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September 2011 news releases

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011


ARTISTRY IN ACTION: KANSAS ARTIST BIRGER SANDZEN CELEBRATED WITH DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OCT. 12 AT THE BEACH MUSEUM: The creator of two initial pieces in Kansas State University's art collection, artist Birger Sandzen, will be the focus of an upcoming documentary screening at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

ORGANIZED SERVICE: COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK TEACHES VALUE OF ORGANIZED DISASTER RESPONSE: A disaster can be anything from a hurricane that devastates thousands of lives to a house fire that destroys one family's most prized possessions. In situations like these, victims and emergency personnel hope that volunteers have the knowledge to effectively react to disasters on each end of the spectrum.

THE POWER OF PINK: CANCER RESEARCH CENTER'S FREE LUNCHEON RAISES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and breast cancer at the second annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave., in Manhattan.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS TO DISCUSS CAREERS THAT TAKE BITE OUT OF CRIME: Future crime fighters and the public are invited to two free presentations by representatives from federal law enforcement agencies at Kansas State University in October.

EXPANDING SERVICES: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE'S BLOOMFIELD EARNS KEY DEVELOPER CERTIFICATION: A new certification earned by an engineer at Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute enhances LabVIEW services offered by the institute.


Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011


GOOD FOR ESCAPING ZOMBIES OR A GAS SHORTAGE: K-STATE SALINA STUDENT BUILDING ELECTRIC VEHICLE: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, Kenny Ham will be outrunning the zombies -- but it remains to be seen whether his vehicle of choice will be a boat or an all-terrain vehicle that doubles as a street-legal car. Either way, both vehicles run on electric power and solar energy. That means Ham won't be relying on gas, which he says will be a commodity that will not exist in the event of an apocalypse.

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL REVOLUTION: HORNSBY CO-AUTHORS NEW BOOK ON WHY AN ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE IS VITAL TO BUSINESS SURVIVAL: Innovate or die. That's what it takes for corporations -- and their employees – to remain vibrant and profitable today, according to a new book co-authored by a Kansas State University entrepreneurship expert.

HIGH HONOR: GRADUATE STUDENT EARNS APKER AWARD FROM AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY: A Kansas State University graduate student is receiving a prestigious physics award for research she did as an undergraduate with the help of K-State's J.R. Macdonald Laboratory.


Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011


TABLET COMPUTER USE REACHING NEW HEIGHTS WITH AVIATION STUDENTS AT K-STATE SALINA: The use of tablet computers is taking off at Kansas State University at Salina, with aviation students and faculty using them to keep up with the aviation industry in the classroom and the cockpit.

ACCELERATING SUCCESS: VENTURE ACCELERATOR GIVING STUDENTS RESOURCES TO CREATE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES: An entrepreneur's dream is to have the space and resources to make an idea become a successful business. At the Kansas State University College of Business Administration, student entrepreneurs from across campus now have the ability to work in a dedicated space to make their dreams a reality.

NOURISHING NUTRIENTS: AGRONOMY RESEARCH EXAMINES NITROGEN USE IN WINTER WHEAT: Not all wheat varieties are created equal in terms of nitrogen use. Research from Kansas State University is examining the nature of those differences and how appropriate management can improve agricultural efficiency.

A SINGING BEE: MUSICAL 'THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE' COMING TO NICHOLS THEATER: Theater and music students at Kansas State University will put their acting, singing and phonetic skills into action for the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."


Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011


UP AGAIN: K-STATE SETS NEW ENROLLMENT RECORD, SURPASSING LAST FALL'S RECORD YEAR: The No. 1 college choice for Kansas high school graduates has set another enrollment record. This fall Kansas State University has recorded its best enrollment yet, according to 20th-day figures announced by the Kansas Board of Regents. A record-breaking 23,863 students are attending K-State both on and off campus, up from 23,588 last year.

A FULL HOUSE: FOUR MONTHS AFTER OPENING, K-STATE OLATHE BRIMMING WITH INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS AND EXPERTISE: The Kansas City area will start seeing an increase in purple power. Leaders at Kansas State University's Olathe campus and industry officials from around the world have created partnerships that are filling up the initial 10 laboratory spaces at the campus, which opened April 26.

SERVING A NEED: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA WILL PRESENT WORK ON HELPING AFRICAN ORPHANS: The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics will welcome a graduate with more than 50 years of service to others as its 2011 Distinguished Alumna, Friday, Oct. 7. 


Monday, Sept. 26, 2011


EMPOWERING POWER SYSTEMS: RESEARCHERS LIGHT UP POSSIBILITIES WITH SOLAR PANEL BASED DESIGN: A team of eight researchers at Kansas State University is using renewable energy to generate an agile power distribution system and transform the industry.

REACHING A HIGH STANDARD: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RANKS 59TH IN THE ASPEN GLOBAL 100 'BEYOND GREY PINSTRIPES': When it comes to learning accounting at Kansas State University, there is much more than numbers and financial statements. In K-State's master's of business administration program, students also learn about the importance of ethics and how they, too, impact a company.

SERVE 2 SUCCEED: NEW MENTORING PROGRAM GETS FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Serve 2 Succeed, a new peer-mentoring program offered by Kansas State University's School of Leadership Studies, is helping first-year students learn firsthand about community engagement and volunteer service.

INTEGRATED LEARNING: TRADING AND SALES LABS OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN CALVIN HALL: For students in Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, learning is doing. With the opening of the Sales and Trading Labs, students enrolled in marketing and finance courses will have the opportunity to learn, test and improve their skills with the newest technology.

SECURING THE FUTURE: CONFERENCE AIMS TO EDUCATE, BRING TOGETHER THOSE WORKING IN CYBERSECURITY: A cybersecurity consortium that includes a Kansas State University component will host a conference focusing on both business and academic facets of security issues.

SLEEPOUT RAISES AWARENESS, FUNDS TO HELP HOMELESS: The ground was a little hard and the night a tad chilly, but the result made the loss of sleep worthwhile for members of Kansas State University's sophomore honorary Silver Key.

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011


OUTSTANDING WORK WITH DOGS, ACADEMICS EARNS VETERINARY STUDENT AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Dogs are not only man's best friend, but canines and humans also share diseases such as cancer. That's a field that Jenna Dockweiler, a veterinary medicine student at Kansas State University, would like to explore as a small animal specialty practitioner and researcher. These interests have helped Dockweiler earn the $2,500 American Kennel Club/Companion Animal Recovery Scholarship.

READY TO HELP: COUNSELING SERVICES SUCCESSFUL AT REACHING MORE STUDENTS DESPITE RESOURCE CHALLENGES: The 2011 annual report for Kansas State University's counseling services shows the agency knows how to cope when it comes to challenges.

AT&T DONATES $15,000 TO K-STATE FOR PROGRAMS TO AID FIRST-GENERATION, UNDERSERVED STUDENTS: AT&T has presented a $15,000 check to Kansas State University to support three programs that help students succeed in college and after they graduate. The on-campus presentation was Sept. 22 and attended by distinguished guests from the state of Kansas, AT&T and K-State. 


Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011


SMART SCIENCE: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING LABORATORY DEVELOPING RADIATION DETECTORS FOR INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES: If another nuclear emergency occurs like that in March at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a key Kansas State University research laboratory could play a key role with its newly enhanced capabilities for large-scale production of disposable radiation detectors. These detectors can be used to measure the amount of radiation released in the atmosphere.

SMART SCIENCE: STUDENT RESEARCH HELPS DEVELOP NEW RADIATION DETECTORS: To many people, neutrons are merely known as particles without an electric charge. For student researchers in Kansas State University's Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies Laboratory, or SMART Lab, neutrons are crucial for breaking new ground in radiation detection.

EYES ACROSS BORDERS: RESEARCHERS FIND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS HELP HOLD GOVERNMENTS ACCOUNTABLE: In countries where human rights are repressed, international nongovernmental organizations can make a difference, according to two Kansas State University professors.

HEY, HEY, HEY: MCCAIN PERFORMANCE SERIES FEATURING COMEDIAN BILL COSBY: One of America's most beloved entertainers is the next to be featured in the 2011-2012 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University.


Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011


FROM PROTEIN TO PLANES AND PIGSKIN: DISCOVERY IN INSECTS' SKIN COULD LEAD TO IMPROVED PEST CONTROL, NEW BIOPLASTICS TECHNOLOGY: Scientists may soon be able to make pest insects buzz off for good or even turn them into models for new technologies, all thanks to a tiny finding with enormous potential.

THINKING BIG ABOUT WATER QUALITY: K-STATE LEADING CONTINENTAL-SCALE RESEARCH: We drink it, we bathe in it and we play in it. Water is essential to our everyday lives, yet water quality in streams and lakes can be profoundly influenced by the organisms that live in these habitats.

HIGH HONOR: WRIGHT NEW FELLOW OF DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Thomas A. Wright, Kansas State University's Jon Wefald Leadership Chair in Business Administration, is being recognized with fellow status by a key division of the American Psychological Association.

FROM THE MUSEUM TO THE STREETS: ARTIST AMY YOUNG PRESENTS STREET ART LECTURE: A current art phenomenon found in several cities across the country will be the focus of an upcoming lecture at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

BEEF, IT'S WHAT'S FOR READING: NEW BOOK CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF THE STATE'S BEEF INDUSTRY: Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is celebrating the arrival of "150 Years of Kansas Beef." The book was written in honor of the sesquicentennial of Kansas' statehood, and is dedicated to Jack Vanier, a Kansas cattleman and businessman.

ACCELERATING GROWTH: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE WORKING WITH KEY PARTNERS ON WAY TO BOOST MANUFACTURING IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS: A collaboration of Kansas economic development partners is using a federal grant on a feasibility project to help rural manufacturers in south central Kansas.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011


LEARNING FROM THE BEST: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEBUTS EXECUTIVE MENTOR PROGRAM: Alumni and friends of the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University are helping prepare students to become successful business professionals. More than 70 business executives have already committed their time to become mentors in the K-State Business Executive Mentor Program.

 A Kansas State University alumnus who provided medical support in the 2010 Chilean mining disaster will deliver the fall 2011 Eyestone Lecture for K-State's College of Engineering.

SERVING JUSTICE: ALUMNA TO DISCUSS WORK FOR CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: Kristy Parker, a Kansas State University alumna, will discuss her work for the federal agency in charge of protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans in two lectures during a visit to Manhattan.

HUNGRY FOR HELP: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY INVITED TO COME TOGETHER TO FEED THE NEEDY: Two hours of donated time could help 70,000 people enjoy a rare meal through next month's food packaging event at Kansas State University.

 Kansas State University and the Manhattan community are celebrating Community Cultural Harmony Week through Sept. 24.

RAVES FOR THE REVIEWER: MANAGEMENT PROFESSOR EARNS AWARD FOR MANUSCRIPT REVIEW WORK: Marne Arthaud-Day, associate professor of management at Kansas State University, has received an outstanding reviewer award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division at the recent 2011 Academy of Management meeting in San Antonio.

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011


BUSINESS CONNECTION: PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGES BRINGS K-STATE BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN BUSINESS STATEWIDE: Kansans anywhere in the state can now earn a bachelor's degree in general business from Kansas State University, thanks to partnerships now in place with their nearest community college.

RISKY BUSINESS: ADVENTURE TOURISM INCREASING IN U.S. AND OVERSEAS: Nearly 20 people have died at Yosemite National Park in California so far this year, an increase from previous years. While accidental deaths happen at this and other parks every year, this number represents an increase that could cause would-be travelers to stick to their own backyards.

A FAMILY IN BUSINESS: TWO GENERATIONS, 15 STUDENTS, CALL K-STATE THEIR ALMA MATER: Organizations often say that they are a family, but at Kansas State University and the College of Business Administration this is a reality. There are third and fourth generation students attending K-State, and others make coming to K-State a family affair when siblings and cousins attend college together.

OCTOBER A MONTH OF TREATS WITH BILL COSBY, MUSIC, ART AND MORE AT K-STATE: From a night with comedian Bill Cosby to anniversary art celebrations and musical performances by guest artists, faculty and students, Kansas State University is bustling with a plethora of cultural events throughout October.

PURPLE POWER: KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY USING EXPERTISE TO GROW AND ENHANCE ECONOMY IN KANSAS, REGION: In addition to enriching the skill sets of students who will become future researchers and leaders, Kansas State University is also enriching the local and regional economy.


Friday, Sept. 16, 2011


PURPLE LOVE: COEN FAMILY AND ITS THREE GENERATIONS OF WILDCATS K-STATE'S FAMILY OF THE YEAR: A family with three generations of Wildcats is Kansas State University's 2011 Family of the Year. The Coen family, whose members live in communities across Kansas, was selected for the honor by Chimes, K-State's junior honorary.

HERE SHE IS: MISS AMERICA 2011 TO DISCUSS AGRICULTURE BACKGROUND, IMPORTANCE OF FOOD SECURITY IN K-STATE PRESENTATION: A presentation by Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, at Kansas State University will look at the importance of agriculture and food security to the nation.

LYNN-SHEROW GRADUATES FROM PRESTIGIOUS SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Kansas State University's Bonnie Lynn-Sherow spent part of her summer in elite company. Lynn-Sherow, associate professor of history and director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, attended and graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services' Denver Summer Institute, conducted July 24-Aug. 7, at the University of Denver.


Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011


ENGINEERING A VICTORY: FOUNTAIN WARS TEAM FINISHES FIRST AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: When it comes to winning competitions, the Kansas State University fountain wars competition team is making a splash. The team continued its string of top performances with another first-place finish at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual international meeting in Louisville, Ky.

SHINING A LIGHT: LOU DOUGLAS SPEAKER ILLUMINATES NEED FOR VALUING IMMIGRANTS IN SOCIETY: This semester's first lecture in the Kansas State University Lou Douglas Lecture Series on Public Issues will be "Defining a New Consensus on Immigrants and America," presented by Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

GLOBAL CONNECTION: MASTER OF AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM'S INTERNATIONAL FACULTY VISITING K-STATE: Since 2002, Kansas State University's master of agribusiness program has offered agribusiness professionals a chance to study the global food and agriculture industry and to learn from professors all over the world without leaving the U.S.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH BRINGS NOTED SPEAKERS, CULTURAL EVENTS TO K-STATE: Kansas State University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with several special events, including K-State's fifth annual HALO Encuentro, a Hispanic student leadership conference.


Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011


MAKING THEIR CASE: AUTHOR SAYS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES ALLOW GREATER AUDIENCES FOR CANDIDATES, CAN INFLUENCE ELECTION: Primary debate season, an important time in each presidential election, is under way, and a Kansas State University political communication expert says these debates can influence the direction of the election.

THE EVOLUTION OF A NEW TUNE: 10 YEARS LATER, A LOOK AT HOW THE IPOD HAS REMIXED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ten years ago, a music device debuted. It was small enough to fit in a pocket, yet had enough space to hold hundreds of favorite tunes.

TALL TALES, HEROES AND OUTRIGHT LIES: KANSAS FOLKLORE FOCUS OF PANEL DISCUSSION: A panel discussion from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 25, at the Manhattan Public Library auditorium, 629 Poyntz Ave., will look at the broader history of tall tales and their larger-than-life figures in the Kansas landscape.

RESEARCHERS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND FOOD SAFETY RANK AMONG STATE'S TOP SCIENTISTS: A mechanical engineer and food safety scientist are the latest Kansas State University professors to be named as two of Kansas' top 150 scientists in state's 150-year history.

HITTING THE GREENS TO FIGHT CANCER: K-STATE CANCER RESEARCH CENTER ANNUAL REGIER GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 7: Golfers can help Kansas State University's fight against cancer at the 14th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament, Friday, Oct. 7. Proceeds will support K-State's Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.


Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011


HERE COMES THE SUN: RESEARCH SHOWS SOLAR RAYS COULD REPLACE PETROLEUM FUELS: Alternative fuel sources for cars may have a glowing future as a Kansas State University graduate student is working to replace petroleum fuels with ones made from sunlight.

OCEANS AWAY: LANDLOCKED LOCATION DOESN'T STOP STUDENT FROM SEEKING MARINE BIOLOGY CAREER: To paraphrase Shakespeare, the world is one's oyster. That saying couldn't be truer for Kansas State University student Andrew Collingwood, junior in microbiology from Leawood.

BEST OF SHOW: UNIVERSITY'S LARGE ANIMAL RESEARCH CENTER WINS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGN-BUILD AWARD: Along with calling its new facilities flexible and robust, the Kansas State University Large Animal Research Center can also add award winning to the list of adjectives.

EYEWITNESSING SCIENCE: PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ABOUT SCIENCE OF POLICE LINEUP IDENTIFICATION: The evidence points to one conclusion: Gary Wells knows a thing or two about eyewitness identification in police lineups, and the Kansas State University community is about to get a lesson.

AUTHORS, POETS AND MORE TO SHARE LITERARY WORK AT FREE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT EVENTS: Kansas State University's department of English will host a variety of guest authors and faculty lectures in September and October. All events are free and open to the public.

PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR SUCCESS: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE HELPS DEVELOP NEW SEED RESEARCH DRILL TECHNOLOGY: A Hutchinson company is helping seed researchers plant more seeds in less time and with greater accuracy thanks to help from Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute.


Monday, Sept. 12, 2011


EXERCISE ENDEAVOR IN OUTER SPACE: ONE YEAR INTO NASA PROJECT, K-STATE RESEARCH LEADS TO NEW DISCOVERIES: Some participants in a research project at Kansas State University look like they're exercising on another planet. In a way, they are. The participants go through an obstacle course that simulates lunar tasks that astronauts perform in outer space.

FAMILY AFFAIR: 83RD ANNUAL K-STATE FAMILY DAY OFFERS FUN ACTIVITIES FOR ALL: Kansas State University students have the chance to show and tell family members their favorite things about their college experience at K-State's 83rd annual Family Day.

HIRE EDUCATION: NEARLY 200 EMPLOYERS ON BOARD FOR ALL-UNIVERSITY CAREER FAIR: Kansas State University students are drawing the attention of prospective employers. Representatives from nearly 200 companies, industries, agencies and more are registered for K-State's All-University Career Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Bramlage Coliseum.


Friday, Sept. 9, 2011


ART, PSYCHOLOGY AND AGING: NEW ROY LANGFORD EXHIBITION FEATURES LECTURE BY NOTED GERONTOLOGIST WILLIAM THOMAS: An exhibition of art by a former K-State psychology professor and a lecture by an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare are part of the events marking the 60th anniversary of the Kansas State University department of psychology.

MARCHING THROUGH MANHATTAN: K-STATE BAND DAY FEATURES MARCHING BANDS FROM ACROSS KANSAS: Kansas State University will host 39 junior and senior high school marching bands for Band Day, Saturday, Sept. 17.


Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011


MAPPING THE JEAN-OME: APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN STUDENTS STUDY COTTON FROM 'FIELD TO FABRIC' IN PREPARATION FOR YEAR-END FASHION SHOW: Joycelyn Burdett's apparel and textile design students already know the touch and feel of cotton, but she wanted them to understand more about the fabric of our lives. Burdett, an assistant professor of apparel, textiles and interior design at Kansas State University, is leading two of her classes on a semester-long cotton and denim exploration that will culminate with a fashion show contest Dec. 1.

DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL: RADIO SYMPOSIUM WILL TUNE IN NOSTALGIC DAYS OF RADIO LIVE MUSIC: For the sixth consecutive year, communication experts from Kansas State University are out to show the world that radio history took place not only in states that share a border with the ocean, but in the Midwest as well.

QUALITY ASSURED: TWO K-STATE SALINA ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS EARN RENEWED ACCREDITATION: Two Kansas State University Salina engineering technology programs have earned renewed accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY NAMES MARK HAUB INTERIM HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN NUTRITION: Kansas State University's Mark Haub, associate professor of human nutrition, has been named interim head of the department of human nutrition.

TASTING IN THE TALLGRASS: FUNDRAISER AT KONZA PRAIRIE TO AID GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH: Konza Prairie Biological Station, a tallgrass prairie ecological research site jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy, and managed by K-State's Division of Biology, is hosting Tasting in the Tallgrass to celebrate its 40th anniversary.


Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011


OUT OF FASHION: STUDY FINDS FAULTY PERCEPTIONS KEEP SOME FROM BUYING SUSTAINABLE APPAREL: As it turns out, the customer is not always right -- at least not in fashion retail. A recent study from a duo in Kansas State University's department of apparel, textiles and interior design found that when it comes to consumers' rationale for not purchasing sustainable clothing, perception and reality aren't always cut from the same cloth.

ON THE BEAT: HARVEY, WIRKA ENHANCING TV AND RADIO NEWS PRODUCTION AT A.Q. MILLER SCHOOL: Two new faculty members at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications are giving a boost to television and radio news production at Kansas State University.

THE TRADITION CONTINUES: 80 STUDENTS RECEIVE 2011-2012 K-STATE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS: Being the child or grandchild of a Kansas State University alumnus can pay off in a big way, thanks to the K-State Alumni Association and the university's license plate program.


Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011


IN HARM'S WAY: K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS PLAN NOW HOW TO KEEP PETS SAFE BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES: Nearly 900 pets were rescued from Joplin, Mo., after a disastrous tornado tore through the city earlier this year. Several residents who fled to safety had no way out for their furry friends.

IN HARMONY: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE TURNS MUSICIAN'S IDEA INTO BOON FOR BASSOONISTS: It's a project all about hitting the right note. Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute worked in tune with the K-State Research Foundation and the K-State department of music to create a bassoon reed profiler, a machine that lets bassoonists make customized reeds.

KANSAS OR BUST: THE BEACH MUSEUM RECOGNIZES 15 YEARS OF COLLECTING, CELEBRATING KANSAS ART: Art has been an important part of Kansas State University for decades, but before 1996, art enthusiasts had to travel the campus to view the university's entire collection.


Friday, Sept. 2, 2011


LETHAL INGESTION: BLUE-GREEN ALGAE A DANGER FOR PEOPLE AND PETS: Warning signs have been showing up all summer: Several lakes and ponds in Kansas have been reporting contamination from toxic blue-green algae.

REMEMBERING SEPT. 11: CAMPUS GROUPS OFFERING SERVICE PROJECTS, ALL-DAY MEMORIAL: In honor of victims, survivors, first responders and all the volunteers who stepped up after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, two Kansas State University programs will offer a weekend of service and remembrance.

MAN OF STEEL: ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING STUDENT'S CAREER CHOICE GETS SCHOLARSHIP BOOST: Classes and internships have helped Kansas State University's Eric Grusenmeyer confirm his career choice as a structural engineer. Now a scholarship from a major steel construction organization will help him reach his goal.


Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011


Mapping a model: Researchers' international collaboration to sequence, analyze genome of plant species appears in journal Nature: Two Kansas State University researchers have been collaborating on an international project involving genomes of a model plant species that can offer insights into other plants.

Thinking back: During past 60 years of psychology department, field has embraced new methods, role of technology in research: Glance through the research topics of the early faculty who taught psychology at Kansas State University, and two words repeatedly jump out: rats and mazes. While research topics then may be similar to today's, the methods and theoretical perspectives vary greatly.

Defining character: Psychology professor researches classifications and consistencies of moral tendencies: How honest is an honest person? Are they any less likely to tell a lie when it benefits them? Research by a Kansas State University personality psychologist will answer those questions and more thanks to a major grant.