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K-State in the news — January 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, Jan. 31,  2020

National/International

MYOS Announces Distribution Partnership for Their Blockbuster Canine Muscle Formula with Chewy, a Leading Online Retailer of Pet Food and Pet-Related Products
01/30/20 Markets Insider
Following the announcement of results from this study, MYOS announced the initiation of another clinical study at Kansas State University to examine the impact of MYOS Canine Muscle Formula on quality of life and activity in geriatric dogs.
 
Can This Meme Group Catapult Bernie to the White House?
01/30/20 The National Interest
This article by Heather Woods, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technology at Kansas State University, and Leslie Hahner, Associate Professor of Communication at Baylor University, first appeared in The Conversation in January 2020. 

State/Regional

County chair Ed Eilert, K-State president Richard Myers named Outstanding Kansas Citians of the Year
01/30/20 Shawnee Mission Post
The other award recipient is former Gen. Richard Myers, a retired general in the United States Air Force who served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Myers, who now serves as president of Kansas State University in Manhattan, was born and raised in the Shawnee Mission area and is a 1960 graduate of Shawnee Mission North.

Local 

EDITORIAL | Local officials seem ready to deal with spreading virus
01/30/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Our university has 429 undergraduate students from China on its campus, according to K-State officials, and an unknown number of grad students. The school has contacted anyone who has traveled to China recently to find out whether they have symptoms and inform them of precautions they should take.
We take comfort that K-State is being proactive in this matter.

Thursday, Jan. 30,  2020

State/Regional

ACT and SAT scores are no longer required for admission to this Missouri university
1/29/20 Kansas City Star
Both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University still consider a student’s ACT or SAT score along with GPA and other criteria when making admission decisions.

First milk important to successful calving experience
1/29/20 High Plains Journal
However, experts in Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute say that difficult deliveries, inexperienced dams and calves born without vigor sometimes keep that connection from happening. It is at those times when a beef producer may have to intervene.

Local 

Local health departments, K-State on alert after possible coronavirus case in Lawrence
1/29/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Director Julie Gibbs said the health department also is working with local healthcare providers like Ascension Via Christi Hospital and K-State’s Lafene Health Center to ensure they are all consistent in their methods and following CDC standards.

Wednesday, Jan. 29,  2020

National/International

Analysis: Kansas State University Enrollment Trends Downward
1/28/20 U.S. News & World Report 
The number of Kansas residents enrolled at Kansas State University hit a 31-year low last fall, continuing a five-year downturn that may worsen despite efforts to reverse it, an analysis shows.

State/Regional

Coronavirus fears: Missouri school cancels China trip, another brings students home
1/28/20 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University officials said they are “taking precautionary steps” regarding the virus, and staff at the university health center are in contact with the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

K-State to host industrial hemp conference Feb. 4 in Wichita
1
/28/20 High Plains Journal
Kansas State University officials will present the most current information on how to grow hemp in Kansas, based on the first year of research trials at university test plots across the state.

Local 

French professors embrace alternative textbook initiative
1/28/20 The Collegian
Inspired by the Kansas State Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, Melinda Cro, associate professor of French, has spearheaded the creation of an alternative textbook for students in the modern languages department.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28,  2020

National/International

Licensing Applications to Grow Industrial Hemp up in Kansas
1/27/20 U.S. News & World Report 
The Kansas Department of Agriculture received 276 grower applications for the 2020 season, up from just over 200 in the first year of a period devoted to researching production options, The Salina Journal reported. There were also 23 applications from seed distributors, 35 from processors and seven by Kansas State University.

State/Regional

New research suggests wildfire danger rising as Kansas grasslands turn into woodlands
1/27/20 Lawrence-Journal World
A group of researchers from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas worked alongside groundwater treatment professionals to study the quality of groundwater and water from private wells. 

Local 

K-State students team up with community for MLK Day of Service
1/26/20 1350 KMAN
Student volunteers and community members gathered Saturday at the Staley School of Leadership building for a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, Jan. 27,  2020

National/International

Being sentimental could help you save money
1/24/20 The Cut
Of course, I was still hung up on what my object should be. So I called Meghaan Lurtz, a professor at Kansas State University who also worked on the study, to get her take. She reassured me that I could make a vision board instead — which took the pressure off finding the perfect item and could also be more explicitly associated with my goals (save up for a trip to Sweden this summer, invest in at least one piece of affordable art for my apartment, buy nice food to host dinners instead of going out to restaurants, max out my retirement contributions for the year).

State/Regional

Consider benefits, costs when adopting precision ag tech
Jamestown (N.D.) Sun
There are good reasons and bad reasons when it comes to adopting precision agriculture practices and tools on the farm, according to Terry Griffin, associate professor of cropping systems at Kansas State University.

Local 

*In state slide: Fewer Kansans are going to K-State. Don't expect that to change soon
1/26/20 Manhattan Mercury
The number of Kansas residents enrolled at K-State hit a 31-year low last fall, and despite the university’s efforts to reverse a five-year downturn in overall enrollment, the skid in Sunflower State students at the university is only expected to worsen, a Mercury analysis of enrollment and population data found.

Boys State Leadership Academy taking applications
1/25/20 KSAL
The American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy is now taking registrations for its 2020 session.  The event, which will be in its 83rd year, will be held Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Friday, Jan. 24,  2020

National/International

Most Unusual College Degrees Highlighted by OnlineCollegePlan
01/23/20 Markets Insider
… 17. Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) … 

Local 

CapFed Best News: Corteva Agriscience opens 22,000-square-foot research facility in Wamego
01/24/20 The Topeka Capital-Journal
“As other agriscience industries see that Corteva is here in the Wamego area,” Burton said, “I think it’s possible that other agriscience businesses will find an interest in moving here. The Wamego area has the land available. The research that’s done at (Kansas State University) can also benefit those agrisciences, so I think there’s a lot of positives.”
 
Ag teachers from across Kansas corral in Salina
01/24/20 The Salina Journal
One big part of the symposium is the workshops and sessions led by industry professionals. This year, some of those included tours of Kansas State University Polytechnic, The Land Institute, Great Plains Manufacturing and Rolling Hills Zoo.

Thursday, Jan. 23,  2020

National/International

*Ecologist uses scientific approach to rank world's worst problems in new book
01/22/20 Phys.org
From world hunger to nuclear weapons, Kansas State University distinguished professor Walter Dodds ranks the world's worst problems facing humanity in a new book by publisher Springer. 

State/Regional  

*How clean, and safe, is well water?
01/22/20 Kiowa County Signal
New research from Kansas State University shows that groundwater quality in the  Great Bend Aquifer in south-central Kansas rates far worse today than 30 years ago

Local 

Junction City’s 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration focuses on education
01/22/20 Junction City Union
Superintendent of Unified School District 475 Reginald Eggleston, Kansas State University Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment and Retention Kimathi Choma, and President of Cloud County Community College Adrian Douglas all spoke during the event.

Wednesday, Jan. 22,  2020

State/Regional  

*150,000 Kansans Who Drink From Private Wells Are Largely Blind To Contamination
01/21/20 High Plains Public Radio
New research from Kansas State University shows that groundwater quality in the  Great Bend Aquifer in south-central Kansas rates far worse today than 30 years ago. 

Interested in industrial hemp?
01/21/20 The Kansan 
K-State Research and Extension has been on the forefront of industrial hemp research in the state of Kansas for the past few years.

Local 

McCain Auditorium lobby to undergo $6 million renovation
01/21/20 KMAN
As McCain Auditorium celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, some noticeable changes are on the horizon for the lobby and ticketing area.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

National/International

Administrators Who Help Keep Students on Track
01/19/20 Chronicle of Higher Education 
Like many offices of student success, the one at Kansas State University has the goal of ensuring that students leave with a degree that sets ... 

State/Regional 

Kansas in Brief
01/20/20 Topeka Capital Journal
Nate Dick of Inman, senior at Kansas State University, is a national champion, helping the Kansas State University Crops Team take a national title during competition this academic year.

Local 

Five years out from K-State 2025, university leaders refreshing plan
01/19/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Nearly a decade ago, then-K-State president Kirk Schulz laid out his plan for the university to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Now, five years from the end of the lofty plan, university officials are planning a refresh of K-State 2025.

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

National/International

Intelligent.com Announces Best Master's in Human and Family Development Degree Programs for 2020
01/16/20 San Francisco Gate
2020 Master's in Human and Family Development Degree Programs featured on Intelligent.com (in alphabetical order):
… Kansas State University …

State/Regional 

Experts offer best advice to get ice off of your vehicle, protect your plants
01/16/20 KWCH
Matthew McKernan, horticulture agent for K-State Research Extension in Sedgwick County says the type of ice melt you use determines its potential danger to plants.

Local

Heart risks lower for some childhood cancer survivors, but work remains
01/16/20 WIBW
In fact, Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center and Kansas State University's Clinical Integrated Physiology Lab have partnered for a study on links between a certain chemotherapy and future heart disease risk in adults.
 
K-State to review computer science programs
01/16/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Enrollment in K-State’s master’s in software engineering program has waned in recent years, but a proposed bachelor’s degree in applied computer science could help funnel students into the program, K-State officials told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

National/International

The Psychology of Dieting: How to Stop Dieting and Actually Get Healthy This Year
1/15/20 Shondaland
Professor Mark Haub is the head of the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health at Kansas State University, and he says that like all things in life, finding moderation in dieting is key. "In the science realm, eating a cookie isn’t going to be a problem. Eating a bag or box every day is not good. Diet culture can be really toxic as it relates to how we think about and even legally regulate food.”

Intelligent.com Announces Rankings for Best Colleges for 2020
1/15/20 MarketInsider
Students who pursue any one of these programs can expect to gain employment much quicker in comparison to candidates without a degree. In addition to accessibility and cost, the steady job growth in this market is one of the many reasons Intelligent.com researched and ranked the Top Colleges. To access the complete ranking, please visit: https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-colleges/ 2020 Colleges featured on Intelligent.com (in alphabetical order): . . . Kansas State University . . . 

State/Regional 

Kansas City college says new dorm’s food is so good, public is invited to dine there
1/15/20 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University built its newest residence hall in 2016 but is currently renovating one of its main dining halls.

Kansas City and Kansas Have Nearly 200 Tech Startups, But Hurdles Abound
1/15/20 KCUR
The McClendons identified nearly 30 tech startups in Lawrence, population 97,000, and none in Topeka, population 125,000. (Local media in the state capital have reported, however, plans for a startup accelerator focused on animal and agricultural science. The area stretching from Kansas State University and Manhattan through Kansas City to the University of Missouri in Columbia is often referred to as the animal health corridor because of the researchers and businesses concentrated there.)

Local

*Online Professional MBA ranked among nation's top 25 programs
1/15/20 The Manhattan Mercury print edition
The online Professional Master of Business Administration program at Kansas State University was recently rated as the 25th best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's 2020 Best Online MBA Programs.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

National/International

DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats
1/14/20 Washington Post 
The Kansas State University campus in northeast Kansas is home to a new, $1.25 billion national biosecurity lab that is expected to start operations by 2023.

State/Regional 

*High Plains Aquifer rural wells: large increase in nitrate levels
1/14/20 Salina Post 
Kansas private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent Kansas State University study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above U.S. Environment Protection Act standards.

Local

*K-State online Professional Master of Business Administration program ranked 25th best in the nation
1/14/20 KMAN
U.S. News and World Report has ranked K-State’s online Professional Master of Business Administration program as one of the top-25 online MBA programs in the nation for 2020.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

National/International

Online Schools Report Publishes Ranking of Best Online Mechanical Engineering Master's Degrees for 2019-2020
1/13/20 Business Insider
Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas

State/Regional 

Whipple talks jobs, crime and opportunity for Wichita
1/13/20 KAKE
He went on to rank education and found that Wichita only attracts 50 percent of WSU grads, 7.6 percent of K-State grads and 3.6 percent of KU grads.

Local

In Focus
1/13/20 KMAN
On Monday’s edition of In Focus we spoke with KSU Vet Med Dr. Alyssa Comroe on why you should adopt a shelter pet.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

National/International

Can a vaccine save the world’s pigs from African swine fever?
1/13/20 The Scientist
In the fall of 2017, a year before an unfamiliar virus captured the world’s attention with an explosive outbreak in East Asia that left tens of millions of pigs dead, immunologist Waithaka Mwangi and his graduate students were already aware of the culprit and its imminent threat to the swine industry. Behind the glass of a biosafety cabinet at Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute—one of two sites in the U.S. authorized to conduct research on the deadly pathogen—they carefully extracted a few milliliters of fluid from a test tube containing live African swine fever virus (ASFV) collected from the spleens of infected pigs. In another room down the hall, the researchers administered droplets of the fluid into the nostrils of piglets. In total, more than 60 young pigs were exposed to the virus, and the team waited to see how they’d fare.

Analysis: With a new weapon in Donald Trump's hands, the Iran crisis risks going nuclear
1/13/20 Newsweek
"Our deterrence is much, much more than just nuclear weapons," Adm. Haney said in a lecture at Kansas State University just days before Global Thunder 17 started. "If necessary," he said, the United States "will respond at a time and place and domain of our choosing."

State/Regional 

*Former Colombian President to Speak at K-State
1/10/20 KSAL
A former two-term president of the South American nation of Colombia and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will present the first Landon Lecture of the spring 2020 semester at Kansas State University. Juan Manuel Santos will speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Conserving water through technology
1/12/20 Topeka Capital Journal
At the Winter Water Technology Expo in Garden City on Jan. 9, Stephen Lauer, a graduate student at Kansas State University working on his doctorate in sociology, conducted research to find out the attitudes toward groundwater management. A survey of 1,226 producers was taken across the Ogallala region, including 279 in Kansas, with a focus on a diversity of farm sizes and types. There were 41 Kansas producers interviewed and a case study was made of the Wichita County Water Conservation area with a focus on how voluntary group conservation works.

Local

*In Focus
1/10/19 KMAN
Friday's program featured a conversation with Kansas State University President Richard Myers.

*Continuum: Exhibit synthesizes arts and sciences in timeless installation
1/12/20 Manhattan Mercury
A new exhibit at the Kansas State University Beach Museum of Art mixes art,

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

National/International

New research reveals connection between drug treatments and antimicrobial resistance in cattle disease
01/09/20 Phys.org
A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Hans Coetzee and his collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

State/Regional 

*Rural water wells in High Plains Aquifer show nitrate increase
01/09/20 High Plains Journal
Kansas private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent Kansas State University study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above U.S. Environment Protection Act standards.

Local

K-State announces time for Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s Landon Lecture
01/09/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Juan Manuel Santos, a former two-term president of Colombia and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, will present the 192nd installment of the K-State Landon Lecture on Feb. 4. 

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

National/International

*Study urges rural well owners to test for contamination
01/08/20 The Farmer
Kansas private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent Kansas State University study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells were above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

State/Regional 

K-State researchers chosen in national cover crop study
01/08/20 The Hutchinson News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture chose to fund two Kansas State University agronomy professors for their participation in a sustainable agriculture program.

Local

APDesign students receive international design recognition
01/09/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Three landscape architecture graduate students from the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, landscape architecture and regional & community planning department earned a coveted honorable mention award in the NPO Asian Institute of Low Carbon Design at the ninth annual International Student Design Competition.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

National/International

When Russia and America Coöperated to Avert a Y2K Apocalypse
12/30/19 The New Yorker
On December 30, 1999, Richard Myers, then a four-star general in the United States Air Force, sat down for dinner with his wife of thirty-five years, Mary Jo.

*Rural water wells in High Plains Aquifer show large increase in nitrate levels
1/7/20 ScienceDaily
Private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent Kansas State University study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above U.S. Environment Protection Act standards.

State/Regional 

Strategic Enrollment Management project at K-State aims to increase enrollment
1/7/20 WIBW
In August 2018, Kansas State University adopted the Strategic Enrollment Management project, to focus on improving recruitment, student retention and student success to combat the continuing decline in enrollment numbers.

Extension office to update Douglas County Commission on effort to address stress, depression among farmers
1/7/20 Lawrence Journal-World
In an effort to help address mental health struggles among Kansas farmers, the K-State Research and Extension Office of Douglas County will soon release a video to help raise awareness about the issue.

Local

*K-State police recovers stolen UTV
1/7/20 Manhattan Mercury
The K-State Police Department on Monday recovered a utility terrain vehicle taken from Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

National/International

Community honors victim of Oakland laptop theft
1/6/20 KRON4.com
Cheng was friends with Zeng for more than 10 years. They went to college together at Kansas State University. 

Food safety workshops for produce growers
1/6/20 Morning Ag Clips 
Farms subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule must have at least one supervisor who has successfully completed specific training requirements, said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist with University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State Research and Extension.

Local

*Bakery science professor teaches chemistry behind cookies, cakes
1/6/20 Manhattan Mercury
Regan, an assistant professor in K-State’s bakery science department, knew at an early age on her family’s farm near Cottonwood Falls that she wanted to attend K-State. Since receiving degrees from K-State, she has worked in several stages of the food production process and now helps students understand the science behind cookies, cakes and other baked goods.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

National/International

'Getaway driver and thief' who are charged with murder, manslaughter and robbery after Starbucks customer, 34, died while chasing men who stole his laptop
1/3/20 U.K. Daily Mail
His LinkedIn profile indicated that the Chinese native had graduated with a physics degree from Sichuan University, before getting a doctorate at Kansas State University. He then moved to California in 2015 to work for Aspera.

State/Regional

Robots, drones becoming workhorses for agriculture
1/3/20 AgFax
The small, rolling vehicle looks a bit like something out of a science fiction film as it moves slowly across a barren patch of land on Kansas State University’s North Agronomy Farm.

Local

*K-State police seeking info in ATM, UTV robbery
1/5/20 Manhattan Mercury
The K-State Police Department has released suspect information related to a recent theft of a utility terrain vehicle and money from an ATM near Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

*Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kansas youth, K-State takes steps to help students
1/3/20 Kansas State Collegian
There is no historical data set that exclusively tracks suicide rates among Kansas State students, but assistant dean of the Office of Student Life Andy Thompson said the department keeps a record of student mental health on a case-by-case basis.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2020

National/International

New study points finger at pen-mates infected with BRD
01/02/20 The Western Producer
Researchers at Kansas State University used real-time location systems to track calf movements in a feedlot pen for the first 28 days of the feeding period. The system consisted of an ultra-wide band signal transmitter tag, which was placed in each calf’s ear. Signal sensors were placed around the perimeter of the pen, which allowed the system to triangulate the signals and determined the calf’s location.

State/Regional

World without wheat
01/02/20 High Plains Journal
Silage­—Silage of cover crops, including wheat, is rarely done in this part of Kansas but is actually common in some parts of the country. Kansas State University has done research looking at barley silage being comparable to corn silage. Barley, filling grain earlier than wheat, would be a more logical replacement in conjunction with no-till double cropped soybeans or even corn.

Local

KSU Police investigating theft from on-campus money dispenser
01/02/20 KMAN
Kansas State University Police are investigating a theft from an on-campus money dispenser.