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K-Staters in the news — April 2018

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.

Monday, April 30, 2018 

National/International

*No, a Human Year Isn't Equivalent to 7 'Dog Years'
4/28/18 Science Alert
The seven-year rule is thought to much more recent. A veterinarian at Kansas State University told The Wall Street Journal: "My guess is it was a marketing ploy. It was a way to encourage owners to bring in their pets at least once a year."

State/Regional

Moisture much needed to keep wheat crop from worsening
4/27/18 KWCH
"I always considered wheat having nine lives, but we've used most of those lives this year," says John Holman, Agronomist at K-State Research and Extension.

Kansas teen wins scholarship through Boys and Girls Club
4/29/18 KSN
"I decided to go to K-State because it has that homey feeling that I've been looking for," said Chris Burrell, "Youth of the Year." "It wasn't my first choice but quickly became my first choice after I visited."

Local

Battle bots: Combat robotics team qualifies for nationals
4/28/17 Manhattan Mercury
At nationals Seraph Systems will compete against 64 teams, said Dan Flippo, a K-State professor of biological and agricultural engineering and team coach.

Friday, April 27, 2018 

National/International

College Election Crackdown: No Glitter, No iPads, No Mascot Photos
04/26/18 The Wall Street Journal
“The downside is that it gets more and more complicated,” said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students at Kansas State University. Things seemed simpler when Dr. Bosco was elected student-government president at Kansas State in 1970, after an election in which students cast their votes on paper ballots at a single campus polling booth. “It was a wide open campaign” with fewer rules than today, he recalled.

Pregnancy isn’t an automatic eviction notice for the family cat, says K-State veterinarian
04/26/18 DVM 360
Despite the risks, Susan Nelson, DVM, clinical professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center, says in a recent university release that many pregnant women have been mistakenly advised to give up their cats.

State/Regional

K-State, Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition sign research agreement
04/26/18 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University and Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition are joining forces to explore innovative plant nutrient products, technologies and opportunities to influence and advance grower practices and grower efficiency.

Local

Smoke-free policy leads to student discussion
04/26/18 The Collegian
After committing to a smoke-free campus, some Kansas State students said they still have questions about how the policy will be enforced. The policy, which is slated to go into affect June 1, will ban the use of all tobacco and smoking products on university grounds.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 

State/Regional

Kansas higher education stands to see partial restoration of 2016 cuts
04/25/18 Lawrence Journal-World
On average, they amounted to about 4 percent of each school's general state aid, although KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University took proportionately larger cuts, based on the idea that those schools have more access to federal grants and other revenue streams that the smaller schools cannot access.

Local

K-State student receives national award for GIS modeling of ancestral burial mounds
04/25/18 The Mercury
Jakob Hanschu, junior in anthropology and geography, Hillsboro, is the 2018 recipient of the Society for American Archaeology/Institute for Field Research Undergraduate Student Poster Award for his independent research poster, “Quantifying the Qualitative: Locating Burial Mounds in North-Central Kansas.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

National/International

MicroLED Displays: Intellectual Property Landscape Report 2018 - 1,500 Patents Filed by 125 Companies and Organizations
04/24/18 Markets Insider
Pioneers include Sony, Sharp, MIT, and others, although the bulk of initial developments were conducted by a variety of research institutions including Kansas State University, University of Hong Kong, Strathclyde University & Tyndall Institute (which spun-off mLED, InfiniLED, and X-Celeprint), University of Illinois, and startup companies like Luxvue and, later on, Playnitride and Mikro Mesa. 

State/Regional

Kansas State University researchers study ways to stabilize river banks
04/24/18 High Plains Journal
Bigham, a graduate student at Kansas State University, has been called “The Streambank Lady,” a tribute to her steady work to monitor changes in this part of the river.

Local

*Hales give $500K to K-State library renovation
04/24/18 KMAN
Kansas State University has received a $500,000 donation toward the renovation of the first floor of the campus’ main library.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

National/International

Hales Give $500K to Library Renovation
04/23/18 U.S. News and World Report/Associated Press
Kansas State University has received a $500,000 donation toward the renovation of the first floor of the campus' main library.

State/Regional

Kansas State College of Engineering receives $22 million gift
04/23/18 The Topeka Capital-Journal
The Kansas State University College of Engineering has received a $22 million gift, courtesy of three couples, it was announced Monday.

Local

*K-State, other universities ask lawmakers to restore $24 million of funding
04/23/18 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State and two other Kansas universities are asking the Kansas Legislature to restore about $24 million of funding to higher education.

Monday, April 23, 2018 

National/International

*Study: Alligators eat sharks, and sharks eat alligators
4/23/18 Brevard (Texas) Times
James Nifong, a postdoctoral researcher at Kansas State University, and Russell Lowers, a wildlife biologist with Integrated Mission Support Services at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, published a study documenting that American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are eating small sharks and stingrays. This is the first scientific documentation of a widespread interaction between the two predators.

*3 keys for weight loss you need to know now
4/20/18 My Fitness Pal
Case in point: In 2010, Mark Haub, a professor at Kansas State University, lost 27 pounds in two months by eating mostly processed snack cakes and other junk food. His normal, pre-“diet” caloric intake was roughly 2,600 calories per day. When he went on his “Twinkie diet,” he limited himself to 1,800 calories per day and didn’t alter his daily activities or exercise.

Local

*Hales give $500K to library renovation 
4/20/18 Manhattan Mercury
The children of Joyce and H.D. “Joe” Hale have donated $500,000 to K-State’s Hale Library first-floor renovation project. A cafe in the new space will honor the children, John Hale, Dana Nelson, Karen Young, Alan Hale, Lisa Hale and Mollie Carter.

Friday, April 20, 2018 

National/International 

Exclusive: U.S. Sorghum Armada U-Turns at Sea After China Tariffs
4/19/18 U.S. News and World Report
"They're not in a strong bargaining position considering they've got shipments from across the ocean that they have to sell and get the boats cleared out," said economist Daniel O'Brien of Kansas State University in the top U.S. sorghum-producing state.

State/Regional

EDsmart Names The 51 Most Incredible College Libraries in the United States
4/19/18 KCTV5
EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, has revealed its 2018 edition of the Most Incredible College Libraries in the United States. . . . Campuses that made the list include: . . . Hale Library – Kansas State University

Local
4/19/18 The Mercury
Barrier-Free Theatre offers its participants a chance to explore their imaginations. The program, a collaboration with Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation Department in its 20th year in Manhattan, brings together a troupe of actors with and without disabilities to create a new show every year. The 2018 event will open Friday at the Purple Masque Theatre on K-State’s campus.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 

National/International 

Ask the Experts: Importance of a Credit Check-up
4/18/18 WalletHub
Maurice MacDonald, Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. 

State/Regional

*Hale family makes gift to K-State library
4/17/18 Salina Journal
The children of the late H.D. “Joe” Hale and Joyce Vanier Hale of Salina have donated $500,000 to the Hale Library first-floor renovation project at Kansas State University.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

National/International 

How to cope with financial anxiety
4/17/18 MSN news
“Financial anxiety can be debilitating, and it can cause significant distress in one's daily life,” says Kristy Archuleta,  associate professor of personal finance planning at Kansas State University and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy.

State/Regional

Kansas wheat crops likely damaged by weekend freeze
4/17/18 Salina Post
“I think this year we’re really putting the crop to the test,” said Romulo Lollato, wheat specialist at Kansas State University.

Local

2nd grade students learn where their pizza comes from
4/17/18 WIBW
“We want to remind kids that agriculture is still just as important today as it always has been. That they need to know that their food doesn’t come from the grocery store. It comes from agriculture and that farmers, especially here in Kansas, are well known for raising many kinds of commodities,” said Cindy Evans, Director of the K-State Research and Extension Office of Shawnee Co.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

National/International 

Seeing signs of financial anxiety? How to cope
4/16/18 USA Today
“Financial anxiety can be debilitating, and it can cause significant distress in one's daily life,” says Kristy Archuleta,  associate professor of personal finance planning at Kansas State University and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy.

Regional

Area farmers ready to start spring planting amid talk of trade war
4/16/18 Lawrence Journal-World
Smart grain producers stay abreast of those world trends, said Dan O’Brien, K-State Research and Extension grain market economist. They also do the math when making a decision on what to plant. That math increasingly has area farmers dedicating more acreage to soybeans and less to corn.

Local

K-State's 'Inn-Dependent' made a statement without soap boxing
4/16/18 Manhattan Mercury
Over the weekend it was Blake Cordell’s turn. K-State Theater gave “Inn-Dependent,” the musical he wrote while a student here, a nice premiere. Backed by what seemed to be a pre-recorded piano and string bass duo, the live cast of 10 gave us all 14 songs and danced and joked their way through the light story.

Monday, April 16, 2018 

National/International 

Seeing signs of financial anxiety? How to cope
4/16/18 USA Today
“Financial anxiety can be debilitating, and it can cause significant distress in one's daily life,” says Kristy Archuleta,  associate professor of personal finance planning at Kansas State University and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy.

The US just bombed 3 sites in Syria. Here’s what we know about why nations choose airstrikes
4/14/18 Washington Post
Carla Martinez-Machain is an associate professor at Kansas State University whose research explores military effectiveness and public perceptions of the military. Find her on Twitter @carlammm.

Regional

Valley Center, Kansas, preparing for future without independent grocery store
4/16/18 KMUW
David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University, agrees that a communitywide discussion and exploration of options is the first step toward deciding what is next for grocery availability in Valley Center.

Local

K-State's meat animal evaluation team three-peats as national champions
4/15/18 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University successfully defended its national title at the 2018 Collegiate Meat Animal Evaluation Contest in Lubbock, winning the event for the third year in a row

Friday, April 13, 2018 

National/International 

3 vital elements for successful pet food sensory analysis
4/12/18 Petfood Industry
Pet food sensory analysis can give clues about which products will please both pets and their owners. Sensory analysis involves examining all the elements that contribute to the taste, appearance, texture and aroma of pet food, said Greg Aldrich, PhD, Kansas State University pet food program coordinator, during Petfood Innovation Workshop 2017. Successful sensory analysis incorporates three essentials, he said. 

*Piedmont Airlines Enters Partnership With Kansas State University
4/12/18 Aero News Network
Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., is announcing a Cadet Program partnership with the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina, Kansas. The partnership provides prospective pilots at Kansas State Polytechnic with a guaranteed career path to American Airlines.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 

National/International 

*A Ranking of the Best Cheeses at Aldi
4/11/18 Kitchn
An all-around standout cheese, with the perfect amount of unmistakable "goatiness," surrounded by a layer of real dried cranberries. (As an aside, scientists at Kansas State University have legit studied the best ways — and the best words — to describe the taste of goat cheese.) Some Aldi locations have a blueberry vanilla Goat cheese log (mine did not), but I'm dying to compare it to the wild blueberry vanilla chevre at Trader Joe's, which I love.

State/Regional

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 

National/International 

Everyone loses in an all-out trade war, but some of the poorest countries lose the most
4/10/18 The Washington Post
The protectionist plague won’t hit all countries and industries equally. We know that because da Silva, a professor at Kansas State University, and fellow trade economists Alessandro Nicita of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and Marcelo Olarreaga of the University of Geneva created a detailed model of each country’s relative market power, based on the characteristics and quantities of the 5,000-plus goods they trade with more than 120 partners.

Research Aims to Find Ways to Encourage Beneficial Insects in Farm Fields
4/10/18 Farms.com
In fact, Kansas State University graduate student Ryan Schmid recently traveled to Beijing, China where he saw first-hand how the simple use of plasticine – a brand of modeling clay similar to Play-Doh that many have grown up playing with – can help farmers improve crop yields and make more money.

State/Regional

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 

National/International 

Military, civilian scholars discuss lasting impression of WWI
4/9/18 Baltimore Post Examiner
John Hughes of Bloomberg News served as the event moderator. The panelists included:

  • General Richard Myers, President of Kansas State University and a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force who served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
State/Regional

Monday, April 9, 2018 

National/International 

*Did you know you could major in drones?
4/8/18 Chronicle of Higher Education
Embry-Riddle, Indiana State University, Kansas State University, and the University of North Dakota are among those that offer bachelor’s degrees in unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS. Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, Ohio, offers an associate degree in the field. And college graduates can pursue master’s or doctorate-level engineering degrees related to drones at Oklahoma State University and at a new for-profit online institution — Unmanned Vehicle University.

US farmers in 'precarious position' with China as trade war fears escalate
4/7/18 CNBC
A trade war is not good for us," said Art Barnaby, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University. "There's a lot of uncertainty as to where this is going to end up."

State/Regional

Friday, April 6, 2018 

National/International 

The Finance 202: Trump tariffs aren't going to impede economic growth (yet)
04/05/18 The Washington Post
The CFTC and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State University host a conference on agricultural markets on Thursday and Friday.
 
Three-body fragmentation in a new frame
03/29/18 Physics Today
Now Itzik Ben-Itzhak, Brett Esry, and their colleagues at Kansas State University have devised a way to separate sequential from concerted breakup, even when their signals overlap. The key is to translate the system into the center-of-mass frame of one of the putative intermediates—CO2+ in this case—and to calculate θCO,S, the angle between the C+ and S+velocities, as shown in the left panel.

State/Regional 

Thursday, April 5, 2018 

National/International 

Regular Stretching Shown To Improve Muscles In Elderly
4/4/18 ScienceMag
Researchers from Florida State University, Kansas State University and the University of Electro-communications in Tokyo found that regular muscular stretching, when performed five times per week, for four weeks, increases blood flow to muscles of the lower leg. They also found that regular muscular stretching improves the function of arteries in the muscles of the lower legs, and increases the number of capillaries within stretched muscles.

State/Regional 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 

National/International 

In Our View: Come Around to Safety
4/3/18 The Columbian
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety also notes that modern roundabouts are more fuel efficient. Because traffic signals can cause drivers to stop and idle, even when traffic is light, drivers use less fuel when a roundabout is in place. Studies by Kansas State University found that installing a roundabout reduced traffic delays by about 20 percent.

State/Regional

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

National/International

Architecture students use cross-laminated timber to build tiny classroom in Oregon forest
4/2/18 Dezeen
Other recent student design-build projects in the US include a community hall in the Utah desert by the Colorado Building Workshop and a metal-clad home for low-income tenants that was produced by Kansas State University students.

State/Regional

 

Monday, April 1, 2018 

National/International

*Kansas university partners with Piedmont Airlines in cadet program
4/1/18 Houston Chronicle
Kansas State University has partnered with a regional airline to help students who want to be pilots with their tuition and job placement.

State/Regional