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K-Staters in the news — March 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, March 29, 2019

National/International

Online Schools Report Publishes Ranking of Best Online Early Childhood Education Degrees
03/28/19 MarketWatch
Online Schools Report has released their ranking of the Best Online Early Childhood Education. OSR is a new higher education ranking site with a data-focused approach to studying distance education.

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State/Regional

Think fast, but plan ahead: Emergency preparedness resources are available
03/28/19 KTIC
Kansas State University serves as a source for emergency preparedness education and disaster recovery resources through several K-State Research and Extension initiatives, including the Prepare Kansas blog, the annual Prepare Kansas online challenge in September and through its affiliation with the national Extension Disaster Education Network, or EDEN.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

National/International

New report identifies how to supercharge agriculture science in the US
3/27/19 Phys.org
Microbiomes

  • Michela Centinari, Ph.D., Penn State—Harnessing soil and root microbiomes to increase crop productivity
  • Phillip Myer, Ph.D., University of Tennessee—Improving feed efficiency and nutrition for sustainable beef
  • Gretchen Sassenrath, Ph.D., Kansas State University—Leveraging the soil microbiome to fight plant diseases
  • Kate Scow, Ph.D., University of California, Davis—Working with farmers to improve soil health
State/Regional 

STUDY: FARMERS USE LESS WATER, EARN MORE PROFITS IN SHERIDAN COUNTY
3/27/19 104.9 Radio
In what can be considered a win for agriculture, Kansas State University agricultural economist Bill Golden is reporting that when farmers in the Sheridan County No. 6 Local Enhanced Management Area reduced water use by 20 percent, they actually made more money on their crops. 

Local

Dillons goes All In For K-State with large donation to Cats Cupboard
3/27/19 WIBW
KSU Foundation goes “All In” on Wednesday to support the Cats’ Cupboard on K-State’s Manhattan Campus.

Think fast, but plan ahead: Emergency preparedness resources are available
3/27/19 Wamego Times
Kansas State University serves as a source for emergency preparedness education and disaster recovery resources through several K-State Research and Extension initiatives, including the Prepare Kansas blog, the annual Prepare Kansas online challenge in September and through its affiliation with the national Extension Disaster Education Network, or EDEN.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

National/International

*Having Plants In Your Home Could Have A Positive Impact On Your Health
3/26/19 The Odyssey Online
The presence of plants has also been linked to a quick recovery from physical ailments. Multiple hospitals have claimed that patients who had plants in their rooms experienced less pain, anxiety, and drowsiness. Similarly, a study done at Kansas State University suggests that being around plants can increase healing from injuries and brings tranquility to the room and those within it.

State/Regional

*KSU Foundation goes All In for K-State day
3/26/19 WIBW
On Wednesday, March 27th, the KSU Foundation is holding their first annual All In for K-State day, a 24-hour giving event.

Local

*KSU Foundation to raise money, collecting food for students
3/26/19 Manhattan Mercury
The KSU Foundation will host its inaugural university-wide fundraiser Wednesday, this year benefiting the on-campus food pantry, Cats’ Cupboard

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

State/Regional

*New name, leadership for K-State center that helps rural schools
3/25/19 Kansas Farmer
A center offered by the Kansas State University College of Education to address the needs of rural schools in Kansas has a new name and new leadership.

K-State Conducts Child Care Study in Cherokee County
3/25/19 Fourstateshomepage.com
Kansas State University is conducting a study in Cherokee county to determine the need for change in child care in the area. 

Local

Manhattan's new chamber of commerce president/CEO starts first day
3/22/19 WIBW
Smith says that experience is why he knows it's important to keep the youth and recent K-State graduates in the community.

K-State announces date of next KSUnite, classes will be cancelled again
3/25/19 The Collegian
KSUnite 2019 will take place Wednesday, November 6, and classes from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. will be cancelled for the event, the university announced Monday.

Monday, March 25, 2019

National/International

Here’s why you should get your home tested for radon (even if you rent)
3/24/19 Apartments.com
You can buy an initial, or “short-term” passive radon test kit for $15 through Kansas State University’s National Radon Program Service site. The kit will usually be delivered seven to 10 days after the order is placed.

State/Regional

K-State official expresses concern over Trump’s proposed cuts to sciences
3/24/19 Topeka Capital Journal
A Kansas State University official is concerned about the budget proposal presented by President Donald Trump’s administration earlier this month because it slashes funding for the sciences.

Thanks to this Kansan, Disney’s new live-action ‘Dumbo’ takes flight
3/24/19 Kansas City Star
A Leavenworth native and Kansas State University grad, Justin Springer produced the new blockbuster-sized “Dumbo,” which arrives in theaters Friday.

Local

State needs to do its part in helping higher ed, K-State
3/22/19 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University is making reasonably intelligent moves to try to attract more students. It’s far past time for the state of Kansas step up to help.

*SciComm conference encourages scientists to think fresh to relay research
3/24/19 Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Science Communication Initiative at K-State and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted the 2019 SciComm Program at the university Friday through Sunday.

Friday, March 22, 2019

National/International

Niger has the world’s highest birth rate – and that may be a recipe for unrest
03/21/19 Associated Press
Gen. Michael V. Hayden, CIA director under President George W. Bush, foresaw today’s outbreak of terrorism in the Sahel.
In a 2008 speech delivered at Kansas State University, Hayden cited rapid population growth in “countries least able to sustain it” – specifically Niger, Nigeria and Yemen – as an urgent global concern.

State/Regional

As higher education funding plans inch along in Legislature, Kansas business community asks for vast increase
03/21/19 Lawrence Journal-World
In her proposed budget, Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly recommended an increase of about $9 million of general funding plus a $4 million grant for Kansas State University’s Global Food Systems program. The proposal intended to move the higher education funding level back to what it was in 2016, prior to a $30.7 million cut that then-Gov. Sam Brownback made to help offset the state’s budget crisis.

Local

K-State to lower tuition for students in 5 states
03/21/19 The Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Board of Regents approved K-State’s request to lower the out-of-state tuition rates for students from select states.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

National

American farmers confront a mental health crisis
3/20/19 San Francisco Gate
"The peak of the crisis was in 1986," said Allen Featherstone, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. "It is the worst since then by far."

For these intrepid crickets, Hawaii’s lava is home sweet home
3/20/19 Science
These conditions might even contribute to a rather rare evolutionary scenario, says Jeremy Marshall, a cricket researcher at Kansas State University in Manhattan. "Usually when we think about who is choosy, it's females of a species," he says. "But if mating is going to be even more costly for males, we might get a situation in which … we'd expect to see the opposite, for males to become the choosy ones driving sexual selection."

State

Kansas House Approves Medicaid Expansion, But The Fight Isn't Over Yet
3/20/19 KCUR
Neither the state nor the KHI estimate include a projection of how much economic activity triggered by an infusion of nearly $1 billion in additional federal Medicaid funding would increase state revenues. New research done by economists at Kansas State University indicates the spike in revenue would be nearly enough to cover the state’s share of expansion costs.

Floods, tornado outbreaks, more signs of change
3/20/19 The Marysville Advocate
Several years ago, a few scientists from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas joined researchers from around the world on a panel that earned the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to lay out what climate change is doing to our planet. Their work showed greater extremities in weather events. For this part of Kansas, it meant harsher rainfall, more frequent flooding along with warmer, wetter nights and all their side effects. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

National

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master's in Human and Family Development Programs for 2019
3/19/19 SFGate
2019 Best Master's in Human and Family Development Degree Programs: 
Kansas State University

State

Kansas Hopes To Convince California Students To Trade Beaches For Cheap College Tuition
3/19/19 KCUR
"Kansas families are cost conscious," said Pat Bosco, dean of students at Kansas State University. "When great schools out-of-state are offering discount programs, our families in the state of Kansas are looking."

Local 

K-State wants to do better with diversity
3/19/19 Manhattan Mercury
K-State wants to promote inclusion for all students, Bryan Samuel said Monday during the inaugural State of Diversity address.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

National

Water Quality: How Well Do Buffer Strips Protect Rivers? – Study
3/18/19 AgFax
Kansas State University researcher Colby Moorberg has his eyes on several miles of the Big Blue and Little Blue rivers, the two major waterways meandering their way to Tuttle Creek Reservoir in northeast Kansas.

Local 

Topeka grad student wins 3-minute thesis comp
3/18/19 Manhattan Mercury
Chris Omni, K-State master’s student in public health, Topeka, is the first-place winner of Kansas State University’s Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition for her presentation “Black Butterflyz: Making Black Women’s Health a Capital Concern.”

One year into the job, diversity administrator highlights K-State’s diversity efforts
3/18/19 The Collegian 
“Forward.” That was one of the first themes introduced at the first ever State of Diversity address at Kansas State University, in which Bryan Samuel, chief diversity and inclusion officer, highlighted the university’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity.

Monday, March 18, 2019

National

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Programs for 2019
3/15/19 San Francisco Chronicle
The 2019 Best Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Programs include: Kansas State University.

Learning to lead: Post course takes the creative approach
3/15/19 U.S. Army
That inspired him to teach the course after earning his Ph.D. in adult education from Kansas State University.

State/Regional 

*K-State’s Beach Museum features exhibit on New Deal-era murals
3/16/19 Topeka Capital Journal
In its latest exhibit, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University is featuring artwork celebrating America’s everyday workers.

Ahead of KC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Eric Stonestreet hopes to inspire others in metro to pursue acting
3/16/19 Fox 4 KC
"I hope that everybody that is in Kansas City and thinking about taking risks and doing anything look to people like myself and others," the K-State grad said. "I hope that's something that they can look to something and say 'Hey there, look man, he did it — I'm going to do it too.'"

Local 

Ike museum opening delayed
3/16/19 Manhattan Mercury
The commemorative events culminate on June 6 with a Remembrance Ceremony and Wreath Laying honoring General Eisenhower and all veterans. Retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers is the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Myers is currently the president of Kansas State University and served as the 15th chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Friday, March 15, 2019

National

U.S. food buys offer little relief from trade war
03/15/19 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ted Schroeder, an agriculture economist at Kansas State University, said companies would rather sell their products to grocery stores and restaurants.

State/Regional 

3-point shot won this K-Stater free Qdoba for a year, but he won’t be eating any of it
03/14/19 The Wichita Eagle
With a winning 3-point shot, a Kansas State University student won himself 52 Qdoba entrees. That’s equal to one free meal a week for a year.

Local 

Winner, winner, burrito dinner for the emergency shelter in Manhattan
03/14/19 WIBW
Cameron Koger, freshman at Kansas State University from Overbrook, KS, is donating his winnings to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

National

5 books to read if you feel suffocated by financial anxiety
3/13/19 HelloGiggles
Recommended by Megan McCoy, a therapist and faculty member in the financial therapy program at Kansas State University, and Dr. Kristy Archuleta, a financial therapist and professor at the University of Georgia, this book offers insight into the behaviors often associated with clinical money disorders, and the ways you can start working through them. Archuleta says, “It’s written for the general population, so it is easy to read and relatable. It’s also informative and based on science.” While the book’s authors are pioneers in the growing field of financial psychology, the book makes a point to bring some humanity to the ways our disordered relationships with money develop, emphasizing how we can look into our thinking patterns and subconscious to exert power over our finances.

Local 

*Oscar winner, KU professor Willmott to speak at KSU
3/13/19 Manhattan Mercury
Oscar-winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott will speak at K-State’s “Art of Democracy” symposium March 21.

*KSU center recognized for continued excellence in computer security research
3/13/19 JC Post
The Center for Information and Systems Assurance at Kansas State University has once again been redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

State

Kansas Senate subcommittee to consider $18M increase for higher education funding, with chance to add $33M
3/12/19 Lawrence Journal-World 
Kelly’s proposal, which includes about $9 million of general higher education funding and a $4 million grant for K-State’s global food systems program, was intended to move the higher education funding level back to what it was in 2016, prior to a $30.7 million cut that then-Gov. Sam Brownback made to help offset the state’s budget crisis. Lawmakers restored $6 million of that amount in 2017 and another $15 million in 2018.

But the Kansas Board of Regents — which governs KU, K-State and other state universities — asked lawmakers to increase higher education funding by $50 million for this legislative session and another $35 million next session.

*Graduate students receive awards for Capitol event poster presentations
3/12/19 LiberalFIRST
Two Kansas State University graduate students received statewide recognition for their Kansas-related research at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 27, at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Local 

Manhattan under flood watch through Wednesday
3/12/19 Manhattan Mercury
Snowmelt and rain in southern Nebraska could contribute to river and lowland flooding in areas like Wildcat Creek and the confluence of the Big Blue and Kansas rivers in Manhattan, said K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

National/International

The best, affordable places to live in the U.S. in 2019
3/11/19 MarketWatch
16. Manhattan, Kan.
Population: 55,769
Far from the hustle and bustle of New York City is “The Little Apple” — better known as Manhattan, Kan. — home to Kansas State University, a blossoming food scene and a charmingly restored downtown.

Local 

*Center awarded for computer security research
3/11/19 Manhattan Mercury
The Center for Information and Systems Assurance at K-State has again been redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

*K-State architectural engineering students snare scholarships
3/11/19 Manhattan Mercury
Two Kansas State University architectural engineering students have been awarded ASHRAE national scholarships for 2019-20, and two others received Kansas City ASHRAE chapter scholarships.

Monday, March 11, 2019

National/International

Sign of hope or worry? When the dollar store comes to town
3/8/19 Christian Science Monitor
The dollar store disruption, in part, shows that “capitalism is not always fair,” says David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University in Manhattan. “Dollar stores are a way to prevent economic leakage (of sales taxes to larger communities). But the fear is that when the local grocery store ends up closing it sends a broader signal: that folks are less likely to move to those communities because it appears that maybe the community is not that robust.”

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master's in Gerontology Programs for 2019
3/8/19 San Francisco Chronicle
2019 Best Master's in Gerontology Degree Programs include: Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Missouri-grown fruits and vegetables face athreat from weedkiller's chemical drift
3/10/19 KCUR
Jim Worstell, Executive Director of Arkansas-based Delta Land and Community Organization, said eventually, weeds will become dicamba-resistant, something that researchers at Kansas State University just confirmed is happening, and a new pesticide will take its place. He’d like to see all farmers need to get off what he calls the chemical treadmill and follow the lead of those who don’t rely on pesticides.

Local 

Youth lawn mowing instruction
3/9/19 Manhattan Mercury
The ATM club from K-State instructs the youth on safe use of various lawn mowing equipment. Information is given on maintenance and proper use of the equipment. Proper maintenance will reduce breakdowns.

Friday, March 8, 2019

National/International

Oakton Community College looking to focus more on academic advising services, leaders say
03/07/19 Chicago Tribune
With its headquarters at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, NACADA “promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students,” according to its website.
 
Gamma ray telescopes could detect starships powered by black hole
03/07/19 Phys.org
A particularly radical idea is that spacefaring civilizations could harness radiation emitted from black holes (Hawking radiation) to generate power. Building on this, Louis Crane, a mathematician from Kansas State University (KSU), recently authored a study that suggests how surveys using gamma telescopes could find evidence of spacecraft powered by tiny artificial black holes.

Local 

USD 383 approves library software, school calendar
03/07/19 The Manhattan Mercury
In updating the software, the district will also get rid of one physical server and will have the information stored in the cloud, a digital storage system, in case of disaster like the Hale Library fire at K-State last spring. The software and storage cost $44,258.80.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

National/International

Gamma Ray Telescopes could Detect Starships Powered by Black Hole
3/6/19 Universe Today 
A particularly radical idea that has been suggested is that spacefaring civilizations could harness radiation emitted from black holes (Hawking radiation) to generate power. Building on this, Louis Crane – a mathematician from Kansas State University (KSU) – recently authored a study that suggests how surveys using gamma telescopes could find evidence of spacecraft powered by tiny artificial black holes.

State/Region  

New Buildings Rise At Kansas Universities As Students Bear The Cost Of The Old Ones
3/6/19 KCUR
Kansas State University and the University of Kansas both built new business school buildings in 2016. Wichita State is planning on constructing its own.

Local 

*Eighth annual disco party to support Kansas State University Cancer research April 5
3/6/19 Junction City Post
Dig out your bell-bottoms and platform shoes and disco for a cure at the eighth annual Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the K-State Alumni Center. The party benefits Kansas State University’s Johnson Cancer Center.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

State/Region  

Inside the White House: Pete Souza shares insights as photographer of two presidents
3/5/19 Topeka Capital Journal
As Pete Souza, official White House photographer to two presidents, toured an exhibition Tuesday featuring 56 of his images at Kansas State University, he underscored the importance of capturing “small moments.”

Local 

K-State spring enrollment drops
3/5/19 Manhattan Mercury
K-State's spring enrollment has fallen for the sixth straight year, according to university statistics. The latest drop is a 2.8 percent decrease from spring 2018. 

Why faculty and staff work to keep K-State open, no matter the weather
3/5/19 The Collegian 
The cold and snowy weather this semester may seem like a good reason to cancel classes in the eyes of many students, but Cindy Bontrager, vice president of administration and finance, said the campus cancellation policy that Kansas State University follows is standard.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

State/Region  

Sitting is the new smoking; break the nasty habit
3/4/19 Sabetha Herald 
Bad news, folks. Recent reports claim that sitting is the new smoking. But K-State Research and Extension just might have the intervention that will help you quit.

Local

*Four veterinary students receive $1K scholarships
3/4/19 Manhattan Mercury
Four K-State College of Veterinary Medicine students are recipients of the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association Legacy Endowed Scholarship.

Many Kansas universities see drop in international students
3/4/19 Manhattan Mercury
“These are 600 fewer students paying out-of-state tuition coming to our university,” said Charles Taber, provost of Kansas State University. “That’s millions of dollars of revenue loss.”

Monday, March 4, 2019

National/International  

Many Kansas universities see drop in international students
3/3/19 Associated Press
"There are 600 fewer student paying out-of-state tuition coming to our university," said Charles Taber, provost of Kansas State University. "That's millions of dollars of revenue loss."

5 finalists vie to be Boise State University president
3/3/19 Houston Chronicle
Finalist Susan Borrego is chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. Finalist Darren Dawson is dean of the college of engineering at Kansas State University. Finalist Andrew Marcus is professor of geography and a former dean at University of Oregon. Finalist Edward Seidel is vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois system. Finalist Marlene Tromp is the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

State/Region  

Editorial: Loss of foreign students lessens campuses
3/2/3 Topeka Capital Journal
At Kansas State University alone, the cost of some 600 fewer international students paying out-of-state tuition now than in recent years accounts for millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Local

*Souza excited to see MHK, talk about gallery
3/3/19 Manhattan Mercury
Pete Souza told The Mercury it’s logical for him to show his new exhibit first at K-State, where he received his master’s degree.

Friday, March 1, 2019

National/International  

Nearly 1 out of 5 farm government loans delinquent
02/28/19 Houston Chronicle/The Associated Press
The latest available Kansas farm income figures show 4.3 percent of Kansas farms had negative incomes for three to four consecutive years since 2014, said Allen Featherstone, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

State/Region  

Imported Egyptian dog, possibly wearing purple sweater, sought in Leawood
02/27/19 The Kansas City Star
Other agencies helping with the investigation include: the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Local

KSU elects new student body president, vice president
02/28/19 The Manhattan Mercury
After a campaign season of violations and a disqualification, K-State students elected Jansen Penny and Ali Karamali Wednesday to serve as student body president and vice president next school year.