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K-State Today

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

K-State Today is a daily email providing faculty and staff a single source of timely K-State announcements.

Every Wildcat A Wellcat kit

As part of the Every Wildcat A Wellcat, or EWAW, campaign, every student and employee will receive a free wellness kit for the spring semester. Learn more about the kits and how they will be distributed.

COVID-19 university updates

University launches employee self-reporting form to better understand COVID-19 in K-State communities
To understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, K-State is encouraging all employees to fill out a new COVID-19 self-reporting form. The university dashboard continues to be updated with the latest COVID-19 data in K-State communities.
Every Wildcat A Wellcat student wellness kits available for spring semester
Every Wildcat A Wellcat logo
As part of the Every Wildcat A Wellcat, or EWAW, campaign, every student will receive a free wellness kit for the spring semester. The EWAW kits will be distributed to students in several ways.

From the administration

Legislative Update
Last week the Legislature was focused on Gov. Laura Kelly's State of the State speech and budget details for fiscal years 2021, 2022 and years beyond. The next virtual Legislative Review Session will be at noon Friday, Jan. 22.
Kansas Board of Regents January agenda items
The Kansas Board of Regents will meet virtually Jan. 20. The board will consider several agenda items during the meeting.

News and research

HathiTrust emergency access to be deactivated
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier last year, HathiTrust granted temporary emergency access to its digitized items that correspond to K-State Libraries' book collection. This emergency access will cease being available on Jan. 25.


McCain Connected adds Jim Brickman's 'Share the Love, Live!' to virtual spring lineup
Just in time for Valentine's Day, best-selling solo pianist Jim Brickman is bringing the live concert experience in a virtual format to Kansas State University's McCain Connected series.
Honor MLK with Week of Service donations and DIY items
HandsOn K-State, a program of the Staley School of Leadership Studies, will host the MLK Week of Service event Feb. 1-8. Community members and K-State students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.
Teaching and Learning Center to host Teaching Chat today
Teaching Chats are open forums wherein faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to voice concerns about what they are currently experiencing in their classes and can crowdsource potential solutions.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Klutse receives grant to research socio-emotional development in early learners during pandemic
Adelaide Klutse, master's student in applied family science, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Graduate School to study how teachers are facilitating the socio-emotional development of children from birth to age 8 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New technology platform enables rapid discovery of microbial interactions
Left: Chemical engineering graduate student Niloy Barua screens bacteria using the microwell recovery array. Right: The microwell array contains tens of thousands of microwells for high-throughput screening of bacteria interactions.
Assistant professors Ryan Hansen and Tom Platt recently published a research article describing a new device designed to better understand how bacteria from soil and plant roots interact with each other.


Jan. 25: Getting Started w/ ETDR Templates
K-State has created templates — in Microsoft Word and LaTeX — for students to create their electronic theses, dissertations and reports, or ETDRs. Join the Getting Started with ETDR Templates training session from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

Newsletters, magazines and blogs

Teaching and Learning Center's news and upcoming events
Stay up to date on the Teaching and Learning Center's upcoming professional development events and discover new resources to advance teaching and learning.

Volunteer opportunities

Find out about your health: Participants needed for nutrition research study
K-State researchers are recruiting participants for a study examining the effect of daily nutrition bar consumption on health. Participants have the opportunity to learn about their health, earn $120 and receive a free DXA scan.