September 2020
Human, animal health 'big data' operations move to Olathe campus
With the announcement that Majid Jaberi-Douraki, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine, his lab and several of his graduate students and postdoctoral students have transitioned to the Olathe campus, K-State is doubling down on the 1Data project and its ability to turn "big data" on human and animal health into opportunities for Greater Kansas City industry to develop new therapeutics, drugs and medical technologies for people and animals.
Partnership to generate new UVC germicidal lighting
Manreet S Bhullar, Ph.D., research assistant professor with the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at K-State, and SARIN Energy recently finalized an agreement to research, develop and test UVC sterilization lights for killing pathogens on fresh produce, among other wide-ranging applications. Testing will take place in Bhullar's biosafety level-2 laboratory at K-State Olathe.

'Biosensors and the Future Impact' focus of One Health Day on Nov. 19
Kansas City One Health Day is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. This year's topic explores how biosensors are used in measuring biological, chemical and physical signs of health and how they will continue changing the fields of human and animal health and environmental science. The event will be virtual. Ticket sales will fund scholarships for students who conduct One Health-related research.

Urban Food Systems Symposium begins Oct. 7
The 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium kicks off at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 7. This year's theme is "Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate." The all virtual symposium is comprised of weekly breakout sessions on various topics relating to food production and feeding communities amid a changing climate. The sessions are every Wednesday in October.

New Hire: Melanie Monsees
Melanie Monsees joins the horticulture and natural resources department as the program/project coordinator for the M.S. in Horticulture – emphasis in urban food systems program at the university's Olathe campus.

Upcoming Events
Veterinary Webinar: "Crisis in a Cocker Spaniel," Oct. 14 -- Kate KuKanich, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dip ACVIM (SAIM), associate professor of small animal internal medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is discussing a curious case of a cocker spaniel dog in a health emergency. The free lecture is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom. It is part of the Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series, which is geared for students, parents, educators and interested community members who want to learn more about the world of veterinary medicine, including career options. | Register now

Expand your knowledge
Wanting to learn about a new topic or expand your knowledge about a familiar one? Check out the video archives for two ongoing community series and learn at your leisure.

  • Gaining Ground -- Experts from the urban core take a deep-dive into agricultural topics as they teach technical and systems-level information to agriculture educators. Topics include food hubs and alternative markets, bookkeeping tools for farmers and navigating FSA loans. | Watch now

  • Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine -- Researchers and veterinarians at K-State discuss numerous topics in the world of animal health. Learn about pet first aid, veterinary dentistry, common internal and external parasites in pets, zoonotic diseases, exotic animal medicine and surgery, and much more. | Watch now
Professional Development
Engaging Across Cultural and Generational Differences Workshop, Oct. 13 -- Successful leaders are able to work with and lead others in a culturally diverse workforce. Diversity crosses cultural, global and generational issues. Learn how to successfully lead in a globalized environment. This is part of the Leadership Essentials series. | Register now

Advanced Animal Biologics Workshop, Oct. 21-22 -- This two-day workshop will cover practical issues in animal health regulatory affairs as it relates to the development of vaccines and other biologics to aid in assuring developed biologics are pure, safe, potent and effective. | Register now

Advanced Animal Pharmaceutical Workshop, Nov. 11-12 -- This workshop on veterinary medicine regulations will provide attendees with a detailed, practical and experienced based review of veterinary drug approval processes. | Register now

Animal Health Regulatory 101, Dec. 9-10 -- This workshop on veterinary medicine regulations introduces the regulatory aspects of animal drug and vaccine development. Attendees will gain an understanding of veterinary drug and vaccine approval processes. This two-day interactive course will cover a series of learning objectives. | Register now

Webinars -- Join us from your computer or smartphone to a 30 minute in-depth look at some of the academic programs at K-State Olathe from the faculty who lead them. Questions are welcome. Attend a free webinar and receive an application fee waiver. Upcoming webinars are:

  • M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science, noon to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 15 -- Become a top-level scientist or administrator through an in-depth understanding of animal physiology, diseases and their relevance to human health. Content in this degree program is framed within an interdisciplinary approach to enhance problem-solving skills. | Register now

  • M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis with Urban Food Systems, noon to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 5 -- Use a deep knowledge of agriculture and food systems to positively influence communities by increasing the availability and quality of food. | Register now

Did You Know?
K-State researchers are involved in a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project to protect meat plant workers and their surrounding communities from the spread of COVID-19.

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