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K-Staters in the news — November 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, Nov. 30, 2018

State/Regional

Picky Poinsettias? Not Really, KSU Expert Says
11/29/18 Kansas Ag Connection
Nothing says winter holidays like a colorful poinsettia. A Kansas State University specialist says it's not hard to keep them looking healthy and bright through the season

Local

WinterDance, Festival of Trees, ice sculpting and more
11/29/18 Manhattan Mercury
Enjoy a showcase of dance styles, including jazz, tap, African and more at WinterDance 2018, a production of the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

*More than 1,500 students candidates for degrees at fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 7-8
11/29/18 Junction City Post
It’s time for mortarboards, tassels and gowns as fall commencement ceremonies at Kansas State University will be Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

State/Regional

As corn and wheat prices drop, farmers look to alternative crops
11/28/18 High Plains Journal
K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm works with extension agents and farmers around the state to keep them updated on the latest varieties and production considerations. He is also developing new varieties best suited for Kansas, with some of the newest releases showing adaptation to northern and western parts of the state.

Kansas NRCS, TNC Providing $1.4M to Improve Native Prairie
11/29/18 Kansas Ag Connection
Karen A. Woodrich, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kansas state conservationist, announced funding to landowners to improve the health of some of the last native prairies in Kansas. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Kansas State University (KSU) and other partners have joined NRCS in a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to offer financial assistance to help landowners institute conservation practices on their land. NRCS is providing funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). There will be two fiscal year 2019 EQIP application evaluation periods for this RCPP project.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

National/International

As Corn and Wheat Prices Drop, Farmers look to Alternative Crops
11/27/18 Farms.com
K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm works with extension agents and farmers around the state to keep them updated on the latest varieties and production considerations.

New Study Says Women Sleep Better with a Dog in the Bed
11/27/18 MSN.com
“Dogs add companionship,” Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said. “They provide extra warmth on a cold night. They evoke a sense of security, especially for children who are scared of the dark. They give an added sense of safety from potential intruders. It may also create a greater bond between you and your dog. Let’s face it: It’s hard to beat a warm, furry bundle of unconditional love.” 

Local 

*New Beach Museum exhibition explores art link between Asia, West
11/27/18 Manhattan Mercury 
The exchanges, intermingling and occasional clash of cultures between Asia and the West along the Silk Road are on display in the new exhibition “Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West,” opening Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

National/International

Storm Dumps From 2 to 14 Inches in Kansas, Canceling Classes
11/26/18 U.S. News & World Report 
Some government offices in Topeka are opening late, and Kansas State University says it won't open until noon.

Regional/State

*New Research Center Working to Help Patients Survive Pancreatic Cancer
11/26/18 Kansas Public Radio
Kansas State University is redoubling efforts to help people survive pancreatic cancer, the third deadliest cancer in the U.S.  

Local 

*K-State Veterinary College gets major donation
11/26/18 KSNT
Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine received a generous gift from a local pet food maker.

 

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

National/International

*Here's what college freshmen are reading
11/22/18 NPR
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, at Kansas State University. Thomas will visit Kansas State University in February 2019.

Technically speaking, your pumpkin pie likely lacks one main ingredient — pumpkin
11/21/18 Miami Herald
Dickinson pumpkins — also known as “pie pumpkins” — are part of the Cucurbita moschata species, according to Kansas State University Research and Extension. “True pumpkins,” though, are part of Cucurbita pepo.

Regional/State

*Storm dumps from 2 to 14 inches in Kansas, canceling classes
11/26/18 Kansas City Star
Some government offices in Topeka are opening late, and Kansas State University says it won't open until noon. Several other colleges called off classes entirely, including the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Baker University and Washburn University.

*Hill's Pet Nutrition gift prompts Kansas State upgrade in pet animal education
11/26/18 Topeka Capital Journal
Hill’s Pet Nutrition donated an undisclosed amount to the veterinary medicine school at Kansas State University to convert building space into classroom, research and training facilities applicable to care of companion animals, officials said Monday.

Local

*Drugs from bugs: NIH grant supports unique psoriasis treatment
11/23/18 Manhattan Mercury
Philip Hardwidge, a microbiologist and biochemist in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, has received a $218,593 grant from the National Institutes of Health for enhancing the development of drug treatments for psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

National/International

Over $388K in Scholarships Awarded at Aviation Education & Career Expo Hosted by ProJet Aviation
11/20/18 San Fransisco Gate

  • Ashton Neff $10,000 Award from Kansas State University Polytechnic/Aerospace Campus
  • Caleb Mindte $10,000 Award from Kansas State University Polytechnic/Aerospace Campus
Regional/State

Food safety experts say to take romaine recall seriously
11/20/18 KMBC 9 News
“The five dollar package of lettuce is nothing compared to having your child in the hospital with kidney failure over the holidays because of an E.coli outbreak,” Bryan Severns – Food Programs manager Kansas State’s Olathe extension, said. 

*KSU Launches Center For Pancreatic Cancer Research
11/20/18 KSAL.com
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has launched a Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The center has three areas of focus: cancer detection, drug discovery and studies involving in-vivo techniques and magnetic resonance imaging.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Regional/State

Year-round produce a possibility for these students
11/19/18 The Kansas City Star
They met at a summer conference for teachers. Jankord had already used a Tower Garden in her classroom at another school, and Schoenberg had attended the Summer Soybean Science Institute at Kansas State University, which piqued her interest in the topic.

*Kansas State to get half of campus energy from wind farm
11/16/18 KAKE
Kansas State University officials estimate that half of the Manhattan campus will be powered by wind by 2020.

Local

*K-State launches center for pancreatic cancer research
11/16/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center has launched a Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

National/International

Selling plants on Amazon: A forest of untapped opportunity
11/17/18 Science Daily
A first-of-its-kind study out of Kansas State University examined the the untapped market for selling plants online by horticultural businesses.

*Kansas State to get half of campus energy from wind farm
11/18/18 U.S. News & World Report
Kansas State University officials estimate that half of the Manhattan campus will be powered by wind by 2020.

Regional/State

Wyandotte teacher named 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year
11/18/18 KWCH
Morgan began her career as an English and ESOL teacher at Wyandotte High School in 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a minor in nonprofit leadership in 2012 from Kansas State University.

Wet weather slows Kansas farmers' winter wheat planting
11/16/18 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University issued a notice about purple seed stain, or blight caused by a fungus, that is affecting crops in the state.

Local

*Biologist uses DOD grant to research trauma survival differences between men, women
11/16/18 Manhattan Mercury
A person’s sex hormones may play a role in trauma survival, according to a Kansas State University researcher who has received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

National/International

*Kansas State University biologist studies trauma survival differences between men, women
11/15/18 Phys.org
A person's sex hormones may play a role in trauma survival, according to a Kansas State University researcher who has received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Regional/State

Kansas State University Crops Team places third in Australian crops competition
11/15/18 High Plains Journal
Four members of the Kansas State University Crops Team recently returned from a study trip to Australia where they competed in the Australian Universities Crops Competition. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization and was held in Temora, New South Wales. The K-State team traveled with seven students from Iowa State University and two students from the University of Minnesota-Crookston who also participated in the competition. A team from Virginia Tech University also competed, along with other agricultural universities across southern and western Australia.

Local

Spencer Tomb: Strong farm bill essential for future generations
11/15/18 The Topeka Capital-Journal
There’s another, even simpler, way the Farm Bill could help improve outcomes for water, wildlife and our farming economy. We could simply use the information we already collect more wisely. The USDA already manages and stores an incredible amount of information on farm programs. But current restrictions prevent researchers at trusted institutions like Kansas State University from analyzing the raw data.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

National/International

*Wind farm will provide about half of the energy needs for Kansas State University's Manhattan campus
11/14/18 American School & University Magazine
Kansas State University has signed an agreement to have about 50 percent of the energy needs for its Manhattan campus provided by a wind farm in Nemaha County.
 
The North Face now makes its popular ThermoBall winter jackets out of recycled materials
11/14/18 Business Insider
If the name ThermoBall sounds familiar, it's because the line gained a lot of fanfare for its synthetic insulation. The round synthetic fiber clusters trap heat within small air pockets like down. This way, you get both the lightweight warmth and compressibility of down jackets with the wet-weather performance of synthetics. According to the company, Kansas State University showed the ThermoBall has the warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down.

Regional/State

KAKE On Your Side: An unlikely, life-changing meeting
11/14/18 KAKE
Financial Therapy Clinic at Kansas State University, Contact: fpclinic@k-state.edu
 
K-State researchers evaluate effects of dicamba on non-resistant soybeans
11/14/18 KRVN Radio
Kansas State University researchers are evaluating the impact of non-target injury from dicamba herbicide on non-resistant soybeans: The hope is to help producers lessen or avoid the unintended damage that was seen in some of the state’s fields the past two years.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

National/International

Ennead Architects Designs Kansas State University, College of Architecture Planning and Design
11/13/18 Dexigner
Ennead Architects has designed the new building for the College of Architecture Planning and Design at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

*K-State will save $200,000 a year by tapping into this natural resource
11/13/18 Kansas City Star
By 2020, half of Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus will be powered by wind, school officials announced Tuesday.

Local

Future teacher receives multicultural scholarship, technology award
11/13/18 Manhattan Mercury
Tori Mitchell, sophomore in secondary education-social studies, is this year’s recipient of a prestigious multicultural scholarship and technology award created for future teachers by K-State College of Education scholar and faculty member Doris Wright Carroll.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

National/International

ECC to host Nov. 14 transfer fair featuring more than 40 colleges and universities
11/12/18 Chicago Tribune
Schools that will be in attendance include Kansas State University. 

Regional/State

Self-taught KC baker takes the dough in Food Network’s ‘Christmas Cookie Challenge’
11/12/18 Kansas City Star
Whaley, 32, is a Kansas State University graduate who is an alumni relations consultant for Greek campus organizations.

Local

K-State student who returned scholarship honored with one in his name
11/12/18 Manhattan Mercury
Donors are honoring a K-State student who gave back a scholarship he didn’t need by establishing another scholarship in his honor.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

National/International

Regents approve new program at Kansas State
11/11/18 U.S. News & World Report
Kansas State will offer a new bachelor's degree in education studies beginning in August. The university announced Thursday the program will require 120 hours to complete through the College of Education.

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master's in Adult Education Programs for 2019
11/9/18 Houston Chronicle
OnlineMasters.com, an industry-leading educational research organization, announces the release of their Best Online Master's In Adult Education Programs for 2019. They have identified the top programs in the nation that are the best in the areas of curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes. Programs include Kansas State University's.

Regional/State

Ariel Whitely-Noll: Unusual fruit species native to Kansas
11/9/18 Topeka Capital Journal
For our region, K-State recommends two varieties of Juneberry. The Allegheny Serviceberry grows to be less than 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. This variety is more of a tree form than most serviceberries. It has nice white flower clusters and beautiful orange color in fall. The Spring Flurry Serviceberry is another small tree, growing to a height of less than 20 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. It has a strong central leader with a good, upright growth habit, nice white flower clusters, an orange color in fall and purple to blue edible fruit.

Local

Shared learning: UFM's 50th anniversary highlights campus-community connection
11/9/18 Manhattan Mercury
Teener said one of the most interesting items featured was the 1984 original logo design for UFM, which is still used today, which a K-State student designed in a contest. Teener said she was also excited to find the handwritten note inviting students to discuss the possibility of an experimental college.

*KSU awarded Troops to Teachers grant
11/9/18 KSAL
Kansas State University’s College of Education, in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education, was recently awarded a $400,000, four-year Troops to Teachers grant to support transitioning service members and veterans interested in becoming teachers.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

National/International
11/08/18 The Kansas City Star
Earlier this year, a Kansas State University student sent a letter to the donors who awarded him a renewable 4-H Vanier Family Scholarship. That’s a $12,000 per year scholarship, but he didn’t write a traditional “thank you” letter.
Local
11/08/18 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday to create a new program, renovate two buildings in Manhattan and raze another in Hays.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

National/International
11/07/18 Outbreak New Today (Podcast episode)
What is African swine fever, how serious of an issue is it and whats the threat to the US?Joining me to discuss the African swine fever situation is Stephen Higgs, PhD, Dr Higgs is the director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

The complicated and troubled history of the annual performance review
11/07/18 Fast Company
Researchers at Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Texas A&M also looked at how negative feedback during annual performance reviews affected employees and (shocker) it didn’t help them improve. But surprisingly, even positive feedback got misconstrued and failed to motivate.
State/Regional
11/07/18 KSN
A California man has donated $2 million and his art collection to Kansas State University's art department.
Local 
11/07/18 WIBW
A California man has donated $2 million and his art collection to Kansas State University's art department.


Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Local 

California man donates $2M to KSU art program
11/6/18 Manhattan Mercury
A man is giving $2 million in addition to his art collection to K-State’s art department.

Students discuss civic duties at K-State’s first Party at the Polls

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

State/Regional
CattleTrace project meeting set for Nov. 13
11/5/18 High Plains Journal
On Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., the collaborators of the CattleTrace Pilot Project for animal disease traceability and K-State Research and Extension will be hosting an information session at Winter Livestock (1414 East Trail) in Dodge City, Kansas, with details of how cow-calf producers can get involved. In early 2018, the CattleTrace collaborators began working to develop a purpose-built infrastructure to track cattle movement through the supply chain.
Local 

K-State interior design ranked top 10
11/5/18 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University's interior design program in the College of Human Ecology has again been ranked in the top 10 by DesignIntelligence, an independent company focused on the design and construction industry. It annually publishes results of a survey of design professionals ranking design programs nationwide.

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

National/International

Ag's biggest 2018 ballot initiative
11/2/18 Politico
‘PROFESSOR’ PERDUE TOUTS ERS, NIFA MOVES: Perdue talked up his plans to relocate the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture during a lecture Thursday at Kansas State University. The school is one of the sites that formally expressed interest in housing the two agencies

*I'm a feminist. So why does infertility make me feel like a failure?
11/2/18 The Guardian
Surprisingly, it seems not. Research by Gary and Sandra Brase at Kansas State University has found that “baby fever” – a physical and emotional craving to have children – is a real phenomenon. But this desire to reproduce doesn’t appear to be innate.

State/Regional

Kansan crowned National Hereford Queen
11/4/18 High Plains Journal
Meinhardt is the daughter of Bryndon and Julie Meinhardt and is a junior at Kansas State University. At K-State she is studying agricultural communications and journalism with minors in animal science and industry and leadership studies. As a 3-year member of her state association and the NJHA, she has been competitive in the showring, the photography contest and has participated in the queen’s tea.

*Campus kudos
11/2/18 St. Joseph News-Press Now
Sydney Van Dyke of St. Joseph was cast in the role of Sylvie as part of the production of “Oklahoma!” presented by the School of Music, Theater and Dance at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Local 

*KSU’s second Science Communication Week begins
11/5/18 Kansas State Collegian
The Kansas Science Communication Initiative kicks off Kansas State’s second Science Communication Week from Monday to Saturday. Throughout the week, the initiative will host events for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, researchers and the general public to promote participating in and learning about science.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

National/International

Mediaplanet and Chef Emeril Lagasse Team Up in Empowering the Culinary Arts
11/01/18 Houston Chronicle
This campaign was made possible with the support of the American Culinary Federation, Johnson & Wales University, Emeril Lagasse, Boston University’s Food and Wine Program, Kansas State University, Nicholls State University, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, International Caterers Association, Chelsey White, Alex Guarnaschelli, Buzzfeed’s Tasty and Rouxbe. 

State/Regional

USDA secretary Sonny Perdue confident Donald Trump’s tough trade policy will bear fruit
11/1/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
“It’s a long game,” Perdue told nearly 1,000 people during a speech at Kansas State University. “People are understanding we are no longer going to be the patsy of international trade. We’ll be the dominant force going forward.”

Local 

KSU's Burt hall evacuated after chemical spill
11/01/18 The Manhattan Mercury
A chemical spill Wednesday afternoon at K-State’s Burt Hall caused officials to evacuate the building while the Manhattan Fire Department checked the scene. 

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

State/Regional

Small chemical spill causes evacuation of Kansas State University’s Burt Hall; 2 evaluated for possible exposure
10/31/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
A small chemical spill Wednesday afternoon caused evacuation of Kansas State University’s Burt Hall while Manhattan Fire Department crews checked the building, the fire department said.

Local 

K-State's Higgs, Jankowiak selected for Higuchi-KU research awards
10/31/18 Manhattan Mercury
Two distinguished K-State researchers are recipients of the prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, which are presented for scholarly excellence. Winners will be recognized at a Nov. 29 ceremony.

Perdue set to give Thursday Landon Lecture
10/31/18 Manhattan Mercury
Sonny Perdue will share lessons learned during his childhood on a Georgia dairy farm during a Landon Lecture on Thursday morning at K-State.