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K-Staters in the news — October 2016

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

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Early voting up over 2012
10/31/16 WIBW 
More people have voted in advance than the last presidential election. Secretary of State Kris Kobach reports advanced voting is up over the same time in 2012. Riley County has two early locations both at the courthouse and at the Kansas State University Student Union. 

Managing KSU's sheep, goats brings man sheer joy
10/31/16 The Mercury
Today, Hubbard is the unit manager of K-State’s Sheep and Meat Goat Center and a farmer in Olsburg. Hubbard is responsible for the welfare of the sheep and goats on the land and helping students who use the animals for classes and labs. K-State raises the sheep and goats for several instructional needs.

Research ties sow Vitamin D intake to progeny performance
10/31/16 Swine Web
The most recent research, supported by DSM Nutritional Products and carried out at Kansas State University, shows that an optimum level of vitamin D3 supplementation in the sow diet can measurably impact the performance of sows and their progeny.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

*10 Facts About Divorce Every Woman Should Know
10/28/16 Women's Health magazine
10.Arguing with your S.O. about where the cash goes is a slippery slope. Regardless of how much you pull in, financial arguments are one of the top predictors of divorce, according to Kansas State University researchers. Mo' money fights, mo' splits.

*Tiny House Villages Are the Next Big Thing
10/30/16 Good Housekeeping
According to researchers at Kansas State University, tiny house villages are environmentally friendly, they promote a sense of community, they encourage healthy lifestyles and habits, and they're a safe and affordable housing option for the masses. For all of these reasons, the experts are hoping that tiny house villages will spread across the country in the near future.

KitKat thief may be the politest criminal ever
10/30/16 Metro 96.8 UK
Hunter Williams, who goes to Kansas State University, had popped out of his car for 15 minutes, when he returned to find a scrappy note written on a piece of tissue. It read: ‘Saw Kit Kat in your cup holder. I love Kit Kats so I checked your door and it was unlocked. Did not take anything other than the Kit-Kat. I am sorry and hungry.’

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

This photo of a dog with a mouthful of ladybugs is freaking out pet owners
10/27/16 Miami Herald
The multicolored beetles have been plentiful in Kansas this year, as they have been in recent years, Jeff Whitworth, a Kansas State University entomology professor, told the Tribune.

Parents pass (bad) money habits to kids
10/27/16 Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
Sonya Britt, a certified financial planner and associate professor at Kansas State University, explained how these family dynamics play out in a research summary written for financial planners, under a contract with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

*Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus expands learning fleet with four new Beechcraft Bonanza Aircraft
10/27/16 Aviation Pros
The aviation program at Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus is enhancing its students' flying experience with the addition of new aircraft to its fleet.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

6 financial reasons not to get married
10/26/16 MSN Money
Differing financial attitudes take their toll on your wallet, and often on your relationship. A Kansas State University study for the National Survey of Families and Households found that arguments about money were the No. 1 predictor of divorce regardless of income, debt and net worth. And divorce, as you’ll see, is expensive.

Researchers Clear 'Patient Zero' From AIDS Origin Story
10/26/16 NPR
"And then three years later, in 1987, Dugas sort of comes back to life," says Phil Tiemeyer, a historian at Kansas State University.

Flint Hills: a lush feast for cattle
10/26/16 Midwest Producer
To help preserve and conserve the tall grass prairie that remains, Haukos said the station conducts research on grazing, controlled burning, weather and rest needed between uses in the Flint Hills. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, the former Dewey cattle ranch is operated by Kansas State University.


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

K-State reports no injuries in chemical spill
10/25/16 WIBW 13 News
Kansas State University says no one was hurt in a chemical spill Tuesday evening at the Biosecurity Research Institute on campus.

Shaw found pollutant in groundwater
10/25/16 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bonnie Bressers, an environmental reporter at the Stevens Point Journal at the time and currently an associate professor of journalism at Kansas State University, agreed. “Everyone knew it was a big deal when he found that agricultural chemicals had leached into the groundwater under potato fields," Bressers said. “And this was central Wisconsin and a lot of people didn’t want to hear about it because of the effect it could have on farming.”

*Zika Virus Infection Can Lead To Immunity, A Kansas University Study Confirms
10/25/16 News Everyday
Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Insitute and one of the study's co-authors, shares the study's findings, which were published in the Oct. 13, 2016, edition of the journal "Nature Medicine." Higgs said that there is a link between infection and eventual protection against future reinfection.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

College Choice releases 2016 ranking of the best bachelor's in nuclear engineering degrees
10/24/16 PR Newswire
This month, College Choice has published its 2016 ranking for the Best Bachelor's in Nuclear Engineering. This ranking examines key factors, including annual tuition, program features, internship opportunities, available financial aid, academic reputation, and more. This information was researched using a variety of publicly available resources, including PayScale.com, individual school websites, and the National Center for Education Statistics. Schools in the list include: Kansas State University.

Build your professional network at Executive Women in Agriculture 2016
10/24/16 TopProducer
Held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Chicago, Top Producer’s event for women in the business of farming is an outstanding opportunity to meet peers from around the U.S. and Canada. Speakers at this year’s event will include: Mykel Taylor of Kansas State University.

*Physicists use lasers to capture first snapshots of rapid chemical bonds breaking
10/24/16 The Science Explorer
The idea for using a laser to record a few femtoseconds of a molecule's extremely fast vibrations as it breaks apart came from Kansas State University physicists. Chii-Dong Lin, university distinguished professor of physics, and Anh-Thu Le, research associate professor in James R. Macdonald Laboratory, are part of an international collaborative project published in the Oct. 21 issue of Science.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Best College Values Publishes 10 Best Online Master's Programs in Chemical Engineering
10/24/16 Dallas Morning News
This month, Best College Values has released the latest in its series of "Best Value College Value" rankings, the 10 Best Online Master's of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. This ranking is limited to schools that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and universities and have a reputation for offering high quality academic programs in engineering in one or more national publications such as U.S. News & World Report. Schools in the top 10 include: Kansas State University.

*Vaccine breakthrough could help tackle foot-rot in sheep
10/22/16 Farmers Weekly (United Kingdom)
Kansas State University project has patented a method to vaccinate cattle against Fuscobaterium necrophorum infection, which causes liver abscesses.

*Kansas coyote hunt organizers settle animal-rights lawsuit
10/23/16 San Francisco Chronicle
Charles Lee, a Kansas State University extension service wildlife biologist, has hunted coyotes for decades and said it helps ranchers who are losing livestock to the animals. Lee also disputes whether luck is involved in coyote hunting and said the skills involved include knowing how to spot good coyote habitat, and having the ability to sneak into the area without being seen, heard or smelled by coyotes.

Regents drop discussion on statewide transcript notation policy for sexual assault findings
10/23/16 Lawrence Journal World
At most Kansas universities, students disciplined for sexual assault can transfer to other schools with no flag on their records indicating a problem with past conduct. Two of the schools, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, do have policies to note the transcripts of students expelled for sexual assault.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

8 Silent Ways That Horrible Job Is Hurting Your Health
10/20/16 Reader's Digest
Additionally, a 2013 study from Kansas State University found that “workaholism,” defined as working over 50 hours each week, “was associated with reduced mental well-being,” doctoral researcher Sarah Asebdo said in a release.
 
Molecular selfie reveals how a chemical bond breaks: Proton is seen escaping the molecule
10/20/16 Phys.org
"We took one electron, steered it along a specific path with the laser and scattered it off an isolated molecule to record its diffraction pattern" said Biegert, "it is mind-boggling to imagine the length and time scales of the experiment. The fantastic cooperation between experimentalists and theorists, atomic physicists and quantum chemists from ICFO, Kansas State University, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Center for Free Electron Laser Science/DESY/CUI, Aarhus University, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Leiden University, and Universität Kassel made it possible to achieve such feat".
 
KSU Feed the Future lab helping establish agricultural research center in Cambodia
10/20/16 KNEB
Kansas State University has received a $2.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to boost agricultural innovation and growth in Cambodia, a country where 80 percent of the population is directly or indirectly involved in agriculture.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

*8 Silent Ways That Horrible Job Is Hurting Your Health
10/17/16 Reader's Digest
Too much time on the job can cause people to pull back from the rest of their lives. “Young tech people who put in really long hours begin to turn into couch potatoes and want to be left alone.” says Christina Maslach, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. “It’s not just being irritable, it’s being no good for anybody because you’re overwhelmed and haven’t slept. People talk about their relationships breaking up and not eating or sleeping well.” Additionally, a 2013 study from Kansas State University found that “workaholism,” defined as working over 50 hours each week, “was associated with reduced mental well-being,” doctoral researcher Sarah Asebdo said in a release.

Proactivity in the workplace a 'double-edged sword'
10/20/16 Learning and Development Professional
Whether proactivity was perceived as being helpful or brazen hinged on the employees’ political skills. Andrew Wefald, associate professor at the Staley School of Leadership Studies in Kansas State University, defines political skill as the ability to build connections, foster trust, and influence other people.

Former Gov. Carlin, political experts predicting big changes in Kansas Legislature
10/19/16 LJ World
After that election, then-President Bill Clinton named him to head the National Archives, a post he held for 10 years until stepping down in 2005. He now teaches as a visiting professor and executive in residence at Kansas State University.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

*Zika infection may bring future immunity
10/17/16 NBC2
"The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, said in a university news release.

SAVE bridges the gap between aging farmers and transitioning soldiers
10/17/16 High Plains Journal
The next step is to offer apprenticeships based on existing programs at Kansas State University and area technical colleges.

Researchers discover novel virus associated with polio-like symptoms in pigs
10/17/16 Veterinary Practice News
The diagnostic team, which also included researchers from the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University, found microscopic lesions in the pigs’ central nervous tissues containing a novel sapelovirus that researchers hadn’t previously encountered.

New bacterial pathogen found in corn in Texas
10/17/16 Phys.Org
The disease, bacterial streak, caused by the Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum bacteria, was confirmed in Texas by French's plant pathology lab in Amarillo, the Great Plains Diagnostic Network Regional Lab at Kansas State University, and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Maryland, he said.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Some Kansas Muslims say they are afraid for their lives
10/16/16 CBS News
Debra Bolton has studied the immigrant populations for years, currently for Kansas State University and said 35 languages and dialects besides English are spoken in Garden City schools. Of the 40,000 people in Finney County, only 46 percent are of white European descent, and there are about 500 Somalians, she said.

*After 4-Year Delay, Kansas Colleges Move to Carry Out Campus Gun Law
10/17/16 Chronicle of Higher Education
At Kansas State University, administrators approached the task by doing their research. "Our mission was really fairly narrow because our policy had to align with their [the regents’] policy, which also has to align with state law," said Jeffery B. Morris, vice president for communications and marketing and a member of the university’s advisory group on weapons. "So we did a lot of research, we talked to other universities, we visited with states that have had concealed carry."

Best College Values Publishes 30 Best Value Online Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
10/17/16 Dallas Morning News
This month, Best College Values has released the latest in its series of Best Value College Value rankings, the 30 Best Value Online Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, (http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/best-online-masters-mechanical-engineering/). This ranking is limited to schools that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and universities. All schools in this ranking enjoy a reputation for offering high quality academic programs in engineering in one or more national publications such as U.S. News & World Report. Among the schools on the list: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

*Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year
10/12/16 Phys.org
If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first.

NIFA invests $1.4 million in Health and Safety Education for Rural Communities
10/12/16 USDA
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $356,257 – This project expands on the existing Keys to Embracing Aging program to reach communities statewide in Kansas and Kentucky. The program introduces and reinforces 12 healthy lifestyle behaviors, including nutrition, physical fitness, social, and mental wellness, personal safety, stress reduction, and financial management.

*Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year
10/12/16 Barn Media
If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Russia becomes global grain superpower as wheat exports explode
10/10/16 Alaska Dispatch News
Rich soil, government support and proximity to Black Sea ports for shipping means Russian costs can be as little as half those of major competitors supplying key import markets in the Middle East, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

*Huck Boyd Institute presents Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole
10/10/16 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole for service to rural Kansas Sept. 16. Dole received the award at the institute’s Rural Leaders Tribute after he visited Dole Hall—named in his honor—on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus.

*K-State gets $200,000 grant to study novel ruminant pathogen
10/10/16 Kansas Farmer
Heartwater and other foreign animal diseases like it are exactly the kinds of threats that the Biosecurity Research Institute scientists at Kansas State University are working to study and develop vaccines against -- those that have the potential for catastrophic consequences if introduced to the U.S. mainland.

*Researchers sign agreement with Mahindra & Mahindra
10/10/16 Minnesota Ag Connection
The world's largest-selling tractor brand by volume is setting its sights on expanding and introducing new products for the North American market and is looking to Kansas State University engineers to support product development.

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

*Kansas State University business school opens new building
10/7/16 Houston Chronicle
The $60 million College of Business Administration building at Kansas State University officially opened for use this semester.

Curricular Cop-Out on Co-ops
10/9/16 Chronicle of Higher Education
The exceptions to this lacuna are generally found not in M.B.A. programs but in the less glamorous discipline of agricultural economics. Producer cooperatives are part of American farmers’ essential infrastructure, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has long supported university research on co-ops, especially at land-grant campuses. Agriculture-oriented co-op centers can be found at Kansas State, North Dakota State, and Texas A&M Universities, the University of Missouri at Columbia, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

*Tiny House Villages Are About to Be the Next Big Housing Trend, According to Researchers
10/9/16 Cosmopolitan
According to researchers at Kansas State University, tiny house villages are environmentally friendly, they promote a sense of community, they encourage healthy lifestyles and habits, and they’re a safe and affordable housing option for the masses.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

How the Zika virus could make its way north
10/06/16 Newsweek
So what’s going on? Stephen Higgs, a co-author of the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases study and a researcher at Kansas State University, says he cannot explain why different researchers are finding contradictory results. He speculated that it could be due to differences between the populations of mosquitoes used, or the strains of the virus, or different lab techniques.
 
Hurricane Matthew prep: Grab these key financial documents in an evacuation
10/06/16 CNBC
Priority in an evacuation should be given to your own safety, said certified financial planner Ann Coulson, an assistant professor at Kansas State University's Institute of Personal Financial Planning. While it can help to bring along harder-to-replace documents (such as birth certificates) or ones that can help in the aftermath of a storm (such as your insurance policy), tracking those down shouldn't delay evacuating, she warned.
 
Want to Be a Better Leader? Build Your Political Skills
10/06/16 Business News Daily
"Most people think of political skills as manipulative and negative but, basically, it is building connections with other people," Andrew Wefald, one of the study's authors and a professor at Kansas State University, said in a statement. "In a positive sense, politically skilled people foster supportive and trusting environments to benefit organizations and are going to be more transformational leaders, which will lead to higher job satisfaction."
 
Russia Becomes a Grain Superpower as Wheat Exports Explode
10/07/16 Washington Post
Rich soil, government support and proximity to Black Sea ports for shipping means Russian costs can be as little as half those of major competitors supplying key import markets in the Middle East, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Syrian seed bank gets new home away from war
10/5/16 Nature
The centre provides researchers and breeders with an average of about 20,000 samples each year, says Amri, with most material going to the United States, to institutions in the nation’s breadbasket such as Kansas State University and North Dakota State University. Many wild varieties from arid regions have traits that may help crops to meet the challenges posed by climate change, including resistance to drought, heat and pests, and adaptations to salinity.

*Tiny House Villages Are About to Be the Next Big Housing Trend, According to Researchers 
10/5/16 Country Living
According to researchers at Kansas State University, tiny house villages are environmentally friendly, they promote a sense of community, they encourage healthy lifestyles and habits, and they're a safe and affordable housing option for the masses. Forall of these reasons, the experts are hoping that tiny house villages will spread across the country in the near future, according toThe Wichita Eagle.

Genes predict best bets among millions of seeds
10/5/16 Futurity
Funding for the research came from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, Kansas State University Center for Sorghum Improvement, the ISU Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding, and the ISU Plant Science Institute.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

*Culex mosquitoes not involved in transmission of Zika virus, study finds
10/4/16 Wichita Eagle
Researchers at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute studied Culexspecies mosquitoes from across the country, including Vero Beach in Florida, which is near Miami-Dade County where mosquitoes are spreading Zika virus.

*Tiny houses could have big health benefits 
10/4/16 Builder Magazine 
Big health benefits may be hidden in tiny houses, according to two Kansas State University researchers. This fall, Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Julia Day, assistant professor of interior design, are traveling the country studying the super-small dwellings.

*Vaccine may help diseases in animals, people meet their match
10/4/16 Medical Xpress
A newly patented vaccine by Kansas State University researchers could be good news for meat consumers.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

*Leadership expert says political skills important to leader satisfaction
10/5/16 Scienmag Science Magazine
Leaders skilled at influencing others may be happier at work, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Andrew Wefald, associate professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies, says political skill — the ability to build connections, foster trust and influence other people — is a fundamental quality of a transformational leader and being good at it can increase job satisfaction and engagement.

Vitamin D intake and progeny performance
10/4/16 Morning Ag Clips
The most recent research, supported by DSM Nutritional Products and carried out at Kansas State University, shows that an optimum level of vitamin D3 supplementation in the sow diet can measurably impact the performance of sows and their progeny

Can eating raw cookie dough really make you sick?
10/5/16 True Viral News
Most commercial eggs contain an added protective oil coating on the shells. Washing them could remove the coating and drive bacteria on the outside of the egg to the inside via the pores in the eggshell, says Londa Nwadike, Ph.D., a food safety specialist at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

*K-State researchers help with new Zika vaccine
9/30/16 Wichita Eagle
Researchers at Kansas State University have contributed substantially to developing a promising new Zika virus vaccine, the university said in a prepared statement this week.

Fitzwater exhibit to open at Kansas State Library
10/1/17 Houston Chronicle
An exhibit about former presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater is opening next month at Kansas State University.

*Appointments
10/3/16 Chronicle of Higher Education
Long Huynh, director of graduate and professional education programs and services at California State University at Northridge, to associate dean of enrollment management and marketing at Kansas State University Global Campus.

 


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