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K-Staters in the news — August 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. 

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

National/International

What’s the biggest mistake people make with balance transfers? 
08/29/19 Wallet Hub
Stuart J. Heckman, Ph.D., CFP®, Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning, Director of Personal Financial Planning Ph.D. Program, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University.

State/Regional

USDA: Probe launched over beef pricing after fire at Kansas plant
08/29/19 Salina Post/Associated Press
The impact on retail beef prices for consumers since the Aug. 9 fire is not yet known because those figures are only reported monthly, said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University.

Local

*Hale yeah: Students react to Hale Library renovations
08/29/19 The Collegian
The space is quiet and mostly empty at 8 a.m. It smells of fresh paint, almost like a new car. The Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons on the first floor of Hale Library opened Wednesday morning, fifteen months after a fire put the whole building out of commission in May 2018.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

National/International

USDA: Probe launched over beef pricing after Kansas fire
8/28/19 Associated Press
The impact on retail beef prices for consumers since the Aug. 9 fire is not yet known because those figures are only reported monthly, said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University.

Back to School: Finance 101
8/28/19 Military.com
Here are five ideas to help in that quest:
Take a class. You may wish to opt for an old-school classroom environment by signing up for a personal finance class at your local community college. Classes that cover the basics of investments, insurance, budgeting and estate planning are commonplace. There's no limit to what you can learn when you're an active participant. I don't know about you, but as an adult learner, I've found the classroom to be a lot more inviting. If you'd prefer a virtual learning environment, there are several personal finance programs designed to train future professionals, and these can deepen your money knowledge. Check out the Institute of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University here.

State/Regional

Kansas State Fair food: Krispy Kreme hot dog, honeybun burger and more
8/28/19 KAKE TV in Wichita
Birthing Center
Celebrating 25 years, the birthing center is one of the Fair’s top attractions. This one-of-a-kind agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of calves, lambs, goats, chicks and piglets. Learn about the birthing process from Kansas State University veterinary students — plus gain insight about animal agriculture, food production, veterinary medicine and responsible pet ownership. Hours/Location: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 20th Avenue and Fort Scott Boulevard.

Local

*Hale Library at Kansas State University has reopened the first floor
8/28/19 WIBW
Just over sixteen months have passed since the devastating fire at Hale Library and, on Wednesday morning, they reopened the doors to the public. 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019

National/International

This Voice-Activated SimpleHuman Trash Can Is a Revelation
8/27/19 Fatherly  
Plus, garbage cans are basically Ritz-Carltons for germs: A Kansas State University study found that common kitchen bacteria like e-coli, salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, norovirus, and hepatitis-A all thrive on garbage containers.

State/Regional

CJ Extra: Master Gardeners to convene in Topeka
8/27/19 Topeka Capital Journal 
This training is run primarily by K-State with local offices customizing certain portions to reflect their program more accurately. In Shawnee County we have a total of 180 Extension Master Gardeners with around 160 active members.

Local

Q&A: President Myers discusses how he got to K-State, time in military
8/27/19 The Collegian

 

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

National/International

Live CattleTrace demo looks routine — and that’s the idea
8/26/19 The Farmer 
To address the need for an industry-wide system, a collaborative partnership among Kansas State University, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Livestock Association and individual producer stakeholders was organized to develop an infrastructure for an animal disease traceability system, evaluate the efficiencies and capabilities of that infrastructure and determine the value such a system could have through the supply chain.

State/Regional

Farmers are awash with problems stemming from heavy rains and flooding.
8/26/19 KCUR
DeAnn Presley, professor of environmental soil science and management at Kansas State University

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

State/Regional

Federal tariffs, severe weather leading to ‘tough year’ for Kansas farmers
8/25/19 Lawrence Journal World
Neis and the troubles he’s facing are not unusual. He is one of many farmers in northeast Kansas who are dealing with a “tough year” of severe weather hurting farming operations while they are already dealing with the stress of the U.S.’s ongoing trade war with China, said Mykel Taylor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

This best-selling Lawrence author's novel is about a knight in shining armor with autism
8/23/19 KCUR
Unlike Zee, Greenwood enrolled at Kansas State University where, in quick succession, she earned bachelor's degrees in French Literature and English, as well as a master's in creative writing.

Local

After careful planning, K-State Housing welcomes residents
8/24/19 Manhattan Mercury
Saturday was K-State’s main move-in day for the 2019-20 school year, although with how much planning the Department of Housing staffers did to prepare, “in some areas it’s kind of move-in month,” said Nick Lander, associate director for residence life.

Back to School continues with move-in at Kansas State University
8/24/19 WIBW
Back to School continues, with students moving back into the on-campus housing at Kansas State University.

Q&A: Ten questions with Thomas Lane, new VP of student life and dean of students
8/24/19 Kansas State Collegian
For the first time in several years, Kansas State University has a new vice president of student life and dean of students: Thomas Lane. Lane joined the ranks of administration on July 14, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in student life.

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

National/International 

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?
08/22/19 The Miami Herald/The Philadelphia Inquirer
The model won a design award earlier this year from Senior Housing News. Lindsey said Kansas State University got a grant to allow architecture students to study Thistledown.

Are Bug Zappers Bad News?
08/22/19 How Stuff Works
But when an insect is zapped, the devices also send bacteria, along with bug particles that could be carrying viruses, flying into the immediate area, according to a study conducted in 2000 by researchers at Kansas State University. Bacteria that bugs pick up on the surface of their bodies or accumulate in their digestive canals does not get zapped. Instead, it survives on the small particles of electrocuted bug body that go hurtling through the surrounding area when an insect is electrocuted. And what goes flying into the air has to land somewhere, right?

State/Regional 

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?
08/22/19 The Kansas City Star
The model won a design award earlier this year from Senior Housing News. Lindsey said Kansas State University got a grant to allow architecture students to study Thistledown.

Local

*Kansas State University's Hale Library set to reopen first floor on August 28th
8/22/19 WIBW
Sixteen months after the devastating fire that damaged Kansas State University’s Hale Library, members of the media were given a tour of the first floor, the Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons.
 
*FIRST STEP: After $65 million in renovations, K-State’s Hale Library begins anew
08/22/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Exactly 16 months after Hale Library caught fire, K-State’s dean of libraries Lori Goetsch walked not through rubble, but between plastic-covered chairs, tables and other library equipment on the library’s first floor Tuesday morning.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

National/International 

AeroVironment Donates 87 Quantix Drones and AV DSS Ecosystems to 35 U.S. University Agriculture Departments to Advance Drones in Farming
8/21/19 Markets Insider by Business Insider 
Several participating universities will feature Quantix and AV DSS at upcoming agriculture and UAS learning events:

  • University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences – Agronomy Day, Aug. 22, 2019
  • Kansas State University – UAS Tech Forum, Aug. 21-22, 2019
  • Purdue University – NACAA Forum, Sept. 8-12, 2019
  • The Ohio State University – Farm Science Review, Sept. 17-19, 2019
State/Regional 

August Lunch & Learn: Immigration in Kansas
8/21/19 Salina Post 
Matthew Sanderson, associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University, will explore immigration in Kansas. His presentation examines why Kansas attracts migrants — from the mid-1800s through present day. Since settlement in the 19th century, the story of Kansas has largely been a story of immigration.

Local

*Secretary of State Pompeo to present Landon Lecture on Sept.6
8/21/19 Junction City Post
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver the first Landon Lecture of the school year at Kansas State University, the 190th presentation in the distinguished lecture series.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

National/International 

The Best Hiking Backpacks for Women
8/20/19 Shape 
It sounds counterintuitive, but smaller hikers may not actually need to carry lighter packs, say researchers at Kansas State University. 

State/Regional 

Friday Field Day to Feature Ag Tech and Techniques
8/20/19 Kansas Ag Connection 
The Flickner Innovation Farm will host its first-ever field day event Aug. 23, highlighting current work by local producers, industry members and Kansas State University researchers to conserve water use while improving water quality and soil health.

Local

*The Sunderland Foundation Invests in K-State Libraries’ innovation lab
8/20/19 Junction City Post
The Sunderland Foundation, Leawood, has invested $2.5 million in the new innovation lab included in Kansas State University’s first-floor renovation of Hale Library.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

National/International

Kansas gets green light for nation’s first beyond-line-of-sight drone flight
8/19/19 Utility Products 
In a collaborative effort between Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus (K-State Polytechnic), Westar Energy, Iris Automation and KDOT, the Kansas IPP team will fly a nine-mile track to evaluate technologies to inspect power lines in rural Kansas.

State/Regional 

VIDEO: K-STATE, KDA EQUIP LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT INDUSTRIAL HEMP
8/19/19 KTIC
Kansas State University researchers are growing and testing their first crops of industrial hemp at research centers in Haysville, Olathe and Colby. 

Helping children cope with tragedy
8/19/19 Sabetha Herald 
• Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover by K-State Research and Extension, https://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3196.pdf.

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

National/International

Frugal friends and how to find them
8/178/19 Wall Street Journal
Sonya Lutter, professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State University, says Mr. Liwanag's approach is common. “We tend to try to find someone who is similar to us in that ground, financially and otherwise,” she said.

Small dogs play large role in Hill’s future $20 million nutrition center

8/16/19 Pet Food Processing
The groundbreaking ceremony featured Nordengaard and Baloga, as well as Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla; Noel Wallace, president and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive; Bonnie Rush, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University; and several other state and county representatives. Members of Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka were also present.

State/Regional

FAA approves Kansas for first unique drone flight
8/16/19 Topeka Capital Journal
“With very few exceptions, the Federal Aviation Administration restricts operations of commercial Unmanned Aerial System to remain within Visual Line of Sight of the operating crew at all times,” said Kurt Carraway, UAS executive director of Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University Polytechnic. “For many applications, such as linear infrastructure inspections, cargo delivery and public safety, there is a demand signal for operations of unmanned aircraft beyond the visual line of sight of the operating crew.”

*MU the only big area school increasing black faculty. But the man behind it has left
8/19/19 Kansas City Star
At K-State, which has 1,387 full-time faculty, the number of black faculty has dropped from 35 in 2016 to 31 in 2018, the latest numbers available on the university’s website. From 2016 to as recently as this month, officials said, K-State has hired 195 full-time faculty members, of which five were black and 34 were either Asian or Hispanic.

Local

*Beach exhibition features Louisiana trail riders
8/17/19 Salina Post
A chance encounter between a motorcyclist and African American trail riders in Louisiana sparked the photographs featured in the new Marianna Kistler Beach Museum exhibition “Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders” and led to the photographer being named the 2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

National/International

Money problems? Here’s how financial therapy might help
08/15/19 CNBC
Financial therapy is a relatively new field that combines financial planning services and mental health treatment. Megan McCoy, director of the Personal Financial Planning Masters Program at Kansas State University and a member of the Financial Therapy Association’s (FTA) Board of Directors, tells CNBC Make It that clients get the best of both worlds when they see a financial therapist: They can begin to process their underlying feelings about money, while working out a plans for retirement, savings, investments and other goals.
 
FMCSA wants to amend hours-of-service rules
08/15/19 Politico
 The FAA has granted a Part 107 waiver to allow the Kansas Department of Transportation to fly drones beyond the operator’s visual line of sight using only onboard sense-and-avoid systems. Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Westar Energy, Iris Automation and KDOT plan to fly a nine-mile mission to inspect power lines in rural Kansas using a drone equipped with Iris Automation’s onboard collision avoidance system. 

State/Regional

K-State animal sciences department welcomes new leader
08/15/19 KSN
Mike Day began work August 12 as the head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, a position he said is ripe with opportunities to serve a bustling livestock agriculture sector.

Local

Kansas appeals court to hear four cases at KSU
08/15/19 The Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Court of Appeals will hear four arguments on Sept. 17 at K-State in observance of Constitution Day. 

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

National/International

How University Innovations And Industry Can Forge A Better Future Together
08/14/19 Forbes
For example, we recently worked with Kansas State University and the University of California-Davis to develop a new line of heat-tolerant wheat. Ultimately, the hypothesis wasn’t supported, but in the process of trying to establish this trait, the research team discovered new tools and processes. When industry and academia align, magic can happen, given enough time.

State

*AA approves first flight operation without ground-based radar in Kansas
08/14/19 WIBW
This initial operation will partner K-State Polytechnic, KDOT and Westar to fly a nine-mile stretch to inspect rural power lines.

Cattle Producers Concerned About Effects from Tyson Fire
08/14/19 KNEB radio
“Anybody that had cattle that were not priced, that were waiting in the feedlot to be sold, their inventory already went down in value, so that kind of disruption has already occurred,” said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University. 

Local

*A record-breaking year; Donors contribute $212 million
08/14/19 JC Post
Donations to Kansas State University reached an all-time high in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, with more than $212 million in private gifts through the Kansas State University Foundation. 

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

National/International

Value Colleges Releases Rankings of the Best Value Education Degree Programs
08/13/19 Business Insider
Kansas State University - Online Bachelor's in Elementary Education

State

K-State researchers land $500K grant to study alfalfa
08/13/19 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University researchers are ready to launch a study on an alfalfa variety that could be more pleasing on cow’s stomachs and producers’ bottom line.

Local

False alarm at Hale Library gives K-State flashbacks to May 2018 fire
08/13/19 Manhattan Mercury 
When the Manhattan Fire Department rushed onto K-State’s campus and settled next to Hale Library on Monday afternoon, the university community must have been on edge.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

National/International

We Talked To 7 People Who Are Actually Doing The Jobs They Wanted To Do As Kids
08/12/19 Yahoo Finance
Natalie, 27, Interior Designer
I ended up attending Kansas State University because their Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design program was top ranked. 

State

‘We’ve had this fear for years’: After Tyson fire, cattle producers look for options as prices tumble
08/12/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
“Anybody that had cattle that were not priced, that were waiting in the feedlot to be sold, their inventory already went down in value, so that kind of disruption has already occurred,” said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University.

Wichita’s tree canopy is declining by 5,000 trees a year, officials say
08/12/19 Wichita Eagle
In south central Kansas, Sedgwick County’s K-State Research and Extension office provides resources to help people pick trees well-suited to the local prairie conditions based on location, soil type and size.

Local

In Focus 8/12/19
08/12/19 KMAN
KSU Vet Med’s Dr. Matt Miesner joined us for a discussion on lameness in beef cattle.

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

National/International
*Pompeo to give Landon Lecture at Kansas State next month
08/07/19 Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will give a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University next month.
State
*Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returning to Kansas for Landon Lecture
08/08/19 McPherson Sentinel, Pratt Tribune
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will participate during September in the Kansas State University lecture series honoring the late Kansas Republican politician Alf Landon.
Local
*K-State ranks high in study for best college experiences
08/08/19 WIBW 13
The Princeton Review named Kansas State University as one of the best college experiences for students in the nation.
 
*K-State common book author, Adib Khorram, to visit university
08/08/19 The Manhattan Mercury
The award-winning author of “Darius the Great Is Not Okay” — Kansas State University’s 2019 common book — will visit the university in September to discuss his bestselling book and engage with students.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

National/International

How to Get Good Grades in College
8/7/19 U.S. News and World Report
"Today content is offered in these hybrid models where your information is online ahead of time. And it's also delivered in the classroom. So what can you be doing to work ahead?" says Stephanie Bannister, assistant vice provost for student success at Kansas State University. Students should use the information, she says, to get a jump start on class reading assignments.

State

*Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returning to Kansas for Landon Lecture
8/6/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will participate during September in the Kansas State University lecture series honoring the late Kansas Republican politician Alf Landon.

Local

*Kansas State University schedules two Landon Lectures for fall 2019
8/6/19 Junction City Post
Kansas State University’s Landon Lecture Series will kick off the 2019-2020 academic year with two lectures scheduled for the fall semester.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

National/International
Best Master's Programs Releases Ranking of the Top 25 Online Master of Education Programs
8/6/19 Business Insider
Kansas State University

Recent Kansas Editorials
8/6/19 Associated Press
NBAF should learn from USDA move to Kansas City
The parallel, of course, is that USDA is building the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at the north end of the K-State campus. It’s replacing the aging Plum Island lab in New York.

Local

*Pompeo will give Landon Lecture at K-State next month
8/6/19 Manhattan Mercury
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray will speak at K-State next month as the university’s next Landon lecturers, officials announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

National/International

$2.8 million grant to advance the role played by solar in grid resiliency
8/5/19 Smart Energy International
Kansas State University in the US has received a three-year, $2.8 million research award from the US Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar energy's role in strengthening the resilience of the US electricity grid.

#VeteranOfTheDay Women Airforce Service Pilots Veteran Mildred Darlene “Micky” Tuttle Axton
8/5/19 VAntage Point
After graduating high school, she enrolled at Coffeyville Community College and in 1940, graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in chemistry and math.

At that time, Kansas State University began offering pilot training classes in anticipation of U.S. involvement in World War II. Axton applied and was accepted to the program. She went on to successfully complete the course and became one of the few women to possess a pilot’s license at that time.

State/Regional 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expected to speak at K-State next month
8/5/19 Kansas City Star 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a speech at Kansas State University next month, a move that has set off a new round of speculation that he’ll mount a run for Senate.

Editorial: 4-H enhancing lives of today’s youths
8/5/19 Topeka Capital-Journal 
In Kansas, 4-H is administered by K-State Research and Extension offices alongside local extension offices.

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

National/International

A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.
8/2/19 National Geographic
“I think it’s a really interesting paper, and it’s really cool seeing another explanation for something that’s anomalous,” says Matthew Brueseke, an igneous petrologist at Kansas State University. But the model still needs to incorporate more information from the chemistry of the rocks, he says. Brueseke is particularly curious to see which trace elements are locked in the rocks, and how that might compare to other regions that sit on top of proposed slab tears.

Mastering out
8/4/19 Inside Higher Ed
Chelsea Corkins graduated Kansas State University in August 2013 with a joint undergraduate and master’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering. Later that month she headed to Virginia Tech for a Ph.D. program in biological systems engineering.

State/Regional 

*K-State receives $2.8 million federal grant to fight cyber attacks
8/3/19 KSN
Kansas State University announced that it received a three-year, $2.8 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid.

Local

NBAF should learn from move to Kansas City
8/4/19 Manhattan Mercury
The parallel, of course, is that USDA is building the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility at the north end of the K-State campus. It’s replacing the aging Plum Island lab in New York.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

National/International

XSEDE Announces 2019-2020 Campus Champions Fellows
08/01/19 HPC Wire
Fellow: Kyle Hutson, Kansas State University

State/Regional 

*K-State Polytechnic launches partnership to provide beyond visual line of sight training
08/01/19 Salina Post
The Kansas State University Polytechnic campus Applied Aviation Research Center has partnered with Simlat, an unmanned aircraft systems simulation company, to provide beyond visual line of sight simulator training.

Local

*KSU research team awarded $2.8M DOE grant to enhance solar capabilities
08/01/19 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State announced Thursday that it received a three-year, $2.8 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid. This project will enhance utility operators’ awareness of and resilience to cyberattacks.
 

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

National/International

*New partnership provides enhanced UAS beyond visual line of sight training curriculum
The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus Applied Aviation Research Center has partnered with Simlat, an unmanned aircraft systems simulation company, to provide beyond visual line of sight simulator training.

State/Regional 

Hemp farming arrives in Kansas with great promise, ‘but you could lose everything’
7/31/19 Kansas City Star 
The Director of Kansas State University’s John C. Pair Horticulture Center, Griffin is overseeing several hemp test plots across the state.