MANHATTAN, Kan. - Renowned researchers Jim E. Riviere and Nancy Monteiro-Riviere will be joining the Kansas State University faculty in August, he as McDonald Chair of Veterinary Medicine and she as Regents Distinguished Research Scholar. Both will be University Distinguished Professors in the department of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
"These two prominent scientists have been recognized by their peers for their innovative and important research - he in pharmacology and she in toxicology," said KSU President Kirk Schulz. "We anticipate that both these outstanding individuals will play an important role in helping Kansas State reach our goal of being a top 50 public research university by 2025. To reach this goal it is vital that we increase the number of National Academies members among our faculty. Jim is the first at K-State."
Currently, both are faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Riviere holds six patents, has authored/edited 10 books and 490 scholarly publications in pharmacokinetics, toxicology and food safety. Monteiro-Riviere holds two patents, has authored two books and 268 publications, manuscripts and book chapters in the fields of skin toxicology, nanotechnology and nanomaterials.
Farm bill field hearing scheduled in Dodge City
U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma announced a series of field hearings on the 2012 farm bill, including one in Kansas.
The final hearing will take place April 20 in Dodge City, Kan. Other hearings were scheduled in New York, Illinois and Arkansas.
Grandstand acts announced for Kansas State Fair
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The 2012 U.S. Cellular Grandstand lineup for the Kansas State Fair is complete.
The lineup: Victoria Justice, Sept. 7; Boston, Sept. 8; 38 Special, Sept. 9; Demolition Derby, Sept. 10; Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune, Sept. 11; Justin Moore, Sept. 12; Casting Crowns, Sept. 13; Heart, Sept. 14; Billy Currington with Jake Owen, Sept. 15; and Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, Sept. 16.
Grandstand concert tickets will go on sale May 19 at the Kansas State Fair ticket office, by calling 800-362-3247 or at www.kansasstatefair.tix.com.
Kansas Master Farmers, Farm Homemakers are named
JUNCTION CIY, Kan. - Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2011 in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities.
The Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker award program dates to 1927 and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farmer magazine. The couples were honored at a banquet March 16.
The 2011 Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers are David and Paula Blasi, Pratt, Kan.; Carl and Jeanette Hildebrand, Stafford, Kan.; Galen and Nancy Hofmann, Leonardville, Kan.; Ross and Judy Kinsler, Kingman, Kan.; Larry and Debra Martin, Fort Scott, Kan.; Carl and Patricia Ziegelmeier, Gem, Kan.
Thaemert named to new Wheat Foundation board
Nine wheat farmers and longtime industry participants have been selected to lead a revitalized and restructured National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation (NAWGF), doing business as the National Wheat Foundation effective immediately.
The election of a new board is the result of a year-and-a-half-long process to enhance the 35-year-old organization's ability to facilitate collaborations across the wheat chain.
Among those names was John C. Thaemert, owner and operator of J.T. Farms, vice president and trust officer at Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Ellsworth, Kan., and past NAWG president.
Dolores Wagler recognized as Premier Seed Grower
Dolores Wagler, Partridge, Kan., was named 2011 Premier Seed Grower by Kansas Crop Improvement Association at the 2012 Kansas Seed and Crops Conference in Wichita.
To qualify for the award, members must have several years of experience as a certified seed producer, their business must have certified seed as a major component, must exhibit quality consciousness in all production and sales practices, and must be involved in public service activities.
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- Nellie Hill of Kansas State University was one of 12 agriculture students selected for the 2012 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program. They will travel to Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore May 19-June 1 to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture. The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The Grains Foundation.