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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.

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.

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