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K-Staters in the news — February 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 

National/International      

*Kansas State Polytechnic Offering UAS Training For Law Enforcement
2/27/18 Aero-News Network 
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can utilize unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first course offering runs April 9-12 at the campus in Salina.

State/Regional

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS USING GENE-EDITING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE WHEAT
2/27/18 KRVN Radio
Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a gene-editing technology is another positive step toward global food security.

Kansas State University hosts Feed the Future Discovery Day
2/27/18 High Plains Journal 
Future and current Kansas State University students recently had the opportunity to explore how working with grain can lead to a fulfilling career. The Feeding the Future Discovery Day was held recently at the Kansas State University Grain Science Complex. There were 57 prospective junior high, high school and college students in attendance.

Local

*Purple Masque's 'Beiruit' a work in progress, but solidly entertaining
2/27/18 Manhattan Mercury
But people born in the 1990s do manage to accomplish some pretty remarkable feats. Consider Alex Wakim and Jonah Ericson, two K-State students who have written a musical play — songs, script, and all — and have seen it through a high-value staged reading in the Purple Masque. The name of their product is “An American in Beirut.”

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 

National/International      

Pledge To Save Money During America Saves Week 2018
2/26/18 Forbes
This week is a great time to teach your kids about financial responsibility. While you’re planning, saving, and investing, talk about the choices you make with your children. Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Kansas State University says, “Talking about family saving goals helps children understand that putting money aside for the future – whether to be prepared for unexpected expenses, for short-term goals such as summer vacation, or for longer-term goals such as paying for college – is important to you. They will also likely be interested in knowing how they can help. They may even want to set their own savings goals and be motivated to work toward achieving them!”

State/Regional

Spring is closer than you think
2/26/18 High Plains Journal 
By David G. Hallauer. Kansas State University Research and Extension
With the ice we’ve seen recently, it was a little hard to think about flowers and gardens and lawns. The calendar doesn’t stop for a few cold days, however, and that means that those early spring activities will be upon us before we know it.

Local

In Focus 2/26/18
2/26/18 KMAN
Monday’s guest was Dr. Timothy Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at KSU and Assistant Director of the K-State Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy.

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 

National/International      

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs
2/23/18 New York Times
"Having a lab being replaced after about 12 years seems unusual," said Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University.

How to lose belly fat — expert reveals where you're going wrong and best tips for a flat stomach
2/23/18 Irish Mirror
DON'T: Fall for gadgets. A study from Kansas State University discovered that pricey gadgets (including electrodes and sit-up machines) don't work any better than good old sit-ups.

State/Regional

Farm bill forum March 7 in Hastings
2/24/18 Hastings (Neb.) Tribune
Ag economists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University will provide an overview of the farm bill situation. The current 2014 law is due for a replacement this year.

Local

*Student rights advocate reflects on protesting Vietnam, still sees ‘mighty times’ today
2/25/18 KMAN
In a lecture sponsored by the A.Q. Miler School of Journalism and Mass Communications inside the Wildcat Chamber of the K-State Student Union, she explained how students across the United States were speaking up for what they believed in. That era, the era of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, left many students like Tinker to ask what they could do.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 

National/International      

Turning light upside down
2/22/18 ScienceDaily
Irene Dolado, PhD student at nanoGUNE, and Saül Vélez, former postdoctoral researcher at nanoGUNE (now at ETH Zürich) mastered this challenge by electron beam lithography and etching of thin flakes of high-quality boron nitride provided by Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Like your steak well done? Study gives clues to maintaining juiciness
2/22/18 High Plains Journal
Meat lovers take notice: You don’t have to sacrifice juiciness when cooking your steak to higher temperatures. That’s a key finding by Kansas State University graduate student Lindsey Drey, who put consumers through a series of test panels with four USDA quality grades of meat and six degrees of doneness.

First Stage of Kansas Deer Research Project Complete
2/22/18 Kansas City InfoZine
A comprehensive deer research project being conducted by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is off to a good start. The collaborative effort, which is designed to learn more about mule deer and white-tailed deer in northwestern Kansas, began this February with the goal of capturing 120 deer and fitting them with GPS radio transmitters. That portion of the project is complete.

*Kansas State Polytechnic offering UAS training for law enforcement
2/22/18 Salina Post
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can utilize unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first-course offering runs April 9-12 at the campus in Salina.

Local

Saturday's game marks anniversary of women's basketball
2/22/18 Manhattan Mercury
The contest will mark the 50th season of women’s basketball as an NCAA sport at Kansas State University. A number of former players and coaches will return to Manhattan for the occasion, and we think it’s one to celebrate.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 

National/International      

*Kansas State Rolls out New UAS Training for First Responders
2/21/18 Unmanned Aerial Online
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in daily operations and safety procedures.

State/Regional

K-State Cattlemen’s Day schedule and related events
2/21/18 The Midwest Messenger
Kansas State’s Cattlemen’s Day will be Friday, March 2. The 48th annual Livestock Marketing Information Center’s Stockman Dinner will precede the event and the 41st annual Legacy Bull and Female Sale will follow.

Local

*K-State researchers receive $1.3 million grant to study lung cancer treatment
2/21/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State researchers and their partners have received a $1.3 million grant to develop a minimally invasive treatment for lung cancer.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 

National/International      

Why Couples Get Back Together After a Breakup
2/20/18 Study International 
2013 Kansas State University study that found nearly half of all couples reunite also revealed that couples who got back together assumed their partner had changed for the better or that they would be better at communicating. 

Kansas State completes Performance Zones project
2/20/18 Campus Rec Magazine 
Back in September, we published a story about an ambitious project underway at Kansas State University. The school’s campus rec department decided to convert its five racquetball courts into Performance Zones with various types of workout equipment and flooring for different workouts.

State/Regional

‘The invisible killer’: Thousands of Kansas City metro homes at risk for high radon levels
2/20/18 Fox4KC.com
“These are like little atomic bullets going off in your lungs," said Bruce Snead, a radon expert at Kansas State University. "What do we know about bullets? The more you're exposed to them, the more potential for danger. Well, that's going on in our lungs."

Local

More winter storms expected this week
2/20/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp said the forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain and/or snow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 

National/International     

UN 2020 sustainable development goals and a bid to ‘Feed the World’
2/19/18 Study International 
“K-State has a good sorghum genetics and genomics program,” says Jacques Faye, a 29-year-old international student at K-State, originally from Senegal. “It is well-known around the world because of its involvement in international research development…My research will definitely contribute to food security in developing countries,” he concludes, “particularly in West Africa.”

State/Regional

Icons of Education 2018
2/16/18 Ingram's
Debbie Mercer, Kansas State University

*Living Democracy program continues KSUnite mission
2/19/18 Salina Post
The organizer of the Living Democracy program is helping the Kansas State University community explore civil discourse, social justice, and democracy throughout the spring semester.

 

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 

National/International     

Money talk for CFTC
2/16/18 Politico
Perhaps in a nod to Roberts’ home state, Giancarlo’s remarks also discussed a new conference that the CFTC will host in early April in conjunction with Kansas State University on “Protecting America’s Agricultural Markets: An Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference.”

State/Regional

White House Proposes Shifting Kansas Bio-Defense Lab From Homeland Security To USDA
2/16/18 KCUR
Since its inception over a decade ago, the Department of Homeland Security has had authority over the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, under construction on the campus of Kansas State University.

Local 

*K-State's Living Democracy project to bring speaker on constitutional rights and more
2/18/18 Manhattan Mercury
A woman with significant experience fighting for freedom of speech will speak at K-State soon. Mary Beth Tinker will speak about the constitutional rights of public school students at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at K-State’s Wildcat Chamber in the Student Union

Over 400 travel to Manhattan for 62nd annual K-State Rodeo
2/17/18 WIBW-TV
Kansas State University held its 62nd annual Rodeo at Weber arena, Saturday.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 

National/International     

Yes, you can enroll in these outrageous college majors
02/15/18 ABC 13 (Houston)
Taking a cue from the mainly agrarian (calls up Wikipedia) Sunflower State, Kansas State University offers the major as part of its grain science and industry college. Courses include "Flour & Dough Testing" and "Cereal Sciences".

State/Regional   

Public forums to address 2018 farm bill
02/15/18 KRVN Radio
Leading the discussion will be Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby from Kansas State University and Brad Lubben from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Taylor is a farm management specialist with expertise in producer decision-making, including in-depth analysis of the 2014 farm program enrollment decision. Her analysis of past decisions and outlook will provide perspective on the commodity programs, the potential changes and the decisions ahead in 2019. Barnaby is a national expert in crop insurance with keen insight on the features and performance of crop insurance. His work will explore the proposed changes and the potential ramifications to the program and to producer crop insurance and risk management decisions.

Local  

Universities to meet in Topeka for annual progress report
02/14/18 KMAN
The research universities, including Kansas State University, will present to the Regents on faculty workload and the promotion and career path of faculty.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 

National/International     

Spender or Saver: What Spouses See vs. What They Do
2/14/18 Iris
However, a recent study done by Brigham Young University and Kansas State University led me to see marital money issues in a new way. The study, published last year in the Journal of Financial Planning under the title “Tightwads and Spenders: Predicting Financial Conflict in Couple Relationships,” found that partners’ perceptions of each other’s money behavior often does not match reality. The fact that you may see your partner as a spender has actually no correlation to whether they are. Yet there is a huge correlation between thinking your partner is a spender and experiencing financial conflict in the marriage.

State/Regional   

Study: Kansas health care sector generates $25B in sales
2/14/18 The Wichita Business Journal
John Leatherman, professor in the department of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, authored the study. He also is the director of the Office of Local Government. 

Public forums to address 2018 farm bill
2/14/18 Grand Island Independent 
Leading the discussion will be Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby from Kansas State University and Brad Lubben from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Taylor is a farm management specialist with expertise in producer decision-making, including in-depth analysis of the 2014 farm program enrollment decision. Her analysis of past decisions and outlook will provide perspective on the commodity programs, the potential changes and the decisions ahead in 2019. Barnaby is a national expert in crop insurance with keen insight on the features and performance of crop insurance. His work will explore the proposed changes and the potential ramifications to the program and to producer crop insurance and risk management decisions. Lubben is a noted expert in agricultural policy with insight on both the farm bill issues and the process. He will help frame the debate and the expectations for new programs and policies to provide perspective on the broader budget and policy challenges facing members of Congress in writing the new farm bill.

Local  

*Abernathy to talk about news deserts in next Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media
2/14/18 Manhattan Mercury
Jean Folkerts, interim director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, said she is familiar with Abernathy’s work and with the effective way that she has connected with publishers in North Carolina.

*K-State 48 Film Festival offers video editing workshop
2/14/18 The Manhattan Mercury
The K-State 48 Film Festival continues the run-up to the 2018 competition with workshops designed to help all current K-State students looking to brush up on their video production skills or learn the basic techniques of filmmaking, in preparation for the annual event.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 

National/International     

Kansas bill opens door to poultry operations
2/13/18 U.S. News & World Report
The Senate bill was endorsed Monday by two of the state's largest agriculture industry organizations, Kansas State University faculty and county development groups.

US universities seeking the best and brightest in Pakistan
2/14/18 Daily Times of India
The visiting delegation included representatives from Kansas State University.

State/Regional   

Colyer announces Mann as Kansas lieutenant governor
2/13/18 U.S. Agnet
Mann is a fifth-generation Kansan from Quinter. He regularly returns to work on the family farm. He earned a degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in 2000, where he also served as student body president. In 1997, Mann served as Jerry Moran's first intern in Washington, D.C.

Local  

*K-State names search committee for new vet med dean
2/13/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State Provost April Mason has named 19 members of the university to a search committee to help find the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 

National/International     

Embrace the Science of Love, with Together
2/12/18 Houston Chronicle 
Kansas State University researcher Dr. Sonya Britt-Lutter, a leader in the field of Financial Therapy, recently conducted a study to see how couples were impacted by working together through brightpeak’s unique, multi-faceted love and money approach. Participating couples reported higher levels of happiness in regard to finances, communication and household responsibilities after the program.

State/Regional   

Kansas House panel puts bill expanding K-State veterinary loan program under microscope
2/12/18 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Legislation quadrupling the number of veterinary students at Kansas State University receiving loans repaid by working in a rural underserved area of the state inspired discussion of additional modifications to the program.

Local  

*K-State dance professor to receive $15,000 grant
2/12/18 Manhattan Mercury
A $15,000, two-year National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant will help Kate Digby, assistant professor of dance in the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, explore these questions as she develops “Search for Simurgh,” an immersive, interactive and interdisciplinary performance installation.

 

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 

National/International    

House Bill Would Change Funding for Kansas Water Plan
02/11/18 U.S. News & World Report
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Tom Sloan, a Lawrence Democrat, says it would require that $3 million be used by Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas State University for research on maintaining a reliable supply of quality water.

State/Regional  

*Artist Lynn Benson’s water-themed work on display at K-State’s Beach Museum
210//18 Topeka Capital-Journal
In the latest exhibit at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, artist Lynn Benson looks at the use of water and its effect on human activity.

Local 

*Cyber defenders score high in national competition
2/10/18 Manhattan Mercury
Team members from the Kansas State University Cyber Defense Club brought home second-place honors in the Spring 2018 National ISEAGE Cyber Defense Competition, Feb. 2-3, at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

*Grant boosts Kansas State Polytechnic aviation education outreach efforts
2/9/18 Manhattan Mercury
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from American Airlines, plans are taking off on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus to help more secondary students learn what it’s like to be an airplane pilot.

*K-State awards semester honors to more than 4,000 students
2/11/18 Manhattan Mercury
A record 4,044 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2017 semester.

 

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 

National/International    

Researchers Discuss Farm Income Briefing in Senate
02/08/18 Houston Chronicle
Allen Featherstone from Kansas State University and AAEA Board member, John Newton from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and C-FARE Board Member, Carrie Litkowski from USDA-ERS, and Todd Kuethe from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a financial outlook for the sector as well as regional outlooks highlighting where stress and recovery are present.

State/Regional  

K State professor talks helping with Olympic opening ceremonies
02/08/18 KSHB
With the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics set for Friday, an assistant professor of music at Kansas State University knows all too well what goes into the event.

Local 

USD 383 spring enrollment drops but will increase again soon
02/08/18 Manhattan Mercury
During the USD 383 board meeting Wednesday, Reid said the district has been informed the students could move to the district because of a K-State grant that will bring international families to Manhattan.
 

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 

National/International    

*What Is the CICO Diet, and Can It Really Help You Lose Weight?
2/7/18 Everyday Health
In the experiment that Salter is referring to, Mark Haub, PhD, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one Hostess snack during every three of his waking hours, CNN.com reported in 2010. With a total intake of 1,800 calories a day, it was 800 calories a day less than the estimated typical intake for a man his size. At the end of 10 weeks, Dr. Haub had lost 27 lbs for a final weight of 174 lbs. His body mass index (BMI) dropped from 28.8, which is considered overweight, to 24.9, which is deemed normal. His cholesterol readings improved, too, likely a result of his weight loss.

Regional  

*VETERINARY RESEARCHER MAKES INROADS IN FIGHTING CLASSICAL SWINE FEVER
2/7/18 KTIC Radio in Nebraska 
A Kansas State University researcher has licensed a new vaccine to an animal health company to fight a highly contagious swine disease overseas. A second discovery by the researcher could improve vaccines for the disease and help protect the U.S. from an outbreak.

Local 

*K-State architecture programs top ranked
2/7/18 Manhattan Mercury 
Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design graduate programs in architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture are among the best in the nation, according to annual rankings by DesignIntelligence, the only organization ranking accredited professional programs in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design/architecture.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 

National/International   

Capt. Melissa Forsyth on leadership: First, treat others as you'd want to be treated
2/6/18 Syracuse.com
"They took me on a tour of the sections I could work in," Forsyth recalled. "I've always been a numbers person, so I asked to join finance. The comptroller was shocked and said: 'I've never had anybody want to join finance from their enlistment point.'" In 2000, Forsyth graduated with a degree in accounting from Kansas State University.

State/Regional  

Choose dark chocolate for your Valentine
2/6/18 High Plains Journal 
K-State Research and Extension
In 1861, Richard Cadbury created the first ever heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Thus, began the tradition of chocolate and Valentine’s Day that still carries on today.

Local 

Deputy agriculture secretary joins K-State ag college
2/6/18 Manhattan Mercury 
Following a national search, Susan Metzger has been appointed senior executive administrator for the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. She will assume her new role on March 12.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 

National/International   

Smart Textiles For Military Market Poised To Witness A Remarkable Growth Globally With A CAGR of ~ 11% By 2021
2/5/18 Digital Journal 
January 15, 2018 – Researchers at Kansas State University (US) were awarded with the ‘2017 R&D 100 Award’ for their work on integrating micro-structured semiconductor neutron detectors within textiles. Funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the research team has created a vest capable of detecting dangerous radiation levels – a technology which is now a commercial prospect for the military.

What is Petfood Forum all about?
2/5/18 Petfood Industry
Petfood Forum also includes the Petfood Innovation Workshop, which in 2018 will focus on the theme, “New Product Development Journey.” The workshop is a one-day event that takes place the day before Petfood Forum begins, at Kansas State University Olathe

State/Regional 

Design is topic of Civic Luncheon Lecture at K-State
2/5/18 Salina Journal 
Michael Oetken, an assistant professor at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, will discuss “Design Thinking 101: Innovation and Branding,” at noon Thursday in the College Center Conference Room.

 

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 

National/International   

Best cities for retirees to age successfully
2/2/18 Investopedia
Top five small metros: No. 2, Manhattan, Kan. With access to a major Army base, Fort Riley, and a prominent learning center, Kansas State University, residents of this Midwestern town benefit from a stable economic environment and specialized medical care. One stand-out feature is it its abundance of health care facilities for older adults, including rehab centers and Alzheimer’s units.

Weed Science Society of America announces 2018 awards
2/2/18 Benzinga
Outstanding Teacher Award: Anita Dille, Kansas State University. Public Service Award: Phillip Stahlman, Kansas State University.

State/Regional 

Top 10 things to do this week in northeast Kansas, Feb. 4-10
2/3/18 Topeka Capital Journal
4. Kansas State University: “Not Without Laughter”: No. 4, When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Where: Purple Masque Theatre, 780 Denison Ave., Manhattan. Cost: $11-$16. 9. No. 9, Kansas State University: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. Where: Bramlage Coliseum 1800 College Ave., Manhattan. Cost: Free.

Local

Lawmakers eager to begin work with Colyer
2/4/18 Manhattan Mercury
“I hope to maintain the current level of funding, and hopefully we can get K-State back to proper funding,” Carlin said.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 

National/International   

Syngenta and Kansas Wheat Partner to Introduce AgriPro Winter Wheat Variety Honoring Bob Dole
02/01/18 Farms.com
Developed by Kansas State University, the hard red winter wheat variety Bob Dole will be available through AgriPro® brand wheat for the 2018 season thanks to a public-private partnership between Syngenta and Kansas wheat farmers through the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Wheat Alliance.

State/Regional 

House, Senate bills allow vote on large-scale poultry plants
02/01/18 Garden City Telegram
Scott Beyer, associate professor of animal science and industry at Kansas State University, said broadening the public-vote option to the poultry industry would discourage companies from locating in the state.

Local

In Focus 2/1/18
02/01/18 KMAN
Thursday’s guests were NBAF Director of Partnership Development Marty Vanier and Department Head of Finance at Kansas State University Ansley Chua, who shed light on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 

National/International  

Joyce Banda calls on US to continue to work with Africa: Advocates gender equality
1/31/18 Nyasa Times, Malawi
Banda, popularly known as JB, said this as part of a public lecture she delivered at Kansas State University in the United States (US). Banda’s speech is the 177th of the Landon Lecture Series, the university’s most prestigious lecture.

State/Regional 

*K-State researchers receive $2M to study flu from bats
1/31/18 Atchison Globe
With the help of a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Health, a K-State researcher will investigate how to curtail the spread of influenza from bats to humans.

Local

*Navy Concert Band dropping anchor at McCain for March 5 performance
1/31/18 Junction City Post
The U.S. Navy Band is setting sail for Kansas State University and Manhattan, which is one of just 21 cities in 12 states to host a performance by the renowned band during its 2018 tour.