Looking below the surface

Oil production, already a significant part of the Kansas economy, could expand and flourish with an improved understanding of the state’s oil reservoirs. That’s why a University of Kansas research consortium is working with energy companies to find and access new oil reserves in Kansas and elsewhere.

Helping children across Kansas

Matt Enyart and Kris Matthews recently spent 18 months traveling the state to train mental health professionals in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Now, the two University of Kansas researchers are delivering a “PBS-to-Go Box” to 21 community mental health centers so practitioners can help children across Kansas.

PBS is an evidence-based practice that changes behavior and the environment where it happens — in this case, the challenging behavior of high-risk, high-needs kids who often end up in psychiatric residential treatment facilities.

Taking the reins

Growing up in Cimarron, Matt Monical spent afternoons at the soda fountain in Clark Pharmacy.

Two decades later, Monical can still be found at Clark Pharmacy, but in a very different capacity: He’s now the owner and pharmacist.

“When I left for school, I thought I might come back, but I wasn’t sure,” said Monical, who graduated from the KU School of Pharmacy in 2009. “But I eventually realized this was where I wanted to be.”

Addressing a crucial shortage

After earning his medical degree from the University of Kansas, Dr. Francisco Chacon chose to return to where he felt most needed — to Liberal, his hometown.

“When you’re a primary care doctor in your community, you get to know your patients,” said Chacon, who trained at the medical school’s Wichita campus and now has a busy practice not far from where he grew up.
“I knew I could make a difference here.”

Getting to the Core of the Matter

It’s no secret that western Kansas’ future depends largely on the Ogallala Aquifer, the vast but dwindling store of groundwater that supports agriculture across the High Plains.

Although scientists have monitored Ogallala water levels for years, there’s been a gap in their research. None of the Ogallala’s wells have been “cored,” a lengthy process that entails using a core bit to drill and remove a cylindrical sample from underground, which can provide invaluable data about subsurface structure.

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