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Three receive engagement grants

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Three from the College of Human Ecology have received Engagement Incentive Grants from Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Sandy Procter works with rural food assistance

The assistant professor of human nutrition will work on "Increasing acceptance of food assistance Vision Cards among rural Kansas grocers." The project seeks to increase the use of food assistance by rural Kansans as well as acceptance of the Vision Card by grocers to improve the health of rural residents and increase the economic viability and sustainability of rural grocery stores.

Schumm looks at epidemic mitigation strategies

Walter Schumm, professor of family studies and human services, is a principal investigator on "A probabilistic and network-based approach for the development of efficient epidemic-mitigation strategies for the city of Chanute.”

The team will use complex networks to model and analyze the spreading of an epidemic in the greater Chanute area, with special emphasis on the study of graph characteristics and dynamics, and their impact on the speed and direction of the epidemic. The research should provide policymakers with information to help them create better policies for mitigating outbreaks of infectious diseases. Other principal investigators are Caterina Scoglio, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Pietro Poggi-Corradini, professor of mathematics.

Marshall part of local historic foodways project

Jane P. Marshall, assistant instructor in hospitality management and dietetics, will be working with Bonnie Lynn Sherow, associate professor of history, and M.J. Morgan, adjunct professor of history, on a project to preserve local foodways history.

“Filling the larder, feeding our families: A Chapman Center for Rural Studies' History is Now Project" is a collaborative effort to bring together student historians, food writing students, local historical societies and residents of several small rural communities to document the cultural history of grocers and cooks from 1895-1945 in a book-length popular audience draft publication and a digital archive.

"The seven projects receiving grants are outstanding examples of our campus and Extension professionals working collaboratively with community partners to address significant issues facing Kansans," said David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development. "Principal investigators for these grants represent the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Human Ecology, Education and Arts and Sciences, as well as K-State Research and Extension."

This article was posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.