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K-Staters in the news — December 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.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

National/International 

Keep Food Poisoning Off the Menu
12/20/18 Yahoo! Finance and Consumer Reports
Separate poultry and meat from other food. Fewer than 1 in 5 shoppers use plastic bags (provided by many supermarket meat departments) to keep meat juices from contaminating other items in their cart, according to a Kansas State University study. The researchers recommend using the bags while shopping and when storing the products in the fridge.

State/Regional

More efficient agriculture is key to safe, lower-cost food
12/20/18 The Sabetha Herald
For many families, it’s a pretty special time when the holiday ham is sliced, veggies are cooked and the rolls are golden brown. Kansas State University agricultural economist Andrew Barkley notes that consumers may not realize there’s probably a healthy helping of science on the holiday plate, as well.

Local

Rogers: Kansas should settle education lawsuit
12/20/18 The Manhattan Mercury
Rogers said he’s visited with officials from the Huck Boyd Institute and K-State Extension for ideas.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

National/International 

Study unearths new information on age, activity of Alaska's Wrangell volcanic belt
12/19/18 Phys.org
A new study by a team of geologists that includes Kansas State University's Matthew Brueseke has found that the Wrangell volcanic belt in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is older than previously recognized and determined why its volcanic field has been persistently active since it formed about 30 million years ago.

State/Regional

A more efficient agriculture is key to safe, lower-cost food
12/19/18 Hiawatha World
For many families, it’s a pretty special time when the holiday ham is sliced, veggies are cooked and the rolls are golden brown. Kansas State University agricultural economist Andrew Barkley notes that consumers may not realize there’s probably a healthy helping of science on the holiday plate, as well.

Local

Saudi Arabian scholars, USD 475 educators share experiences gained working together
12/19/18 The Junction City Daily Union
Four Saudi Arabian scholars have been working with Kansas State University in the Khbrat SUMMIT program to gain insight into U.S. teacher preparation, curricula, content, policies, procedures and teaching strategies. They have spent the past four weeks in Unified School District 475 facilities. The scholars are headed back home soon, and met with educators at USD 475’s Devin Educational Support Center Tuesday to celebrate with those they have been working with.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

National/International 

*Kansas State Polytechnic to Offer First Responder Scholarship for sUAS Training
12/17/18 AviationPros.com
A Kansas State University study found that workaholics are very likely to skip meals — unhealthy behaviors like lack of food and sleep won't help you do your best job. Make sure to always take your lunch hour — the work will still be there when you get back.

State/Regional

How social media shaped K-State fans’ opinion of new football coach Chris Klieman
12/18/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
This is the story of how the internet helped shape a college football coaching search.

Not dictate its outcome, mind you, but how in 24 hours it turned a potential firestorm into the perfect storm for Kansas State.

Local

Retiring Pat Bosco is the face of K-State
12/18/18 Manhattan Mercury
When Pat Bosco was the student body president at Kansas State University, enrollment stood at about 14,000 students.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

National/International 

Are you a workaholic? Easier ways to get more accomplished
12/17/18 MultiBriefs
A Kansas State University study found that workaholics are very likely to skip meals — unhealthy behaviors like lack of food and sleep won't help you do your best job. Make sure to always take your lunch hour — the work will still be there when you get back.

State/Regional

K-State animal science students win undergraduate research awards
12/17/18 High Plains Journal
Four Kansas State University students earned $1,000 scholarships during the undergraduate research symposium hosted by the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Local

*K-State's Bosco to retire
12/17/18 Manhattan Mercury
Pat Bosco, 69, will retire from K-State next year. The vice president for student life and dean of students will retire in July, K-State announced Monday.

KSU researchers join team investigating childhood lead exposure
12/17/18 Manhattan Mercury 
Ganga Hettiarachchi, Kansas State University professor of soil and environmental chemistry in the agronomy department, is part of the team led by Christina Sobin at the University of Texas, El Paso, or UTEP. With her $236,409 share of the award, Hettiarachchi will focus on how to prevent lead exposure through soil or dust.

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

National/International 

Dollar Stores are taking over the grocery business, and it’s bad news for public health and local economies
12/17/18 Civil Eats
“Grocery stores have more variety and a higher quantity of healthy foods than do dollar stores,” says Dr. David Procter, director of the Rural Grocery Initiative, a program of Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development.

*Kansas State Polytechnic Campus now offers BVLOS operations in degree program
12/15/18 Aero-News
Students studying unmanned aircraft systems at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are receiving a rare flight experience in some of their courses that is positioning them at the forefront of the drone industry.

State/Regional

*Veterinarian shares holiday tips to keep your pets safe
12/16/18 High Plains Journal
t's the time of year for holiday parties and large family gatherings, but while you might be looking forward to your favorite holiday dish or traditions, a Kansas State University veterinarian says some of them are dangerous to pets.

Local

*Regents approve KSU multicultural student center
12/14/18 Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Board of Regents this week approved the proposal for the 14,340-square-foot facility, which will sit on the east side of the K-State Student Union. The building will have a welcome area, meeting and performance space; student and multicultural student organization group spaces; a kitchen; office spaces and storage.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

National/International 

AFMA : UP, AFMA establish Africa's first feed mill research facility
12/13/18 Market Screener
The training and research feed mill facility is an initiative of the AFMA Board of Directors, driven by Dr Hinner Köster, CEO at Kaonne Investments and lecturer at Kansas State University in Manhattan and took close to six years of planning and cooperation.

State/Regional

Kansas State to name engineering school for BNSF Railway chairman
12/13/18 The Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University for the first time received permission to attach an individual’s name to an academic college in conjunction with plans to designate the engineering college in honor of BNSF Railway’s president and CEO.

Local

KSU's Sun named inventors fellow for innovations, achievements
12/13/18 The Manhattan Mercury
The National Academy of Inventors is honoring Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry and ancillary faculty of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, for her prolific spirit of innovation and the impact of her work.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

National/International 

Big picture look at climate change impact on U.S. agriculture: Midwest at risk
12/12/18 Cornell Chronicle
A separate paper he wrote with Jesse Tack of Kansas State University, published last month in Environmental Research Letters, examines the rise of maize yields in the U.S. resulting from the widespread adoption of genetically engineered seeds beginning in the 1990s and asks whether another such revolution will be needed to offset the projected yield losses under climate change. The short answer is yes.

State/Regional

Kansas Corn kicks off the third class of Kansas Corn Corps
12/12/18 High Plains Journal
“We really enjoyed getting to meet new people. This is such a great program and we appreciate having the opportunity to be involved with it,” Adams said. “We learned a lot of information from K-State that we can take back to the farm and our seed business. We enjoyed talking to others involved in the class to understand how they are dealing with these volatile markets, and how trade and the industry affects us all.” 

Local

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory cautions about chronic wasting disease in Kansas
12/12/18 Junction City Post
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University is reporting a gradual uptick in the number of positive cases of chronic wasting disease in Kansas. The rare, fatal disease is found in deer and elk. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

National/International 

10 signs and symptoms you may have an iron deficiency
12/11/18 Insider
Fatigue is one of the top signs of an iron deficiency, according to Sandy Procter, a registered dietician and assistant professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health at Kansas State University.

"The way that iron works is that it helps to carry oxygen to different parents of the body," said Procter. "If you don't have enough iron, you might not have the capacity to do work. That work can be thinking and cognitive type work or physical work and getting oxygen to muscles and actually doing the work that muscles are to do. It really is that inability to move nutrients, particularly oxygen, that is the problem that contributes to fatigue."

Local

*UAS degree at KSU Polytech first in nation to offer beyond line of sight flight operations
12/11/18 Manhattan Mercury
Students studying unmanned aircraft systems at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are receiving a rare flight experience in some of their courses that is positioning them at the forefront of the drone industry.

In letter, Snyder thanks faculty, staff for support
12/11/18 Manhattan Mercury
Former K-State football coach Bill Snyder thanked the faculty and staff members at the university during his tenure for their work.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

National/International

*UAS Degree at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus First to Offer Beyond Line of Sight Flight Operations to Students
12/10/18 AviationPros.com 
Students studying unmanned aircraft systems at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are receiving a rare flight experience in some of their courses that is positioning them at the forefront of the drone industry.

From Bitcoin to Food Traceability, Blockchain Sparks Broad Interest
12/10/18 AgWeb
“Blockchain is really just a database,” said Andy Brudtkuhl, director of emerging technology with the National Pork Board. He spoke recently to participants at a workshop sponsored by Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Farm Bureau. 

Local

*Holiday tips to keep your pets safe
12/10/18 Junction City Post
It’s the time of year for holiday parties and large family gatherings, but while you might be looking forward to your favorite holiday dish or traditions, a Kansas State University veterinarian says some of them are dangerous to pets.

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

National/International

From beef to romaine to eggs, here’s why 2018 had so many food scares
12/7/18 Tampa Bay Times
“Romaine is a prime example of big batches harvested, with more aggregation, and the trace-back system hasn’t been as strong,” said Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist at Kansas State University.

7 unhealthy kitchen habits to break immediately
12/7/18 Care2
Some people are very conscientious about food safety. But others might not be aware they’re violating rules meant to keep them healthy. In fact, roughly 9 percent of reported foodborne illnesses come from the home, according to a study from Kansas State University.

State/Regional

‘Holiday Express’ train ride offered for Fort Riley military families
12/8/18 Topeka Capital Journal
“This is our way of saying, ‘Thank you for what you do for all of us,’ ” BNSF president and CEO Carl Ice said Saturday. Ice, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gen. Richard Myers, the president of Kansas State University and a retired four-star general, were among those who rode the Holiday Express, which features restored vintage passenger cars adorned with Christmas decorations.

Online Masters.com names top master's in electrical engineering programs for 2019
12/8/18 KAKE-TV
2019 Best Master's in Electrical Engineering Programs: Kansas State University

Local

Lighting the way: Mayor's parade ushers in festive spirit
12/9/18 Manhattan Mercury
“This is ... a season where we reflect back on all of the things we’re thankful for and at Kansas State University, we’re very thankful to be a member of the Manhattan community,” said Linda Cook, K-State chief of staff. “We’re proud to continue that tradition and have a great relationship with our city leaders, with our community and with the citizens.”

*Students earn scholarships for education abroad in spring 2019
12/9/18 Manhattan Mercury
Scholarships awarded through Kansas State University's Office of International Programs will help students study around the world during the spring 2019 semester.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

National/International

Westar Seals Wind Deal With Another Kansas University
12/06/18 North American Wind Power
Westar Energy also recently announced agreements for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm with Kansas State University and Washburn University. The wind project is being developed by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC.

State/Regional

Restoration planned for fire-damaged K-State library
12/06/18 St. Joseph Post/Associated Press
Officials are making plans to restore the main Kansas State University library after a blaze caused extensive smoke and water damage.

Local

Restoration planned for fire-damaged Hale Library at Kansas State
12/06/18 Topeka Capital-Journal/Associated Press
Officials are making plans to restore the main Kansas State University library after a blaze caused extensive smoke and water damage.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

National/International

Recombinant Subunit Vaccine Found Effective for Zika Virus
12/05/18 Med India
Two of their scientists, Dr. Jaime Horton and David Clements, contributed to the most recent publication demonstrating vaccine efficacy in monkeys, along with collaborators from Bioqual Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, and the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Biosecurity Research Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, at Kansas State University.

Local

NEW PAGE: Hale officials present first draft of library's future
12/05/18 The Manhattan Mercury
Future K-Staters will see a modernized Hale Library when the building reopens.
 
President H.W. Bush’s impact on Kansas
12/05/18 WIBW
During his visits, he gave motivating speeches about policy and world politics. In 1985, he delivered the Landon Lecture at K-State where he addressed the Soviet Union's new leader.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

National/International

New Zika vaccine effective in preclinical trials
12/04/18 Science Daily 
Two of their scientists, Dr. Jaime Horton and David Clements, contributed to the most recent publication demonstrating vaccine efficacy in monkeys, along with collaborators from Bioqual Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, and the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Biosecurity Research Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, at Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Kansas Livestock Foundation awards scholarships
12/03/18 High Plains Journal
Those scholarship recipients attending K-State and their hometowns are Bailey Allen, Council Grove; Ella Barrett, Grantville; Braxton Butler, Virgil; Ellen Carp, Wichita; Walker Clawson, Meade; Amy Collins, Burlington; Elizabeth Donaldson, Berryton; Brooke Falk, Harveyville; Cooper Imthurn, Maple Hill; Alyssa Leslie, Inman; Ashton McGinn, Sedgwick; Mallory Meek, Spring Hill; Michaela Musselman, Clifton; Joel Nelson, Soldier; Jessie Schulteis, Lincoln; Riley Sleichter, Abilene; Ashley Swaim, Delia; Karrie Van Winkle, Corning; and Cody Wondra, Ellinwood.

Local

U.S.-China Center for Animal Health welcomes new sponsor for scholarship program
12/04/18 Manhattan Mercury
An international partnership between Kansas State University and China is taking new steps forward to promote veterinary educational opportunities for Chinese students to attend college in the U.S.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

National/International

New documentary features Wichita refugee students
12/03/18 Miami Herald
The film produced by Kansas State University's College of Education is called "Refuge in the Heartland" and will premiere during a free screening Tuesday at Wichita Public Schools' headquarters, the Wichita Eagle reported.

State/Regional

CattleTrace participants meet with USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach
12/03/18 High Plains Journal
Approximately 40 producer participants, including ranchers, livestock markets, cattle feeders and packers, as well as other CattleTrace partners, participated in the meeting that provided an update on the pilot project as well as allowed for discussion about disease traceability priorities at USDA. CattleTrace is being implemented by a cooperative public-private partnership including the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University, Kansas Department of Agriculture, USDA and private producers.

Local

Lights, coronas, action: KSU professor talks physics
12/03/18 The Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University physics professor Christopher Sorensen had just begun his presentation to a group of Topeka West High School students when he unintendedly caught their attention by throwing his cellphone onto the floor with a loud thump. Many of the teens gasped in horror at the action. Sorenson grinned.

 

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

National/International

*Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions
11/30/18 Science Daily
"Water resources are extremely limited in the continental hinterlands where streamflow does not reach the ocean. Scientifically, these regions are called endorheic basins," said Jida Wang, a Kansas State University geographer and the study's lead author.

Bill Snyder, 2-time rebuilder at Kansas State, retires again
12/2/18 New York Times
Bill Snyder was already was considered the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history before he decided to return from a three-year retirement to resurrect Kansas State again. Now, at 79, he is heading back into retirement.

State/Regional

Manhattan-Ogden district to go to 100 percent wind energy
11/30/18 KWCH
The school board voted Wednesday to accept the offer. Kansas State University and Manhattan city government earlier agreed to draw 50 percent of their electricity from the wind farm in Nemaha County.

Local

*10 K-State graduate students earn honors at Research and the State competition
12/2/18 Manhattan Mercury
Research on weed control for food crops, early pancreatic cancer detection, threats to the biodiversity of tallgrass prairie ecosystem, animal feed biosecurity, and the social and economic impact of sustainable textile production are the focus of some of the winning research presentations by Kansas State University graduate students who were selected to represent the university at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 26, 2019, at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Driving with pride: K-State reaches 10,000 license plates
11/30/18 Junction City Post
K-Staters have helped put 10,000 official K-State license plates on the road.