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K-Staters in the news — January 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, Jan. 31, 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

National/International 

2019’s Best Places to Get Married
1/30/19 WalletHub 
Ask the Experts
Sonya Britt-Lutter
Ph.D., CFP® - Interim Director, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University

State

An impending burst of cold air poses concerns for residents and pets alike
1/29/18 KVOE
With temperatures and wind chills this frigid it is advised to not leave pets outside if possible, according to K-State veterinarian Susan Nelson. She says if it's not possible to bring animals inside it is best to use hay rather than blankets for warmth and to make sure animals have extra food.

Local

*New exhibition at Beach Museum of Art features work of White House Photographer, university alumnus Pete Souza
1/29/19 Junction City Post
A national traveling exhibition featuring the work of a Kansas State University alumnus who served as the official White House photographer to two presidents will make its first stop at the university’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and include a talk by the iconic photographer.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

National/International

K-State JJC receives $521,805 to help develop support systems for youth and families
1/28/19 Medicine News Line
The K-State Juvenile Justice Collaborative, or K-State JJC, has been awarded $521,805 by the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Kansas Advisory Group to work with local communities in developing support systems for youth and families.

*Looking back on the kooky (and risky) ways we try to lose weight
1/28/19 The Mercury News
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. 

Local

*While interior walls dry, K-State Libraries anticipates partial reopening of Hale this fall
1/28/19 The Collegian
Eight months after Hale Library closed due to fire and water damage, Lori Goetsch, dean of libraries, confirmed construction documents are nearly finished for the renovation of the first floor. 

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

National/International

*From Lucky Strikes to tapeworms: 7 of the oddest weight-loss schemes of the past were also unhealthy
1/27/19 Washington Post
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.

Opinion: Fight this behavioral impulse when picking your 401(k) investments
1/25/19 Market Watch
To find out how much of a difference, Ipsos, a market research firm, teamed with Jennifer Itzkowitz, a professor at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business; Thomas Doellman, a professor at Saint Louis University; and Sabuhi Sardarli, a professor at Kansas State University. The team analyzed fund-choice data from nearly 7,000 companies that covers hundreds of thousands of individual investment decisions. The results, which should appear in the peer-reviewed Financial Review later this year, are striking.

State/Regional

Kansas educators decry shortage of mental health professionals in public schools
1/25/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Each of Kansas State University’s interns in public school counseling last spring encountered a student with suicidal thoughts. Judy Hughey, president of the Kansas School Counselor Association and an associate professor of education at Kansas State, said the statistical implications were sobering. On a national level, one in five youths aged 12 to 17 has a mental health diagnosis. Sixty percent of high school students with mental health needs fail to graduate. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, AIDS and a half-dozen other maladies combined, she said.

Local

*Mixed media: Beach exhibit highlights cultural influences between Asian, Western art
1/27/19 Manhattan Mercury
The K-State Beach Museum’s latest exhibition showcases pieces that aren’t merely Asian, nor uniquely American, but rather 

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

National/International

Static electricity could charge our electronics
01/24/19 Phys.org
Supported by a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant, Chen and Zayd Leseman, Ph.D., 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/Regional

Newstalk: Kansas State Admissions Office
01/25/19 KWCH 12
Newstalk segment featuring Hannah Reynolds, Kansas State University admissions representative.

Local

New Farm Bill offers hemp challenges in Kansas
01/24/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
The Kansas State University associate dean of research said Thursday significant challenges must be overcome to meaningfully integrate industrial hemp into the state’s production agriculture system.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

National/International

Static electricity could charge our electronics
01/23/19 University at Buffalo News Office
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/Regional

Fort Hays State, K-State partner on juvenile justice initiatives
01/23/19 Hays Post
A team from Fort Hays State University is partnering with the K-State Juvenile Justice Collaborative on a project awarded funding by the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Kansas Advisory Group. 

Local

MLK speaker reminds us that reflection is not enough
01/23/19 The Manhattan Mercury
David Griffin Sr., who retired last spring as assistant dean of K-State’s College of Education, said that while Dr. King laid the foundation for a better future for all, it’s our response to his dream that will make it come true.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

National/International

Rocked by scandal, a weakened IPS teachers union faces an uncertain future
01/22/19 Chalkbeat
Diane Swanson, a professor of management and ethics at Kansas State University, said the problem goes beyond the allegations against Cornett. It shows that the organization did not have good financial oversight practices.

State/Regional

CJ Extra: K-State license plates fund scholarships
01/22/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
If Kansas State University is your college of choice, the school’s license tag program — which is similar to others in the state — may be just what you’re looking for. Not only will you be able to show your Wildcat Pride, you’ll also be able to recognize the school’s students and support them with financial aid in the form of scholarships.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

State/Regional

Higher education leaders plead for funding to stabilize Kansas universities
01/19/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Kansas State University is “scratching along,” but the university’s financial situation leaves officials there walking a tightrope, K-State’s top leader said last week.

S.A.V.E. Farm program is giving veterans a path after service
01/21/19 
A program in Manhattan is teaching veterans a new path forward through farming. The Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education or S.A.V.E. Farm program is an 11 month certificate program with Cloud County Community College, the Manhattan Area Technical College and Kansas State University.

Local

Speaker reminds audience anyone can fight for MLK's dream
01/21/19 Manhattan Mercury
Griffin, former assistant dean of K-State’s College of Education and director of the Center for Student Success and Professional Services, spoke about responding to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream Monday morning at the King prayer and reflection breakfast at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel.

Zelia Wiley, assistant dean and director for diversity at the K-State College of Agriculture, said responding to the dream for her meant paving a path for others to find their passions and commitment to service, which could be as small as recycling or as big as mentoring youth.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

National/International 

Is Black Pepper Healthy? Here's What the Science Says
01/17/19 MSN/Time
But pepper probably deserves more scrutiny. Some research has linked black pepper marinades to the elimination of heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, which are the cancer-causing chemicals that form when meat is charred or cooked at high temperatures. A group at Kansas State University found that mixing one gram of fine black pepper with 100 grams of ground beef—which works out to about a teaspoon of black pepper per half-pound of meat—almost completely eliminated the formation of HCAs during cooking.

State/Regional

Industrial hemp research part of plan to save K-State horticulture center near Wichita
01/18/19 The Wichita Eagle
Industrial hemp research and other proposed changes may keep a Kansas State University horticulture center near Wichita from closing.

Northeast Kansas university, business leaders talk workforce issues

01/17/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
Robinson, along with K-State president Richard Myers and Washburn University president Jerry Farley, each drew attention to challenges educational institutions find in times of tight budgets and declining student populations.

Local

Topeka Public Schools set to bank on wind power
01/17/19 WIBW
USD 501 joins Washburn University, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden as entities set to receive energy from Soldier Creek.

 

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

National/International 

4 Little Things You Can Do to Be Happier Right Now
1/16/19 Yahoo News via O Magazine
Researcher YoungAh Park, PhD of Kansas State University reports that people who unplug after work hours solve problems in a more proactive manner and are more engaged at work.

Is Black Pepper Healthy? Here's What the Science Says
1/16/19 Time Magazine
But pepper probably deserves more scrutiny. Some research has linked black pepper marinades to the elimination of heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, which are the cancer-causing chemicals that form when meat is charred or cooked at high temperatures. A group at Kansas State University found that mixing one gram of fine black pepper with 100 grams of ground beef—which works out to about a teaspoon of black pepper per half-pound of meat—almost completely eliminated the formation of HCAs during cooking.

State/Regional

KSU students from Nebraska earn honors
1/16/19 York News Times
Kansas State University has awarded nearly 4,240 students with semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2018 semester.

Local

K-State unveils new MRI imaging system for animals
1/16/19 KSNT
It's taken 3 years to fully install, but this week vets at Kansas State University are starting to use a new MRI device on animals. An MRI is a non-invasive way of examining soft tissue structures in the body, but the new MRI at K-State's Veterinary Hospital takes treatment to a new level. 

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

National/International 

‘Is It Ever OK to Lecture?’
1/15/19 Chronicle of Higher Education
Another way to reveal those knowledge gaps to students is through testing. Mick Charney, an associate professor of architecture at Kansas State University, has written about what he calls "quizzes on the go." 

State/Regional

Kansas schools not testing for radon; no state requirement
1/15/19 KWCH
According to radon experts at Kansas State University, radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas and comes from the decay of uranium and radium in the soil. “It's a gas that can find its way into our homes and it increases our exposure to radiation that can increase our potential for developing lung cancer,” said K-State’s Director of Engineering Extension Bruce Snead. “So it's a unique environmental health risk because it's naturally occurring. There are no man-made sources.”

HIGH-RANKING USDA-NIFA OFFICER TO LEAD K-STATE’S FOOD SCIENCE INSTITUTE
1/15/14 KRVN 
Jeanette Thurston has been selected to lead Kansas State University’s Food Science Institute, beginning June 17.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

National/International 

Can You Eat a Flamingo?And why do so many people apparently want to know?
1/14/19 Slate
According to John Gonzalez, an associate professor of muscle biology and meat science at Kansas State University, the algae diet might give some species of flamingo high omega-3 levels, which would make the meat healthier but result in a slight fishy taste. 

State/Regional

2018 a year for the books in weather, says K-State climatologist
1/14/14 WIBW News Now
Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says one of the unusual things about 2018 was the fact that typically dry areas were wetter than normal and traditionally wet areas were drier than normal.

 

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

National/International 

The government shutdown is reaching historic territory. Here’s what that means for higher ed
1/11/19 Chronicle of Higher Education
University officials can pay costs that will ultimately be covered by external funding before that money is actually received, said Peter K. Dorhout, Kansas State University’s vice president for research. That may work on a short-term basis, he said, “but it’s not the kind of thing that can go on for more than 90 days.”

College Ranking and Review Aggregator Publishes List of the Most LGBTQ Friendly Colleges
1/14/19 The Ontario Chronicle Journal
Institutions in the Best LGBTQ Schools ranking are chosen based on the strength of their student organizations, institutional inclusiveness policies, and recognition by the Campus Pride Index. Schools have been ranked by their College Consensus score (which combines published academic rankings and real student reviews). Included in the top 25: Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Study: Higher speed limit leading to more deaths on Kansas roads
1/11/14 KWCH-TV
A new study from Kansas State University shows a higher speed limit ls leading to more deaths on Kansas roads.

Local

*Area students receive K-State honors
1/13/19 Manhattan Mercury
Nearly 4,240 Kansas State University students earned fall 2018 semester honors. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 credit hours received semester honors along with commendations from their deans. The honors are also recorded on their permanent academic records.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

National/International 

Scientists breathalyze cows to measure methane emissions
01/10/19 Phys.org
Charles Rice, a researcher at Kansas State University, is working on the soil side of the equation.

Local

Students achieved semester honors
01/10/19 Junction City Post
Kansas State University has awarded nearly 4,240 students with semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2018 semester.
http://www.jcpost.com/2019/01/10/students-achieved-semester-honors/

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

National/International 

9 Reasons to Join a Running Club Whether You're a Newbie or Ultrarunner
01/09/19 Livestrong.com
Another 2012 study from Kansas State University showed that when participants exercised with partners whom they believed to be in better shape, they increased their workout time and intensity by approximately 200 percent!

State/Regional

Kansas State University Students Have Huge Win In National Cyber-Security Contest
01/09/19 KCUR
Kansas State University is now officially home to one of the best groups of cyber-defense trainees in the nation.

Local

Northeast Kansas leaders are joining forces to build a better workforce.
01/09/19 WIBW
President of Kansas State University Richard Myers said it’s nice to have these types of open conversations. 

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

National/International 

Money Secrets That Wealthy, Successful People Know
01/08/19 Yahoo! Finance
Author Paul Sullivan and colleague Brad Klontz, a clinical psychologist with an academic appointment at Kansas State University, conducted research on the differences in spending habits of the 1 percent and the 5 percent. The 1 percent spent 30 percent less on eating out and saved it for retirement instead. 

State/Regional

Greyhound opens new route connecting Kansas City and Salina
01/08/19 Salina Journal
Greyhound also will make a stop at Kansas State University at the K-State parking garage, which the company hopes will allow students to visit friends and family more often, as well as network and attend sporting events in neighboring cities. 

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

National/International 

Minot tech company looks ahead to growth in Bakken region
01/07/19 Associated Press
“Having pilots who know every step of the cycle is extremely important,” Dunlevy said, adding that SkySkopes seeks out highly trained staff from the best universities, particularly the University of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Project Open Partners With KSU Poly
01/07/19 KSAL.com
Project Open, a program of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus to provide business training workshops.

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

National/International 

GOP Sen. Roberts of Kansas says he won’t seek re-election
01/04/19 The Washington Post/Associated Press
Roberts made his announcement at the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s headquarters near the campus of his alma mater, Kansas State University. The state building is in site of the under-construction, $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, a new biosecurity lab due to open by 2023 and a project Roberts championed.

State/Regional

Pat Roberts swept elections in Kansas, brandished authority and humor
01/07/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
He orchestrated bipartisan farm bills that provide crop insurance and disaster relief, and he helped Manhattan become the destination for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility. His name is on the building for the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, where Roberts graduated with a degree in journalism in 1958.

Local

Political experts discuss who will take Pat Roberts' Senate seat
01/04/19 WIBW
Nate Birkhead, a political science professor at Roberts' alma mater K-State, says the next Republican primary election will be one to watch.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

National/International 

MYOS RENS Technology receives a new patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
1/3/18 Business Insider
Joseph Mannello, Chief Executive Officer of MYOS, commented, "I am delighted that the USPTO has issued MYOS its most recent patent. I am committed to building a world class company that is focused on redefining muscle health. In order to meet that goal, MYOS has invested extensively in research and development over the last several years. Currently, we have preclinical and clinical studies underway at Kansas State University, Weill Cornell Medical College and University of California, Berkeley. I believe this new patent will prove vital as we capitalize on our investments in R&D, enabling us to deliver the maximum value to our shareholders."

*Kansas State Polytechnic Offers Free Drone Tips Webinar
1/3/19 Aviation Pros
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is offering a free webinar and live question-and-answer session with UAS experts to discuss important safety practices, flying rules and regulations, and tips for operating your UAS.

State/Regional

Civility in 116th Congress not off to a great start so far
1/3/19 WSBT-TV (South Bend, Indiana)
“We try to be careful about overstepping this line of making this moment the worst, the pinnacle. We literally had a civil war,” said Tim Shaffer, a principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse who teaches at Kansas State University.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

National/International 

Low-Calorie Diets: a Basic Guide
01/02/19 U.S. News & World Report
There are different versions of low-calorie diets. For example, in 2010, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, dropped 27 pounds in two months by eating mostly Twinkies, snack chips and sugary cereals. Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day on the "convenience store diet." Most low-calorie diets are very different, and recommend consuming foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients. 

State/Regional

Wildfire season in Kansas projected to start earlier; slight increase in fire weather events predicted
01/02/19 High Plains Journal
“We are seeing increased fuel loads in this region because of the late summer rains we received,” said Chip Redmond, mesonet manager and assistant scientist in the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

National/International 

Will Dollar Stores Be The End Of Local American Retail?
12/30/18 Forbes
“The jobs, tax dollars, and even profits generated from a local grocery store go back to the community,” said David Proctor, director of the Local Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University. “Significant profits from Dollar General are going back to their corporate offices, not to the community.”

State/Regional

What does it take to be Kansas Counselor of the Year? Compassion tops list
1/1/19 The Kansas City Star
In Kansas, the organization only sees approximately five nominations each year. According to Judy Hughey, coordinator of counselor education at Kansas State University and current president of the Kansas School Counselor Association, it’s because counselors are too modest about their achievements.

Local

2018 – A Year of Great Progress and Partnership for NBAF
12/30/18 The Manhattan Mercury
As the year draws to a close, it’s traditional to look back and reflect on everything that’s happened. For the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, two words can sum up our activities in 2018: progress and partnership.