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K-Staters in the news — November 2015

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

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

*K-State receives nation's first approval for unmanned commercial flight training
11/27/15 AeroNews Network
Kansas State University's polytechnic campus has set a new precedent in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, becoming the first entity in the United States to receive approval from the FAA to provide UAS commercial flight training to both students and outside companies.

Can the student course evaluation be redeemed?
11/29/15 Chronicle of Higher Education
The IDEA Center, a 40-year-old nonprofit that spun off from Kansas State University, thinks it has a student-ratings system that overcomes two chief critiques of most surveys: poorly designed questions and misused results. Its course-evaluation tool, which has been steadily gaining traction on campuses, is designed to help professors judge how well they’re meeting their own course goals. "It’s all about the improvement of teaching and learning," says Ken Ryalls, the center’s president.

*How to safely store those Thanksgiving leftovers
11/27/15 KC Fox 4
"It's going to take a long time to cool. We don't want to have things in the temperature danger zone which is 40 to 140 degrees," said Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist with MU and K-State Extension.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

*Researchers develop cell line to study obesity, other diseases
11/25/15 Medical Xpress
A Kansas State University research team has created a cell line that can be used in studies aimed at understanding obesity and other disease in humans, a discovery that has caught the attention of a Canadian company that markets innovative work in the life sciences.

*Thanksgiving Food Safety: Salmonella Is No Joke
11/24/15 EHS Today
Kansas State University food safety expert Bryan Severns, manager of food programs and services at Kansas State University Olathe, offers several storing and safety tips that are designed to keep Thanksgiving leftovers filled with flavor rather than a foodborne illness.

*K-State Polytechnic first campus to provide UAS training program
11/24/15 KWCH
Trevor Witt is a Unmanned Aircraft Systems student at Kansas State University Polytechnic. "Safety is a huge issue when it comes to these things."



Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

A frozen turkey and a surprise medical breakthrough
11/23/15 The Atlantic
To figure out how to make the birds more palatable, the army turned to Fred Kummerow, a young Kansas State University biochemist with an interest in nutrition. Kummerow had done his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the role of linoleic acid in averting blood clotting, and had later conducted research at Clemson University on pellagra. The disease, then widespread in the South, can cause swollen tongues, rashes, erratic behavior, and, ultimately death. Kummerow’s team helped to identify lack of niacin (vitamin B3) as the cause, and eradicated it by convincing grits manufacturers to fortify their product.

FDA approves genetically engineered salmon
11/24/15 Made in China
Dustin Pendell, a professor of agriculture economics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, said the possibility of more genetically modified foods being authorized for human consumption will be market driven.

Kansas seeking increase in engineering grads
11/23/15 The Washington Times
The initiative includes more than $100 million in funding by the Legislature for Wichita State, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. The money is given out over a decade with includes matching university funds.


Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

9 herbs that make any meal healthier
11/22/15 YAHOO! Health
Who doesn’t love a good grilled steak? But exposing meat (red or white) to the hot flames of a grill leads to the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), carcinogenic compounds created when meats are barbecued or grilled. Add rosemary, though, and that doesn’t happen, according to researchers from the University of Arkansas, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University, who found that cooking meats with rosemary could lower the levels of HCAs by 60 to 80 percent.

Kansas making headway on goal of increasing college degrees in engineering to 1,365 annually by 2021
11/22/15 Topeka Capital Journal
The initiative includes more than $100 million in funding by the Legislature for Wichita State, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, being disbursed over a decade, and matching dollars from the universities.

Art For Every Home
11/20/15 Antiques & The Arts Weekly
The groundbreaking traveling exhibition “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000” remains on view until January 31 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University. Drawn from more than 25 private and public collections, the 136 AAA-related objects include prints, textiles, ceramics, glass, mail-order catalogs and other ephemera.

UA dean a Georgia finalist
11/20/15 Arkansas Democrat-Traveler
The other finalists for the University of Georgia job are: Kendall Lamkey from Iowa State University, Gary Pierzynski from Kansas State University, Samuel Pardue from North Carolina State University and David Gerrard from Virginia Tech. Among the group, only Vayda is currently a dean.


Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Parents reshaped their children's skulls, for their own good
11/19/15 BBC
In 2009 a team of archaeologists found intreaguing remains at an ancient burial. Marta Alfonso-Durruty, an anthropologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, US, was invited to Chile's Instituto de la Patagonia to investigate them. She had been told to expect one extremely modified skull.

What drones could do for farmers
11/18/15 The Christian Science Monitor
Kevin Price, a plant ecologist at Kansas State University, told the Globe data analytics are also being created for agriculture. 

*Could Plants Help Cure Your Seasonal Affective Disorder?
11/18/15 Vogue
When it comes to their all-around uplifting powers, the science on plants is real: A 2006 Kansas State University study found that surgical patients in hospital rooms filled with plants were more positive, less stressed, and recovered faster than their plant-less peers, while a 2007 Norwegian survey showed that indoor plants kept office workers healthier and more productive, even more so during the winter months. Recent research points to so many benefits (doubled creativity, reduced mental fatigue, and so on) that I can’t resist giving this natural cure-all a try.

The Untold Story of Trans Fats
11/16/15 CBN
“A 2% absolute increase in energy intake from trans fat has been associated with a 23% increase in cardiovascular risk,” note researchers from Kansas State University.


Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Professional Sales Students From Across The Country To Visit William Paterson University For Russ Berrie Institute's 9th Annual National Sales Challenge From November 18 To 20, 2015
11/16/15 Bloomberg Business
Participating schools for 2015 are:
Kansas State University

*Study: Over-tapping of High Plains Aquifer peaked in 2006
11/16/15 Houston Chronicle
The Kansas State University study also projected the aquifer's use would decrease by about half over the next 100 years.

*Weight Loss Myths
11/16/15 Ask Men India
In 2010, a professor from Kansas State University lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks by eating Twinkies, Oreos, and all kinds of sh*t nutritionists, dieticians, and health gurus say you should never eat. To add yet another finger wag to all this professor's haters, his "bad" cholesterol numbers actually dropped 20% and his "good" cholesterol jumped by 20%.


Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

*Avoid a Recipe for Disaster with Properly Cooked Food
11/13/15 Health News Digest
This Thanksgiving many Americans may find one uninvited guest at their meal: food poisoning. A Kansas State University food safety expert shares some food preparation tips for home cooks that will ensure guests pile their plates with safe food dishes and forgo a side of food poisoning.

2015's best cities for black entrepreneurs
11/14/15 Good Call
7. Manhattan, KS
GoodCall score: 289.25
Networking rank: 192
Economic health rank: 43
African American-owned businesses per 1,000 residents: 2.90
YoY change in GDP: 1.82%
African American educational attainment: 34.80%
Unemployment rate: 4.30%

Chicago native, Lego expert helps MSI build new exhibit
11/15/15 Chicago Sun-Times
Tucker, a “Lego Certified Professional” with an architecture degree from Kansas State University, will take patrons through a visual journey of why and how these structural marvels stay standing.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Rounding Up The Last Of A Deadly Cattle Virus
11/12/15 NPR
In Europe, centuries ago, "it was feared as much as the Black Death," says Keith Hamilton, executive director of international programs at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. That's because when cattle herds died, people lost meat, milk and the animal power they needed to plow their fields.
Heeding the labels on food gifts
11/12/15 Morning Ag Clips
“Although mail order food companies enjoy an excellent safety record, delays in mailing, breakage and failure of cold packing can occur,” said Londa Nwadike, assistant professor at Kansas State University. “That’s why it’s so important to inspect a food gift when it arrives to make sure it’s in good condition. Then handle it carefully to prevent spoilage and food poisoning.”
Will October’s fed cattle market set the tone for the rest of the year?
11/12/15 Beef magazine
Most importantly, the dynamics around placement and marketing behavior is, at the core, fundamentally indicative of feedyard profitability. Closeouts are unprecedentedly tough. Last month’s market confounded already-challenging closeouts. As of mid-October, Kansas State University indicates negative closeouts, at current deferred futures levels, will continue well into 2016. More significantly, from a near-term perspective, losses will approach $350 per head in the coming months (Figure 4).

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

*$4.2 million NSF grant helps biologist gather large-scale river measurements
11/11/15 Phys.org
A Kansas State University researcher is creating a better biological picture of river systems across North America and Asia.

*Filling the gaps for our service members
11/11/15 High Plains Journal
Students and faculty involved in Kansas State University’s Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families provide resources and research opportunities centered on helping these families across Kansas. The institute brings together Kansas State University, K-State Research and Extension, AmeriCorps VISTA and the Kansas National Guard, that work on several military initiatives, including one called Joining Community Forces.

Teen boys on camping trip find 500-year-old American Indian skull
11/11/15 Stillwater News Press
Coleman contacted local Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. The bones were sent to Michael Finnegan, a forensic anthropological consultant from Manhattan, Kansas and a professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, who determined the bones were probably from a 30- to 50-year-old American Indian male, who died more than 500 years ago.


Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

CU-Boulder conference Nov. 11 to look at the future of business: social impact investing
11/10/15 Daily Herald
The conference draws attendees from schools around the region, and this year will welcome students and faculty from the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Regis University and Kansas State University.

*Kansas State University swine researchers say feeding amino acids cuts costs, benefits environment
11/10/15 Farms.com
Similarly, Kansas State University researchers have been learning more about how adding amino acids to swine feed helps improve animal muscle safely while reducing producer's costs and a farm's environmental impact.

Current status of new herbicide-resistant crops
11/10/15 Farms.com
K-State released to sorghum breeding programs a line of grain sorghum that is resistant to ALS herbicides several years ago. DuPont assumed ownership of the technology and those seed companies that signed agreements with DuPont will be developing Inzen sorghum hybrids.


Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

*You can't judge meat by its color and 4 other common food handling mistakes
11/8/15 Today.com — NBC's "Today" show
Following some basic food safety practices will help to make sure you're enjoying the holidays and not feeling miserable," said Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. "Even if it does take that little extra bit of time or effort, it is worth it in terms of not seeing a loved one or yourself getting sick, or even worse."

*The elegance of a robot
11/6/15 Farm Industry News
Kansas State won this year's ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition with this robot equipped with stadium-like lighting.

K-State Breaks Ground on Equine Performance Testing Center
11/7/15 The Horse
The Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a $2.8 million state-of-the-art equine facility on Nov. 4.

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Great Teaching Schools 2015
10/30/15 Newsweek
Kansas State University has a proud 150-year legacy of preparing teachers, school administrators and education leaders as well as leaders in all fields.

Drones Go To College: Northwest Universities Add Programs in Unmanned Aerial Systems
11/5/15 OPB
Kansas State began offering bachelor’s degrees in UAS in 2011. This fall, the university added a second degree option in “drone design and integration.” KSU, along with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of North Dakota were first to create UAS degrees according to the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence. The University of Colorado-Boulder also has a mature UAS program. 
Good News on the Horizon for Rabies Vaccines?
11/5/15 Healthy Pets
Very recently I reported the results of a study performed by Kansas State University (KSU) that compared “anamnestic” antibody responses of dogs and cats with current vs. out-of-date rabies vaccinations. The animals in the study were given rabies boosters (“booster” is simply another name for a re-vaccination), and then given antibody titer tests to see if the group with current vaccinations had higher titers than the group with out-of-date vaccinations.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

*On the Run: Exercise may benefit cancer patients
11/4/15 Canandalgua, New York Daily Messenger
The reason has to do with blood flow delivery and oxygen, according to Bradley Behnke, PhD., a physiology researcher at Kansas State University.

*KSU Breaks Ground on Equine Performance Testing Center
11/4/15 Salina Post
The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University broke ground Wednesday on a $2.8 million state-of-the-art equine facility.

Ag industry 'woefully underprepared' for next big threat
11/4/15 Feedstuffs
Testifying before a House Agriculture subcommittee Nov. 3, Beckham, dean of the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University, said as demonstrated recently during the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine herds, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry populations and last the Ebola virus (EBOV) disease in the public health sector, the approach has been mostly reactive and less proactive when it comes to preparing for the next emerging threat.


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

*The top predictor of divorce — and how to avoid it
11/3/15 WAAYTV.com
In fact, a study from a Kansas State University researcher cited by The Huffington Post found that couples who argued about money in their early days as a couple were more likely to get divorced later in their marriage.

Dallas Law Firm Again Offers $50,000 in Scholarships to Students Affected by Cancer
11/3/15 Yahoo! Finance 
The law firm awarded $10,000 scholarships for the 2015-16 school year to five students now attending Kansas State University, Collin County Community College, Samford University, Texas A&M Commerce and Austin College.

Ground Meat Safety from Pasture to Plate
11/3/15 USAgNet
In the United States, consumers on average eat about 60 pounds of beef every year, of which about 42 percent is in a ground form, said Travis O'Quinn, a meat scientist at Kansas State University.



Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Traveling to the heartland to discuss antimicrobial resistance
11/2/15 Ciencias Médicas News
For starters, to paraphrase Dorothy, when you spend a day in Kansas, you know you’re not in Washington any more. It’s partly the famous Midwestern friendliness, which we encountered at every turn as we walked the Kansas State campus, toured the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, and visited Great Bend Feeding, Inc.

Study: Men who do fair share of housework have better sex
Researchers from the University of Alberta and Kansas State University analyzed data from a five-year study of 1,338 German heterosexual couples. They found that when men reported making what they considered to be a fair contribution to housework, the couple reporting having more sex than other couples, and higher levels of sexual satisfaction than other couples when re-interviewed a year later.

*The top predictor of divorce — and how to avoid it
11/3/15 Deseret News
In fact, a study from a Kansas State University researcher cited by The Huffington Post found that couples who argued about money in their early days as a couple were more likely to get divorced later in their marriage.


Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

The political world loves Halloween, in photos
10/30/15 Washington Post
“It appears that Kansas State University and the University of North Carolina may have infiltrated tomorrow’s Halloween celebration at the White House,” photographer Pete Souza wrote on Instagram.

Pork Board defines antibiotic priorities
It is being asked to offer guidance on how to improve antibiotic stewardship in the pork industry. The panel members are: Mike Apley, food animal production medicine, Kansas State University.

*Like a good scare? You're not alone, according to a Kansas State University psychological sciences professor
10/30/15 Health Canal
For many, Halloween is a night filled with treats, costumes, ghosts, ghouls and some fear — which can be a good thing, according to a Kansas State University expert.