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* Sam Chaudhuri, professor of geology at K-State, has been named a professor of the Academie des Sciences of France, the French National Academy of Sciences. It's an honor extended to only two or three international scholars each year by the prestigious French academy. Chaudhuri received the honor in recognition of his work in the field of isotope geochemistry and for his contributions to the Centre of Geochemistry of the Surface at Louis Pasteur University in Stasbourg, France. He was honored at a ceremony in Paris. September 2000

* The K-State speech squad finished its year winning national championships in four of the 12 available categories at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, April 3. K-State's individual events forensics speech team placed sixth in the nation at the tournament. K-State has had more national champions than any school at the tournament, and finished in the top 10 as a school for the ninth year in a row. The tournament consists of the top 100 teams and top 300 competitors in the nation. April 2000

* The National Science Foundation has awarded a K-State physicist its prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award. The CAREER award provides $300,000 to Bharat Ratra for a five-year project entitled "Cosmology: Theoretical Research, Data Analysis with Student Involvement and Curriculum Development." Ratra will be analyzing experimental data generated by more than 20 deep space experiments in order to help determine the shape of the universe. K-State students and postdoctoral fellows will be involved in this frontier of cosmology research. February '00

* Brett D. Esry, K-State assistant professor of physics, was recognized with a Research Innovation Award from Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science. He received $35,000 for "Microscopic investigation of the collapse of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate with a negative scattering length." The award -- the maximum offered by Research Corporation -- is to support Esry's original, innovative scientific research. Each proposal is judged on the scien-tific significance, potential impact and feasi-bility of the proposed research. December '99

* K-State has been recognized for leadership in the field of student character development in "The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development," a nationally-released guidebook. Designed for students, parents, and educators who believe that character matters, the Templeton Guide contains profiles of 405 exemplary college programs in 10 categories. K-State is profiled in the volunteer service programs section for its community service program. The purpose of K-State's community service program is to provide meaningful service as part of students' education experience. October '99

* Kansas State University has been granted two patents by the U.S. Patent Office for technologies that possess potential cancer-fighting properties. The inventions are part of a growing effort at K-State to commercialize innovative technologies for anti-cancer therapeutics. The Patent Office granted a patent to K-State in December 1998 for "Unique Inhibitor of Cell Proliferation," a regulatory sialoglycopeptide , or cancer cell inhibitor, called CeReS-18. The Patent Office also granted a patent to K-State in February 1999 for "Novel Tricyclic Pyrones." May '99

* The excimer laser used by eye surgeons worldwide to perform these techniques was first discovered by K-State Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Don Setser, who is known as the "father of the excimer laser." The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two separate computer controlled excimer laser systems based upon results showing the lasers to be safe and effective. March '99

* Shanté Moore, a December 1996 K-State graduate, was one of only 10 students nationwide recently awarded the newly created Woodrow Wilson Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Moore is currently attending Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service to obtain a master of science in foreign service degree. Once he has completed graduate school, he plans to enter the foreign service. Moore received K-State degrees in political science, Latin American studies and economics. The Wilson fellowship pays for tuition, books, room and board and one round trip travel during the course of Moore's graduate study. It also provides the student with two internships with the Department of State, one in Washington and one abroad. Sept. '98

* Kansas State University is one of just 10 research universities in the nation to receive a $500,000 Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Education from the National Science Foundation. According to NSF, the program is a one time award and will not be repeated. This award is in recognition of K-State's past activities integrating teaching and research in the sciences and underscores K-State's tradition of excellence in both teaching and research in the sciences. Co-investigators on the project are Provost James R. Coffman and physics Professor Dean Zollman, who also is the winner of the CASE national Professor of the Year award for excellence in teaching undergraduates at research and doctoral universities. Feb. '97

* K-State physicist Donna Naples was named a 1996 Outstanding Junior Investigator by the Department of Energy's division of high energy physics, one of seven selected in this year's competition. As an Outstanding Junior Investigator, she received a three-year $210,000 grant to test her design for a large multisampling drift chamber in the beam line at Fermilab, a design she thinks will create a much more precise picture of neutrino characteristics. * Research by Ken Klabunde, KSU distinguished professor of chemistry, is behind Nantek Inc., the first K-State startup company to commercialize university-created technology. Klabunde Destructive Adsorbent Technology, or DAT, can safely detoxify hazardous substances such as nerve gases, insecticides and PCBs. June '96

* Gary Conrad, a professor of biology at Kansas State University, received a $100,000 award from the Alcon Research Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, for his outstanding contributions in vision research. Conrad was recognized for his research of the cornea. He was one of nine scientists worldwide selected to receive the award. April '96

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