What's the Big Idea?

Kent State President Todd Diacon rides to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering to learn more about research involving birds and aircraft.

Neuroscience Symposium Brought Top Researchers to Kent State

Kent State Vice President Valoree Vargo, presents alumnus Earl Miller with the Founders Award, In appreciation for his $2 million commitment to Kent State, with Michael Lehman, director of Kent State's Brain Health Research Institute.

Kent State University alumnus Earl Miller, Ph.D., a leading cognitive neuroscientist, and his wife Marlene Wicherski were recognized at the university’s 10th Annual Neuroscience Symposium, for their $2 million commitment to support research programs and students in Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute. 

Kent State Biological Sciences Professor Helps Lead International Research Coordination Network to Study Insect Decline

A close-up shot of a bee on a flower in the Beyer-Murin Gardens on the Kent Campus. Photo by Robert Christy

Over half of the described species in the world are insects. Although many people think of insects as pests, they play vital roles and have a big impact on our invaluable ecosystems, as pollinators, helping break down wastes, and as an essential food source for many other organisms.

Putting Doctoral Degrees - and Dreams - Within Reach

2002 cohort class of McNair scholars in front of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Kent State University has received a five-year renewal of the the McNair Program grant. This program helps put first-generation students, like Brian Johnson, Destiny Ezeliora and Imani Reynolds on the path to doctoral degrees. 

Anti-Racism Conference Puts University Under Lens to Identify Racism and Improve Culture

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, speaks to attendees at Kent State's inaugural Anti-Racism Conference.

Kent State University’s inaugural Anti-Racism Conference kicked off Oct. 6 with several hundred students, faculty and staff taking part.

IN A FLASH: Getting the Inside Story

Radiology students at Kent State's Salem Campus learn how to position patients for x-rays.

Radiology students at Kent State's Salem Campus receive practical, hands-on training. 

We got Lasers! The Engraving Kind

Students Create Unique Projects on Upcycled Denim at the DI Hub

Workshop allowed students to use laser engraving tools on denim for unique projects.

Applying to Graduate School? Learn Secrets From an Insider

2019 Kent State graduate Ya'el Courtney talks about how to best apply to graduate schools programs in the biomedical sciences.

As a senior at Kent State University in 2019, Ya’el Courtney recalls well the advice she was given about applying to graduate school – some was helpful, but a lot missed the mark.

IN A FLASH: The Campus Is Her Classroom

Students in the Horticulture Technology program at Kent State's Salem Campus get real experience "in the field."

Students in the Horticulture Technology program at Kent State's Salem Campus take "field trips" literally. 

What's the Big Idea? Trauma Room Design

What's the Big Idea?

President Todd Diacon is on the move literally as part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”

Graduate Students Use Three Minutes and a Slide to Expertly Explain Their Research Projects   

Three-Minute Thesis 2022

The top nine presenters in Kent State's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presented their research projects at the Kiva on Friday Oct. 28.  The top three winners and a People's Choice award winner were chosen.

Building a Winning Wardrobe: Teen Vogue LEGO Fashion Design Challenge

Matthew Williams and his fashion collections

Imagine making a dress out of LEGO dots. Matthew Williams, a junior fashion design major at Kent State, is doing just that.

Turning Ideas Into Reality With Microgrants

Kent State Students at LaunchNET event

Young entrepreneurs are able to pursue their dreams thanks to LaunchNET microgrants at Kent State University.

Earthworms are the Stars of the Show in Graduate Student’s Research on Composting  

Kathalina Thorpe, a masters student in Theater Design and Technology, presented Earthworms Can and Will Make Changes in Theater.

Kathalina Thorpe's research on using earthworms to compost theater and fashion fabric waste recently won her the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, a year after being selected by audience members as the People’s Choice award winner during the fall 2021 competition. 

Research Forum Explores Topics of Mentorship, Peacebuilding and Education in Dance

Three researchers spoke at the Research & Innovation Forum

Three Kent State researchers presented their projects at a Research and Sponsored Programs event hosted by the Anti-Racism and Equity Institute. 

All-Star Lineup of Neuroscience Alumni to Speak at Symposium

Kent State graduate student Thywill Ettey, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Biomedical Sciences, conducts laboratory research.

Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) will be welcoming a bevy of accomplished alumni back to the Kent Campus when it hosts the 10th Annual Neuroscience Symposium on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27 and 28. 

SURE Fellows Demonstrate Kent State's R1 Status in Action

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Fellow presentations yielded 13 first-place winners this year.

SURE presenters represented the 122 students who participated in the program during summer 2022, an increase of 50 students from the previous year. SURE is sponsored by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and the office of President Todd Diacon, as well as several individuals, departments, colleges, institutes and others. 

Wick Poetry Center’s ‘Dear Vaccine’ to Debut in October as Staged Theatrical Production

Dear Vaccine, the Global Pandemic Poem, will soon become a stage production.

The performance, titled “What We Learned While Alone: Global Voices Speak to the Pandemic,’’ will have its opening night at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, in the 700-seat auditorium of the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C. 

NASA Darts Into the Future with Asteroid Redirection

Ye Lu, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Ye Lu, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, gives his thoughts on NASA's recent Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).

Groundbreaking Undergrad Research in Nursing

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Wayne Nieh, an undergraduate nursing student, tells his story about his research through the SURE program. 

Kent State Biological Sciences Professor Helps Lead International Research Coordination Network to Study Insect Decline

A close-up shot of a bee on a flower in the Beyer-Murin Gardens on the Kent Campus. Photo by Robert Christy

Over half of the described species in the world are insects. Although many people think of insects as pests, they play vital roles and have a big impact on our invaluable ecosystems, as pollinators, helping break down wastes, and as an essential food source for many other organisms.

Planting Today Means 'Trees for the Future'

Kent State Students Planting Trees at Trees for the Future

The Kent State community planted more than 100 trees in the Climate Change Grove to help offset the university’s carbon footprint and provide a way to research the effects of climate change in our immediate environments.

Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute Hosts University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Anthropology Professor

Benjamin Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, speaks at Kent State as part of its ongoing Brain Health Research Institute's Seminar Series.

Ben Campbell spoke on the topic of how the production of the DHEA/DHEAS and GLUD2 hormones plays a role in brain development in humans and other species, a process known as “adrenarche.” 

Researcher Predicts Consumer Behavior Through Pet Ownership

A Cat and a Dog Lay Lazily

Owning a pet can tell marketers all they need to know about your buying tendencies. In a new study, Lei Jia, assistant professor of marketing and entrepreneurship at Kent State, found that pet ownership can influence and predict consumer behavior. 

Research & Innovation Forums Showcase Breadth of Scholarship of Faculty

Associate Professor Clarissa Thompson, Ph.D., presents her research in a Research & Innovation Forum

Twice each semester, Kent State University’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs hosts Research & Innovation Forums, to bring together faculty members to publicly present their ongoing work. 

Innovative Hybrid Fuel Cell Developed for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles

UAV Flight Propels Fuel Cell Research

The project team, led by Yanhai Du, Ph.D., developed a lightweight-high-energy-density onboard power source that enables vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) type aircraft to potentially increase flight time and payload.

Groundbreaking Study of Fraternity Hazing Co-Authored by Kent State Researcher Reveals Little Connection to Group Solidarity

Study examines the relationship between hazing severity and group solidarity in an anonymous U.S. fraternity.

Kent State University’s newest anthropologist, Assistant Professor Aldo Cimino, Ph.D., has made it his life’s work to understand the causes and consequences of hazing, including the possible generation of solidarity. He and his co-author recently published an article on this question in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. 

Researchers Gather LGBTQ+ Stories of Resilience During the Pandemic

Visitors viewing Resilience During the Pandemic: LGBTQ + Stories

Molly Merryman, Ph.D., associate professor in Kent State’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Lauren Vachon, assistant professor in Kent State’s LGBTQ studies program and coordinator of the LGBTQ studies minor program, were instrumental in obtaining a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State for the project Resilience During the Pandemic: LGBTQ+ Stories. 

Safer, More Efficient Trauma Room Design Wins Touchstone Award

Sara Bayramzadeh's Health Care Design Concept

A substantial amount of time and effort goes into the design of health care environments. In an emergency department, you need optimal conditions to save lives. The Center for Health and Design has awarded Sara Bayramzadeh, assistant professor and Elliot Professor in Health Care Design, the Touchstone Award – Gold Category for conceptual design.

Min-Ho Kim, Ph. D. and Woo-Yang Kim, Ph. D. Awarded for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments

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Min-Ho Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of Biological Sciences, and Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of Biological Sciences, have been awarded an NIH grant, a $1,876,627 five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging, for their research in “Magnetothermal brain stimulation towards the rescue of beta-amyloid pathology”.

Kent State Leads 13 Ohio Institutions in Supporting Intel by Launching Semiconductor-Focused Network

Intel launched 12th Gen Intel Core processors at CES 2022. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Kent State University, in response to a request from Intel®, will lead a network that includes 13 other Ohio higher education institutions now poised to prepare the workforce to make the small electronic devices that play a large role in our everyday lives.

ODHE Awards Grant for Kent State Fashion KnitLAB


You’ve probably seen someone knitting a scarf or a sweater as a hobby. However, knitting is big business and has a large impact on manufacturing. Kent State School of Fashion professors are using a new $236,816 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to spread awareness of the possibilities of knitting and creating training opportunities.

Grant Funds Propel Rural Counties into the Future

Kent State University’s Geauga and Ashtabula Campuses Awarded Historic $585,046 USDA Grant

Early in 2020 — just as the COVID-19 pandemic was emerging and before society was forced to shift to remote classrooms and telemedicine appointments — Kent State University’s Regional Campuses at Geauga and Ashtabula applied for an expansive distance learning grant from the federal government.

Now, it is poised to bring rural Geauga and Ashtabula counties on par with the latest technological advancements in education, medicine and workforce development.

Kent State Faculty Members Research Native American Governments’ Borrowing Costs

Serena Loftus and R.Z. Zhang

Research conducted by two Kent State accounting faculty members has shown that tribal governments pay 22% to 87% higher borrowing costs on municipal bonds (government borrowing) compared to state and local entities.

STEM Professors Receive NSF ADVANCE Grant to Explore Impact of Gender and Other Factors on Workload of STEM Faculty

Chemistry professor working with student at lab

“Who is Counted and What Counts: Tracking Women’s Engagement in Low-Prestige/High-Workload Service Activities at Kent State University” will examine whether faculty members with underrepresented and/or historically excluded intersecting gender and racial/ethnic identities (IGREs) perform more high-workload, low-prestige service work than their faculty peers.

Engineering Professor Wins Farris Family Award for Pursuing Research Into Clean Energy Fuels

Dr. Dhruba Panthi works in his laboratory.

Dhruba Panthi, Ph.D., assistant professor of Engineering Technology at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, is this year’s winner of the Farris Family Innovation Award. His research focuses on hydrogen fuel because its only byproduct is water, which is harmless to the environment, unlike other fuels that result in carbon dioxide emissions that pose a great environmental threat.

Kent State Researcher Develops Hybrid Fuel Cell Battery/Capacitor

Image of a man in a safety vest flying a small drone

Yanhai Du, Ph.D., College of Aeronautics and Engineering professor, has been working with an interdisciplinary research team to develop a hybrid fuel cell battery/capacitor. This fuel cell is the first to have been developed for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as drones. The new technology could have benefits in the military, commercial, inspection, and emergency response sectors.

Kent State High-Power Rocket Team Competes for the First Time in Spaceport America Cup

Kent State Rocket Team in front of the Spaceport Building

(Dedicated Team Members + Mentorship) * Data, Trial, and Error / Perseverance = Success   

Evaluating the Impact of Chat Messaging in Synchronous Learning on Information Retention

Student takes notes while watching a virtual lecture

Taylor Miller (she/her), undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, is supervised by Associate Professor Christopher Was, Ph.D. (he/him), associate professor in the department of psychological sciences, to complete her honors thesis. Together, they explore the relationship between mind-wandering and multitasking during synchronous learning sessions at home among college students.

The Impacts of Intersectional Identities on Math Cognition and Math Anxiety

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Beginning in an individual’s educational career, math anxiety is likely to follow someone through into adulthood. Current research is being done on the impacts of intersectional identities, such as race and gender, on math cognition and math anxiety. This is exactly what associate professor Clarissa A. Thompson, Ph.D. (she/her), graduate student Charlie Fitzsimmons (he/him), and senior psychology student Tisha Owusua (she/her) have set out to investigate.

Putting the Patients First in Brain Fog Research

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Hayley Shasteen (she/her) is a Kent State University alumna who graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2021. She currently works as a science writer for BioSpace and has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in the Biobehavioral Health Department at The Pennsylvania State University. Her primary research focus is on helping patients with systemic lupus erythematosus by defining the brain fog caused by this condition.

American Education Research Association Awards Kent State Professor for Outstanding Research

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Christa Porter, Ph.D., assistant professor of higher education administration in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, was awarded the Review of Research Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA) for her research article, “Understanding Influences of Development on Black Women’s Success in U.S. Colleges: A Synthesis of Literature."

Recording the History of the Liquid Crystal Institute With Ohio History Fund Grant

Four men are holding a large check from Ohio History Connection

The development of liquid crystal technology in Northeast Ohio - and specifically at Kent State University - is an important part of the region’s and university’s legacies and ongoing global impact.

Neurological Research Helps Develop Potential Autism Pharmaceuticals

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Autism spectrum disorder is a group of neurodevelopmental disabilities characterized by social communication deficits and stereotypic behaviors. Currently, little is known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder, but the research of Kent State Associate Professor Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D., might lead to a change.

Students Across Disciplines Innovate in the 2022 Biodesign Challenge

2022 Biodesign Challenge Group Members

Two significant environmental issues our nation faces today include invasive plant species and a lack of sustainable materials. Invasive plant species are detrimental to host environments for multiple reasons. Kent State students are working to turn invasive plant species into a sustainable material that can help protect the environment through the 2022 Biodesign Challenge, a course and national competition to create sustainable solutions to real world problems.

Improving Police Training Through Stress Studies

Officer using MILO training system

Kent State University Professor Will Kalkhoff is studying the brain waves and heart rates of police officers during training exercises to help to improve police performance and increase safety. See the research in action.

Graduate Student Perseverance Leads to Published Research on Stress Related to May 4, 1970 Anniversary

Image of two candles on top of a granite or marble May fourth memorial

How long does a single traumatic event affect a person’s mental health? Kent State graduate student Emily Rabinowitz’s research on this topic was recently published in the peer-reviewed Stress & Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress. Her paper “The 50th Anniversary of May 4, 1970, Is Associated With Elevations of Distress but No Increase in Mental Health Symptoms” was published in the November 2021 issue.

Kent State at East Liverpool Researcher Receives NIH Chemistry Research Grant

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Farid Fouad, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State East Liverpool, was awarded a three-year, $74,954 research grant as part of a subaward on a larger grant that his collaborators at Cleveland State University received. 

NSF Awards Grant to Kent State Assistant Professor for Precision Dosing in Critical Care

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Each year, more than 30 million patients receive fluid resuscitation therapies for critical care scenarios like hemorrhaging, sepsis and burns. Underdosing resuscitation strategies are inefficient at saving lives, while overdosing regimens may lead to resuscitation injuries and hypothermia. Hossein Mirinejad, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, is hoping to help find the solution to dosing problems.

New Lab Combines Mixed, Virtual and Haptic Technologies To Provide Realistic Simulations for Students or Patients

The New Immersive Computing (IC) for Touch Lab

Kent State has opened its newest research center, the IC Touch Lab, that will revolutionize the way medical students practice and patients rehabilitate. Headed by Kwangtaek Kim, assistant professor of Computer Science, the lab conducts various research projects involving haptic technology to expand the possibilities of medical and rehabilitation practices. 

NSF Grant Leads to Modeling Novel Serial Robot Dynamics and Prototypes

On right an image of Dr. Shen's robotic prototype with the title of the article in the middle and a photo of Tao Shen working on his prototype at right on gold geometric shapes sitting on a blue background

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a two-year $198,978 grant to Tao Shen, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics & Engineering, for the development of a compact, cable-driven serial robot that can be used in medical settings. Shen aims to build a robot with his students that will address the critical limitations that most current medical robots have.

Kent State Professors Reveal Important Details about the Brain Cells that Control Fertility

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Kent State researchers’ innovative techniques have unveiled surprising new details about the brain’s fertility cells that may prove useful for treating infertility disorders. After several years of research, Aleisha Moore, Lique Coolen and Michael Lehman published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, showing groundbreaking findings identifying which cells in the brain control fertility, as well as revealing an unexpected level of complexity in their control of reproduction.

Chirality Research: Will This New Insight Help Make Better Materials or Pharmaceuticals?

Image showing models related to research on Chirality

Chirality, or the absence of mirror symmetry in a molecule, is a complex topic that Material Sciences Professor Torsten Hegmann is determined to know more about. Hegmann, director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, and other Kent State collaborators led an international collaborative research project with contributions from a global team whose paper about the efficacy of chirality transfer in Science Advances may provide insights to make better materials or pharmaceuticals.

Understanding Impacts on LGBTQIA+ Communities from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Moira Armstrong, undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences and research assistant on the Queer Pandemic Project, collaborated with Molly Merryman, associate professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, to compile digital, video-based oral interviews for the Queer Pandemic Project in a partnership between Kent State University, Goldsmith’s University of London and Queer Britain. These interviews feature people in queer communities across the United Kingdom, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted their lives as queer people.

The Healing Potential of Vitamin K, the Forgotten Vitamin

What if there was one overlooked vitamin found in common foods that could potentially help prevent or treat serious diseases including arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, neurological diseases, and even protect against severe COVID-19 infections?

According to one undergraduate research student and his professor, preliminary research suggests there may be one!

Health and Well-Being of Students, Faculty and Staff Brought to Light by Healing Stanzas

Image of a visitor to a gallery looking a wall of poems with illustrations.

Students across the nation were challenged as the pandemic swept the world. Healing Stanzas, a collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center, the Healthy Communities Research Institute and the Brain Health Research Institute, seeks to combine the science of brain health and public health with the creative energy of the humanities to provide Kent State students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to improve wellness through reflective poetry.

Kent State Awarded the Highest Recognition for Research Universities, the Prestigious R1 Carnegie Classification

A Kent State University faculty researcher (right) in the Department of Anthropology works with a student (left) in a laboratory in Lowry Hall.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has awarded Kent State University the esteemed R1 status for research, which is the highest recognition that doctoral universities can receive. The prestigious designation affirms Kent State’s place as an elite research institution and puts the university in the company of universities such as Yale, Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley. 

Kent State Anthropology Professor Elected as 2021 Fellow of Prestigious Scientific Society

Mary Ann Raghanti

Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., a biological anthropology professor and chairperson in Kent State University’s Department of Anthropology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Will This New Superpower Molecule Revolutionize Science?

Kent State Professor Hanbin Mao, Ph.D., and graduate student Shankar Pandey

In a new study, Kent State Professor Hanbin Mao and other researchers report the creation of an artificial molecule with superpowers. It has the potential to revolutionize nanotechnology – and it also explains one of nature’s intriguing enigmas: Why do we have a right hand and a left hand?

Geography Researchers to Contribute to Actionable Science for Decision Makers

An aspen woodland/sagebrush shrubland ecotone. Photo by Tim Assal

Timothy Assal, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geography, was awarded a grant as a co-principal investigator on a multi-institutional project, “Vulnerability of lower-ecotone aspen forests to altered fire regimes and climate dynamics in the northern Great Basin” (a three-year $299,842 total award with $89,600 going to Kent State), which is funded by the Northwest Climate Adaption Science Center. This collaboration includes the United States Geological Survey in Boise, Idaho, Utah State University, and the United States Bureau of Land Management.

$850,000 in Funding Awarded for New Nursing School Technology from National Science Foundation

Photo from the Ashtabula Nursing program

Intravenous (IV) needle insertion is a practice that many medical professionals learn and need to master. A new cross-departmental Kent State project in the works will help nursing students improve their skills with cutting-edge technology. 

Climate Scientist Publishes Trends in ‘Weather Whiplash’ Events

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Many wonder if climate change is the reason we’ve had 'weather whiplash' or day-to-day dramatic changes from hot to cold or cold to hot. As a climate scientist, Cameron Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State, gets asked this question a lot. Looking beyond just the average temperatures and statistical means, he decided to take a more analytical look at weather whiplash and add to a growing body of climate change literature examining temperature variability trends.

AAUW Awards Fellowship to Kent State Computer Science Doctoral Student

Racheal Mukisa performing image analysis of diseased cassava folia on server lens

The American Association of University Women has awarded a 2021-22 International Fellowship to Racheal Mukisa, a Ugandan native, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State. With an aim to tackle barriers women face in education, recipients of this prestigious award, like Mukisa, pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. The International Fellowship is for women who are pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States, but who are not U.S. citizens.

Education For All: Williams Receives Education Opportunity Centers Grant

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Whether or not to pursue higher education after high school is one of the first big decisions young people get to make. Unfortunately, however, financial stipulations and other outside factors may inhibit one’s ability to access postsecondary education. 

Kent State Graduate and Undergraduate Research Mentorship Awards Announced

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Intentionality to build successful academic mentoring relationships with students is what sets professors apart at Kent State, and each year two professors at the graduate and undergraduate level receive a student-nominated award for their ability to do so. The intent of the award is to recognize those professors exceeding in mentoring students in how to perform research in any field.  

Kent State Ashtabula Wine Degrees Receive $180,000 Research Grant From Ohio Grape Industries Committee

Four bottles of Kent State Ashtabula Wines

Kent State Ashtabula’s Viticulture and Enology programs were recently awarded a $180,000 grant from the Ohio Grape Industries Committee for a pair of research projects to be conducted over the next two years. Kent State Ashtabula is partnering with the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station, a division of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, to conduct the projects at Markko Vineyards in Conneaut, Ohio.

Now ACCEPTing Students: Kent State Professors Receive HRSA Funding

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Whether you are attempting to master the art of cooking or trying your hand at DIY home improvement, chances are books, blogs and articles have been written by many qualified experts to help guide the way. Scholars spend countless hours reading page after page - chapter after chapter to gain comprehensive insight. While texts lay a solid foundation to build upon, a time comes when real life requires you to put down the book and put your knowledge to the test.  

Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute Celebrates ‘Collaboratories’ Grand Opening

Guests tour the new lab spaces for Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute that are located on the lower level of the Integrated Sciences Building on the Kent Campus.

Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute celebrated the grand opening of its new lab spaces on Friday, Nov. 5, with an afternoon of activities that included a keynote presentation, space dedication, tours and student research demonstrations. The new space, featuring interdisciplinary research facilities, is located on the lower level of the Integrated Sciences Building on the Kent Campus.

29 Kent State Faculty Members Named in Top 2% of Scientists in Fields Worldwide

Kent State’s Top Notch Research Showcased - 16 headshot images of Kent State Faculty collaged

The report, published in the PLOS Biology journal, evaluated more than six million scientists across 22 different fields and 176 sub-fields from 1996 until 2019. The top 2% list is made up of more than 100,000 most-cited scientists who have authored at least five scientific papers.

Anti-Racism and Equity Institute Builds on Kent State’s History of Activism 

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Last Spring, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the Anti-Racism and Equity Institute, which creates an important interdisciplinary hub for faculty, students, staff and community members engaged in race and anti-racism scholarship, activism and education. “Kent State is a university that is known for its activism,” Carla Goar, Ph.D., director of the Anti-Racism and Equity Institute, said. “Ideally this institute will serve as a hub for scholars and activists to come together to tackle issues and racial equity."

Associate Professor of Sociology is Awarded NSF Grant to Broaden Participation in Computing

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Of the 33,984 awarded computer science (CS) bachelor’s degrees in 2020, only 21% of CS graduates identified as women, 3% as Black, and 8.5% as Hispanic (Zweben & Bizot, 2021). Susan Fisk, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, is using her expertise in social-psychology to change that and improve the field of computing. Fisk was awarded her third National Science Foundation grant to continue her work on broadening participation in computing and improving undergraduate STEM education. 

Biophysics Professor Becomes the First Recipient at Kent State of an R35 Grant from the National Institutes of Health

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The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $1.86 million grant to Thorsten-Lars Schmidt to develop molecular tools that help researchers to understand membrane proteins. This is the first time a professor at Kent State has been awarded an R35, which provides promising researchers with a five-year funding for a broader research program, rather than funding a specific project. This gives investigators a lot of freedom to develop new research directions as opportunities arise, rather than being bound to specific aims of a more narrow study.

Pursuing Healing by Unveiling Hidden History

Today, for the first time, the United States commemorates national Indigenous Peoples' Day simultaneously with Columbus Day, October 11, 2021.

Since the 1990s, Indigenous Peoples' Day has been on the rise as an alternative to Columbus Day, which Native Americans have protested for honoring a man who enabled their colonization and forced assimilation. Over the years, a growing number of cities and states have adopted Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

Kent State Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant to Assist Adults in College Enrollment

Students on campus in Fall 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Kent State University a nearly $1.2 million, five-year TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers program grant. The program is designed to provide support services to qualified adults, including veterans, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. 

Teacher Retention Rates and Resilience: Professors Receive NSF Grant

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Resilience is the ability to adapt to new situations and ever changing environments and resilient individuals more easily navigate professional and personal uncertainties. Researchers Shannon Navy and Lisa Borgerding understand the importance of an adaptable mindset and work to discern the factors that progressively impact one’s ability to maintain their role as an educator. A $1,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation allows a new project to focus on identifying and describing the development of resilience among new teachers, which can inform education and professional learning programs.  

College of Public Health Professor Partners With CHC Addiction Services for $2.6 Million Grant To Expand Opioid Treatment

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Ohio’s opioid epidemic is one of the worst in the country. One Kent State University professor and his team are aiming to change that. Deric Kenne in the College of Public Health received a five-year, $2.6 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand and enhance services for opioid use disorder treatment in Summit County, Ohio. A significant portion of the funding will go to CHC Addiction Services to enhance and expand medication-assisted treatment programming.

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and Kent State’s College of Public Health Receive Federal Grant to Improve and Support Mental Health in Portage County Schools and Community

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Through a five-year, $625,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County will partner with Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health in the College of Public Health to improve and support mental health in Portage County. 

Professor Publishes Research About Stress, Newsroom Support During COVID-19

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“You can’t expect journalists to do this type of hurdling long-term without holistic support that includes logistical elements," claims Assistant Professor and TV2 advisor Gretchen Hoak, "but also mental and emotional support."

From Student to Researcher: SURE Program 2021 Student Spotlight

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As once stated by educational Pioneer and famous American Philosopher John Dewey, all that we learn is derived from experience. Kent State continues to foster innovation and promote the development of hands-on learning through various collaborative efforts focused on building experience and training. Among the opportunities offered through the university, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program provides undergraduate students with the chance to engage in an intensive research project during the summer break.

Department of Energy Selects Kent State Nuclear Physics Doctoral Student for Prestigious Research Program

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Edwin Duckworth, a physics doctoral student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, is among 65 students from 29 states recently selected for funding by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The program aspires to “address societal challenges at national and international scale.”

Stigma Resistance through NSF Assistance

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When it comes to our physical health, regular upkeep and preventative measures are not only expected, but encouraged within our society. However, mental health disorders have yet to be looked upon with the same grace and understanding. Kristen Marcussen, associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her proposal titled, “Understanding Social Stigma, Stigma Resistance and the Mental Illness Identity.”

Newsweek Names Kent State One of the Best Maker Schools in the World

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Kent State University has been recognized in Newsweek's 2021 list of the Best Maker Schools in Higher Education.

Kent State Wins First Place For Food Waste Reduction Case Study

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Members of Kent State organized a food drive to support its local community in the fight against hunger and collected over 20 tons of food between March and August 2020. Due to these efforts, the university was awarded the best case study for the Food Waste Reduction Efforts category in Campus Race to Zero Waste's 2021 Case Study Competition. 

Kent State Honors College Student Announced as 2021 Portz Scholar

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The National Collegiate Honors Council has announced Kent State University Honors College graduate Sarah Hagglund as a 2021 Portz Scholar. Hagglund is the 10th honors student from Kent State to be named a Portz Scholar since the national competition began in 1990. 

Student Mental Health and Supportive Help: College of Public Health Receives Second SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant

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The back-to-school season is in full swing, and students, faculty and staff are preparing to take on the increased workload once again. While the process is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, often the fast-paced lifestyle leaves little time for much else. However, Kim Laurene, Ph.D. and Deric Kenne, Ph.D., professors in the College of Public Health, and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., are committed to prioritizing mental health upkeep by supporting and expanding pre-existing services and programs offered at Kent State. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Student Presentations

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Join us to celebrate our SURE Class of 2021 as we showcase their research in a series of three-minute presentations on Friday, October 22nd from 1 – 3:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center (3rd floor various locations). We will begin the celebration with student presentations from 1 – 2 p.m. followed by a reception and announcement of award winners. First place winners in each category will re-present their work to the larger audience. View the full event schedule and see all the presentation locations. 

Qualitative Research Methods: A Three-Part Seminar Series

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Kent State University's Healthy Communities Research Institute, Anti-Racism and Equity Institute, and Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Methods program are sponsoring a three-part seminar series on Qualitative Research Methods.

New Collaboration to Provide Real-Time Data Exchanges for Astrophysicists

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What happens when two neutron stars collide? What extreme densities and temperatures are reached? What new states of matter exist within the core of a neutron star? One Kent State College of Arts and Sciences theoretical astrophysicist, Veronica Dexheimer, associate professor in the Department of Physics, is diving headfirst into these questions as a co-principal investigator collaborating with her peers at multiple institutions on a recently funded cyberinfrastucture research grant project.

Excavations and Modifications: 2021 Farris Family Innovation Awards

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The Farris Family Innovation Awards support the research of tenure-track faculty members who are not yet tenured at Kent State and who have shown promising drive for their field of study. In May 2021, Faculty Affairs announced the recipients of this year's Farris Family Innovation Awards: Michelle Bebber, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Elda Hegmann, assistant professor in the Materials Science Graduate Program. 

iSchool and College of Nursing Secure $100,000 Grant Researching Libraries and Childhood Development

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A research team from Kent State University's School of Information working in partnership with Kent State’s College of Nursing received a National Leadership Planning Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for $99,982. The funds will support the first stages of what investigators have named Project SHIELD (Supporting Healthy Infant Early Learning and Development).

Quality of Life: Researchers Exploring Treatments for Spinal Cord Injured Patients

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A research group in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University is searching for potential treatments for men who have suffered spinal cord injuries and hope to regain bladder control and sexual functions.

Kent State Alumni Awarded Mid-Career Awards from Cleveland Arts Prize

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The Cleveland Arts Prize awarded Mid-Career Awards to Kent State alumni Alice Ripley and Corrie Slawson. Slawson earned her MFA with a focus in painting from Kent State's School of Art and currently works as a part-time faculty member in painting and drawing for the school. Her work, focusing on "environmental and social equities", has been featured in museums in the U.S. and internationally.

Kent State Sociologist Featured on News Podcast

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The discussion around the role of influencers and misinformation is regularly occurring in social circles and academia. Clare Stacey, Ph. D., associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Co-Director of the Healthy Communities Research Institute, was featured on the 21 News Podcast to share her insights on this topic.

Researchers Take a Closer Look at Nitrogen in the Chihuahuan Desert, New Mexico

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Researchers from Kent State University and the University of New Mexico determined how nitrogen-fixing plants and soil microbes contribute to the overall nitrogen availability in the Chihuahuan desert in New Mexico.

Innovation Is The Best Medicine

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When it comes to the high energy professionals in the medical field, a hospital or emergency room is the place to be when providing fast paced care in an orderly, but chaotic, environment.  In level 1 trauma centers, seconds can make a major difference in patient outcomes. 

Kent State Announces Winners Of The Faculty Outstanding Research And Scholarship Award

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Kent State's Jonathan Maletic, Ph.D., in the Department of Computer Science and Tara Smith, Ph.D., in the College of Public Health are the winners of the 2021 Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards (ORSAs). The ORSAs recognize the hard work and dedication of faculty members who have been with Kent State for more than 10 years. Read more about the winners and how they display the highest levels of scholarship.

Professor Receives NASA New Investigator Award

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He Yin, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kent State University’s Department of Geography, recently received NASA’s New (Early Career) Investigator Award in Earth Science. Yin will lead evaluation and research of the devastating effects that the Syrian civil war has had on croplands throughout the eastern Mediterranean region.

Nursing student Jasmine Hickey Earns Regional Recognition for Research

Trumbull graduating senior Jasmine Hickey recently earned regional recognition with an Outstanding Paper and Creative Work award from the Mid-East Honors Association.

Kent State Announces Winners of the New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award

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Kent State has announced the winners of the 2021 New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards (ORSAs). The ORSAs recognize the hard work of junior faculty members who have been with Kent State for less than 10 years. The 2021 winners are Shana Klein, Ph.D., in the School of Art and Metin Eren, Ph.D., in the Department of Anthropology. 

From Kent to Cleveland: The Importance Of DE&I

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The words  “diversity,”  “equity” and “inclusion” are all terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably when referring to social justice within the workplace; however, each serves an essential role in the development of a truly equal and prosperous society. 

DNA & NAS: Kent State Professors Publish Comprehensive Research Article

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It doesn’t take a scientist to understand the importance of DNA, as it acts as the very foundation for the existence of any living organism. However, it does take one to produce publications involving smectic liquid crystal ordering in dense solutions of “gapped” DNA duplexes.

Growing Cities are Growing Green: The Progression of Living Architecture

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Cities are starting to come to life, literally, thanks to the implementation of vegetation through living architecture. Green roofs and walls are “growing” in popularity as they do much more than just add a splash of color to the otherwise beige urban landscapes. 

Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research Mentorship Awards

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From Kent State University's Division of Research & Sponsored Programs

Kent State University is pleased to announce the two winners of both the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award and Excellence in Graduate Research Mentorship Award. As part of the nomination process, each nominee received a student-submitted letters of nomination. Thank you to the graduate and undergraduate student committees that assisted in selecting the recipients of these prestigious awards.  

Kent State Researchers Receive NIH Award for Alzheimer’s Research

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Kent State University’s Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Melissa Edler, Ph.D., are part of a team of researchers who received a five year National Institutes of Health (NIH) award to examine Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology in our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. 

Physics Professor Awarded NSF Grant that Provides Research Opportunities for Interdisciplinary and Minority Students

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $300,000 grant to Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, Ph.D., to develop molecular tools that allow researchers to study membrane proteins. 

Kent State Faculty Research Featured by U.S. Army

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Virtual reality research funded by the Army Research Lab with a grant to Josh Pollock, Ph. D. (PI), assistant professor, and Will Kalkhoff, Ph. D. (co-PI), full professor and graduate coordinator, both in the Department of Sociology & Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in the U.S. Army Morning Report (on June 7, 2021), and the Army's homepage (on June 8, 2021).

Sun, Summer and Science: Professors Receive Inclusive NSF Grant

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Michael Tubergen, professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Torsten Hegmann, professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as the Materials Science Graduate Program and Director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI), may be working in different fields of research, but they have been continuously collaborating with one another to achieve their like-minded goal: Help shape and prepare the next generation of researchers and scientists, regardless of what schoo

Speeding Up The Process: Computer Science Professor Receives NSF CAREER Funding

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Computers are fast. They benefit humanity because of their ability to process data much faster than a human can. But Gokarna Sharma, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in Kent State University’s College of Arts & Sciences, thinks they can be faster, and now he has additional funding to teach computers - and students - how to make that happen.

International Student Wins Global Cleveland Pitch Contest

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Fathima Nafrisha Cassim Bawa, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the biomedical sciences program specializing in pharmacology, won the Biomedical/Healthcare division of the Global Cleveland International Pitch with her pitch, “Drug Repurposing to Treat Metabolic Syndrome by Utilizing Machine Learning Approaches.”

Patterns, Populations And Podcasts: Computational Ecologist Receives Prestigious Early-Career Award from NSF

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Recent funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has given interdisciplinary researchers the opportunity to help drive our understanding of patterns in nature when bringing together big data sources collected in different ways.

Kent State Receives More Than $3 Million In Grants From National Science Foundation

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Kent State University has recently received a flurry of grants totaling more than $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will support research and innovation in a wide range of fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Cotton in the Curriculum Awards Grant to School of Fashion for the Fourth Year in a Row

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From the iconic outfits made famous by Michael Jackson to the hit television show “What Not to Wear,” the fashion industry continues to emerge as an impactful influencer in many areas of societal behavior.

Fashion and style, for many years, have been widely accepted as a means of self expression and individuality. Movies, TV shows, social media posts, advertisements and music have all placed emphasis on the importance of fashion and design.

Chemistry Professor Continues ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ Streak

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There are just a handful of chemists worldwide with h-indices above 200. The h-indices of chemists awarded the Nobel Prize during the last five years range from about 30 to 160. Mietek Jaroniec, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an h-index of 125, which places him among the top chemists worldwide.

Houston, We Have Liftoff: Professor Receives STEM Funding From NASA

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To infinity and beyond seems to be the goal for a dedicated faculty member committed to providing the next generation of STEM students with the resources and knowledge to lay the foundation for their future accomplishments within the field. Joanne Caniglia, professor in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, recently received funding from the NASA Glenn Research Center, an institute located in Cleveland, to provide K-12 students with an immersive and educational experience focused on critical thinking, observation and innovation within the field of science and engineering. 

Undergraduate Research Program Grows Despite Pandemic

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COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way people experience their education. Over the summer of 2020, Kent State University’s eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program transitioned to a completely remote environment, and the results were surprising. 

Biological Sciences receive NIH Funding to Study Cancer Drug Resistance

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For students going into the medical research field, having a chance to learn, succeed, fail and be inspired under the supervision of an accomplished researcher during their education is a priceless experience. This experiential learning would not be possible without outside funding, and now, students in Manabu Kurokawa’s lab can elevate their efforts thanks to a grant awarded to the group. 

Taking a Deep Dive Into the Utilization of Oceanic Sediments

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One of Kent State University’s newest faculty members in the Department of Geology has already made her mark with the recent publication of her and her colleagues’ work to better understand the effects of global warming as it relates to the arctic ocean. Allyson Tessin, assistant professor, specializes in biochemistry, oceanography and sedimentary geology. She is currently studying the relationship between the chemistry of the ocean and climate change.

Read Between the Lines: Kent State Musicology Professor Looks Deeper Into the Life of Beethoven

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In 1996, Theodore Albrecht, professor of musicology, was diligently working on his original project of annotating, translating and studying approximately 430 letters written to Ludwig van Beethoven by his friends and family. Then a new opportunity presented itself. Albrecht found that his two projects worked together to add further understanding and context, giving him the opportunity to add depth and discover new details of Beethoven’s life.

Kent State Research Team Selected as a Finalist in World Robot Summit Competition

Telebot-3R designed by the Advanced Telerobotics Research Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Kent State University was named a finalist in the World Robot Summit

Kent State University’s Advanced Telerobotics Research Lab in the Department of Computer Science recently shared its latest iteration of a fully immersive telepresence robot, Telebot-3R, that allows a human operator to have direct control and perform various tasks through the robot. The World Robot Summit Committee selected the Kent State team as one of 11 finalist teams – the only one from the United States – in the summit’s Plant Disaster Prevention Challenge Category.

20-Year Research Project Published: The Work of Ping Chong

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Over the span of 20 years, Yuko Kurahashi, professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, spent much of her time observing, researching and studying the life of Ping Chong. This research has been brought together in a book describing Ping Chong's contributions as an artist.

COVID-19 Study Urges Precaution in College Students

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As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches a one-year mile marker, the temptation and opportunity to socialize, party, and indulge in public events grows increasingly stronger. Associate Professor Clarissa Thompson received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to reinforce the dangers of the virus to the public.

Kent State University Professor Receives NIH Grant to Automate Biomedical Data Processing

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In the medical field, demand for technological advances that can speed data analysis and be less prone to human error continues to increase. Robert Clements recently received a federal grant to continue his work creating a more efficient and improved system to analyze medical data that will benefit not only the biomedical industry but also students at Kent State.

‘Global Understanding’ Brings Cultural Awareness to Northeast Ohio

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Kent State University is merging research with global connections in the Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI). The recently displayed “We the People” and the upcoming “Import/Export” exhibition provide cultural kaleidoscopes with local and international reflectors.

Kent State’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Pivots Due to Pandemic

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Last year, the Office of Student Research (OSR) successfully pivoted the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) to a virtual format due to the COVID pandemic. The 2020 SURE program funded 77 projects, with participants spanning 37 different majors. Ann Gosky, director of the OSR in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, hopes to see more growth for the upcoming summer.

Kent State Researchers Challenge the Growing Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Problem With New Compound


“The pessimistic estimate is that by 2050, antibiotics could be obsolete,'' said Songping Huang, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Huang and his Kent State team, including Min-Ho Kim, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, are working on closing that chasm with the development of new antimicrobials. 

Nuclear Physicist Tracks Rare Collided Particles to Better Understand Big Bang

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Congratulations are in order for Sooraj Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Kent State University College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics who performs research in experimental nuclear physics. His data analysis of some rare particles called “charm quarks” that may have existed in the first microsecond of the Big Bang, the emerging point of our universe, was highlighted in a recent issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Science Bulletin.

Kent State Professors Research Proper Use of Face Masks to Better Protect from COVID-19

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Two professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free.

Biological Sciences Faculty Take on Invasive Plant Species of Ohio in New Book

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Three faculty members in Kent State University's Department of Biological Sciences recently co-authored a 384-page hardcover book, “Problem Plants of Ohio,” published by the Kent State University Press.

Kent State Researchers Use Liquid Crystal to Control Bacteria Movement

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A liquid crystal research group at Kent State led by Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., is knocking on the doors of the biomedical industry with its current project. The recent publication of research explains a technique of controlling bacteria movement with liquid crystal structures that could have a potential impact in many areas of research and medical care.   

Dr. Joseph Underwood Selected for Warhol Arts Writers Grant

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Dr. Joseph Underwood, professor of art history, was selected as one of the 2020 recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Dr. Underwood’s book “Forging a New Contemporary: Art from Senegal in Transnational Networks, 1974–1984” was one of six book projects selected for the grant and carries a $50,000 award toward the research and production of his new book.

Abattoir Gallery Features Work by Kent State Professor

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The Abattoir gallery in Cleveland is hosting an exhibition of small-format works created by Northeast Ohio artists. The exhibition features work by Kent State School of Art Professor Gianna Commito. The exhibition runs through January 23, 2020 with the option to visit the gallery virtually over Zoom or Facetime by appointment.  

Kent State Recognizes New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award Winners

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Kent State University has announced the recipients of the New Faculty Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize the hard work and dedication of faculty who have been at Kent State for 10 years or less and are sponsored by the University Research Council.

2020 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award Recipients

Scott Sheridan, Yuko Kurahashi and Angela Neal-Barnett are the 2020 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award Winners

Kent State University has announced the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards (ORSA). Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, this award honors Kent State’s exceptional researchers and scholars.

Kent State Physics Professor Elected as 2020 Fellow of Prestigious Scientific Society

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Jonathan V. Selinger, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Kent State University’s Department of Physics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Researching Wastewater as Part of Ohio’s COVID-19 Response

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Since March, COVID-19 has become a widespread topic of conversation. Finding ways to explain what this virus is, how one can treat it and how to slow the spread of the virus are just a few commonly asked questions with few clear answers. Xiaozhen Mou, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and her research team recently received funding for their hard work as part of Ohio’s statewide collective effort to discover traces of COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater.

We the People Exhibition on Display in Cuyahoga Falls

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The Global Understanding Research Initiative's We the People exhibition, which has been displayed twice on the Kent Campus, is currently displayed in downtown Cuyahoga Falls at High Bridge Glens Park. The exhibition runs until December 7, 2020. This run of the exhibition represents collaboration between the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Collide: Cuyahoga Falls, and the Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI).

Alcohol Consumption Increases During Pandemic

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While it's no secret that many college students drink alcohol, how COVID-19 affected these behaviors and patterns is the focus of recent research published in the journal Addictive Behaviors by the collaboration of William Lechner from the Department of Psychological Sciences and Deric Kenne from the College of Public Health. The pair sought to study the effects that a major stressor such as the pandemic could have on addictive behaviors and how vulnerabilities such as anxiety and depression played a part in the coping process of college students. 

Kent State’s Contributive Legacy to the Assessment of Psychopathology

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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, MMPI, is a standardized psychometric test that was first published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1943 and quickly became the gold standard for assessing psychopathology. Kent State University has played a key role throughout the history of this test and a Kent State faculty member led the revision for the recently published and updated 2020 MMPI-3. 

Professor Awarded for Research on Flint’s Municipal Takeover

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A policy of municipal takeover was implemented to help relieve Flint, Michigan, of financial and political hardships in response to the water crisis. Ashley Nickels, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, extensively researched Flint's municipal takeover for seven years, earning her three awards for her work.

‘Huh, what?’ Exploring Auditory Development in Teens and Young Adults

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Julia Huyck, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences at Kent State University, was granted $431,000 over three years by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to delve into the unknown science concerning adolescent hearing and cognitive development.


The Outcome of Perpetually Doing Good

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In times of uncertainty and hardship, you can stand back and wait for it to pass or get involved. During the pandemic, people in the town of Kent and the Kent State community wanted to make a difference. Two Kent State students became the catalysts that sparked a 10-week project of doing good.

Kent State Professors Directly Link Social Media Use to Boredom

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It would not be surprising if you have a social media app open right now; however, you may not be getting the enjoyment out of it that you think you are. In a recent publication in Computers in Human Behavior, two Kent State professors examined the relationship between social media usage and boredom. Students may be surprised by the results and parents might be excited by them.

New Funding Leads to New Full-Body Virtual Reality Lab

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Two Kent State sociology researchers are moving toward gaining insight into how people’s brains react in a variety of threatening situations using innovative virtual reality (VR) technology funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. Josh Pollock and William Kalkhoff, both in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, are leading the research projects, which will benefit the Army, Kent State students and others.

TEXTURES, ‘The Most Ambitious Exhibition,’ Explores Discrimination of Black Hair

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Black lives and Black cultures have been underrepresented and discriminated against for many years. TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair is an exhibition coming to the Kent State University Museum in 2021 with the help of significant sponsorship from corporate and federal funding that focuses on celebrating and empowering these lives and cultures.

Things Are Heating Up in Climate Change Research

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Climate change can now be measured on a global scale using multiple weather variables, according to new research published by Cameron C. Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State.

Stream Ecologist receives $718,000 NSF CAREER Award to Study Trace Metals in Stream Algae

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Devan Mathie (right), an undergraduate honors student, stand in Wahoo Ditch in Ravenna, Ohio.

Kent State’s David Costello is passionate about identifying what trace metals lie within Northeast Ohio’s streams and what the effects of these metals are on the surrounding environment. Costello, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received a $718,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study these important trace metals. The grant is awarded as part of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

Has COVID-19 Knocked Us Onto Our Backsides? Kent State Researchers Study Pandemic’s Effects on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities across the United States transitioned from face-to-face classes to remote learning, closed campuses and sent students home this past spring. Recently, a group of Kent State University researchers sought to examine the impact of these pandemic-related changes upon physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically sitting, across the university population. 

Two Kent State Psychology Faculty Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Program

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected two Kent State University College of Arts and Sciences faculty members, along with two community clinicians, for Clinical Scholars, an initiative that will provide funding and leadership training to the four team members. Their plan is to implement a project that will help veterinary professionals in Northeast Ohio address mental health stigmas they experience in their lives and provide usable techniques that can be incorporated into their veterinary practices.

Kent State Professors Use Mobile Devices To Study Behaviors During Pandemic

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Before leaving the house, you most likely check to ensure you have your ID, your shoes and most importantly your smartphone. In the past decade, American smartphone usage has grown more than 50% according to a Pew Research Center study. Smartphones have become as commonplace as a wallet or car keys and Kent State researchers are taking advantage of this new commodity by using cell phone data to study individuals’ behavioral patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and link cell phone use behaviors to mental health. 

Researcher Receives Additional Funding for Mental Health Study in Older Ages

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The National Institute of Health granted additional funding to Kent State University researcher Karin Coifman, Ph.D., bringing her total award amount to more than $3 million to support her research on mental well-being and coping after traumatic injuries in individuals aged 65 and older. 

Anthropology Team Brings Home the 2020 Ig Nobel Award for Materials Science

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In 2019, a team of researchers in Kent State’s Department of Anthropology published its “prize-winning” research article titled “Experimental replication shows knives manufactured from frozen human feces do not work” in the Journal of Archaeological Science. (Yes, the jokes are seemingly endless, but seriously folks, there is an important underlying message here about evidence-based research and fact-checking!)

Geology Professor and Science Historian Co-Author Article Exploring Eunice Foote’s Climate Experiments From 1856

Eunice Foote's article “Circumstances Affecting the Heat of Sun’s Rays”, in American Journal of Art and Science, 2nd Series, v. XXII/no. LXVI, November 1856, p. 382-383.

Recently, Joseph Ortiz, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair in the Department of Geology in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Science, partnered with Sir Roland Jackson, Ph.D., a historian of science at the Royal Institution and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London, to co-author a paper assessing the experiments described in Eunice Foote’s papers from a detailed quantitative perspective and to place them in historical context. They point out the differences between her hypothesis and that of the modern greenhouse effect.

Biological Sciences Faculty to Lead H2Ohio Wetlands Monitoring Program

Old Woman Creek: one of the wetlands that is part of H2Ohio Initiative Wetland Monitoring Program. Researchers will assess how effective wetland restoration, construction, and management projects are at removing polluting nutrients from inflowing water.

Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as the H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program Lead for Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN). The group will assess the effectiveness and future role of implemented and planned wetland restoration projects in partnership with the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR). This project is part of Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative, a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving Ohio’s water quality.

Materials Science Research Receives Grant for New X-ray Scattering Instrument

Torsten Hegmann, director of Kent State's Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, shows the area in the basement of the Integrated Sciences Building where a new X-ray scattering machine will be installed in 2021.

Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute soon will be home to a new X-ray scattering instrument capable of examining materials in scales from as small as a fraction of a nanometer to as large as several micrometers.

Kent State Nursing Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million, Three-Year Grant to Advance Nurse Education Within Integrated Care Settings

Photo of Jim Tudhope

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant to Kent State University College of Nursing research faculty member Jim Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC (principal investigator) and his team.

NSF Funds Kent State Research Team’s Interdisciplinary Study of Plant Biodiversity

A black and white print of North American Lobelia species, made by Kent State student Jaret Arnold

Scientists have long recognized that biodiverse ecosystems are more stable and productive. What makes ecosystems diverse is having many species living together in the same place. But what factors allow for the success of the species in diverse communities? Are there some species that just can’t live together while others can?

A pair of Kent State University researchers will explore this question thanks to a new $580,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Kent State Mathematicians Win NSF Grant to Study Complex But Important Geometry Problems

A black and white image of a chest X-ray

The National Science Foundation believes Kent State University mathematicians Artem Zvavitch, Ph.D., and Dmitry Ryabogin, Ph.D., are having worthwhile conversations about some age-old unsolved problems, and it has provided support to keep the discussion going for another three years.

Ohio Space Grant Award Helps Kent Robotics Team Prepare for Long-term Success

Kent State Robotics Team Places Receives Third Place Award in NASA Robotics Mining Competition

For the second straight year, Kent State University’s robotics mining team will not compete. The COVID19 pandemic canceled this year’s event at Kennedy Space Center, and last-year’s was reduced to a virtual event after the government shutdown held up NASA’s schedule.

Kent State Aviation Professor I. Richmond Nettey Chairs National Academy Research Committee

An airport staff member guides an incoming aircraft into position during a past Aviation Heritage Fair at the Kent State University Airport.

I. Richmond Nettey, Ph.D., professor of aeronautics in Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering, has been appointed the new chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Airport Terminals and Ground Access at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Kent State Interdisciplinary Team Selected as a Top 10 Team for NASA SUITS Challenge

Caitlyn Lenhoff, a masters student in Computer Science, demonstrates the ATR_FLUX augmented reality user interface

There is a very good chance that technology, incubated at Kent State University, could play an integral role in improving NASA astronauts’ performance on the next space missions to the moon and Mars.

Kent State Aeronautics Researchers to Help Develop “Sky-Taxi” Software

Blake Stringer, Ph.D. (right), associate professor of aerospace engineering at Kent State, and research assistant Kendy Edmonds study the power needs for a new larger generation of drones for a research grant funded by the Army Research Laboratory.

It’s the year 2020, and while flying cars have yet to materialize, the next wave of airborne transport technology may be hovering on the horizon.

Thanks to a contract through the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), Kent State will play a part in developing the software to integrate “sky taxis” and large-scale logistics delivery drones into existing air traffic systems.

Kent State Biologist Secures NIH Support to Expand Study into Muscle Thermogenesis

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Colleen Novak works in her lab.

Scientists have long since established that the effects of stress on our bodies are largely negative. But understanding stress as a trigger for using calories and burning fat also could lead us to better mechanisms for healthier behaviors.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently funded a Kent State University researcher to continue her efforts toward that goal.

Internationally Renowned Biodesign Scholar to Headline Kent State Symposium

Rachel Armstrong, of Newcastle University (U.K.) stands near a beach at night.

Just like the research that goes into understanding and applying a complicated concept like biodesign, holding an entire symposium devoted to it is no small undertaking.

So, when a world-renowned scholar on the subject agreed to come do some of the heavy lifting, Kent State University was elated to welcome her.

Kent State artist, biologist unite to design print for national project

Case and McMahon's print, depicting overlapping plants in blue, pink, purple, orange, yellow and black, on a white background.

Andrea Case sits at a table in Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts, carefully contemplating the silhouettes of leaves printed in bold contrasting colors on the paper in front of her.

Kent State Chemist Follows up on Baseball Core Study, Refuting MLB Findings.

In 1901, the 16 Major League Baseball teams produced 455 home runs. Players were discouraged from attempting it. Nearly 120 years later, players couldn’t seem to help themselves, and MLB smashed all previous records. More homers might mean more exciting games, but some people question why the spike happened. A Kent State University chemist thinks he has some clues about this unusual surge in home runs.

NSF Grant Supports Kent State Researchers’ Plan to Help Students Improve Study Habits

Students studying in a classroom

The “C” in “college” might as well stand for “cramming.”
Studies show students are notoriously bad at adopting and adhering consistently to high-impact study habits that help them retain knowledge long-term.
Researchers and faculty at Kent State University, however, are collaborating on a new project to put a modern technological twist on a tried-and-true study tactic.

Kent State Materials Scientist Again Named Among Most Highly Cited Scholars

Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Science Advances.

It’s starting to look a lot like an annual tradition to see a certain Kent State University professor named on Clarivate Analytics’ list of Highly Cited Researchers in the world.

Kent State Classics Researcher Uncovers Ancient Burial Site in Italy

Etruscan tombs at Orvieto, Italy — about 45 northwest from where Dr. Sarah Harvey and her colleagues discovered a likely Etruscan necropolis in summer 2019.
A routine research trip to Italy turned into the archaeological discovery of a lifetime for a Kent State University Classics professor this summer.

Kent State Biology Lab Publishes Paper Describing Potential for New Male Contraceptives

A free stock image depicting sperm approaching an egg for fertilization
The first rubber condoms were manufactured in 1838. Along with abstinence, they would remain the only effective and widely available means of male contraception until the vasectomy became a common procedure in the mid 20th century.

Kent State Education Researchers Receive Million-Dollar Grant for Cross-disciplinary Training in Early Childhood Professions

Preschool children learning sign language (free stock photo)

Ohio, like many states, suffers from a teacher shortage, especially in early childhood education and special education. The Buckeye State also is in need of more school psychologists, analysts say.

Kent State Biologist Lands NIH Grant to Research Cannabinoids’ Effect on Sleep Cycles

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There are two cycles most people can’t avoid — sleep and the news. And If you’re awake, you can’t help hearing the news reporting about cannabinoids. A Kent State researcher may soon have news about how these substances affect our body’s natural clock.

Kent State and University of Akron Team Up to Develop Online Treatment for Neurological Condition

Carved stone brain statue at Kent State University

Researchers at Kent State University and the University of Akron have partnered to develop a new intervention program for a relatively common but largely unrecognized neurological condition.

Kent State Healthcare Design Researcher Receives $2.47 Million to Design Safer and More Efficient Level I Trauma Rooms

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., serves as coordinator and Elliot Professor in the Healthcare Design Program in Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Traumatic injuries are the third leading cause of death nationally and the first in Americans age 44 and younger, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Level I trauma rooms are intended to stabilize and save the lives of patients with the most severe traumatic injuries. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a $2.47 million grant to Sara Bayramzadeh, a Kent State University researcher, to help create trauma rooms that support staff in saving patients’ lives.

Kent State Physicist Joins Inter-Institutional Research Project to Study Light-Driven Materials

Kent State University continues to march in the vanguard of technological advancement. A KSU researcher has joined a cutting-edge collaborative study into light-driven materials.
The technology has the potential to replace electric motors unilaterally.
The Office of Naval Research awarded a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant for a five-year project led by Polymer Scientist Dr. Ryan Hayward at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with five other participating institutions, including KSU.

Kent State Geographer Describes Novel Weather-Typing Model in New Paper

An image of the globe over North America, showing increased warm weather in a yellow-to-red scale

Research into the air masses that drive changes in our day-to-day weather has been limited by land-based and regional studies, leaving wide gaps in our understanding of these impactful phenomena. A new paper by a Kent State University geographer has just filled in most of those gaps.

NSF Supports Inter-institutional Project to Develop Chemical Sensor Technology

Military personnel in camouflage put on ventilator masks before an exercise involving airborne toxins

Toxic air pollutants such as chlorine and ozone are hazards for civilian workers and public service employees like firefighters, police and military personnel. Some airborne chemicals can be difficult to detect at low levels with high specificity, though, and relevant technologies like wearable sensors have been slow to catch up. 

NSF Award Helps Kent State Anthropologists Expand International Partnership

A bonobo stares back at the camera while another walks away
A new federal grant will help Kent State University expand an international relationship and provide invaluable opportunities for some graduate students.

Kent State Researchers Receive $1.48 Million NSF Grant for Extended Reality Technology in Teacher Training

Karl Kosko, Ph.D., and his colleagues use virtual reality goggles and 360 videos to help train future teachers.

A trio of Kent State University researchers has landed a large federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to apply a novel video technology to train future teachers.

Acclaimed Photography Exhibition Returns to Kent Campus

Kent State's "We the People" Exhibition on Display near the Esplanade Arch in May 2019

Kent State University is pleased and proud to announce the return of “We the People,” a photography exhibition that shines a light on our common humanity.

NIH Continues Support of Kent State Alzheimer’s Researcher with New 2-Year Grant

Gemma Casadesus Smith, Ph.D. (right), professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, works with a student in her lab.

Once it begins, Alzheimer’s Disease progresses systematically and aggressively, attacking victims on multiple fronts. But scientists studying the disease operate the same way — like Kent State University’s own Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith.

NIH Funds Kent State Psychologist’s Project to Teach Children Food Allergy Safety Skills

A woman sits at a table with small children eating healthy food.

A Kent State University researcher with a background in safety training models — and a very personal motivation — has devised a method to help some children with food allergies stay safe, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just granted him the funding to test it.

Kent State Researcher and Professor Elected to the European Academy of Sciences

Dr. Quan Li, Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute

One of Kent State University’s most prolific and renowned researchers has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences.

Quan Li, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, joins the prestigious Brussels-based organization that includes about 660 members from 45 nations, including 65 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners.

NSF Awards Kent State Researchers $1.3 Million to Nourish Children’s Minds, Fill Their Bellies

A man in a chef's hat shows young children how to make food.

Science is complex, and it’s difficult to discuss it with children under the best circumstances; it’s even more difficult when they are hungry. Two Kent State University researchers may have cooked up a way to solve both of those problems, and the National Science Foundation just awarded them a three-year, $1.3 million grant to determine if their recipe works.

NSF Awards Kent State Researcher Nearly $1 Million for Separate Liquid Crystal Studies

Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D. (second from left), works in a microscopy lab with a colleague and Kent State students.

Trustees Research Professor Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., a chemical physicist in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI), just received nearly $1 million between two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for separate studies with potential applications in biomedical science, commercial electronics and beyond.

Research Initiative Pilot Project Shows Akron Children What Being a Scientist Is All About

Kent State Department of Geology graduate student Kortney Cole shows Schumacher Elementary School sixth grader students how to collect soil samples.

Bridget Mulvey, Ph.D., associate professor of science education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and David Singer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently merged real geology research with community service in an effort to show some Akron Public Schools students that science is not just a benefit to their community but a viable career option, too.

Kent State Biological Sciences Researchers to Lead Study on the Effects of the Spreading Eastern Red Cedars

Close up image of an Eastern Red Cedar branch with berries. (Photo by Sheila Brown, publicdomainpictures.net)

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $914,000 grant to Kent State University to lead a collaborative research project to study how and at what rate the geographically most widespread native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar tree species (Juniperus virginiana), spreads across the landscape.

Model Kent State Language Academy Continues with 12th Year of Federal Funding

High school students from Portage County and surrounding areas hold Chinese hand fans during a past STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Camp at Kent State.

While the daily news is full of tumultuous conversations about Russia and China, Kent State is helping some area high school students learn to converse in Russian and Chinese to facilitate greater global understanding and a less contentious tomorrow.

NSF Extends Kent State Anthropologist’s Study of Human Brain Evolution

An artful black and white image of a human woman sitting and laughing with a gorilla.

While scientists have long believed human behavior developed with the expanded cerebrum, a Kent State University researcher has shown that our path diverged while our brains were still comparable in size to those of chimpanzees.

Ohio Renews TeCK Fund

Drs. Elda (left) and Torsten (right) Hegmann show off a liquid crystal nanoparticle sensor they're designing with Merck Materials, one of three KSU projects supported by the TeCK Fund

State Approves Round 2 of Kent State-Cleveland State Innovation Partnership


State of Ohio officials have renewed a $600,000 technology commercialization partnership between Kent State University and Cleveland State University.


Kent State Chemists Create Microscopic Environment to Study Cancer Cell Growth

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2017.

These numbers are stark and sobering, and worse yet, we still do not know exactly why cancer develops in its victims or how to stop it.

An online publication in Nature Nanotechnology this week by Kent State University researchers and their colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan, however, may offer new understanding about what turns good cells bad.

Kent State Foreign Language Academy for High School Students Funded for 11th Year

Kent State Language Professor Tatyana Bystrova sits in front of the Honors College with high school students enrolled in last year's STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Academy

Federal grant funds Kent State summer foreign language academy for 10th year

A Kent State University summer program that teaches foreign languages to high school students has just received federal funding for the 10th consecutive year.

Professors Brian Baer and Theresa Minick of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies received two grants last month totaling $180,000 to host the 2017 Kent State Regents-STARTALK Foreign Language Academy.