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K-State in the news — February 2020

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, Feb. 28, 2020

National/International

How Can I Get My Husband Off My Back About Money?
02/27/20 The Cut
“I see this with a lot of couples: Once they decide who’s the spender and who’s the saver, they tend to delegate those roles to each other, and polarize even further,” says Megan McCoy, a marriage and family therapist and professor at Kansas State University, where she studies personal financial planning. “It becomes a good cop, bad cop situation. But in reality, their viewpoints might be more similar than they think, and it’s not that one person is right and the other is wrong.”

Regional/State

Number Of Incarcerated Women In Kansas Climbs, Putting Stress On Lone Prison
02/27/20 KCUR
While men in Kansas’ overcrowded prison system can be moved between facilities, there’s little recourse for dealing with the packed women’s prison, according to George Ebo Brown, a senior research analyst at the Kansas Sentencing Commission.
“For the women,” said Brown, who’s also a doctoral student in sociology at Kansas State University, “it’s almost more pressing.”

Local

Capitol Graduate Research Summit
02/27/20 WIBW
Interview with Carol Shanklin, dean of the Kansas State University Graduate School.

Dozens of grad students attend Capitol Graduate Research Summit
02/27/20 KSNT
“That’s really our role as graduate students, just to explain to them the research that we’re doing, how it benefits Kansas in different ways, and then they can use that, they can factor that into their decisions when it comes to how to allocate resources,” K-State graduate student Stephen Lauer said.

Riley County Health Department says it's prepared for possible virus spread
02/28/20 The Manhattan Mercury
“We’ve been working with the hospital, we’ve been working with K-State, with Lafene, different county entities (and) the school districts just to share information and iron out some details on how we want to approach a potential spread of diseases on a large scale,” Adams said. “(We’re) just reviewing roles and responsibilities because we normally don’t have a lot of these outbreaks in the county, which is a good thing.”

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

National/International

Covetrus North America Now Offers Unique In-Clinic Regenerative Medicine Devices by Enso Discoveries, LLC Including Rebound PRP and Rebound PR
2/26/20 San Francisco Gate
Both Rebound PRP and Rebound PRF were designed by veterinarians for veterinarians, were validated at Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in multiple species, and are adjustable therapies to produce a customized amount of PRP or PRF that a patient might need for optimum healing.

Regional/State

Latest Viral Outbreak Reinforces the Need for Modern Containment Measures
2/26/20 KAKE 
Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) announced this week that it had entered into a license agreement with Kansas State University Research Foundation ("KSURF") to further develop certain proprietary broad-spectrum antiviral compounds for the treatment of Norovirus and Coronavirus infections. "We are incredibly pleased to contract with the Kansas State University Research Foundation as we seek to develop safe and effective antiviral therapies for these viruses. This license agreement opens several development opportunities for us to expand the broad utility of our platform to address significant viruses for which there are unmet medical needs, particularly the COVID-19 coronavirus and norovirus," commented Dr. Sam Lee, President of Cocrystal. "There is an urgent demand to address the public health threat that the coronavirus continues to present, and we believe that our proprietary drug discovery platform has the capability to do just that. We intend to seek opportunities for collaborations as we advance these programs."

Local

Parkland shooting survivor shares story of activism with K-State students
2/26/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Dozens of people attended Kasky’s talk sponsored by the Union Program Council Tuesday at the K-State Student Union.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

National/International

They worked for companies accused in the Indiana Virtual School fraud. Now they run a new online program.
2/25/20 Chalkbeat
“Why go with people who came out of that network just so easily, especially if there’s an ongoing investigation?” said Diane Swanson, chair of the Business Ethics Education Initiative at Kansas State University. “That’s a huge red flag.”

Regional/State

Spring beauty? When it comes to lawns, take these simple steps now
2/25/20 Kansas City Star 
Dennis Patton is a horticulture agent with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

The nose knows: Smell a better freshness indicator than color
2/25/20 The Hutchinson News
“Meat color is the first thing consumers look at for freshness,” said Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Research and Extension food safety specialist. “The color differences are due to changes in the natural color pigments, enzyme activity, and how much oxygen is present.”

Local

*Study develops new vaccine method
2/25/20 The Clay Center Dispatch
Researchers at the Kansas State University-College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with Iowa State University, have developed a new vaccine-delivery platform to produce long-lasting protection against anaplasmosis infections.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

National/International

Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. Announces License Agreement with Kansas State University Research Foundation for Norovirus and Coronavirus Antiviral Compounds
2/24/20 Markets Insider 
COCRYSTAL PHARMA, INC. (NASDAQ: COCP) (“Cocrystal” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company discovering and developing novel antiviral therapeutics, today announced that it has entered into a license agreement with Kansas State University Research Foundation (“KSURF”) to further develop certain proprietary broad-spectrum antiviral compounds for the treatment of Norovirus and Coronavirus infections. 

Regional/State

K-State researcher aids in African swine fever test development
2/24/20 Topeka Capital Journal
Dr. Juergen Richt, of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, conducted independent clinical studies to verify the effectiveness of PenCheck for Silver Lake Research Corporation in California. 

Local

Parking Services enters digital age with ParkMobile app for metered parking spots
2/24/20 The Collegian 
Students don’t have to fret about finding coins to pay parking meters any longer. Parking Services now uses ParkMobile to receive meter payments on campus.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

National/International

*These 20 colleges have the happiest students
2/23/20 Elle Décor
No. 6: Kansas State University — Manhattan, Kansas

10 habits for a healthy life
2/22/20 Better Homes & Gardens
Don't sit on your duff — The more you sit, the greater your health risks --  even if you regularly hit the gym. Case in point: A Kansas State University study published last year found that men who sat more than four hours a day were much more likely to report having a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

Regional/State

K-State President Myers: ‘Hanging on by our fingernails’
2/22/20 Topeka Capital Journal
Retired four-star Air Force Gen. Richard Myers stepped in as president of Kansas State University four years ago with eyes wide open.

After respite, Kansas tuition increases may resume as students brace for ‘huge burden’
2/22/20 Kansas City Star
Over the past decade, tuition for a full 15-hour credit load at the University of Kansas or Wichita State University has climbed by roughly 50 percent. It now costs $5,046 a semester for full-time students at KU, or $3,354 at Wichita State University. It’s $4,687 at Kansas State University.

*Groups merge to form Innovation Partners
2/22/20 Hays Post
As the first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is no stranger to ensuring that university research, knowledge and innovation are used to improve the lives of Kansas citizens, the region, nation and beyond.

Local

K-State aviation student, cancer survivor uses love of flying to help others
2/22/20 Salina Journal
The journey for one student to the Kansas State University Polytechnic aviation program has not been an easy one, but he hasn’t stopped his love of flying.

Legislative Advocates represent K-State students’ interests in Topeka
2/23/20 Kansas State Collegian
In mid-March, Kansas State’s Legislative Advocates will travel to the Statehouse in Topeka to speak on behalf of the university and students in higher education. The group consists of ten members who meet once a week to discuss their issues of choice. This year, they’ll be focusing on higher education funding and mental health.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

National/International

Gardiners carry on legacy of Angus leadership
02/20/20 Beef magazine
In 2012, under Mark’s guidance, the Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship and Lecture Series was created and endowed at Kansas State University. To date, 26 undergraduate students have received $120,000 in scholarships. Although endowed by the Gardiner family, many friends and customers continue to financially support the scholarship and lecture series.

Regional/State

DHS grad receives scholarship to study abroad
02/21/20 Derby Informer
Derby resident and Kansas State University student Kya Crocker has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in summer 2020. 

Local

K-State adds Michigan to states that pay lower non-resident tuition
02/20/20 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State students from Michigan will pay a lower out-of-state tuition rate starting in fall 2021. 

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

National/International

Recent Kansas editorials
2/18/20 WRAL.com
The Manhattan Mercury, Feb. 13

Regional/State

Kansas State continues to research African swine fever vaccine
2/18/20 The Hutchinson News
The vaccine research at K-State is under the direction of Dr. Jishu Shi, professor of vaccine immunology. Shi’s department received more than $640,000 in funds to research this vaccine.

Local

College of Health and Human Sciences announces four new minors
2/18/20 Manhattan Mercury
Beginning with fall enrollment, K-State students will have four new minors to choose from in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

National/International

K-State vegetable research leads to food bank donation
2/17/20 Ag Update 
The work that Kansas State University researchers do to determine the best and safest ways to grow tasty, nutritious fresh vegetables has yielded a bountiful benefit for hungry Kansas and Missouri families.

Regional/State

Kansas coalition seeks removal of barriers to professional licensing
2/17/20 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Michael Grogan, president-elect of the American Institute of Architects and an assistant professor at Kansas State University, said the expedited timeline for issuing a license in 10 business days was “impossibly short.”

Walk Kansas 2020 starts March 15
2/17/20 High Plains Journal
Walk Kansas, the popular K-State Research and Extension program that encourages physical activity and healthy eating, runs March 15 through May 9.

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

National/International

Archaeology | Falcons had significant place in Hopewell culture
2/1620 Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Bretton Giles, an archaeologist with Kansas State University, has studied this falcon imagery and argues it isn’t “haphazard depictions of various species of falcons.”

Regional/State

64th annual K-State College Rodeo hosted at Weber Area
2/16/20 WIBW-TV
Rodeo fans of all ages came out to Weber Arena on the K-State campus Saturday afternoon, for the 64th Annual K-State University College Rodeo, with kids getting in free with a donation of canned goods to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Local  

Kids to learn how to work together, pass laws
2/16/20 KSAL
The process will be led by nearly two dozen youth facilitators who received special training from the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. Those young leaders will model the deliberative dialogue concepts and lead their peers through the process.

K-State hosting 16th annual drag show Friday
2./14/20 Manhattan Mercury
Several drag queens and a drag king will be stars at the 16th annual K-State Drag Show Friday night at McCain Auditorium.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

National/International

15 Stocks to Buy Based On The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
02/13/20 Markets Insider
Each of these six candidates will have a very different impact on the stock market if elected. That’s because, as Ansley Chua, Department Head of Finance and Associate Professor at
Kansas State University, told InvestorPlace in an email, “the market generally likes two main pieces: the ease of doing business and certainty in the investing environment.”
 
Why your clients are declining dentistry
02/13/20 Veterinary Practice News
Discuss anesthetic protocols and risks in ways that are both informative and transparent, advises Ryane E. Englar, DVM, DABVP, an assistant professor and clinical education coordinator for Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Local  

EDITORIAL | K-State takes right approach on student group
02/13/20 The Manhattan Mercury
In that sense, the university’s position on this matter is right on the mark. K-State spokesman Jeff Morris said Wednesday that the university supports “free and open inquiry, debate and deliberation.” Hear hear. In this era of “free speech zones” and “safe zones” on campuses around the country, it’s been refreshing and heartening to see K-State take such a solid position. As you probably know, the idea of a “free speech zone” is a frightening concept that free speech ought to somehow be allowed only in certain designated areas.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

National/International

K-State vegetable research leads to food donation
2/12/20 Morning Ag Clips
The work that Kansas State University researchers do to determine the best and safest ways to grow tasty, nutritious fresh vegetables has yielded a bountiful benefit for hungry Kansas and Missouri families.

State/Regional

Search begins for Salina Symphony director and conductor
2/12/20 Salina Journal
David Littrell, who retired in 2018 as a distinguished professor of music at Kansas State University, is currently serving as interim music director and conductor, a role he will continue through the 2020-2021 season.

Local  

Group accuses KSU student org of white nationalist connections
2/12/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State officials Wednesday reaffirmed the university’s commitment to free speech in response to a report from an advocacy group that links a new student organization to a white nationalist movement.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

National/International

The Standard : Promotes Kathleen Quetel to Second Vice President of Risk Underwriting
2
/11/20 Market Screener 
Quetel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Topdressing wheat with nitrogen
2/11/20 High Plains Journal 
As reported in the Feb. 7 K-State Research and Extension eUpdate, Issue 784, with the recent precipitation and snowfall and a few warm days during the week of Jan. 27 to 31, some wheat fields in central and southern Kansas have started to show initial levels of spring greenup and might be starting to develop spring tillers. 

Local  

Plum Island researcher discusses transition to National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
2/10/20 KMAN
She says another grad program is the NBAF Laboratorian Training Program through the Biosecurity Research Institute.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

National/International

FARMING WITH ROBOTS
2/10/20 Agriculture.com
Engineers and students at Kansas State University are developing prototypes of robots that will serve specific purposes in crop production.

State/Regional

Trade flow will take time to sort out, ag policy expert says
2/10/20 High Plains Journal 
Barry Flinchbaugh, a professor emeritus in agricultural economics at Kansas State University, said farmers and ranchers needed a boost because net farm income was cut in half from 2012 to 2016.

Local 

K-State, JCPenny help students dress for success at Suit Up event
2/10/20 KSNT
K-State is helping their students dress for success and a national retailer is also pitching in to help. 

In Focus 2/10/20
2/10/20 KMAN
On Monday’s edition of In Focus we spoke with K-State College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Small Animal Dentistry Dr. Marjory Artzer who discussed common dental problems seen in dogs and cats.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

National/International

*New research shows viability of swine viruses in feed
2/10/20 Farm Progress
New research from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine provides the first investigation into how feed and feed ingredients may be playing a role in the spread of two swine viruses of global significance.

State/Regional

St. John grocery store to be part of NBC documentary
2/7/20 Kiowa County Signal
Carolyn Dunn, Stafford County Economic Director, said she received an email from a producer at the NBC Today show who had seen a story in the New York Times about rural grocery stores and had read the Kansas State University Rural Grocery Initiative and thought this was a story worth highlighting.

*Ranching stories from the Flint Hills
2/7/20 Emporia Gazette
A new book from the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University is a history of life on a prominent Flint Hills ranch through the years.

Local 

*Voices of the West exhibit artwork in need of conservation
2/8/20 WIBW
One of the newly opened exhibits at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on the K-State campus has curators asking for the public’s assistance in funding conservation of some of its artwork.

K-State alumna to promote rodeo as Miss Rodeo USA 2020
2/7/20 Manhattan Mercury
A K-State alumna is the 55th Miss Rodeo USA.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

National/International

Editorial: Antibiotics too important to misuse
02/06/20 The Capital Press
“If you understand antibiotic resistance, then it hasn’t been explained to you adequately,” Mike Apley, a veterinarian and professor at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, told reporter Sierra Dawn McClain.

State/Regional

Grain Craft increases commitment to quality
02/06/20 KTIC Radio
“Preliminary results from the research indicate there is a strong correlation between proper fertility management of wheat by farmers and not only the quantity, but quality of the protein produced,” according to Romulo Lollato, Wheat Production Extension Specialist at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Local 

New university budget model to be implemented in fiscal year 2021
02/06/20 The Collegian
As part of a multi-year initiative to modernize the university’s budget model, Kansas State is introducing a brand new budget plan. The new model will go into full effect in fiscal year 2021. K-State’s current budget model for fiscal year 2020 consists of a multi-year phased plan as it is still in transition from the old model.

Thursday, Feb. 6,  2020

National/International

*Which Weight Loss Diet Is Best?
2/5/20 Medium Lifestyle
The founder of the Twinkie Diet (or the “Gas Station” diet), a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, lost 27 pounds in two months on a diet of ultraprocessed sweets. He even improved his health marker scorecard: his “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, his “good” (HDL) and his triglycerides all moved in the right direction.

The meme endorsement you might have missed –— and why it matters for 2020
2/5/20 Salon
Heather Woods, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technology, Kansas State University and Leslie Hahner, Associate Professor of Communication, Baylor University

State/Regional

Farmers optimistic about future of hemp, despite rough start
2/5/20 KAKE
Dozens of people attended an industrial hemp conference at K-State Research and Extension Tuesday in northwest Wichita. They heard from experts and shared lessons learned in the state’s first year of research test plots across Kansas.

Local 

*K-State recognized for student voter engagement
2/5/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State received a silver seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for increasing student voting participation from 15.7% in 2014 to 36% in 2018 midterm elections. The seal was awarded at the ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, which recognizes colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

Wednesday, Feb. 5,  2020

National/International

*Veterinary medicine researchers develop new method to improve food safety
2/4/20 Phys.org
Faculty members from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a faster, more efficient method of detecting "Shiga toxin-producing E. coli," or STEC, in ground beef, which often causes recalls of ground beef and vegetables.

Does stress have a negative impact on your financial decisions? You're not alone
2/3/20 NBCnews.com
"Financial planners are starting to understand how to talk to their clients in a different way to connect with them, and mental health professionals are enrolling to gain skills around financial health and how to talk to their clients about it," said Prof. Megan McCoy, a licensed marriage and family therapist who teaches courses for the Financial Therapy Certificate Program at Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Beautiful and nutritious: Here’s how to grow food in your landscape
2/4/20 Kansas City Star
Dennis Patton is a horticulture agent with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Local 

Former Colombian president advocates for peace building, not peace making
2/4/20 Manhattan Mercury
Even after 50 years of violence in Colombia, peace was possible in the war-torn country, so peace between K-State and KU fans is certainly within the realm of possibility, joked former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos at a Landon Lecture on Tuesday morning at K-State’s Forum Hall.

Monday, Feb. 3,  2020

National/International

5 Ways To Truly Motivate Your Team In 2020
1/31/20 Forbes
Back in 2015, researchers from Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Texas A&M University found that both negative and positive feedback offered during annual performance reviews was misunderstood and failed to motivate. Additionally, more recent research from McKinsey discovered that even “high performing employees can be demoralized by rigid or arbitrary goals.”

State/Regional

K-State students, staff save person in cardiac arrest
2/1/20 KWCH
Kansas State University students and staff were honored for their quick decisive action with a cardiac arrest patient last week.

A moonshot for kids: Congressional briefing scheduled for childhood brain cancer advocacy group's plea for awareness
2/1/20 WBOC (Delaware)
Most importantly, Jace Ward, a 20 year-old pre-law student from Kansas State University diagnosed with DIPG, will speak to the reality of the disease and his good fortune in having access to the hopeful treatment ONC 201. Learning of Jace’s diagnosis and the predicament in the summer 2019 of the potential shut-down of production of the promising drug, the pediatric brain cancer community’s support and collaboration was crucial to the re-opening of the clinical trial. 

Local 

This week's Landon Lecture is a decade in the making
2/2/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State has the privilege this week of hosting Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos for a Landon Lecture. His appearance here has been in the works for 10 years.