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Dedicated clinical trials teams are key to groundbreaking research at the KU Cancer Center.

Corina Ramirez, a young mother of two, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015. When her cancer was no longer responding to chemotherapy, she turned to a clinical trial offered at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Once in the study, she said she knew almost immediately the treatment was working. 

Students in the 2018 Fun with Food Science camp cook fresh vegetables and chicken
from Kansas City River Market as they prepare to feed their family and friends. 

This summer, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus is offering a week-long Fun with Food Science day camp for area junior scientists and foodies.

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Ruskin High School students explore STEM-related careers with faculty from the KU Edwards Campus. 

In the next three years, STEM careers are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. Unfortunately, not enough students are pursuing STEM-based college degrees to fill the growing demand. Biotechnology faculty at the KU Edwards Campus are bridging that gap through outreach programs involving Kansas City-area high school students.

By Anup Kasi, M.D., The University of Kansas Cancer Center

By Anup Kasi, M.D., The University of Kansas Cancer Center

As an oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, I am in the clinic every day treating individuals with cancer. It is challenging, rewarding work. I am also a scientist.

By Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus

As many of you know, it was with mixed emotions when I announced earlier this year that I would retire as dean and CEO of Kansas State University's Olathe campus. My 49-year career has revolved around veterinary medicine and the life sciences. In that time, I've seen the fields blossom and become pillars of strength for Greater Kansas City. 

Spring 2016 was one to remember for Andrew Walter, a recent graduate of the master’s in applied statistics and analytics program at the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC). In January, he began his graduate school journey and come spring break, he and his wife found out they were expecting a new addition to the family.

A cancer diagnosis was never part of Nedra’s plan. But then again, the Kansas City artist, educator and community activist is pretty good at improvising.

When she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – a less common and more aggressive form of breast cancer – her reaction of a simple “OK” left her physician speechless.  

“I was uniquely calm. These twists and turns, they are all part of the journey,” Nedra said. “I could have cried and screamed and thrown myself on the floor, but it would not have changed anything, and I would have been behind in my planning.”

Celebrate One Health at Kansas City One Health Day by learning about how the collaborative approach to human, animal and environmental health may help society outsmart antibiotic resistance.

The event, "Outsmarting Antibiotic Resistance," is from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe and will be livestreamed on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Activities and speakers will focus on how the One Health approach relates to antibiotic stewardship. 

In response to rising workplace demand and thanks to support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), the KU Edwards Campus is working on two new programs: a professional science master’s with an emphasis in environmental geology and an undergraduate certificate in strength and conditioning.

JCERT fosters business community expansion by bringing academic and research initiatives to the regional economy. Events and programs at partner universities help raise up talented, educated professionals who contribute highly desired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to the area’s workforce.

Our higher education partners begin this process early in students’ academic careers by offering numerous STEM-education experiences dedicated to grades K-12. Tens of thousands of elementary, middle and high-school students have engaged in this outreach since JCERT launched in 2009.

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