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Beef Cattle Institute takes part in $25 million research effort

According to K-State Research and Extension News, in 2012, K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute was part of a $25 million grant focused on prevention, reduction and control of E. coli in beef and veal that included 15 other institutions. Recently, part of these funds were used to create new beef cattle online training modules as part of the education and outreach objective of the grant.

The online training will be taught both in Spanish and English in order to provide a bilingual employee base for the industry, Dan Thomson, director of the Cattle Beef Institute, said. The modules will work with students on topics surrounding E. coli prevention in beef safety ranging from pre-harvest to post-harvest operations.

Four K-State students nominated for Rhodes, Marshall Scholarships

Four K-State students have been nominated for the Rhodes and Marshall national scholarship competitions. Robert Breeden, senior in biology and pre-medicine; Ross Allen, senior in economics and philosophy; Carly Dickter, senior in public relations; and Fernando Roman-Garcia, senior in mathematics, have the chance to compete for a one or two year study at Oxford University in England with full funding.

“(To be able to) study at a top university in the U.K. is just amazing,” Dickter said.

Each of the students nominated are active in various organizations around K-State such as leadership studies, sports teams and more. According to Dickter, the national students nominated to compete for the award are all outstanding students that would benefit culturally and academically to study in the U.K.

In November, the nominees will be interviewed for the competition.

“The easiest way is to be yourself,” Dickter said.

Children’s art program earns Beach Museum award

Katherine Schlageck, senior educator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, created the Beach Museum’s Young Curators and Young Artists summer programs in 2011 to teach children of all ages about art and get them involved with the museum. On Oct. 1, the Beach Museum was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Programming Award from the Mountain-Plains Museum Association Education Committee.

“The award helps us to know we’re doing an important program,” Schlageck said.

The summer program works with kids from six-year-olds to high school students to get kids involved with art and curating exhibits.

“(The program) continues to grow and improve,” Schlageck said.

Woman battered in robbery

The Riley County Police Department was notified of a robbery and battery on Wednesday at around 7:50 p.m. The victim, a 21-year-old female, remains unidentified at this point in the investigation. The woman received minor injuries during the crime.

There were three suspects. One is a black male approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with cornrows. Another is a black male described as lanky with short or shaved hair. The final suspect is a male of medium complexion approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with short hair.

Anyone with information should contact RCPD or call Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or go to their website.

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