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K-Staters in the news - July 2014

 The top stories mentioning Kansas State University are posted below. Download an Excel file with all of this month's news stories.

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

*7 Ways Your Smartphone Can Actually Make You Happier
7/31/14 Huffington Post
"We found that employees can recover from some of their stress to refresh their minds and take a break," said Sooyeol Kim, a doctoral student at Kansas State University.
BioNano Genomics Announces the Purchase of the Irys System by BGI
7/31/14 Los Angeles Business Journal
BGI is the latest to adopt the Irys System. Others include the Garvan Institute, who are using their Irys for human and cancer genomics, UC San Francisco, for genomic investigations of a range of species from viruses to humans, and Kansas State University, for the i5k Insect and other Arthropod Genome Sequencing Initiative.
Pets Q&A
8/1/14 The Buffalo News
No one has to live with fleas, according to veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University-Manhattan.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pennsylvania Helps State and National Researchers Combat Chronic Wasting Disease
7-30-14 Yahoo News
The department set out to provide as much information as possible to aid researchers to develop better diagnostic methods. It granted permission for researchers from Kansas State University, in cooperation with state and national deer farming associations, to take samples from the live deer. The samples are being used to study potential live-animal diagnostic tests to detect the disease.

8 quick muscle wins 
7-30-14 Men's Health  
Your buddy could be the key to bulking up. According to research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, training with a partner boosts your lifting power by 15%. Be selective – a Kansas State University found that the optimal exercise partner to increase your gains is a finer athlete than you by a 40% margin. Don't let your ego get in the way of progress.

Quincy parents reap fruits of school's veggie garden 
7-30-14 Topeka Capital Journal  
Orozco said the school applied for a $5,000 startup grant for community gardens being offered by Kansas State University. To his surprise, he said, Quincy Elementary School was awarded the grant.

Business Ethics Professor Challenges Current Corporate Culture
7-29-14 Ethikos
Society often benefits when tattling overcomes turning a blind eye, according to a Kansas State University business ethics professor.​
Diane Swanson, Edgerley family chair of distinction in business administration and professor of management, said although whistleblowers may be shunned and discredited, they can help corporations remain ethical and uncover dangers to consumers


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Conservation views depend on where people live; Debate rages over state's declining water tables and reservoir storage
7/28/14 4-Traders
After 50 years in Kansas, coming here initially to work with the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University, he has visited every county. Strickler said he wants the state water vision to also address "wildlife and ecological value" and push for more riparian areas to reduce sedimentation in reservoirs.

*Researcher using next-generation sequencing to rapidly identify pathogens
7/28/14 Medical Xpress
He calls himself the bug hunter, but the target of his work consists of viruses that can only be found and identified with special methods and instruments. Benjamin Hause, an assistant research professor at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University, recently published an article about one of his discoveries, porcine enterovirus G, which is an important find in the United States. 

NGFA National Grain and Feed Association: Registration open for September courses through GEAPS/Kansas State
7/28/14 4-Traders
Registration is now open for the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University distance education courses designed specifically for professionals in grain operations and related fields.

Ask the Professors: How is SEO Being Taught in Colleges and Universities?
7-9-14 HigherVisibility.com 
Esther Swilley, Associate Professor, L.L. McAninch Chair of Business Administration, Department of Marketing, Kansas State University. I teach SEO to students as a part of the overall understanding of marketing and the Internet.  I try to stress to them that this is a vital tool to marketers, but it is not the only tool, and should be seen in that context.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Investing In Your Life: 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Relationship
7/24/14 Forbes
Life events can throw a curve ball at a relationship. And while couples should recognize that such events can be dangerous to relationships, they are also opportunities, according to Brad Klontz, psychologist and associate professor at Kansas State University’s Institute of Personal Financial Planning. “At all these life stages—retirement, the birth of a baby, an empty nest, job loss—the relationship will often go in one direction or the other and become either stronger or weaker,” he said. 

Farmers Take Drastic Measures To Contain Explosion Of 'Superweeds'
7/24/14 Business Insider
Palmer amaranth is also "exploding" across Kansas this year, according to Dallas Peterson, a weed specialist with Kansas State University. “We have had numerous calls about poor control of Palmer amaranth with glyphosate this year,” he said. 

*NASA: The West is sucking the ground dry at alarming rate, and other bad news
7/24/14 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
If Kansans continue down the current path, the state’s water resources could be nearly spent in 50 years, (Gov. Sam) Brownback has said, quoting a Kansas State University study. Roughly 70 percent of Kansas’ Ogallala would be depleted by 2064. About 40 percent of the irrigated area today wouldn’t even be able to support a 400-gallon-a-minute well to pump water to a corn crop.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

*U.S. Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of 'superweeds'
7/23/14 Yahoo! News, MSN Money, Reuters, Chicago Tribune
Palmer amaranth is also "exploding" across Kansas this year, according to Dallas Peterson, a weed specialist with Kansas State University. “We have had numerous calls about poor control of Palmer amaranth with glyphosate this year,” he said.

Digital portal links KC researchers, industry partners
7/23/14 Kansas City Business Journal
Involved in this project are the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Health System, Truman Medical Centers,Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics,MRIGlobal and KCALSI. 

*Net security, social media misuse pose hurdles for managers
7/23/14 Business Daily
A study by scholars at Kansas State University and another by KPMG shows employees spend a lot of time on cyberloafing – wasting time on inappropriate website browsing – causing organisations to waste production hours. The study by Kansas University found that some employees spend up to 80 per cent of office time online.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pop news delivered simply, beautifully; The Junk Machine launches
7/22/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
The Junk Machine (http://www.thejunkmachine.com/) is a powerful news aggregation and engagement platform for today's generation of Web users.  It was the creation of Ben Karst, who has had a ten-year career in software development on the West Coast. Karst is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in San Diego. 

Kansas State plans $150M facility for food, water research
7/23/14 Wichita Business Journal
Kansas State University is seeking support from the Kansas Board of Regents for a proposed $150 million facility for research related to food, water and energy. 

4 mandamientos infaltables para adelgazar
7/22/14 Peru.com
(translated from Spanish)
1 Exercise first thing. when the morning exercises burns fat much faster, and if fasting is much better, according to research by Kansas State University is.


Friday, July 18, 2014

*Scientists unlock genetic blueprint of wheat
7/17/14 Yahoo! News, Global Post
Eduard Akhunov, associate professor of plant pathology at Kansas State University, described the work as "a very significant advancement for wheat genetics and breeding community." 

*When is a molecule a molecule? Scientists watch fast electron jumps in exploding molecules
7/17/14 Science Daily
The technique used can show the dynamics of charge transfer in a wide range of molecular systems, as the scientists around Dr. Benjamin Erk and Dr. Daniel Rolles of DESY and Professor Artem Rudenko of Kansas State University report in the scientific journal Science. Such mechanisms play a role in numerous chemical processes, including photosynthesis.

*Scientists work to make fruits and vegetables healthier
7/17/14 WZZM13
Scientists are trying to make fruits and vegetables even better for your body. Researchers at Kansas State University are boosting the amount of phytochemicals in lettuce and tomatoes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scientists seeking new ways to protect against bacterial infections
7-16-14 Medical News Today
Kansas State University biochemists have found the helping hand: groups of tiny protein loops on the surface of cells. These loops are similar to the fingers of a hand, and by observing seven individual loops on the surface of E. coli bacterial cells, the researchers found that the loops can open or close to grab iron in the environment.

Conservationists: Brownback’s plan for prairie chickens is for the birds 
7-16-14 Kansas City Star  
Reid Plumb, a Kansas State University graduate research biologist, has studied the birds in Gove County the past two springs. He said there’s no doubt rain helps the situation.

Money Matters: Five ways to protect your online assets
7-16-14 Kansas City Star  
He is also a Master’s of Financial Planning Student at Kansas State University and serves on the Board of the Greater Kansas City Financial Planning Association chapter as a Director-at-Large.


Wednesday, July 16

Around our Jackson and Cass county towns
7/16/14 Kansas City Star
In addition the museum will create four semester-long paid internships focusing on collections and education. The interns will be recruited from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, the news release said. 

*Study: Cellphone breaks make your employees more productive
7/15/14 My Fox D.C.
Research from Kansas State University found that employees who periodically took short cell phone breaks to text others or play games tended to be happier at the end of the day compared with those who didn't.KSU doctoral student Sooyeol Kim studied 72 full time employees working in various industries. In order to conduct the study, his research team developed an app that monitored participants' cellphone use throughout the day. The app could distinguish what types of activities employees used their phones for.  

*Eagle editorial: Preserve the state's water supply
7/15/14 Wichita Eagle
Some areas of southwest Kansas have had a 70-foot decline in water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer during the past 15 years. A study by Kansas State University researchers estimated that if current irrigation trends continue, about 70 percent of the groundwater stored in the Ogallala will be depleted in 50 years. Also, the state’s reservoirs could be 40 percent filled with sediment within 50 years.

Friday, July 11

5 questions with Roger Mericle [The Wichita Eagle : ]
7-10-14 Bloomberg Business Week 
Mericle, who grew up west of Wellington in the town of Mayfield, is a Kansas State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. He also attended the Colorado Graduate School of Banking.

*Drought, poor wheat harvest in Kansas has effects on national economy, says climatologist
7-10-14 Science Daily 
The Kansas wheat harvest may be one of the worst on record — and the loss doesn't just hurt Kansas, according to a Kansas State University expert.

Profile: Seniors' intimacy expert
7/10/14 McKnight's
“I started as elementary art teacher, and never in a million years would have seen myself as a sex researcher for old people,” the Kansas State University professor and director of the Center for Aging says.

*Consumers admit to being hooked on their smartphones
7-9-14 ConsumerAffairs 
A researcher at Kansas State University suggests businesses give in to the inevitable and encourage employees to take short breaks during the day to check Facebook or play a game. Sooyeol Kim, doctoral student in psychological sciences, found that allowing employees to take smartphone microbreaks may be a benefit — rather than a disruption — for businesses.

Note: Asterisks indicate clips that resulted from recent news releases or pitches from Communications and Marketing.  

See more K-State faculty, staff and students in the news in the clip archives


Thursday, July 10

*5 Money Talks To Have Before You Get Married
7-9-14 Business Insider 
“Arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce,” says Sonya Britt, assistant professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University and program director of personal financial planning.

*Kansas State researcher: Smartphone breaks can improve worker morale
7-9-14 Business Insider 
Occasional smartphone breaks during the work day have a positive effect on workers' perceived happiness and well-being, according to a study by Kansas State University doctoral student Sooyeol Kim.

 *Meet, Catch, and Keep
7-9-14 Psychology Today 
Cycling is a problem well after college. Recent research out of Kansas State University (Vennum, Lindstrom, Monk, & Adams, 2014) offers insight into the effects of relationship cycling beyond the college years, a novel contribution since college students are the focus of most on-again/off-again relationship studies (e.g., Dailey et al., 2009). Relationship researchers often turn to college samples because of their accessibility and because the instability that characterizes on-again/off-again relationships is not too uncommon in that population.


Note: Asterisks indicate clips that resulted from recent news releases or pitches from Communications and Marketing. 

Wednesday, July 9

*Could a few minutes of "Candy Crush" make workers more productive?
7/8/14 CBS News
The study by a Kansas State University researcher shows that these short breaks may actually help workers be more productive and happier.

10 Cheap Ways To Reduce Employee Stress
7/8/14 Business Insider
A study at Kansas State University says non-flowering plants are proven to reduce blood pressure levels. Introduce a few low maintenance plants to your environment; not only are they pretty but they will help to keep your team healthy.

*Smartphone Junkies Report Higher Job Satisfaction
7/9/14 MSN
This good news for gaming addicts comes from Sooyeol Kim, a doctoral student at Kansas State University who's investigating how new technology can alleviate occupational fatigue. Kim believes there's something to be said for "microbreaks," the kind of work lulls that used to be filled with water-cooler chats and strolls around the office but now increasingly take the form of cell-phone tunnel vision. While logging a solid hour playing Threes would not be great for productivity, making quick check-ins with your favorite apps could refresh the brain enough to fill out another TPS report, believes Kim.

Note: Asterisks indicate clips that resulted from recent news releases or pitches from Communications and Marketing.  

See more K-State faculty, staff and students in the news in the clip archives.

Tuesday, July 8

*How smartphone can make you happy, productive
7/8/14 The Times of India
Researcher Sooyeol Kim from the Kansas State University, found that allowing employees to take smartphone micro-breaks may be a benefit - rather than a disruption - for businesses.

5 summer habits you should stop; 3 others that aren't so bad
7/8/14 Today
"No matter how careful you are when you wash meat, you end up sloshing its juices on the counter and sink, which leads to cross-contamination," says Douglas Powell, Ph.D., a former professor of food safety at Kansas State University.

Lamoreaux Joins ING's Houston Natural Resources Team
7/7/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
Lamoreaux holds a BS in Journalism from Kansas State University, a MS in Geology from Wichita State University in Kansas, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston in Texas.


Thursday, July 3

Dairymaster's Wearable Cow Technology MooMonitor Confirmed as Best Automated Heat Detection System Worldwide
7-2-14 Reuters 
Dairymaster, the hi-tech dairy farming equipment manufacturer, is the world leader in estrus detection in cows. A piece of research undertaken at Kansas State University and published this week in the Journal of Dairy Science specifically stated that scanning by ultrasonography confirmed that 88.6% of cows identified by activity (by the MooMonitor) were in estrus. This compared favourably with other systems tested which were 70% to 80% accurate.

* K-State semester honors released
7-2-14 Austin Statesman 
More than 3,400 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance during the spring 2014 semester.

New principals appointed at several Virginia Beach schools
7-2-14 Virginia Beach WVEC 13 
Jacqueline Y. Sargent is the new principal of Strawbridge Elementary School. Sargent began her career in education in 1984 and has taught in the United States and abroad. She joined VBCPS in 2002 as a teacher at Rosemont Elementary school. She later worked as a teacher specialist before being promoted to assistant principal at Alanton Elementary school. Sargent holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in mathematics from Florida State University, a master's degree in educational administration from Kansas State University and an educational specialist degree in mathematics leadership from Regent University.

Note: Asterisks indicate clips that resulted from recent news releases or pitches from Communications and Marketing.  

See more K-State faculty, staff and students in the news in the clip archives.

Wednesday, July 2

*Caught In The Act: Are You Cheating Financially On Your Partner?
7/1/14 Forbes
This isn’t the first time a study has found a link between financial disagreements and marital unrest. In 2012, researchers out of Kansas State University found that arguing about money is a top predictor of divorce. Their study Examining the Relationship Between Financial Issues and Divorceunderscores not only how important it is for couples to be honest about their spending, but also how important it is for them to maintain an open dialogue with one another. 

CHS Foundation Awards $75,000 in Scholarships
7/1/14 Reuters U.S. News, Bloomberg Businessweek
Jeffrey T. Koester, Northeastern Junior College
Tara Cook, Kansas State University

The 20 Best College Campuses In The US
7/1/14 TWC Central
#18 Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas State is the number one employer in its hometown of Manhattan, Kansas, which may explain its number two spot on the Town-Gown Relations are Great list.
The city also hosts an area known as "Aggieville," which is filled with college bars and stores.
Source: The Princeton Review. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

Tuesday, July 1

*Hutton Construction a general contractor for $11.5M development near K-State in Manhattan
6/30/14 Wichita Business Journal
Wichita’s Hutton Construction Corp. is part of a design-build team that will construct an $11.5 million mixed-use development near Kansas State University.

2014 Debt Freedom Report: Living Debt Free
7/1/14 WalletHub
“When compared to other countries like The Netherlands and Belgium, the U.S. has a culture of spending rather than saving. Many families go into severe debt to buy the things they want but do not necessarily need. Or, they buy things they need but cannot afford. Like buying a house that is too big or extravagant when a smaller, simpler house would meet their needs.
Student loan debt is on the upswing with the rising cost of education. However, students often do not understand the ramifications from acquiring a high amount of debt. Some students do not recognize that they are majoring in a subject that has little potential to have jobs available upon graduation or have jobs that pay enough in order to repay the loans they incurred.” - Kristy L. Archuleta, Kansas State University

Workshop to focus on sustainability and communication
7/1/14 Topeka Capital Journal
“Communication and Sustainability: How to Communicate Effectively to Advance Sustainability Initiatives” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 in Rathbone and Fiedler halls at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Service with US mounted unit leads to veterinary career
7/1/14 Horsetalk
CSU and Kansas State University each graduated four new military veterinarians in May. That is the highest number to enter the US Army Veterinary Corps from any university in the country this spring.