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K-Staters in the news — May 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, May 31, 2019

National/International 

Prairie Fires Fuel Community Health Concerns
05/30/19 U.S. News and World Report
In the 1970s, studies by Kansas State University suggested the best time to conduct prescribed burns was in late spring, particularly during a two-week period in April, so the cattle could eat the new grass growth and bulk up, leading to bigger profits for ranchers in the area, Watson says.

State/Regional

Kansas plays role in new medical miniseries 'The Hot Zone'
05/30/19 The Hastings Tribune/Associated Press
A new television series focusing on how the U.S. Army dealt with the first outbreak of one of the most contagious and deadliest viruses on its soil features several University of Kansas and Kansas State University connections.
 
Clinton Lake breaks record for highest water level; Kansas River expected to flood
05/30/18 The Lawrence Journal-World
However, the Lawrence weather station on the University of Kansas campus reported 1.27 inches of rain on Tuesday, according to Mary Knapp with the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.

Local

Chapman FFA member wins Kansas FFA Employability skills event
05/30/19 Junction City Post
Hannah Karmann, from the Chapman FFA chapter, has earned first place in the Employability Skills Leadership Development Event at the 92st Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

National/International 

The Question Isn't Whether We're Approaching an Agricultural Disaster. It's How Often They'll Happen
05/28/19 Esquire
Kansas State University cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti says this spring’s conditions have been particularly vexing for the state’s corn and soybean growers, and it may cause many of them to re-think their management strategies.

State/Regional

Waterlogged Kansas may be in for even more rain
05/28/19 Salina Post
Rainfall patterns that turned lawns and farm fields into unintended ponds and swelled rivers to capacity and beyond are likely to continue into June, according to weather specialists at Kansas State University.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

National/International 

‘Hot Zone’ reveals true story of war on Ebola
05/26/19 Boston Herald
While preparing for the role, Margulies didn’t get to meet Jaax, who now works for Kansas State University, but she did talk with her by phone and came away impressed by how she didn’t think of herself as a heroine, just someone doing her job.

State/Regional

*National Geographic television show ‘The Hot Zone’ features KU, K-State connections
05/27/19 Lawrence Journal-World 
A new television series focusing on how the U.S. Army dealt with the first outbreak of one of the most contagious and deadliest viruses on its soil features several University of Kansas and Kansas State University connections.

*Kansas State veterinarians to be portrayed in ‘The Hot Zone,’ a National Geographic series about Ebola
05/26/19 Topeka Capital-Journal 
A limited series premiering on National Geographic will have characters based off two Kansas State University veterinarians.

Local

Bosco reflects on years, memories at K-State
05/26/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Pat Bosco said he’s giving up all his titles for the most important one he could think of: grandpa.

Friday, May 24, 2019

National/International 

*Report lists eight zoonotic diseases of most concern
05/23/19 Feedstuffs 
Separately, Kansas State University pointed out that its researchers are actively working on six of the eight diseases named in the federal report: zoonotic influenza, salmonellosis, West Nile virus, emerging coronaviruses, rabies and Lyme disease. University researchers also are addressing other zoonotic diseases of worldwide concern, including headline-makers like Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, Zika and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli.

*Animal feed could carry African swine fever into U.S., researchers say
05/24/19 UPI
Researchers at Kansas State University recently showed that hogs will become sick after eating feed that has been exposed to the virus. They also showed that the virus can survive in feed ingredients long enough to be shipped from a country infected with the disease to an American farm.

State/Regional

*K-State names new vice president for student life, dean of students
05/23/19 Salina Post
Thomas Lane, a highly experienced student affairs administrator, will become Kansas State University’s new vice president for student life and dean of students.

Local

*K-State picks replacement for Bosco
05/23/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Thomas Lane will replace Pat Bosco as K-State’s vice president for student life and dean of students starting July 14, K-State announced Thursday.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

National/International 

Farmers in Plains lean heavily on Trump tariff payments
05/22/19 Successful Farming
In 2018, Trump tariff payments provided 37% of net farm income for producers who were part of the Kansas Farm Management Association, said a KFMA report this month. Affiliated with Kansas State University, the KFMA analyzes farm operations to improve financial performance.
 
Kansas State University zoonotic disease research fights viruses in the hot zone
05/22/19 KPVI (Idaho)
A new federal report shows Kansas State University researchers are tackling the zoonotic diseases of most concern in the U.S.

State/Regional

Lenexa couple are central characters in miniseries about America’s Ebola outbreak
05/23/19 The Kansas City Star
After retiring from the military, the couple landed back where they attended veterinary school: Kansas State University in Manhattan. He took a research leadership position to further the university’s biodefense mission. She participated in innumerable infectious disease initiatives there.
 
Biological warfare? Welcome to his life
05/22/19 The Wichita Eagle
(Editor’s note: This story was originally published in The Wichita Eagle on Oct. 28, 2001.)
While in the Army, Jaax - a Wichita-area native and now associate vice provost for research compliance at Kansas State University - worked with diseases far more deadly than anthrax.

Local

Missouri-Kansas delegations pitch KC for new headquarters of two USDA offices
05/22/19 The Topeka Capital-Journal
The group referenced the concentration of animal health companies and research in the Animal Health Corridor, a zone running from Kansas State University in Manhattan to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The west side is anchored by the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, under construction near the K-State campus.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

National/International 

*This British Firm Wants to Sell Virus-Resistant Pigs to China
5/21/19 Bloomberg
University of Missouri scientist Randall Prather, Kansas State University researcher Raymond Rowland and Genus scientists showed in 2015 and 2017 papers that pigs lacking the so-called CD163 gene are protected against the viral disease.

State/Regional

*Kansas State University Rebuilding Fire-Gutted Hale Library
5/21/19 KMUW
A portion of Kansas State University’s fire-gutted Hale Library is expected to reopen this fall.

College should be more accessible for all
5/21/19 The Emporia Gazette
During a recent visit with The Topeka Capital-Journal’s editorial advisory board, Kansas State University President Richard Myers, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Wichita State University interim President Andy Tompkins addressed that challenge and others. They’re determined to make college more accessible to all — a goal hindered by political interference.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

State/Regional

K-State to remove ash trees in effort to fend off destructive beetles
5/20/19 KMBZ
Kansas State plans to remove most of the 251 ash trees on its Manhattan campus in advance of an expected infestation from the emerald ash borer.

Give Kansas college students a break: Freeze tuition at state universities for a year
5/20/19 The Kansas City Star
Kansas State University has asked the Board of Regents to raise its tuition by 3.1% — $291 a year for a full-time undergraduate. The University of Kansas and Wichita State have asked for modest tuition hikes of 1% each.

Local

*One Year After Devastating Fire KSU Library Renovation is Underway
5/20/19 KSAL
Nearly a year ago, on May 22, 2018, a fire broke out in Hale Library, the flagship building in the Kansas State University Libraries system in Manhattan.

Monday, May 20, 2019

National/International

Science Behind The Scenery Presentation: Post-Fire Vegetation Response At Chickaree Lake
5/17/19 National Parks Traveler
Rocky Mountain National Park invites visitors to a special program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Participants will join recent Kansas State University graduate Barrie Chileen as she shares her research on vegetation response to wildfires over the past 2,500 years at Chickaree Lake on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

State/Regional

Editorial: College should be accessible to all
5/18/19 Topeka Capital Journal
During a recent visit with The Topeka Capital-Journal’s editorial advisory board, Kansas State University President Richard Myers, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Wichita State University interim President Andy Tompkins addressed that challenge and others. They’re determined to make college more accessible to all — a goal hindered by political interference.

Local

*Hale Library construction continues, 1st floor opens in fall
5/19/19 Manhattan Mercury
This fall, K-State students may be able to study in Hale Library and grab coffee at the new in-building Housing and Dining shop, roughly 16 months after a fire shut down the building.

*Architect: Snyder tells graduates to plan, set goals
5/19/19 Manhattan Mercury
Bill Snyder told graduates during K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design commencement Saturday to focus on principles and the goals they set for themselves.

Friday, May 17, 2019

National/International

Warming climate threatens microbes in alpine streams
05/16/19 Science Daily
Tronstad is an expert on the alpine streams in Grand Teton National Park, where her 2015 discovery of a rare insect called the western glacier stonefly provided information to assist in deciding whether the species should be protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. In the latest research, she joined scientists from the University of Kentucky, Washington State University, Rutgers University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University, the University of Montana and the U.S. Geological Survey to study much smaller organisms in those Grand Teton streams and others in Montana's Glacier National Park.

State/Regional

More acres burned, fewer air quality problems in Kansas
05/16/19 Western Livestock Journal
A Kansas State University (K-State) range management scientist said the state’s landowners should be patting themselves on the back after a successful spring of prescribed pasture burning in the Flint Hills region.

Local

Kansas university CEOs juggle harsh financial realities in pursuit of excellence
05/16/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University President Richard Myers, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Wichita State University interim President Andy Tompkins didn’t sugar-coat for The Topeka Capital-Journal’s editorial advisory board the consequence of failure to produce graduates for a technology-driven workplace and to advance innovative faculty research applicable in an evolving state economy.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

National/International

New insights on the control of dicamba-resistant kochia
05/15/19 Science Daily
"To control kochia and sustain the long-term utility of dicamba, integrated weed management strategies are a must," says Vipan Kumar, Ph.D., of Kansas State University. "Applying preemergence tank mixtures with multiple sites of action can be an important part of any stewardship program, especially when combined with tillage, cover crops and other weed management techniques." 

State/Regional

KU, WSU, K-State seek tuition increases, but face skepticism from regents
05/15/19 The Wichita Eagle
KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University want to again raise tuition rates for undergraduates.
 
*Democracy On Tap: Climate Change And The Economics Of Environmentalism
05/15/19 KMUW
For our May Democracy on Tap event, we covered two related topics: climate change and the economics of environmentalism. We had a panel for each topic and a brief video break in between. The panelists were:

Dr. Chuck Rice, Kansas State University

Local

Nearly $250K in asbestos-related fines proposed for contractors at Hale Library
05/15/19 WIBW
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has cited two Kansas City, Missouri-based contractors more than $200,000 for failing to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration's standards when performing rehabilitation work at Kansas State University's Hale Library.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

National/International

Sustainability-Focused Innovation Lab Gives Up-Close Look at Impact
5/14/19 USAgNet.com
Continuing to deliver on its promise to meet the grand challenge of helping feed the world, Kansas State University and its partners brought together nearly 100 researchers and funding recipients in west Africa last month to share their work.

State/Regional

*Kansas State Polytechnic Hosting Ag Data Event
5/14/19 KSAL.com
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus in Salina will host the third annual Midwest Big Data Hub Digital Agriculture Spoke: All-Hands Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The meeting serves as the culmination of the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data in agriculture.

Local

*KSU announces 3 Fulbright scholars
5/14/19 Manhattan Mercury
Three K-State students have received Fulbright awards to fund their teaching and studying abroad, including a Rock Creek High grad who will teach English in Germany.

Channel 8: Dr. Pat Bosco sits down to talk about his experience in the K-State Family
5/14/19 Channel 8 News 
At the end of this school year, Pat Bosco, dean of students and vice president for student life, will retire from K-State after spending almost five decades as a Wildcat.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

National/International

Mother's Day Pipe Organ Concert Honors Julia Irene Kauffman
5/13/19 Broadway World 
Kraybill has piano performance and education degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and a doctorate in organ performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

State/Regional

Lawrence City Commission to review potential savings of declined wind energy agreement
5/13/19 Lawrence Journal-World 
The reservations of wind energy Westar offered were available on a first-come, first-served basis, and Douglas County, Manhattan, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University were among those to sign wind-energy agreements with Westar. Some Lawrence residents asked why the city didn’t take the offer, especially given that the rate was cheaper than what the city was paying.

Local

English professor finds joy in children's literature, her students
5/13/19 Manhattan Mercury
When Anne Phillips was a child, she had a copy of the book “The Wizard of Oz” and a record with a voice reading the book.

Monday, May 13, 2019

National/International

Freeze concerns hit Kansas wheat farms
5/10/19 Successful Farming
Temperatures dropped to 31˚F. in Plainville, Kansas, and 31.9˚F. at the Kansas State University Western Kansas Agriculture Research Center in Hays, where the wheat is just beginning to push a head out of the boot. Hill City had a low of 30˚F. Wheat yields in this region are generally expected to be very good, based on this month's Wheat Quality Council Hard Wheat Tour.

State/Regional

Topeka West senior awarded Gates Scholarship
5/12/19 Topeka Capital Journal
Gonzales is ranked third in the Topeka West Class of 2019. He plans to attend Kansas State University in the fall to study engineering. Also, he plays the cello and does art on the side. He would like to one day create his own comic series.

Local

*K-State unveils new signs for Bosco plaza
5/12/19 Manhattan Mercury
K-State officials unveiled new signage to dedicate the Bosco Student Plaza Friday at the end of the ceremony in honor of Pat Bosco’s retirement.

Friday, May 10, 2019

National/International

Shots fired on Kansas State campus; no injuries reported
05/09/19 Associated Press/Daily Mail
Kansas State University officials say a dispute between individuals that led to shots being fired on its parking lot appears to be unrelated to the Manhattan campus.
 
*13 Grilling Mistakes That Could Make You Sick
05/09/19 Reader's Digest Best Health
As any grill master knows, sometimes a dry rub is better than a marinade—and you sidestep HCAs this way. Researchers at Kansas State University found that sprinkling black pepper and other antioxidant-rich spices like rosemary, thyme, and oregano on raw steak—or blending them into burger meat—before grilling can eliminate almost all HCAs.

State/Regional

‘Scene is safe’ after shots fired at K-State’s foundation building; no injuries
05/09/19 The Kansas City Star
Kansas State University police said the scene was safe and there were no injuries after shots were fired in a parking lot by the K-State Foundation Building near the university’s campus Thursday morning.
 
Researchers in Hays uncover benefits of modified stocking for cow-calf producers
05/09/19 Hays Post
Researchers at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays have found that a grazing system shown to be beneficial for the performance of steers also has great potential for cow-calf producers.

Local

How retiring dean of students Pat Bosco found his American dream in K-State
05/09/19 The Collegian
Pat Bosco may seem to be a Wildcat like you and me, but crucially, he’s not like you and me.
To be a Wildcat like Bosco, the retiring dean of students, you’d have to bleed purple. To do that, you’d have to breathe it, live it and even drive a purple car.
 
Shots fired at KSU Foundation; broken glass but no injuries
05/09/19 The Manhattan Mercury
KSU Police Thursday responded to reports of shots fired at the KSU Foundation.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

National/International

*13 Grilling Mistakes That Could Make You Sick
5/8/19 MSN 
As any grill master knows, sometimes a dry rub is better than a marinade—and you sidestep HCAs this way. Researchers at Kansas State University found that sprinkling black pepper and other antioxidant-rich spices like rosemary, thyme, and oregano on raw steak—or blending them into burger meat—before grilling can eliminate almost all HCAs.

State/Regional

Trump plans to increase U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods after trade talks hit wall
5/8/19 The Hutchinson News
“What I understand is that it’s wrapped up in the hardness of these negotiations,” said Dan O’Brien, an agricultural economist and assistant professor with Kansas State University. “It sounds like good progress had been made on both sides coming into last weekend, then China started to back away on some key issues, which have focused around intellectual property all along.”

Local

*National Geographic brings K-State alums to the small screen in ‘The Hot Zone’
5/8/19 The Collegian
During the Jaaxs’ time at K-State, Nancy had the largest female graduating class at the time from the College of Veterinary Medicine with just eight woman. The Jaax’s served in the U.S. army at a time of inequality.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

National/International

*Massachusetts couple gives $20 million to Kansas State
5/7/19 Houston Chronicle 
A Massachusetts couple is donating $20 million to Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.

State/Regional

*KSU Polytechnic Campus Wins Award
5/7/19 KSAL
The unmanned aircraft systems program at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus  has been named the second-place winner in the Training and Education category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International or AUVSI.Local

Local

Little women, big impact: Celebrating the 150th anniversary of ‘Little Women’ at K-State
5/7/19 The Collegian
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic novel “Little Women,” originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, celebrated its 150th anniversary of publication in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019, which students and faculty in the English department at Kansas State University were eager to celebrate.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

National/International

13 Grilling Mistakes That Could Make You Sick
5/6/19 Reader's Digest 
As any grill master knows, sometimes a dry rub is better than a marinade—and you sidestep HCAs this way. Researchers at Kansas State University found that sprinkling black pepper and other antioxidant-rich spices like rosemary, thyme, and oregano on raw steak—or blending them into burger meat—before grilling can eliminate almost all HCAs.

Staying healthy longer in space
5/6/19 Phys.org
"First, we are looking at the primary immune response, which will show how well the immune system produces antibodies the first time it sees an immune challenge," said principal investigator Michael J. Pecaut at Loma Linda University in California. "Then, we look at how well the memory response works in space." Pecaut leads the experiment with co-investigator Stephen K. Chapes at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Local

K-State to get at least $4M more in FY2020
5/6/19 Manhattan Mercury
After state lawmakers passed a fiscal year 2020 budget, K-State will receive at least $4 million in restored funding. 

Climatologist’s interests led to K-State job
5/6/19 Manhattan Mercury
About three or four times each week, Mary Knapp, 64, makes the just under a mile roundtrip trek from her K-State office to a weather station north of Call Hall — rain, shine or snow.

Monday, May 6, 2019

National/International

Meet the scientist who took on the first Ebola scare in the U.S.
5/3/19 National Geographic
Nancy Jaax, a U.S. Army veterinary pathologist and Kansas State University alumna, played a key role in managing the situation, which inspired the 1994 book The Hot Zone and has now been adapted into a six-part miniseries premiering on National Geographic on May 27. We spoke with Jaax about her military career, what happened in Reston, and what lessons people can take away from the incident.

From Point A to Point B: How do we achieve interstellar flight?
5/4/19 Interesting Engineering
The concept was explored more recently in a 2009 study by Dr. Louis Crane and Shawn Westmoreland of Kansas State University. In their proposal, a tiny black hole would be created using a gamma-ray laser that would create a black hole that is roughly a billion tonnes in mass.

State/Regional

Solving food deserts in Iowa: When small towns lose grocery stores, where do residents turn?
5/3/19 The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette
About 13 years ago, Kansas State University recognized the problem caused by the loss of grocery stores in small communities. The university’s Center for Engagement and Community Development launched the Rural Grocery Initiative to help preserve grocery stores in towns of 2,000 population or less.

Local

*4th Annual Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight held in Manhattan
5/4/19 WIBW-TV
“We offer this event as a way to support cancer research at K State and also to celebrate our participants that are working towards healthy lifestyle goals” K-State’s Walk Kansas program coordinator, Sharolyn Jackson says.

*Elizabeth Smart to deliver virtual keynote at KSU’s School Counseling Camp
5/4/19 Junction City Post
Elizabeth Smart, whose abduction and safe return captivated the nation, will deliver a keynote address at this year’s School Counseling Camp hosted by the Kansas State University College of Education.

Friday, May 3, 2019

National/International

Global meat-eating is on the rise, bringing surprising benefits
05/02/19 The Economist
Fortunately, even as the Chinese develop the taste for beef, Americans are losing it. Consumption per head peaked in 1976; around 1990 beef was overtaken by chicken as America’s favourite meat. Academics at Kansas State University linked that to the rise of women’s paid work. Between 1982 and 2007 a 1% increase in the female employment rate was associated with a 0.6% drop in demand for beef and a similar rise in demand for chicken. Perhaps working women think beef is more trouble to cook. Beef-eating has risen a little recently, probably because Americans are feeling wealthier. But chicken remains king.
 
This Fish Has Evolved to Thrive in Intensely Polluted Water
05/03/19 Gizmodo
Other researchers were impressed by the paper. “This was really solid,” Michi Tobler, associate professor at Kansas State University, told Gizmodo. “This story builds on some decades worth of research. They really capitalized that, and very explicitly tested a hypothesis. I thought that was really neat. They sequenced a lot of genomes.”

Local

Michelle Munson to deliver commencement address
05/02/19 Junction City Post
A Geary County native, Michelle Munson, will deliver the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

National/International

What does 'entrapped epiglottis' mean for scratched Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach?
5/1/19 USA Today 
Dr. Bonnie R. Rush of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine described “Epiglottic Entrapment” in an entry with the Merck Veterinary Manual:

State/Regional

Fed cattle price and producers’ share of the retail dollar
5/1/19 BEEF
First, the five-year average remains at nearly 49% - in line with the long-run trends going back 20 years. Second, Glynn Tonsor, ag economist at Kansas State University, aptly points out several issues regarding producer share.

Local

*5 KSU faculty members named 2019 distinguished professors
5/1/19 JC Post
Kansas State University has named five professors as 2019 university distinguished professors, the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

National/International

Farmers wash up 'in a fragile place' after historic Midwest floods
4/30/19 Chicago Tribune 
Difficult decisions about selling land affect everyone in the family differently, and not always at the same time, said Charlie Griffin, a retired professor with the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, and former member of the Governor's Mental Health Task Force in Kansas. The loss of land can affect families over two to three generations and often results in an increase in stress and family conflict, including marital difficulties, Griffin said.

State/Regional

*$75,000 in cash prizes awarded at Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge
4/30/19 WIBW
The fifth annual Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge was held at K-State’s College of Business on Tuesday.

Local

Missouri State dean of students makes bid for KSU job
4/30/19 Manhattan Mercury 
Thomas Lane said Monday he owns a purple tie, so he’d be ready to make the move to K-State to take over for retiring dean of students Pat Bosco.