April 2019
Reflections: Advancing Life Sciences in the Greater KC Region

"As many of you know, it was with mixed emotions when I announced earlier this year that I would retire as dean and CEO of Kansas State University's Olathe campus by summer. My 49-year career has revolved around veterinary medicine and the life sciences. In that time, I've seen the fields blossom and become pillars of strength for Greater Kansas City." 

April 6 marked the return of the annual All-University Open House at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. The event featured entertainment, activities, hands-on demonstrations, food, exhibits and more geared for Wildcats of all ages.

Alumni Profile: Michael Paton

Michael Paton, manager of BioPharma Services at KCAS Bioanalytical and Biomarker Services, recently earned a professional science master's degree from K-State's Olathe campus. He shares how the advanced professional degree has helped in his career. 

Upcoming events
  • Webinar: M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, April 24 -- Spend part of the lunch hour at your computer as you get an in-depth look at the veterinary biomedical science master's program from the faculty who lead it. The program provides students with an opportunity to advance their knowledge in animal health, and offers research opportunities in state-of-the art labs while students advance their careers in the animal health industry. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
  • Food for Thought Film Series: "Farmers for America," May 11 -- This free movie and discussion panel looks at agriculture's changing landscape, including how a majority of farmers will retire in the next decade, the increased reliance on imported foods and more. The film starts at 6 p.m., May 11, at the Olathe campus and is followed by a discussion panel starting around 7:15 p.m. Snacks are included and questions are welcomed. Learn more
  • Online Summer One Health Course -- This summer, K-State Olathe is offering high school juniors and seniors a free, non-credit, online course about One Health. One Health describes the complex interrelationships between humans and animals, humans and the environment, and animals and the environment. The deadline for enrollment is May 15. Learn more
  • Webinar: Master of Agribusiness Animal Health Cohort, May 22 -- The Master of Agribusiness is a combination of a MBA and M.S. in agricultural economics. The program combines business, management and economic curricula with a focus on working professionals in the animal health, companion animal and agribusiness industries. During the free, lunchtime webinar, you also will learn more about the new animal health graduate certificate, which provides professionals with economic and management skills tailored to the industry. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
  • "The Hot Zone," May 27 -- National Geographic's limited TV series, "The Hot Zone," tells the real-life story of how Nancy and Jerry Jaax -- two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders, and members of the Greater Kansas City community -- responded to an Ebola-related outbreak. The six-part series premiers at 8 p.m. May 27 on the National Geographic channel. The Manhattan campus is hosting an advanced screening of the first episode on May 7. Additionally, a July 15 event is being planned for the Kansas City community. Learn more
  • Information session about academic offerings, June 5 -- Thinking about earning a graduate degree or certificate to advance your career? Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. on June 5 to learn about our academic programs that are tailored to fit working professionals' schedules and career goals. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
  • Fun with Food Science Camp, July 15-19 -- Have a junior scientist who wants to know the how and why of food? They'll spend a week over the summer exploring the crazy science behind food and the way we taste it. Learn more and register

Around the campus

Congratulations to Grace Deubler! She recently presented her master's defense, "The K-State Emoji Scale: Development and Validation." She discussed how the  KC Sensory & Consumer Research  Center at K-State's Olathe campus developed and tested seven custom emojis as a way to establish a visual, intuitive and easy-to-use method for measuring how people - and specifically kids - think about food and other products. She used the emoji scale and traditional text-only scales to look at how kids and adults in the U.S. and China feel about different types of pizza toppings and commercially available chip flavors.

On April 10, 18 students in Johnson County Community College's hospitality management program were welcomed to K-State Olathe and explored their future professional and academic careers in KC. Students shared their career aspirations and learned how they can stay, work and earn their degree in KC with JCCC and K-State Olathe. 

On April 11, people gathered at Kansas State University's Olathe campus to view a livestream of the lecture Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give," presented on the Manhattan campus. This book was the 2018 Kansas State University common book and is an award-winning and best-selling novel that has been adapted to a recently released major motion picture.

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