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K-Staters in the news - January 2014

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

*A new twist to sodium ion battery technology
1/30/14 Materials Today
A Kansas State University engineer has made a breakthrough in rechargeable battery applications.
'BRO' names distinguished trooper
1/30/14 1st Infantry Division Post
Sam Brownback, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz and Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools Superintendent Ronald Walker.
*Food safety specialist gives tips to avoid food poisoning from your slow cooker
Londa Nwadike
1/30/14; KSNT, KTKA, KQTV
Alleviating hunger the topic of February event
1-31-14 The Wichita Eagle
Specialists in alleviating hunger across the state will gather in Wichita next month to share ideas. The gathering is called the 2014 Hunger Dialogue and is set for Feb 25-26 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, according to a prepared statement from Kansas State University. 
Clyde man to run for 1st District Seat
1/31/14 Salina Journal
Other candidates include Republican Kent Roth, an attorney in Ellinwood; independent David Joyce, an Abilene truck driver; and Democrats Jim Sherow, a history professor at Kansas State University, and Bryan Whitney, a student at Wichita State University from Syracuse. Only Whitney has officially filed as a candidate, according to the Kansas Secretary of State's office. 
*K-State students among those receiving $19.2 million in scholarships
1/30/14 Osage County Online
More than 6,500 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2013-2014 school year.
Hays native wins award at bioscience symposium
1/30/14 Hays Daily News
The annual K-INBRE Symposium brings together the network of students, faculty and staff from KU Medical Center, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Wichita State University and Langston University in Langston, Okla.
Brownback makes appointments to boards, committees
1/31/14 Salina Journal
* Kimberly Dansel, of Weskan, was re-appointed to serve a three-year term on the Kansas Physician Assistant Council, which advises the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in carrying out provision of the Physician Assistant Licensure Act. She earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a Master's of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University. She works as a physician's assistant at Greeley County Health Services. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers
1/30/14 NPR's "The Salt"
"If we have good weather over the next five years, the government will spend less on farm programs than they have historically," said Art Barnaby, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.
*New era of rechargeable batteries soon: Gurpreet Singh, Indian-origin engineer
1/30/14 Times of India
Gurpreet Singh, an assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University in the US, has made a breakthrough in developing cheaper sodium ion batteries in the future. 
Brownback top aide confident NBAF on right funding track
1/29/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A top official in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback expressed confidence Wednesday that financing was falling into place for the $1.2 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to be relocated in Manhattan.
*K-State, Donnelly College to partner on STEM program 
1/29/14 Kansas City Kansan
A $2.5 million national grant will be used by Kansas State University and four other educational institutions in Kansas to help students find success in science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM -- careers, regardless of their race, ethnicity or economic status.
*Breakthrough in rechargeable batteries: New twist to sodium-ion battery technology
1/29/14 Science Daily
A Kansas State University engineer has made a breakthrough in rechargeable battery applications.
Kansas Mentors grant opportunity unveiled
1/29/14 Hays Post
“Kansas’ mentoring programs are reporting significant declines in funding while an increase in the need for services,” said Bill Snyder, chairman of Kansas Mentors and Kansas State University football team. “These funds are a strategic investment to ensure more young Kansans have access to a safe and caring adult role model.”
City hires fiscal officer
1/29/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Kauffman also has worked as a budget analyst and a neighborhood assistant for the city of Wichita. He graduated from Hutchinson High School and Kansas State University, then earned a master’s in public administration degree from Wichita State University.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

PURE Developing SDC-Based Antimicrobial for Direct Food Application 
1/28/14 Wall Street Journal
PURE initiated this project in December 2013, and is working with Dr. James Marsden, a noted food safety scientist and expert at Kansas State University, on the testing and preparation of the submissions for authorization to the FDA and USDA. The Company expects to make the submissions early in the calendar second quarter 2014, and estimates that the authorization process could take up to six months, or calendar fourth quarter 2014.
The predictions interviews: Noel Schulz, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES)
1/28/14 Intelligent Utility
Pure Bioscience testing food disinfectant
1/28/14 U-T San Diego
Those claims remain to be proven in testing, Lambert said. To help, Pure has hired a consultant, James Marsden, a food safety expert at Kansas State University.

*John Steuart Curry and Kansas: New Beach Museum of Art exhibition features works by noted regionalist painter
1/29/14 Hype Weekly
Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is sharing works from its renowned John Steuart Curry collection in the exhibition “John Steuart Curry: Prairie Journeys,” which will be on display through May 11.
Architecture student earns honor, and other school notes
1/28/14 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University National honors: Anthony Dorrel of Kansas City, North, was among architecture students whose work has been accepted for the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference in New Orleans.
More than 700 posters and papers nationwide were submitted. Dorrel is a fourth-year student in interior architecture and product design on the campus in Manhattan.
Democratic hopeful, potential candidate say fall election important
1/29/14 Salina Journal
Jim Sherow, a professor of history at Kansas State University and former mayor of Manhattan, is considering running for Congress against Republican Tim Huelskamp. 
Bull Bash to draw 30 top cowboys to Manhattan
1/28/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Top cowboys from throughout the Midwest are coming to Manhattan this weekend to compete in the annual K-State Invitational Bull Bash at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Weber Arena on the Kansas State University campus.


Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Study finds that basically every single person hates performance reviews
1/28/14 Washington Post
New research by psychologists at Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Texas A&M University looked into how people respond to negative feedback they receive in a performance review. They guessed that people who are motivated by a real desire to learn would respond well to getting critical feedback in a performance review, using it to improve how they work without much in the way of complaint.
*Kansas State names new dean of engineering
1/27/14 Wichita Eagle
Darren Dawson, an electrical engineer from Clemson University, will become dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University beginning July 1, the university said in a prepared statement on Monday.
*New Cystic Fibrosis Research Reveals Insights Into Thyroid Gland Role
1/28/14 Bio News Texas
A recent study conducted by Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine researchers is hoping to explain complex pathophysiological interactions that may affect thyroid gland functioning in the setting of cystic fibrosis.
*Kansas university gets $750,000 to take wearable electronics into space 
1/27/14 Plus Plastic Electronics
Kansas State University has been given $750,000 (€550,000) by NASA to develop a wearable electronics for astronauts.
Pinkall excited about Olympic ceremonies
1/27/14 Great Bend Tribune
Pinkall, a voice instructor at Kansas State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Manhattan, was selected to join a team of 5,000 performers, artists and organizers to produce the opening ceremony production. Security is tight, and Pinkall reported going through five pat-downs to get to work.
*Architecture student earns honor
1/28/14 Kansas City Star
National honors: Anthony Dorrel of Kansas City, North, was among architecture students whose work has been accepted for the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference in New Orleans.
Work hard, 'be yourself'
1/27/14 Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth is quickly becoming known as the hometown of accomplished pageant contestants, and Audrey Banach is one of them. Crowned Miss Kansas USA, she is now preparing for this summer's Miss USA competition. The Kansas State University student took time from her schedule to answer a few questions for the Leavenworth Times.


Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
*Accounting firm leaders and professional staff may view ethical environment differently
1/25/14 Phys.org
If an accounting firm wants to maintain a strong ethical environment from top to bottom, a new study by a Kansas State University accounting professor and her colleagues finds it's important that the firm's environment is viewed the same from bottom to top.
Drought continues in Kansas
1/26/14 KSN
“We’ve had problems with blowing issues and soil erosion on that way,” said Lucas Haag, Kansas State University. “A lot of the concerns about this wheat crop, fall strands, and how we’re going to be coming into the spring.”
Brownback's budget leaves universities out of 1.5 percent pay mix
1/25/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Civil service employees at state universities, many of whom are frustrated by the pace of salary upgrades approved by the Legislature, are in various stages of a process to remove themselves from the state classified employee system. Workers at The University of Kansas and Kansas State University opted out, while votes on other campuses are being scheduled.
Computer chip sends alert to combat food waste
1/24/14 Drover's Cattle Network
Mary Meck Higgins, associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University, says food loss affects consumer budgets, but also wastes time as they’re forced to go back to the grocery store to replace the food that spoiled.
Working group studying regents’ social media policy will write its own version
1/24/14 Lawrence Journal-World
Julia Keen, an associate professor at Kansas State University and president of the Faculty Senate, expressed two concerns — that the social media policy currently in place could dampen public comment from faculty and staff, and that someone would be tempted "to test the existing policy" to force a legal challenge.
Lifelong love of motorcycles was inspiration for collecting
1/27/14 Kansas City Star
The Keesecker family has been farming near Washington for nearly 100 years. The farm operation has a couple dozen employees, including his daughter and grandsons. With several thousand sows and guidance from nutritionists and veterinarians from Kansas State University, they raise hogs from “farrow to finish.” Their cropland grows corn, soybeans, milo, wheat and sunflowers.
Fanciful flight
1/26/14 Salina Journal
Brian graduated from Kansas State University at Salina and is a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic.
Kansas State awards several scholarships to De Soto students
1/27/14 De Soto Edge
Several students from De Soto, Kan., received scholarships from Kansas State University. 


Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

*Potential H7N9 flu treatment shows promise
1/24/14 Vaccine News Daily
The Kansas State University research team evaluated multiple antiviral drugs for their effectiveness against the deadly flu strain. Avian H7N9 influenza caused more than 130 human infections and at least 43 deaths in China.
*Why Accounting Firm Leaders and Professional Staff May View Ethical Environment Differently
1/24/14 Science Daily
If an accounting firm wants to maintain a strong ethical environment from top to bottom, a new study by a Kansas State University accounting professor and her colleagues finds it's important that the firm's environment is viewed the same from bottom to top.
*Alternative energy patent issued to Kansas State University
1/23/14 Environmental News Bits
Kansas State University was recently granted a U.S. patent for a material that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner substance for alternative energy and fuel.
Lawmakers: Keep Plum Island open
1/23/14 East Hampton Patch
Local lawmakers are not giving up their fight to stop the sale of the 59-year-old Plum Island Federal Animal and Disease Center and the construction of a new similar facility in Kansas — this week, they called on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to keep the research facility open.
Volunteers to search for missing K-State employee
1/23/14 Kansas City Star
Dozens of soldiers from Fort Riley and law enforcement officers conducted an unsuccessful search Tuesday for Peterson, who works in the physics department at Kansas State. 
Wildcat team gets taste of Army life
1/24/14 First Infantry Division Post
Fresh off of a conference victory against the University of Oklahoma Sooners, players and staff members with the Kansas State University Men’s Basketball Team experienced the thrill of simulated flight as they, along with Soldiers from their partner unit, sat in the cockpit of CH-47 Chinook, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter simulators Jan. 15 at Marshall Army Airfield.
T-shirts to be offered for sale at Kansas State University at Salina
1/24/14 Salina Journal
K-State Proud, a student-led fundraising organization at Kansas State University, is visiting the college's Salina campus today. 
Embrace artistic side at Little Apple's little art gems
1/23/14 1st Infantry Division Post
The architecture of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, or the Beach Museum, is as captivating as the permanent collection and rotating exhibits it houses. Nestled on the outskirts of Kansas State University’s campus, the Beach Museum is a quick stroll from Aggieville.
At State of State address, Brownback, Kansas honor pair of ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers
1/24/14 First Infantry Division Post
The 2006 Kansas State University graduate took a bullet to the right leg, which broke his fibula, severed his nerves and destroyed an artery before exiting. After months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Cowan was fitted with an experimental brace called the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeleton Orthotic.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

*Healthy Aging: Attitude Can Increase Life Satisfaction, Study Reports
1/22/14 Huffington Post 
Recent research out of Kansas State University showed that people who make an effort to move more throughout the day can lower their risk of chronic disease after studying a sample of 194,545 men and women ages 45 to 106.
*Positive attitudes keep older adults functioning longer: study
1/22/14 New York Daily News
Recent research out of Kansas State University showed that people who make an effort to move more throughout the day can lower their risk of chronic disease after studying a sample of 194,545 men and women ages 45 to 106.
*New test developed for early detection of canine parvovirus
1/22/14 DVM 360
A new diagnostic test developed by researchers at Kansas State University Diagnostic Laboratory can identify a newer, emerging strain of canine parvovirus—the 2c strain—in addition to the existing 2a and 2b strains, making early detection of this deadly viral disease possible.
Beef and cattle prices soar in the new year
1/23/14 Agri-View
“This is a good thing for both sides,” said Glynn Tonsor, livestock marketing specialist with Kansas State Research and Extension, noting that while the prices may be construed as impeding some beef purchases at grocery store meat counters, some consumers are willing and able to buy at these prices.
Conservation trees now available from K-State
1/22/14 Winfield Courier
State forester Larry Biles, who oversees the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program at Kansas State University, has begun taking seedling orders for spring delivery. The county extension office has order blanks that list the species for sale.
*Want to avoid the nursing home? Look on the bright side of life
1/23/14 Times LIVE
Recent research out of Kansas State University showed that people who make an effort to move more throughout the day can lower their risk of chronic disease after studying a sample of 194,545 men and women ages 45 to 106.
Unicorn Theatre’s ‘Grounded’ examines the morality of war in the age of drones
1/22/14 Kansas City Star
Now, of course, drones have taken up residency in the public consciousness. Not only is the American military taking out suspected terrorists with them, some police departments and universities (including Kansas State University-Salina, which offers a degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems) have FAA permission to operate drones.
Combustible Grain Dust Prevention Workshop for Advanced Mitigation Methods
1/22/14 KTIC
Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop teaching advanced mitigation methods on Feb. 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Omaha, Neb. following the 2014 GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Exchange.
Kansas soybean yield contest winners near 100-bushel mark
1/23/14 Midwest Producer
"These contests recognize outstanding Kansas soybean farmers and provide fun incentives for them to increase soybean yields and protein and oil contents," said Gary Kilgore of Chanute, a Kansas State University professor emeritus of agronomy who coordinates the contests. "They also allow the Kansas Soybean Association, with financial support from the Kansas Soybean Commission, to share the information participants learned to help all Kansas soybean farmers grow higher yielding and more profitable soybeans."


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Trade deal with U.S. unlikely to hit EU beef, academics say
1/22/14 Global Meat News
The research, carried out by Claud Deblitz from the Thunen Institute of Farm Economics, and Kevin Dhuyvetter, of Kansas State University, looked at drivers and developers for potential beef trade between the U.S. and EU following the possible relaxing of import tariffs on U.S. and Canadian beef.
*Want to avoid the nursing home? Look on the bright side of life
1/22/14 Yahoo Philippines News
Recent research out of Kansas State University showed that people who make an effort to move more throughout the day can lower their risk of chronic disease after studying a sample of 194,545 men and women ages 45 to 106.
*KSU professor explains why food labels can be deceiving
Mark Haub
*KSU using 3-D printers to bring ideas to life
1/21/14 WIBW
Kansas State University students are using 3-D printers to make their ideas come to life. 
*Energy issues leader will speak at K-State lecture series
1/21/14 Hays Post
A Kansas State University alumnus who is a leader in America’s discussion, policy and education efforts on energy solutions will be the speaker at the 2014 Lou Douglas Lecture Series. UFM Community Learning Center sponsors the lecture series.
Social media policy in effect for university staff
1/21/14 The Sunflower
More than 80 professors from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University sent a letter to the regents to suspend the policy during the review process, which ran in an advertisement in the Manhattan Mercury, Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal. 
Track and Field coach spoke to children about making the right choices
1/17/14; WIBW, KSNT, KTKA
IIRA Awarded Brownfield Revitalization Funding to Educate and Assist Rural Communities
1/21/14 Western Illinois University News
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University has recently begun work, in association with the TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields) Program located at Kansas State University, to educate and assist communities regarding the potential for brownfield land reuse and revitalization. Funding for the project is provided through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Sharing Wheat Knowledge
1/21/14 KTIC
Fifteen wheat growers and industry personnel representing state wheat commissions from across the United States and the U.S. Wheat Associates office in Mexico traveled to Kansas State University's International Grains Program to participate in a flour milling course Jan. 7-9.
Brown v. Board hosts major art competition 
1/21/14 WIBW
This year, Kansans Karen Gerety Folk from Overland Park, Ron Michael from Lindsborg, and Katherine Walker Schlageck from Manhattan served as preliminary judges choosing the finalists in each category. Katherine Walker Schlageck is the senior curator of education at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan. 
Former K-State employee sentenced for embezzling research funds
1/17/14; KSNT, KTKA, KTMJ
Police: Approx. 200 join search for missing St. George woman
1/21/14 WIBW
Peterson works as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Physics Dept. at Kansas State University.


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

*KSU using 3-D printers to make ideas come to life
1/21/14 Miami Herald
Kansas State University students are using 3-D printers to make their ideas come to life.
*KSU Patents Substance That Converts Straw Into Cleaner-Burning Fuel
1/19/14 KMUW
Kansas State University has received a patent for a substance that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner-burning fuel.
*Increased Physical Activity Lowers Risk For Chronic Diseases
1/20/14 RTT News
Those who are physically active are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer) than their less active counterparts, according to research conducted at Kansas State University. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, surveyed data on nearly 200,000 women between the ages of 45 and 106.
Legislative season starts on busy tone
1/20/14 Hays Daily News
In an Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee meeting, Kansas State University at Salina presented some research on small remote-controlled unmanned aircraft systems designed for agricultural use. You can visit www.salina.k-state.edu for additional information on their study and research.
Kansans in Congress split on spending bill
1/18/14 San Antonio Express-News
The facility, which has been on the drawing board for several years, would be built at Kansas State University to replace a facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Its main purpose would be to test and monitor infectious animal-borne diseases and biological threats.
Letter: NBAF grows national debt
1/19/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Sen. Jerry Moran recently expressed his optimism regarding the $1 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Other members of the state’s congressional delegation have voiced their overwhelming approvals. But have any of them come up with a method of funding this project?
Fox News' Doocy special guest at Jan. 24 banquet
1/17/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Two other special honors will recognize Kansas State University on the occasion of its sesquicentennial anniversary and The University of Kansas Medical Center for its designation as a National Cancer Institute center.
Work group named to review improper use of social media
1/21/14 Junction City Post
Kansas State University
Julia Keen, associate professor, architectural engineering and construction science department, and president, K-State Faculty Senate
Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing
At school
1/20/14 Salina Journal
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Kansas State University is racking up the numbers in its interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program. December brought eight new graduates of the program, bringing the graduate count for the 2013 calendar year to a record 32. 
Upscale athlete housing is the next weapon in college sports’ arms race
1/18/14 Kansas City Star
New residence halls with amenities geared toward athletes aren’t common in college sports. For instance, North Carolina basketball players either live off campus, usually in apartments, or in a dorm across from the Smith Center “with students, most of whom aren’t basketball players,” said a school official. Kansas State and Missouri athletes who don’t live off campus generally live in dorms close to their practice areas.
Women Managing the Farm Conference set in Manhattan
1/19/14 Topeka Capital Journal
The luncheon speaker on Feb. 13 will be Gregg Hadley, Kansas State University assistant director of agriculture, natural resources and community development.
Woman gets prison time for embezzling K-State research funds
1/17/14 Kansas City Star
A former employee at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute has been sentenced to 60 days in federal prison for embezzling research funds.
'His example lives strong even today'
1/21/14 Salina Journal
Micah Wilcher, a graduate of Salina Central High School and a senior at Kansas State University, told the audience they have a choice about what happens in their lives and how to live it.


Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

*Fit Fix: How Sugar Screws with Your Brain
1/16/14 Men's Fitness Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Yahoo Health
Recent Kansas State University research shows that even a little extra physical activity can have big benefits for your health. Simply standing more often than you sit could help prevent chronic diseases and improve the quality of your life in the long run. 
NCAA Begins Debate Over Power Shift
1/17/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
The goal is to create an NCAA that is more nimble, strategic, collaborative, and transparent, said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University. But before that can happen, the association must slog through months of more work to decide what it wants to stand for and how it can begin making decisions to support those ideals.
*Alternative energy patent issued to Kansas State
1/17/14 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University has received a patent for a substance that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner-burning fuel.
*Research Finds Potential Treatment for Drug-Resistant H7N9 Influenza Virus
1/16/14 Infection Control Today
The novel avian H7N9 influenza virus has caused more than 130 human infections with 43 deaths in China. New research, conducted under the supervision of Kansas State University's Juergen Richt, is showing promise in helping to fight this deadly virus.
Kansas delegation splits on NBAF funding
1/16/14 Lawrence Journal World
The Kansas congressional delegation split evenly this week on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built at Kansas State University.
Recap: Governor's State of the State Address
1-16-14 Kansas First News
The soon-to-be National Bio and Agro Defense Facility at Kansas State University brought both parties to their feet.
K-State agronomist says snow cover protected wheat
1/17/14 Wichita Eagle
A Kansas State University agronomy professor says snow cover left over from early winter snowfall helped protect the wheat crop from frigid temperatures. Professor Jim Shroyer says the snow cover reduced the risk of damage to winter wheat in bitterly cold conditions in much of the state in recent weeks.
Noted Scientist to Speak Feb. 5 on Hydrofracking Impacts on Water Resources
1/16/14 KTIC
Nationally recognized geoscientist Susan Brantley will present the 31st annual Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship in Soil Science at 4 p.m., Feb. 5 in 1018 Throckmorton Hall on the Kansas State University campus.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

*Increased Physical Activity Linked To a Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease
1/16/14 Science World Report
A study from the Kansas State University claims that one can reduce the risk of chronic disease by engaging in physical activities.
*Statement by KSU President Kirk Schulz on NBAF Funding
1/15/14 Junction City Post
The omnibus appropriations bill written by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.
Regents unlikely to suspend social media policy, chairman says
1/15/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Laurie Pitman, of the Classified and Support Staff Council for the state’s universities, told the Board of Regents that employees at Kansas State and Fort Hays State voted to become support staff in November. Employees at Pittsburg State, Emporia State and Wichita State plan to vote in February, March and April, respectively, Pitman said.
UNL's social media guidelines are more lenient than Kansas counterpart
1/15/14 Daily Nebraskan (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
The criticized policy, in place at Kansas University and Kansas State University, allows for an employee to be fired for social media posts that university officials consider in conflict with their best interests and ability to provide services.
*K-State researchers find that standing at work can help reduce risk of chronic disease
Regents approve more Kansas State athletic facility improvements
1/15/14 Kansas City Star
A new wave of athletic facility enhancements is on the way at Kansas State. 
NYU Researcher Creates Cheap ‘Jellyfish’ Drone 
1/15/14 University Herald (New York)
Experts predict drones to become an $82 billion industry by 2025. Increasing number of American colleges are offering degree programs in drone technology including Nevada Colleges, Kansas State University, the University of North Dakota and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The programs are also in consideration at schools in Alaska, Florida, and Arizona.
The Science of Music
1/16/14 Salina Journal
The sound was getting closer to a violin, but Emma Dorst described it as "kind of like a viola-cello thingy," as she tried tuning it Wednesday morning in a hallway of the Technology Center at Kansas State University at Salina. 
Driver pleads guilty in Fiesta Bowl crash
1/15/14 Great Bend Tribune
The resolution comes a year and six days after the incident that forever changed the lives of Michael Tysver and Cody Clark, Kansas State University students.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

*Kansas projects included in federal spending bill
1/14/14 San Francisco Chronicle
The bill, which has been agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators, contains $404 million for the next round of construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University in Manhattan. It also contains $219 million for military construction at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita in advance of the stationing of new KC-46A refueling tankers.
*KSU horticulturists explains how the Polar Vortex may have affected your plants
1/13/14; KSNT, KTKA, KQTV
Tale of the taper: What reduced fed bond buying means or the economy and consumer interest rates
1/14/14 Card Hub
What does the taper mean for the stock market? In the immediate aftermath, traders seemed to view the move as good news as they pushed stock indices ever higher.  Lloyd Thomas, professor of monetary economics at Kansas State University, says the reaction is understandable since the Fed action was, in fact, good news.
*Perpetual Pet Care Program provides peace of mind for pet owners
1/10/14; KAKE
Factors affecting farmland prices over time to be topic of presentation
1/14/14 Salina Journal
O'Brien, who was raised on a grain and livestock farm in south central Nebraska, now lives in Colby, where he works for the Kansas State University Extension Service. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics. 
Senator Jerry Moran expressed his happiness over the $404 million in funding for NBAF
1/14/14; WIBW, KSNT, KTKA
Regents to consider proposed apartment building near Allen Fieldhouse, other sports-related items
1/14/14 Lawrence Journal World
K-State Athletics wants to reconfigure the north end of Bill Snyder Football Stadium to provide new training facilities and football operations. The price tag is $50 million. K-State Athletics also is proposing $12 million in video and sound system upgrades in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Bramlage Coliseum and Tointon Family Stadium.
Kansas State University professors sign letter to Board of Regents expressing concern about social media policy
1/10/14; KSNT, KMBC
Corbet files, setting up rematch of last year's tight race
1/14/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Corbet's current committee assignments are Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development; Taxation Utilities and Telecommunications; and Energy and Environment. He also was appointed to serve on Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council on Travel and Tourism, in addition to serving on the Dean's Advisory Council at Kansas State University School of Agriculture.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Moran: Federal funding of NBAF in new appropriations bill
1/13/14 Topeka Capital Journal
A federal appropriations bill filed Monday contains more than $400 million for construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to Kansas State University for research on the planet's most toxic animal-borne diseases and biological threats.
President Smart on Twitter
1/14/14 Missouri State (University) Standard
He also pointed to Kirk Schulz of Kansas State University and Santa Ono of the University of Cincinnati as examples of university presidents who use Twitter effectively.
Should you make your child bundle up in a heavy coat?
1/14/13 The Wichita Eagle
Elizabeth McCullough, a textile scientist at Kansas State University, explains that this is because down provides the most warmth – by trapping air between the goose feathers – for the least weight. And down is the most compressible insulator, giving kids less restriction. But down also loses insulating ability when wet, and it’s expensive. Synthetic materials, such as poly-fill, are cheaper insulators that still work when wet.
Snow cover helps shelter winter wheat from subzero temperatures
1/13/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Jim Shroyer, extension agronomist at Kansas State University, this past week said snow on top of wheat acts as an insulator against frigid air that could severely drop ground temperatures and damage a crop, particularly if there is at least a couple of inches of snow.
Factors affecting farmland prices over time to be topic of presentation
1/14/14 Salina Journal
O'Brien, who was raised on a grain and livestock farm in south central Nebraska, now lives in Colby, where he works for the Kansas State University Extension Service. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics. 
It's your business
1/13/14 Topeka Capital-Journal
Jake Worcester, of Fort Collins, Colo., has been named assistant secretary of agriculture for the state of Kansas. Worcester, a native of Hill City, has a degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. He most recently served as vice president for Peak Solutions USA, a leadership and management consulting firm specializing in agriculture and manufacturing.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

*Pet trusts gaining in popularity
1/13/14 Kansas First News
"The Perpetual Pet Care Program is simply peace of mind for clients who have concern about what will happen with their pet or pets if something should happen to them and they don't have family members who are able to take care of those pets," said Roger Fingland, executive associate dean for Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the college's Veterinary Health Center.
*Scholarships established at KWU, KSU
1/11/14 Salina Journal
Substantial scholarship funds for students at Kansas Wesleyan University and Kansas State University have been established by a former student. 
Drones hold great promise for agriculture
1/14/14 Farm Bureau News
Small unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, hold great promise for agriculture, Kansas State University agronomist Kevin Price told farmers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention.
*Indian origin researcher Chengappa named Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of 2013
1/14/14 Newstrack India
He is a university distinguished professor and head of the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.
*Thyroid project sheds light on molecular processes related to cystic fibrosis
1/11/14 Yotta Fire
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.
At school
1/13/14 Salina Journal
KSU COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: Outstanding work as undergraduates or their potential as future teachers has earned seven new graduates awards from Kansas State University's College of Education.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

*Find a (workout) friend
1/9/14 Gurdon (Ark.) Times
Working out with a friend can deliver great body benefits. In fact, a 2012 study conducted by Kansas State University found that if you exercise with someone you perceive as more athletic than you, you’re more likely to go at a more intense pace and work out longer—which equals a bigger calorie burn.
*3-D Printers Advance Architecture, Design and Engineering at KSU
1/10/14 Azom
Researchers and students at Kansas State University are thinking in three dimensions.
*K-State engineering, education online graduate programs move up in rankings
1/9/14 Hays Post
U.S. News & World Report recognized Kansas State University as a great place to earn an online graduate degree in education and engineering, moving both programs up in its rankings released this week.
Kansas State University ranked 10th happiest college in country
1/9/14; KSHB, KCTV
Professors ask regents to suspend social media policy
1/9/14 Lawrence Journal World
More than 80 distinguished professors from Kansas University and Kansas State University have signed a letter asking the Kansas Board of Regents to suspend a recently passed social media policy while the regents review it.
Perfume, earring rules dropped from Capitol intern guide
1/9/14 Topeka Capital Journal
The sparkling Capitol, borne of a 13-year, $320 million renovation, awaited interns from The University of Kansas, Washburn University and Kansas State University. They will begin duties Monday at the start of the 2014 session.
Some fingers point to senator over stalemates
1/10/14 Salina Journal
Greg Stephens, a teacher at Kansas State University at Salina, advocated leaving the food stamp program in the federal farm bill (see story on Page A1). 
Washburn hires new director of equal opportunity
1/9/14 Washburn Review
She comes to Washburn from Kansas State University, where she served for two years as assistant director of affirmative action before moving to the associate director position in 2003. In these positions, she was involved in intake and resolution actions regarding employment discrimination and harassment complaints and monitored recruitment and hiring procedures to ensure all selection procedures complied with university policy, equal employment opportunity laws and office of federal contract compliance program regulations.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

*K-State engineers crafting prototypes with 3-D printers
1/8/14 Wichita Eagle
Engineers and designers at Kansas State University are increasingly using 3-D printers to make prototypes for everything from formula car parts, tools, machine parts and even eyeglasses and custom-made clothes, according to a news release.
The College of Architecture, Planning & Design has two 3-D printers, one that uses strings of plastic and another that uses liquid resin and lasers.
*How to dress your kid for a polar vortex
1/7/13 Denver Post
“By far, down is nature's best insulator,” says Todd Christiansen, kids merchandise manager for Lands' End in Dodgeville, Wis. Elizabeth McCullough, a textile scientist at Kansas State University, explains that this is because down provides the most warmth — by trapping air between the goose feathers — for the least weight. And down is the most compressible insulator, giving kids less restriction. But down also loses insulating ability when wet, and it's expensive. Synthetic materials, such as poly-fill, are cheaper insulators that still work when wet.

"7 Movies That Changed Your Political Views, According to Science”
1/6/13 Mother JonesThe film also affected the Republican and Democratic attitudes towards the press, according to a 1979 study by professors William R. Elliott, of the University of Oregon, and William J. Schenck-Hamlin, of Kansas State University. As you would probably guess, the study found that the movie caused liberal viewers to have a more positive view of the press and caused conservative ones to hold a more negative one.

*K-State engineering, education online graduate programs move up in rankings
1/9/13 Hays Post
U.S. News & World Report recognized Kansas State University as a great place to earn an online graduate degree in education and engineering, moving both programs up in its rankings released this week.
Ag minute: K-State researcher provides update on major E. coli study in beef
1/8/13 McPherson Sentinel
Less than two years into a sweeping five-year study focused on prevention of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef, researchers at Kansas State University and elsewhere are making progress on several fronts, according to Randy Phebus, K-State professor of animal sciences and industry.
Part 2: Beta-agonists, the environment and cattle feed intake
1/8/14 Drover's Cattle Network
Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist for Kansas State University, is one of those researchers seeking to find solutions to improve efficiency in cattle production. Reinhardt has looked specifically at how beta-agonists, a cattle feed supplement approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and considered safe from a food safety perspective, improve the cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean muscle.
*Bringing anthropological insights to bear on cybersecurity
1/9/13 Homeland Security News Wire
Cybersecurity experts at Kansas State University, in a 3-year, $700,000 project, take an anthropological approach to cybersecurity: they are examining the unspoken knowledge shared by cybersecurity analysts as a way to develop new automated tools that help analysts strengthen their cyberdefenses.
Kansas Geological Foundation awards scholarships 
1/8/14 Wichita Eagle
Logan Kelley of Kansas State University was awarded the Knighton Family Scholarship of $1,000. These students were awarded $1,000 by the foundation: Megan Wall, K-State; Anna Downey, K-State.


Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 
Seven cool majors you didn't know existed
1/7/14 Huffington Post
Bakery Science & Management, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). If you’ve ever wanted to open your own bakery or cute little cupcake shop, you might want to consider Kansas State’s Bakery Science & Management program. According to the KSU department website, this major trains students for administrative, research, production and executive positions in the baking industry. You can also choose whether to focus on production management, which is more business-oriented, or cereal chemistry, which involves quality control and research and development. Program courses include Flour and Dough Testing, Basic Nutrition and Principles of Milling.
K-State vet: Clock ticking on use of some antimicrobials in livestock
1/7/14 Midwest Producer
News that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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, said Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley.
Part 1: Beta-agonists, the environment and cattle fatigue
1/7/14 Drover's Cattle Network
As consumers shop at their local grocery stores and markets, they might notice that beef products are double or triple the price of other protein sources, and rightfully so, might hold beef to an even higher standard of excellence, said Dan Thomson, Kansas State University veterinarian, professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute
Hundreds of approved unmanned aircraft uses continue
1/7/14 Ag Professional
According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the estimated approximate 300 public universities and law enforcement agencies that have Certificates of Authorization (COA) to use UAS are continuing their functions. Therefore, university programs such as those at Kansas State University and Louisiana State University and dozens of other university programs looking at agricultural uses for UAS are continuing.
*School lunches helping children from getting too-salty diets
1/7/14 Kansas First News
About 8 percent of the salt children eat comes from school meals. Kansas State University dietitians say new school meal guidelines are aimed at reducing the amount of salt children eat.
North Dakota-based National Sunflower Association holding annual 2-day Research Forum in Fargo
1/8/14 The Jackson County (Ind.) Tribune
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State, Kansas State, Colorado State and Iowa State will present their findings on sunflower studies they've conducted.
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

New school meal guidelines aim at reducing salt intake in children
1/6/14 Medical News
"The schools provide more nutritious meals than fast food restaurants just in the fact that they're really focusing on the sodium level, trying to cut back on the sodium level and that there's more of a focus on offering fruits and vegetables," said Amber Howells, instructor in dietetics at Kansas State University.
*KSU veterinarian gives tips on keeping your pets safe from the harsh cold of winter
Susan Nelson
Kansas universities unite in budget fight
1/6/14 Kansas First News
Officials at Washburn University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas say they won't be shy about arguing for stronger state investment in higher education. They want to see the restoration of $23 million in the current fiscal year and $25 million that was scheduled to be withdrawn in the upcoming fiscal year.
The cold intrudes
1/6/14 Hutchinson News
The lowest temperature in the state on Monday morning appears to have been minus 16 just west of Tribune and just west of Colby, according to State Climatologist Mary Knapp at Kansas State University.
Barton Business School move part of Bardo WSU Innovation Campus plans
1/6/13 Wichita Business Journal
The issue of a modernized business school is made more pressing by the fact the Kansas State University and the University of Kansas already are moving forward with plans to add new business schools to their campuses.
*Kansas State University hosted conference on unmanned aerial systems
Opinion: KSU prof weighs in on social media policy
1/7/14 Lawrence Journal-World
Philip Nel is a University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University.
Former Manhattan mayor forms committee to explore race in Kan. 1st Congressional District
1/6/14 The Republic
Sherow served six years on Manhattan City Commission, deciding not to see re-election last year. He is a history professor at Kansas State University.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Universities unite in budget fight for higher calling
1/4/14 Topeka Capital Journal
"It's important for Kansas to support higher education so that we can have a better-educated populous and work force," said Schulz, president at K-State in Manhattan. "This gets lost in the shuffle sometimes when we talk about tax policies and tax rates. If we cannot produce the work force that industry needs, they will go elsewhere."
A bone to pick: Prehistoric skeleton found in Kansas stirs up a scientific storm
1/4/14 Kansas City Star
But an old fellow with the Dickensian name of Benjamin Mudge deserves our attention first. A New England abolitionist, he became the first to hold the office of Kansas state geologist and then taught at the Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan.
*Protecting pets for the winter
1-3-14 Kansas First News
Kansas State University Veterinarian, Susan Nelson says it doesn't matter if your pet lives indoors or outdoors, you need to take extra precautions to keep them safe this winter.
The Graying of 'The New York Review of Books'
1/6/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
Yet magazines are not subject to equal-opportunity laws; they bear the imprint of their editors and founders—and should. If a New York City editor such as Silvers doesn't want contributors from Kansas State University—even if it's located in Manhattan—so be it. It is their prerogative to pick and choose.
*New tests can diagnose emerging strains of canine parovirus
1/5/14 The Almagest
A new test developed at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University is leading to earlier detection of a severe — and potentially fatal — virus that affects dogs, especially puppies.
*Cybersecurity algorithms, techniques being developed through anthropology methods
1/5/13 The Almagest
Experts in anthropology and cybersecurity at Kansas State University are examining the unspoken knowledge shared by cybersecurity analysts as a way to develop new automated tools that help analysts strengthen their cyberdefenses.
Kansas State University student wins lottery prize
1/3/14 Fox 4 Kansas City
Kansas State University Student Jeffrey Wolken is learning many useful things in college, including the importance of patience. Wolken, 26, scratched off a $50,000 prize on a $5 Super Red Hot Crossword instant ticket last July, and just claimed it at Lottery headquarters this week.
*Northeast Kansas happenings
1/4/14 Topeka Capital Journal
FACULTY ART — “Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition” will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Beach Museum of Art, 701 Beach Lane at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Also, “Joan Backes: Where the Heart Belongs,” which explores the notions of “house” and “home,” also can be seen at the museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday,-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. Information: (785) 532-7718.
Editorial: Water denial
1/4/14 Hays Daily News
A study released last year by Kansas State University researchers revealed current crop irrigation will result in 70 percent of the Ogallala vanishing.
New NCAA Standards Encourage Academic Shortcuts
1/6/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
Some of the most-prominent two-year institutions have the most at stake. Iowa Western Community College, which won the national championship in football among junior colleges in 2012, sent 18 players from that team to elite NCAA programs, including Jake Waters, who started at quarterback for Kansas State University this past season.
Salina nurse gets standing O at KSU game for life-saving effort
1/4/14 Salina Journal
Loreen Buccigrossi was in the crowd cheering as the Kansas State University Wildcats beat nationally ranked Oklahoma State at Saturday's game, but at halftime, the Salina nurse heard the crowd cheer for her. 
Power to the purple: Pantone declares 2014 a Radiant Orchid year
1/3/14 Kansas City Star
“The trend now is to mix bright colors with some earthier finishes and colors, instead of pairing them with the slick chromes and blacks of the ’80s and ’90s,” said Schmitz, who had a purple bedroom at age 24 to pay homage to her beloved Kansas State University.
Buhler High band takes bowl trophy
1/3/14 Hutchinson News
The band usually takes a large trip every two years, and this year they opted for the warmer climate of San Diego and the Holiday Bowl, where Stambaugh himself once performed with the Kansas State University marching band in 1996 when he was in college.



Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Study says Texas A&M is the happiest college campus in the nation
1/2/14 Houston Chronicle
The list of 20 happiest schools also includes the University of Texas at Austin in the ninth slot, right between the University of Georgia and Kansas State University. Brown University in Rhode Island is number 20.
FAA selects six unmanned aircraft test sites
1/2/14 Ag Professional
In the news release information that follows, the FAA does not mention use of UAS for agriculture, although such systems are expected to be widely used in agriculture when wide-spread use is granted by the FAA. There are several UAS research programs separate from these that have been ongoing in the U.S., such as one at Kansas State University, which was reported about in AgProfessional magazine during 2013.
State officials urge testing for radon
1/2/14 Wichita Eagle
Annually, 21,000 people die from lung cancer brought on by radon exposure, said Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University.
Salinan designs renovation of Dealey Plaza, site of JFK assassination
2/3/14 Salina Journal
He was honored to work on a historically significant project so soon after graduation, Freeland said. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture. 
Junction City BBBS strikes gold with holiday bowling party
1/2/14 1st Infantry Division Post
One Big, Amanda Shields, a Kansas State University student, said she began volunteering with the organization in conjunction with her studies to be a social worker and finds it very satisfying.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Editorial: Leadership key to universities' success
1/1/14 Topeka Capital Journal
At Kansas State University, where president Kirk Schulz has been at the helm since 2009, the school’s fundraising, research and research funding have risen to new heights. KSU has landed 880 research grants in the past year and has been named the lead institution for a research center dedicated to wheat genetics. KSU also has been the top choice of the state’s high school seniors for the past four years.
*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."
Schulz: K-State planting seeds of research, student growth
12/29/13 Topeka Capital Journal
Kirk Schulz relishes digging into the nitty-gritty of activities expanding the research footprint at Kansas State University.
*Kansas Regents backpedal on new social media policy
12/31/13 Topeka Capital Journal
Last week, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz called for university presidents to collaborate on revising the policy.
Novel tech to control STEC E.coli on beef
1/3/14 Food Quality News
Randy Phebus, K-State professor of animal sciences and industry, gave an update on the project.
*College of Veterinary Medicine researcher doubles down on deadly, infectious cat diseases
The Almagest
Yunjeong Kim, a research assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has developed a research approach that tackles two deadly infectious feline diseases at the same time. Her work is being supported by a $156,342 award from the Morris Animal Foundation.
*Education commissioner: International test results 'sobering'
12/28/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
Lotta Larson, an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at Kansas State University’s College of Education, agreed with that assessment.
State officials urge testing for radon 
1/2/14 The Wichita Eagle
Annually, 21,000 people die from lung cancer brought on by radon exposure, said Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University.
At school
12/30/13 Salina Journal
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. 
Dodd letter
1/2/13 Dodd letter
As university distinguished professors at Kansas State University, we write to call for the immediate repeal of the new social media policy, and to ask that you instead work together with elected faculty representatives and administration to craft a social media policy that best serves the interests of Kansas universities, their faculty, staff, and students. By revoking the faculty and staff's right to freedom of speech, the new social media policy is an affront to academic freedom and academic excellence. 
Kansas State Cars continues to provide consumers with relevant university information
12/31/13 Digital Journal
The Kansas State Cars program, a branch of the Briggs Auto Group in Kansas, is continuing their quest to provide Kansas State University students, faculty and alumni with relevant university information. The program recently shifted the focus of their informative blog to include more information about upcoming university events, and how purchases through the Kansas State Cars program directly benefit the university.
Kansan of the year: Photojournalist takes us inside White House walls
12/28/13 Topeka Capital-Journal
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Boston University and then traveled west to Kansas to earn a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication at Kansas State University, according to his White House blog. He later worked for The Chanute Tribune and The Hutchinson News.