Kansas NSF EPSCoR is playing an important role in determining how Kansas farmers and policy makers can mitigate the effects of climate change. Part of the process is interacting with the public to discuss the relevance of their work. Several recent community events featured the expertise of KNE researchers on the topic.
The National Science Foundation has named Kansas State University as its lead institution for the world's first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat. The premier center, named the NSF I/UCRC Wheat Genetics Resource Center, is the first National Science Foundation-established research center for any crop plant. It will focus on improving the food production and disease resistance of wheat and other crop plants, as well as serve as a training hub for graduate students and young researchers.
Learn about this exciting research opportunity for Native undergraduate students.
To apply or get more information please go to http://www.hersinstitute.org/.
Funding for the HERS Institute is provided by Kansas NSF EPSCoR as part of its Climate and Energy major initiative.
The 2012 Education and Diversity awards were made to the following recipients:
Paul Adams, Anschutz Endowed Professor of Teacher Education, Fort Hays State University Stephen Angel, Chair and Professor of Chemistry, Washburn University C. Matt Seimears, Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education, Emporia State University Elizabeth Yanik, Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics, Emporia State University
To learn more about these exciting programs, please go to the Education and Diversity Award webpage.
Congratulations to Judy Wu, Director of the Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy project through the Kansas Center for Solar Energy Research and a University Distinguished Professor in Physics for winning the Olin Petefish Award in Basic Science, one of the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.
The Higuchi awards were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy 1967-87, and his wife, Aya to recognize the exceptional long-term research accomplishments of faculty at Kansas Board of Regents universities. Judy's award includes a citation and a $10,000 award for ongoing research efforts and will be presented at a ceremony at the Lied Center in November.
KS NSF EPSCoR Exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
KS NSF EPSCoR has a wonderful exhibit in the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan Kansas. The museum just opened in April 2012 and includes many interactive exhibits for young and old alike. To visit the museum please check the museum website.
Dr. Hui Zhao with the University of Kansas Physics and Astronomy Laser Lab have discovered a new method of detecting electric currents based on a process called “second‐harmonic generation,” similar to a radar gun for electrons that can remotely detect their speed. Read more about the discovery.