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Geography professor wins national award

Richard Marston, university distinguished professor of geography, was recognized by the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers at its recent national meeting in San Francisco last week.

The association honored Marston’s contributions to the field of geomorphology with its 2016 Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award, according to K-State Today.

Marston was cited for his “dedication to students, a love of mountains and field experience, a sustained record of top level research, and a commitment to geomorphology above and beyond anything that is vaguely reasonable.”

US second lady visits Fort Riley

Fort Riley Middle School teachers and students welcomed Jill Biden to their facility this morning.

The wife of Vice President Joe Biden is participating in several events this month in celebration of April’s Month of the Military Child and as part of her Joining Forces initiative. According to the Little Apple Post, Jill is visiting with active duty service members, military spouses, military-connected students and their teachers across the state in support of military children’s education.

During her visit with Fort Riley Middle School, Jill touched on the educational partnership between Fort Riley and K-State as part of Operation Educate the Educators. The operation is an effort Jill launched through her Joining Forces initiative to train educators in recognizing the unique needs of military-connected students, according to the Little Apple Post.