Kansas State University


Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Category: 2019 Spring


Conquest 2019 Magazine coverThe 2019 Conquest magazine is hot off the press, with brief, easy-to-read stories that showcase some of the excellent cancer research happening at Kansas State University. We also chat with Coach Bill Snyder, a member of our advisory council, about facing cancer and supporting research. view Conquest 2019



Dr. Stefan Bossmann


Stefan Bossmann, chemistry, has been named a University Distinguished Professor, K-State’s highest faculty ranking, awarded to only two professors per year. read more




David Poole, kinesiology and anatomy & physiology, will serve as K-State’s 2019-2020 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. read more



Dr. Jeroen Roelofs


Jeroen Roelofs, biology, was named a Professor of the Week. read more




Bruce Snead


Bruce Snead, director of K-State’s National Radon Program Services, contributed to this Healthline article about radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soil, and the second leading cause of lung cancer.



Dr. S. Keith Chapes


S. Keith Chapes, biology, and team sent 40 mice to the International Space Station April 17 for immune system research. read more



Dr. Zhoumeng Lin & team


Zhoumeng Lin‘s research team in anatomy & physiology presented two award-winning posters and one platform presentation, and provided services for the Society of Toxicology, at the society’s annual meeting in Baltimore in March. read more in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s April Newsletter



K-State’s 2018-2019 undergraduate cancer researchers were honored at our annual Cancer Research Award Banquet April 12. Also recognized were the students’ mentors and parents, and the donors who make the awards possible. Photos of the banquet will be published on our Facebook page soon. See full list of our 2018-2019 Cancer Research Awardees.


K-State representation at the annual K-INBRE Symposium

Current and former undergraduate Cancer Research Awardees Emily Wessel, Gabrielle Phillips, Haley SmalleySeth Peery and Molly Bassette received honors at the K-INBRE Symposium in January! K-INBRE stands for Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. IDeA stands for Institutional Development Award, a program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. read more


Obdulia Covarrubias-Zambrano with posterObdulia Covarrubias Zambrano, doctoral student in chemistry working with Stefan Bossmann, received statewide recognition for her cancer research at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 27 at the State Capitol  in Topeka. Her research focuses on the development of a nanobiosensor for early pancreatic cancer detection by means of a simple blood test. read more



Jim Haymaker photo


Longtime friend and advisory council member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center Jim Haymaker will be awarded an honorary doctorate from K-State in May. read more




Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight 2018 Participants

Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its fourth annual Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Sat., May 4, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center. It is open to everyone, not just Walk Kansas program participants.

The event, which will include a 50-yard kids’ fun run, will open for check-in at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K and fun walk will take off at 9 a.m.

The 5K will circle around Bill Snyder Family Stadium and the 1.5-mile fun walk will wind through main campus. Custom medals will be awarded, and chip timing will give live results.

All participants will receive a T-shirt, snacks, water and more. The K-State Marching Band will perform and Sunny 102.5 FM will play music and emcee.

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Hartwell Nobelaureate presentation Infographic-1g6gl43“Experiencing Science: Motivating Educators & Learners to Become Innovators” virtual lecture and Q&A with a Nobel laureate – Wed., April 24, 3:30





Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight logo 2019


Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight – Sat., May 4, Johnson Cancer Research Center


Snyder Highway Half-Marathon logo


Bill Snyder Highway Half-Marathon & 5K – Sat., May 25, Manhattan



K-State Fighting for a Cure Day – Sat., Oct. 5, everywhere. New shirt design for Fall 2019!

Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament – Fri., Oct. 18, Colbert Hills, Manhattan


Polyester Party dance floor
Polyester Party photo courtesy of J&C Imaging

The Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus April 5 was a great success! Retro-costumed partiers danced the night away to live music from Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs, voted on their favorite bra in the Off the Hook bra art contest, and enjoyed scrumptious food and drinks. Moreover, the party raised about $10,000 for K-State cancer research! view photos


Pink Up The Pace Tutu Duo
Pink Up the Pace photo courtesy of Alex Todd Photography

The Pink Up the Pace 5K & 1-Mile Honor Walk in downtown Manhattan Sat., April 13, was a great success! Our thanks to Downtown Manhattan, Inc., and all the sponsors and participants! The event raised $1,750 for K-State cancer research! view photos


Golden Girls Mystery Dinner graphic


The Pearce-Keller American Legion #17 Auxiliary hosted a Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser, which raised an impressive $4,575!






Nemaha student visitor

Group visits and K-State Open House offered multiple opportunities to tell people about cancer research at K-State. Thanks to Dr. Nick Wallace and his team for partnering with us! View photos of Nemaha Central High School biology student visit