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K-State in the news — February 2021

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. 26, 2021

National/International

First Cases of H5N8 Bird Flu Are Asymptomatic—Experts Say That's Promising
2/25/21 Verywell Health
The current outbreak of H5N8 is “rather concerning” for poultry because it’s lethal, Jürgen A. Richt, DVM, PhD, a professor at Kansas State University and director of the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, tells Verywell. But, he says, “we don’t know yet the real risk and impact of transmission to humans and its effect on human health.”

Regional/State

*Ellis County students among KSU Fall 2020 graduates
2/25/21 Hays Post
More than 1,415 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University in fall 2020. The graduates are from 87 Kansas counties, 39 states and 32 countries.

Local

College of Education's Rural Education Center to host teacher retention summit
2/25/21 The Junction City Union
The Rural Education Center at the Kansas State University College of Education will host virtually the Rural Education Summit, "Homegrown Solutions," on Friday, March 26, with the theme "Recruitment, Reinforcement and Retention."

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

National/International

Five Big Steps Toward Wheat Self-Sufficiency In Pakistan With New Wheat Varieties
2/24/21 Seed Today
“It is exciting to see new varieties coming out of these collaborative projects between the Pakistani breeding programs, CIMMYT and the university teams,” said Jesse Poland, associate professor at Kansas State University and director of the Wheat Genomics Innovation Lab.

COVID Truthers’ Impossible Hatred for Dancing Nurses
2/24/21 Daily Beast
As Heather Woods, an expert on memes and social media at Kansas State University, told The Daily Beast, they showed that medical workers “can maintain their humanity in the face of immense tragedy.” If they could still find space for joy in the dark and uncertain early days of an unprecedented modern crisis, perhaps others could, too.

Regional/State

How Rolling Blackouts Helped Regional Power Grid Avoid ‘Cascading Failures’
2/24/21 FlatlandKC
“What happens is that if they don’t take any corrective action, then an unplanned event happens, and it could lead to cascading failures — and that would be a disaster because it takes days to recover from,” said Anil Pahwa, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, where he has taught and conducted research since 1983.

Local

*Kansas State University professor's new book tells the story of Alzheimer's disease
2/24/21 Junction City Union
“Mind Thief,” a new book from the Columbia University Press by Han Yu, professor of English at the Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences, explores the history of the disease and the vast research taking place to find a cure.

*K-State receives COVID-19 vaccines as it plans for in-person classes this fall
2/24/21 Manhattan Mercury
K-State has received a “limited number” of COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff, and students. The vaccines come as university officials plan for a return to in-person courses starting this fall.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

National/International

ROCO’s ‘Shadows’ meant to emotionally uplift an ailing city
02/23/21 Houston Chronicle 
“It’s about unity in the end,” says Morris, who serves as assistant professor of oboe and music theory at Kansas State University, as well as principal oboist of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera. “Everybody comes together to make something more beautiful, to make color and light in the world.”

State/Regional

After Kansas’ K-12 vaccine rollout, some college faculty could be prioritized — at counties’ discretion
02/23/21 Topeka Capital-Journal
Similarly, at Kansas State University, officials have been waiting for guidance on how and when the university might start receiving vaccinations, especially since the university’s Lafene Health Center is equipped with the specialized freezers needed to keep vaccines under the extremely cold temperatures needed for them to work.

*Local, area students earn degrees from KSU
02/23/21 Salina Post
More than 1,415 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University in fall 2020.

Local

K-State shares guidance for summer programs to return in-person
02/23/21 1350 KMAN
Kansas State University has announced it will allow in-person, hybrid and virtual programs for the summer. 

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

National/International

Improving algorithms to help solar project developers avoid the NIMBY effect
02/22/21 PV Magazine
A group of scientists from the Kansas State University and Cornell University, in the United States, is proposing to improve existing approaches and tools for multi-criteria decision analysis in the development and construction of large scale PV power plants by adding socio-demographic and socio-economic criteria.

7 Best 0% APR Credit Cards in 2021
02/19/21 WalletHub
Ask the Expert feature with Cherie Stueve, MBA; AFC; Doctoral Candidate in Personal Financial Planning – Kansas State University.

Local

Indoor air quality company moves into the region, creating more jobs
02/22/21 KSNT
Knappenberger says portions of the technology behind their air purifiers were actually developed at K-State in which the parent corporation, Timilon, then acquired a number of years ago. He also said several of the staff members within the company have ties or connections that lead back to the region.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

National/International

Myers: K-State at a 5-year high for admissions
2/19/21 Yahoo! News
K-State admissions and applications are up for fall 2021, K-State President Richard Myers said this week.

Regional/State

*K-State extends fall priority admission date
2/20/21 Great Bend Tribune
Kansas State University is giving incoming fall 2021 undergraduate students more time to apply for admission and still be considered for general university scholarships and awards.

*K-State grads report employment, continuing education success
2/20/21 KSAL
The latest post-graduation report from Kansas State University for graduates in the 2019-2020 school year finds 95% are employed or furthering their education. Although down from the 97% reported for the 2018-2019 school year, Kerri Keller, director of the K-State Career Center, says the percentage is impressive considering the economic havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for those graduating in 2020.

Local

City notebook: New subdivision coming to northwest Manhattan
2/20/21 Manhattan Mercury
Members of the Manhattan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force Thursday talked about what they believe are strengths of the city in its second meeting of the year. Bryan Samuel, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Kansas State University, pointed out that housing in Manhattan could be both a strength and weakness.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

National/International

2021’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.
2/17/21 WalletHub
Ask the Expert feature with Diane L. Swanson, Ph.D. – Professor of Management, The Edgerley Family Chair in Business Administration; Faculty of Distinction, Founding Chair, Business Ethics Education Initiative – Kansas State University

Regional/State

College students taking online classes in Kansas could get a refund. The total cost is unknown.
2/18/21 The Topeka Capital-Journal
At Kansas Board of Regents institutions, disruptions have continued up through the present day, although how many students are taking classes remotely varies from university to university. At Emporia State University, three-quarters of students are learning in person; at Kansas State University that figure is 28%.

Higher Education In Kansas Is In Trouble
2/18/21 Kansas Patch/Kansas Reflector
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Jean Folkerts recently served as interim director at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State University.

Local

Myers provides Board of Regents with K-State recruitment, COVID updates
2/18/21 KMAN
At Wednesday’s Board of Regents meeting, K-State President Richard Myers shared statistics showing freshman in-state admissions are up a half percent at all campuses for the upcoming fall semester while out-of-state admissions are up nearly 15 percent. Myers says while those numbers are impressive, how many of those will actually become enrolled for the fall is yet to be seen.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

National/International

Who is Nasir Ahmed? Real love story of Indian-American engineer on ‘This Is Us’ who is credited for .jpg algorithm
2/17/21 meaww.com
Discrete Cosine Transform or DCT was first developed by Nasir and his team while working at the Kansas State University. “This was in early 1972, and I wrote a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF),” Nasir narrated his journey in a paper.

Don’t put food out in the snow to preserve it during rolling blackouts
2/17/21 Before Its News
Karen Blakeslee at Kansas State University has given some advice on how to properly prepare and keep food safe to eat during this winter storm and in the event of a power outage.

Regional/State

*K-State extends fall undergraduate priority admission date
2/17/21 Salina Post
Kansas State University is giving incoming fall 2021 undergraduate students more time to apply for admission and still be considered for general university scholarships and awards.

Local

"A brutal introduction to winter" | Record cold temperatures observed in Manhattan
2/17/21 The Manhattan Mercury and Yahoo News
The arctic chill these last few weeks was so unusual it inspired K-State researchers to launch a new monitoring tool.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

National/International

Great Business Schools Releases National Rankings of Training and Development Master's Programs
2/16/21 Yahoo! Finance 
Great Business Schools, a free online guide that takes students from the decision to attend business school all the way to an application and acceptance, has released four 2021 rankings of the best Training and Development Master's degree programs in the US

Regional/State

Rolling blackouts in Kansas restart renewable energy debate among state lawmakers
2/16/21 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Anil Pahwa, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State University, said the events of recent days were a "once-in-a-lifetime type of event."

Local

*Why rolling blackouts shut off your power in the winter, not during a heatwave
2/16/21 KSNT
“In the summer, I think what happens is that if Kansas is having a heatwave, neighboring states may not be that affected and have surplus energy and they can ship it to us,” said Dr. Anil Pahwa, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Faculty of Distinction Chair at Kansas State University.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

National/International

Growth seen in Kansas dairy industry despite fewer farms
2/15/21 The Cattle Site
Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years and Kansas State University’s Mike Brouk expects that trend to continue.

Regional/State

Health officials confirm second case of U.K. COVID-19 variant in Kansas
2/15/21 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Norman has said that the state has aimed to expand its capacity for genomic sequencing, which helps identify the strain of a given virus sample.

He said last week after a press conference that the state was aiming to expand routine sampling of cases, with the goal of using lab capacity in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas State University to sequence over 350 cases a week, in addition to additional samples which were suspected to be the more contagious version.

Local

*K-State holds virtual conference on attracting and retaining diverse teachers
2/15/21 WIBW
A virtual conference will be held at Kansas State University College of Education and its Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy

*K-State’s Hale Library back open to students
2/15/21 KSNT
Kansas State University’s Hale Library is back open to students and has a few new features after an accidental fire broke out in 2018.

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

National/International

Ciara says Russell Wilson's sexiest trait is 'the father in him.' Are dads hotter?
2/12/21 Yahoo! News
For women who want children or a partner, why are dads so appealing? "According to parental investment theory, women are physically more obligated to pour resources into having children between pregnancy and breastfeeding," Gary L. Brase, a professor of psychological sciences at Kansas State University and co-author of the paper, tells Yahoo Life. "So men that choose to help provide may be seen as more attractive [in the context of] human evolution."

All the ways older people mismanage their money — and how to avoid them
2/12/21 MarketWatch
“Many of them have heard about CD laddering,” said Megan McCoy, director of the financial planning Masters program at Kansas State University. “But its benefits are fading.”

Regional/State

9 beautiful castles you can actually visit in the Midwest
2/12/21 Travel Awaits
No. 7, Nichols Hall. Resembling a castle, Nichols Gymnasium opened in 1911 on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. Later replaced as the college’s gymnasium, the building was nearly gutted during a fire in 1968. Students saved the building from being razed, and it now serves as the hub for communication studies and theater. With an interior resembling a castle, you may believe you’ve been transported to Europe without leaving the plains. The building was renamed Nichols Hall in honor of a former school president.

*Nicodemus: Oldest Black settlement west of the Mississippi hidden in the prairies of northwest Kansas
2/12/21 KSNT-TV
Through a partnership with K-State, the town’s tiny homes are part of a cluster project working to create small communities throughout the townsite. Two tiny homes have been completed, but the goal is to have 10.

Local

*Gives you the chills: K-State archives working to make copies of MLK speech more accessible
12/13/21 Manhattan Mercury
K-State officials were excited to discover the only known recordings of a 1968 speech at the university by Martin Luther King Jr. more than a decade ago, but the recordings essentially have been sitting around since then because of copyright issues.

*Hale Library moving special collections back in as crews work to reopen all floors
2/13/21 Manhattan Mercury
K-State Libraries’ University Archives are being moved back into the historic Hale Library, as the building reopens all its floors to students and the public this spring.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

National/International

Biden will stop the U.S. troop drawdown in Germany, but also push for smaller deployments around the world
2/12/21 The Washington Post
Analysis piece by Carla Martinez Machain, Michael Flynn and Michael Allen
Carla Martinez Machain (@carlammm) is an associate professor of political science at Kansas State University. Her research explores military effectiveness and public perceptions of the military.
Michael Flynn (@flynnpolsci) is an associate professor of political science at Kansas State University. His research focuses on the political economy of foreign policy and security issues, as well as military deployments.

Regional/State

Nicodemus: Oldest Black settlement west of the Mississippi hidden in the prairies of northwest Kansas
2/11/21 KSN
Through a partnership with K-State, the town’s tiny homes are part of a cluster project working to create small communities throughout the townsite. Two tiny homes have been completed, but the goal is to have 10.

Local

IN SESSION (featured image)
2/12/21 The Manhattan Mercury
K-State students Gavin Fry, Adyson Edwards and Abby Goins do a group exercise Wednesday afternoon in professor Jon Ulmer’s Agriculture Education 400 class in Cardwell Hall. Many students returned to at least some classes in person Monday following the university’s two-week virtual start to the spring semester. 

Kansas State holds student dedication ceremony for Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
2/10/21 KMAN
Kansas State University continues to take steps in the right direction for diversity.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

National/International

Are There Microplastics in Food?
2/10/21 LabMate
A new study from Kansas State University has revealed farm soil, and therefore food supply, contains an alarmingly high level of microplastics. Scientists warn that microplastics now pose more of a threat to agricultural soil than oceans, hindering plant development and compromising the health of consumers.

Regional/State

A sweet touch to a healthy diet: Low carb the secret for these Johnson County bakers
2/11/21 Kansas City Star
Their enterprise began with a bake sale on Facebook. When they decided baking was their business, the Oldses turned to K-State Olathe and the kitchens and expertise of those at the Food Innovation Accelerator.

*Keep your pets safe during extreme cold
2/10/21 Marysville Advocate
A Kansas State University veterinarian says the current frigid temperatures mean it's time to consider bringing some pets, especially dogs and cats, inside.

Local

‘This is your home’: Students dedicate Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
2/10/21 Collegian
The Kansas State community celebrated the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center opening with a student dedication late Wednesday night. A limited amount of people attended in-person while others watched a live stream.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

National/International

Labcorp Announces Key Appointments to Oncology Leadership Team
2/9/21 Yahoo! Finance 
Dr. Reddy earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and psychology from Kansas State University, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he also completed his internal medicine residency and clinical hematology and oncology fellowship.

Regional/State

Free workshops planned for produce growers
2/9/21 Salina Post 
After attending a produce safety workshop hosted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, the Millers learned that there was a better way to assure the safety of produce once it got into the hands of consumers. 

Local

*K-State reminds students of face covering policy, enforcement
2/9/21 WIBW
K-State is reminding students and staff about its face-covering policy and enforcement.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

National/International

BEE MACHINE APP
2/8/21 Successful Farming 
Agriculture and our food supply heavily depend on bees for pollination. Tracking bee population trends is the goal of a research assistant professor at Kansas State University.

Survey Finds Consumers Think Beef Tastes Better and Is More Nutritious Than Plant-Based Meat
2/8/21 InsideHook
Funded by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and conducted by researchers from Kansas State University and Purdue, a recent survey of 3,000 adults found that consumers’ perceptions of the taste, appearance and price of beef greatly exceeds that for plant-based meats.

Regional/State

Myers selected as chamber annual meeting speaker
2/8/21 Salina Post 
Richard B. Myers, current Kansas State University president, retired four-star general, and 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the featured speaker at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting.

Local

In Focus 2/8/21
2/8/21 1350 KMAN
Monday’s program featured K-State Veterinary Health Center Associate Professor Equine Field Service Clinician Dr. Chris Blevins on Emergency Equine Medicine and what to do before your veterinarian arrives.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

National/International

Canada jay numbers in southern Ontario decreasing because of climate change, study suggests
2/8/21 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
"If your food is being spoiled, you have less food that you can devote to survival and reproduction," said Alex Sutton, who was a Ph.D. student at the University of Guelph when he co-led the study with Ryan Norris, an associate professor in the university's department of integrative biology. "What seems to be happening is that they need to decide either to survive or to reproduce," said Sutton, now a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Kansas to give COVID-19 shots to inmates despite GOP protest
2/5/21 KMBC-TV
Dr. Lee Norman, head of the state health department, said it is now doing genetic testing on the coronavirus in about 30 cases a day to see whether they are tied to variants. He said the department is talking to Kansas State University and a Kansas City-area lab for more genetic testing.

Kansas cattleman and veteran Jerry Bohn named NCBA president
2/5/21 Drovers
Bohn, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been a part of the cattle industry his entire life. Bohn has had an expansive career in the cattle industry since his early days of custom grazing cattle with his family in the Kansas Flint Hills, to his time on Kansas State University’s award-winning livestock judging team, and eventually serving 34 years as the manager of Pratt Feeders, a commercial cattle feeding operation in his home state of Kansas. He has also dedicated his time as a leader for several state-level associations, using his expertise and experiences to mentor the next generation of industry advocates.

Local

*MLK Jr. Observance week wraps up at K-State with virtual candlelight ceremony & wreath laying
2/5/21 WIBW-TV
Kansas State University wrapped up the virtual MLK observance week with the annual candlelight ceremony and laying of the wreaths.

*Netting results: Research program aims to learn more about birds' reaction to climate
2/6/21 Manhattan Mercury
Boyle, an associate professor in the Department of Biology at K-State, has been leading a research program studying the effects of Kansas’ climate on the bird population at the Konza Prairie Biological Station. Boyle said the area of the Konza she uses for her research has a small creek nearby, with plenty of shrubs and trees in an otherwise open prairie. Boyle said that permanent water source and vegetation is valuable to her work.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

National/International

American Universities Declare War on Military History
1/31/21 Bloomberg Opinion
Paul Kennedy of Yale, author of one of the best-selling history books of all time, “The Rise and Fall of The Great Powers,” is among many historians who deplore what is, or rather is not, going on. He observed to me that while some public universities, such as Ohio State and Kansas State, have strong program in the history of war, “It’s in the elite universities that the subject has gone.”

Local

* KSU President Richard Myers talks to the K-State community
2/4/21 Junction City Post
K-State President Richard Myers said via K-State Today this week that next Monday, Feb. 8, many students, faculty, and staff will return to our classrooms and laboratories as we resume our in-person/hybrid operations as planned. As in the fall semester, we will continue to follow our protocols for cleaning and disinfecting our spaces. And of course, we will need to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance per our health and wellness guidance.

* I WONDER | Is K-State getting any COVID-19 vaccines, and when?
2/4/21 The Manhattan Mercury
Q: K-State’s website says the university has been selected as a “closed point vaccine distribution site.” What does that mean and when will K-State students and staff members receive vaccines?
A: “Closed point vaccination site” means Kansas State University can only distribute the COVID-19 vaccines it receives to people within the university — students, faculty, and staff. Associate director of nursing at Lafene Health Center Abby King said university health officials cannot give vaccines to people outside of the K-State community.

NBAF discusses foreign disease research unit
2/4/21 KMAN
“I must say that we do have a very close collaboration already with KSU. In addition, we have a number of KSU faculty who are actually working at Plum Island. We also have very strong collaborators among KSU faculty in Manhattan,” Rodriguez says.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

National/International

21 Ideas for a Cheap, Romantic Staycation
2/3/21 Money Crashers
In a 2012 study by researchers from Kansas State University and Texas Tech University, financial disagreement was the strongest predictor of divorce. 

These Are Some of the Best Schools for an Interior Design Education
2/3/21 House Beautiful
At Kansas State University, the interior design program centers on how interior environments affect well-being.

Regional/State

COVID-19 cases in Kansas continue to ease but state's top doc says it's not time to ‘exhale’
2/3/21 Topeka Capital Journal
Norman said the state has been expanding its work with labs at Kansas State University and elsewhere to boost genomic sequencing that can uncover new variants of the virus.

K-State saving on utilities while classrooms are empty
2/3/21 KSNT
Last year Kansas State University sent students home for months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall of 2020, the university began limited in person operations, sending students home. This decision ended up saving K-State some money on utilities.

* New programs nudge native, rural students toward veterinary careers
2/3/21 Ag Update
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is launching two new opportunities for future veterinarians: SPARK, the Summer Program for Aspiring Rural Kansas veterinarians, and SPRINTS, the Specialized Programs for the Recruitment of Indigenous, Native and Tribal Students initiative.

Local

*LETTER: Kansas professors critical of new termination policy
2/3/21 Salina Post
We, the undersigned distinguished professors from Kansas Board of Regents universities, strongly urge the immediate rescinding of the KBOR’s new termination policy. We applaud Allison Garrett (Emporia State), Tisa A. Mason (Fort Hays State), Richard Myers (Kansas State), Steven A. Scott (Pittsburg State), and Richard Muma (Wichita State) for refusing to use the policy. It is harmful to our individual campuses and to the Regents system as a whole.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021

National/International

Climate Change Is Prolonging Flea and Tick Season for Pets
2/1/21 EcoWatch
"It can be so bad that they cause lots of skin damage from their nails," says Brian Herrin, a veterinarian at Kansas State University. "They get secondary infections. They'll lose their hair. And overall, it's just a complete nuisance to the animal and the owners."

Regional/State

How Elon Musk And A Mission To Mars Might Boost Internet Speeds In Rural Kansas
2/1/21 KCUR-FM
“Existing satellite internet is better than nothing,” said Daniel Andresen, a computer science professor at Kansas State University, “but that’s about all you can say about it.”

Local

*K-State Announces MLK Observance Week
2/1/21 Junction City Post
Kansas State University announced a schedule of events in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. 

*K-State APDesign students compete in environmental design photo contest
2/1/21 Manhattan Mercury
Undergraduate and graduate students in Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design have been recognized for their skills in the art of photography through the college’s annual Thomas A. Tyler/Answers Inc. environmental design photo contest.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

National/International

*'Sleep Squad' offers an interactive video experience before kids' bedtime
1/31/21 Moms
Kansas State University is offering a new on-demand ‘Sleep Squad’ experience that will help your child fall asleep at night, and it is all interactive. This experience is being described as a “virtual theatre experience,” and it is recommended for anyone between the ages of 4 to 12, though we think some parents may enjoy it as well. Sleep is vital for development, and anything that can help children get more of it will always be a win.

The huge impact of Harry Potter
1/30/21 The Dawn
For instance, Kansas State University offers a course called “Harry Potter’s Library”; Durham University offers “Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion”; University of Waterloo offers “Popular Potter”; and so many more.

Regional/State

*K-State warns employees of fraudulent unemployment claims
1/30/21 WIBW-TV
Kansas State University is warning its employees of fraudulent unemployment claims and emails regarding a Kansas Unemployment Benefit Card.

*The effects misinformation & ‘fake news’ can have on you psychologically
1/29/31 KSNT-TV
“If you look at that information less skeptically it means you’re really, really prone to having that misinformation kind of sink in and end up simply affirming something that may not be true,” said Dr. Michael Young, head of Kansas State University’s Department of Psychological Sciences.

Local

*Log in: K-State students adapt to online start of spring
1/30/21 Manhattan Mercury
A virtual start to the spring semester at K-State has some students adapting to the lack of social interaction and concrete class times.

Diversity task force reviews goals, initiatives at first meeting
1/30/21 Manhattan Mercury
“You were invited into this task force because of the work that you have been doing here in Manhattan, Kansas, in diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Tanya González, the other co-chair of the task force, who is an American Literature and Latinx Studies professor at K-State. “Latinx” is a term