Four KCK students present research displays

Four students from Kansas City, Kan., recently presented work as part of the University of Kansas Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

The research presentation was held at the Kansas Union in Lawrence, Kan.

The students from Kansas City, Kan., their universities, project titles, faculty members and departments included:

• Justin Bauswell, Kansas City, Kan., Haskell Indian Nations University, “Effect of FTDP-17 tau mutant P301L on tau aggregation,” Chris Gamblin, molecular biosciences;

• Elizabeth E. Brock, Kansas City, Kan., KU, “Side Effects of Vicarious Positive Reinforcement,” Pamela L. Neidert, applied behavioral science;

• Carlos Fernandez, Kansas City, Kan., KU, “Evolutionary Lag in Stage-Structured Populations with Clonal Reproduction,” Maria Orive, ecology and evolutionary biology;

• Krystle Neal, Kansas City, Kan., Haskell Indian Nations University, “Glacial Striations for 1st Graders,” Cheri Hamilton, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets K-12 Education Outreach.

“International research universities like KU attract undergraduate students to do research and scholarly activities in all fields, and this can especially be done well in the summer. Many times students can focus their full time attention to a research question that they further investigate while completing their undergraduate degree or in a graduate degree program,” said John Augusto, KU assistant vice provost for experiential learning in undergraduate studies.

One hundred students participated in the event, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship.

Presenters included students taking part in the following programs:
• Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Scholars Program
• McNair Scholars Program
• Office for Diversity in Science Training programs
• Pharmaceutical chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs were sponsored by:
• Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
• Department of Chemistry
• Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
• Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
• Department of Molecular Biosciences
• National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers Program, sponsored by CReSIS and
• Undergraduate Research Award recipients.

Ringling clown to visit Main KCK Library Aug. 6

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey clown, Billy, will visit the Main Kansas City, Kan., Library’s Lego Club on Wednesday, Aug. 6, as part of the circus’ first “Clown Crawl.”

Billy will visit multiple metro locations during Aug. 6 – 9 to celebrate Book Lovers Day, which is on Aug. 9, and will officially announce tickets on sale for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents “Built To Amaze,” an eight-performance run at Sprint Center, Sept. 10 – 14.

Also included on Billy’s tour is an appearance at Sprint Family Fun Days in downtown Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The event at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6. The theme will be the circus, and children will be encouraged to build Lego creations that have the circus as a theme.

Billy also will provide entertainment such as juggling and magic tricks.

Those children attending will receive clown noses, and discount tickets will be available for the circus.

The library event is free and open to the public.

Candidate forum to be held at KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will play host to a candidate forum on Wednesday.

The forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 30 in Room 2325 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Candidates who will be on the primary election ballot in August have been invited to attend. There are several sponsors of the candidate forum.

Those candidates who have been invited include Republicans, Sen. Pat Roberts, D.J. Smith, Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter and Democrats Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner, who are all vying for a U.S. Senate seat; Democrats Kelly Kultala and Reggie Marselus, U.S. Representative, Third District; Gov. Sam Brownback and Jennifer Winn, Republicans, Kansas Governor; Republicans Kris Kobach and Scott Morgan, Secretary of State; Republicans Beverly Gossage, David Powell, Ken Selzer, Clark Shultz and John Toplikar, Insurance Commissioner; and Democrats Tim Dupree, Courtney Mikesic and Jim Yoakum, 29th District Judge, Position 11.

Each candidate will be allowed a three-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement. Moderators from various sponsoring organizations will ask candidates questions about relevant issues.

Sponsoring organizations include KCKCC, Business West, the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, The Central Avenue Betterment Association, the Historic Northeast Mid-town Association, Downtown Shareholders, Rosedale Development Association, Fairfax Industrial Association and the Kansas City Press Club.
– Story from KCKCC