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K-Staters in the news — January 2015

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


Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

These Amazing Photos Are Not Special Effects From A Sci-fi Film
01/30/15 Gizmodo
A glowing TRIGA II reactor at Kansas State University.
Farm Bill SCO: More Useful Than Raising Coverage?
01/29/15 Agriculture.com
“If you’re at 80% or 85% [coverage], there’s not much left here,” says Kansas State University economist Art Barnaby. With SCO, “when you’re actually calculating the cost of what you’re paying for coverage, it’s pretty darned expensive.” 
*Does your workplace need a ‘quiet room’?
01/30/15 Human Capital Magazine
In December, a study found that employees who openly discuss religious beliefs have higher levels of job satisfaction.
Sooyeol Kim, a Kansas State University researcher, contributed towards the study.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

National Chemical Laboratory scientist elected science academy fellow
1/29/15 The Times of India
Prasad received his master's and PhD in chemistry from University of Hyderabad. After postdoctoral stints at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kansas State University, he joined NCL in 2003.

These amazing photos are not special effects from a sci-fi film
1/28/15 Gizmodo
A glowing TRIGA II reactor at Kansas State University:

*Bypass 'divorce month' by getting honest about money
1/28/15 CNBC
Are you wondering if your marriage is headed for splitsville? According to Sonya Britt, a Kansas State University researcher, the biggest predictor of divorce is whether or not you argue about money.


Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

*Rabies booster protects pets with expired shots, study finds
1/27/15 Examiner.com
Cats and dogs with expired rabies vaccinations are “very unlikely” to develop the fatal disease if they receive a booster shot immediately after being exposed to the virus, according to a new study by Kansas State University.

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug
1/27/15 NPR Blogs
Dan Thomson, a researcher at Kansas State University who has studied the effects of Zilmax on cattle, says that Merck has been acting responsibly in its efforts to revive sales of the drug

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback seeks incentives to attract people to urban areas
1/27/15 The Kansas City Star
Rural opportunity zones weren’t “based on the scientific understanding of how migration works,” said Laszlo Kulcsar, a sociologist at Kansas State University.


Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

*New rabies research could save your pet's life
1/26/15 News 4 (Jacksonville, Florida)
Researchers at Kansas State University hope new information they've discovered on rabies can reduce the number of pets euthanized.

Small towns look for innovative ways to support local grocery stores
1/24/13 Progressive Farmer
"As a grocery store goes in rural communities, so go other businesses," reports David Procter, director of the Kansas State University (K-State) center for engagement and community development.

*Workout partner boosts calorie burn: 5 traits of a great fitness match
WRCB TV (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
A study from Kansas State University researchers shows verbal motivation can backfire if it's in excess.


Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Dr. Seuss' 'Oh, The Places You'll Go!' turns 25
01/23/15 CNN
It's a children's book, as most Dr. Seuss books are, but its messages have resonated through a quarter-century because adults love it too, said Philip Nel, director of the program in children's literature at Kansas State University.
How to lay out a winter bird buffet
01/22/15 Wichita Eagle
The one seed that has the most universal appeal is black oil sunflower seed, says Ward Upham of K-State. “If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix,” he writes in the Horticulture 2015 newsletter. “White proso millet is second in popularity and is the favorite of dark-eyed juncos and other sparrows as well as the red-winged blackbird.
No crystal ball at farm bill meetings
1/23/15 Kansas Agland
"I've been at this 30 years and I don’t think I've been at a meeting where the agent has had to turn people away," said Kansas State University agricultural economist Art Barnaby. 

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

4.4 Million American Men Hide Money From Their Partners
 Jan. 21, 2015 NBC News
Money is an oft-cited cause of divorce. A 2013 Kansas State University study using longitudinal data from more than 4,500 couples found "arguments about money was by far the top predictor of divorce." And a separate survey of nearly 200 Certified Divorce Financial Analysts cited money as the third leading cause of divorce (behind "basic incompatibility" and "infidelity").

Researchers introduce macrosystems approach to study stream ecology
Jan. 21, 2015 ScienceDaily
Kansas State University scientists and collaborators have developed a new method for studying a variety of streams -- including tropical, prairie or forested streams -- across continents.

More women turning to farm ownership
Jan. 21, 2015 Miami County Republic
For example, a study conducted by Kansas State University professor, Rhonda Janke, found the average Kansas farm’s net income per acre from vegetables was more than 24 times greater than that of the state’s most common crop: wheat. Decreased infrastructure and other costs and increased price per unit through direct market channels both impact this.


Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Kansas bills on body cameras get support, raise questions
1/19/15 San Francisco Gate
Riley County police and Kansas State University campus police also said this fall they were implementing body cameras.

Steelcase Education Announces Winner In National Student Design Competition
1/20/15 Bloomberg Businessweek
The winning design was created by Emma Montgomery, a fourth-year student in the Interior Architecture and Product Design program at Kansas State University. Using the concept of "urban porosity," Montgomery was honored for focusing her design on the principles of collaboration, transparency and flexibility. She was also commended for her thoughtful approach to this new learning environment with solutions for both introverts and extroverts. Montgomery and the Kansas State design program are each receiving a $1,000 cash prize from Steelcase Design Alliances.

Taking Canola Production to the Next Level
1/19/15 Farms.com
The conference is set for February 19 at the Chisholm Trail EXPO Center, 111 W. Purdue, in Enid, Oklahoma. This conference is sponsored by Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Great Plains Canola Association, and partners from the canola industry.


Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

K-State's Schulz to head NCAA committee
1/17/15 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State president Kirk Schulz was elected chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors at the NCAA Convention on Saturday.

*Virginia Tech's first lady has second role on campus
1/19/15 Chronicle of Higher Education
Noel Schulz, Kansas State University’s first lady, is associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering.

*K-State to commemorate life of MLK
1/17/15 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University in Manhattan has scheduled several events to commemorate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

‘Super banana’ latest in ag tech
01/15/15 Hutchinson News
Technology isn’t just being used to enhance products; researchers at Kansas State University are participating in the federal Feed the Future initiative, which aims to remove the hurdles to common production issues in developing nations. Technology is the driver of the solutions, but sometimes the research leads to low-tech outcomes, like using insects to do work that chemicals or machines might have done.
The end of COOL is certain, but it sure is taking a long time to die
01/15/15 Beef Magazine
With all the discussion that COOL caused within the industry when it was implemented, it is striking how little discussion there is about it today as it slowly withers on the vine. A recent study completed by Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University probably explains it best.
Female governance
01/15/15 Hays Daily News
"Having a woman serve in office can have an impact on policies," Brianne Heidbreder, a Kansas State University professor who studies the role of gender in state governments, said in an interview with the Kansas City Star. "Not only that, but women in office can actually have an impact on their male colleagues."

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

'Power Five' members to flex new legislative muscles at NCAA convention
1/14/15 Inside Higher Ed
In October, Kirk Schulz, the president of Big 12 member Kansas State University, said that while he supports autonomy, he doesn’t think the voting process “is going to go as smooth as everyone thinks it is.”

Searchable database: Emporia State University employee salaries
1/13/15 Kansas City Business Journal
Recently, we highlighted the compensation of Kansas state government employees and employees of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University and Pittsburg State University.

Konza Prairie gives visitors a look at true Kansas
1/14/2015 The News & Observer
"There isn't a single person I have taken here who hasn't found Konza to be fascinating," said Manes, whose conservation group, along with Kansas State University, owns the land. "When you come here, you get a look at true Kansas - the way our state looked years ago.


Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Kansas will have no women in statewide offices
1/12/15 San Francisco Gate
"Having a woman serve in office can have an impact on policies," said Brianne Heidbreder, a Kansas State University professor who studies the role of gender in state governments. "Not only that, but women in office can actually have an impact on their male colleagues."

Jeigh Singleton dies, led Washington University's fashion design program
1/13/15 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Professor Singleton graduated from Tuskegee in 1966 and earned a master's degree from Kansas State University in 1970.

$9.6 million study examines beef resilience to climate change
1/13/2015 World News Report
As a group of Oklahoma cattle graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing. Sporting collars equipped with GPS tracking devices, these beef cattle are part of a five-year study led by Kansas State University to better understand beef production vulnerability to climate change across the southern Great Plains.


Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Konza Prairie gives visitors a look at true Kansas
1/11/15 Kansas City Star
“There isn’t a single person I have taken here who hasn’t found Konza to be fascinating,” said Manes, whose conservation group, along with Kansas State University, owns the land. “When you come here, you get a look at true Kansas — the way our state looked years ago.”

*Kansas birth rate lowest in recorded history
1/12/15 Wichita Eagle
"There's no reason to panic just yet, but Kansas is on the threshold," said Laszlo Kulcsar, professor of sociology at Kansas State University.

*On Monday, statewide office in Kansas becomes a men’s club
“Having a woman serve in office can have an impact on policies,” said Brianne Heidbreder, a professor at Kansas State University who has studied the role of gender in state governments. “Not only that, but women in office can actually have an impact on their male colleagues.”

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Flush to fuel
Jan. 8, 2015 AOCS
Peter Pfromm, chemical engineering professor at Kansas State University (Manhattan, USA), says there are two major cost considerations: the infrastructure for growing and processing the algae, and the ongoing costs for operating the facilities. The facilities can be quite expensive, he says, but “then you hopefully will make that money back over time and make some more money by selling biodiesel in the marketplace.”

Book offers advice for and by academic leaders
Jan. 8, 2015 Cornell Chronicle
Sternberg co-edited the volume with Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University; April C. Mason, provost and senior vice president of Kansas State University; Robert V. Smith, vice president of Collaborative Brain Trust University Consulting; Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas; and Michele Wheatly, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.

Farm bill meetings set across Kansas as decisions loom
Jan. 8, 2015 The Wichita Eagle
Kansas State University is hosting 15 educational meetings across the state as farmers face major decisions by the end of March under the new farm bill.


Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Merex Group Appoints Jonathan A. Silva as President of MRO Solutions
1/7/15 Yahoo! Finance
Silva holds a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. in American History from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He is also a SixSigma Black Belt.

MediVet America to Re-brand as MediVet Biologics
1/8/15 Houston Chronicle
In an effort to continue the advancement of the animal regenerative medicine space and provide the most, efficacious, and widely used provider of these therapies, MediVet Biologics continues to invest in the research and validation of the science. As of January 6th, 2015 the company has several ongoing R&D studies/projects at, The University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, & Kansas State University.

*Mandatory meat labels economically not worth the fight
1/7/15 Science Daily
In October 2014, the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico, finding that the mandated country-of-origin labels in the U.S. are not trade compliant and hurt business in nearby countries. The U.S. is appealing the decision. However, research from Kansas State University, in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, finds that most consumers aren't willing to pay extra for the label.


Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Once bitten: Study may give hope to pets with out-of-date rabies vaccine that are exposed to virus
1/6/15 Yahoo News
"The general public gets to see cases like this once a year," said Dr. Mike Moore, project manager for the rabies lab at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the report's lead author.

Pickert, BKD raise $300,000 for KU School of Business building
1/6/15 Wichita Business Journal
Kansas State University is building a new facility for its College of Business Administration.

New Lawson Bank CEO's past suits bank's future
1/6/15 Kansas City Business Journal
Baker spent the last six-and-a-half years as senior vice president of corporate development for Citizens Bank & Trust Co., based in Chillicothe, Mo. Prior to that he spent about three years as chief operating officer of Hillcrest Bank. He also has worked at First Federal Bank, BankLiberty and Kansas State University Federal Credit Union.


Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Searchable database: Kansas State University employee salaries
1/5/15 Kansas City Business Journal
You can find the salary of a Kansas State University employee by using the search form below. (The database does not include the value of benefits, such as health insurance or pension/retirement contributions.)

Topeka shows taste for community gardens
1/5/15 KCTV-5
Kansas State extension official Jamie Hancock says she's familiar with 29 community gardens in Shawnee County, with many of those located in Topeka. She added that during the past year, the efforts "really caught fire."

The business-minded veterinarian
1/6/15 Farms.com
According to Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the average debt reported by its 2014 graduates was $170,380, and graduates in 2013 had similar debt at $170,919.

15 resolutions for 2015
1/5/15 Wallet Hub
Brad Klontz, Financial Psychologist, Founder of the Financial Psychology Institute, Partner with OCCAM, LLC, Associate Professor in Financial Planning, Kansas State University.


Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

*College endowments bounce back after recession
1/4/15 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University saw its $337 million endowment in 2008 plunge during the recession to $260 million.

*New head of KSU Foundation named
1/3/15 WIBW
The Kansas State University Foundation named Greg Willems its next president and chief executive officer.

*Lawrence Public Library offers first-ever online college course
1/5/15 Lawrence Journal World
The massive open online course (MOOC) is offered free of charge through Kansas State University, but the library is volunteering its facilities and additional information to help increase the class completion rate, said Ransom Jabara, the library's information services coordinator.


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