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K-Staters in the news — October 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, Oct. 31, 2019

National/International

Kansas zoo monkey named ‘Vern’ has died after he broke his knee cap trying to stop his son being stolen during a break-in
10/30/19 Associated Press/Daily Mail
After considering the best course of action, Vern was transported to Kansas State University for surgery on September 10.

State/Regional  

Universities work to detect, understand African swine fever virus
10/30/19 High Plains Journal
Research funded in this collaboration includes studies by Kansas State University and Iowa State University. Kansas State University researchers seek to understand how ASFV survives and continues to infect other animals in various environments. If scientists understand how the disease spreads, they will be better able to control, or even stop, the spread of this virus. Additional work at Kansas State University is developing tests to detect ASFV. A third project is creating diagnostic test to quickly test entire herds for ASF.

Local  

Kansas State University adds environmental engineering degree
10/30/19 The Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University announced plans Wednesday to add an environmental engineering bachelor’s degree.
 
Evergy shows KCC how UAS helps keep workers safe
10/30/19 WIBW
Evergy is partnering with Kansas Department of Transportation, K-State, and others to inspect their infrastructure to prove their program can help keep workers safe.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

National/International

Pet food formulation training
10/29/19 Morning Ag Clips
Just as people work to include healthy foods in their diets, pet food formulators are also tasked with making nutritionally sound products. In order to address this training need, professionals in the pet food industry are invited to attend Kansas State University’s IGP Institute Pet Food Formulation for Commercial Production course, utilizing classroom and hands-on training to apply during formulation. 

State/Regional  

Set aside that rake and let the mower take care of your leaves
10/29/19 Kansas City Star
Dennis Patton is a horticulture agent with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Local  

*K-State cancer research team receives $2 million federal grant
10/29/19 KMAN
A group of Kansas State University researchers have received $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct fundamental studies on new treatments for glioblastoma and other cancers.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

State/Regional  

*Kansas State Polytechnic names permanent CEO and dean
10/28/19 Salina Journal
Kansas State University has named the interim CEO and dean of the Polytechnic Campus to the position permanently.

Gen Z's Voter Turnout In 2018 Topped Past Kansas Youth, But 2020 Isn't A Given
10/28/19 KCUR
Overall, voter turnout doubled at the 1,000 colleges tracked. The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Johnson County Community College saw jumps in turnout of more than 20 percentage points.

Local  

Kansas voters could end unusual census adjustment for redistricting
10/28/19 Junction City Post
The biggest winners from the change likely would be Lawrence and Manhattan, home to the main campuses of the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. 

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

National/International

Not all genes are necessary for survival — these species dropped extra genetic baggage
10/25/19 Houston Chronicle
Humans, the latest tally suggests, have approximately 21,000 genes in our genome, the set of genetic information in an organism. But do we really need every gene we have?
By Jessica M. Velez, University of Tennessee; Alison Gerken, Kansas State University; and Amey Redkar, Universidad de Córdoba.

State/Regional  

*For some college roommates, emotional support animals are becoming an emotional pain
10/26/19 Kansas City Star
Five years ago, Kansas State University officials received only a single request by a student to keep an emotional support animal in a dorm room. This year they’ve received 42, of which 23 were approved. They have 31 such animals on campus now, mostly dogs and cats, as is the case at most colleges, but there’s also an emotional support rat and guinea pig.

Kansas could end unusual census adjustment for redistricting
10/26/19 Associated Press-Kansas
The biggest winners from the change likely would be Lawrence and Manhattan, home to the main campuses of the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. When the state last adjusted census figures in 2011, their counties lost 13% of their combined populations, more than 23,000 people, enough for a Kansas House seat between them.

Local  

Q&A: Thomas Lane talks personal mission, priorities at K-State
10/27/19 Kansas State Collegian
Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students at Kansas State University, sits down for Q&A with Kansas State Collegian podcast, "Collegian Kultivate."

Flu clinic doubles as informational event on flu prevention in pets and people
10/25/19 KMAN
Kate KuKanich, an associate professor of internal medicine in K-State’s clinical sciences department, said that while canine influenza in Kansas is not common, it is still a good idea to use caution when it comes to younger animals.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

National/International

Kansas mulling methods to save state's shrinking rural areas
10/24/19 The Journal Gazette in Indiana 
But like the economic factors that forced railroads to consolidate and sent many of America's factory jobs to foreign shores, those driving change in the ag sector can't be reversed, said John Leatherman, an agriculture economist at Kansas State University.

State/Regional  

Rural Kansas Loves Its Hospitals, But Keeping Them Open Only Gets Harder
10/24/19 KCUR
However, the economic impact can be profound. Rural economists at Kansas State University recently calculated that every dollar of hospital income generates 59 cents for other businesses in a community.

Local  

Annual Hale Library Concert Series sees its 13th year despite fire
10/24/19 The Collegian
In 2003, two professors from the music department proposed the purchase of a grand piano to the Board of the Friends of the Kansas State University Libraries.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

National/International

‘My Parents Are Still Paying My 30-Year-Old Brothers’ Rent!’
10/23/19 The Cut by New York Magazine
If you need further incentive to tone down your criticism, consider that it could be making the whole problem worse. Megan McCoy, a licensed family therapist who teaches financial therapy at Kansas State University, points out that you may have wedged yourself into the unfortunate position of family scapegoat, which gives everyone else a convenient distraction from the bigger problems. “Your reactions may have caused your family to vilify you, which allows them to avoid accountability for their actions. When the family focuses on how your behavior is inappropriate, it turns their attention away from self-reflection,” she says. This is a vicious cycle. The more angry you get, the more righteous your family will feel in fighting back and ignoring your points.

State/Regional  

Here’s why you should photograph your garden now so you know what to do in the spring
10/23/19 The Kansas City Star
Dennis Patton is a horticulture agent with Kansas State University Research and Extension. Got a question for him or other university extension experts? Email them to garden.help@jocogov.org.

Local  

Flint Hills Veterans Coalition Veterans Day Announcements 2019
10/23/19 The Wamego Times
4. A Commemorative Program will be held at the Peace Memorial Auditorium, Manhattan City Hall, at 11:00am, Monday November 11, 2019. KMAN will carry the program live on the radio, Awards for the winners of the Grades 3-6 Patriotic Poster contest and Middle School and High School essay contests will be given at this time, Contact Lori Bishop at the Flint Hills Volunteer Center for more information. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Parillo, Professor of History, Kansas State University.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

National/International

New portable DNA sequencer quickly and accurately diagnoses wheat viruses
10/22/19 ScienceDaily
These scientists, based at the USDA-ARS and Kansas State University, are now working on improving the technique so that it can be used in field applications. Their research, described in "Wheat Virus Identification Within Infected Tissue Using Nanopore Sequencing Technology" published in the September issue of Plant Disease, is the first report of using the new portable DNA sequencing technology for wheat virus identification. These results have broad application to plant and animal disease identification and field diagnostics technology.

See the year's best pictures of the hidden microscopic world
10/22/19 MSN
These leaflike structures are ovaries from a female Drosophila fly, stained to highlight nuclei (green), protein filaments (yellow), and the ovaries’ follicle cells (magenta). Image by Yujun Chen and Jocelyn McDonald, Kansas State University, Department of Biology

State/Regional  

People in the emptying parts of rural Kansas insist ‘We’re not going to let them die’
10/22/19 Lawrence Journal-World
But like the economic factors that forced railroads to consolidate and sent many of America’s factory jobs to foreign shores, those driving change in the ag sector can’t be reversed, said John Leatherman, an agriculture economist at Kansas State University.

Local  

Tips for preventing wildfires and how to protect lives and property when they occur
10/22/19 B104.7
A resource available to anyone wanting to further look into what they can do prepare not just their property, but also livestock, is the Kansas Wildland Fire Action Plan. This resource, which was put together by the Kansas Forest Service, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Kansas State University, can be accessed at pottcounty.org. 

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

National/International

Photonic crystal for graphene plasmons
10/21/19 Nature
Affiliations
The Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, S. Liu and J. H. Edgar

State/Regional  

K-State campus police arrest man on suspicion of rape, kidnapping Sunday
10/21/19 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University police arrested a Fort Riley man suspected of rape Sunday, according to the university.

Local  

K-State names a college after an alumnus for the first time in history
10/21/19 KSNT
Kansas State University celebrated a monumental moment for its campus on Friday.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

National/International

Fountain of youth: America's 10 youngest cities will surprise you
10/21/19 Realtor.com
No. 3 (tie). Manhattan, KS. Average resident age: 26.7; median home listing price: $209,900; percentage of renters: 60%.No, not that Manhattan. Known playfully as "The Little Apple," this city boasts a population just north of 50,000 and Kansas State University has an enrollment of over 20,000—which explains why this town tilts young.

Kansas farmers use tech to save water, increase growth
10/18/19 Miami Herald
With the help of KWO, manufacturers, the Kansas Corn Commission and Kansas State University, the Goerings restructured their pivot system, making half of the seven towers a control unit and reframing the other half with a variety of nozzles. The pivots were fitted with different output nozzles, in a variety of configurations and lengths of tube. Some were orange, others blue, and several were black — but most importantly, they ranged in height and output. The Goerings also decreased the amount of water per pass and lowered the water pressure from 20 pounds to 6 pounds.

State/Regional  

People in the emptying parts of rural Kansas insist 'We're not going to let them die'
10/18/19 KCUR
But like the economic factors that forced railroads to consolidate and sent many of America’s factory jobs to foreign shores, those driving change in the ag sector can’t be reversed, said John Leatherman, an agriculture economist at Kansas State University.

Local  

Lewison sworn in as first woman judge in 21st Judicial District
10/18/19 KMAN
Lewison is a Manhattan native, a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University and 1995 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. After graduating from law school, she worked at Kansas Legal Services doing a variety of different cases with an emphasis in domestic and landlord-tenant issues. She also spent time in the Johnson County Attorney’s office and with Kansas City area law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon before returning to Manhattan with her husband Mac, an instructor at Kansas State University in the College of Business Administration. The Lewisons have two children.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

National/International

Here are the best colleges for financial aid, happiness and more
10/17/19 Today
The Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek stopped by TODAY to talk about the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges,” an annual publication of the top 20 colleges across 62 different categories, entirely based on the feedback from a survey taken by 143,000 students.
 
Happiest Students

3. Kansas State

State/Regional  

K-State student wins top honors, team takes second in Australia crops competition
10/18/19 Hays Post
A Kansas State University student took top honors and the K-State Crops Team placed second in the Australian University Crops Competition recently. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization and was held at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Local  

Remembering Sahar: Rolling Hills Zoo lion cause of death determined
10/18/19 Salina Journal
The cause of death for Sahar, the Rolling Hills Zoo African lion, was determined to be encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) caused by a fungal infection, officials said Thursday. The finding is based on a necropsy performed by Kansas State University after the lion’s death, announced Sept. 27.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

National/International

USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ANNOUNCES NEW FEED THE FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS AND AN OPEN CALL FOR CO-CREATION
10/16/19 USAID
lemson University and Kansas State University are key partners in the Lab, with additional universities expected to join.

State/Regional  

Former National Geographic editor delivers reality check on changing environment
10/16/19 Hays Post 
Dimick was the sixth speaker in Kansas State University’s noted Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems lecture series, which encourages science-based discussion on issues important to growing food around the world.

Vanier family donates $1 million to future wheat research
10/16/19 Kansas Farmer 
The KS Western Star variety, which was developed at Kansas State University, will be available to farmers in fall 2020.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

National/International

Online Schools Report Publishes Rankings of Best Online Electrical Engineering Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for 2019-2020
10/15/19 Markets Insider-Business Insider
Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas

State/Regional  

Children’s Mercy patient finds passion knitting hats for fellow young people
10/15/19 Fox4KC
Bowman, an accounting student who plays in the pep band at Kansas State University, has battled Crohn's for seven years.

Local

Chronicling the Anthropocene: Journalist Dennis Dimick shares stories of food, climate, our future
10/15/19 The Collegian
Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, introduced Dimick with university president Richard Myers and Mark Gardiner of the endowing Gardiner family.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

National/International

Kansas farmers use tech to save water, increase growth
10/14/19 Bay News 9
With the help of KWO, manufacturers, the Kansas Corn Commission and Kansas State University, the Goerings restructured their pivot system, making half of the seven towers a control unit and reframing the other half with a variety of nozzles

State/Regional  

K-State celebrates Indigenous People’s Day
10/14/19 KSNT
Around 800 people came to the K-State Union for the university’s Indigenous People’s Day celebration. People got to attend lectures and discussions led by Natives.

Study: Farm size not always a true gauge of profitability
10/14/19 High Plains Journal 
A pair of Kansas State University agricultural economists have taken a look at the characteristics that make farms successful in Kansas, and have found that bigger doesn’t always mean better.

Local

K-State's Indigenous Peoples Day focuses on tribal sovereignty and asserting identity
10/14/19 Manhattan Mercury
On a day that has traditionally been dedicated to honoring Christopher Columbus, several indigenous speakers told a crowd of K-State community members that Native American peoples must focus on asserting their sovereignty and status as people, not only politically but culturally.

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

National/International

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men
10/11/19 NBC News
The KCK district is partnering with Kansas State University, University of Kansas and MidAmerica Nazarene University to place new teaching graduates in KCK classrooms. It's paying off, Foust said. Two young men of color — one black and one Hispanic — from MidAmerica Nazarene have just started with the district.

The top 10 college towns in the U.S. in 2019
10/14/19 MarketWatch
Why it’s a great place to go to college: Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, which has elite academics, great sports teams and a friendly Midwestern vibe. Founded in 1863, K-State serves more than 22,000 students in more than 250 majors and 165 graduate programs. K-State is also moving the needle when it comes to academic and hands-on impact: In addition to generating $218.3 million in research dollars in 2018, the school is also home to a new $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense facility, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security biocontainment laboratory where researchers will study diseases.

Women Chemists Committee names its 2020 Rising Stars
10/12/19 Chemical & Engineering News
The American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee has named the recipients of its 2020 Rising Star Awards, which recognize exceptional early-to-midcareer women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level. The 2020 winners include Christine Aikens of Kansas State University.

State/Regional  

'I was so naïve': Student from JoCo tells of his vaping addiction. Will teens listen?
10/13/19 Kansas City Star
Webb, a senior at Kansas State University, was a school’s guest speaker as health professionals, educators and parents struggle to find an effective message to stop the runaway train of teen vaping. Some 3.6 million kids in middle school and high school vape, according to 2018 numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kansas secretary of state's website seeks to sway voters to approve Census amendment
10/12/19 Kansas City Star
The state changes its Census numbers to count college students and military personnel at their permanent residences, rather than where they live at the moment. It’s the only state in the country to still do that, Schwab says. The population in Douglas County, home of Lawrence and the University of Kansas, dropped 10.97 percent after adjustment. In Riley County, where Manhattan and Kansas State University are located, the adjustment decreased the population by 15.49 percent.

Local

K-State student cost of living relatively unchanged from last year
10/12/19 KMAN/K-ROCK
Data collected by Kansas State University's Economics Club shows the cost of living for an average K-State student has remained nearly unchanged in the past year.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

National/International

Education Reference Desk Announces 2020's Best Accredited Online Colleges
10/11/19 Digital Journal
The complete rankings are as follows:

20 88.4 Kansas State University

State/Regional  

Kansas leadership program kicks off two-year educational experience
10/10/19 High Plains Journal
Ernie Minton, dean of Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture, and Mike Beam, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, were among the speakers at the kickoff event, hosted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan. 

Local

K-State to renovate McCain Auditorium for first time since the 70s
10/10/19 KSNT
A $6 million renovation project will begin this spring at McCain Auditorium on the campus at Kansas State University.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

National/International

Study finds mCOOL had minimal effect on meat demand
10/4/19 FeedStuffs
A Kansas State University agricultural economist says a law that once required mandatory reporting of the origin of meat sold in grocery stores likely did not have an impact on consumer demand for those products.

State/Regional  

*KPR Presents: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
10/6/2019 KPR
Week of October 6, 2019: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives the 190th Landon Lecture at Kansas State University.  Also, KPR Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda talks with Kaye McIntyre about the crowded race for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

As rural groceries fade away, lawmakers wonder whether to act
10/5/19 Education News
Meanwhile, more communities are considering community-supported ownership models, said David Procter, who directs the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University and whose focus is rural grocery sustainability.

Local

The National Alliance for Mental Illness may soon find another home on campus
10/6/19 Kansas State Collegian
Kansas State students may soon see a new mental health organization on campus. Katie Sullivan, senior in social sciences, is trying to bring a National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter to campus.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

National/International

Universities Compete in the 2020 IARFC National Financial Plan Competition
10/03/19 San Francisco Gate
The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC®) is in the early stages of its IARFC National Financial Plan Competition. 
… The participating universities are: 
Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS

State/Regional  

Business incubator on Independence Ave campaigning for votes to receive grant
10/04/19 41 KSHB Kansas City
It received a community development block grant to build a home at 133 North Topping Avenue. The organization is working with Kansas State University to develop an affordable, quality home made from pre-fabricated pieces which can be assembled on the vacant lot.

Local

Central High Senior’s Graphic Skills Open New Doors
10/03/19 KSAL
On Wednesday, at Kansas State University, Madeline presented a design session for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference. She’s sharing tips and tricks sure to enhance graphics and visual storytelling.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

National/International

Tracking ASF survival in feed could help with mitigation efforts
10/2/19 Feed Navigator
Expanding the understanding of how long African Swine Fever survives in complete feed and feed ingredients and tracking the virus’ half-life may improve mitigation strategies, says KSU researcher.

State/Regional  

Kansas technical colleges see enrollment increase, community colleges decline
10/2/19 KWCH
Kansas State University-Veterinary Medicine and the University of Kansas Medical Center both saw growth at .86% and 1.74% respectively.

Local

*Kansas State University releases fall enrollment totals
10/2/19 Junction City Post
Kansas State University continues to promote the value of higher education and has increased enrollment in online programs and at the Polytechnic and Olathe campuses while total enrollment dips.