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K-Staters in the news - September 2014

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

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Kansas dealer serves as resource for college students
9/29/14 Yahoo Finance
With its location near Kansas State University, local automotive dealer Kansas State Cars continues to find means of supporting the school, present day students and alumni as well. The dealer not only has a fully stocked new and used car inventory selection, but it also highlights vehicle specials on a regular basis.

6 terrifying reasons why it's time to stop eating meat
9/29/14 Salon.com
Then, Texas Tech University and Kansas State University researchers reported that more than 3,800 cattle fed Zilmax in 10 feedlots died in 2011 and 2012, with “between 40 percent and 50 percent of the deaths likely attributable to Zilmax”– a far cry from the 285 Zilmax-related deaths Merck reported. 

Genome editing may lead to genetically modified livestock
9/27/14 Drovers Cattle Network
Genome editing may change the way people view genetically modified livestock, Lisa Henderson reported for The Collegian. The method uses genes from animals that are already in the food supply. Jennifer Bormann, associate professor of animal breeding and genetics at Kansas State University, said that this is the same process that has been used with plants for a long time. She also said that they could do the same thing without using this technology, but it would take a very long time.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

*4 Ways to Prevent Impulse Shopping
9/29/14 Yahoo Finance
In 2013, Kansas State University raised a few eyebrows by publishing research which identified financial problems — not sexual infidelity — as the number one cause of divorce in the United States.

*2014 Kansas State University State of the Union
9/27/14 KMAN
On Friday Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz looked back on the accomplishments of the year, and what lies ahead in the future for the institution. 

*Kansas community colleges lose enrollment
9/27/14 Associated Press
Among the other state universities, enrollment grew by 2.86 percent to 13,825 students at Fort Hays State University; by 1.34 percent to 6,114 students at Emporia State University; by 1.07 percent to 7,479 students at Pittsburg State; and by .75 percent to 24,766 students Kansas State University.

*KU sees signs that more students are stepping up to report sexual assaults
9/27/14 Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle
K-State campus police received five reports of sexual offenses in 2013 and one so far this school year. The school’s Title IX office hasn’t seen any increase in sex offense reports this year. But Donald Stubbings, assistant chief of campus police, expects to see an uptick in cases being reported.

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Kansan Kobach a Lightning Rod From Immigration to Voter ID Laws
9/22/14 Bloomberg
“The feeling among Kansans now is that they’re tired of the ultra-conservative brand of politics in the state,” said Nathaniel Birkhead, an assistant professor of political science at Kansas State University in Manhattan. “This is really voters saying we asked for it, we got it and we don’t like it.”

Regents will form working group to tackle performance-based budgeting
9/21/14 Lawrence Journal World
"This should relate to new dollars," Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz said.

Fly Kansas AirTour lands Tuesday in Salina
9/20/14 Salina Journal
Visitors will be able to meet with pilots on the tour and learn about all types of aviation, including maintenance, air traffic control, pilot training and unmanned aerial systems training through Kansas State University at Salina. The K-State Flight Team will be selling light concessions.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

*The 8 Biggest Financial Mistakes Newlyweds Make
9/18/14 Huffington Post
In fact, one Kansas State University study found that if couples argued about money at the beginning of their marriage, they were more likely to report poor relationship satisfaction in the long-term. This is precisely why experts say it's key for couples to tackle money issues early -- to stave off fights over finances in the future.
*7 Signs You May Be A Workaholic
9/18/14 Forbes
Although some CEOs and managers may feel secretly giddy when they’ve hired someone who is willing to work all hours of the day and night, in the long-term, it hurts companies – and individuals. A 2013 study by Kansas State University found that people who work more than 50 hours per week were likely to suffer both physical and mental health consequences.
Leave of absence case sets outer boundary for reasonable accommodation
9/18/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
In Hwang v. Kansas State University, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that, although Grace Hwang's prolonged absence was unfortunate and not of her own making, her employer was within its rights to terminate Hwang's employment when she failed to return to work following six months of leave.  

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Who pays? With money matters, traditional gender roles stick.
9-17-14 The Christian Science Monitor
“Money matters are a top reason why relationships fall apart,” Koh notes. A 2013 study of 4,500 couples by Kansas State University researchers found arguments about money were the top predictor of whether a marriage fails.

Veterinary Pharmacologist Warns that Eggs from Backyard Chickens Pose Potential Consumption Problems
9-17-14 insurancenewsnet
Whether raising chickens in your backyard as pets or as a source of fresh eggs, a Kansas State University pharmacologist says what you don't know about your chickens could hurt you or others.

Entomologist says expect more spiders inside as weather turns cooler
9-17-14 (e) Science News
This is the time of year when the Kansas State University entomology department receives a lot of calls. The question most asked: Why am I getting so many spiders in my house?


Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

NBAF funding, construction move forward — slowly
9/16/14 Kansas City Business Journal
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is moving toward completion — just slowly, said Ron Trewyn, Kansas State University'sNBAF liaison.
Despite FAA dithering, a drone economy sprouts on the farm
9/16/14 Yahoo! Finance
When you start needing to make agronomic decision on the crops themselves, you cant get that just visually, it takes a bit more sophistication, says Mark Blanks, the UAS Program Manager at the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University. People are buying stuff that they think is going to basically cook their dinner, and then theyre finding that the data isnt as good as they thought it would be.
Great Value Colleges Grades 50 Affordable Midwest Schools in New Article
9/16/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
14. Kansas State University: Manhattan, Kansas

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

*U.S. Colleges See Little Risk From Ebola, but Depend on Students to Speak Up
Kansas State University, in addition to screening students, has worked with the state and a nearby hospital to develop a plan for handling anyone who is infected, said Jim Parker, director of the student health center.

*Private gifts to KC region’s universities set records as public financing shrinks 
9/14/14 Kansas City Star
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University all had their best year ever getting donors to open their wallets.

Run honors dean, benefits local organizations
9/14/14 KMAN
Bright orange T-shirts could be seen throughout K-State’s campus on Saturday, as runners participated in the third “C. Clyde Run/Fun Run/Walk.”

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Where Will Science Take Us In 20 Years? New Blog Provides Predictions For The Year 2034
9/11/14 Bloomberg Business
The health and biological diversity of the world's grasslands will be conserved despite environmental threats. (Kansas State University)
5 Financial Problems That Can Kill Your Relationship
9/11/14 Wall St. Cheat Sheet
According to research done by Kansas State University, arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce. This may be because it takes longer to recover from an argument about money than it does to recover from other arguments, and these arguments decrease relationship satisfaction, according to the research.
*Kansas State restricts travel to African countries
9/11/14 San Francisco Gate
Kansas State University is restricting travel of university-sponsored students, faculty and staff to several African countries affected by the Ebola virus.

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2014

7 Questions College Financial Aid Officers Wish Parents Would Ask
9-10-14 Yahoo News
What percentage of graduates leave without debt ? Often the media, when reporting average student debt, forget to report the percent of students graduating without debt. Generally a higher percent of graduating seniors without student debt means a more affordable institution. I'm not saying it's the highest priority but it's certainly one of those points of information you should be aware of when considering your options. [Follow these tips to minimize student loan debt .] Ben Kohl, assistant director for the office of student financial assistance, Kansas State University

A simple equation: More education = more income
9-10-14 CNBC, New York Times
In a study comparing teenagers in the early 1980s and the early 2000s, Philippe Belley from Kansas State University and Lance Lochner from the University of Western Ontario noted a sharp increase in the impact of family income on college attendance. For all but the most able students, by the early 2000s the college attendance rate for children from the richest fourth of American families was 15 to 30 percentage points higher than that of the poorest fourth.

Protecting Against New Respiratory Virus Outbreak With Air Scrubber Plus
9-10-14 Digital Journal 
"Our technology underwent rigorous testing at Kansas State University, and is effective in reducing organic and microbial compounds, bacteria and viruses," said Tom Lozano, executive director of Air Scrubber Plus. "Air Scrubber Plus is a helpful tool proven to clean the indoor environment."

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Michelle Obama pens guest post for Upworthy.com about value of higher education
9/9/14 New York Daily News
Obama also goes on to plug the trailer for a short documentary, made by the College of Education at Kansas State University, that follows first-generation college students who work in and study education.

Fair’s birth place
9/10/14 Hutchinson News
The fourth-year students were excused from a day of classes at Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine because they were volunteering for maternity watch with cows about to deliver calves in full view of fairgoers.

Court of Appeals for Constitution Day
9/9/14 KMAN
Hearings will take place in two sessions – at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – in Forum Hall in the Kansas State University Student Union. The appeals are from Riley, Jewell, Marshall and Saline counties.

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

*Kansas State establishes Confucius Institute
9/8/14 Associated Press
Kansas State University is adding a Chinese language and cultural center called a Confucius Institute.

K-State Day
9/8/14 Hutchinson News
Kansas State President Kirk Schulz announced to the fans it was the university’s third annual day at the fair. He also made a jab at KU football.

*'Send Gum, Mom'
9/8/14 Credit Union magazine
“In Face of Growing Student Debt, College Researchers Call for Financial Education for University Students,” says Kansas State University. Researchers say it is likely “Financial issues are one of the top reasons… students drop out of college.”

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Financially Illiterate College Borrowers Drop Out at 30% Rate
9/4/14 Yahoo! Finance
It's a fast-growing problem, as student loan debt has doubled since 2007, according to Kansas State University, and a problem colleges and universities don't seem to be addressing.
All eyes on the fall lawn
9/4/14 Wichita Eagle
“Armyworm damage can resemble drought damage, but close inspection of the turf will reveal the larvae,” Ward Upham of K-State writes this week in the Horticulture 2014 newsletter.
Kansas State: Possible info leak in 1 department
9/4/14 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University officials say personal information from applicants for its graduate program in agronomy might have been exposed on the Internet.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

*Professor receives grant from NIH to test effects of high-intensity functional training
9-3-14 News Medical.
Katie Heinrich, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, has been awarded an investigator-initiated grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for more than $2.52 million.

United States farmers concerned about data privacy and precision agriculture technology
9-3-14 Rural  
Kansas State University precision agriculture expert, Lucas Haag, says as farmers use the data they're gathering for things like crop and nutrient modelling, it's causing some frictions, because the big agri-companies developing these solutions don't have the complete trust of the farming community.

Are You Working Too Hard? Five Ways To Lessen Your Work Load
9-3-14 ValueWalk
Health issues — Workaholism is connected with weight gain, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety and depression, according to a 2013 research study by Kansas State University. 

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

New company launches to accelerate research and technology discoveries in agriculture, animal health and food science
9/2/14 Yahoo! Finance
Today marks the launch of Technology Acceleration Partners, LLC (TechAccel), the first private capital development company of its kind, advancing transformative and disruptive innovations in animal health, agriculture and food ingredient markets. Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., the company's lead founder and CEO, brings a 28-year proven track record of successful research management, enterprise growth and technology commercialization. Co-Founders are Kansas State University and Bicknell Family Holding Company. 

*Study: Gender linked to type of traffic crash
8/2/14 San Francisco Gate via Associated Press
A new Kansas State University study finds gender affects the likelihood of young drivers being involved in different types of crashes. 

MichaelHusted.com Features Interview with Anthony Cantele of Cantele Kicking on His Role as a Kicking Coach and on Becoming a National Camp Series (NCS) Associate
9/2/14 Houston Chronicle
"Anthony had a great career at Kansas State University and is one of the top pro free agent kickers out there,” says Husted. “I had a chance to meet with Anthony at our 2014 Pro Camp and I was impressed with him, not only as a kicker, but as a person. He takes a professional approach to everything that he does on and off of the field.”

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Kansas senators pledge support for NBAF
8/30/14 Kansas Public Radio
The two U.S. Senators from Kansas have indicated they won’t play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art biosecurity lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus, in Manhattan.  As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023—barring any further hurdles.

*Researchers find food safety habits vary by country
8/30/14 Sacramento Bee
Kansas State University researchers have found widespread variations in the food safety practices used in different countries.

*Our opinion: Key sector relies on investment
8/30/14 St. Joseph (Mo.) News Press Now
The former CEO of MRIGlobal, previously known as the Midwest Research Institute, is at the helm of this new venture. Michael Helmstetter will lead a private capital firm that includes co-founding partners Kansas State University and Bicknell Family Holding Co.