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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.

By Tara Lin, MD, Medical Director, KU Cancer Center Clinical Trial’s Office

Survival rates for all cancers combined have improved over the last four decades. According to an American Cancer Society 2016 report, the cancer death rate fell 23 percent from 1991 to 2012, translating to more than 1.7 million lives saved during this period.

If you ask any clinician or researcher why cancer death rates have dropped so dramatically over the last several decades, you’ll likely hear the same answer from everyone: most of those lives were saved due to advances in cancer treatment.

Jessica Hammer has a talent for business and a love of coaching. Now she’s combining the two loves — and getting a little bit of help from her education at KU Edwards.

Hammer, a senior majoring in exercise science, last year opened a “treadmill studio” called KC Endurance with her husband, Jeremy. The business is located in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo.

“It’s like a spinning class, only with treadmills,” she said. “It’s the first one in Kansas City.”

Kansas State University has an excellent talent pipeline that extends from our undergraduate and graduate students to our postdoctoral and faculty researchers. Our institution has a long history of commitment to both basic and applied research that advances the innovations and technologies of tomorrow to improve lives and economic success in Kansas and around the world.

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Rising enrollment in JCERT-funded programs helped power significant growth in spring 2018 enrollment at the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC).

KUEC’s dozen JCERT degree and certificate programs accounted for nearly 28 percent of the student credit hours generated on campus for the new semester. The 3,322 JCERT credit hours mark a 26 percent jump from a year earlier – and represent 61 percent of the overall enrollment growth at KUEC.

When cancer patients begin chemotherapy, most anticipate some side effects: fatigue, nausea, hair loss. But nearly three-quarters of them will experience a lesser known side effect: a kind of mental fog that happens during and after treatment, dubbed chemo-brain.

A patient who had been able to juggle many things in her head suddenly might be unable to remember her own phone number, keep track of her appointments, or recall her assistant’s first name, at least not without a lot more effort. For some patients, these symptoms persist for months and even years after treatment.

In the metro area, more than 245 biotech companies employ 28,000 workers – and research is growing with public and private spending that exceeds $1.8 billion annually. Learn how the KU Edwards Campus is helping fulfill the demand for talent in this rapidly growing industry through its biotechnology degree and a new hands-on research lab.

What can we learn from animals to help humans and vice versa?

To help answer this, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have created 1Data – a clearinghouse platform for an array of standardized pre-clinical human and animal health data.

Rising enrollment in JCERT-funded programs is helping KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) meet the Kansas City area’s growing demand for trained professionals.

JCERT’s financial investment helps support a dozen KUEC degree and certificate programs. Those programs accounted for nearly 28 percent of the total credit hours generated on campus for fall 2017. Students working to attain a Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics led the growth, with 56 students enrolled in the program – up from 31 in fall 2016.

Technical experts often earn promotions into team leadership roles based on their technical skills, without receiving training on the communication skills necessary to effectively lead diverse teams and nurture a healthy organizational culture.

Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., program manager and faculty member for the Professional Workplace Communication Graduate Certificate and master’s degree, expressed this point during the “Improving Your Cultural IQ: Recognizing the Power of Inclusive Communication” event early this fall.

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