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Students and Faculty in the News

Bear Cam Gives Researchers Insights into Human-Wildlife Connection

BearcamJeff Skibins and Ryan Sharp, both Assistant Professors in Park Management & Conservation, are making national news with their 'Bear cam' study in Katmai National Park, Alaska.  A new study centers on Katmai bears, but it's the people watching them both in the park and online who are the focus. Researchers are looking at how watching wildlife changes attitudes toward conservation. Click here for full story and links to the bear cams.

Research Along the Minnesota/Canada Border

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Max Larreur, a graduate student working with Adam Ahlers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management, is conducting research along the Minnesota/Canada border.  He and his undergraduate assistant (Spencer Wesche) are investigating how active wetland management (including hybrid cattail removal) affects wetland wildlife in the boundary waters. 

Graduate Student Conducting a Study

RedFox2Kyle Wait, a graduate student working with Adam Ahlers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management, is conducting a study that investigates carnivore distributions across urban-rural land use gradients in the Flint Hills.  He currently has multiple trail cameras along transects in Manhattan and Junction City.  Here is an great photo of a red fox doing his best to control the rabbit populations in the Manhattan suburbs.

Barden Continues International Exchange

TulipFest2016_300pxProfessor Charles Barden organizes a trip for international students to the Wamego Tulip Festival each spring, followed by a cookout at his home. Most of the students and interns were alumni from Zamorano University located in Honduras, although the students come from throughout Central and South America. He notes that the interns are here on a J-1 Visa, and one of the requirements to host a scholar on that type of visa, is to provide some American cultural experiences, hence the visit to the arts and crafts festival, to see a classic slice of Americana! This year 23 students and interns participated in the event! The cultural experience is a two-way street, with Barden providing the traditional U.S. cookout menu, while many of the students prepared favorite festival dishes from their own countries. Barden has traveled to Honduras numerous times, and he has attended the weddings of two of his former graduate students in that country.

 

K-Staters at Smith Gardens in Aurora, Oregon 

KendellLolleyIntershipAndresAlmilloWilliamsKendell Lolley, senior in Horticulture Production, is wrapping up her 6-month Vic and Margaret Ball Internship at Smith Gardens production facilities in Aurora, Oregon. During a recent visit to her internship site, Kim Williams also had a chance to catch up with Andres Alamillo, K-State Horticulture alum, who is Inventory Control Manager at the site. Andres manages a dizzying amount of plant inventory and is currently leading the operation's efforts to adopt lean-flow manufacturing processes. Wildcat Pride!

Costa Rica President visited K-State

CostaRica1CostaRica2On May 19, President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís visited KSU, invited by the prestigious Landon Lecture Series.  He talked about current trends related to security and democracy in Central America.  Two HFRR graduate students, Marisol Mayorga and Kenny Artavia participated with the Costa Rican Students Association in this event.  In addition, Marisol and her family were invited to meet with Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya and President Solís for a breakfast hosted by the office of President Myers for Costa Rican students, faculty, staff and their families at the President's Suite in the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.  Upon completing her Ph.D., Marisol and her family expect to return to Costa Rica, where she will join a university faculty.

Two Hort Students begin their Internships in Dallas

EgyptConnerFirstdayKSU Horticulture students, Egypt Edwards and Conner White, begin their summer internships at Southern Botanical in Dallas. Southern Botanical is one of the Top 50 Landscape Design, Build, and Management firms in the U.S.