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K-State in the news — May 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, May 28, 2021

National

Researchers report shattercane resistance
5/27/21 Agri-View
Kansas State University researchers recently reported that shattercane, a grass weed found in grain-sorghum fields, is showing resistance to herbicides designed to stem its growth.

Regional/State

Mild, humid weather in Kansas has been perfect condition for ticks. Here's how to protect yourself and pets.
5/27/21 The Topeka Capital-Journal
The weather in Kansas has been humid and mild, leaving conditions ripe for ticks to land on people, attach themselves and feed on their blood, says a faculty member at Kansas State University. Exposure to ticks puts animals and humans at risk of becoming infected by various diseases, said Brian Herrin, assistant professor in KSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Growing canola in Kansas can be a financially sound move — at least this year
5/27/21 The Kansan
Kansas State University canola specialist, Mike Stamm, explained to a group of farmers during a recent workshop at Cody and David Swinehart's farm in Kingman County, that in addition to controlling weeds, canola works well with a wheat rotation. Many producers have witnessed the results. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Regional/State

* 'Fauci Effect' Is Inspiring Young Kansans to Pursue Health Care Careers
5/26/21 KMUW
Kansas State University recently launched the region’s first bachelor of science in public health, and student interest already is high. The program aims to prepare people for jobs such as epidemiologist, public health analyst and wellness coordinator.

Tips to cope with COVID-19 financial stress
5/26/21 Atchison Globe
The uncertainty of tomorrow is one of the biggest sources of financial stress and anxiety for couples during the COVID-10 pandemic. Megan McCoy, Kansas State University professor of practice in personal financial planning, wants to help with a new financial therapy digital tool called MoneyTalk.

Local

* KSU to launch online bachelor's in kinesiology
5/26/21 JC Post
Kansas State University is launching an online bachelor's degree in kinesiology designed to allow students to explore the importance of physical activity in the context of human health and well-being, according to a media release.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

National/International

FPA Takes Deep Dive Into How Advisors, Clients Communicate
5/25/21 Financial Advisor 
The research will be led by Carol Anderson, president of MQ Research & Education and vice president of Money Quotient Inc.; Deanna L. Sharpe, associate professor in the Personal Financial Planning Department at the University of Missouri; and Megan McCoy, professor of practice and director of the personal financial planning master’s degree program at Kansas State University, the news release said. 

Regional/State

Hays currently 4 inches ahead of yearly average moisture
5/25/21 Hays Post 
Monday's clouds in Hays brought another 0.35 of spring rain, according to the K-State Agricultural Research Center.

Local

Moran issues statement on the planned retirement of KSU President
5/25/21 JC Post 
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released a statement after Kansas State University President Richard B. Myers this week announced his retirement at the end of the year. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

National/International

* Kansas State President Richard Myers announces retirement
5/24/21 Associated Press/San Francisco Gate
Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Monday that he intends to retire at the end of the calendar year.

Regional/State

* Kansas State President Richard Myers announces retirement
5/24/21 KCTV-5
Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Monday that he intends to retire at the end of the calendar year.

Flying insects not likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2, ARS studies show
5/24/21 High Plains Journal
Scientists continue to research whether the virus was initially transmitted to humans from an animal. Researchers in the ARS Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, Kansas, in collaboration with Kansas State University, are investigating whether insects are involved in any way in the transmission of this virus. The team recently published two papers outlining their studies and findings.

Local

* K-State President Myers retiring at the end of 2021
5/24/21 The Manhattan Mercury
Kansas State University President Richard Myers is retiring at the end of the calendar year, he announced Monday.

Monday, May 24, 2021

National/International

Kansas ranchers struggle to find veterinarians for livestock
5/23/21 SF Gate
Brad White, a Kansas State University professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, said about 25% of the school’s graduates work in mixed or large animal practices. He said the nationwide average is only around 14%.

Regional/State

Broken valve causes major issues for Pride of Wildcat Land
5/21/21 WIBW-TV
A broken valve in the band storage room has caused major issues for the Kansas State University Marching Band.

7 Delightful Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Kansas City
5/22/21 Travel Awaits
Manhattan is a college town, as it is home to the well-known college Kansas State University. You will find purple and white everywhere you go in Manhattan, as the community loves their beloved Kansas State Wildcats.

Local

*Champion of diversity: New display honors K-State professor's work in education field
5/22/21 Manhattan Mercury
Boyer’s father, James Boyer, is the subject of a new exhibit titled “Champion of Diversity” in the K-State College of Education unveiled May 12.

*K-State Polytechnic faculty member wins award
5/22/21 Salina Journal
A faculty member at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus won a top aviation maintenance educator award.

Friday, May 21, 2021

National/International

New Study Suggests Visbiome Vet May Support Gastrointestinal Health in Dogs Undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment
5/20/21 Yahoo! Finance
The study was conducted at Kansas State University. Ten dogs with multicentric lymphoma were enrolled in this prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, single-blinded study. Dogs either received an oral probiotic or an oral placebo daily.

Regional/State

Wheat tour finds good crop at places, but also drought and disease stress
5/20/21 High Plains Journal
Romulo Lollato, an associate professor of wheat and forage production, Kansas State University, said drought and rust diseases continued to be a challenge many growers had to deal with. If the crop did not look promising it made for difficult decision on whether to apply fungicides. Lollato noted that some of the reasons for rust were spotty in many regions, which could also be tied to the drought stress, which can weaken a stand and make it more susceptible to diseases.

Local

K-State pitches 1.2% tuition hike to Regents as part of new fee structure
5/20/21 The Manhattan Mercury
For K-State, president Richard Myers sought a new fee structure that would mean a 1.2% tuition increase for most undergraduate students and, he said, aims to make fees more transparent. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

National/International

It’s Not Just Shoppers Riled By Pricey Beef. Ranchers Seethe Too
5/20/21 Bloomberg
Tough times on the ranch also have an impact over time. Producers are expected to scale back herds in the coming months. That means the supply imbalance currently boosting packers will peak in 2021 and should eventually give more bargaining power to feedlots, according to Glynn Tonsor, agriculture economics professor at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Attending a state university? Tuition costs will likely stay flat next school year
5/19/21 Topeka Capital-Journal
The only school to propose a tuition raise for 2022 was Kansas State, although school officials note this is part of a broader effort to simplify their payment structure. 

"We've received quite a bit of feedback that (the fee structure) is complicated. It is difficult to understand," said Karen Goos, Kansas State's vice provost for enrollment management. "It is difficult to talk about, in our recruitment process, how much it costs to attend our university."

Local

*College of Veterinary Medicine presents scholarships and special awards
5/19/21 Junction City Union
The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has presented more than $170,000 in scholarship awards to its graduating seniors, recognizing their academic, clinical, leadership and professional accomplishments.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

State/Regional

Kansas Ranchers Struggle To Find Veterinarians And It's Hurting The $9 Billion Cattle Industry
5/18/21 KCUR-FM
Brad White, a Kansas State University professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, said about 25% of the school’s graduates work in mixed or large animal practices. He said the nationwide average is only around 14%.

As flood risk lingers in Kansas, state climatologist using tools to keep watch
5/19/21 Fox4
“Having a well-distributed network helps us understand those differences whether those lines are shifting a little bit as far as rainfall amounts go,” said Mary Knapp, the Assistant State Climatologist at Kansas State University.

Kansas' first industrial hemp fiber processing facility opens in Great Bend
5/18/21 The Kansan
This spring, Jason Griffin, Ph.D., who runs the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Haysville and researches hemp for Kansas State University, said during Wichita State University's hemp conference that there are huge opportunities in hemp fiber. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

National/International

MOVING ON | 2020 KSU grads on why they chose not to participate in ceremony re-do
5/17/21 Yahoo!News
While some of K-State's class of 2020 elected to make the trip back to Manhattan to participate in this year's commencement ceremonies, many others decided not to or couldn't. With 2020's spring and fall commencements canceled because of coronavirus concerns, K-State recognized both 2020 and 2021 graduates during the ceremonies Friday through Sunday.

Transportation Worries
5/17/21 Progressive Farmer
Looking at that connection between transportation cost and distance, and price paid to producers, Kansas State University recently released a large study showing the differences over an eight-year period.

Local

Not so fast: Manhattan business keeping masks on for now
5/17/21 KSNT
But businesses are not the only ones that will still be requiring masks for a little bit longer. In a statement provided to KSNT News, K-State also will be keeping masks for a little bit longer.

Monday, May 17, 2021

National/International

Breaking up with your favorite racist childhood classic books
5/16/21 Washington Post
Nel, who is a professor of English at Kansas State University and director of the children’s literature program there, spoke with me about the book a few years ago. I republished the conversation here earlier this year when it was falsely reported that a Virginia school district had banned the books of Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Celeb couples who've reunited
5/15/21 U.K. Daily Mirror
A 2013 Kansas State University study found almost half of all couples that reunite also revealed that they had got back together believing their partner had changed for the better or that they would be better at communicating.

Local

*K-State President thanks faculty, staff for job well done during difficult school year
5/15/21 WIBW-TV
Kansas State University President Richard Myers took the time to thank faculty and staff for a job well done during a global pandemic.

*K-State hosting multiple in-person graduation ceremonies this weekend
5/14/21 WIBW-TV
Bill Snyder Family Stadium hosted both college and high school graduates Friday. This was the first day of in-person ceremonies for Kansas State University since the pandemic started.

Friday, May 14, 2021

National/International

Intelligent.com announces best online nutrition degree programs for 2021
5/13/21 Houston Chron
Kansas State University names one of the top colleges for online nutrition program.

Regional/State

Will Your Weekend Graduation Ceremonies be Rained Out?
5/13/21 WIBW
K-State says that students attending their in-person graduation ceremony can check for weather related updates by texting “kstategrad” to 888777. 

Local

KSU students can get the Pfizer vaccine
5/13/21 JC Post
Students at Kansas State University will be able to get a vaccine at an upcoming Riley Co. youth vaccination event.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

National/International

Rural vet practices challenged with investing in staff retention
5/12/21 Wisconsin State Farmer
Brad White, a professor in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said there's a lot of factors in job satisfaction that lead to higher turnover rates of veterinarians at rural practices. He said handling high turnover rates can be especially challenging for these clinics because it's difficult to develop a business from the ground up where the client pool is limited.

Regional/State

These Kansans See a Way to Fight Climate Change by Breeding Ecofriendly Crops
5/12/21 Kansas Public Radio
“The challenge that the Land Institute and others are trying to do: Can you have a perennial system that would maintain the roots, but yet produce seed?” said Kansas State University soil microbiologist Chuck Rice. “Can you have your cake and eat it too?”

Dirks: Rural areas of Kansas are ‘mental health deserts’
5/12/21 Salina Post
Fluctuating commodity prices, weather challenges and other factors mean farmers are used to a certain amount of stress. But the pandemic in the past year added that much more, according to a Kansas State University behavioral health specialist. 

Local

*Joe Mocnik named dean of K-State Libraries
5/12/21 Junction City Union
Joe Mocnik, an experienced university librarian and administrator, has been named the new dean of K-State Libraries at Kansas State University. Mocnik’s appointment, which begins July 25, was made by K-State Provost and Executive Vice President Charles Taber following a national search.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

National/International

Which rose first: the price of chicken or corn?
5/11/21 Marketplace
Animals that eat this pricier grain are now costing more per head, said Glynn Tonsor, who teaches agricultural economics at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

These Kansans See A Way To Fight Climate Change By Breeding Ecofriendly Crops
5/11/21 KMUW
“On the one hand, I fully believe that the incidence of identity theft is increasing. But I also have to hope, I want to believe that people are reporting it more,” said Elizabeth Kiss, associate professor and extension specialist in Kansas State University’s Department of Personal Financial Planning.

Local

*Stoney appointed K-State interim chief diversity and inclusion officer
5/12/21 1350 KMAN
Kansas State University President Richard Myers has named longtime College of Education faculty member Be Stoney as interim chief diversity and inclusion officer.

*New VP for Research Named at Kansas State University
5/12/21 1350 KMAN
Kansas State University has named what they term as a “national voice on the future of land-grant universities” to the post of vice president for research.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

National/International

*Kansas State changing mask policy, cites CDC guidance
5/10/21 Associated Press
Meanwhile, Kansas State University is altering its mask policy for outdoor settings, citing recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore when they’re outdoors unless they are in a big crowd.

Regional/State

Kansas identity theft reports up 1,802% last year; highest rate in the U.S.
5/10/21 The Kansas City Star
“On the one hand, I fully believe that the incidence of identity theft is increasing. But I also have to hope, I want to believe that people are reporting it more,” said Elizabeth Kiss, associate professor and extension specialist in Kansas State University’s Department of Personal Financial Planning.

Local

K-State easing mask rules for outdoor events
5/11/21 The Manhattan Mercury, KSNT
Kansas State University will allow vaccinated people to participate in outdoor events without a mask, but the change won’t happen until after graduation.

Monday, May 10, 2021

National/International

The airline industry says planes are pandemic-proof. Public health experts disagree
5/8/21 Salon
Another recent study, this one released by the CDC in conjunction with Kansas State University, reinforces the importance of not occupying middle seats. The researchers found that passengers were exposed to "viable" virus particles 23% to 57% less often in planes that block middle seats. According to USA Today, no American carriers are blocking the middle seats for economy passengers at the time of this writing.

A single mom who retired at 49 with $1.3 million says she took 6 simple steps to reach her goal
5/9/21 Business Insider
She decided to devote her time in retirement to financial coaching and pursuing a Master's degree in personal finance planning and financial therapy at Kansas State University. She's tapping into $30,000 of 529 college savings money that her daughter didn't end up needing for her higher education. 

Regional/State

*Kansas identity theft reports up 1,802% last year; highest rate in the U.S.
5/9/21 Wichita Eagle
“On the one hand, I fully believe that the incidence of identity theft is increasing. But I also have to hope, I want to believe that people are reporting it more,” said Elizabeth Kiss, associate professor and extension specialist in Kansas State University’s Department of Personal Financial Planning.

*Graduate student at K-State earns internship with NASA
5/8/21 WIBW
A K-State graduate student will have the opportunity to work with NASA in its Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Local

*Plan of attack: Changes to classroom disinfecting, remote work policy part of K-State's reopening plan
5/7/21 Manhattan Mercury
When classes resume next fall, K-State won’t limit the number of people in a given room or require cleaning rooms between each class.

*K-State Polytechnic honors 2020, 2021 graduates during commencement ceremony
5/9/21 Salina Journal
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus celebrated members from two graduation classes Saturday morning at Tony's Pizza Events Center.

Richard Myers president of Kansas State University, with the applause of everyone in attendance, said he was happy the school was able to hold in-person graduations this year. He also thanked those 2020 graduates making the time to come and be celebrated.

Friday, May 7, 2021

National/International

The Revenge-Shopping Pandemic Is Here
5/6/21 InStyle
Megan McCoy, Ph.D., a certified financial therapist and professor at Kansas State University tells InStyle she's seen an uptick in revenge spending during the pandemic. "COVID has not been great for couples, and some people buy things to cope with their brewing frustration," she explains. 

Regional/State

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to hold webinar series for military artists
5/6/21 Hays Post
Artist INC Express is sponsored by KCAIC in partnership with the Arts Council of Johnson County and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Kansas State University.

Local

K-State urges students to get COVID-19 vaccine before semester ends
5/6/21 WIBW
Kansas State University will continue to offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine until the end of the semester.

Lt. Gov. David Toland worried about state’s outmigration
5/6/21 The Manhattan Mercury
“But what is of most concern is that the rate of outmigration, of our young talent, whether we’re talking about kids coming out of K-State, or whether we’re talking about kids when they leave high school or our technical colleges, they are leaving the state of Kansas, and they’re going to other places,” Toland said. “The biggest driver of this is better economic opportunities in those places, so that’s a challenge for us.”

Thursday, May 6, 2021

National/International

“Agricomb” is the perfect tool for measuring gases from cow burps
5/5/21 Ars Technica
Optical frequency combs are essentially high-tech "rulers" for measuring different colors of light; they're useful for making better atomic clocks and hunting for exoplanets, among other things. Now scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), collaborating with researchers at Kansas State University (KSU), have introduced the "agricomb," an optical frequency comb that measures the gassy emissions from cow burps—the first use of frequency combs in an agricultural setting. The tool could one day help boost agricultural yields and enable the design of cleaner farms, according to a recent paper published in the journal Science Advances.

Regional/State

*K-State commencements set for Salina, Manhattan
5/5/21 Garden City Telegram
It's pomp and circumstance time again at Kansas State University with the return of formal commencement ceremonies this spring. The in-person ceremonies will honor all university graduates from 2020 as well as graduation candidates for May and summer 2021.

Local

Kansas State students, faculty anticipate reopened campus for 2021 fall semester
5/5/21 Collegian
Kansas State announced campus will reopen for the 2021 fall semester, with COVID-19 restrictions beginning to phase out on Aug. 1. After learning online or in a hybrid setting for over a year, students will return to many in-person classes starting in August. It should look more like normal for K-State students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

National/International

Intelligent.com Announces Best Online Colleges for 2021
5/4/21 PRWeb
Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the top online programs for 2021.

Regional/State

*Konza Prairie hikes are Saturday
5/4/21 WIBW-TV
K-State has announced that you can join the Flint Hills Discovery Center and K-State Parks Management and Conservation Program for free guided hikes of the Konza Prairie Nature Trail

Local

McCain Auditorium officials planning to host live shows this fall
4/4/21 Manhattan Mercury and Yahoo! News
The executive director of McCain Auditorium at K-State says he's making plans to bring a few live events back to the calendar this fall.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

National/International

*K-State to keep May's commencement ceremonies closed to public
5/3/21 Yahoo!News
Kansas State University is keeping the first in-person commencement ceremonies since the pandemic began closed to the general public.

Cocrystal Pharma Provides Update on its COVID-19 Antiviral Discovery and Development Programs
5/3/21 MorningStar
In December 2020 Cocrystal announced the selection of CDI-45205 as its lead coronavirus development candidate among a group of protease inhibitors obtained under an exclusive license agreement with Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) announced in 2020.

Regional/State

Fourteen Kansas State University graduate students receive cancer research awards totaling $95,439
5/3/21 WIBW-TV
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 14 graduate students to receive Cancer Research Awards to support their summer research endeavors.


Monday, May 3, 2021

National/International

*Drone operators challenge surveyors' turf in mapping dispute
5/1/21 Denver Post
But Kurt Carraway, executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University, said licensing boards should do more to embrace partnerships by researching the accuracy of drone mapping and encouraging the use of drones, particularly in places where a surveyor can’t safely do the work.

John Hood: Tax policy slows migration flows
5/1/21 Winston-Salem Journal
The latest research I’ve seen was just published in the Journal of the American Taxation. Kansas State University’s Amy Hageman and the University of Central Florida’s Sean Robb and Jason Schwebke examined migration data for the years 2008 through 2015.

Regional/State

*Kansas woman among Biden’s nominees for administration
4/30/21 KSNT-TV
Geraldine Richmond’s name was on the list as an undersecretary for science for the Department of Energy. Richmond attended Kansas State University in 1975 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She then went to Berkeley, Calif. where she earned a doctorate in physical chemistry.

Local

*Salina doctoral student among cancer research award recipients
5/2/21 Salina Post
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 14 graduate students to receive cancer research awards to support their summer research endeavors.