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K-Staters in the news — October 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, Oct. 31, 2018

National/International 

What’s the Shelf Life of Halloween Candy?
10/30/18 Eater
There are several factors that can instigate candy spoilage, including moisture, light, heat, and a candy’s fat content, according to food scientists from Kansas State University. 

State/Regional

You're Not Seeing Things: Kansas City's Fall Leaves Are 'More Vibrant' Than Normal
10/30/18 KCUR
Dennis Patton, a horticultural agent with Kansas State University's Research and Extension Office in Johnson County, says certain recent weather patterns have been especially agreeable to locking in the bright hues of fall. 

Local

Susan G. Komen founder offers hope Women of K-State
10/30/18 WIBW
Women of K-State held a wellness panel Tuesday, featuring the founder and chairwoman of Susan G. Komen-- Nancy Brinker.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

National/International 

*Halloween no treat for pets, says veterinarian
10/29/18 Phys.org
Halloween can be fun for children and adults alike, but for pets it can be a potentially dangerous holiday, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.

Local

OUR NEIGHBORS | Geographer uses skills to help environment, people
10/29/18 Manhattan Mercury
Most children don’t know right away that they want to be a geographer when they grow up, but for Darci Paull, a geographic information system specialist at the Kansas Forest Service, that intuition had always been there.

Judicial branch about understanding students’ choices, not punishment, SGA attorney general says
10/29/18 The Collegian
The three branches of Student Governing Association — executive, judicial and legislative — all play a different role in regulating what happens on campus. One of the many students that has a hand in the governing body is attorney general Peter Moyer, junior in political science and economics.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

National/International 

*BRI joins research to prevent US outbreak of African swine fever
10/28/18 The Pig Site
Kansas State University researchers and the Biosecurity Research Institute have several projects focused on African swine fever. Their research topics vary, but they share the same goal of stopping the spread of African swine fever and preventing it from reaching the US.

Excitement grows for facility that increases bio- and agro-defense
10/28/18 Ag Web by Farm Journal
After a three-year site selection process, Manhattan, Kansas, was chosen as the location for NBAF, she said. The facility is under construction on Kansas State University's Manhattan campus and is adjacent to the university's Biosecurity Research Institute. This strategic location places NBAF near important veterinary, agricultural and biosecurity research and expertise.

State/Regions

*Steve Watkins, GOP candidate for Congress, confronts allegations of sexual misconduct
10/26/18 Topeka Capital Journal
Tim Shaffer, assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University and co-editor of an upcoming book on the subject of civility in politics, said a legitimate argument could be made for exploring whether statements by candidates about values and principles were in conflict with the experiences of people who had known that candidate.

Shadowlands: Alivia Magaña's chemical romance
10/26/18 Santa Fe New Mexican
At Kansas State, she was part of an exhibition team photographing ghost towns for the history department. “I love how many avenues photography can let you go down. I might not want to go to medical school for eight years, but I can have a little bit of an in this way.”

Kansas City Comedienne, Writer, Teacher, And Coach Publishes First Novel, 'Without A Fight'
10/27/18 Digital Journal
Without A Fight is the debut Young Adult novel by Annie Goodson. A Kansas native, Goodson spend five years living, writing and teaching in Chicago, where she drew inspiration for the characters in this story. A graduate of Kansas State University and Loyola University Chicago, Goodson studied at The Second City Writing Program and Conservatory, and is a former writer for NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.

Local

'Rocky Horror' screening mark its 40th anniversary in MHK
10/28/18 Manhattan Mercury
“It’s just a jump to your left...” said Mary Renee, the emcee for the K-State Student Union Program Council’s annual Rocky Horror Picture Show screening Friday, “and then a step to your right.”

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

National/International 

Kolkata law university offers Harry Potter course, gives students chance to explore legal aspects in 'wizarding world'

10/25/18 FirstPost.com
"The Kansas State University in the US, for instance, offers a class called "Harry Potter's Library," where students have the opportunity to examine political themes that reoccur in the series."

State/Regions

Global Campus Offers Ag Law and Economics Class Online*

10/25/18 Kansas Ag Connection
A leading expert in the field of agricultural law and economics will teach a Kansas State University three credit hour online undergraduate course on the topic to interested students in the spring 2019 semester.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

National/International    

Scientists use CRISPR to protect pigs against deadly virus
10/24/18 Discover magazine
“One of the greatest concerns for U.S. producers is outbreaks of new [viral] diseases,” said Raymond “Bob” Rowland, a pathobiologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan and co-author of the new study, in a media statement. “This work demonstrates the importance of [gene-editing] technology in solving complex disease problems.” 

State/Regional
Kansas State officials respond to at least 13 reports of mold in one dormitory
10/24/18 The Kansas City Star
Every room in a Kansas State University dormitory will be inspected because residents reported at least 13 cases of mold this semester, school officials said Wednesday.
Local

KSU physicist receives award, $500K
10/24/18 The Manhattan Mercury
A Kansas State University physicist has received an award and $500,000 toward future research.
Daniel Rolles, an assistant professor of physics, received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to investigate ultrafast electronic and structural dynamics during light-driven chemical reactions. Rolles works in K-State’s J.R. Macdonald Laboratory and conducts research involving lasers and X-rays.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

National/International   

A building designed by architects, for architects
10/23/18 Building Design + Construction
The new Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design, designed by Ennead Architects + BNIM, is an interdisciplinary facility that hopes to train future designers by placing a focus on collaboration and direct fabrication.

State/Regional 
10/23/18 KSAL.com
The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus will be offering safety certification through the Unmanned Safety Institute.
Local

Channel 8: K-State Multicultural Student Center plans moving forward
10/23/18 The Collegian
K-State administration announced that the university will be building the new Multicultural Student Center. The university anticipates opening the center in the Fall of 2021. Students and faculty have varying perspectives on the center.

Me Too founder encourages learning, change
10/23/18 Manhattan Mercury
Burke, the founder of the program dedicated to providing resources to victims, told a packed Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union Monday that the responses showed the magnitude of the problem.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

National/International   

Correction: Landon Lecture-Perdue story
10/22/18 Miami Herald
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue is speaking next month at Kansas State University.

Do pet treats contribute to rising pet obesity?
10/22/18 Petfood Industry
During the Petfood R&D Showcase 2018 at Kansas State University (KSU), Dornblaser said 56 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed by Mintel give treats daily to their pets.

Local

Book focuses on fiddleback spiders, other pests in Kansas
10/22/18 Manhattan Mercury
Davis and Whitworth, both from Abilene, are specialists for the Extension service in Manhattan and teach at Kansas State University.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

National/International   

‘I want to enjoy life and go places—my wife wants new cars and big houses’
10/20/18 MarketWatch
He’s not alone. A slew of studies suggests arguments over money spell trouble for a relationship. Sonya Britt, an assistant professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University, conducted one such study in 2013 using data from 4,500 couples who took part in the National Survey of Families and Households. She found a link between financial fights and divorce.

Benedictine monks work to curb food insecurity in Omaha
10/20/18 U.S. News & World Report
Abby Zimmerman, a 22-year-old Kansas City native, is the first corps member. Each member will have a ministry unique to them, she said, and hers is helping Dowd establish the corps using her degree in entrepreneurship from Kansas State University. Since August, she has lived with another laywoman in the house next to the monastery

State/Regional  

*K-State University reaching milestone on Multicultural Center project
10/19/18 The Community Voice
Kansas State University has secured more than $2.7 million for the multicultural center project, a substantial step in advancing student success, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Shinoda Foundation awards horticulture scholarships
10/19/18 Greenhouse Product News
The Shinoda Foundation has awarded 12 scholarships to horticulture students across the United States. Recipients include Karen Schneck, Senior, Kansas State University, $1,000.

Local

First-generation college student Paloma Roman wants to bring change to K-State
10/21/18 Kansas State Collegian
First-generation college student Paloma Roman is making strides in her effort to make Kansas State a more unified place.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

National/International   

I’m Terrified I’ll Still Be Living With My Parents When I’m 40
10/18/18 The Cut
When I brought your case to Megan McCoy, a family therapist and adjunct faculty member at the financial therapy program at Kansas State University, she recommended more attention to nuance: “You seem to have an all-or-nothing mindset, where things are either a success or a disaster,” she says. “You need to see every micro-step as financially healthy, rather than thinking you have to fix everything at once, or be able to afford all the same things as your parents.”

State/Regional  

High schoolers participate in Manufacturing Day
10/18/18 Salina Journal
Students learned about the welding program at Barton Community College, robotics and automated engineering technology program at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, automated engineering technology at Hutchinson Community College and several programs available at North Central Kansas Technical College.

Local

'Hate U Give' author to speak at K-State
10/18/18 The Manhattan Mercury
The author of K-State’s common read book will visit campus next year.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

National/International   
Ag Secretary Perdue to Speak Next Month at Kansas State
10/17/18 U.S. News & World Report
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue is speaking next month at Kansas State University.
State/Regional  
* Ag Secretary Perdue to speak next month at Kansas State
10/17/18 The Kansas City Star
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue is speaking next month at Kansas State University.
Local
Vanier donates $1 million toward KSU scholarships
10/17/18 The Manhattan Mercury
Mary Vanier, Manhattan, gave the money to K-State to create 30 matching gift scholarships for the K-State Family Scholarship Program. This is the second $1 million K-State Family Scholarship match fund from Vanier in as many years.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

National/International   

K-State to hold memorial for basketball pioneer Winter
10/16/18 The Washington Times
Kansas State University will hold a memorial service for basketball pioneer Tex Winter, a former K-State coach who later assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

State/Regional  

*US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue presenting Landon Lecture on Nov. 1
10/16/18 High Plains Journal
Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture, will be the next speaker in Kansas State University’s Landon Lecture Series. Perdue’s speech, “Leave It Better Than You Found It: Lessons in Public Service I Learned on the Farm,” will be at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1, in McCain Auditorium.

Local

*Study of reactor behavior focus of new grant from Department of Energy
10/16/18 Manhattan Mercury
Using first-of-a-kind data, a joint effort among Jeremy Roberts, Kansas State University assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Idaho National Laboratory will evaluate how well computer models can predict the behavior of nuclear reactors.


Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

National/International   

Genius Uses for Dryer Sheets That Have Nothing to Do With Laundry
10/15/18 San Fransisco Gate
Put down the pesticides, and grab the box of dryer sheets. Some consider this one a myth, but science says otherwise. Researchers at the University of Illinois and Kansas State University found that these little marvels can help repel certain insects that like to gather in the garden (or buzz around your head when you're trying to enjoy the sunshine).

Virus-resistant pigs to vastly improve global animal health
10/15/18 Science Daily
Now, a team of researchers from MU, Kansas State University and Genus plc -- a global leader in animal genetics -- has succeeded in breeding pigs that are resistant to the virus by means of gene editing.

State/Regional  

*Copple receives Chapman Scholarship at KSU
10/15/18 Douglas County Post Gazette
Kansas State University students that spent their summer gaining experience related to their field of study and career interests through the support of the Mark Chapman Scholars Program. 

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

National/International   

Polls apart
10/12/18 Inside Higher Ed
Provocative just in its title alone, Sharon E. Jarvis and Soo-Hye Han’s Votes That Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It) — from Penn State University Press — is more insightful than the usual complaints about American politics devolving into a horse race in an echo chamber. That it has, of course, is not in question. The authors (both associate professors of communication studies, at the University of Texas at Austin and Kansas State University, respectively) accept an analysis of the 1968 presidential race as a turning point: campaign strategists “began limiting the press’s direct contact to their candidates” and so “journalists began to report more heavily on the artifice of campaigning.” I remember thinking that this tendency had reached the point of unsustainable absurdity in 1988 — a campaign season in which much of the coverage was polling data, including polls about whether too much attention was going to polling data — though things have gotten worse somehow.

NBAA awards 17 scholarships to students at NBAA-BACE
10/13/18 Aviation Pros
The National Business Aviation Association, through NBAA Charities, offers a wide range of scholarships that support young people seeking careers in business aviation. This week at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition  in Orlando, Florida, 17 students will be receiving the following awards: John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, Kenneth Vadakin, currently in the unmanned aerial systems and profession pilot programs at Kansas State Polytechnic.

State/Regional  

*Achievements: Area youths honored
10/14/18 Joplin Globe
Kali Poenitske, of Pittsburg, Kansas, will serve as K-State Libraries Student Ambassador for a 2018 through 2020 term as a representative for K-State Libraries at social, cultural and recruitment activities.

Local

Q&A: New provost discusses 2025 initiatives, first impressions of K-State
10/15/18 Kansas State Collegian
Charles Taber, the new university provost and senior vice president, came to Kansas State from Stony Brook University in New York. Taber spent 30 years at Stony Brook in various roles ranging from instructor to vice provost.

Community brainstorms ideas for Kansas riverfront
10/12/18 Manhattan Mercury
K-State landscape architecture students led individual table discussions about new ideas as well as the potential development. In 2017, students developed concepts for developing the riverfront.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

National/International   

New Presidents or Provosts
10/11/18 Inside Higher Ed
Charles Taber, vice provost for graduate and professional education and dean of the Graduate School at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, has been selected as provost and executive vice president of Kansas State University.

State/Regional  

K-State researchers work to stay ahead of African Swine Fever virus
10/10/18 High Plains Journal 
Kansas State University researchers have a head start on preventing the spread of a devastating disease of pigs through the food they eat. And it’s a good thing.

Local

*Secretary of Ag. Perdue to speak at KSU
10/11/18 The Manhattan Mercury
The U.S. secretary of agriculture will deliver the next K-State Landon Lecture, university officials announced Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

National/International   

*Research Projects Aim To Stop Spread Of African Swine Fever To The US
10/10/18 Inquisitr
Researchers from Kansas State University and the Biosecurity Research Institute may hopefully prevent this from happening. Their research projects on African swine fever aim to stop the spread of the disease and prevent it from reaching the United States.

State/Regional  

Seg. 1: Young New Voters. Seg. 2: National Coming Out Day.
10/10/18 KCUR
We talk with college students who are looking forward to voting for the first time this November. But first, the president of Rock the Vote tells us what it takes to get young people to turn out to the polls. . . . Suan Sonna, first-year at Kansas State University . . . Emily Featherston, sophomore at Kansas State University.

Local

UNITY K-State unites again for diversity, inclusion
10/09/18 The Manhattan Mercury
“I came from nothing, represented nothing. I had nothing,” Bernard Franklin told a packed ballroom at the K-State Student Union Tuesday. “K-State gave me everything.”

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

National/International   

Scientists study African swine fever to prevent outbreak in US
10/09/18 Phys.org
Kansas State University researchers and the Biosecurity Research Institute have several projects focused on African swine fever. Their research topics vary, but they share the same goal of stopping the spread of African swine fever and preventing it from reaching the U.S.

State/Regional  

Kansas and Missouri among worst in the nation at graduating black college students
10/09/18 The Kansas City Star
Like MU, K-State hired its first-ever chief diversity and inclusion officer, Bryan Samuel. In a letter to the campus when he arrived last year, Samuel wrote that “nearly every colleague and constituent with whom I’ve met has identified recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff as a primary concern for our campus.” The report gave K-State an overall score of 1.75.

Local

K-State holds 2nd Annual Unity Walk
10/09/18 WIBW
Hundreds of faculty and staff gathered inside the Student Union Ballroom, where President Richard Myers announced the University secured more than $2.7 million in private gifts to build a multicultural center just east of the student union.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

National/International   

*Scientists, Biosecurity Research Institute study African swine fever to prevent US outbreak
10/08/18 The Fence Post 
Kansas State University researchers and the Biosecurity Research Institute have several projects focused on African swine fever.

State/Regional  

13 at 65: Topekan recalls honor of hosting Presidential visit
10/08/18 WIBW
Not far from Topeka, Regan, George W. Bush and Richard Nixon all delivered Landon Lectures at Kansas State University while President.

Local

Manhattan native returns home to run K-State Student Union
10/08/18 Manhattan Mercury
Corey Williamson, a 1999 graduate of Manhattan High and a K-State alum, officially took over as the executive director of the K-State Student Union last month after former director Bill Smriga retired.

In Focus 10/08/18
10/08/18 KMAN
Monday’s guests were Dr. Bob Larson of KSU Vet Med, retired Assistant to the Dean of Agriculture/ Director of K-State Research and Extension Stephen Graham, as well as C.Clyde Jones and College of Business Administration Dean Kevin Gwinner. 

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

National/International   

Q&A with Martin Seay: How a Millennial Ph.D. Plans to Disrupt the FPA
10/05/18 Wealth Management
Seay, 32, will serve as FPA president-elect starting Jan. 1, 2019, and he’s the youngest incoming president the organization has ever had. He’s also an academic; FPA presidents tend to be industry practitioners. He serves as the program director and associate professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State University. He has a Ph.D. in housing and consumer economics, with an emphasis in personal financial planning, from the University of Georgia.

State/Regional  

Shawnee State Fishing Lake, three other impoundments to undergo gizzard shad kill
10/05/18 The Topeka Capital-Journal
The KDWPT announced last weekend it will conduct a cooperative study with Kansas State University to evaluate the influence of gizzard shad on food webs in small impoundments. Shawnee SFL near Silver Lake in northwestern Shawnee County was chosen for the survey, as well as Neosho State Fishing Lake, Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 1 and Washington State Fishing Lake.

Local

K-State's 'Iphigenia' actors project well in tough script
10/07/18 The Manhattan Mercury
The first K-State Theater show of the year in Chapman (formerly Nichols) Theater is professor Jennifer Vellenga’s production of Ellen McLaughlin’s “Iphigenia and Other Daughters.” Watching it I was aware how long it’s been since I studied the classics. 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

National/International   

Chipotle Mexican Grill's head of food safety retiring in 2019
10/4/18 USA Today
James Marsden, a former Kansas State University professor, was hired by Chipotle in 2016 to help the burrito chain rebuild its reputation after it endured a number of setbacks as a result of several very public foodborne illness outbreaks at its restaurants starting in 2015.

State/Regional  

Gov. Jeff Colyer appoints three ex-legislators to Kansas higher education board
10/4/18 Topeka Capitol Journal
Hutton was chief executive of a Wichita construction company and a member of the House from 2013 to 2017. The Kansas State University graduate ran for Kansas governor in 2018, but suspended his campaign before the August primary.

Thousands of endangered fish found in San Juan River
10/4/18 Durango Herald
Casey Pennock, a doctoral student in the division of biology at Kansas State University who took part in the research, will take the findings a step further, analyzing how fish have adapted to living in Lake Powell.

Local

*Topcon bringing hi-tech to K-State
10/4/18 Manhattan Mercury
Topcon Agriculture is coming to K-State.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

National/International   

Unprecedented Nobel Prize combo may bode well for women in sciences
10/3/18 USA Today
Dorhout, who’s also an administrator at Kansas State University, said the science disciplines still haven’t broadened participation enough to represent society as a whole, and have not always welcomed or recognized female contributions.

State/Regional   

Poet to read from works at PSU
10/3/18 The Joplin Globe
Poet and essayist Elizabeth Dodd will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University. A reception will follow. She teaches creative writing and literature at Kansas State University.

Local

*KSU closer to multicultural center
10/3/18 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University students may finally be getting a multicultural student center on campus.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

National/International   

Kansas colleges, universities see overall enrollment decline
10/2/18 Associated Press
At Kansas State, the number of full-time equivalency students increased but the overall headcount dropped 574 students. However, Pat Bosco, Kansas State’s vice president for student life, said a 3 percent increase in the freshman class was a positive sign.

State/Regional   

Capital City no stranger to hosting Presidential visits
10/2/18 WIBW
President Ronald Regan made several trips to the Capital City, including a 1982 fundraiser at the Ramada Hotel on the same day he delivered a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University.

Local

Rapes down, burglary up on KSU campus
10/2/18 Manhattan Mercury
Reports of rape on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus fell last year.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

National/International   

GEAPS, KSU announce 2019 distance education schedule
10/1/10 World-Grain.com
The GEAPS and Kansas State University Distance Education Program will offer 33 courses in 2019.

State/Regional   

Kansas public colleges, universities report full-time equivalency enrollment decline
10/1/18 Topeka Capital-Journal
Higher FTE figures were reported by Kansas State University and Emporia State University, both up 0.5 percent; Fort Hays State University, up 2 percent; and Wichita State University, up 1.5 percent.

Enrollment at Kansas universities show little change
10/1/18 KAKE
Kansas public universities saw little change in enrollment this semester.

 

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

National/International   

Democrat Laura Kelly vows to review biotech boosting agency
9/29/18 Houston Chronicle
Kelly credited the Kansas Bioscience Authority with helping to create a biosciences corridor stretching from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, before it was sold off in 2016. She also says it was instrumental in the federal government's decision to locate a new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, at Kansas State University.

*Teens aren't ruining language
10/1/18 Koptiam Bot
As language evolves and new terms enter the mainstream, teenagers are often blamed for debasing linguistic standards. In some cases, their preferred forms of communication—like text messaging—are attacked. But, teens don’t actually influence language as much as is often claimed. That’s one of the key findings in the latest linguistic research by Mary Kohn, an assistant professor of English at Kansas State University.

State/Regional   

Kansas library closed because of bed bugs
9/29/19 Kansas City Star
Casserley said library staff contacted experts at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office and were told that bed bugs don’t pose a health risk but are a nuisance that can cause bites or welts. He said there’s a misconception that bed bugs result from dirty conditions or poverty, but in fact they result more from travel. The pests can hitch a ride on luggage.

Local  

*Myers: KSU focusing on recruiting students
9/29/18 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University President Richard Myers said the university is planning for the future.