Welcome to the first issue of the new KCARE newsletter series! KCARE focuses on projects that find and implement solutions to issues around agriculture and the environment, such as water quality, irrigation and water quantity, the impacts of cover crops and tillage practices, fertility, climate change, air quality, etc. We want to make sure that we get information about this important work to you as soon as possible – and this newsletter will play a large role in that. This monthly publication will spotlight Kansas State University research and extension faculty as well as provide summaries of cutting-edge research and extension projects conducted here at K-State. I am excited to bring this information to you, and I thank the faculty and staff for their support.
You will also notice that the KCARE website is being completely revamped with much more current information – on both faculty and projects. Keep checking back to find new updates!
To enhance our communication efforts, I am delighted to announce that Melissa Harvey has just begun working as the Communications Specialist for KCARE and KWRI and also will serve as a scientific writer and editor. Her work will help to expand and improve the websites for both programs, as well as develop other publications to increase the programs’ visibility in the community. Melissa has an extensive background in writing, with experience in positions as a senior writer and communications coordinator for various departments at the University of California, Davis. While living abroad, she also consulted as an editor and writer at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and for the International Potato Center (CIP).
In addition to her scientific writing, Melissa has worked as an English and math teacher in high schools in both in the US and in England. She lived in Nairobi, Kenya for seven years before moving last year to Manhattan with her husband, Jagger Harvey, and their three children.
If you have any questions, need further information on K-State projects or faculty, or want to be on our mailing list, please contact me.