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K-State Today

Friday, November 20, 2020

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

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COVID-19 university updates

A summary of university updates related to COVID-19
Read a summary of university COVID-19-related updates announced Nov. 16-20.

From the president

Myers writes in support of recent executive order for face coverings
The following is a letter President Myers sent to the commissioners in Riley and Pottawatomie counties asking for support of Gov. Kelly's new executive order for face covering protocols across the state of Kansas.

From the administration

President names search committee for vice president for research
President Richard Myers has appointed the committee to lead a national search for the university's next vice president for research.
University holiday closings and reduced activity
Vice Presidents Cindy Bontrager and Jay Stephens have released the annual university holiday memo informing state employees of upcoming 2020 and 2021 state holidays and reduced university activity during the holiday season.
Athletics update with AD Gene Taylor
In this edition, Athletics Director Gene Taylor provides an update on basketball season protocols as well as recaps what has been a successful fall sports season thus far in 2020.

News and research

Engineering professors receive Department of Defense grant for work on safety-critical systems
Two professors of computer science have been awarded just over $400,000 for two years by the U.S. Department of Defense — Army for development of techniques in building safety-critical systems used in military operations.
Stephen Higgs receives prestigious international award for achievements in medical entomology
Stephen Higgs, Kansas State University associate vice president for research and director of the Biosecurity Research Institute, is the 2020 recipient of the Harry Hoogstraal Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology. 
Bootcamps provide fast-track career training to fill thousands of cybersecurity job vacancies in region
K-State Olathe and HackerU are partnering on a series of immersive career transition programs for those looking to enter the cyber industry.
Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry issues fall 2020 research and travel grants
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry has awarded research and travel grants for the fall 2020 semester.


Join today: Morris Family Multicultural Student Center virtual ribbon-cutting, Instagram takeover
Students, faculty and staff, alumni and community guests are invited to a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today. In place of on-site tours, a student-led Instagram takeover virtual tour of the center will take place at 3 p.m.
Dec. 15 upgrade: University's Content Management System to get a new look
The CMS will get a user interface upgrade on Dec. 15. Version 11 gives users a modern interface and added features without drastically changing function. Please join the web editors meeting at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 for a walk-through of the changes.
Elza Mathew to present Anatomy and Physiology Seminar
Elza Mathew, graduate research assistant in the anatomy and physiology department, will present "Antimicrobial Peptides as Antiviral Agents: A Nanotechnology Perspective" at the next Anatomy and Physiology Seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, via Zoom.

Personnel changes

Global Campus online noncredit program coordinator to retire
Janet Carlson
Jan Carlson will retire from Kansas State University on Dec. 11. Carlson has served at K-State for 15 years in multiple positions, most recently as the online noncredit program coordinator for Global Campus.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Tung receives teaching award from national organization
Shirley Tung
Shirley Tung, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2020-2021 Innovative Course Design award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Debra Bolton contributes chapter on women in the African diaspora
Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning and development in Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, recently contributed a chapter in "African Women and Their Networks of Support: Intervening Connections."
Architectural engineering student from Alma awarded scholarship
Chelsea Lewis, a bachelor's/master's degree student in architectural engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.
Veterinary students receive prestigious Lou and Norma Jane Ball scholarship
Three fourth-year veterinary students at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine — Abby Ostronic, Kathryn Ryan and Bailey Wright — have received the Lou and Norma Jane Ball Scholarship.
College of Health and Human Sciences recognizes 19 graduates with outstanding senior awards
The College of Health and Human Sciences recognizes the 2020 fall commencement outstanding senior award winners. This year's outstanding senior award winners were nominated by faculty and staff in each of their respective programs.
Master of Public Health students, faculty present at Kansas Public Health Association meeting
K-State Master of Public Health program students, graduates and faculty presented virtual posters at the annual Kansas Public Health Association meeting on Nov. 19.


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

Campus construction and maintenance

Service interruption: McCain Auditorium electricity
Electricity shut off from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at McCain Auditorium.

University life

'Bandwidth Recovery' book club
The K-State family is invited to join an informal, participant-led meeting to review the book "Bandwidth Recovery" by Cia Verschelden. If interested, complete the Qualtrics survey by Dec. 1.
Chemistry Storeroom special hours
The Chemistry Storeroom in 2 King Hall be closed today and on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.