April 11, 2018
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From the desk of the VPR
In the last week, I've had two opportunities to celebrate important K-State accomplishments .

On April 5, Provost Mason and I hosted a reception to honor 2017 patent and plant variety protection certificate recipients . We honored 18 inventors — three of whom were new additions to the National Academy of Inventors — and 10 researchers who developed a new wheat variety. I enjoyed handing out plaques to this excellent group and honoring the commitment of K-State researchers to ensuring that their work makes it to the marketplace. Thanks is due to the Kansas State University Research Foundation for helping the list of K-State inventors grow at a record pace.

On April 9, I joined a gathering to celebrate K-State faculty who were appointed as fellows of professional associations and societies as well as those who nominated colleagues in 2017-18. We are always pleased to add to the ranks of our Academy of Fellows, and we appreciate the efforts of the nominators who donate their time to ensure worthy colleagues are recognized. Congratulations to Gary Brase and David Bruton for their elections by the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of American Foresters, respectively.

All of these recognitions are well worth a pause to celebrate as we head into one of the busiest times of the academic year. Thanks for making time to appreciate everything K-State is accomplishing. Keep up the good work!

— Peter
Events and announcements
  • The K-State Department of Environmental Health and Safety has updated the Respiratory Protection Program that applies to all K-State employees, faculty, researchers, student workers, volunteers, and interns that perform tasks requiring the use of respiratory protection. Persons using respiratory protection in execution of K-State job duties are required to enroll in the program. Find more information

  • The 2nd Annual K-State American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Forum is April 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Leadership Studies Building. Students in the chemical sciences will present posters for the first two hours, then students will participate in a professional development session. An award ceremony for outstanding presentations will round out the forum. 

  • The Developing Scholars Program 18th Undergraduate Research Symposium is Sunday, April 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Remarks will begin at 2:00.

  • The National Science Foundation is piloting a planning grant opportunity in advance of the next Engineering Research Center solicitation. These planning grants are intended to build capacity in the engineering community for center-scale, convergent engineering research. Learn more at an ERC Planning Grants Webinar on Monday, April 16 at 1:00 pm EDT. Find information and register.

  • Applications for Summer 2018 Science Communication Fellowship training are due April 27. The fellowship is specifically designed for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and is the Sunset Zoo Behind the Science initiative's flagship program. Find more information and a link to the application.

  • The Kansas City Area Life Sciences series Collaborate2Cure: Clinical Outcomes and Value-Based Care will offer monthly gatherings May through October. Registration is free, and Zoom access is available. Find more information and register.
Science communication survey
The Kansas Science Communication Initiative is planning a series of professional development opportunities for 2018-19 and is seeking feedback to help determine topics and priorities.

Please fill out a four-question survey to offer your thoughts by Friday, April 27. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time.
Agency news and trending topics
This year’s second worldwide event, set for 14 April, will likely feature fewer sites and smaller crowds. But the passion remains, transforming a single day of grassroots mass protest into sustained global expressions of support for science. The overall coordinating body, for example, has evolved and diversified its activities.

Following Congress’s request for greater transparency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has apparently restored detail in its most recent animal welfare inspection reports.

U.S. institutions awarded 54,904 research doctorate degrees in 2016, only five fewer than the previous year's record high, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), a federally sponsored annual census of research degree recipients.

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer — who turns 90 this month — performed what he characteristically called a “completely pointless” scientific song at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (He was a PhD student there at the time.) ‘The Elements’, now one of his most cherished works, sets the names of all the chemical elements then known to the tune of the ‘Major-General’s Song’ from  The Pirates of Penzance , the comic opera by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have completed a detailed genomic analysis, known as the PanCancer Atlas, on a data set of molecular and clinical information from over 10,000 tumors representing 33 types of cancer.

Plans for America’s first floating offshore wind farm are taking shape with the news that California’s Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has selected a consortium to enter into a public-private partnership to develop the project off the Northern California coast.
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