November 2019
First U.S. certificate program in animal health regulatory affairs now available
K-State's Olathe campus is offering a premier certificate program tailored for the animal health industry. The Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate combines the knowledge of animal science and veterinary medicine with skills needed to navigate governmental processes and regulations throughout the product lifecycle.
Leveraging technical knowledge for business development
"Sales for Technical Professionals" is a half-day workshop designed to enhance the skills of technical salespeople so they can be more successful and add value to their relationships with the customers they serve.

Save the date: Urban Food Systems Symposium
Kansas State University is hosting the Urban Food Systems Symposium on June 4-6, 2020, at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A pre-symposium workshop will be on June 3. The theme for the 2020 symposium is "Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate."

Upcoming Events
Corn Schools, Feb. 7, 2020 -- K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Corn are hosting Corn Schools from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2020. The event includes a grower panel, research updates and information about weed management and policy. | Learn more

Farmer's Market Regional Workshop, Feb. 21, 2020 -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are hosting a workshop on Feb. 21 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers. It will cover topics important to sellers, such as sales tax, food stamps, pest control, regulations on goods and more. | Learn more
Professional Development
Professional Presence for Leaders, Nov. 21 -- This workshop will teach the importance and value of professional presence for leadership development. The course will discuss ways to let your professional presence shine and be recognized by others. Presence is a combination of professional appearance, confidence and communication. When done well, professional presence can be key to the perceptions of leaders. | Register now

Critical Communication Skills for Leaders, Jan. 23, 2020 -- Exceptional leaders listen well and handle difficult conversations with grace and dignity. In this interactive workshop on Jan. 23, 2020, experiential activities and real-life scenarios will help emerging and current leaders become more mindful listeners and learn techniques and methods that will enable them to handle difficult conversation and conflict more effectively. | Register now

Engaging Across Cultural and Generational Differences, Feb. 27, 2020 -- Successful leaders are able to work with and lead others in a culturally diverse workforce. Diversity crosses cultural, global and generational issues. This interactive workshop on Feb. 27, 2020, will provide ways to understand and collaborate with your colleagues by examining workplace flexibility, teamwork, feedback and leadership. This workshop will assist emerging and current leaders become more understanding and inclusive of cultural and generational differences as well as the methods to successfully lead in a globalized environment. | Register now
Information session about academic offerings, Nov. 21  -- Thinking about earning a graduate degree to advance your career? Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 21 to learn about our degree 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

Professional Science Master's degree webinar, Dec. 12 -- Spend part of the lunch hour at your computer as you get an in-depth look at the Professional Science Master's program . The degree fuses advanced scientific knowledge with professional skills so that graduates can lead research units and labs. The webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Questions are welcome. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). | Register now

Around Campus
Middle school science teachers from the region took part in the Seed to STEM workshop hosted by Kansas Corn and the American Royal. Teachers learned about and practiced lab skills they can use in the classroom to help students learn about the role agriculture plays in science. All participating teachers received $500 worth of supplies, which included ethanol extraction kits and mechanical micro pipettes, so they could replicate the labs in their classrooms.
Student success
This month, several of our graduate students presented their theses and dissertations, in which they discussed the years' worth of work that went into their research. We are extremely proud of graduates and look forward to their future successes.
Konstantinos Batziakas, Ph.D.
Konstantinos Batziakas' doctoral thesis is "Reducing food losses and improving the quality of locally produced spinach." His research looks at how high tunnels affect spinach growth, consumer perceptions of locally grown spinach, and modified atmosphere packaging. He earned his doctorate in horticulture and natural resources. Batziakas is the first doctoral student to be advised by Eleni Pliakoni, Ph.D., associate professor of urban food production and postharvest handling.
Joseph Rundquist, M.S.
Joseph Rundquist's master's thesis is "Identifying Optimum Storage and Handling Conditions for Sweetpotato Slips." Unlike most vegetables, potatoes are grown from shoots -- little plants with leaves and roots -- rather than seeds. Shoots have a short lifespan and can easily be damaged during shipment. Rundquist's research looks at how sweet potato slips can be packed and stored so that they do not lose their quality when sent to growers in across the U.S. Rundquist was advised by Eleni Pliakoni, Ph.D., associate professor of urban food production and postharvest handling.
Joshua Staley, M.S.
Josh Staley's master's thesis is "A framework for determining orthologues gene-drug targets based upon function, evolutionary selection rate, and physiological location." His research looks at aggregating and standardizing vast amounts of human and animal health data so that it can be used for more effective medical treatments. This is part of the backbone of 1Data, of which he is a member. He earned his master's degree in veterinary biomedical science. Staley was advised by Gerald Wyckoff, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at K-State Olathe and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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