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K-Staters in the news — July 2015

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

*What food labels really mean
7/28/15 Examiner.com
Food safety specialist Londa Nwadike, explains in a piece for Kansas State University what food labels really mean.

*UPDATE: Is it normal to resent my working spouse this much?

7/27/15 Morningstar
Women working part time say they experience more family guilt and career regret than either working moms or stay-at-home moms, according to a study published in the journal Advances in Communication Theory and Research (http://www.k-state.edu/actr/2009/12/20/the-paradox-of-flexibility-guilt-regret-and-worklife-balance-for-today_25e2_2580_2599s-mother-esther-otis/default.htm). And stay-at-home moms feel more anger, sadness and other emotions than do working moms and working women without kids.

Survey: Only 48 percent of Americans wash their hands after cracking eggs 
7/27/15 Before It's News
A team of researchers from RTI International, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University have just published the findings of their survey of handling practices and consumption of shell eggs in U.S. homes. The study was partially funded by the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


Monday, July 27, 2015

*The push against performance reviews
7/24/16 The New Yorker
In 2013, psychologists at Kansas State University and other institutions studied how different kinds of people react to negative feedback. They invited more than two hundred employees of a university to rate how they felt about a recent performance evaluation, and asked questions meant to categorize the employees based on how they approach personal goals. The researchers figured that people who seek out learning opportunities would react better than those who avoid situations in which they might fail. This was true—but even the avid learners disliked performance reviews, they just disliked them less.

Research program bridges gap between university, growers
7/25/15 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
About 20 farmers are involved the program, in a partnership with Kansas State University that began last season. Agricultural experts at the university help the farmers design test plots and research projects so the experiments yield usable data, not just simple observations or side-by-side trials that could be influenced by outside factors. So far, the studies have conducted on soybeans, sorghum and corn.

North Texas teachers talk ditching grades, embracing phones in class
7/24/15 Dallas Morning News
One of the speakers, who talked about what he called a “not yet” grading system, was digital ethnographer Michael Wesch, a professor at Kansas State University.

Veterans: The Next Battle
7/25/16 Ingram's
“For transitioning members of the military, it is important to consider who you think you are, what your potential employees think you are and who you really are,” said Dean Vakas, acting CEO of Kansas State University’s Olathe campus. “Sometimes you need a professional’s advice in answering these three questions.” Answering those questions correctly, he said, provides a realistic assessment of one’s employability, but “it’s also important to look at the type of business,” he said, and to “realistically examine what it takes to be hired and how to best present yourself.”

Friday, July 24, 2015

8 things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss
07/22/15 PBS NewsHour
Philip Nel, author of “Dr. Seuss: American Icon,” and Guy McLain, director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, discuss how the author’s advertising beginnings gave way to Zooks and Zummers, pulling children’s literature away from the tsk-tsking of the Dick and Jane books and obliterating the boring belief that young readers ought to be prim and proper.
Eating insects? That notion still bugs most Americans
07/23/15 St. Paul Pioneer Press
Two billion people around the world regularly eat insects, but that doesn't mean many Americans will, said John Ruberson, the head of the entomology department at Kansas State University.
Doc Talk: Antibiotics 101
07/23/15 Drovers Cattle Network
Dr. Dan Thomson and guest Dr. Mike Apley discuss how antibiotics work and how we make different choices and the history of antibiotics.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Most Americans crack eggs all wrong
07/22/15 FoxNews
In conjunction with Tennessee State University and Kansas State University, RTI wanted to see what people did after they broke an egg, in light of USDA recommendations to wash hands after handling raw eggs.  
Bugs are delicious (or, at least, trendy)
07/23/15 Philly.com
Two billion people around the world regularly eat insects, but that doesn't mean that many Americans will, said John Ruberson, the head of the entomology department at Kansas State University.
Genetic engineering creates rice strain that makes less methane
07/22/15 New Scientist
“It is this kind of research that is needed to meet global challenges,” says soil microbiologist Charles Rice of Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

*Tips for Traveling with Pets
7/21/15 infoZine
Taking your pet along on your upcoming vacation? A Kansas State University veterinarian says there are many factors to consider when planning your trip.

Nutrition benefits of rosemary
7/21/15 The Daily Telegraph 
Rosemary can help protect against cancer, according to scientists at Kansas State University in the US. 

The Dark Side of Urban Farming
7/21/15 Yahoo! News
"Washing hands thoroughly after gardening, covered pathways with woodchips or gravel, and keeping soil moist during dry and windy conditions to prevent dust generation are all effective preventative measures to ensure safe gardening,” said Ganga Hettiarachchi, a soil chemist at Kansas State University and lead author of the study.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Competitive Spirit Drives #MyTopCollege 2015's Final Week 
7/20/15 Forbes
Arkansas' Ouachita Baptist University was one of the biggest risers this week, breaking into the top ten with a current spot of No. 8. Other schools to look out: McDaniel College, Kansas State University, Temple University, the University of Houston, College of Idaho, High Point University and California State University, Fresno.

SuperScholar Releases 2015 List of the 50 Best Online Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education Programs
7/21/15 Bloomberg Business
The University of Nebraska at Kearney's College of Education leads the Smart Choice ranking, which evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on accreditation, market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility, accessibility, and affordability. Fort Hays University's College of Education and Technology and Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology came in second and third respectively.

K-State reports $141.5M in donations this year
7/20/15 The Washington Times
Kansas State University says it has received $141.5 million in gift pledges in the fiscal year that just ended.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Advocates: Local food could help Kansas rural areas, budget 
7/17/15 Miami Herald
Rich Llewelyn, an agricultural economist with K-State, said transitioning from row crops to produce would be difficult for farmers, because they would need new equipment and have to know they could sell their crops quickly.

*'Skins' give prosthetic limbs a new look
7/18/15 Topeka Capital Journal
A project involving Kansas State University interior architecture and product design students is adding some personality to prosthetic limbs.

*Buchanan medal and Fulbright scholars
7/20/15 Computer Scotland
Fulbright scholars 2015 are Michael Beckwith, Ohio State University; Matthew Breen Jr., Florida State University; Timothy Campbell, Baylor University; Omar Escamilla, College of DuPage; Patricia Esch, Arizona State University; Liam Hannan, St. Olaf College; Lisa McGovern, University of Illinois; Daniel Osborne, Roanoke College; Nina Warner, Pomona College; Jael Whitney, Kansas State University, all at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Food safety expert explains food labels and their regulations
07/16/15 Science Daily
Understanding what terms such as "natural," "organic" and "local" on food labels really mean is important before purchasing any food product, according to Kansas State University food safety specialist Londa Nwadike.
Fish dying after city lowers river water level
07/16/15 KAKE
A joint study between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kansas State University is tracking fish that use the spillway.
Students examine livestock issues at leadership academy
07/16/15 Pratt Tribune
Students with an eye towards the livestock industry increased their leadership skills at the K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy in June at Manhattan.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

*Evolution investigate finds new rural harassment stems from one fly generation’s large genetic shift
July 15, 2015, NZ Health Tec
A Kansas State University entomologist reveals that a genes of a fruit fly that has tormented American apple producers for some-more than 150 years is a outcome of an intensely fast evolutionary change.

*Bullying doesn't take time off for summer
July 15, 2015 Fox News 28
Kansas State University Youth Development expert Laine Johannes says bullying happens at camps, in faith groups and online and parents need to be aware of it. Johannes says bullying has three traits: the intent to do harm, it is consistent and there is a power difference.

K-State fact sheet helps Kansas wheat farmers hit by flag smut
July 15, 2015 Kansas Farmer
The disease that showed up for the first time since the 1930s this year -- wheat flag smut -- doesn’t harm people or animals and has no effect on grain quality but can reduce yields.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mini combines huge in developing better wheat varieties
7/14/15 Bloomberg
The plots are six rows wide and 15 feet long, said Sarah Battenfield, a doctoral student from Hennessey, Okla., who was working for Allan Fritz, a wheat breeder at Kansas State University.

*Bullying Doesn't Take a Summer Break; Where It Happens, What to Look For
7/14/15 KNWA
The bullying behavior that has been physical has become verbal and it has become technological," Elaine Johannes, Youth Development Expert at Kansas State University said.

*K-State fact sheet helps Kansas wheat farmers hit by flag smut
7/15/15 Farm Progress
Kansas State University has put out a fact sheet that is making available online to help growers identify flag smut, find out ways to prevent it and get information on controlling it.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Breakthrough SDMA Kidney Function Test Now Available from IDEXX
7/13/15 Bloomberg
"SDMA appears to be a major step forward in our diagnostic approach to chronic kidney disease," said Greg Grauer, DVM, MS, DACVIM, professor and Jarvis chair of small animal internal medicine, Kansas State University. "The potential role of SDMA in diagnosing chronic kidney disease, especially early chronic kidney disease, is a promising new direction in veterinary nephrology."

*Does Agave Hold the Secret to Drought-Resistant Farming?
7/13/15 Scientific American
Earlier this week, researchers at Kansas State University published a study that showed identifying specific genomic signatures associated with adaptation could predict how different varieties of sorghum would respond to environmental stresses like drought.

Edible bugs are all the buzz
7/14/15 Star-Telegram
Two billion people around the world regularly eat insects, but that doesn't mean many Americans will, said John Ruberson, the head of the entomology department at Kansas State University.


Monday, July 13, 2015

With flag gone, South Carolina may host college championships
7/10/15 New York Times
“We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action,” Kirk Schulz, the president of Kansas State and the chairman of the N.C.A.A. board of governors, said in a statement. “For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host preselected N.C.A.A. championships.”

Free speech versus sexual harassment case to be heard Tuesday
6/11/15 Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle
All three, along with Kansas State University, have filed friend-of-the-court briefs opposing the University of Kansas. KU is appealing a lower court’s ruling against the school for expelling a student over off-campus tweets.

Whitetail students & teachers
7/11/15 The Sportsmans Channel/"The Boddington Experience"
The TV episode features Kansas State University wildlife and outdoor enterprise management students Richard Biswell, Joseph Prudhomme III, Marchant Starr and Nathanael Watson. It will air for the first time at 6 p.m. July 14 on the Sportsman Channel's "The Boddington Experience."

Friday, July 10, 2015

These Mosquitoes Are Designed To Self-Destruct
07/09/15 MSN
“The chikungunya virus can mutate and is permanently established in the Americas,” says Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University. More than 2,300 travelers brought the disease to the United States in 2014, and Florida counts 11 locally transmitted cases. “We don’t know what it’ll do next, but it could become widely distributed in the U.S.,” Higgs says.
Genomics can match plant variety to climate stresses
07/09/15 Science Daily
A new study led by a Kansas State University geneticist has shown that genomic signatures of adaptation in crop plants can help predict how crop varieties respond to stress from their environments.
Inside the K-State Budget
07/10/15 Athletic Management
After completing its sixth straight school year with a balanced budget, the Kansas State University athletic department has released its 2015-16 financial plan. In a letter from Director of Athletics John Currie posted on the department’s website, he says the athletic budget for Fiscal Year 2016 will be $70.1 million, an increase of $4.4 million (about six percent) over last year. It also marks a 59 percent increase over the $44.1 million budget the department had in 2010, Currie’s first full year as athletics director.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

*Recent agricultural pest stems from one fly generation's big genetic shift, evolution study finds
July 8, 2015 ScienceDaily
A new study involving a Kansas State University entomologist reveals that the genes of a fruit fly that has plagued American apple producers for more than 150 years is the result of an extremely rapid evolutionary change.

*Topeka veterinarians pitch in to help injured colleague
July 8, 2015 Topeka Capital Journal
Heidi Bradford, who was filling in Wednesday afternoon, said she had known Conner since they were in veterinary school at Kansas State University. She said she has taken one shift per week for the last seven or eight weeks, but some retired veterinarians have picked up many more shifts.

It doesn’t matter if your steak is Canadian
July 8, 2015, The Hamilton Spectator
And consumers have little reason to like it, either. Fewer than 30 per cent of shoppers recently surveyed by Kansas State University researchers were even aware of the country labels. And for those who were, the labels' effect on their decision-making was negligible. In any case, there's no evidence consumers should worry that Mexican and Canadian animals are unsafe. Only four cases of mad cow disease have ever occurred in the U.S. With so little gained and so much at stake involving top U.S. trading partners, the House last month finally passed legislation to repeal the rule.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

*K-State Office Park Announces Tenants
7/7/15 1350 KMAN
Garmin International Inc., U.S. Engineering, and Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center will be lead tenants in the first building in the new K-State Office Park.

Wheat woes may boost low crop prices
7/7/15 Omaha.com
That hasn’t happened this year, though, and wheat prices have risen since mid-June, said Dan O’Brien, an extension specialist in grain markets at Kansas State University. This is welcome news for farmers still bringing in their crops.

Do You Care Where Your Steak Came From?
7/7/15 Bloomberg View
And consumers have little reason to like it, either. Fewer than 30 percent of shoppers recently surveyed by Kansas State University researchers were even aware of the country labels.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

*Does Your DNA Spell Out 'CEO'?
7/6/15 Yahoo News 
Kansas State University and National University of Singapore researchers zeroed in on the dopamine transporter gene DAT1, previously linked to impulsivity, self-regulation and a head-on approach to situations. To examine how DAT1 affects leadership, they focused on two traits thought to drive leadership: mild rule-breaking — like skipping school or drinking alcohol — and proactive personality, which includes foresight, persistence and other characteristics needed to make positive organizational changes.

*Food industry already moving past trans fats
7/6/15 Consumer Affairs 
"If you take oils naturally found in nature, especially the ones that have a lot of unsaturated fats, they are unstable in food products and get rancid," said Fadi Aramouni, professor of food processing and food product development at Kansas State University. "Years ago, the food industry developed a process to hydrogenate these fats."

*How to clean sponges, and other surprising sources of germs in your kitchen
7/6/15 Mother Earth News
A study conducted at Kansas State University observed people cooking fruit salad alongside a meat dish. The researchers found that more than 90 percent of the prepared fruit salad was contaminated with bacteria from the meat. One of the biggest behavioral habits that the researchers believed contributed to such high rates of contamination? Improper use of the kitchen towel.[5] For example, researchers saw participants wiping their hands on the towel (often after improper hand washing, or lack thereof) many times when handling the meat and the fruit. People also commonly wipe off the counter and dry clean dishes with a single kitchen towel. Mixing these tasks makes it easy for the towels to get contaminated with germs, and for us to spread those germs to supposedly clean surfaces.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Concerns over US winter wheat may boost low crop prices
July 4, 2015 The Huffington Post 
That hasn't happened this year, though, and wheat prices have actually risen since mid-June, said Dan O'Brien, an extension specialist in grain markets at Kansas State University. This is welcome news for those farmers still bringing in their crops.

Anatomy of a firework
July 3, 2015 Times Union 
Displays are definitely more elaborate and pushing more limits, but a recent study by a pair of professors at Kansas State University, Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Mary E. Cain, illustrates that there are psychological reasons why we love things that go boom.

*Lack of Summer Meal Programs Concerns State Nutritionist
July 2, 2015 USAgNet 
A federal program that helps feed hungry children in the summer is not being used as well as it should be in Kansas -- and that concerns a Kansas State University nutritionist.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

*High number of rabies cases reported in Kansas
July 1, 2015 San Francisco Gate
Kansas State University's veterinary diagnostic laboratory says 70 rabies cases have been reported this year — the same number as all of last year.

*K-State names vet school dean an interim head of Olathe campus
July 1, 2015 Topeka Capital Journal
The dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has been named interim dean and CEO of the school's Olathe campus.

Common interests, water challenges bring Pakistanis to Kansas
July 1, 2015, High Plains Journal
Mohydin, who grows off-season vegetables on 62.5 acres in Lahore, Pakistan, was one of nine Pakistani farmers, industry and government representatives who traveled to Kansas and Colorado in May on an 11-day educational trip hosted by Kansas State University. The training was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (www.usaid.gov) in partnership with World Learning (www.worldlearning.org).


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

*K-State Requiring Students to Take Sexual Assault Education Class
6/30/15 KWCH
All students attending Kansas State University will be required to take an online class designed to educate students about laws regarding sexual assault and alcohol.

High number of rabies cases reported in Kansas
7/1/15 Washington Times
Kansas State University’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory says 70 rabies cases have been reported this year - the same number as all of last year.

Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co.
6/30/15 Bloomberg
After earning a a degree in dietetics and nutrition from Kansas State University in 2013, she revamped the pumpkin patch's concession menu and operating procedures.