K-State, KU, WSU Graduate Student Researchers to Kansas Legislators March 8
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
MANHATTAN -- State legislators who want to learn more about the impact of university-based research on the state need search no further for information than the second floor of the Capitol building Wednesday, March 8.
On hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a group of 24 graduate students who are immersed in research at the state's three research universities: Kansas State University, University of Kansas and Wichita State University.
The student researchers are participating in the 2006 Graduate Student Capitol Research Summit. They will display scientific posters that illustrate and describe their research projects and answer questions about their work. The public also is invited to attend the summit. Last year, more than 400 people attended the event.
The graduate student councils of the three Kansas universities organize the research summit. The council represents the more than 13,000 graduate students enrolled in Kansas. Much of their research relates directly to major issues of the state, such its industries, future business development, education, health care and agriculture.
Bala Thiagarajan, graduate student in biology, Manhattan, and president of the K-State Graduate Student Council, said funding for graduate education and research is an important aspect of the state's future development.
"As students, we think it is important that legislators who will make the decisions about allotting state dollars for research and also the tax-paying citizens of Kansas better understand that their continued funding for graduate programs will translate in very direct ways to improving the quality of life in the state," she said.
More information on the summit is available by contacting Thiagarajan at 785-532-6172 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Stephen Himes, executive director of the Graduate and Professional Association at KU, 785-864-4914 or Stephen.email@example.com; or Warren Samms of the Wichita State Graduate Student Advisory Board, 316-978-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research of nine K-State graduate students will be presented. The students and their projects are:
Dana Minihan, counseling and student development, Blaine, "Growth stages: an enrollment management plan for the department of agronomy."
Darci Paull, geography, Kanopolis, "The effectiveness of rural communities' strategies to reverse depopulation."
John Diaz-Montano, entomology, Manhattan, "Chlorophyll losses caused by the soybean aphid on different soybean entries."
Satish Motipalli, mechanical and nuclear engineering, Manhattan, "An innovative Web application for designing and automatic numerical control code generation."
Kamesh Sirigireddy, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, Manhattan, "High prevalence of West Nile virus in Kansas, a continuing risk of acquiring infection from a mosquito bite."
Xiaozhi Tang, grain science and industry, Manhattan, "Use of extrusion for synthesis of starch-nanoclay composites for biodegradable packaging films."
Anthony B. Walker, Manhattan, and Stacey Blalock Henry, Ellisville, Miss., both marriage and family therapy, co-authors of "Trauma in military couple relational systems."
Rosemary Eustace, family studies and human services, Centerville, Ohio, "Adolescent sexuality: a risk factor analysis across early, middle, and late adolescence."