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K-Staters in the news — May 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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Local

In Focus 5/30/2017
5/30/17 KMAN Radio
Ernie Minton, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture at Kansas State University

National/international 

KSU Sends Students Abroad for Global Perspective
5/30/17 Veterinary Practice News 
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) students submitted a diverse group of globally minded projects for consideration for a travel-grant contest offered through the CVM’s International Programs Office.

Where You Grow What You Grow
5/30/17 USAgNet
A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Local

*K-State study shows black pepper helps limit cancerous compounds in meat
5/28/17 The Topeka Capital-Journal
A recent Kansas State University study shows black pepper helps limit cancerous compounds in grilled meats.

*Undergrad researchers unravel the mystery of salt cedars
5/28/17 Salina Journal
Salt cedar may have gotten a bad rap. Also known as the flowering tamarisk tree, salt cedar originated in drier areas of Eurasia and has become a major weed in the southwestern United States, where it is considered an invasive species. But biochemistry researchers at Kansas State University may not only exonerate the plant but find that it can help remove pollutants from the environment.

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Beef Empire Days industry events
5/28/17 The Garden City Telegram
Live Show judge Chris Mullinix will begin the final judging of top steers and heifers. Mullinix is from Manhattan, where he serves as the livestock judging team coach and is a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at Kansas State University.

Friday, May 26, 2017

State

Social justice is dominant theme in books assigned to new college students
5/25/17 Wichita Eagle
Moore’s book, the story of two men from Baltimore whose lives go in different directions, was the common book at Kansas State University in 2015. 

National/international

Hurricane season prep: Here's what should be in your 'go bag'
5/25/17 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 with you harder-to-replace documents (like 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.

Dining halls at Harvard and Stanford are using their kitchens as 'living laboratories' to change the eating habits of students
5/25/17 Business Insider
So far, more than 40 colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard, Kansas State, University of Southern California, and University of Montana, have signed up for the mission. By the end of this summer, they have pledged to reduce their purchases of red meat by 10%, increase fruits and vegetables by 10%, and serve 10% more plant-based protein dishes. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Local

In Focus 5/24/17
5/24/17 KMAN Radio
Today’s guests were USD 384 Superintendent Brady Burton, and K-State Police Chief Ronnie Grice with Lt. Bradli Millington

State

Don't wing it
5/24/17 The Emporia Gazette
Kansas State University research is reaching kitchens and grocery stores across the country, thanks to a national campaign that promotes food safety and safe poultry handling.

National/international

*Spice Rubs Can Help Limit Cancerous Compounds In Grilled Meat
5/24/17 The Huffington Post Canada
A new Kansas State University study has found that not only do spice rubs make grilled meat more flavourful, but they actually keep you healthy, too.

UPDATE 2-Bunge shares touch 22-month high as consolidation talk swirls
5/24/17 CNBC
"If you want to be an ABCD, you have to buy one," said Kansas State University agricultural economist Jay O'Neil. "You cannot go out and recreate these kinds of international trading operations organically."

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

State

When the ants go marching one by one, what’s the best way to stop them?
5/23/17 Wichita Eagle 
There are more of them indoors this year because of the rain, said Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University professor and horticultural entomologist.

National/international

*'It wasn't as scary as we thought': 3 real couples share how they talk about money
5/23/17 Business Insider
In fact, according to a survey by SunTrust Bank, money is the No. 1 cause of stress in relationships, and having financial arguments is the top predictor of divorce, a separate study by Kansas State University found.

Review highlights emerging public health threat of Powassan virus infection in North America
5/23/17 The Medical News
"The recent increase in the number of reported cases of Powassan virus, which is the North American relative of several highly pathogenic Asian and European viruses, is very worrisome, especially given the abundance and distribution of potential tick vectors," says Stephen Higgs, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, and Director, Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

National/international

Heavy rains are turning U.S. corn fields into lakes
5/22/17 Bloomberg
In central Kansas, some low-lying fields have drowned-out spots and wetness may increase pressure from rust diseases, said Erick De Wolf, a wheat-disease specialist at Kansas State University.

E.U. team explores sorghum flour uses
5/22/17 World Grain
Later, Dave Kirshock, Bakers National Education Foundation instructor with Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry, conducted a baking lab, allowing participants to apply what they had learned about the technical characteristics of sorghum flour, contrasting baking properties with other types of flour and emphasizing how to overcome the lack of gluten during baking.

*Past infectious disease outbreaks can help inform Zika efforts
5/22/17 Contagion Live
Jean-Paul Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), Kansas State University, Adjunct Professor, Kansas State University, explains the importance of vector control in the fight against Zika.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Local

*K-State, FHDC to partner for communitywide trip
5/21/17 Manhattan Mercury
K-State is partnering with the Flint Hills Discovery Center to help the Manhattan community experience the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.

State

Kansas Board of Regents names new chair and vice chair
5/19/17 Lawrence Journal World
Regent Dennis Mullin, of Manhattan, also appointed by Brownback in 2015, was named vice chair of the board. Mullin earned his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University. According to his Regents bio, he is chairman of Steel and Pipe Supply, one of the country’s largest steel service centers, and has been involved with numerous Kansas State University, professional and charity organizations.

National/international

*My Husband Is Cheap But I Like to Spend. Are We Doomed?
5/19/17 New York magazine
Sonya Britt, an associate professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State University and former president of the Financial Therapy Association, points out that the process of sharing expenses can be a healthy exercise. “It’s hard to say which comes first, but merging finances requires constant communication that helps build trust and intimacy with your partner,” she says. But what if you’re not lucky enough to marry your wallet’s soul mate? “I think opposite spending personalities can still have a successful relationship. It will just take more work for them,” she explains.

USDA invests $17.5 million in sustainable agriculture
5/22/17 Hort Daily
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced 47 grants totaling nearly $17.5 million to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, $499,917; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, $49,716.

Friday, May 19, 2017

State

Truck-sharing app Bungii hauling early success, eyeing expansion
5/18/17 Startland — Kansas City's Home for Innovation News
A 2016 graduate of Kansas State University, Jackson said that there have been aspects of entrepreneurial life that surprised him, yet the challenges have been rewarding.

National/international

Will the government help farmers adapt to a changing climate?
5/18/17 NPR
The federal budget, which was passed in May and funds the government through the end of September, maintains or even boosts most scientific research funding. But Charles Rice, a soil microbiologist at Kansas State University, says the administration's rhetoric also matters. Rice has received USDA grants to look at how farmers might adapt to a hotter climate and says any pause in current research could have drastic effects down the line.

*Liberally dust your food with spices before grilling to keep cancer away
5/18/17 Men's Fitness
In a study that gave a sigh of relief to backyard grill gods everywhere, researchers at Kansas State University recently found that putting black pepper and other spices on the raw meat before hitting the grill grate can almost eliminate 100% of the HCA.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

State

*Two Shawnee Startups Selected for Launch a Business Program
5/17/17 Thinking Bigger
The Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University has selected 11 Kansas startup ventures for its Launch a Business program. Two of those startups—MperVus and Print3 Technologies—are located in Shawnee.

Multi-State Research Reveals Best IPM Against Soybean Aphid
5/17/17 Kansas Ag Connection
The study was a joint effort of Purdue University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, and the University of Wisconsin. The research was grower-funded, using soybean checkoff funds provided by the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP).

National/international

4 Ways Universities Are Using Technology to Preserve History
5/17/17 EdTech
As lecture capture gained popularity on campus, Kansas State University wanted a way to keep all of the academic videos, as well as historical footage, Campus Technology reports.

Nonprofit Colleges Online Releases 2017 Ranking of Best Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs
5/17/17 Fox 12 Oregon
Nonprofit Colleges Online, a website dedicated to putting students before profits has published a ranking of Best Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs highlighting schools that put education before their bottom line.
Kansas State University
- Manhattan, Kansas

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

Local

Where do K-State students come from?
5/16/17 Manhattan Mercury
A simple question with a big answer. In 2016, K-State undergraduate students came from 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) and 63 countries.

State

*How to decrease your cancer risk when grilling meat
5/16/17 Wichita Eagle 
J. Scott Smith is a chemical and food scientist at Kansas State University. A few years ago, he scouted out how simple and tasty meat marinades, bought in most supermarkets, can reduce to nearly zero the level of carcinogens in overgrilled or overbaked meat.

National/international

Best College Values Publishes 50 Best Value Online Master's of Business Administration Ranking
5/16/17 PR Newswire
Best College Values has published a ranking of "50 Best Value Online Master's of Business Administration 2017."
Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas


 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Local

*Keep the learning going: Educator offers parents tips for helping kids retain information over summer break
5/15/17 JC Post
School may be just about out for the summer, but a Kansas State University education expert says it’s important for children to retain what they’ve learned in the last school year.

State

As the climate changes, will Midwest farmers depend on government science for help?
5/15/17 KCUR
The federal budget, which was passed in May and funds the government through the end of September, maintains or even boosts most scientific research funding. But Charles Rice, a soil microbiologist at Kansas State University, says the administration’s rhetoric also matters. Rice has received USDA grants to look at how farmers might adapt to a hotter climate and says any pause in current research could have drastic effects down the line.

National/international

*Here's why astronauts can eventually become unhealthy due to prolonged space travels
5/15/17 Travelers Today
A Kansas State University professor in the U.S., Carl Ade said that the heart of the astronaut and the small blood vessels have a diminished affectivity in transporting oxygen to the muscles. 

Monday, May 15, 2017 

Local

*K-State students prepare for life after graduation
5/12/17 KSNT-TV
The first graduation of 2017 brings many students who have excelled during their undergraduate and graduate programs — just like Sarah Gorn at Kansas State University.

State

*Area students honored by K-State
5/12/17 KSAL (Salina)
A couple of area students are among a select group who are leaving Kansas State University with a Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

National/international

*17 essential money tips for married couples
5/15/17 Time magazine
As unromantic as it sounds, finances play a big role in how successful—and how happy—your marriage will be. Money is the No. 1 cause of stress in relationships, according to a survey by SunTrust Bank, and having financial arguments is the top predictor of divorce, a separate study by Kansas State University found. On the plus side, a MONEY survey revealed that couples who trust their partner with finances felt more secure, argued less, and had more fulfilling sex lives.

*Astronauts may suffer 30 to 50% decline in exercise capacity during space travel: Study
5/14/17 Yahoo! India Finance
The findings showed that astronauts’ heart and small blood vessels are not as effective at transporting oxygen to the working muscle during space flights. “It is a dramatic decrease…when your cardiovascular function decreases, your aerobic exercise capacity goes down. You can’t perform physically challenging activities anymore,” said Carl Ade, Assistant Professor at Kansas State University in the U.S.

Friday, May 12, 2017 

Local

*Study: Astronauts' blood vessel function decreases in space
5/11/17 The Mercury
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of the way oxygen moves through the body while in space, according to a K-State kinesiology study.

State

K-State Dean of the College of Agriculture will co-chair National Academies' study of food and agriculture breakthroughs
5/11/17 Rural Messenger
Kansas State University will have a prominent role in helping the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identify compelling future directions for research in food and agriculture.

National/international

Taking Shakespeare outside the classroom
5/11/17 The Key Reporter
In the hopes of making Shakespeare more accessible in a classroom setting, Donald Hedrick (ΦBK, University of Kansas, 1969), professor of English at Kansas State University, has developed a new class that explores Shakespeare in relation to the modern world through typical lesson structures as well as extracurricular activities.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 

Local

K-State proposes new hires to address diversity
5/10/17 The Mercury
K-State plans to hire two new administrators to focus on diversity issues on campus. In a Wednesday letter, President Richard Myers and Provost April Mason said they have proposed hiring an associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, and an associate vice president for student life, which will also serve as the director of multicultural student affairs.

National/international

*Blow to Mars missions as researchers find spaceflight 'dramatically' slows the oxygen in astronauts' blood
5/10/17 Daily Mail (UK)
The NASA Johnson Space Center and Kansas State University study found that the reduced exercise capacity effect is as a result of the heart and small blood vessels not being as effective at transporting oxygen to the working muscle.

Are you making these 5 lawn watering mistakes?
5/10/17 RIS Media
Researchers at Kansas State University found that 65-83 percent of homeowners surveyed in three Kansas cities didn’t know how much water their lawn irrigation systems had applied.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  

State

Kansas education commissioner announces school redesign initiative
5/9/17 Topeka Capital Journal 
Debbie Mercer, chairwoman of the KSDE professional standards board and dean of Kansas State University’s College of Education, said the campaign is aimed at encouraging people to enter the education field in Kansas.

National Academies Launch Groundbreaking Initiative to Produce a New Scientific Strategy for Food and Agriculture Research
5/9/17 KCTV5 
Co-chairs will be John Floros, PhD, of Kansas State University and Susan Wessler, PhD, of University of California, Riverside

National/international

*Extended Space Travel Causes an Inevitable Drop in Physical Fitness
5/9/17 Gizmodo
New research from Kansas State University shows that prolonged exposure to space reduces an astronaut’s exercise capacity by 30 to 50 percent. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 

Local

Scholarships benefit business students
5/8/17 The Mercury
Dennis and Sally von Waaden, Austin, Texas, have endowed gifts to the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University to establish scholarships that benefit graduates of Washington County High School and Manhattan High School.

National/international

*Research center helps consumers 'fight bac' through national poultry food safety campaign
5/8/17 Medical Xpress
Kansas State University research is reaching kitchens and grocery stores across the country, thanks to a national campaign that promotes food safety and safe poultry handling.

*Recognize these 4 relationship mistakes--and avoid making them
5/9/17 Women's Health
That’s partly a matter of convenience, says Sonya Britt, PhD, an associate professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State University, but there can also be a wishful-thinking element: The idea that merging your finances makes you more of a couple.

Monday, May 8, 2017 

Local

Polytechnic senior graduates five years after disabling wreck
5/6/17 Salina Journal
Svoboda was one of 93 spring and summer students graduating Saturday at the K-State Polytechnic Campus. This included five graduate students receiving their Professional Master of Technology degrees.

*Protecting your pets from wildlife
5/7/17 KSNT-TV
As temperatures continue to climb, your pet is likely to spend more time outside. But how can you make sure your furry friend saves safe from outside dangers? Extension and wildlife management specialists at Kansas State University are working to make sure pet owners are aware of the threat for wildlife as the warmer weather approaches.

State

Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde
5/7/17 Quad City Times
In 1979, he moved to Manhattan to become the head of the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University.

National/international

A good grilling on healthy barbecuing
5/5/17 The Royal Gazette (U.K.)
Add herbs to your marinade (fresh or dried) as these may reduce carcinogen formation too, according to Food Safety Consortium scientists at Kansas State University.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017 

Local

Emergency tracheal surgery at Kansas State University saves dog after suspected wildlife attack
05/04/17 KMAN
Quick action can be lifesaving when a pet is injured by another animal. Just ask Logan Craghead, Manhattan, whose nearly 6-year-old dog Ace, a black Labrador mix, required emergency surgery at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center.
 
150th graduation for K-State
05/04/17 KMAN
Nearly 3,000 Kansas State University students are earning degrees in May. Commencement ceremonies start at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina on Saturday, May 6, followed by ceremonies Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, on the Manhattan campus.

State

Chow Line: You can't judge a whole grain by its color
05/04/17 High Plains Journal
Hard white wheat began being developed in the U.S. at Kansas State University in the 1960s. It started being grown on a more widespread basis in the 1990s and 2000s.

National/international

Kansas crop tour projects above-average wheat yields despite snow
05/04/17 Reuters
Snow was still present on some of the fields as of midweek - highly unusual for May. Kansas State University extension wheat specialist Romulo Lollato said it could be 10-12 days before the extent of the damage can be gauged.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 

Local

*Students add talents to commencement ceremonies
5/3/17 Manhattan Mercury
Students will serve as speakers, vocalists or musicians at Kansas State University’s commencement ceremonies, which will be Saturday, May 6, at Kansas State University Polytechnic in Salina and Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, on the Manhattan campus.

State

*Team Finds Leaf Litter Has Slower Decomposition in Warm Temps
5/2/17 Kansas Ag Connection
The time it takes for a leaf to decompose might be the key to understanding how temperature affects ecosystems, according to Kansas State University ecologists.

National/international

Last weekend’s weird snowstorm killed wheat crops in Kansas
5/2/17 The Washington Post
But the wheat had grown too tall by the time the spring snowstorm hit, which led to two types of damage — freezing temperatures and the weight of the snow itself — according to agriculture scientists at Kansas State University.

*Hidden in the leaves
5/2/17 Science360 News
Walter Dodds, Kansas State University


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 

Local

*3,000 expected to receive diplomas at K-State commencement
5/2/17 Manhattan Mercury
About 3,000 K-State students are expected to receive their diplomas as the 150th graduating class during commencement on May 12 and 13 in Manhattan.

State

New Extension district moves closer to completion
5/2/17 Hays Daily News 
A newly formed Kansas State University Research & Extension District, consisting of Ellis and Barton counties, moved another step forward at Monday’s Ellis County Commission meeting.

National/international

*Ecology team finds leaf litter has slower decomposition rate in warm temperatures
5/2/17 Phys.Org
The time it takes for a leaf to decompose might be the key to understanding how temperature affects ecosystems, according to Kansas State University ecologists.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

Local

*K-State names 5 new distinguished professors
5/1/17 Manhattan Mercury
K-State named five faculty members as distinguished professors, the highest honor the university offers to faculty.

State

Market analysis, business plan approved for aviation center
5/1/17 Salina Journal
A $100,000 market analysis and five-year business plan for the growth and commercialization of the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus Global Aeronautic Growth Initiative through its Applied Aviation Research Center was given final approval Monday by Salina city commissioners.

National/international

Kansas State University continues to lead effort to battle citrus greening
5/1/17 Phys.Org
Kansas State University researchers will continue to lead efforts to combat a deadly bacterial disease that's affected up to 80 percent of Florida's citrus trees and cost billions in lost revenue.

*Graphene could solve the world's water crisis
5/1/17 PinSpider
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.

Monday, May 1, 2017 

Local

*K-State officially welcomes President Myers
4/28/17 Manhattan Mercury
K-State President Richard Myers said moving back to the university was not hard, but it was special.

State

Use of drones soars
4/29/17 Salina Journal
“I don’t see a real limitation down the road,” said Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, who started the UAS program at the Salina campus in 2007. “The future of aviation is the future of unmanned aircraft. The two are merging at a pretty rapid pace.”

National/international

Dr Pepper installs 6-foot fountain to make college student's tweet come true
4/28/17 MLive.com
In December 2016, Kansas State University senior Claire Daniels sent out a tweet proclaiming her love for Dr Pepper and desire for her own fountain. While the tweet, to this day, only has four retweets and 20 likes it must have been enough to catch the company's eye.