Frontier at Kansas State University

Welcome To Frontier

An interdisciplinary program for the historical studies of border security, food security, and trade policy
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September 2010 Frontier Retreat and NCFPD Biennial Meeting

In September 2010, the Frontier Program held a retreat in conjunction with the NCFPD Biennial meeting in Chaska, Minnesota. 

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Tom Roesler - How to Avoid Chasing Rabbits: Staying Focused in a Crazy-Busy World

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, during a Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperience (FIX) program breakfast meeting, Tom Roesler, an instructor with K-State's School of Leadership Studies, gave a presentation to FIX students. His presentation, entitled "How to Avoid Chasing Rabbits: Staying Focused in a Crazy-Busy World."  This presentation was recorded and is now available in a 3 part video.

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22nd Frontier Field Trip - June 19-23, 2013

On June 19-23, 2013, the Frontier program held its 22nd field trip to the southern California area. The field trip featured a tour and seminar on food defense and supplychain complexity at a Cargill manufacturing facility, and experiential learning about international trade and seaport security at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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Frontier Field Trip/Retreat and DHS UP Summit - March 29 to April 1, 2011

On March 29 to April 1, 2011, the Frontier Program held a field trip/retreat in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) University Programs Summit.

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Dr. Jason Ackleson and Julianne Jensby Attend the 2009 International Studies Association Convention

In this audio podcast, Frontier Co-Director Dr. Jason Ackleson and Frontier research assistant Julianne Jensby discuss their experiences while attending the 2009 International Studies Association (ISA) Convention in New York City.

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October 2010 Field Trip/Retreat and DHS Career Pathways Conference

From October 21-24, 2010, the Frontier Program held a field trip/retreat in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security's Career Pathways Conference in Washington, D.C.  Our visit included a tour of the Port of Baltimore, which was led by Customs and Border Protection officials.

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New Book Commemorates 150 Years of Kansas Beef

Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Beef Cattle Institute, and Frontier Program are commemorating Kansas' upcoming 150th anniversary of statehood with the release of a coffee table-style book entitled "150 Years of Kansas Beef."

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Educational Opportunities at Frontier

A podcast of the unique multi-institutional educational opportunities offered by the Frontier program.

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Frontier Newsflash

Scholarly Siege of Boston: Frontier’s 23rd Field Trip

A blog post by Gabrielle Abeles-Allison, NCFPD Information Tech Student, University of Minnesota Undergraduate in Food Science 

In Mid-October, the NCFPD associated Frontier group made its 23rd trip, but its first to the port city of Boston, Massachusetts. Called, “A Scholarly Siege of Boston,” the group spent time discussing behavioral economics, port security, and everything in between.

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The Frontier Program

Kansas State University and New Mexico State University

Border security, food safety and security, and trade policy are issues often studied in rigid disciplinary channels. The Frontier program--a part of Food Safety and Security at Kansas State University--involves researchers from K-State and New Mexico State who seek to treat these issues as interrelated. No one disciplinary method can adequately analyze them, nor can any one of these issues be studied in isolation. Because border security, food security, and trade are interconnected, they require a blended, interdisciplinary approach that can bring different perspectives and methods of analysis to bear on these complex issues. Just as Frontier researchers seek to examine issues that cross international frontiers, they also seek to cross disciplinary borders.

 

This month in history

During 19th-century outbreaks of Rinderpest, European governments provided reports of the disease’s progress.  Consider this excerpt from a January 21, 1867 mortalities report by Hugh Ewing, minister of the United States to the Netherlands, at the United States Legation in The Hague:  "...I have the honor to forward the following statement, furnished by the Dutch government, concerning the progress of the rinderpest: loss for week ending December 22d, 5,771; loss for week ending December 29th, 5,832; loss for week ending January 5th, 4,988.  An impression prevails that the malady is on the decline here, but it has crossed into Prussia, and threatens Belgium and France."