couples in bars, at parties, and in generally provocative positions. 
Northeast Kansas happenings
11/30/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
FROM BACH TO BROADWAY — “The Sound of Christmas,” starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Cost: $42 for general admission, $21 for students. Information and tickets: (785) 532-6428.
*Holiday happenings
11/30/13 Topeka Capital Journal
McCain Holiday Home Tour, featuring the Kappa Delta House and five homes, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Manhattan. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at door. Information: (785) 532-6425.
Growth in ag enrollment shows 'Ag is sexy'
11/27/13 Midwest Producer
ncreasing enrollments in agriculture majors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Kansas State University (KSU) and smaller four- and two-year schools in those states, reinforce a statement made last spring by UNL's Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR): "Ag is sexy."
*Kopp serves as ambassador
11/30/13 Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune
Twenty-three Kansas State University students, including Abby Kopp of Bismarck, form the inaugural group of K-State Libraries ambassadors.
Old World bluestem invades native grasslands
12/1/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Walt Fick, a rangeland specialist from Kansas State University, and Dwayne Rise, a rangeland expert from the Natural Resource and Conservation Service, will present information on the identification and control of the invasive grass.
Manhattan concert to raise funds to restore WWII memorial's stage
11/28/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Dale said the concert will feature the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity from Kansas State University, with 60 students performing traditional, classical and jazz instrumental and choral music. The program also will include a carol sing-along with the audience.
It's your business: News, notes from Topeka business community
11/30/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
John O’Brien, Luke Borst and Alex Kijowski were among 11 Kansas State University-Salina students who earned aviation industry certifications and endorsements at the recent Aircraft Electronics Association’s Central Regional Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. O’Brien, a senior in aviation maintenance from Silver Lake, received certification in aircraft electronics technician, foreign object elimination and aircraft/aerospace assembly. Borst, a senior in unmanned aircraft systems from Manhattan, was certified in unmanned aircraft systems maintenance. Kijowski, a senior in unmanned aircraft systems from Abilene, was certified in unmanned aircraft systems maintenance and foreign object elimination.
At school
12/2/13 Salina Journal
Ten Kansas State University graduate students who are researching Kansas-related topics have been chosen to represent the university at the 11th Capitol Graduate Research Summit in early 2014.