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K-Staters in the news — August 2016

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

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

These are Princeton Review's best colleges for 2017
8/30/16 Today.com
Best Quality of Life
3. Kansas State University

The future of the drone discussed at Kansas Ag Summit
8/29/16 WIBW 
"About 2013, and this is a report that I continually refer to, AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International) came out with an economic impact assessment and they identified potentially $1.9 billion in economic growth and 3,714- plus or minus- jobs that could be a benefit to the state of Kansas because of this industry," said retired Marine Corps Col. Joel Anderson, Development Director at Kansas State University. 

*Rare copies of great works on display in new exhibit
8/30/16 The Manhattan Mercury 
Rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Magna Carta and other great works will be on display this fall in a new exhibit at K-State’s Hale Library.

Monday, August 29, 2016

*Is your job bad for your health? Why that desk job might just be making you ill
8/27/16 U.K. Daily Record
Increased hours are having a major impact on our health and studies have found that these longer hours can lead to you smoking more, exercising less and seeing the doctor less frequently. 'All work and no play' might make you seem like a star employee on the surface, but in the long run, it will only hurt you. Researchers at Kansas State University found that employees who worked more than 50 hours per week were more likely to have reduced physical and mental well-being. These workers also tended to skip meals because they were too busy working.

*Construction projects valued at more than $530 million changing the face of Kansas State University
8/27/16 Topeka Capital Journal
The Kansas State University campus has been dotted with construction orange for months, a visual symbol of the physical growth occurring there.

Ditch the car: how to visit America's national parks without the congestion
8/27/16 The U.K. Guardian
The benefits of limiting cars to minimize environmental impact aren’t straightforward, however, says Francesco Orsi, an assistant professor of geography at Kansas State University and the editor of Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas. Cars may be a big source of air pollution and carbon emissions, but they also limit the number of people wearing out trails and trampling through areas with sensitive habitats.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.
8/22/16 The Chronicle of Higher Education
It’s near midnight on a Friday at Kansas State University, and an associate professor of anthropology is out with his students, sneaking onto the rooftop of a campus building — or at least trying to.

Brexit decision not likely to have significant impact on U.S. agricultural trade
8/24/16 National Hog Farmer
Vincent Amanor-Boadu, professor of agribusiness economics and management at Kansas State University, says there are economic implications within financial and trade sectors as a result of the vote, commonly called Brexit, but that significant impact within the U.S. agricultural sector is not likely.

*Take the challenge: Plan ahead to keep food safe with Prepare Kansas starting Sept. 1
8/24/16 High Plains Journal
"Kansas has its share of disasters, whether it’s a homeowner’s basement flooding or a fire affecting a whole block in a community. We’re committed to working with people across the state to help them be prepared for anything that comes their way,” said Kansas State University associate professor Elizabeth Kiss. “We can’t always keep disasters from happening, but we know that being as prepared as possible, whether it’s making an emergency kit or having copies of your financial and personal information in a separate, safe place, aids in the recovery from disasters."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Not everyone happy with gas leak settlement
8/22/16 Fox4KC
"This is an opportunity to bring some investment back into the urban core into a community that desperately needs it and move us in a positive direction," said state Rep. Randy Dunn, who represents the area. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church helped form Urban Success Development Incorporated. Pastor Kevin Smith said the group will use money contributed by Zill to turn contaminated Brownfields into Ressurection Village, a new housing community. The project is getting support from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kansas State University College of Engineering.

LiveSafe app improving campus safety at Kansas State
8/22/16 WIBW
Kansas State University police say protecting students is a main priority. They recently signed on with the LiveSafe app to give them another tool to accomplish that goal. The LiveSafe App allows faculty and students to have two-way communication with campus security officials at all times.

Wheat olympics: a test of endurance
8/22/16 Minnesota Ag Connection
If wheat is the athlete, then Kansas State University associate professor in agronomy, Krishna Jagadish is the coach. Jagadish and his team impose heat and drought stress on post-flowering plants to determine which ones will cave under pressure and which ones will overcome the odds.

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Awards for Campuswide Assessment
8/22/16 Inside Higher Ed
Today the groups — the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment — are announcing the first 10 recipients of the Excellence in Assessment designation, which include a range of two-year and four-year, public, private, and for-profit institutions. Kansas State University, one of the designees, has made significant changes in its curriculum in response to strengths and shortcomings identified through faculty-driven assessment efforts, said Frederick Burrack, director of the assessment office and professor of music at Kansas State.

*Kansas State students get 2nd in Fountain Wars
8/20/19 Topeka Capital Journal
A Kansas State University team earned four awards and placed second overall in a recent international design-build competition in Orlando, Fla.

*Moving into K-State dorms for the first time
8/20/16 WIBW-TV
Nicholas Diddle, a freshman at K-State, is moving into his dorm room.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

8 tips for planting fall alfalfa
8/15/16 AgWeb
Planting alfalfa this summer or fall? Romulo Lollato and Doo-Hong Min, forage specialists with Kansas State University, have some best practices to make sure your investment pays off.

Tighter air pollution laws could save thousands of lives
8/15/16 Junior College
"In a crowded city, many people end up living next to landfills, major highways or industrial areas", said Wendy Griswold, the project's principal investigator and Kansas State University's Center for Hazardous Substance Researchproject manager.

Kroger included in tainted peas case
8/15/16 Legal NewsLine
Fadi Aramouni, a food science professor at Kansas State University, has served as a witness in cases involving contaminated foods, including those tainted with listeria, a naturally occurring bacteria present in most common places such as air, water, plants and animals.

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

*Genomics solutions to the riddle of the tobacco hornworm sphinx moth
8/13/16 AlphaGalileo
The large-scale research project to sequence, annotate, and explore the genome of the tobacco hornworm moth started in 2009 and was led by Prof. Michael R. Kanost from Kansas State University and Prof. Gary W. Blissard from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University.

Growing Things: Move plants inside while keeping bugs out
8/13/16 Edmunton (Canada) Journal
According to a newsletter from Kansas State University, if the growing conditions are perfect there may be little difference with the red plastic mulch. However, if the conditions are less than optimum then the 20 per cent increase with the red mulch can occur. On average, the red plastic mulch will provide a 12 per cent increase in production. I am not sure who carries the mulch locally, so you may have to do some exploring to find a supplier.

Illinois Launches Certificate Program for Beef Veterinarians
8/15/16 Veterinary Practice News
Executive Veterinary Program (EVP), a credential for elite swine practitioners, will soon be available for beef veterinarians. The inaugural "EVP in Beef Health Management" is a result of a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Kansas State University.

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

7 Benefits Of Freelancing You Don't Get With A Desk Job
08/11/16 Forbes
One of the best parts of being a freelancer is that you get to say when enough is enough. If you have too many clients and can’t handle the stress, you can drop one. And as it turns out, controlling your workload is better for your health. Research from Kansas State University found that employees who work more than 50 hours per week suffer from decreased mental and physical health. Another study by European researchers found that working 10 hours or more every day can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, by 60%.
Two-thirds of couples don't talk about finances before getting hitched
08/11/16 Yahoo! Finance
Researchers at Kansas State University have found arguments about money to be a top predictor of divorce.

Bearcam Aids Study Of Human Connections With Wildlife
08/11/16 Environmental Monitor
This connection with the virtual world that we have is one thing that researchers at Kansas State University are looking to dissect in a recent work. They are looking specifically to compare the responses of people viewing bears through abearcam at Katmai National Park with those of park visitors who see the creatures live.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Straddle the Line: The Opportunities and Dangers of Technology in Advising
8/9/16 The evoLLLution
We often hear about the value of technology in transforming the way higher education works, but what are the true opportunities and what are the limits? After all, especially in the advising space, the opportunity to significantly improve the student experience and to have a massive impact on student outcomes is very real. However, the danger of becoming over-reliant on technology is a realistic one as well. In this interview, Charlie Nutt, executive director of NACADA in Kansas State University's College of Education, sheds some light on this issue, identifying the ideal process an institution should take to find the right solution for their needs.

EPA Awards $4.5M to Advance Portable, Easy-to-Use Air Pollution Monitors for 'Communities'
8/10/16 CNSNews
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., will create a partnership with local organizations in South Chicago to evaluate the effects of community-led research on the community’s understanding of air pollution.

Kansas groups stay proactive about Zika
8/10/16 KSNT
“Everything depends on funding for sure,” said Stephen Higgs, the director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University. "We’ve been using some of our own funds from departmental sources."

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Makes your pet feel rotten - linked to this everyday mistake
8/9/16 Healthy Pets
According to veterinarian Dr. Gregory F. Grauer of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Feline idiopathic cystitis appears to be associated with interactions among the nervous system, adrenal glands and the bladder. Environment also appears to play a role in the pathophysiology and, in some cases, FIC is associated with clinical signs related to the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, integumentary, and immune systems."

PETA says Florida's monkey farms are zika incubators, plans protest today
8/9/16 Miami New Times
Two researchers — one from Kansas State University and another from the University of California-Davis — warned that if the virus develops a persistent "enzootic cycle" between mosquitoes and American primates, it could have a "long-term impact on human disease."

Park University graduate and Kansas State athletic trainer now volunteering with Olympic Games in Rio
8/9/16 KSHB Kansas City
Phillip Vardiman is representing Kansas City at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Vardiman, the director of Kansas State University athletic training program and an associate professor in the College of Human Ecology, has been selected as an athletic trainer for the medical team that will support the U.S. track and field athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

Young architect guide: 5 cross-campus collaboration tips for architecture students
8/8/16 Architizer
The Kansas City Design Center hosts an urban design program integrating architecture students from both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, folding them into public service and community engagement in the process.

Crop producers should look out for potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms and fall armyworms
8/8/16 High Plains / Midwest Ag Journal
Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.

Animal health officials still trying to rid the world of Rinderpest
8/8/16 Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
Keith Hamilton, executive director of international programs at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine says some member-countries of the World Organization for Animal Health have already destroyed the Rinderpest virus or are in the process of shipping it to an approved facility.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

Managing beef cow margins: grazing cost
8/1/16 Top Producer
Information from Kansas State University indicates that total pasture plus non-pasture feed costs represent 45-50 percent of total annual cow costs.  Non-pasture cost includes both harvested forages and supplemental feeds. Total feed cost is the single largest component of annual cow costs and arguably the best opportunity for cost management.

Learn prevention and control strategies for pet food extrusion
8/1/16 Petfood Industry
New proteins designed to supplement more natural pet foods were on display at Petfood Innovation Workshop. On April 18, pet food professionals gathered at Kansas State University's Olathe, Kansas, USA, campus for the workshop centered on meat and novel proteins that could be used to improve the shelf life, palatability, nutritional content and other aspects of traditional, extruded pet food as well as freeze-dried, baked and dehydrated treats.

Extreme heat can be fatal for dogs
8/1/16 WIBW News Now
Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says dogs will exhibit a number of warning signs if they’re suffering from heat stress or heat exhaustion, including panting more than usual.

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

*K-State infects mosquitoes with Zika, hoping to unravel mysteries
7/29/16 Kansas City Star
In a laboratory room a few blocks from the football stadium, Kansas State University researchers are growing the dreaded Zika virus.

Consistent Kansas State Wins College Championship
7/29/16 Louisville Courier Journal
Kansas State anglers Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins used a steady, methodical approach to win the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship Saturday on Green River Lake.

*K-State professor helping stage opening stage at Rio Olympics
7/30/16 Topeka Capital Journal
And this year, Kansas State University professor Bryan Pinkall will have a hand in staging the ceremony known as one of the world’s largest artistic events.

New 'Harry Potter' book charms readers
7/30/16 CTV
"We begin our world experience with Harry, but of course we learn about his parents and the marauders' generation, we learn about those before them, and so it seems perfect to be able to pick up where the epilogue leaves off," said Westmount, who teaches several Harry Potter-related courses at Kansas State University.


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