WSU and KU receive grant money…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 5, 2019

Jackson SchneiderSeptember 5, 2019

The University of Kansas Medical Center received a five-year, $18.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to provide ongoing funding to a program aimed at improving and expanding cell and developmental biology research in Kansas. The program is a multidisciplinary research network of 10 graduate and undergraduate institutions in Kansas and Oklahoma working to enhance biomedical research in Kansas through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research. One of the largest biomedical research grants received in Kansas, it is aimed at positively impacting the biomedical sciences in Kansas, be that through faculty research, student development or educational opportunities. Since it was initially funded in 2001, the research program will have brought more than $82 million into the state through 2023, the end of the current award renewal.

For the sixth consecutive year, Wichita State University is one of 24 nationwide recipients of a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides one-year funding to execute programs that will increase the awareness of federal programs to support technology-based innovation. The program provides specialized training, outreach, mentoring and technical assistance for R&D focused small businesses. The program provides one-year funding to organizations to execute state / regional programs that support potential SBIR applicants and awardees.

Several volunteers from the Midwest region of the American Red Cross have made their way to the East Coast to help prepare for and respond to Hurricane Dorian. According to the agency, eight volunteers from Nebraska and seven volunteers from Kansas are deployed to prepare for Hurricane Dorian and help people who have been forced to evacuate . Additionally, two of the region’s Emergency Response Vehicles (one from Lincoln, Nebraska, and one from Hays, Kansas) have been dispatched to a staging location and are ready to respond to impacted areas.

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army Ryan D. McCarthy and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran are at Fort Riley today. The duo will tour Seitz Elementary School on the Army Post, meeting with teachers, students and district/school administrators.  Following the elementary school tour the secretary and senator will also meet with 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley leaders as well as Big Red One Soldiers. McCarthy assumed duties on July 23, 2019. As acting secretary he is responsible for the effective and efficient organization of the Army’s operations and initiatives for the business transformation of the Army.

One person was killed in a single vehicle crash in NE Kansas. According to the KHP, 70-year-old Michael McMillan from Fairview, Kansas, was driving a 1999 Cehvrolet Suburban headed east on U.S. 36 Highway. For an unknown reason he left the road and struck a bridge pillar. McMillan, who was not buckled up, was killed in the crash. The crash happened Wednesday morning  at the U.S. High 36 / U.S. 75 Highway junction in Brown County.

An arrest is made in a suspected prostitution case at a Hutchinson spa.  Fifty-four-year-old Yu Jan Fang was booked for promoting the sale of sexual relations.  Hutchinson police say they were conducting an undercover operation at The Spring Spa on North Lorraine Street when a detective was offered a sexual act.  The investigation started after police received several reports of sexual acts allegedly being offered as part of the service at the spa.

A Salina woman is behind bars after she was spotted walking topless, with her chest exposed, and then threatened a man with a knife as police arrived on the scene.  She was disarmed as she held the knife above her head, gesturing towards the a male. The 29-year-old woman could face charges which include aggravated assault.

Several animal rescue groups assisted a Kansas sheriff’s office in removing approximately 30 dogs, two cats, a horse and two burros from an alleged cruelty situation in Kingman County. The Kingman County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on a residential property. The animals there appeared to be living in a poor, filthy environment, and some appeared to be suffering from skin conditions. Some animals were running loose on the property while others were contained in makeshift pens where they were found crawling under trailers to access shade. After initial field examinations, the animals were transported to an undisclosed safe location, where any additional needs are being addressed.

The Winfield School District is offering all-gender restrooms at one of its schools.  Two all-gender restrooms are now available at Winfield High School.  A teacher behind the idea says the restrooms can give transgender students a safe place to go.






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