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K-Staters in the news — November 2014

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

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

*Psychology professor says social validation, meeting expectations among reasons we overeat on Thanksgiving
11/25/14 Medical Xpress
Not really, according to a Kansas State University psychological sciences professor, who says overeating during the holidays has become expected.

Helping Hands launches on-site veterinary clinic
11/24/14 WIBW
The clinic is supported by donations to Helping Hands. The next step is launching a shelter medicine program with Kansas State University's Veterinary School. Starting next June, a KSU faculty member will bring students to the shelter two days a week to conduct surgeries and exams and study a shelter environment.

Zoetis enhances veterinary education in China
11/25/14 The Poultry Site
The agreement was signed at the International Symposium on Veterinary Education held in Qingdao International Convention Center, jointly organized by CVMA, Kansas State University, and International Veterinary Collaboration for China (IVCC) and Zoetis. Maintaining the focus on the future of China's veterinary education, the organisations committed to furthering China's veterinary care by creating 50 DVMs in the coming 10 years.


Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

The Navajo Nation Sheep Problem
11/23/14 New York Times
This week’s problem was suggested by Dave Auckly, a professor of mathematics at Kansas State University. Dr. Auckly found the basic idea for the puzzle in the fraction section of Gordon Hamilton’s Math Pickle website while collecting problems and activities for the Navajo Nation Math Circle Project.

Local author traces history of Marymount College
11/23/14 Salina Journal
Ackerman, a 1978 graduate of Marymount College and professor of language arts at Kansas State University Salina, said she wanted to write a history of her alma mater to remind those who attended the college, which closed in 1989, just how special it was to the region.

Mentor programs help teens through rough times
11/23/14 Topeka Capital Journal
Created in 2006 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Bill Snyder, head football coach for Kansas State University, the Kansas Mentors program serves as a resource for “ensuring young Kansans receive high quality mentoring services” and “connects existing programs with one another,” according to information posted online by Cheri Faunce, the program’s coordinator.

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

The Toxic Chemical Potentially Lurking in Your Food
11/20/14 Men's Health
Plus, other experts are skeptical about the reduction in cadmium levels found in the U.K. study. Ganga Hettiarachchi, Ph.D., an associate professor of soil and environmental chemistry at Kansas State University, points out that only two of the comparisons analyzed showed significantly higher levels of cadmium in conventional crops. Fifteen, on the other hand, showed no significant difference.
Hospitals learn from K-State training partnership
11-18-14 Grass and Grain
In respect to current global health concerns and disease outbreaks, a partnership between the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) and local hospitals and county health departments led to training events.
Swine disease discovered on Waianae pig farm
11/21/14 Hawaii News Now
Last week, the farm called HDOA's Animal Disease Control Branch to report many cases of diarrhea among their swine. Symptoms of PEDv in swine include acute watery diarrhea and dehydration. State veterinarians took samples from the farm and sent them to the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Confirmation of PEDv was received this morning.

Thursday, Nov.
20, 2014

More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S.
11/19/14 National Geographic News
"What happens is that people come back from the Caribbean to Florida with virus in their blood," explains Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, in Manhattan. "Local mosquitoes feed on them, and then develop an infection." Then those mosquitoes bite someone else.

US. Can Wheat Defend Itself Against Viruses?
11/19/14 blackseedgrain
John Fellers, molecular biologist for the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Harold Trick, plant geneticist for Kansas State University, have led an effort to develop a patent-pending genetic engineering technology that builds resistance to certain viruses in the wheat plant itself. And although genetically engineered wheat is not an option in the market today, their research is building this resistance in non-genetically engineered wheat lines as well.

College News: Kansas State University

11/19/14 The Washington Evening Journal
Nearly 570 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer. Cole Thomas of Washington received a Bachelor of Science degree.


Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Kinesiology Researcher Finds Dads —Not Just Moms — Battle Balancing Work, Family, Exercise
11/19/14 Newswise
Some fathers are exercising their emotions as much as mothers when balancing fitness and family, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology researcher.

Dr. Eugene Hughes receives distinguished alumni award
11/19/14 starherald.com
Dr. Hughes went on to earn his B.S. in mathematics, graduating magna cum laude, from Chadron State Teacher’s College, his M.S. in 1958 from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1968.

Helping Wheat Defend Itself Against Damaging Viruses
11/19/14 Minnesota Ag Connection
John Fellers, molecular biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, and Harold Trick, plant geneticist for Kansas State University, have led an effort to develop a patent-pending genetic engineering technology that builds resistance to certain viruses in the wheat plant itself.


Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Top Masters in Education Releases 2015 Ranking of Best Value Online Masters in Education Degree Programs
11/17/14 Yahoo! Finance
24. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

KU, K-State to help national climate change study
11/17/14 San Francisco Gate via Associated Press
The University of Kansas and Kansas State University will allow some field sites to be used for a national study on climate change.

Oak-leaf mite inflicts itchy welts on Wichitans
11/18/14 Wichita Eagle
In the Midwest, the oak leaf itch mites emerge in late July, but bites are more common in the fall, because that's when people are in the leaves more, according to a Kansas State University publication.


Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

American academics seek to boost crop productivity to help poor farmers stave off famine
11/17/14 South China Morning Post
"The science, how to increase crop productivity, is the easier part," said Gary Pierzynski, a Kansas State University researcher. "The challenge is how to get the people from these developing countries to do it."

*Leading scholar in agricultural sustainability to speak at KSU
11/17/14 Kansas First News
One of the world’s leading scholars in agricultural sustainability is speaking at Kansas State University about how to sustainably feed a growing world population that will require twice as much food as is currently produced.

Cold temperatures to affect wheat in Kansas
11/714 Nebraska Ag Producer
The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10-15 will certainly cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether it will injure the wheat to any degree depends on several factors, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

*Disease could cost black walnut industry millions, forest specialist warns
11/13/14 Science Daily
Several states, including Kansas, are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Kansas Forest Service specialists at Kansas State University say you could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
The Most Recent Beef Demand Numbers And What They Mean
11/13/14 Farms.com
We recently caught up with Glynn Tonsor, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, for an update about beef demand and the role of the checkoff in helping keep demand strong through targeted marketing efforts.
Can you be overweight and healthy?
11/13/14 The Virginia Gazette
Remember Kansas State University associate nutrition professor Mark Haub, who in 2010 lost 27 pounds eating Twinkies and Oreos? His cholesterol improved just because he lost fat via caloric restriction.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Beetroot juice can help heart patients
Nov. 12, 2014 KOMO News Radio
Athletes drink beetroot juice to improve performance, but a study from Kansas State University shows it may benefit heart patients too.

New strain of Chikungunya in Brazil could spur North American outbreak
Nov. 12, 2014 Caribbean 360
 Brazil has recorded over 200 cases of Chikungunya – predominantly in the country’s east-coast Bahia state – but according to Kansas State University virologist Stephen Higgs, the African strain in Brazil has not yet developed the type of dangerous mutations observed in South-east Asia.

The Deere Foundation Donates $10,000 For Moisture Readers to K-State University Feed The Future Innovation Lab For Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
Nov. 12, 2014 Milling Journal
The researchers at the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss at Kansas State University would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the Deere Foundation.


Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Beetroot juice can help heart patients
11/12/14 KOMO News
Athletes drink beetroot juice to improve performance, but a study from Kansas State University shows it may benefit heart patients too.

Empire District Electric: EDE Announces New Operations Officers
11/12/14 4-Traders
Mr. Mertens is a licensed professional engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University.

The Empire Electric District Company/ EDE Announces New Operations Officers
11/12/14 Noodls
Mr. Mertens is a licensed professional engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University.


Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Floral design skills blossom into new business for Quinn Snyder
11/10/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
"I was going to go to K-State, but then they dropped their floral design program," she said.

Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education
11/10/14 Arch Daily
"This project's social capacity is far-reaching," said Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, associate dean and professor at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, and the chair of the 2014 NCARB Award Jury. "It creates a road map for health care but is also a framework that is portable across all project types."

From better seeds to beneficial insects, K-State researchers fight world hunger
11/10/14 Kansas City Star
"In some sense, the science, how to increase crop productivity, is the easier part," said Gary Pierzynski, a Kansas State University researcher. "The challenge is how to get the people from these developing countries to do it."


Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome
11/10/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
Some colleges are coming to grips with what, beyond the platitudes, career preparation really means, says Charlie L. Nutt, executive director of the National Association for Academic Advising and an assistant professor of education at Kansas State University. "Campuses have to do more than say, This course is going to help you in the job market in this major," he says. "It’s how does your whole college experience make you a better citizen, and a better employee, and help get you where you want to be in the future?" In many cases, he says, it falls to advisers to help students pull together their college experience into an integrated whole.

'Hot Zone' expert says US is prepared
11/08/14 Charlotte Observer (via Wichita Eagle)
In the late 1990s, the Kansas natives returned. Jerry Jaax took a position at Kansas State University as associate vice president for research compliance, and both of them worked to bring the Biosecurity Research Institute to Kansas State, which examines threats to plants, animals and humans.

'Dewitos' coming? Mountain Dew testing soda, Doritos flavour
11/09/14 Toronto Sun
Bridgette Parkins, a student at Kansas State University, tweeted: "Mtn Dew was on campus & we got to try the new dew flavored and there was a DEWritos (sic) and it tasted like Doritos and I'm freaked out.”

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Why Smartphone Breaks at Work Aren't Such a Bad Idea
Nov. 6, 2014 The Huffington Post
Yeah, it's kind of a trick question. Because according to new research from Kansas State University, the answer is No. 3.

Twin study: Psychologist researches proactivity in workplace
Nov. 6, 2014 ScienceDaily
Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity?

Konza research gets nearly $7 million grant
Nov. 6, 2014 KCTV5
Kansas State University announced Thursday that the school's Konza Prairie Biological Station has received a $6.76 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. It is the seventh consecutive renewal of the grant since 1980, bringing the total funding for the research to $29 million.


Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

5 questions with Mark Blanks
11/05/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
Mark Blanks is program manager for unmanned aircraft systems at Kansas State University-Salina's Applied Aviation Research Center.
K-State offers new Master of Agribusiness course
11/05/14 Drovers Cattle Network
Kansas State University’s award-winning Master of Agribusiness program is offering an internet-based examination of the economics of the animal health and companion animal industry: AGEC 750, Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry. The three-credit, online graduate course provides an interactive study of the economics and business challenges and opportunities facing the animal health and companion animal industry.
*Hydrogel Offers Applications in Drug Delivery, Tissue Repair
11/05/14 Medical Design Technology
A novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers was recently issued a U.S. patent. The substance may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue, organs and cartilage.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Tim Huelskamp Wins Midterm Election Against Jim Sherow
11/5/14 The Huffington Post
Sherow, a historian at Kansas State University, previously served as mayor of Manhattan, Kansas.

New Type of More Problematic Mosquito-Borne Illness Detected in Brazil
11/4/14 Scientific American
The majority of Brazil's cases, Vasconcelos says, are in Bahia state along the eastern coast, the same place where the African strain is appearing, so officials think that form of chikungunya is the most common in Brazil. The country currently has more than 200 confirmed cases. Fortunately, the African strain seen in Brazil does not appear to have developed several mutations detected in Southeast Asia. Such genetic adaptations, if present, could make the virus as much as 100 times more infectious to mosquitoes, says Stephen Higgs, a chikungunya expert at Kansas State University. Such single-point mutations could still develop, however, and it is hard to predict how likely that will be, Vasconcelos says. The mutations effectively lower the threshold for what it takes for a mosquito to become infected with chikungunya, replicate the virus in its body and pass it on to humans with its bite.

*Hydrogel: Patent issued for substance with medical benefits
11/4/13 Science Daily
A novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers was recently issued a U.S. patent. The substance may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue, organs and cartilage.


Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

'You've ruined my life!' Devastated kids sob after their parents tell them they ate all their Halloween candy in Jimmy Kimmel prank
11/4/14 Mail On Sunday (U.K.)
'Pranking your own children is not harmless fun, but is cruel and potentially damaging,' Mark Barnett, a professor at Kansas State University's department of psychological sciences, said last year.

17 counties that could change the nation Tuesday
11/3/14 USA Today
• Riley County, the seventh-largest county in Kansas, contains two of the state's biggest employers — the U.S. Army's Fort Riley and Kansas State University. Compared to the rest of the state, it has higher educational levels, a higher poverty level and a smaller percentage of those 65 and older.

Researchers from 20 Land-Grant Institutions Receive National Recognition for Multistate Water Conservation Project
11/3/13 Yahoo! Finance
The land-grant institutions participating in W-2128 include: Auburn University; University of Arizona; University of California, Davis; University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Colorado State University; University of Florida; University of Hawaii; University of Idaho; Iowa State University; Kansas State University; ...


Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

*Researchers find bat influenza viruses unlikely threaten human health
11/1/14 Web Newswire
Bats seen at Halloween this year may not be quite as scary as they appear – at least when it comes to the spread of specific viruses. A research project conducted in part by a team of researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University suggests that influenza viruses carried by bats pose a low risk to humans.

Learning, Teaching Benefits as Aussie Researcher Works with K-State
11/1/14 US AgNet
That is where John Pluske is, as he works with Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and College of Veterinary Medicine as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

*10 things married couples won't tell
11/1/14 Morningstar
The link between money and marital solidity is hardly surprising: After all, financial disagreements are the type of argument most likely to predict divorce, according to a 2012 study by the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.