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K-Staters in the news — February 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. 

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

National/International  

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump
2/27/19 Washington Post
“It is beginning to become a serious situation nationwide at least in the grain crops — those that produce corn, soybeans, wheat,” said Allen Featherstone, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

2019 American Ornithological Society Award Winners Announced
2/27/19 Scienmag
The 2019 Marion Jenkinson Service Award will be presented to Alice Boyle. An Assistant Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, Dr. Boyle has an impressive record of research achievement in ecology and ornithology and has tirelessly served AOS and the former Cooper Ornithological Society and American Ornithologists’ Union in the six years since she became a Kansas State faculty member. She served on the COS Board from 2013 to 2016, simultaneously chairing both their Student Presentations Awards Committee and Publications Committee from 2014 to 2016. In the latter capacity, she became co-chair of the AOU/COS Joint Publications Advisory Committee serving the joint society publications program for The Auk and The Condor. Alice also chaired the committee to identify a new editor for The Auk in 2018.

State/Region  

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump
2/27/19 Wichita Eagle
"It is beginning to become a serious situation nationwide at least in the grain crops — those that produce corn, soybeans, wheat," said Allen Featherstone, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

Local

K-State’s annual Cattlemen’s Day is Friday
2/27/19 Junction City Post
Beef and cattle producers can hear about the latest research, technology and economic challenges and opportunities facing the industry at the annual Cattlemen’s Day at Kansas State University. 

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

National/International  

*One Plus of Texting, Social Media: Divorce Made Easier on Kids
2/26/19 U.S News & World Report 
Make sure you're having consistent and frequent contact with your child. If it's in person, that's fantastic. But in between, reach out to your child, by text or Facebook or other social media. Letting your child know that you're there and you care is really important," said study co-author Mindy Markham. She's an associate professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

State/Region 

When does your food really go bad?
2/26/19 KWCH
Nancy Larson, Director of the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute, said foods like salad dressing or mayonnaise are still safe to eat past its "best by" date. Larson said for example, an unopened container of salad dressing that is a few months past its "best by" date could be opened and kept for another six to 12 months.

Local

Pott Co seeks ambulance, sheriff's station proposals
2/26/19 Manhattan Mercury 
The commission conducted other business Monday:

• Marty Vanier, director of development for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) at Kansas State University, said the facility remains on-track for “substantial completion” in December 2020.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

National/International  

7 dangerous foods that could raise your risk of developing cancer
2/25/19 Business Insider
One study suggests that marinating meats first may help: Research from Kansas State University found that marinating meats in spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage can cut down HCAs in a piece of meat by 87%.

State/Region

*Teens need frequent communication with parents to maintain youth resiliency after a divorce
2/25/19 Sabetha Herald 
Texting, FaceTime and other popular communication methods among teens may help build supportive parent-youth relationships after a divorce, according to a Kansas State University family studies researcher.

For This Part Of Kansas City, Kansas, A Grocery Store Is So Rare It Requires Community Input
2/25/19 KCUR
Store leaders from the Lawrence location, in partnership with a team from K-State Extension, will host several listening sessions in the coming months.

 

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

National/International  

Pete Souza marks Drew Barrymore’s birthday with 1984 Ronald Reagan snap
2/23/19 Huffington Post
Souza said the image, taken during his time documenting Reagan’s administration, is “now on display at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University.”

State/Region

Kansas schools take action to draw international students
2/23/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Charles Taber, provost and executive vice president at Kansas State University, said he was hopeful regulatory changes at the state and federal level can continue to encourage international students to choose the U.S.

Lincoln Children's Zoo growing in space, people and conversation efforts
2/23/19 Lincoln Journal Star
Shrader is a native Nebraskan who graduated from Elmwood-Murdock High School in 2008 and from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, specializing in exotic and zoo animal medicine. He interned at the Dallas zoo and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and worked for a time at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo before coming to Lincoln.

Local 

K-State president Myers voices concern over state cuts
2/22/19 Manhattan Mercury
The price of a college education is threatening to get out of range for many people, Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Thursday.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

National/International  

32 of the most scientifically sound things you can do right now to reduce your risk of developing cancer
02/22/19 Business Insider
But research from Kansas State University found that marinating meats in spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage doesn't just boost flavors — it can cut down HCAs in a piece of meat by 87%.

State

Kansas State University President Richard Myers voices concern over state higher education cuts
02/21/19 The Topeka Capital-Journal
The price of a college education is threatening to get out of range for many people, Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Thursday.

Local 

K-State to name engineering department, give honorary degree
02/21/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University received approval from the Board of Regents Wednesday to name an academic department and grant an honorary degree. Both actions honor alumni.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

National/International  

*Teens need to text, talk with parents often to maintain youth resiliency after a divorce
2/20/19 ScienceDaily
Texting, FaceTime and other popular communication methods among teens may help build supportive parent-youth relationships after a divorce, according to a Kansas State University family studies researcher. Mindy Markham, associate professor and associate director for Kansas State University's School of Family Studies and Human Services; Jonathon Beckmeyer at Indiana University; and Jessica Troilo at West Virginia University recently published a study about parent-youth relationships after a divorce in the Journal of Family Issues.

State 

KSU classes to create plan for Marysville's future
2/20/19 Marysville Advocate
Over the next year, Marysville’s future will be the focus of three Kansas State University classes.

Local 

*State donates $10M in unused computer equipment to Kansas State University
2/20/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
Unused Kansas-owned computer equipment worth $10 million that had been stored in the basement of the Docking State Office Building has found a new home at Kansas State University.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

National/International  

*It's Not Just Women: Men Get Baby Fever, Too
2/19/19 Fatherly
“How frequently women have the desire to have a child goes down with age, and down as they actually have children,” Gary Brase, a psychologist at Kansas State University who’s studied baby fever in men, told LiveScience. “For men, it tends to go up.”

State

State budget committee suggests adding $10 million to Gov. Kelly’s $13 million higher education plan
2/19/19 Lawrence Journal-World
Kelly’s original higher education budget proposal included a $9 million increase to the state’s general fund to be divided among higher education institutions and an additional $4 million of funding to restore a grant for Kansas State University’s Global Food Systems program. 

*Supreme Court Justice teaching journalism at K-State
2/19/19 WIBW
From the Supreme Court to the classroom. One Justice is taking time to teach the next generation of journalists at Kansas State University.

Local 

KSU to ask to name academic unit, give honorary degree
2/19/19 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University officials plan to ask the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday to name an academic unit and give an honorary degree.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

National/International  

Do Dams Increase Water Use?
2/18/19 Scientific American
The answer to profligate use is better regulation, possibly via higher pricing that would likely suppress demand, says Landon Marston, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Kansas State University. 

Local 

* Kansas State University graduates are in high demand with increasing average starting salaries
2/18/19 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University graduates continue to set records for employment rates and salaries in a wide variety of careers across the globe.

Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation team receives national award for PEARS
2/18/19 Manhattan Mercury
PEARS grew from a collaboration between Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation and K-State Research and Extension to help nutrition education professionals and Extension administrators manage program data and demonstrate impact

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

National/International  

As dollar stores move into cities, residents see a steep downside
2/15/19 Washington Post
“It’s no longer the big-box grocery store” that threatens local businesses, said David Procter, a Kansas State University professor who studies rural grocery stores. “But it’s the discount retailer that’s coming to town and setting up shop right across the street.”

Fact-check: Does Amazon pay '$0' in taxes?
2/15/19 U.K. Daily Mail
And Sabuhi Sardarli, a professor of finance at Kansas State University who has researched corporate tax avoidance, said Amazon has been setting aside funds against possible higher tax payments in the future.

State/Regional

Shawnee Heights High School introduces agriculture program
2/16/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Wendt graduated in 2011 and got a degree in agriculture education at Kansas State University. Her first teaching job was in Eudora, but she would join her mom at parent-teacher conferences for her brother at Shawnee Heights High. She took those opportunities to champion for an ag program at Heights.

Local 

Duet: K-State, MAC partnership hopes to connect people to music
2/16/19 Manhattan Mercury
K-State and Manhattan Arts Center are working in perfect harmony for a joint music education program.

Grice, Howe win volunteer, citizen of year awards
2/17/19 Manhattan Mercury
Grice received the C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year award, the 30th person to do so. Grice has been in Manhattan for 25 years, working her way through jobs at 

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

National/International  

Are naughty children more likely to become CEOs?
2/15/19 U.K. Daily Mail
Psychologists from Kansas State University analysed health data covering 13,000 adults and discovered the influence of DAT1, which transports the chemical dopamine to the brain.

Valentine's surprise for Black History Month honoree; Houston financial adviser helping underserved
2/14/19 Click2 Houston
She earned her certified financial planner in the fall 2018 and is currently going back to school for her master's degree in financial planning through Kansas State University.

State/Regional

These kids weren't just blowing hot air at the KIDWIND Challenge
2/14/19 WIBW
The second annual KIDWIND Challenge brought northeast Kansas students ranging in age from 4th to 12th grades to the Unger Complex, southwest of Kansas State University's main campus Thursday morning.

Local 

Authentic, genuine and purple: Bosco gives Last Lecture at K-State
2/15/19 Kansas State Collegian
With his retirement only a few months away, Pat Bosco, K-State vice president of student life and dean of students, spoke to students and faculty Thursday in the Leadership Studies Building as part of the Last Lecture series.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

National/International  

Universities With Spring Application Deadlines: It's Not Too Late To Apply!
02/13/19 Forbes
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS
https://www.k-state.edu/admissions/apply/deadlines.html

Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food
02/13/19 Science Daily
The findings were published recently in the journal Science Communication. Co-authors of the paper were Joy N. Rumble, of Ohio State University; Alexa J. Lamm, of the University of Georgia; Traci Irani, of the University of Florida; and Jason D. Ellis, of Kansas State University.

State 

*Hays Public Library contest gives teens chance to see national author
02/13/19 Hays Post 
Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give, will be speaking at Kansas State University on April 11. The library will take five teens to the presentation in Manhattan for free.

Local 

*College of Business Administration extends its accreditation with AACSB International
02/13/19 The Manhattan Mercury
AACSB International, or AACSB, has extended accreditation for K-State’s College of Business Administration in both business and accounting.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

National/International  

Researching the Source of Static Electricity
02/12/19 Before It's News
Supported by a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant, Chen and Zayd Leseman, PhD, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, are conducting research on the triboelectric effect, a phenomenon wherein one material becomes electrically charged after it contacts a different material through friction.

State 

KSU Poly Campus Scholarship Patrol Travels Around Kansas
02/12/19 KSAL.com 
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus implemented a new initiative to engage and welcome students to the Polytechnic family: the Kansas State Polytechnic Scholarship Patrol.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

National/International  

*Researchers study how to keep school lunches safe on field trips
02/11/19 Phys.org
Researchers with the Kansas State University Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs in the College of Human Ecology and the Food Science Institute in the animal sciences and industry department have published a study confirming that limiting the time lunches are stored in coolers to less than four hours may reduce the risk of salmonella and listeria monocytogenes growth in a typical school  of deli sandwiches, apple slices and baby carrots. 

Local

Eco devo recipients slightly above jobs target in 2017
02/11/19 Manhattan Mercury
Highlights from the report include the completion of the second building in the K-State Foundation Office Park in summer 2018, for which it received payment from the city for $800,000 (a $300,000 forgivable loan and a $500,000 conventional loan).

Multicultural Student Center plans continue moving forward, Rodriguez says
02/11/19 The Collegian 
Kansas State University president Richard Myers presented the Multicultural Center Action Team with $1.5 million toward funding the center, donated by the Morris family. This brought the total funding to $4.2 million, with $5.5 million as the goal.

Adrian Rodriguez, associate vice president of diversity and multicultural student affairs, said the team has been very active in making strides toward the building’s development.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

National/International  

Owasson Emily Wessel honored for her outstanding research at biosciences symposium
02/08/19 Tulsa World
The Kansas State University student, along with 18 other collegiates across Oklahoma and Kansas, took the spotlight at the 17th annual Kansas Institutional Development Awards Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Symposium, held Jan. 19-20 in Overland Park, Kansas.

State/Regional 

Kansas college fees weigh on students amid stagnant funding
02/08/19 The Kansas City Star
The University of Kansas has moved to reduce its spending by $20 million, a cut of about 6 percent. Kansas State University cut $15 million last year. And Wichita State University will ask students to approve a $6-per-credit hour fee hike to fund campus infrastructure a year after the university raised fees $95 per semester to build a new YMCA.

Local

‘The Hate U Give’ activism lecture at K-State postponed until April
02/09/19 The Topeka Capital-Journal
Angie Thomas, author of “The Hate U Give,” has rescheduled a visit to Kansas State University to talk about activism and the themes of her best-selling novel.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

National/International  

These genetic 'goggles' could help us engineer wildly resilient crops
02/07/19 Popular Science
“This methodology really allows you to move the resistance much more efficiently,” says Allan Fritz, an agronomist from Kansas State University who was not involved in the study. Fritz’s lab works on wheat breeding. “We know that these wild relatives harbor important resistance genes,” he says. But the genomes of these plants are huge and full of non-relevant information like transposons, says Wulff. The new method gives researchers “tags to be able to pull [genetic information] out,” says Fritz.

State/Regional 

Scholarships for mom and daughter make a way for higher education
02/08/19 The Kansas City Star
This is only the third cycle for these scholarships. Those awarded can attend one of 17 colleges and universities in the KC Scholars network, which are all in and near the Kansas City Area, including University of Missouri, Columbia; University of Kansas, Lawrence; and Kansas State University in Manhattan. Online courses at these schools are covered. The scholarship is paid directly to the college.

Local

Summit: Saudi Arabian scholars present educational research
02/08/19 The Manhattan Mercury
As a K-State program for Saudi Arabian teachers winded down, scholars shared what they learned from their time in the U.S. at the College of Education Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

National/International  

Study: School children with type 1 diabetes perform just as well as their classmates
2/6/19 News Medical Life Sciences
The new study was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of Copenhagen, VIVE, Herlev Hospital and Kansas State University, US.

State/Regional

Flinchbaugh: End the trade war
2/6/19 The Fence Post 
President Donald Trump should end the current trade war, and if he will not, Congress should constrain him, Barry Flinchbaugh, a renowned agriculture professor emeritus at Kansas State University said at a Farm Foundation forum on Tuesday.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

National/International  

Fragile DNA Enables New Adaptations to Evolve Quickly
2/5/19 Quanta Magazine 
Michi Tobler, an evolutionary biologist at Kansas State University who studies parallel adaptations among fishes that live in highly toxic hydrogen sulfide springs in Mexico, is more skeptical of that possibility. If an organism needs a new trait to adapt to a novel environment, he said, “I’m not sure how that would happen through this increased likelihood of deletions in the genome that they’re documenting.”

State/Regional

CJ Extra: Kansas Garden Show offers ideas, education
2/5/19 Topeka Capital-Journal 
With Shawnee County K-State Research and Extension in charge of the educational component of the Kansas Garden Show, horticulture agent Ariel Whitely-Noll answered questions about the event.

Local

Born to be wild: President Myers shares his long-time love of motorcycles
2/5/19 The Collegian 
Ever since he was a young teenager, Kansas State University president Richard Myers has had a love for motor vehicles of all types and sizes, but motorcycles are especially close to his heart.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

National/International 

Kids and Money: Couples need to get on same page about money
2/4/19 Chigago Tribune 
Talk values, not just numbers: Ask about each other’s biggest financial dream, said Sonya Britt-Lutter, an associate professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State University. It could be a short-term or long-term goal, she added, such as paying off student loans in 10 years or traveling to a different country every year

State/Regional

K-State alumni and former White House photographer displays life in White House
2/4/19 WIBW
A K-State alumnus and former White House photographer is giving an in depth look at what life was like for two presidents.

Local

K-State library series moved to Isidore for triumphant recital
2/4/19 Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas State University Library Chamber Music Series, temporarily exiled by last year’s fire from its home turf in the Hemisphere Room, mounted a substantial program of French music for piano four-hands for a sizable audience (likely twice as many as the fire marshal would have allowed to attend a Hemisphere concert) in St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center on Friday evening.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

National/International 

Like the taste of coffee? Study shows the same bacteria that turns cabbage into sauerkraut is responsible for the flavour of your morning brew
2/1/19 Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
Seven highly trained tasters from the Centre for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behaviour at Kansas State University sipped various temperatures of coffee made from Arabica beans, Robusta beans or a combination of both.

We may soon be charging our electronics with static electricity
2/3/19 Interesting Engineering
Now, Chen and his partner Zayd Leseman, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, are working on something called the triboelectric effect. This term refers to the phenomenon that happens when a material becomes electrically charged after contact with another material through friction.

State/Regional

JoCo Research Triangle makes a powerful difference for entrepreneurs
2/1/19 Kansas City Business Journal
For health tech startup Redivus Health, its ties to the K-State Olathe campus helped it complete a key research and development study, which validated the effectiveness of its mobile clinical decision platform and help it secure funding. To date, it has raised around $4.5 million.

‘Bite my tongue and bear it’: University students shoulder costs Kansas used to carry
2/3/19 Kansas City Star
The University of Kansas has moved to reduce its spending by $20 million, a cut of about 6 percent. Kansas State University cut $15 million last year. And Wichita State University will ask students to approve a $6-per-credit hour fee hike to fund campus infrastructure a year after the university raised fees $95 per semester to build a new YMCA.

Local

Capturing history: Beach brings Obama, Reagan presidencies to photographer's alma mater
2/3/19 Manhattan Mercury
With his new exhibit, “Two Presidents, One Photographer,” Souza attempts to show the similarities between the two. The Beach Museum of Art at K-State will be the first museum in the country to host the gallery, Feb. 5 through April 27.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

National/International 

*A diet of kooky (and risky) ways to lose weight
1/30/19 Sentinel Source
All junk food, all the time. Also known as the “Twinkie diet,” this approach — more of an experiment than a serious diet — was tried by Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, in 2010. For 10 weeks, Haub ate Twinkies, Doritos, Oreos and other junk food exclusively, but kept his calorie limit to about 1500 calories a day, a good 800 calories below what he would need to maintain his weight. And he lost 27 pounds. Today, Haub says he’s put back on all but seven of the lost pounds, but he feels the diet helped him jump-start his weight loss. “I got to the point where I wanted to make some lifestyle changes, and used it as a way to start that process,” he says. His current diet focuses on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and more mindful eating, he notes.

State

"Leadership is leadership" Former General Richard Myers continues to lead from the front
1/30/18 KMBC news
A former four-star Air Force General is now leading Kansas State University. Richard Myers, a K-State alum, is now the university President. We had a chance to sit down with Myers and talk about how he and his team are working to make K-State one of the most military friendly in the country.  

Local

*Two K-Staters named recipients of awards for diversity excellence
1/30/19 The Mercury
Two K-Staters were named recipients of Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation presidential awards for promoting diversity at Kansas State University.