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K-Staters in the news — December 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, Dec. 20, 2019

National/International

Intelligent.com Announces Best Master's in Nutrition Degree Programs for 2020
12/19/19 San Francisco Gate
Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 45 Master's in Nutrition Degree Programs for 2020.

Kansas State University

Local

Regents approve 2.3% bump in housing, dining costs for K-State students
12/20/19 The Manhattan Mercury
The average K-State student will pay an additional $210, or 2.3%, in on-campus housing costs next school year after the Kansas Board of Regents approved a university increase in its residence hall and dining prices.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

National/International

‘Little Women’: New movie swaps ‘little’ for ‘empowered’
12/18/19 The Christian Science Monitor
Published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, “Little Women” immediately stood out in an America unaccustomed to realistic books about women, says Anne Phillips, an English professor and Alcott expert at Kansas State University. The March sisters, says Professor Phillips, “play and they savor life and they have intellectual and artistic ambitions. It’s just a world of difference from what else was out there for young women in the time it was produced.”

The Golden State Killer’s invisible victims: The men whose lives were shattered
12/18/19 Los Angeles Times 
“There’s very little that I can think of that would be more an intentional stealing of somebody’s honor,” said Donald Saucier, a Kansas State University scholar who has spent a career leading studies on aggression and male behavior.

Ag budget, biofuel tax breaks chugging along in Congress
12/18/19 Politico
SENATE AG APPROVES ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER’S MISSION: The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced legislation guiding the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University, which is on track to be fully operational by the end of 2022, writes Pro Ag’s Catherine Boudreau.

Regional/State

*‘K-State professors receive USDA grants to fight animal diseases
12/18/19 KSN
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving nearly a million dollars in grants to professors at Kansas State University in an effort to keep livestock healthy.”

Local

*Gingerbread replica of K-State's Presidential residence built by KSU assistant professor
12/18/19 WIBW
Made with over 100 pieces of gingerbread, and weeks of hard work and dedication, the gingerbread replica of Kansas State University’s President’s residence came to life.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

National/International

Intelligent.com Announces Best Master's In Engineering Management Degree Programs for 2020
12/17/19 2020 Master's In Engineering Management Degree Programs featured on Intelligent.com 
Kansas State University

Regional/State

K-State Researchers Make Progress on Industrial Hemp Work
12/17/19 Kansas Ag Connection
After one year of growing industrial hemp in test plots, Kansas State University researchers say they've moved closer to providing guidance to producers interested in growing the alternative crop in Kansas.

Local 

*K-State professors receive USDA grants to fight animal diseases
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2/17/19 KSNT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving nearly a million dollars in grants to professors at Kansas State University in an effort to keep livestock healthy.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

National/International

EnvisionRxOptions Appoints Dan Robson as President
12/16/19 Associated Press 
Robson holds an MBA in business from the Baker University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business from Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Youths show cows at Kansas Beef Expo
12/16/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Taylor Bacon, 20, of Hiawatha in Brown County, has shown cattle since she was 6. She is majoring in agriculture at Kansas State University and wants to raise and sell cattle after graduation. Bacon and her shorthorned cow, Silk, made it into the Grand Drive on Friday.

Local 

Area snowstorm leads to crashes, school closings, delays
12/16/19 Manhattan Mercury
Meanwhile, final exams at all K-State campuses continued as scheduled, though students and staff were told to exercise caution and prioritize personal safety.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

National/International

Friday the 13th: How it came to be and why it's considered unlucky
12/13/19 CTV/CNN
One in 4 Americans say they are superstitious. While the other 3 out of 4 Americans might scoff at this, there is actually psychological science to back superstition. Psychologists at Kansas State University say superstitions are all about trying to control your fate. People often use superstitions to try to achieve a desired outcome or to help alleviate anxiety. A perfect example of this is performers and athletes who perform specific and sometimes quirky rituals before a big event.

Timothy J. Shaffer, 'A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and its Discontents' (Routledge, 2019)
12/16/19 New Books Network
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. He is the editor of a new book called Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and its Discontents (Routledge, 2019).

Regional/State

*Editorial: ‘’It’s not these kids’ fault’: Do K-State students need ‘adulting’ classes?
12/16/19 Kansas City Star
All the more reason why adulting classes are popping up at colleges around the country — most recently at Kansas State University — and why all generations should get behind them.

One year later, Perry community coping with loss of grocery store
12/14/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative has been working with rural grocery store owners for about 12 years.

Local 

*Undergrads selected to join K-State cancer research teams
123/15/19 Salina Journal
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 42 students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and award program.

30th annual Cops N' Kids event held in Manhattan Saturday morning
12/14/19 WIBW
Children were paired up with members from Riley County Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office, Saint Mary’s Police Department, Wamego

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

National/International

First Federal lawsuit was filed linked to the most recent Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
12/12/19 Markets Insider
Here is just a sample of E. coli outbreaks based on information gathered by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Kansas State University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Local 

Don't scream: Call Hall hasn't made any ice cream in a month, but don't rush the dairy bar just yet
12/12/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Call Hall’s dairy processing plant hasn’t made any ice cream for the past month or so, but please don’t make a run on the Call Hall depository, as it’s covered by the K-State FDIC (Frozen Deposits of Ice Cream). 

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

National/International

Plant board weeds out stricter regs on dicamba, leaves May date in place
12/11/19 Arkansas Times
“Lastly, but significantly, Kansas State University has discovered dicamba-resistant pigweed,” Scheiman told the board. “Dicamba is a doomed technology. Don’t wait until herbicide resistance spreads across the country. Stop this now before any more collateral damage occurs to our agriculture and our environment.”

Regional/State 

*Professor funded for efforts to conserve water while preserving agricultural producers
12/11/19 The Kansan
A novel self-governance system, focused on a section of the High Plains Aquifer, will be aided by research at Kansas State University that will develop decision-support tools and understanding to help irrigators and groundwater management districts better regulate scarce groundwater and slow the trend of its depletion. 

Local 

*K-State professor to star in ABC's 'Great American Baking Show'
12/11/19 The Mercury
The K-State biochemistry professor already had been through the audition process for ABC’s Great American Baking Show last year, reaching the final audition stage before she was told she wouldn’t be on the show.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

National/International

Latest E. coli Outbreak tied to Fresh Express Salad Kits sicken at least 24
12/10/19 Markets Insider-Business Insider
Here is just a sample of E. coli outbreaks based on information gathered by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Kansas State University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regional/State 

Kansas State University creates class to prepare students for adult life
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2/10/19 KCTV
Class is in session for students at Kansas State University. While some are getting ready to transition out of college, others are just getting started.

Local 

*KSU partners with Evergy to provide electric vehicle charging station
12/10/19 WIBW
Continuing its commitment to renewable energy, Kansas State University, in partnership with Evergy, has installed an electric vehicle charging station on the Manhattan campus.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

National/International

How realistic is 'Marriage Story' on Netflix? Couples therapists weigh in
12/9/19 Today
Jared Anderson, associate professor of couple and family therapy at Kansas State University and director of the Kansas City Relationship Institute.

Regional/State 

Despite current dry conditions, Lawrence still more than 8 inches above annual rain average
12/9/19 Lawrence Journal-World 
“If Lawrence doesn’t get any precipitation at all in December, it will still be ahead,” said Mary Knapp, a climatologist with the Kansas State University Weather Data Library in Manhattan.

Local 

In Focus 12/9/19
12/9/19 1350 KMAN
Monday’s program featured a discussion with Dr. Beth Davis from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine about the shelter medicine program and the Veterinary Health Center’s ongoing work with students.

 

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

National/International

Real-life Golden Girls? Co-living aims to ease aging crisis
12/7/19 Sacramento Bee
The Thistledown Co-living House might just be the best-kept secret when it comes to the world of senior housing. It won the award for best design from Senior Housing News earlier this year, and architecture students from Kansas State University were recently given a grant to come to the house and do a thorough review of it.

Regional/State 

Local mother, two sons graduate college in same semester
12/8/19 Fox 4 KC
Both Jacob and Luke will graduate this Saturday from Kansas State University. Jacob will receive his diploma in secondary education and Luke in sociology and criminology.

Lawrence police cannot be trusted to investigate rapes of KU students, women say
12/8/19 Kansas City Star
Eighty-five miles west of Lawrence, the director of the Riley County Police Department, Dennis Butler, took a phone call with The Star less than 24 hours after a reporter reached out. The department, which serves a population including more than 18,000 Kansas State University students, is hoping to increase the number of sexual assault reports they receive.

Local 

*How has K-State enrollment changed since peaking in 2014?
12/6/19 Manhattan Mercury
Since peaking in 2014, K-State’s student body has continued to dip to a 20-year low this semester, and the most affected student groups in the decline have been white, black and international students, a Mercury analysis of enrollment data shows.

*Going global: Special scholarships help K-State students with education abroad
12/8/19 Salina Journal
More than 60 Kansas State University students will spend a portion or all of the spring 2019 semester abroad thanks to scholarships offered through the

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

National/International

Top Master's in Organizational Psychology Degree Programs Announced on Intelligent.com for 2020
12/05/19 San Francisco Gate
2020 Master's in Organizational Psychology Degree Programs featured on Intelligent.com (in alphabetical order):
… Kansas State University …

Regional/State 

No ‘green light’ for KU: National report says university has policies that threaten freedom of speech
12/05/19 The Lawrence Journal-World.
Kansas State University was the only Kansas institution — and one of only 50 institutions nationwide — to receive a green-light rating.

Local 

More college students experiencing anxiety, depression
12/05/19 KSNT
Kansas universities are no different. Kansas State University has experienced a 14% increase in the number of student’s counseling visits, and a 3% increase in crisis appointments, which occur when a student feels of harm to themselves or others.
“Given budget realities, we’ve had to work within the resources that we have,” Vice President for Student Life Thomas Lane said. 

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

National/International

These Missouri and Kansas colleges do a poor job supporting free speech, group says
12/4/19 KC Star and Wichita Eagle
The group’s color-based ratings give a green light for schools it ranks the best, yellow for the middle and red for the worst. Most Missouri and Kansas schools, including University of Missouri System’s four campuses, Missouri State and the University of Kansas, landed in the middle. Only Kansas State University earned a green light rating.

Intelligent.com Announces Best Master's in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020
12/4/19 San Francisco Gate
2020 Master's in Psychology Degree Programs featured on Intelligent.com (in alphabetical order): . . .Kansas State University . . .

Regional/State 

Why Do Rural Schools Matter?
12/4/19 KS Ag Connection
The national report was co-authored by The Patton College of Education's Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and OHIO alumnus Dr. Sara Hartman; the College of Arts and Science's Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Bob Klein; OHIO alumnus, former visiting professor at OHIO, and associate professor at Eastern Mennonite University, Dr. Daniel Showalter; and OHIO alumnus Jerry Johnson, chair of the department of educational leadership at Kansas State University.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

National/International

Can You Find Love in Long-Term Care? Just Ask Gloria and Al
12/3/19 U.S. News & World Report 
Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, said, "Every nursing home needs to have a policy. RiverSpring has had their policy for 20 years. It shouldn't be unusual, but it is."

Regional/State 

K-State’s Derby Dining Center to close for renovations
12/3/19 KSNT
Students living at Kansas State are going to have to change their eating routine come spring.

Local  

Campus police: Blue emergency lights are a vital campus resource
12/3/19 The Collegian
These blue emergency lights are phone boxes monitored by the K-State Police Department.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

National/International

Why the US pays so much to station troops overseas, and why Trump's demands for host countries to pay more are so unusual
12/2/19 Insider
Written by Michael E. Flynn, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kansas State UniversityCarla Martinez Machain, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kansas State University, and Michael A. Allen, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boise State University.

Fatty acids good for pigs
12/2/19 Caledonian Record
 When Kansas State University swine nutritionists design diets for pigs, they typically think of medium-chain fatty acids as “good guys.”

Regional/State 

*K-State to host massive research data hub on everything from marijuana to education
12/2/19 KCUR
Two professors at Kansas State University, Nathaniel Birkhead and Audrey Joslin, have begun construction on that online, open-source data hub. They’re teaming with colleagues at Rochester University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and North Carolina A&T State University.

Local  

K-State hosts Pakistani Fulbright scholars with State Department
12/2/19 Manhattan Mercury
From Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, Kansas State University’s Office of International Programs hosted a specialized orientation seminar on U.S. culture and society for 164 Pakistani graduate students, participants in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Program. 

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

National/International

Wealthy donor promises college tuition to help spur growth in hometown
11/29/19 NPR's "All Things Considered"
"If you're thinking about regional economic development," said Matthew Sanderson, a Kansas State University sociologist who studies rural issues, "at least at this stage, it looks more like a zero-sum game."

Why does the US pay so much for the defense of its allies? 5 questions answered
12/1/19 The Conversation
Written by Michael E. Flynn, associate professor of political science at Kansas State University; Carla Martinez Machain, associate professor of political science at Kansas State University; and Michael A. Allen, associate professor of political science at Boise State University.

Regional/State 

*K-State to host massive research data hub on everything from marijuana to education
12/2/19 KCUR
Two professors at Kansas State University, Nathaniel Birkhead and Audrey Joslin, have begun construction on that online, open-source data hub. They’re teaming with colleagues at Rochester University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and North Carolina A&T State University.

*Kansas State choirs to hold annual holiday music performance
11/30/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University choirs will present its annual Festival of Holiday Music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Local  

The right way to write: Writing Center provides tutors for K-State students
12/1/19 Kansas State Collegian
Under the Department of English, the Writing Center helps students in the areas of critical thinking, consultations and more.