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K-Staters in the news — April 2019

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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

National/International

Keeping Money Secrets From Each Other: Financial Infidelity On The Rise
4/29/19 NPR
"It's hard to realize someone could be so fake to you, someone you thought you understood and could read," says Megan McCoy, a professor at Kansas State University who specializes in financial therapy, a new field that combines financial advice with family counseling.

State/Regional

*After 50 years supporting K-State students, Pat Bosco is leaving his ‘slice of heaven’
4/29/19 The Wichita Eagle
Seated at a huge wooden round table, like knights in pursuit of their holy grail, seven Kansas State University students made their case for ways the school could make college life better. They had the ear of Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. Affectionately known to K-State students as Dean.

Local

K-State multicultural center may begin July construction
4/29/19 Manhattan Mercury 
If money and weather permit, K-State’s multicultural student center will open July 1, 2020, officials announced Monday.

Monday, April 29, 2019

National/International

After devastating Midwest floods, crisis resources gear up to support distressed farmers
4/26/19 PBS News Hour
Difficult decisions about selling land affect everyone in the family differently, and not always at the same time, said Charlie Griffin, a retired professor with the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, and former member of the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force in Kansas. The loss of land can affect families over two to three generations and often results in an increase in stress and family conflict, including marital difficulties, Griffin said.

Uncovering what's 'dark' about Dark Energy
4/29/19 Daily Hunt (India)
This finding is as surprising as tossing a ball upwards only to discover that instead of slowing down, the ball is speeding up! So what could be causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate? "Normal matter cannot cause that. So you need to introduce this hypothetical substance called 'Dark Energy' with the necessary properties to cause the expansion of the Universe to accelerate," explains Prof Bharat Ratra, a theoretical cosmologist and astroparticle physicist from Kansas State University in the USA.

State/Regional

*After 50 years supporting K-State students, Pat Bosco is leaving his ‘slice of heaven’
4/29/19 Kansas City Star
Seated at a huge wooden round table, like knights in pursuit of their holy grail, seven Kansas State University students made their case for ways the school could make college life better. They had the ear of Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. Affectionately known to K-State students as Dean.

Canceling World Pork Expo shows care for animal welfare
4/26/19 Des Moines Register
Threats to biosecurity, and therefore animal welfare, come in many forms. Researchers at Kansas State University determined that PEDV could actually be transmitted through pig feed. That fact proved critical to controlling the spread of the virus. Since AFS is untreatable, our best bet is to stop it from reaching the United States and prevent a repeat nightmare.

Local

From one Manhattan to another: Senior’s aspirations take her to the Big Apple
4/27/19 Kansas State Collegian
Nicole Buehler, senior in euphonium performance, will be making the move from the Little Apple to the Big Apple upon her graduation from Kansas State University this May.

Friday, April 26, 2019

National/International

Historic Midwest Floods Sprout Worries About Mental Distress Among Farmers
04/25/19 The Huffington Post
Difficult decisions about selling land affect everyone in the family differently, and not always at the same time, said Charlie Griffin, a retired professor with the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, and former member of the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force in Kansas. The loss of land can affect families over two to three generations and often results in an increase in stress and family conflict, including marital difficulties, Griffin said.

State/Regional

50 KS high school students surprised with full-ride scholarship
04/26/19 KWCH
All of them gathered for a dinner Thursday though they were finalists for a scholarship opportunity and that the winner would be announced during the event. To their collective surprise, every single student received a full-ride scholarship to attend either Wichita State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University or Baker University.
 
*K-State Professor Teaches Science and How to Explain it
04/25/19 BioNexusKC
Effective communication can be the most fantastic conductor for change, for both cells and scientists. Dr. Michi Tobler, Associate Professor of Biology at Kansas State University champions the cause of the Science Communication (SciComm) initiative at K-State and within the scientific community. He observes the impact it has on his research and his students.

Local

* K-State to have advance screening of 'Hot Zone' series
04/24/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Two K-State veterinarians and leaders, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, and their response to an Ebola-related outbreak have inspired the upcoming National Geographic limited series, “The Hot Zone.”

Thursday, April 25, 2019

National/International

Farming Veteran Warns China's Pig Crisis Only Getting Worse
4/24/19 Bloomberg 
Before joining FCStone, which specializes in commodities and dates it origins back almost 100 years to a door-to-door egg wholesaler, Suderman’s career included 12 years focusing on crop production efficiency and marketing risk management at Kansas State University Extension Service and another 12 years working for Farm Progress Cos.

*K-State to have advance screening of 'Hot Zone' series
4/24/19 Neighbor Newspapers
Two K-State veterinarians and leaders, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, and their response to an Ebola-related outbreak have inspired the upcoming National Geographic limited series, “The Hot Zone.”

State/Regional

*K-State to have advance screening of 'Hot Zone' series
4/24/19 Hastings Tribune
Two K-State veterinarians and leaders, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, and their response to an Ebola-related outbreak have inspired the upcoming National Geographic limited series, “The Hot Zone.”

Local

Konza Prairie Biological Station provides land for research on ecology, conservation
4/24/19 The Collegian
John Blair, professor of biology at Kansas State and the director of the Konza, said the it was initially set up because there weren’t any other research sites that focused on North American tallgrass prairies.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

National/International

*Historic examples of civility may help today's civil discourse, according to new book
4/23/19 BioPortfolio 
A look at the past may help ordinary people improve civility, according to Kansas State University's Timothy J. Shaffer, co-editor/author of the book, 'A Crisis of Civility?: Political Discourse and Its Discontents' from Routledge.

State/Regional

*KSU Poly Offering Free Drone Training to Educators
4/23/19 KSAL.com
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is offering its award-winning training on unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, to Kansas high school teachers and principals. Attendees will experience an immersive, one-week expenses-paid program June 10-14.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

National/International

*K-State to Host Screening of National Geographic's 'The Hot Zone'
4/22/19 USAgNet
Two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders -- Nancy and Jerry Jaax -- and their response to an Ebola-related outbreak have inspired the upcoming National Geographic limited series, "The Hot Zone."

Democracy Works: Is It Time To Revive Civility?
4/22/19 WPSU
Shaffer is an assistant professor in communication studies at Kansas State University, assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, and principal research specialist at the National Institute for Civil Discourse. 

State/Regional

Why Did The Armadillo Cross The Road Into Kansas? Climate Change
4/22/19 KMUW
“We just don’t know how they’re surviving these cold winters when they have such limited food,” Kansas State Extension Specialist Jeri Geren said.

“In those cases … cotton could be a good alternative to have in a rotation because you don’t need as much water to get a crop,” said Gregg Ibendahl, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

Monday, April 22, 2019

National/International

Financial therapy can ease stress
4/22/19 USA Today
Megan McCoy, an instructor at Kansas State University’s Financial Therapy Certificate Program, says financial therapy falls on a spectrum with mental health treatment at one end and financial planning at the other. According to McCoy, financial therapy can be as intense as mental health treatment – where unresolved financial trauma is resolved – but it can also be talking with a financial professional who helps you explore your financial goals in a new light.

55 ANGRAU students to visit Kansas, Oklahoma
4/22/19 The New Indian Express
Prof PV Vara Prasad, Director of Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab of Kansas State University, visited Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) on Saturday. He interacted with 55 students, who are going to attend international training programmes at Kansas State University (30 students) and Oklahoma State University (25) from June to August as part of the Institutional Development Plan (IDP) of ANGRAU.

State/Regional

Julie Doll: Ongoing efforts focus on keeping food, crops viable longer
4/19/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University is part of the effort, with its Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. The lab works to reduce or eliminate the loss of crops and food after they are harvested, but before the food is consumed. According to a K-State website, the lab focuses mostly on four countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala. And it’s involved in other projects in Honduras, Nepal and Afghanistan.

*Latin Americans influencing the way rural America speaks English
4/20/19 Dos Mundos
In southwestern Kansas, a new, distinct accent has evolved. As the Latino population continues to grow in the area, this unique accent is becoming more prominent among young residents.
Research has shown that, as demographics change in a region, the way people speak English changes there, too. A Kansas State University research team is following the changes in how English is spoken in southwestern Kansas with the influx of Latinos. The team also has named the unique accent that has emerged, calling it the “Liberal accent” or “Liberal sound” because of its roots in Liberal.

Local

Hidden gems: How two K-Staters turned thrift shopping into profit
4/22/19 Kansas State Collegian
For Brooke Evans and Grace Hunter, their entrepreneurial journey started when they were just two regular Kansas State students who were both enrolled in the PHYS 101 course. Little did they know that nearly two years later, they would both be proprietors of a unique Manhattan business that gained campus-wide exposure.

Friday, April 19, 2019

National/International

Why Having a Fitness Buddy Is the Best Thing Ever
04/18/19 SHAPE
Worried that your exercise buddy is fitter than you? Good. People who exercised with someone they thought was better than them worked out up to 200 percent harder and longer than others, says a study performed at Kansas State University. That’s because you’re naturally competitive—when you’re with a fit friend, you find it easier to really push yourself to keep up.
 
SOAKING WET to Premiere at the West End Theatre
04/18/19 Broadway World
Choreographer/director Kate Digby is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kansas State University, where she teaches Modern, Improvisation, Composition, Anatomy, and Movement Fundamentals. During her years in New York and Boston she danced with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Parker & The Bang Group, Prometheus Dance, and The Boston Dance Collective. 

State/Regional

Wheat buyers from Morocco and Tunisia visit Kansas
04/18/19 KTIC Radio
Kansas was the first leg for the Cochran Fellows team. During their first day in the state, the participants visited the research space at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, received an overview of the U.S. grain handling infrastructure and grain quality assessment at the IGP Institute, toured the Kansas State University Hal Ross Flour Mill and the OH Kruse Feed Mill and ended their day at the Anderes farm near Junction City. The next day participants visited the Cargill Shuttle Train Loader near Topeka and the Federal Grain Inspection Service Technical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Local

K-State Police and KSU Air Force ROTC held active violence training
04/18/19 WIBW
Thursday afternoon K-State Police and KSU Air Force ROTC, and the Manhattan Fire department, conducted a large-scale active violence training drill at Kansas State University’s General Richard B Myers hall on campus.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

National/International

Estimation of swine movement network at farm level in the US from the Census of Agriculture data
4/17/19 Nature

Affiliations

  1. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, United States of America

    • Sifat A. Moon
    • Tanvir Ferdousi
    • Caterina M. Scoglio
  2. National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, United States of America

    • Adrian Self

Remember Food Safety When Decorating Easter Eggs
4/17/19 Emporia Gazette
”The main concern when dealing with eggs is Salmonella,” said Karen Blakeslee, coordinator of the food safety Rapid Response Center at Kansas State University. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 40,000 cases of Salmonella each year, and they estimate that up to 20 times that many go unreported.”

Local

First-Generation Student Lounge to serve as supportive space for students
4/17/19 The Collegian
Kansas State University revealed the First-Generation Student Lounge on Wednesday. The new lounge will serve as a meeting and gathering place for the First-Generation Student Organization and for first-generation students to come and get to know each other.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

National/International

Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Northrop Grumman CRS-11 Experiments and Payloads
4/16/19 NASA 
Co-Investigator: S. Keith Chapes, Ph.D., Kansas State University

Interdisciplinary Research Team to Receive National Award
4/16/19 USAgNet
"This award is a testament to the significant efforts of all the collaborators involved in Great Plains Grazing," said Dan Devlin, project leader and director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE) at Kansas State University. "This research is important not only for projecting how climate change will affect the beef grazing industry but also how to manage that industry more successfully through future drought conditions."

Local

How K-State and Fort Riley work together to reduce Manhattan waste
4/16/19 The Collegian
The recycling program on the Kansas State University campus has several decades of history. The program was established in 1989 through grants and funds that made it possible to purchase equipment needed to process different types of recyclable materials.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

National/International

SBA Announces New Regional Innovation Cluster Awards To Advance Small Business Growth
4/15/19 The Street
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the addition of seven new clusters to the portfolio of communities it supports through the Regional Innovation Clusters initiative.

2. The Great Plains TMC at the Kansas State University Technology Development Institute

State/Regional

$1.2 million USDA grant supports K-State anaplasmosis research
4/15/19 Kansas Farmer
A research grant from USDA for nearly $1.2 million is supporting work at Kansas State University toward combating a disease that affects cattle in the U.S. and globally.

Local

KSU engineering dean leaving for presidency job
4/15/19 Manhattan Mercury
After five years at K-State, Darren Dawson is leaving to serve as president at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He will begin sometime this summer, according to the university

Monday, April 15, 2019

National/International

How quality of life is related to the relationship between people and plants
4/13/19 CNA Luxury
With membership hovering at just around 500 people, the American Horticultural Therapy Association has less manpower today than in decades past – in part, said Candice Shoemaker, a professor of horticulture and horticultural therapy at Kansas State University, because gardening is a fairly accessible skill that other health professionals can just incorporate into their existing therapeutic practices.

State/Regional

Protester at right-wing UMKC event arrested, but was speaker hoping for a disruption?
4/12/19 Kansas City Star
Last week, when three speakers were invited to Kansas State University by the conservative student group Turning Point USA and paid $3,000, some students staged peaceful protests.

Local

*Angie Thomas, author of ‘The Hate U Give,’ speaks to massive McCain crowd
4/12/19 Kansas State Collegian
“The Hate U Give” was the 2018 Kansas State Book Network common read, and the book’s film adaptation has also been shown at campus events. The book was on The New York Times’ best-seller list for 50 weeks after it was published in February 2017.

Friday, April 12, 2019

National/International

As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options
04/11/19 NPR
The evidence for this is sitting in a greenhouse at Kansas State University, carefully tended by a graduate student here, Chandrima Shyam

These plants are the offspring of weeds that another Kansas State scientist, Dallas Peterson, noticed last summer in a field where he does research. They seemed to survive every chemical he threw at them.

The Common Application Welcomes New Members for 2019-2020 Application Season
04/11/19 San Francisco Gate
Students applying to college in 2019-2020 will soon have access to more than 50 additional diverse colleges and universities in all 50 states through The Common Application’s online application system.

New Members of The Common Application for 2019-2020 Application Season:

Kansas State University (KS) 

State/Regional

As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options
04/11/19 KMUW
The evidence for this is sitting in a greenhouse at Kansas State University, carefully tended by a graduate student here, Chandrima Shyam

These plants are the offspring of weeds that another Kansas State scientist, Dallas Peterson, noticed last summer in a field where he does research. They seemed to survive every chemical he threw at them.

Local

Kansas State Polytechnic offering web development technology degree at Fort Riley
04/11/19 Junction City Post
Service members stationed at Fort Riley have a new educational option to consider with the establishment of a computer-based degree program from the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

National/International

*Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?
04/10/19 Self
The only real time it might make sense to wash chicken before cooking it is if you’re, say, on a farm, and washing the chicken far from where you prepare food. Londa Nwadike, Ph.D., an assistant professor and extension food safety specialist at Kansas State University, says that she grew up on a farm and remembers slaughtering chickens for food in her backyard when she was younger. That might then require washing feathers or blood away from the meat. “But the meat from the chicken you buy at [the] grocery store should be clean,” she tells SELF. “Washing will not help it to be any cleaner.”

State/Regional

Thought Leaders Emphasize Cattle Health and Well-Being for the Sustainable Development of the Beef Industry
04/10/19 Sweetwater Reporter
Among the expert panel was Professor Brad White from Kansas State University, US, who discussed mitigating bovine respiratory disease in cow-calf herds. He believes that optimizing calf well-being and health in this first step of the beef value chain presents an opportunity to maximize their lifetime potential.

Local

‘Remember you matter,’ news anchor Brooke Lennington tells educators
04/10/19 Leavenworth Times
She said she finally felt whole when she got to Kansas State University.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

National/International

Do you need financial therapy to deal with money stress and budget fights with a spouse?
04/09/19 USA Today
Megan McCoy, an instructor at Kansas State University’s Financial Therapy Certificate Program, says financial therapy falls on a spectrum with mental health treatment at one end and financial planning at the other. According to McCoy, financial therapy can be as intense as mental health treatment – where unresolved financial trauma is resolved -- but it can also be talking with a financial professional who helps you explore your financial goals in a new light. 

State/Regional

Young Leaders Awarded Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants to Fight Childhood Hunger on Global Youth Service Day 2019
04/0/19 KAKE
Mobile Food Distribution Family Resource Bags-Kansas State University

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

National/International

Observing a molecule stretch and bend in real-time
04/08/19 ScienceDaily 
This study was carried out together with ICREA Professors at ICFO Maciej Lewenstein and Javier García de Abajo and former ICFO researchers Jose Martinez, Michael Hemmer, Michael Pullen, and Benjamin Wolter, in collaboration with researchers from University of Warsaw, Kansas State University, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the Abbe Center of Photonics, the Max-Planck-Institute für Kernphysik in Heidelberg, and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig.

State/Regional

Discussion on health highlights racial disparities in Shawnee County
04/08/19 Topeka Capital-Journal 
During the event, Lisa Martin, a dietitian with K-State Research and Extension in Shawnee County, and the Topeka Housing Authority were recognized with health champion awards from the Shawnee County Health Department.

Monday, April 8, 2019

National/International

What students can learn from the days before college loans
04/06/19 The Seattle Times
That’s how Caroline Pickens of McLean, Virginia, met college costs when she enrolled in 1958. Growing up in a middle-class family in Wichita, Kansas, the most affordable option was Kansas State University, which she remembers was around $100 per semester for tuition, room and board.

State/Regional

Launch your future with K-State's Open House
04/06/19 WIBW
“Launch Your Future” was the theme today as Kansas State University held its annual open house event.

Friday, April 5, 2019

National/International

What students can learn from the days before college loans
04/04/19 The Washington Post
That’s how Caroline Pickens of McLean, Virginia, met college costs when she enrolled in 1958. Growing up in a middle-class family in Wichita, Kansas, the most affordable option was Kansas State University, which she remembers was around $100 per semester for tuition, room and board.

State/Regional

Oz to Oz: Australians see opportunities for partnerships in Kansas
04/04/19 High Plains Journal
A group of Australian business and academic leaders recently visited Kansas State University and said they are excited about opportunities for working together with their American counterparts.

Local

ACLU files lawsuit on behalf of banned KSU students
04/04/19 The Manhattan Mercury
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three K-State students who were detained and banned from the Statehouse after displaying massive banners in a protest last month.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

National/International

Pork industry soon will have more power over meat inspections
4/3/19 The Washington Post 
Basu’s top concern is with giving plant workers the responsibility for identifying and removing live diseased hogs when they arrive at the plants. He said that job should remain with trained USDA veterinarians so they can identify contagious diseases like foot-and-mouth disease, which can maim and destroy livestock, creating profound effects on the economy. One analysis by Kansas State University researchers determined such an outbreak could cost producers and the public $188 billion and state and federal governments $11 billion.

Local

Beyond gravity opens in Manhattan
4/3/19 WIBW Channel 13
An art exhibit is blasting off at Kansas State University! 'Beyond gravity' is an exhibit at the beach museum is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

4 KSU faculty members named recipients of outstanding teaching awards
4/3/19 JC Post
Four Kansas State University faculty members have been named recipients of the 2019 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Undergraduate Outstanding Teaching Award.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

National/International

Some In The Beef Industry Are Bucking The Widespread Use Of Antibiotics. Here's How
4/2/19 NPR 
T. G. Nagaraja, at Kansas State University, has spent most of his life studying this process. Fermenting grain produces acid in the bovine stomach that's called the rumen, Nagaraja explains. When there's lots of it, the acids can damage the rumen wall. This lets bacteria escape into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they get trapped, multiply, and cause abscesses.

State/Regional

Think fast, but plan ahead: Emergency preparedness resources are available
4/2/19 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University serves as a source for emergency preparedness education and disaster recovery resources through several K-State Research and Extension initiatives, including the Prepare Kansas blog, the annual Prepare Kansas online challenge in September and through its affiliation with the national Extension Disaster Education Network, or EDEN.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

National/International

K-State Looking for Farmers to Participate in Research
4/1/19 USAgNet
Some of the best agricultural innovations happen every day right in farmer's fields.
That's one reason why a Kansas State University scientist is putting out a call to the state's producers who may want to participate in university-managed research.

State/Regional

*Summer Fun: KSU Polytechnic Planning Programs For Kids
4/1/19 KSAL.com
Children can experience the power of Polytechnic by registering to attend any of the hands-on interactive summer programs offered on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in June and July.

Monday, April 1, 2019

National/International

Heal me with plants
3/29/19 New York Times
Though Fried has observed that "interest seems to be growing exponentially" in the field, and said she has more horticulture interns at the hospital now than in the past, horticultural therapy as a stand-alone profession has remained a niche pursuit. With membership hovering at just around 500 people, the American Horticultural Therapy Association has less manpower today than in decades past — in part, said Candice Shoemaker, a professor of horticulture and horticultural therapy at Kansas State University, because gardening is a fairly accessible skill that other health professionals can just incorporate into their existing therapeutic practices.

State/Regional

*K-State graduate student wins regional 'Three Minute Thesis' competition
3/29/19 WIBW-TV
A K-State graduate student is being recognized for summarizing more than 11,000 words of her research in just three minutes. Chris Omni won first place at the Three Minute Thesis regional competition in St. Louis last week. She now moves on to nationals in Nashville.

Kansas House propels controversy with $5.3 million aviation tax break
3/29/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Rep. J.R. Claeys, a Republican from Salina, home to Kansas State University’s aviation campus, was author of the bill creating two income tax credits designed to boost profitability of the state’s aviation businesses. One would be available to companies choosing to repay up to 50 percent of an employee’s college loan debt. And the second, valued at $5,000 annually, would benefit graduates of aerospace or aviation programs in the state.

Local

*K-State grad works toward NASA dreams with Mars rover
3/29/19 Manhattan Mercury
Sarah Lamm told the audience at the “Lunch and Learn” lecture series at the K-State Student Union Thursday if she can’t be an astronaut, she’ll settle for sending technology to space.