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K-Staters in the news — February 2017

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

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

*K-State veterinarians give this blind baby gibbon her sight
2/27/16 13 WIBW
An ape born blind can now see - thanks to a rare procedure performed by K-State veterinarians.

The benefits of fire
2/27/17 Morning Ag Clips
Kansas State University recommends burning take place when wind speeds are between five and 15 miles per hour, relative humidity is from 40 to 70 percent and temperatures fall in the range of 55 to 80 degrees.

'Friended at the Front' author visits K-State
2/27/17 Fort Riley
Lisa Silvestri, author of “Friended at the Front: So­cial Media in the American War Zone,” will be at Kansas State University April 20 and 21 to participate in several events.

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

*K-State research catalogs goat cheese flavor notes
2/25/16 Topeka Capital Journal
Cheese isn’t that simple, so researchers from Kansas State University’s Center for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior developed a new flavor lexicon to characterizes goat cheeses made in America.

*Gibbon who has been blind since infancy is given the gift of sight by Kansas vets
2/26/17 U.K. Daily Mail
The surgery was a first for veterinarian ophthalmologists at Kansas State University, who performed the successful surgery on the primate, and Booger is expected to see after a few weeks of recovery.

Kansas could see worst year for wildfires yet
2/25/17 Wichita Eagle
“Our maps show that southwest Kansas is in severe drought and the rest of the state is rated as moderate drought or abnormally dry,” said Christopher Redmond, of Kansas Mesonet, a statewide weather station network run by Kansas State University.

Will Mexico Pay For The Wall? Experts Pick Sides
2/16/17 WalletHub
Daniel D. Kuester, Roger Trenary chair and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Kansas State University.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

*Winning the Veggie Wars With Kids
2/22/17 PublicNow
Youngsters' tastes start being influenced while they're still in the womb, according to Richard Rosenkranz. He's an associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University.

Farmers May Consider Turning To Local Produce In Search Of Profit
2/22/17 Farms.com
Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor says transitioning from a conventional farm setup to one that produces fruits and vegetables for local markets is more difficult than you might think.'

RRN to attend Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas
2/22/17 KRVN radio
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.,  will hold its first field hearing of the 115th Congress in Manhattan, Kan., on the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization.  The hearing is set for 2pm Central Time at the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University, 1501 Goldstein Circle in Manhattan, KS.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Can North American animals such as rabbits, cows, or pigs serve as hosts for Zika virus?
2/21/17 Medical Xpress
In the article entitled "Investigating the Potential Role of North American Animals as Hosts for Zika Virus," coauthors Izabela Ragan, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Manhattan, KS), and Emily Blizzard, Paul Gordy, and Richard Bowen, Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) report on their experimental infection of animals common in North America.

Kansas State University students design affordable duplex with architecture firm el dorado
2/21/17 The Architect's Newspaper
Kansas State University has received two donations valued at $300,000 for its College of Engineering.

Chairman Roberts announces witnesses for farm bill field hearing in Kansas
2/21/17 High Plains Journal
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee’s first field hearing of the 115th Congress in Manhattan, Kansas, on the upcoming farm bill reauthorization.

  • General Richard Myers, President, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

What does your favorite footwear say about you?
2/20/17 Bright Side
Recent studies conducted at the University of Kansas state that 90% of your personality can be revealed from your shoes. It means that your favorite footwear has more information about you than you can imagine.

*Ask an attorney: The impacts of debt throughout your life
2/20/17 Las Vegas Sun
Further, having too much debt may mean your spouse will have to cosign on future loans — something most people should never do. A 2013 Kansas State University research study also found that arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce.

Learn about novel ingredient research at Petfood Forum 2017
2/20/17 Petfood Industry
Sorghum may be milled into a functional pet food ingredient with health benefits in dogs, according to Isabella Alvarenga, DVM, doctoral student at Kansas State University. Alvarenga will explain her research on sorghum flour and sorghum mill-feed as functional and nutritional pet food ingredients.

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Kansas colleges want to attract more in-state students
2/19/17 Washington Times
Regents chairwoman Zoe Newton made the request this past week after a Kansas State University administrator presented data showing that enrollment among first-time freshman from the state dropped nearly 10 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2016. The Regents data tracks enrollment in 53 higher education institutions throughout the state, including public universities, community colleges, technical colleges and private religious institutions.

*Donors provide $300,000 to K-State engineering program
2/17/17 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University has received two donations valued at $300,000 for its College of Engineering.

Farm bill webinar to be held in Orange City
2/19/17 Sioux City Journal
The first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

*90 percent of home chefs drop the ball on food safety
02/16/17 WNDU (Indiana)
A study from Kansas State University found that 90 percent of home chefs drop the ball when it comes to food safety. 
 
Rabies Vaccine Efficacy Might Last Longer Than we Thought
02/16/17 The Horse
“Clients can have their veterinarian collect a blood sample and send it to the Kansas State University Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory to measure neutralizing antibody titer,” he said. If the horse has a protective antibody titer, the veterinarian might recommend postponing revaccination, he said; the need for a booster vaccine would be based on the measured titer rather than being dictated by the calendar.
 
Some Kansas Farmers May Turn To Local Produce In Search Of Profit
02/16/17 KCUR
Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor says transitioning from a conventional farm setup to one that produces fruits and vegetables for local markets is more difficult than you might think.  

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

*Undergraduate students meet at Capitol to show off their work
2/15/17 WIBW
"We have research, not only from the hard sciences, but from the arts and the humanities. We have cancer research exhibited here today, we have a wonderful art project about the cicada," said Anita Cortez, the Director of Undergraduate Research at Kansas State University.

*Kansas State University awards semester honors
2/15/17 Grand Island Independent
More than 3,900 students earned semester honors from Kansas State University for their academic performance in the fall 2016 semester.

*Discuss social media boundaries with your partner
2/15/17 The India Times
Roses, cards and gifts are clichéd when it comes to romantic gestures, so people should now discuss boundaries regarding social media with their significant other, says a researcher. The study , conducted at Kansas State University , noted that without a discussion, each person in a relationship might have a different view of what is and is not acceptable.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Move Over Cows, Warm Winter May Mean It's Wheat's Turn on Plains
2/14/17 Bloomberg
"If it gets too cold, too fast, especially if there’s not time for the crop to re-acclimate, it can cause some damage," said Romulo Lollato, a wheat and forage specialist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

*Confessions of a marriage counselor: 6 money lies that wreck marriages
2/14/17 WFAA 8 ABC
A 2013 Kansas State University study found arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce. 

*Here's how 'boundary crossing' can ruin relationships
2/14/17 Men's Fitness
Point is: At some point, you have to set some boundaries—ideally with your better half. But when you do, but you'd be better off edging on the side of cautious, boundary-forming boyfriend, according tonew research from Kansas State University. 

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

* Winning the veggie wars with kids
2/11/17 CBS 8 San Diego
Youngsters' tastes start being influenced while they're still in the womb, according to Richard Rosenkranz. He's an associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University.

* 'Discuss social media boundaries with your partner'
2/12/17 Business Standard
The study conducted at Kansas State University noted that without a discussion, each person in the relationship might have a different view of what is and is not acceptable.

The Surprising Science of Textiles
2/13/17 Public
Jooyoun Kim knows this well. She teaches textile science and textile sustainability at Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology. Her research is focused on fabricating and characterizing fibrous materials and exploring the potential applications of their unique properties. That includes developing a novel analytical method that characterizes wetted surfaces from superhydrophobic - or extremely difficult to wet - nonwoven material. By creating a better characterization technique, she is better able to strategize ways to control the surface wettability, or how a liquid spreads out once it hits a surface.


Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

New Discovery Could Unlock Graphene's Full Potential
02/08/17 Seeker (Discovery News)
Video includes research from Kansas State University physics team
 
Money Fibs Put Millions of American Relationships at Risk
02/09/17 Yahoo! Finance
While telling the occasional financial white lie might seem harmless, it can actually put your marriage at risk. A 2013 Kansas State University study found that arguments about money are the leading predictor of whether wedded bliss eventually will end in painful divorce.
 
Common food safety mistakes at home
02/09/17 KSAT (San Antonio)
Every year food poisoning affects one in six Americans and causes about 3,000 deaths; but it’s completely preventable. In reality, not following simple food-handling practices at home can be a recipe for disaster. A study from Kansas State University found that 90 precent of home chefs drop the ball when it comes to food safety.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Top Surgery Studies of 2016
2/8/17 The Horse
This year, Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, a professor of equine surgery at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Manhattan, shared her top take-home messages for equine surgery-related studies of 2016 during the AAEP convention, held Dec. 4-7 in Orlando, Florida. 

Architect firms opens new office in Manhattan
2/8/17 Channel 13 WIBW
Architect One says with the new location, they'll be able to actively recruit and train new talent through Kansas State University, where four of the architects graduated from.

State of Kansas seeks to push back date of annual revenue estimate
2/8/17 Topeka Capital Journal
She expressed concern, too, about plans to reconsider the current makeup of the group that participates in the April 20 consensus revenue meeting. Those changes wouldn’t require legislative permission and could involve removing three economists from Wichita State University, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University and replacing them with a single contracted economist.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

*Financial infidelity: Baby boomers are the sneakiest
2/7/17 CBS News 
Financial secrets can add stress to a relationship, and money arguments may be a predictor of divorce, according to a 2013 study from Kansas State University. 

*Move Over Graphene: Scientists Simulate New Material Tougher Than Graphene
2/7/17 Tech Times
The new method was developed by Kansas State University scientists when they were attempting to make carbon soot aerosol gel by activating oxygen and acetylene gas with a spark plug. 

Best Airline Credit Cards
2/7/17 WalletHub
What should people keep an eye out for when looking for an airline credit card? 
Sonya Britt
Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Wheat blast surveillance begins today
2/6/17 The Daily Star
The 13-day (February 4-16) intensive training and field surveillance is organised by the WRC, BARI in collaboration with the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the CGIAR research programme on wheat, the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project of Cornell University's Wheat Initiative, and Kansas State University (KSU).

*Ferret has successful pacemaker surgery at Kansas State
2/6/17 The Courier News Online
A ferret is recovering after being fitted with a pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University.

Foundation providing funds to western Kansas communities aimed at improving rural eating habits
2/6/17 High Plains Public Radio
Sunflower has also partnered with Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) to provide ongoing technical assistance to communities. At the end of the 12-month pilot, RGI will issue a report and resource guide based on lessons learned in each community.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

*Why those celebrity chefs are setting a bad example
2/5/17 LifeZette
"Twenty-three percent of chefs licked their fingers; that's terrible," said Edgar Chambers IV, professor and director of the Sensory Analysis Center at Kansas State University, in a statement. "Twenty percent touched their hair or dirty clothing or things, and then touched food again."

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces $3 million for plant and animal phenomics and microbiome projects
2/4/17 Big News Biz
WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced 11 grants totaling $3 million for Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research projects focused on plant and animal phenomics and microbiomes. Projects include $300,000 to Kansas State University.

*NBAF construction ‘on time, budget’ according to officials
2/5/17 Manhattan Mercury
The construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility is going well and is on time, said Ron Trewyn, K-State’s liaison for the federal lab under construction at the northeast edge of campus.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Scientists turned cooking oil into a material that's 200 times stronger than steel
02/02/17 Business Insider
But they're not the only researchers working on it - last week, a team from Kansas State University patented a simple technique that creates graphene using only hydrocarbon gas, oxygen, and a spark plug. No vacuum required.
 
Ferret has successful pacemaker surgery at Kansas State
02/02/17 ABC 13 (Texas)
A ferret is recovering after being fitted with a pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University.
 
Students and professionals are building an affordable-rent duplex in Waldo
02/02/17 Kansas City Star
A team of Kansas City professionals and students at Kansas State University are tackling that question with a small project in the Waldo neighborhood. 

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

*Zelda The Ferret Receives A Pacemaker
2/1/17 IFLScience
Zelda the 4-year-old ferret underwent the pioneering surgery at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center in January. Just before Christmas last year, Carl Hobi noticed his ferret was off her food and appeared to have no energy. Preliminary examinations showed she had a low heartbeat, which was caused by a third-degree block in her heart, also known as a complete atrioventricular block, where there’s no transmission of electrical pulses between the chambers of the heart.

*A Lucky Lab Accident Results in Bucketloads of Graphene
2/1/17 Seeker
The easy way comes from physicists at Kansas State University, and the process is admirably straightforward: Fill a steel containment unit with oxygen and hydrocarbon gas, detonate it with the spark and, voila, a bucketload of soot-like graphene. Scrape it out and repeat.

Show of solidarity, over 100 attend anti-travel ban rally at K-State
2/1/17 WIBW
Several K-State student organizations hosted a rally to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim countries.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Kansas State University President Richard Myers Joins TechAccel Board of Directors
1/31/17 Yahoo! Finance  
Richard B. Myers, president of Kansas State University and the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined the Board of Directors of TechAccel LLC, effective immediately.

*Ferret has successful pacemaker surgery at Kansas State
1/31/17 Houston Chronicle 
A ferret is recovering after being fitted with a pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University. 

*Explosions used to make large quantities of graphene
1/31/17 ExtremeTech
The problem is that graphene is incredibly difficult to make, but researchers at Kansas State University (KSU) might have stumbled upon a solution. Like all the best science, it involves explosions.

 

 

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Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

*90 percent of home chefs drop the ball on food safety
02/16/17 WNDU (Indiana)
A study from Kansas State University found that 90 percent of home chefs drop the ball when it comes to food safety. 
 
Rabies Vaccine Efficacy Might Last Longer Than we Thought
02/16/17 The Horse
“Clients can have their veterinarian collect a blood sample and send it to the Kansas State University Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory to measure neutralizing antibody titer,” he said. If the horse has a protective antibody titer, the veterinarian might recommend postponing revaccination, he said; the need for a booster vaccine would be based on the measured titer rather than being dictated by the calendar.
 
Some Kansas Farmers May Turn To Local Produce In Search Of Profit
02/16/17 KCUR
Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor says transitioning from a conventional farm setup to one that produces fruits and vegetables for local markets is more difficult than you might think.