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K-State in the news — March 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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

National/International

How Guns and Church Services Became Essential Business
3/30/20 U.S. News & World Report 
But it also reflects the political environment for Kelly, who won an astonishing victory in the conservative state in 2018, says Nathaniel Birkhead, a political science professor at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Nurseries see uptick of business during coronavirus closures
3/30/20 Topeka Capital Journal
The best time to get rid of crabgrass is mid to late April in northern Kansas and early April for southern Kansas, said Ward Upham, a K-State Research and Extension specialist in horticulture.

Patients recovering from COVID-19, symptoms of virus share experiences
3/30/20 KWCH-TV
Eyewitness News first told you about Andrew Smith more than a week ago. The Kansas State University journalism professor was hospitalized in Manhattan, Kan. after contracting COVID-19 overseas.

Local

OUR NEIGHBORS | Lafene health educator looks for positivity to help through hard times
3/30/20 Manhattan Mercury
Bowman, a health educator at Lafene Student Health Center, has been a social worker for more than 10 years. From working with recovering addicts to abused children and now college students at K-State, Bowman wants to encourage people to maintain mental health as well as physical.

Monday, March 30, 2020

National/International

*Kansas State graduation changes
3/27/20 Houston Chronicle
Kansas State University says students whose spring graduation ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic will be honored during the fall 2020 commencement in December.

Hope for a FIP cure
3/26/20 Catster
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) might just be the worst possible diagnosis, but that’s changing. Although, just like the disease itself, the story behind those changes is complicated. But the good news is that Anivive Lifesciences and Kansas State University are working together to get approval from the FDA to bring an antiviral drug to market for FIP.

Regional/State

*K-State establishes emergency fund for students, staff impacted by COVID-19
3/27/20 KWCH-TV
Kansas State University has established the #KStateStrong Emergency Response Fund for students, faculty and staff impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two months out, Boys State Kansas cancels over coronavirus concerns
3/27/20 Kansas City Star
The session was scheduled for May 31 through June 5 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

KSU vet: No evidence of COVID-19 transmission in livestock
3/28/20 Topeka Capital Journal
“Producers are well aware that there is a (different strain of) coronavirus that is associated with neo-natal diarrhea, and there’s another one that we think is now associated with cattle respiratory disease,” said Gregg Hanzlicek, director of the production animal field investigations unit in Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “But I want to make it perfectly clear that our cattle coronavirus has no relationship to the coronavirus that is currently circulating in humans.”

Local

*K-State to allow spring graduates to walk at fall 2020 commencement
3/27/20 Manhattan Mercury
After canceling the spring 2020 commencement ceremonies because of the coronavirus health crisis, K-State says it will allow sprin

Friday, March 27, 2020

Regional/State

Future pandemic battles depend on Manhattan (Kansas)
3/26/20 The Hill
Intended to replace the existing and dangerously outdated Plum Island, New York, research facility, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University should be playing an outsized role in defeating the coronavirus.

Regional/State

Help youths understand changes from virus
3/26/20 The Hutchinson News
“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families and our communities resilience in the face of the current pandemic.”

Local

EDITORIAL | Myers shows class in response
03/17/20 The Manhattan Mercury
We owe thanks to Kansas State University president Richard Myers, who made it clear what kind of community we have here in Manhattan.  

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Regional/State

Attacked and hospitalized by ‘monster’ coronavirus, K-State professor is now on mend
3/25/20 Wichita Eagle
Smith is a journalism professor at Kansas State who teaches a wide array of classes from video to photography to news and to sports. He previously worked a number of jobs in the professional journalism field, including as sports director and anchor for a TV station in Green Bay, Wisc.

Local

K-State student says health is improving after getting coronavirus
3/25/20 KSNT
K-State freshman Kennedy Mounce smells freedom after she stopped showing signs of coronavirus. When diagnosed, she was confined to her room. Now that she’s stopped showing symptoms for 72 hours she’s confined to her house.

Gibbs: RCHD waiting on results from eight COVID-19 tests
3/25/20 The Mercury
That is not including the students from K-State who visited Italy and had a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Their quarantine just ended, Gibbs said, and none of those students are showing symptoms.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

National/International

How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal
3/24/20 Vitae
Particularly useful is the "Keep Teaching" community hosted by Katie Linder, executive director for program development at Kansas State University, and her colleagues at the university’s Global Campus.

Regional/State

*K-State student earns international scholarship
3/24/20 WIBW
A hard-working student from Kansas State University has earned a competitive international scholarship.

Crop researcher's work on night-time temps earns acclaim
3/24/20 High Plains Journal 
A Kansas State University researcher whose work is helping to redefine the way that farmers and plant breeders view the impact of night-time temperatures on farm crops has been recognized by a publication that promotes innovation in science.

Local

LETTER: Medical community working together to make plans, improve practices surrounding pandemic
3/24/20 Manhattan Mercury
In the last week, an unprecedented collaboration of the independent medical offices in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital - Manhattan, Manhattan Surgical Hospital, Lafene Health Center/KSU, has come together. 

What’s working and what’s ‘evolving’ for the the fourth annual KSUnite
3/24/20 The Collegian 
Following suggestions from students and faculty, Bryan Samuel, chief diversity officer, said the KSUnite planning committee is working to create more educational opportunities in diversity and inclusion in 2020.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

National/International

Professor in intensive care with coronavirus after trip to London
3/23/20 New York Post
A professor at Kansas State University is in intensive care with COVID-19 after taking students on a spring break trip to London, but says he’s “fighting hard” to recover from the debilitating virus.

Regional/State

Lunch line: USD 373 launches meal program, moves forward with school year
3/23/20 The Kansan
“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Sciences. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.”

Local

Myers: Coronavirus does not discriminate
3/23/20 Manhattan Mercury
On the first day of a planned return to classes — albeit online and through other distance-learning methods — K-State president Richard Myers said Monday morning that now is the time to come together as a K-State family.

“We’re all in this together”: Manhattan family shares message while battling coronavirus
3/23/20 KSNT
Andrew Smith teaches journalism at Kansas State University, and earlier this month his whole family went with him on a class trip to London.

Monday, March 23, 2020

National/International

Get your dog ready for spring: How to prep for seasonal parasites, diseases and allergies
3/20/20 Dogster
“Many medications today that deal with fleas, ticks and heartworm disease work well, but the best one is the one that the dog owner uses consistently,” says Dr. Dryden, distinguished professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. “We need to get away from a seasonal approach to controlling parasites and get into the habit of using preventives year-round on dogs no matter where you live.”

A single X-Ray strike is enough to destroy an entire molecule
3/20/20 Market Research News
So Obaid as well as his group of partners from Kansas State University, Pulse Institute at Stanford, Max Planck Institute at Heidelberg, as well as the University of Heidelberg researched just how 3 atoms of the lanthanide aspect holmium within an 80- carbon fullerene responded to x-rays.

A chemist enters a popular TV baking competition, and a cat food discovery
3/21/20 Chemical & Engineering News
Sally Newton spends her days working to find new antibiotics at Kansas State University. But outside the lab, her passion is baking, and it’s taken her into the high-pressure world of television baking shows.

Regional/State

K-State professor in ICU with COVID-19 after taking study abroad student trip to London
3/22/20 Wichita Eagle
A Kansas State University professor is hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, after taking students on a study abroad trip to Europe earlier this month.

Local

What they left behind: For K-State students, semester comes to bittersweet end
3/22/20 Manhattan Mercury
Friday was the first day of K-State’s sudden 10-day move-out at residence halls after on-campus operations came to a sudden stop amid the ongoing coronavirus emergency. Through the end of March, K-State officials expect to move out 3,100 students in the halls.

K-State student shares what it's like to have coronavirus
3/20/20 KSNT
K-State student Kennedy Mounce got a headache and became very drowsy after returning from a trip to Colorado. Her family went to multiple locations to try and get tested and Thursday the results came back that she had the coronavirus.

Friday, March 20, 2020

National/International

Commencement Cancellation Tracker: Colleges Scrapping Or Postponing Graduation
03/19/20 Forbes
Kansas State University - Announced March 16 (canceled) 

How to Kick Yourself into High Gear
03/19/20 Medium
Researchers from Kansas State University “found that those who exercised with a teammate whom they perceived to be better increased their workout time and intensity by as much as 200 percent.” 

Local

Students given one hour to move out of dorms in effort to follow CDC guidelines, Housing and Dining says
03/19/20 K-State Collegian
Amid dwindling campus operations and the transition to online-only classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas State Housing and Dining services announced a new move-out procedure for students living in the dorms. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

National/International

Kansas governor closes K-12 schools; workers to stay home
3/17/20 Washington Times
But state universities already have moved classes online and the University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State announced Tuesday that all classes would be held remotely for the rest of the semester. 

Scientists start work on vaccine to prevent future coronavirus outbreaks
3/17/20
Phys.org
He is already working closely with a number of international partners, and this latest project will involve colleagues at the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute and Kansas State University. 

Regional/State

Every School Kid In Kansas Was Just Told To Stay Home Until Fall Because Of Coronavirus
3/17/20 KCUR
Health departments in Douglas, Franklin and Shawnee Counties closed schools for two weeks. Riley County, home to Kansas State University and the biggest military base in Kansas, ordered Manhattan schools closed until the end of March.

Local

RCPD staffed to handle straggling Fake Patty's parties
3/17/20 Manhattan Mercury
The event also would run into a problem of smaller crowds anyway as K-State recently announced students would be learning remotely for the rest of the spring semester and encouraged them not to return to campus if possible.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

National/International

How to cope with financial stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic
3/16/20 CNBC
A lot of anxiety stems from not knowing what will happen with regard to the coronavirus, or how long things will be different, Megan McCoy, director of the personal financial planning masters program at Kansas State University, tells CNBC Make It. “When faced with the unknown, we often experience paralyzing anxiety,” she says.

Regional/State

K-State cancels graduation, goes online till end of semester amid coronavirus fears
3/16/20 Kansas City Star
With the nation’s health officials calling for the cancellation of events where more than 50 would gather, Kansas State University on Monday canceled its May graduation.

K-State students react to canceled classes
3/16/20 KSNT
Monday was supposed to be the first day back to school for K-State students since spring break. Due to concerns about coronavirus, K-State leaders extended spring break another week and cancelled in-person classes for the time being.

Local

K-State classes will be taught remotely for rest of semester
3/16/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State is canceling all non-essential, in-person operations — including classes, commencement and other non-essential meetings — on its campuses for rest of the spring semester, president Richard Myers announced Monday afternoon.

K-State Student Union closes indefinitely as university limits operations
3/16/20 Manhattan Mercury
The K-State Student Union announced Sunday that it would be closed indefinitely as the university continues its efforts to limit the risk of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Monday, March 16, 2020

National/International

*Preparing for emergency teaching online
3/13/20 Chronicle of Higher Education
Kansas State University Global Campus has created an interactive online community to share resources and advice for planning academic continuity.

The Vaccine Group says it is working to prevent COVID-19 in animals
3/13/20 U.K. Daily Mail
The Vaccine Group, which was spun out from the University of Plymouth, said it is working in partnership with the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute and Kansas State University.

Regional/State

*K-State telling students not to return to campus
3/13/20 WIBW-TV
K-State President, Richard Myers, is telling students not to return to campus after spring break.

Local

*K-State to limit student housing because of virus
3/15/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State announced Saturday that it would limit on-campus housing operations starting this week in response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic.

*Research: Coronavirus will take time to develop, but not too much, K-State virologists say
3/13/20 Manhattan Mercury
A coronavirus vaccine and treatment are still months away at the earliest, but virus researchers in K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine say their work is part of several efforts to create antiviral treatment drugs as quickly as possible.

Friday, March 13, 2020

National/International

Some Kansas Colleges Shift Classes Online Amid Coronavirus
03/12/20 Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report
The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Wichita State University joined colleges across the country in shifting classes online to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. Kansas, Kansas State and Emporia State are on spring break this week.
 
In a California town called Cool, gentrification means a Dollar General store
03/12/20 The Sacramento Bee
"There's a significant portion of the rural population that see Dollar General as a good thing," said David Procter, director of the Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University. "The pro-Dollar General people say businesses in small towns are closing all over the U.S., that these towns are literally dying, and you have a business that wants to come in and wants to build and hire people and pay taxes and would be a sign of growth for your town, and why wouldn't you want that?"

Regional/State

These Kansas City area colleges are going online over concerns about coronavirus
03/12/20 The Kansas City Star
Kansas State University, which is now on spring break, announced that classes are canceled March 16-20. They will resume remotely beginning March 23.

Local

K-State suspending in-person classes; spring break extended
03/12/20 The Manhattan Mercury
In-person classes at K-State are suspended because of coronavirus concerns for the foreseeable future, president Richard Myers announced Thursday morning.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

National/International

Recent Kansas Editorials
3/10/20 U.S. News & World Report 
As we reported Sunday, two virologists with the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine have been working on antiviral drugs to treat MERS human coronavirus and other viruses. Their work, funded through multi-million-dollar National Institutes of Health grants, extends to similar viruses including the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Regional/State

K-State updates public on students quarantined
3/10/20 WIBW
Eighteen students from Kansas State University returned from their study abroad program in Italy the midst of the ever-growing concern of coronavirus.

Local

18 K-State students in coronavirus quarantine as precaution after Italy trip
3/10/20 Manhattan Mercury
Eighteen K-State students who were studying in Italy have returned to Manhattan and are under a mandatory quarantine at the university’s Jardine Apartments, university officials said.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

National/International

Can dogs catch human colds? No, but they can get their own version of a cold
3/9/20 Business Insider Malaysia 
“Kennel cough in dogs is recognized by a classic loud honking cough,” says Kate KuKanich, a veterinarian and associate professor of internal medicine at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

K-State students back from Italy, under quarantine
3/9/20 WIBW
Kansas State University confirms students recently returned from a study abroad program in Italy are under quarantine, per federal health guidelines.

Local

In Focus 3/9/20
3/9/20 1350 KMAN
K-State Veterinary Health Center Associate Professor Dr. Chris Blevins discussed prevention of diseases in horses. American Association of University Women Co-Presidents Mary Stamey and Marlene Verbrugge preview their International Women’s Day panel discussion with panelists Fanny Fang from the local Asian Market and KSU Math Professor Marianne Korten.

Monday, March 9, 2020

National/International

Bad air: Pilots worldwide complain of unsafe cabin fumes
3/7/20 Politico
The Federal Aviation Administration said there have been 204 fume events recorded in its "Service Difficulty Reports" database since October. In a 2013 report to Congress, the FAA said it found 69 such events between 2002 and 2011. But others paint a very different picture of how often fume events happen on board — for instance, a Kansas State University study that surveyed the SDR as well as a NASA database of aviation safety reports and other sources, found that the annual number was likely much higher, estimating on average almost 2,000 fume incidents per year from 2007 to 2012.

Regional/State

A year after a sorry attack on a conservative speaker, is UMKC all-in on free speech?
3/8/20 Kansas City Star
Conservatives would have been encouraged by the latest installment in the series, a sweeping address Tuesday on civil discourse and viewpoint diversity by Timothy J. Shaffer, Kansas State University assistant professor and assistant director of the university’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.

Nebraska pet caretaker drives sick dog to another state for chemotherapy drug
3/7/20 Omaha World-Herald
Then, after tests showed that Benny needed a special chemotherapy drug that wasn’t available in Lincoln or Omaha, Singh volunteered to drive her more than two hours to the nearest place that could provide treatment: Kansas State University’s veterinary clinic in Manhattan. He even left a hefty deposit so Benny could be treated right away.

Local

Herstory: Meet six women who shaped Manhattan, Riley County history
3/8/20 Manhattan Mercury
Minnie Howell Champe (1878-1948). In 1901, Minnie Howell Champe was the first African American woman to graduate from Kansas State Agricultural College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in domestic science. In college, she was a member of the Ionian Literary Society and served as its newsletter editor and secretary.

Cattlemen's Day highlights new advances in beef industry
3/8/20 Manhattan Mercury
Lorna Marshall, vice president of beef programs at Select Sires, of Plain City, Ohio, gave a lively one-hour talk during the 107th annual Cattlemen's Day at Kansas State University.

Friday, March 6, 2020

National/International

What You Don’t Know About Well Water Could Hurt You
03/06/20 Science Friday
New research from Kansas State University shows that groundwater quality in the  Great Bend Prairie aquifer in south-central Kansas rates far worse today than 30 years ago.
 
Credit Cards for Students with Bad Credit
03/05/20 WalletHub
Expert Feature with Stuart J. Heckman, Ph.D., CFP®, Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning, Director of Personal Financial Planning PhD Program, Academic Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, College of Health and Human Sciences, Kansas State University

Regional/State

Last year’s rains mean more grass to fuel spring wildfire danger in Kansas
03/05/20 The Wichita Eagle
“Despite recent moisture, Kansas’s primary fuel — grass — is abundant due to last year’s above normal precipitation,” said Chip Redmond, Kansas State University assistant meteorologist, in a news release.

Local

K-State suspends travel to affected countries
03/05/20 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State officials will ban all institutional travel to certain countries infected with coronavirus effective immediately, officials announced Thursday.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

National/International

Coronavirus and your dog: No need to panic yet 
3/4/20 The Seattle Times via New York Times
Raymond R.R. Rowland, a veterinarian who is a specialist in swine viruses at Kansas State University, said so-called weak positives often show up in testing pigs, where a farmer’s livelihood can be at stake.

Regional/State

K-State student leaders decry bigotry after report links group to white nationalism
3/4/20 The Kansas City Star
Weeks after a watchdog organization’s report linked a new student group to white nationalism, the Kansas State University student government issued a resolution affirming the campus is open to everyone.

New Vaccine Method Developed For Anaplasmosis
3/4/20 Kansas Livestock Association
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. Anaplasmosis, caused by the blood-borne parasite Anaplasma marginale, is the most prevalent tick-transmitted disease of cattle worldwide and causes significant disease loss to beef producers in Kansas and across the U.S. The single-dose vaccine, which is administered in the back of the ear, has been shown to protect against clinical anaplasmosis for up to two years and potentially could help make controlling the disease more accessible and convenient to livestock producers. 

Local

K-State suspend Italy study abroad program because of coronavirus fears
3/4/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State has suspended its Italy study-abroad program because of coronavirus fears.

Kansas Senate considers bill allowing college athletes to profit
3/4/20 WIBW
Long and representatives from Kansas State University, Emporia State University and the Kansas Independent College Association were at the Statehouse Wednesday to weigh in on Senate Bill 474.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

National/International

Secret weapon during cancer treatment 
3/3/20 Colorado Springs Gazette 
Kansas State University researchers claim that moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective. Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and a team of kinesiology researchers have demonstrated that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances the flow of oxygen to cancerous tumors.

Regional/State

Kansas State University researchers license technology for coronavirus drug
3/3/20 41 Action News 
Kansas State University has licensed a technology that researchers believe could lead to an antiviral drug for coronavirus treatment.

Local

Students give peak performances in K-State production of 'Susannah'
3/3/20 Manhattan Mercury
The opera productions at K-State have benefited from the merger of the performing arts programs.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

National/International

Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production
3/2/20 Nature
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Regional/State

K-State professor takes win $7,700 for charity on Wheel of Fortune
3/1/20 WIBW

K-State Ag Economics professor Timothy Dalton walked away from the show with a small fortune. He didn't win, but he is still coming back to the Sunflower State with $7,700 after coming in second place.

Local

*K-State's Black Student Union wins Outstanding Big XII Council of the Year
3/2/20 Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University’s Black Student Union was awarded the Clarence Wine Award for Outstanding Big XII Council of the Year for the 12th time in 15 years.

*College of Education's Rural Education Center creates network to serve rural schools
3/2/20 Manhattan Mercury 
The Rural Education Center, housed in the Kansas State University College of Education, established a Rural Professional Development School network to help address rural schools’ most pressing needs, provide a forum to share best practices, explore grant opportunities and highlight accomplishments.

Monday, March 2, 2020

National/International

How to stockpile healthy and nutritious food for a 14-day quarantine as coronavirus spreads across the US
3/1/20
Dark chocolate can last one to two years when properly stored, Fadi Aramouni, professor of food science at Kansas State University, told Best Food Facts.

Social networks on back foot as digital campaigns expand tactics
2/28/20 U.K. Daily Mail
Candidates like Bloomberg as well as his Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, the current frontrunner, are seeking to learn from Trump's effective use of memes in the 2016 campaign, said Heather Woods, a Kansas State University professor and co-author of "Make America Meme Again: The Rhetoric of the Alt-Right."

Regional/State

*K-State researchers on path to find a cure for coronavirus
2/29/20 Salina Journal
Kansas State University licensed a technology that may lead to the production of an antiviral drug to treat coronaviruses and noroviruses.

Capitol Insider podcast: Kansas grad students flash research prowess
3/1/20 Topeka Capital Journal
Holly Speck, mass communications graduate student at Kansas State University, explored how gender was visually and verbally framed in U.S. Army television commercials aired from 2008 to 2018.She came away with a tip for marketers responsible for attracting volunteer recruits to the Army: Stop stereotyping women.

*Education researcher: Teacher merit pay improves student outcomes
2/29/20 Hays Post
Do teacher merit pay programs improve student test scores? According to a Kansas State University College of Education researcher, the answer is yes.

Local

K-State professor to appear on Monday's 'Wheel of Fortune'
3/1/20 Manhattan Mercury
Classrooms full of agricultural economics students? A walk in the park for K-State professor Tim Dalton.

Lighting fixture causes small fire at K-State Rec Center; no injuries reported
2/28/20 Kansas State Collegian
The Manhattan Fire Department responded to a fire at the Kansas State Peters Recreation Complex at 12:24 p.m. A light fixture fell and ignited a fire on gym mats. The Rec’s sprinkler system activated, but did not extinguish the fire.