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Professionals in bioscience, food-related industries turn to K-State
Date:9/27/2007

o learn more about food safety both on and off campus, said Curtis Kastner. He is the director of K-State's Food Science Institute, which includes approximately 50 nationally and internationally recognized graduate faculty from five colleges and 11 departments. Because K-State's food safety and defense graduate certificate is offered online, the program lets professionals learn from K-State food science experts while continuing their careers. A certificate in food safety and defense helps people in the food industry and related industries -- even the engineers who design the facilities. K-State also offers online undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as bachelor's or master's degrees in food science.

"We have as many students off campus, most of them working in food-related industries, as we do on campus," Kastner said.

The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at K-State also is reaching out beyond the campus. The center is helping emergency responders and other professionals at governmental agencies. Marty Vanier, the center's associate director, said, "The center uses its agricultural expertise to work with governmental agencies, including those within the Department of Defense, to teach professionals about food safety activities and to help them understand agricultural diseases and why they are important to human health."

The center's Web site at http://nabc.ksu.edu/ offers a lessons learned database to help educate emergency responders about dealing with naturally or intentionally introduced disease. Vanier said the center is working to link with other organizations so emergency responders and other professionals can have a "one-stop shop" for learning.

"Some of these diseases may not impact humans directly, but the fact is that these diseases impact agriculture," Vanier said. "These diseases come from around the world, but they could conceivably impact the United States or impact U.S. personnel around the world
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Contact: Marty Vanier
mvanier@k-state.edu
785-532-6193
Kansas State University
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