K-State in the news — October 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, Oct. 30, 2020
Siemens Healthineers Makes Major Donation of Imaging and Clinical Laboratory Equipment to Medisend College in support of General Richard B Myers Veterans Program
10/29/20 KTVN (Nevada)
"This new equipment donated by our friends at Siemens Healthineers will be instrumental in providing students with the opportunity to train on the latest imaging technology available. We are grateful to Ron and his team for their consistent support of our mission to provide good jobs and secure financial futures for our veterans," said General Richard B. Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, current president of Kansas State University, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Medisend College.
K-State rebrands research partnership cluster as Edge Collaboration District
10/27/20 Tech Transfer Central
What’s in a name? A lot more than you might think. A geographic area formerly known as the North Campus of Kansas State University is now being called the “Edge Collaboration District,” but the move is much more than a mere name change; it involves a rebranding that more accurately describes and defines the ongoing mission of an area where corporate, technical and research partners have come together and, hopefully, will do so in even greater strength and with clearer definition as the future unfolds. As the university recently put it, the Edge District is “where industry, K-State research and the creation of workforce talent come together to produce meaningful innovations and real outcomes for Kansas and beyond, inspired by the university’s land-grant mission.”
K-State vet shares tips to make Halloween a treat for furry friends
10/29/20 The Junction City Post
COVID-19 may have changed how people will celebrate Halloween this year but it hasn't changed the dangers the holiday can bring to pets, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
Design Crit: Nationwide “Superstudio” aims to broaden the appean of the Green New Deal beyond the liberal coasts
10/28/20 The Architect’s Newspaper
That would be a boon to Jessica Canfield, a landscape architecture professor at Kansas State University. Her school is leading three GND studios, examining the legacy of redlining in Kansas City and on the city’s peri-urban edge, with a focus on food, energy, housing, and climate change. “The issues that we’re talking about transcend disciplines and borders,” she said. “[It’s] going to require communities and politicians and professionals to come together and engage in dialogue and work in ways that might be atypical or even uncomfortable.”
Effective approaches to sourcing bakery ingredients abroad
10/28/20 Baking Business
Keith Harris, PhD, associate professor of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, shared how this played out when he was the director of corporate purchasing for a multinational food company in the United States.
“With globalization, capital, information and transportation moved farther and faster and enabled the purchasing department to extend its supplier network, reduce the total cost, source alternatives and substitutes, particularly for spices and ingredients,” he explained. “The food industry recognized the expanded capabilities of international purchasing and, as a result, motivated a different set of purchasing criteria related to meeting demand from consumers conscious of environmental conservation, sustainability, labor rights and genetic engineering practices.”
Ahead of spring enrollment, K-State still grappling with how best to deliver some courses
10/28/20 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State officials are finalizing the schedule for the spring semester before the enrollment period begins Nov. 4. But determining each course’s modality while adhering to COVID-19 rules is a complicated process with no cookie-cutter solution. It’s especially difficult for classes that rely on labs or hands-on learning.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
*Blues legend Taj Mahal to be livestreamed at McCain Auditorium
Kansas State University says tickets are now on sale for a livestream performance by blues legend Taj Mahal that will benefit McCain Auditorium.
Food waste finds new use as compost in K-State program
10/27/20 Salina Post
Several Kansas State University groups have worked together to find a second use for nearly 50 tons of food each year that would otherwise be headed for a landfill.
NOW THAT'S RURAL: KS wheat, K-State grain science flour distribution
10/27/20 Junction City Post
When the pandemic hit in Spring 2020, and people were stuck at home, such flour was less available in stores. Then Kansas Wheat and the K-State Department of Grain Science and Industry mobilized to provide a free flour distribution to Kansas families.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
Cities in the Most Financial Distress During COVID-19
10/26/20 Wallet Hub
Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning – Kansas State University
Ph.D., CFP® – Department Head and Mary L. Vanier Professor, Applied Human Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences – Kansas State University
Report: Kansas reaching new highs in wildfire, crop damage likelihood
10/26/20 Topeka Capital-Journal
According to a Kansas State University study, the conditions are happening more frequently than they used to in western Kansas and west Texas.
K-State looks to improve efficiency with new payroll system
10/26/20 The Collegian
Student employees at Kansas State may see changes to their timekeeping and payroll systems as soon as next summer.
Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
Rising temps will disproportionately affect Kansas farmers
10/24/20 U.S. News and World Report
Growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms, according to a recent Kansas State University study.
*The low impact workout that anyone can do
10/25/20 Yahoo! News
One study by Kansas State University found that those people who exercised with a buddy actually increased their workout time and intensity by a whopping 200%!
*NSF funds K-State open science research project
The National Science Foundation is funding an open science research project from Kansas State University computer science professor, Pascal Hitzler.
*Hays student earns prize in K-State video competition
10/24/20 Hays Post
Two Kansas State University students are winners in a video competition offered at the College of Business Administration's Inclusion Summit on Oct. 21.
*K-State researcher creates website to track bees
There are thousands of types of bees in the world and tracking them can be hard, so researchers at Kansas State University are trying to make it easier.
*Purple Pride: K-State students, alumni adapt to mostly virtual homecoming
10/25/20 Manhattan Mercury
Although in-person interaction was diminished this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, K-State students and alumni celebrating homecoming did not let that get in the way of upholding purple pride and spirit.
Friday, Oct. 23, 2020
*KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: COVID on college campuses; the mental health effect
10/21/20 KAKE News
It's no secret the pandemic has caused depression and anxiety across the country, but perhaps one of the most affected populations may be our college students.
As campus positivity rate stays low, officials worry about complacency with guidelines
Though it’s good news that the campus positivity rate has stayed below five percent for the last month, there is a growing fear that the prolonged period of low transmission could lull students into a false sense of security, Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing, said.
*New trustees election to KSU Foundation
Following an election before the Sept. 18 semiannual — and this year virtual — meeting of the Kansas State University Foundation's board of trustees, one member was reelected to a three-year term on the foundation's board of directors, and 88 members were elected to four-year terms on it’s board of trustees.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020
USDA wheat researchers recognized for stem rust work
10/21/20 Baking Business
“Combatting Ug99 and the other cereal rusts is definitely a team effort,” Mr. Bowden said. “We’re proud at the USDA to be part of the amazing and inspiring global effort to deploy durable resistance to protect our crops and communities from these ancient enemies.”
Consumer beef demand survey shows some winter concern going
10/21/20 Southern Farm Network
The latest monthly consumer beef demand survey shows some concern going into winter, according to one livestock market economist. Dr. Glyn Tonsor at Kansas State University says demand for beef has been strong during the summer months but there is concern going into the fall and winter, especially for food service establishments for both beef and pork.
Veterinary student publishes surgery report for parakeet
10/21/20 Topeka Capital-Journal
A tiny surgery on a tiny bird is turning out to be a big deal thanks to the care of Kansas State University veterinarians and the writing skills of a K-State veterinary student who graduated from Andover High School.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
Recent Kansas editorials
The Manhattan Mercury, Oct. 16
We applaud Kansas State University’s efforts to spark discussion on important issues related to Native Americans.
Value Colleges Releases Rankings of Human Resources Degree Programs
10/20/19 Yahoo! Finance
The top 3 online Human Resources Bachelor's programs are: 1) Bellevue University; 2) University of Arkansas; 3) Kansas State University.
Corn, sorghum and soybean harvests ahead of schedule statewide
10/20/20 Salina Journal
All statistics are based on Oct. 19 and Oct. 1 USDA Farm Service Agency and Kansas State University Extension Service statistics.
National Transfer Week aims to attract new K-Staters, celebrate current transfers
10/19/20 The Collegian
Deana Core, assistant director of recruitment and admissions, said in an email that this week, the admissions office is holding virtual events to encourage prospective Kansas State students from other universities.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020
Researchers Shift Focus to Progress Novel Vaccine Solutions
"We have reprioritized development activities to accelerate the advancement of our preclinical COVID-19 program, which we recently established as a result of our license agreements with Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSRF)," commented Dr. Gary Wilcox, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cocrystal.
Like Free Speech? Don’t Send Your Kid To DePauw, Texas Or LSU
If you are a college student who doesn’t like being hassled for expressing opinions, even quirky unpopular ones, consider going to the University of Chicago, Kansas State, or the University of Texas’s cross-state rival, Texas A & M.
K-State offers tips for keeping your pumpkins longer
10/19/20 Salina Post
If you buy your pumpkins early, there are some tricks to make them last.
Behind the mural: Honoring RBG in Manhattan
The artist behind the mural is a lifelong Kansan and graduate of Kansas State University, Taylor Carr.
Riley County experiencing 'very high' advance voting turnout
10/19/20 Manhattan Mercury
There will be expanded hours to vote in person either at 110 Courthouse Plaza from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays or in the K-State Student Union’s Bluemont Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
*Colleges cancel partying holiday to tamp down virus spread
“A good compromise can be reached by adding at least two days where students can rewind and catch up on things,” said Tel Wittmer, the student body president at Kansas State University, which also canceled spring break.
Army teams with universities to create miniature drone device that detects aerosols
10/18/20 Fox News
The project began at the Army Research Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, about 10 years ago. The research started with current CCDC ARL researcher and fellow Dr. Gorden Videen and then postdoctoral student Dr. Matthew Berg, who is now a professor at Kansas State University.
Mary and Carl Ice of Westlake named outstanding philanthropists
10/16/20 Fort Worth Business Journal
The Ices also support the Flint Hills Discovery Center; The Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University; and Kansas State University, where the School of Engineering is named in honor of Carl Ice. The Ices have also long been members of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Tocqueville Society.Native Kansans, both Mary and Carl graduated from Kansas State University, where Carl was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame and named the College of Engineering Alumni Fellow.
*K-State vets remove parakeet hernia in first of its kind surgery
A team of veterinarians at Kansas State University have successfully removed a hernia from a parakeet believed to be the first of its kind.
*Editorial: Seeing people as they actually are
10/16/20 Manhattan Mercury
We applaud Kansas State University’s efforts to spark discussion on important issues related to Native Americans. For the past few years, the university has marked Indigenous Peoples Day that way. Here in Manhattan, we are, after all, on land once occupied by the Kansa tribe.
*Growing role: Ethnic studies department hopes to foster change
10/18/20 Manhattan Mercury
As social justice advocates raise their voices from coast to coast, faculty members in the American Ethnic Studies department at K-State are using education as a tool to combat racism and injustice.
Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
Army 3D printed holography device rapidly detects, characterizes aerosols
10/15/20 U.S. Army
This research originated at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory about 10 years ago, with current CCDC ARL researcher and fellow Dr. Gorden Videen and the then postdoctoral student Dr. Matthew Berg, now a professor at Kansas State University.
Unlike KU, University of Missouri won’t switch to online classes after Thanksgiving
10/15/20 The Kansas City Star
Both KU and K-State announced in June that they would conclude all in-person classes before Thanksgiving and that finals and a study week would be held remotely after the holiday. Officials said they wanted to limit the amount of back-and-forth travel between campus and students’ home to avoid spreading the coronavirus further.
White House coronavirus advisors advocate for 'herd immunity'
Smith is a professor at K-State. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March. He spent days in the ICU, battling pneumonia and blood clots.
Report: K-State student's cost of living decreased in 2020
10/15/20 The Manhattan Mercury
The average cost of living for a K-State student fell 1.5% from 2019, largely driven by lower prices for goods and services as demand fell during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent K-State Economics Club report.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020
*K-State research focuses on improving smart device security
A National Science Foundation-funded project at Kansas State University is improving the security of smart devices.
KSUnite Zoom meeting disrupted by Alt-right group
Kansas State University said an Alt-right group disrupted a KSUnite Zoom meeting Tuesday that was focusing on diversity and inclusion at K-State.
President Myers updates KBOR on Kansas State and COVID
10/14/20 1350 KMAN
Kansas State University is continuing to push forward, even during the pandemic.
EDITORIAL | Don't fall for the old Phelps trap again
10/14/20 Manhattan Mercury
The spamming of Kansas State University’s diversity event this week by right-wingers is a classic Phelps family move.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
Creative Arts Therapies in SUD Recovery — Expressing Emotions Beyond Words
Social Work Today
Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT, a professor and director of the drama therapy program at Kansas State University, adds, “Drama is all about connection, communication, and understanding emotions, which are all skills people with SUD are in need of developing. It’s also very based in the here and now. So it makes clients feel alive again!”
Northrop Grumman Elects Tom Jones Corporate Vice President and President, Aeronautics Systems
He joined Northrop Grumman in 2011 from The Boeing Company. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Kansas State University.
*‘Inside Out’ showcases exhibits from the inside the museum
“This is a chance to see some things that are new to people, not new to the collections but new to viewers and we’re really excited about that.” Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, director, Linda Duke says.
*K-State offers McCain Connected virtual series
Kansas State University says McCain Auditorium will not be hosting any events in the McCain Performance Series for the fall 2020 semester. However, it said it has created McCain Connected, a series of curated events that are only available online.
Bunky Echo-Hawk, other speakers reflect on cultural differences in communities during KSUnite
10/13/20 The Collegian
The events kicked off with opening remarks from President Richard Myers followed by messages from three of K-State’s affinity groups — The Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, Alianza and the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance — as well as student speakers.
Kansas State homecoming week begins Sunday
10/13/20 1350 KMAN
Jessica Elmore, the Associate Director of Diversity Programs for the K-State Alumni Association, says there are several great events happening all week. She mentions one big event happening on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Last tomatoes of the season
10/12/20 Successful Farming
Karen Blakeslee is an Extension food scientist at Kansas State University. She says the green tomato culinary possibilities are endless.
*How to avoid the fake news trap
10/12/20 High Plains Journal
Fortunately, librarians at K-State Libraries are sharing resources and tools you can use to identify fake news stories that run across your news feed.
In Focus 10/12/20
10/12/20 1350 KMAN
On Monday’s edition of In Focus we spoke with Sue Nelson with KSU Vet Med. We also spoke with Jessica Elmore with a K-State Homecoming preview.
Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
*K-State debuts online Powder and Bulk Solids Academy
10/9/20 Baking Business
The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center is launching an online Powder and Bulk Solids Academy. The academy will offer courses between November 2020 and March 2021 that focus on industrial personnel in a fully virtual environment.
In new movie, K-State grad turned White House photographer yearns for the Obama years
10/11/20 Kansas City Star
The son of Portuguese emigres, a nurse and a boat mechanic, Souza earned his master’s degree at Kansas State University and got his start in photojournalism at newspapers in Chanute and Hutchinson.
*K-State research could have use in robotics, smart devices
A K-State Engineering professor’s National Science Foundation-funded research could be improving robotics and smart devices.
K-State Economics Club finds student’s costs lowest in 19 years
With a school year like no other, Kansas State University college students are facing many changes, including spending less money.
EDITORIAL | Short-term, long-term optimism. Intermediate-term caution
10/10/20 Manhattan Mercury
It’s reasonable to assume that the trend will continue. K-State has managed to slow the virus down on campus, and the public in general around here appears to be doing a good job of wearing masks and protecting one another.
*K-State Livestock Services boasts new technology and increased safety
10/9/20 Junction City Post
The Livestock Services' handling and treatment area in the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center has recently undergone significant renovations and is now open for patients.
Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
Here’s how cow-calf producers can beat the odds
10/8/20 Beef magazine
Remarkably, recent projections for calf prices this fall are within $5 per cwt of what they were before the pandemic back in February, says Glynn Tonsor, agricultural economist at Kansas State University (KSU).
*Newstalk: K-State professor: How to talk politics, respectfully
Newstalk segment with Tim Shaffer, the director of K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.
EDITORIAL | A salute to newspapers
10/8/20 The Manhattan Mercury
The radio operation at Manhattan Broadcasting has a fulltime news person, and some part-time help. The K-State Collegian operates with students who are learning the craft, with a focus on what’s happening on campus, essentially during the school year. There is no television news station here.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
Facial recognition technology coming to cattle industry to track diseases
Kansas State University researchers are using technology already in use at airports to recognize human faces and adapting it for cows. The goal is to create a disease traceability system which could also serve as a digital bovine database.
*K-State Rural Education Center receives USDA grant to expand innovative robot distance learning program
10/8/20 KMAN 1350
The Rural Education Center in the Kansas State University College of Education has received its largest grant in history to improve distance learning.
*Setting the stage: Podcasts, mixed-media delivery bring K-State theatre, dance performances to world
10/7/20 Wamego Times
The curtain is set to rise on the 2020-2021 Kansas State University student performance season for theatre, dance and opera in a new way: a mixed-media delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On-campus positivity rate falls below 5 percent
As Kansas State reaches the mid-semester mark, COVID-19 positivity rates on campus and in the community continue to decline.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Financial advisor industry, overwhelmingly White and male, seeks to overcome lack of diversity
Seay, a certified financial planner, is also Department Head and Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University.
*USDA Secretary Perdue makes special announcement benefitting K-State
Kansas State University says its Rural Education Center in the College of Education will be one of three projects highlighted in a special announcement by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday.
Konza Student Table helping feed hundreds of K-State students, families
10/6/20 1350 KMAN
St Isidore’s Catholic Church and Riley County’s Food and Farm Council have been working together to provide affordable meals to K-State students.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
Trump’s Coronavirus Infection Raises New Worries About Air Travel
Byron Jones, a mechanical engineering professor at Kansas State University and expert in aircraft environmental controls, says more data would be needed to accurately determine risks in flight.
*K-State researcher, team finding patented ways to fight tick-borne diseases
10/5/20 Salina Post
Research at Kansas State University is making progress on keeping both humans and animals safe from tick-borne diseases.
In Focus 10/5/20
10/5/20 1350 KMAN
On Monday’s edition of In Focus we spoke with Biosecurity Research Institute Director Dr. Stephen Higgs.
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
Gardening: Is your garden hose water safe?
10/2/20 San Diego Union-Tribune
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University, and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, plants absorb very little lead in their stems and leaves. Also, “high levels of phthalates are occasionally found in organically grown vegetables, but phthalates are so common in our environment that it’s hard to prove they are due to the use of a garden hose.”
The real reason steakhouses never use frozen steak
As much as certain meat lovers would probably want to impose a no-frozen-steak rule, it should really serve as a guideline that isn't entirely born out by the evidence. Researchers at Kansas State University found in 2016 that freezing strip loin and inside round steaks made the cooked product 10 percent more tender, as reported by Science Daily.
*McCain Auditorium announces livestream concert series
10/2/20 Topeka Capital Journal
Although all performances at McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University have come to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the live performance venue is offering patrons a way to stay connected by creating a livestream event series.
K-State program analyzes, boosts farm income
10/2/20 Hutchinson News
The director of the Farm Analyst program at Kansas State University, Duane Hund works with farm families to help them determine how to make their businesses more profitable. For more than 30 years, Hund analyzed balance sheets and advised farmers and ranchers in Kansas on best practices, including the best way to pass the farm to the next generation and sometimes the least painful way to sell it.
K-State enrollment down 4% this fall, hitting its lowest point since 1997
10/2/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State’s fall enrollment has dropped to its lowest point since 1997.
*K-State uses three-tier disciplinary course for COVID-19 policy violations
10/2/20 Kansas State Collegian
Some universities send students home if they violate COVID-19 campus policies, but as of now, Kansas State has not sent any students home for this reason.
Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
*Kansas Colleges And Universities See 8.1% Drop In Enrollment
Kansas State University, the state’s second-largest university, reported a decline of 901 students, or 4.9%, at the university and the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, which reports data separately from the university.
COVID-19 pandemic undercuts enrollment by 8.1% at Kansas universities, colleges
10/1/20 Kansas Reflector
In the new report on fall 2020 enrollment, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and the four other state universities enrolled 3.5% fewer students than a year ago.
*How to avoid the fake news trap
10/1/20 Salina Post
Fortunately, librarians at K-State Libraries are sharing resources and tools you can use to identify false news stories that run across your feed.
K-State reports its lowest weekly number of COVID-19 cases
10/1/20 Manhattan Mercury
After a rough start to the school year, K-State continues to report a declining number of coronavirus cases.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability
Elsewhere, young entrepreneurs like Isaac Sesi – who spoke at the event – also fight food loss with innovation. Sesi and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss at Kansas State University are providing farmers in Ghana – Isaac's home country – with an affordable moisture meter called GrainMate, which measures the moisture content of maize and other grains, helping farmers ensure the grains are sufficiently dried and tackle the main cause of post-harvest loss in grain – insufficient drying before storage, which creates conditions for fungal growth, contamination and insect infestation.
Neanderthal Genes Linked to Severe COVID-19; Mosquitoes Cannot Transmit the Coronavirus
9/30/20 US News and World Report
A mosquito that bites a person with COVID-19 cannot pass the coronavirus infection to its next victim, according to a study by researchers from U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University. Mosquitoes are notorious disease carriers, transmitting West Nile virus, Zika, and many other viruses from person to person and among animals. In laboratory experiments, researchers allowed several species of disease-carrying mosquitoes, plus some other biting insects, to feed on blood spiked with the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The virus was unable to survive and replicate itself in any of the insects, they reported in a paper posted on Wednesday on bioRxiv ahead of peer review. "Biting insects do not pose a risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans or animals," the researchers said.
*The shows must go on: McCain Auditorium launching new livestream series
9/30/20 The Mercury
In most years, the McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University would be in high gear at this time. But with the performance series canceled through December, McCain Auditorium will offer a new livestream event series called McCain Connected, a collection of curated shows only available online.
Mural restoration brings Hale’s Great Room back to life
Since the 2018 fire left Hale Library damaged — including the historic Farrell Library — the beloved institution has undertaken the process of repairing and restoring its rooms and books.