News from Kansas State University Olathe
May 2017
Master of Public Health degree now offered; emphases on food safety and infectious diseases

Kansas State University's Master of Public Health degree program is now available in Greater Kansas City. Students who enroll in the program at K-State Olathe can focus on food safety and biosecurity or infectious diseases and zoonoses -- emphasis areas that complement the region's robust animal health and food science industries.

Researchers helping consumers 'fight bac' through food safety campaign

The Partnership for Food Safety Education is using research from Kansas State University's Center for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior and food safety research at K-State Olathe for its nationwide campaign promoting food safety and safe poultry handling. 

K-State Olathe hosts Cochran Fellows

This spring, visitors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador learned about food safety and food-related federal regulations at K-State Olathe from faculty, graduate students and federal employees. The visitors were part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cochran Fellowship program, which provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies.
Faculty Profile: Marianne Swaney-Stueve

Marianne Swaney-Stueve is a research assistant professor in Kansas State University's department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, and manager of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center at K-State Olathe. At the center, she and colleagues use sensory testing to look at consumer preferences about food and other products. Qualitative and quantitative information from these studies are then provided to industry partners, who may adjust product ingredients, preparation methods or marketing to better meet consumer interests. 

Upcoming events
  • Webinars -- Thinking about going back to school and unable to attend the June 6 info session? Join us online from noon to 12:30 p.m. this summer to get an in-depth look at some of our academic programs and meet the faculty who instruct them. Attend a webinar and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). The following sessions are available:
-- Horticulture with an emphasis in urban food systems, June 14 -- Eleni Pliakoni, assistant professor of horticulture and natural resources, will preview the master's in horticulture with an emphasis in urban food systems program. The program focuses on how the urban food system affects economic development and provides a source of nutritious, safe food grown locally/regionally. The specialization places an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, food systems project management and safe food production in an urban environment. Register now

-- Veterinary biomedical science, June 28 -- Paige Adams, research assistant professor, will discuss how the veterinary biomedical science program prepares and educates graduates to be the next generation of leaders in animal health. Graduates will not only have a current understanding of animal diseases and their relevance to human health, but they also will have the interdisciplinary skills in biotechnology, business and more to solve problems associated with veterinary medicine. Register now

-- Professional Science Master's degree, July 12 -- Janice Barrow, associate dean for academic affairs and executive education, will share about the Professional Science Master's degree program. The program is designed for students to pursue advanced training in the sciences while gaining professional skills highly valued by employers. Register now

News hire

Mary Partridge

Mary Partridge was named the full-time events coordinator at Kansas State University Olathe. She had been serving as the interim coordinator.  She develops and coordinates conferences, workshops, meeting space reservations and special events for K-State Olathe faculty and staff in addition to businesses, groups and organizations in Greater Kansas City. Learn more

Around the campus

K-State Olathe recently hosted the 2017 Research Showcase. More than 80 Kansas State University faculty and staff members shared their research with business leaders in Greater Kansas City. The showcase was devoted to creating new university-industry partnerships in order to help Kansas City-based companies rapidly move their products and technologies to market. Breakout sessions featured a faculty member and industry partner discussing how the collaboration began and the benefits of partnering with researchers in higher education. 

Danny Unruh,  graduate research assistant and doctoral candidate in food science at K-State Olathe, was a nominee for the Golden Key International Honour Society's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant Award. The award recognizes outstanding classroom and laboratory contributions by graduate students. 

Eight students at K-State Olathe recently earned their graduate degrees from Kansas State University. The graduates were honored by K-State Olathe faculty and staff and their friends and family during a reception on Thursday, May 25. 

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