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K-Staters in the news — June 2015

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

*MediVet Biologics Acquires Exclusive Patent License from Kansas State University
6/30/15 Houston Chronicle
According to Mark Weiss, PhD, Inventor of MB-007 and Professor at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, "this agreement was undertaken due to confidence we have and track record MediVet Biologics has proven in the Veterinary market. We share a mission of basing research initiatives to advance cellular therapy in the human and animal markets." Dr. Weiss currently serves as Director of Cell Biology for MediVet Biologics.

*Encounter with deadly malaria fuels researcher's passion to breed ticks, find answers
6/30/15 NewsOK
"We have no vaccines for most of the pathogens," said Ganta, a professor at Kansas State University and director of its Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

*Many children are going hungry over the summer
6/30/15 WWMT-TV News Channel 3
But Kansas State University Nutritionist Sandy Procter says many states are still falling behind.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Tips on How to Remember People's Names
6/28/15 About.com
One reason remembering names may be difficult, according to Dr. Richard Harris of Kansas State University, is that we often don't pay attention. Harris points out that most people have a good memory for something, and that "something" depends on their interest. Those invested in interpersonal relationships may have a higher motivation to be attentive to names when meeting new people.

*Kansas State University students' project gives individuals with prosthetic limbs a new look
6/27/15 News-Medical Net
A project by Kansas State University interior architecture & product design students is giving individuals with prosthetic limbs a chance to add some personality to their prosthetic and show the students that their discipline goes beyond creating products or designing spaces.

*Kansas State Salina adds major for unmanned aircraft
6/27/15 KCTV 5
In response to the growing demand, the Kansas State University Salina plans to add a major and two minors focusing on the aircraft. The new courses are scheduled to start in the fall.


Friday, June 26, 2015

The Toad and Frog are charmers at The Coterie
06/25/15 AXS
Cranford is well known to Kansas City audiences for his comic acting chops. He has been a favorite at The Coterie as Baron Bombast from last year’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” as emcee to a recent Musical Monday at MTH, and as a touring member of the cast of Les Miserables for many years. He is also a teacher of theater at Kansas State University.
Sen. Pat Roberts: 'Retaliation is coming' from Canada and Mexico on trade
06/25/15 Topeka Capital-Journal
Moyer cited a Kansas State University study that found while consumers often say they want to know where their beef comes from, they don’t consider it in their purchasing decision.
Kansas State University Salina Expands Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program with New Bachelor's Degree and Minor
06/25/15 Aviation Pros
With the unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, industry growing at a rapid pace, Kansas State University Salina is meeting career demands with the addition of a new bachelor's degree and minor beginning this fall.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 

*Artificial sweetener can be toxic for dogs
6/24/15 Chicago Tribune
Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, says Diatomaceous earth can be effective in damaging flea larvae, but does not impact flea eggs or seem to kill adult fleas.

*How Do You Rate on Deadly
6/24/15 Before It's News
Researchers at Kansas State University studied the Seven Deadly Sins and mapped them out in the US.

Kansas State University, Texas Tech University begin collaborative agreement in beef industry
6/24/15 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University and Texas Tech University have entered an agreement to bring Texas Tech into the Beef Cattle Institute, which fosters collaboration to deal with issues relating to the beef industry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Here's the Best Music to Lull You to Sleep
6/23/15 Huffington Post
Kansas State University’s counseling center suggests adding Baroque or New Age music to your sleep playlist, or any other music that has no defined melody and minimal fluctuations in volume.

Artificial sweetener can be toxic for dogs
6/24/15 Chicago Tribune
Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, says Diatomaceous earth can be effective in damaging flea larvae, but does not impact flea eggs or seem to kill adult fleas.

*Improve Your Health at Work By Getting Up & Moving
6/23/15 WTVY
“When it comes to sitting time, the frequency of interrupting that is what's really important so we want to break up those long, prolonged bouts of sitting and get people up and moving more throughout the day,” said Dr. Emily Mailey, Kansas State University Kinesiologist.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DynCorp International Names Lou Von Thaer Chief Executive Officer
6/22/15 Bloomberg
Von Thaer brings more than 30 years of experience in the government, engineering, intelligence and contracting space. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University.

Battling CWD effectively
6/21/15 Before It's News
States need to test more animals to get a better idea of where CWD is. They also need to invest in developing both an accurate live-animal test and a vaccine. Researchers from Kansas State University and USDA recently announced progress on a live-animal test.

Crops Suffer From "Wet Feet"
6/23/15 BarChart
Head scab, a fungal disease in wheat has spread rapidly in the wheat fields in central Kansas, a Kansas State University extension crop specialist said.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Fighting cancer with avocado and other discoveries of the week
6/20/15 USA Today
Researchers out of Kansas State University surveyed 212 psychology students, all of whom had to rate their level of belief in pure evil, then read one of two fictitious articles about a murder.

Kansas State's president will donate his raise to support-staff program
6/22/15 Chronicle of Higher Education
Kansas State University’s president said on Friday that he was grateful for the 2-percent raise the Kansas Board of Regents awarded him this week, but instead of accepting it he planned to donate it to the University Support Staff Awards program, for use elsewhere on the campus.

If you skipped class in high school, you may be destined for the corner office
6/19/15 Yahoo! Finance
"It's a mixed blessing," Wen-Dong Li, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Kansas State University, tells Business Insider.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Brownback appoints CEOs, dentist to Kansas Board of Regents
6/16/15 Huffington Post
Mullin is chairman and CEO of Steel and Pipe Supply Co. He serves on an advisory for Kansas State University's business school.

With the right products, you can beat fleas and ticks
6/17/15 Chicago Tribune
Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, answers your questions.

Veterinarian explains how to reduce risk of pets getting West Nile virus
6/17/15 Medical Xpress
"Our weather patterns have been quite abrupt and with the moisture that we've had, coupled with the really warm temperaturesmosquitoes are really taking off," said Elizabeth Davis, professor and section head of equine medicine and surgery at Kansas State University.


Monday, June 15, 2015

*Scientists breed ticks to slow the spread of diseases

6/15/15 MSN
"We have no vaccines for most of the pathogens," said Ganta, professor at Kansas State University and director of its Center for Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

*Transgender student visibility has Missouri and Kansas colleges making accommodations
6/14/15 Kansas City Star
Except for Kansas State University, which said three transgender students signed up for dorm rooms for the fall, officials at area universities said they don’t know how many transgender students currently are on campus or living in dorms. For now, all dorm rooms at UMKC, K-State, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri are assigned by gender.

*Puppies, parvo, and parks: not a good mix
6/13/15 Health, Medical and Science Updates
A Kansas State University veterinarian says taking your puppy out before it has been fully vaccinated for parvovirus could be deadly, especially at this time of year.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dog parks may be deadly for puppies this summer
June 11, 2015 Fox 28
Kansas State University Veterinarian Susan Nelson says their clinic has been seeing more cases of parvo.

Study: With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening
June 11, 2015 The Stanly News and Press
A six-year study by Kansas State University researchers indicates that crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices.

Floodwater can bring other consequences
June 11, 2015 Palmyra Spectator
Floodwater often contains sewage or animal waste that could contaminate foods with harmful organisms, says Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State Research and Extension.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Twelve Land-Grant Institutions Contribute to Soil Science, Impact Resource Management
June 10, 2015 Bloomberg Business
The 12 participating land-grant universities include: University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University, Ohio State University, South Dakota State University

Movement restrictions for poultry events, exhibitions and sales issued in Kansas
June 10, 2015 High Plains Journal
This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the K­-State Research and Extension, Kansas 4-­H, Kansas State Fair representatives and other poultry industry officials. Dr. Justin Smith, Deputy Animal Health Commissioner, made the announcement.

Fireworks: The science behind the ba-boom ... ahhh
June 10, 2015 Mother Nature Network
"The art of fireworks is the packaging," Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry at Kansas State University, says. "What the firework does depends on what's inside."


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evil
6/9/15 Smithsonian
“At the extreme levels of criminal perpetration, people who believe in pure evil might not be looking for a situational factor that may have been at play there,” says Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences at Kansas State University.

How to keep your home cool this summer
6/10/15 KWCH
Nancy Larson with the K-State Extension Office says can you save money, you're also helping the environment.

Kansas imposes statewide ban on poultry shows, events
6/9/15 Topeka Capital Journal
This decision by the state was made after consultation with Kansas State University, Kansas 4-H, Kansas State Fair and poultry industry members.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Millions of cicadas invade Great Plains after 17 years underground
6/9/15 AOL News
"The sound is deafening, and the people get pretty frustrated," Jason Griffin, Kansas State University associate professor, told ABC News.

Wheat stretches weather-related rally; lifts corn, soy
6/8/15 Reuters
A fungal disease known as head scab has emerged in winter wheat crop in parts of Kansas, the biggest U.S. producer of the grain, said Erick DeWolf, a plant pathologist with Kansas State University.

*Do not let employees workaholic
6/8/15 Dantri (Vietnam)
Look at the Kansas State University study in 2013 also showed a workaholic often skip meals, difficulties and mental health than those doing fewer hours. (Translated from Vietnamese)


Monday, June 8, 2015

*A leadership gene? Researchers look for correlations
6/7/15 Los Angeles Times
Researchers at Kansas State University and the National University of Singapore looked at that gene because previous research showed the body's dopamine systems to be linked to qualities such as motivation, impulsivity and self-regulation — all factors that can affect leadership.

*K-State scientists will breed ticks to slow the spread of diseases
6/6/15 Kansas City Star
“We have no vaccines for most of the pathogens,” said Ganta, a professor at Kansas State University and director of its Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

At least 24,200 Kansas state workers get furlough notices
6/5/15 Seattle Pilot Intelligencer
Kansas State University announced it sent notices to 8,700 employees.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Some Kansas regions report near record rainfall
6/2/15 The Washington Times
It’s a change from a year ago when the station recorded just 0.63 inch in May, the fourth driest on record, according to climatologist Mary Knapp with the Kansas State University.

Stretching dollars at the meat counter
6/2/15 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University’s Travis O’Quinn said there are ways to make smart choices and enjoy the flavor and aroma of meat while maximizing the grocery budget.

6 healthy superfood that are threatening our planet
6/2/15 Metro News
While root crops could absorb enough lead to dip into the red zone of safety standards, this shouldn’t keep urban gardeners from growing them, says Ganga Hettiarachchi of Kansas State University.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

*Want to stay together? Don't mess with the hair budget
6/1/15 Reuters and Time magazine
Haircare, in particular, seems to be an intensely personal subject for couples. Throw money concerns into the mix, and it can lead to the financial equivalent of a really bad hair day. Indeed, financial arguments are by far the No. 1 one predictor of divorce, according to research by Sonya Britt, a professor at Kansas State University.

*3 Tips to Help Divorce-Proof Your Finances
6/1/15 Fool.com
According to a Kansas State University study, arguments about money by far is a top predictor of divorce, so we are here to help with a few tips to divorce-proof your finances.

They're Back! Catching Up With The 17-Year Cicadas
6/1/15 WIBW
The 17-year cicadas of what's known as Brood IV have once again overtaken their yard and many others around the eastern third of Kansas. K-State entomology professor Dr. Bob Bauernfeind says brood IV is centered in Kansas, stretching into parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri.


Monday, June 1, 2015

*Foreseeing an economic boom, Manhattan, Kan., opens its arms to new lab
5/31/15 Kansas City Star
north end of Kansas State University’s campus, the owner of Bob’s Diner heard the rumble of engines and the ringing of his cash register.

Flotek Industries Inc. announces appointment of Robert M. Schmitz as chief financial officer
5/31/15 CNN Money
Schmitz graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.

In the bandwidth-rich KC market, is Google Fiber going too far to foil digital piracy?
5/31/15 MSN from the Kansas City Star
"It gets close to violating privacy, partly because an ISP can know so much about what someone is doing — the terms they search, the websites they visit," said Dan Andresen, professor of computing and information sciences at Kansas State University.