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K-State in the news — July 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, July 30, 2021

National/International

Cocrystal Pharma’s SARS-CoV-2 3CL Protease Lead CDI-45205 Demonstrates Broad-Spectrum Activity Against the SARS-CoV-2 Delta and Gamma Variants
7/29/21 Yahoo! Finance
Cocrystal announced agreements in February and April 2020 with Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) for certain proprietary broad-spectrum CL3 antiviral compounds for the treatment of norovirus and coronavirus infections.

Ask the Experts: Derek Lawson
7/30/21 WalletHub
Q&A with Derek R. Lawson, Ph.D., CFP®, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Department of Personal Financial Planning and Partner of Priority Financial Partners in Durango, CO.

Regional/State

Failure to expand Medicaid hurts the bottom line of our Kansas local communities. Push your lawmakers to act.
7/29/21 The Kansan (opinion piece)
In addition to lower criminal justice spending, expanding Medicaid will stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs. Research conducted by K-State economist John Leatherman found that expanding KanCare would create more than 13,000 new jobs and estimates that local governments across the state will bring in $27-$34 million in additional revenue in the first full year of expansion.

Local

Furniture Amnesty Day to help community rehome used furniture
7/29/21 WIBW
Since 2009, the City of Manhattan has partnered with groups from K-State, to provide a safe, organized way to rehome used furniture.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

National/International

Study: Millennials want respectful communication at their jobs
7/29/21 Columbia Daily Tribune
Aretha Franklin had the answer for what millennials value in the workplace in her classic song "Respect," a new study by the University of Missouri and Kansas State University shows.

Regional/State

Helping NW Kansas entrepreneurs’ dreams become reality
7/28/21 Hays Post
It was a solid idea and Reinert had produced a prototype. But Bret Lanz, Commercialization Director at the Technology Development Institute, said this is where new products can stall because manufacturers need to know the bottom line for production. 

Local

K-State administrator lobbying federal government for additional investments in ag-research facilities
7/22/21 KMAN
Ernie Minton, Kansas State University College of Agriculture dean, is lobbying the federal government to make investing in agricultural research facilities part of its ongoing infrastructure spending discussions. According to Minton, an Association of Public and Land-grant Universities report shows that 69 percent of agriculture-research buildings at land grant universities are 25 years of age or older, with many having been built between the 1950s and 1980s

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

National/International

The Best Places in Every State To Live on a Fixed Income
7/27/21 Yahoo! Finance 
Kansas: Manhattan
In Manhattan, the location of Kansas State University, the median home value is $225,182, up 3.85% year over year. The average rent fell substantially, dropping about 7.2% to $1,023 a month.

State/Regional 

The rest of the world is much closer to Kansas than it appears. That demands leadership
7/28/21 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University is home to four labs partnering with USAID’s Feed the Future Program on innovations promoting agricultural sustainability and resiliency in countries from Ethiopia and Niger to India and Guatemala. This cutting-edge research on sorghum, millet and wheat brought more than $100 million in investment to K-State and inspired a new Global Food Systems initiative to extend research opportunities across the university. This work could not be timelier as supply chains are disrupted and more people are going hungry because of the impact of COVID.

Local

LOCAL HISTORY: Splinterville
7/27/21 Manhattan Mercury 
At the end of World War II, thousands of veterans and their families streamed to Manhattan to make use of G.I. Bill educational benefits. Enrollment at K-State went from 2,206 in 1945 to 7,435 in 1948!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

National/International

K-State’s Goodband, Tokach receive national animal science awards
7/26/21 Rural Radio Network
Two Kansas State University animal science professors were recently recognized by the American Society of Animal Science at its annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Anaplasmosis: People, Ticks, and Certain Flies
7/26/21 Feedlot Magazine
Now for the “People” component for anaplasmosis prevention, one of the most prevalent ways the bacteria is spread is through contaminated needles used to administer pharmaceutical drugs to cattle. In fact, a study conducted by Kansas State University demonstrated that six out of 10 uninfected animals became infected with anaplasmosis after treating one infected animal due to not changing needles between animals.

Local

*K-State AD, president comment on latest Big 12 developments
7/26/21 WIBW
K-State Gene Taylor and President Richard Myers wrote: “With the recent announcement of two of our institutions electing to depart the conference following the 2024-25 season, Kansas State University and the additional seven members of the Big 12 Conference are eager to collaborate and position ourselves for continued success. We have terrific leadership at the conference, university and state board of regent levels, and our fans should know that every effort is being made to put Kansas State and the Big 12 Conference in the best position moving forward.”

Monday, July 26, 2021

National/International

Anivive’s GC376 reduces COVID-19 replication, shows potential as new post-infection treatment
7/23/21 Associated Press
GC376 is a broad-spectrum antiviral medicine under development by Anivive Lifesciences for therapeutic use in animals and humans. A first-class small molecule protease inhibitor, GC376 blocks 3CLpro, a protease common to many coronaviruses, with high therapeutic efficacy. Anivive licensed exclusive worldwide patent rights to GC376 from Kansas State University.

Researchers find a spatiotemporal symphony of light
7/25/21 Techgraph
Prof. Kaminer is also affiliated with the Helen Diller Quantum Center and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute. The study was spearheaded by Ph.D. students Yaniv Kurman and Raphael Dahan. Other members of the research team were Dr. Kangpeng Wang, Michael Yannai, Yuval Adiv, and Ori Reinhardt. The research was based on an international collaboration with the groups of Prof. James Edgar (Kansas State University), Prof. Mathieu Kociak (Université Paris Sud), and Prof. Frank Koppens (ICFO, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology).

Regional/State

Consumers drive changes in wheat breeding pipeline
7/23/21 Kansas Farmer
“Thanks to wheat breeding programs like the one at Kansas State University, producers have ever-improving options of wheat varieties to plant,” says Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. “Whether it’s improved resistance, increased yields or improved milling and baking quality, Kansas wheat breeders are creating varieties that meet the changing needs of farmers, millers, bakers and consumers.”

Local

NBAF Update: With patience comes great reward
7/24/21 Manhattan Mercury
“USDA has a contract with a local company that is providing hands-on experiences for our animal resources team to work with animals,” Ziegler said. “They also are working with K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine to do simulation training over the summer.”

Friday, July 23, 2021

National/International

Young workers now value respect over 'fun' perks in the workplace
7/22/21 Science Daily
Millennials, often referred to as the "job-hopping generation," represent a group of young workers who once grabbed the national spotlight with their publicized demands for "fun" work perks, such as happy hours. However, researchers at the Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University discovered today's young workers -- ages 21-34 -- represent a life-stage shift toward placing more value on having respectful communication in the workplace over trendy work perks.

Regional/State

Hot nights are confusing Kansas crops. What does that mean for the nation’s food supply?
7/23/21 The Wichita Eagle
Researchers at Kansas State University and North Carolina State University have evidence that when nights get warmer, it messes up the circadian clock genes in rice. Similar patterns of behavior are expected in Kansas crops, such as wheat, barley and corn.

* EPA Extends Grant for Kansas Radon Programs
7/22/21 The Ag Connection
National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University, a part of Engineering Extension, has been awarded a $200,000-per-year, three-year grant to conduct national radon technical assistance for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

National/International

Why Are Some Food Additives That Are Banned In Europe Still Used in the U.S.?
7/22/21 Everyday Health
Europe takes a more precautionary approach to evaluating chemicals and additives compared to the United States, says Justin J. Kastner, PhD, associate professor in the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

“One key difference is that historically the United States has been more insistent in focusing on the probability or likelihood of hazards or bad things occurring, and the European Union approach has been more precautionary; they give attention to not just probabilities of something going wrong, but also the mere possibility,” says Dr. Kastner. That has resulted in the EU banning more additives than the United States, he adds.

Regional/State

Plan Now for Future Emergency, K-State Expert Advises
7/21/21 Kansas Ag Connection
Elizabeth Kiss, a family resource management specialist with K-State Research and Extension, said the pinch of the pandemic forced many Americans to dip into their reserve funds in order to get through it.

Local

*New K-State graduate from Topeka earns prestigious Phi Kappa Phi fellowship
7/21/21 Junction City Union
Recent Kansas State University graduate Lauren Ailslieger, Topeka, has earned a 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

State/Regional

New study answers whether energy income increases farm investment
7/20/21 Wichita Eagle 
A new study conducted in part by Kansas State University finds that farmers don’t make more investments based on energy income earned from their land.

* K-State Polytechnic promotes Marseline to assistant dean
7/20/21 Salina Post 
Deb Marseline, associate director of field education and instructor in the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus' social work program, has been promoted to assistant dean of diversity, equity and belonging.

Local

FROM THE PUBLISHER | More structure is a good idea for freshmen
7/20/21 Manhattan Mercury
K-State is making the right move by requiring freshmen to live on campus, starting with the school year that begins about a year from now. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

National/International

School Notebook | K-State survey: 39% of students experienced depression
7/19/21 Yahoo News
Data from a 2020 survey of Kansas State University indicate many students had feelings of stress and suicidal thoughts during the pandemic. K-State Dean of Students Thomas Lane included portions of the data in a letter recently shared on K-State Today. 

Heat Stress in Cattle
7/19/21 Agriculture
Dr. Brian Lubbers is an associate professor of food animal therapeutics at Kansas State University. He says along with noting daytime high temperatures, you should also monitor the nighttime low temperatures.

State/Regional

* K-State to Require Freshman to Live On Campus
7/19/21 KFDI - Wichita
Kansas State University will require first-year students to live on campus starting in the fall of 2022.

Local

* Vet med student receives research fellowship to identify African swine fever virus protective antigens
7/19/21 Junction City Union
Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, is one of 14 students selected nationally for a Veterinary Student Research Fellowship to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture.

Monday, July 19, 2021

National/International

*Kansas State will require freshmen to live on campus
7/16/21 San Francisco Chronicle
Kansas State University will require that first-year students to live on campus starting in the fall of 2022.

This is how to keep your home mold free this summer
7/16/21 The List
When it comes to your thermostat, Mindbodygreen recommends keeping your indoor temperature hovering below 77 degrees since anything higher can be ideal for mold growth. The outlet cites a report from Kansas State University that explains, "Molds grow best in warm temperatures, 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, though some growth may occur anywhere between 32 and 95 degrees."

State/Regional

*K-State Poly selected to lead NIST contract for UAS prize competition
7/16/21 Salina Post
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has been selected to lead the third unmanned aircraft systems, prize competition by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Where’s your beef from? Biden order seeks to boost U.S. ranchers, clarify for consumers
7/18/21 The Columbian (Columbia, Missouri)
Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, said that if the USDA adopts a more restrictive labeling rule it could result in higher costs for consumers.

Local

Board of Regents names search committee for K-State president
7/17/21 Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Board of Regents announced Friday the members of the search committee for K-State’s next president.

*Compare and contrast: Beach Museum exhibit pairs animals, cultures, art styles
7/17/21 Manhattan Mercury
The animals came marching two by two to the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University.

Friday, July 16, 2021

National/International

Where’s your beef from? Biden order seeks to boost US ranchers, clarify for consumers
7/15/21 MSN/McClatchy
Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, said that if the USDA adopts a more restrictive labeling rule it could result in higher costs for consumer.

State/Regional

Desperation brings innovation as farm-to-table movement flourishes in Kansas
7/15/21 The Wichita Eagle
“My first experience, it didn’t start well,” says Junehee Kwon, a professor and the graduate program director for the Department of Hospitality Management at Kansas State University.

“But because I explored more and learned more, I learned to really respect and also appreciate what they were doing. My first experience turned into a very positive learning experience.”

Local

K-State serves as site for Leadership and Auxiliary Camp
7/15/21 Junction City Post
K-State Bands hosted their annual Leadership and Auxiliary Camp from July 11–14. According to K-State Today almost 80 high school drum majors, section leaders, percussionists and color guard members were on campus to learn drum major conducting, leadership skills, percussion techniques and guard techniques. The students represented 36-high schools from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

National/International

*Virologists Demonstrate Successful Treatment for SARS-CoV-2, the Virus That Causes COVID-19
7/13/21 SciTech Daily 
A recent study by Kansas State University virologists demonstrates successful postinfection treatment for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

State/Regional

Where’s your beef from? Biden order seeks to boost U.S. ranchers, clarify for consumers
7/13/21 Kansas City Star
Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, said that if the USDA adopts a more restrictive labeling rule it could result in higher costs for consumers.

Local

Kansas 4-H members gear up for county fairs
7/13/21 Junction City Post 
The Grand ‘Ole party that is county fair season in Kansas has begun, and a Kansas State University youth development specialist says the state’s 4-H members are rolling out the welcome mat. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

National/International

US wheat prices open opportunity for swine diets
7/12/21 The Pig Site
Kansas State University swine nutritionists say economics are currently in wheat’s favor for swine diets. Kansas State University swine nutritionists say that lower prices for wheat compared to other commodities currently makes it a good value for pig diets.

State/Regional

Are your vegetables blooming – but no fruit?
7/12/21 Kansas Ag Connection
For Kansas gardeners, watching vegetables bloom but not set fruit can be very frustrating. Yet, for various reasons, that often happens this is the time of year, says Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham. "There are several possible reasons," he said. "One condition that can affect several species is over-fertilization."

Local

*Rahmani awarded USDA grant to improve estimation of evapotranspiration across US
7/12/21 Junction City Union
Vahid Rahmani, assistant professor in the Carl and Melinda Helwig Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University, has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture — Research Education and Economics grant to improve evapotranspiration and soil moisture information across the U.S.

Monday, July 12, 2021

National/International

*Scientists Identify Post-Infection Treatment For Covid: Study
7/9/21 NDTV
"We developed the protease inhibitor GC376 for treating a fatal coronavirus infection in cats, which is now under commercial development as an investigational new animal drug," said Yunjeong Kim, associate professor at Kansas State University in the US.

State/Regional

Have drums — will travel: Miss Kansas 2021 combines passion for music and education
7/11/Pratt Tribune
Clark, the daughter of Bill and Natalie Clark in St. John, will take a year off as a student at Kansas State University to serve as Miss Kansas 2021, then go back next year as a senior to finish her degree in music education.

Local

Hometown heroes: Peter Tsai, inventor of the N95 respirator technology
7/10/21 Manhattan Mercury
Peter Tsai says Kansas State University is still “really important” to him, even though he moved before he could finish his doctorate there.

Better than expected: Local farmers report positive results from wheat harvest
7/10/21 Manhattan Mercury
Strouts said he planted a variety of wheat called “Zenda.” Developed by Kansas State University researchers, he said this particular variety is “well adapted” to this area of northeast Kansas and is resistant to the typical wheat diseases seen in Kansas.

Friday, July 9, 2021

National/International

Can dogs catch human colds? No, but they can get their own version of a cold
7/8/21 Insider
"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.

State/Regional

Local state legislator forms ‘smart gun’ company and sets up production facility in Baldwin City
7/8/21 The Lawrence Journal-World
The KU Small Business Development Center helped Holland — who also owns an IT company and a Douglas County winery — develop a business plan and conduct market research. But he turned to Kansas State University to help with the actual engineering prototype production. A team at K-State’s Technology Development Institute came up with the key pieces of technology for the product.

Local

K-State College of Veterinary Medicine studying COVID vaccines for Sunset Zoo animals
7/8/21 Yahoo! News / The Manhattan Mercury
K-State College of Veterinary Medicine scientists and veterinarians are researching coronavirus vaccines to see if the shots are appropriate for animals at Sunset Zoo.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

National/International

NIST Prize Challenge Launches Research for Unmanned Aircraft in Search and Rescue
7/7/21 NIST
The First Responder UAS Triple Challenge is being hosted by NIST’s PSCR Division and managed by Kansas State University, in partnership with Mississippi State University. 

Local

*GOAL MET
7/7/21 The Mercury
Lafene Health Center announced Wednesday that more than 70% of the K-State community is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

National/International

OUR NEIGHBORS | Pair of 6th graders receive national recognition for Underground Railroad project
7/6/21 Yahoo news and Manhattan Mercury 
Pitts was a well-known figure in Manhattan. His wife Cindy referred to him as a "curious man by trade."

He wrote two books about Kansas' role in the Underground Railroad and narrated a documentary on the subject for Kansas State University and received several awards for his work.

When the Next Animal Plague Hits, Can This Lab Stop It?
7/6/21 Wired
We visited the NBAF’s 50-acre construction site on a muggy spring day in 2019. One of the late-afternoon thunderstorms for which the Great Plains are famous had just swept through, sending sheets of rain down across the Gothic castles and limestone halls of the Kansas State University campus. The site was selected after a three-year national competition, in part because of Manhattan’s existing expertise: It is also home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, a BSL-3 lab completed in 2007. Senator Tom Daschle has hyped this area as “the Silicon Valley of biodefense.”

Regional/State

Puny tomatoes or wilted basil? These gurus are happy to get garden back on track
7/6/21 Kansas City Star 
Hundreds of people throughout the metro area are part of Master Gardener programs through Kansas State University or the University of Missouri Extension Services. One pro might even live next to you.

Local

*K-State's Johnson Cancer Research Center awards nearly $416,000 for cancer research and education
7/6/21 JC Post
Thanks to its supporters, the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University was able to direct $415,939 to cancer research and education programs and students this past year.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

National/International

Graphene additive manufacturing for flexible and printable electronics
7/2/21 Phys.org
Research led by Kansas State University's Suprem Das, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, in collaboration with Christopher Sorensen, university distinguished professor of physics, shows potential ways to manufacture graphene-based nano-inks for additive manufacturing of supercapacitors in the form of flexible and printable electronics.

Golliwogs, Mudbloods and fair princesses: The pervasive symbols of race and gender oppressions in children’s literature
7/3/21 The Indian Express
While biographers of Dr. Seuss have discussed the incident, what they did not mention was that the woman in question was an African American, writes Philip Nel, Professor of English at Kansas State University, in his book Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, while highlighting that the origins of the character is racially complicated as it also draws upon cartoonist George Herriman’s depictions of the gendered and biracial Krazy Kat, and traditions of blackface minstrelsy.

Regional/State

*K-State research may lead to COVID treatment breakthrough
7/2/21 WIBW
Research done by virologists at Kansas State University on SARS-CoV-2 could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of COVID-19. Kansas State University says a recent study done by its virologists shows successful post infection treatment for the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2.

Local

*Women in KSU Polytechnic’s pilot program are proving the sky is the limit
7/4/21 JC Post
Many pilot students have fellow aviators to look up to and seek advice and support from, but for women in the aviation industry, this kind of camaraderie can be harder to find. Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is changing that.

Friday, July 2, 2021

National/International

Advances in Manufacturing Shared the Spotlight at NAMRI | SME Awards During 49th Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference
7/1/21 Yahoo! Finance
"3D Freeze-printed Cellulose-based Aerogels: Obtaining Truly 3D Shapes, and Functionalization with Cross-linking and Conductive Additives," from authors Halil Tetik, Keren Zhao, Nasrullah Shah and Dong Lin, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

Among Iraqis, the name Rumsfeld evokes nation’s destruction
7/1/21 Associated Press
In this Nov. 9, 2006, file photo, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asks for another question following his Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. News of the death of former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has hit far differently in Baghdad than in the U.S. capital. Rumsfeld, whose service under four U.S. presidents was stained by the ruinous U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 

Regional/State

Most schools don’t require COVID vaccines. But these 2 Kansas City area colleges will
7/1/21 The Kansas City Star
The University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University, which all plan to get back to normal campus operations in August, have not announced any vaccine requirements, but apparently have not ruled them out.

Local

KSU President Myers remembers former Secretary of Defense
7/1/21 The Junction City Post
Kansas State University President Richard Myers served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Rumsfeld. The retired four-star General in the Air Force worked alongside Rumsfeld from the earliest stages of the War on Terror, including the planning and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Regional/State

KSU Poly’s Women Pilots Proving Sky is the Limit
6/30/21 KSAL
K-State Polytechnic’s interim chief pilot Brandy Shaw and assistant chief pilot Karen Morrison are both accomplished female pilots and are in rare company. According to the Women in Aviation International, only 7.9% of pilots are female.

Kansas leaders who worked with Rumsfeld remember his dedication, service
6/30/21 WIBW
Kansas State University President Richard Myers served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Rumsfeld. The retired four-star General in the Air Force worked alongside Rumsfeld from the earliest stages of the War on Terror, including the planning and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “Former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld played a pivotal role during a crucial time in American history,” Myers said in a statement to 13 NEWS. “We remember him for his devotion and service to our country in times of crisis. As a leader, he demanded candor from those around him and respected those who served their country in and out of uniform.”

*K-State tool to be used to track SNAP-Ed data
6/30/21 WIBW
A K-State data management system will now be used nationwide to track SNAP-Ed.

Local

*Beach Museum opens virtual exhibit showcasing Kansas artist’s affinity for sunrises
6/30/21 1350 KMAN
The Beach Museum of Art has opened a new John Steuart Curry art exhibit.