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Welcome to the College of Human Ecology

In a world focused on things, we focus first on PEOPLE.

We want to welcome you to the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University, whether you are a prospective student, a current K-Stater, a parent or someone who needs expertise we can provide. The mission of the college is to discover, disseminate and apply knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition. This knowledge advances professions, human services, public policy, business and industry.

College News

  • January 26, 2016

    Amber Vennum successful in obtaining crowdfunding for research project

    Amber Vennum

    Amber Vennum, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy in the College of Human Ecology, submitted a project toExperiment.com, a crowdfunding site that urges people to “support science you care about” and “help fund the next wave of scientific research,” in December 2015. The site gives researchers 30 days to raise funds. Vennum just found […]

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  • January 22, 2016

    Coffee sensory dictionary developed at Kansas State University

    Coffee lovers around the world are being helped by a sensory research "dictionary" developed at the Sensory Analysis Center at Kansas State University. This week, World Coffee Research, or WCR, and the Specialty Coffee Association of American published a Sensory Lexicon and new coffee Sensory Wheel based on work conducted by Edgar Chambers IV, university […]

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  • January 22, 2016

    Emojis may help reduce waste by measuring kids' emotional response to foods

    Kids in focus groups tasted certain foods as part of a Kansas State University Olathe study on using emojis to measure emotional response. Kids put red stickers on faces that described how they felt about the taste of plain oatmeal. Blue stickers represent the taste of Japanese soda and yellow stickers represent a popular boxed lunch product.

    OLATHE — Those expressive faces in text messages may do more than tell someone you're ROTFL. Sensory analysis researchers at Kansas State University Olathe believe the icons also may reduce the amount of food thrown away during school lunches by knowing whether kids feel  or  about the meal. Marianne Swaney-Stueve, research assistant professor of human […]

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  • January 13, 2016

    Hospitality Management students receive conference awards

    Ten doctoral students and four faculty members from the department of hospitality management in the College of Human Ecology attended 21st Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism from January 6th through 9th, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Overall, there were 251 presentations during this conference from numerous universities that offer graduate […]

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