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Sciences Research Activity

Posted May. 14, 2012
Since June 2011, faculty research activities in the sciences have included many publications, grant awards, and invited presentations which have contributed to the research mission at KSU. Recent sciences research includes work by Maxim Dzero & Carmen Almasan, Songping Huang & Soumitra Basu,  Laura Leff, Jonathan Maletic, Marilyn Norconk, and Alison Smith.

A paper entitled "Strong Magnetic Fluctuations in a Superconducting State of CeCoIn5" by recent Department of Physics Ph.D. graduates Tao Hu and Hong Xiao in collaboration with Department of Physics faculty Maxim Dzero and Carmen Almasan was selected by the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters as one of only six articles highlighted in that issue. Almasan, whose research focus is experimental low-temperature condensed matter physics with emphasis on electric transport and magnetism, received a KSU Outstanding Research and Scholar Award in 2012.  

Songping Huang and Soumitra Basu, both of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a National Cancer Institute research grant (ca. $654K over three years) to develop a new generation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents derived from nontoxic Prussian blue nanoparticles which promise to be superior to current clinical MRI contrast agents that use the toxic-heavy metal gadolinium. These new MRI contrast agents have been shown to penetrate cells and may be useful for early detection of cancer at the cellular level.   

In March 2012, Laura Leff (Department of Biological Sciences) received a KSU Outstanding Research and Scholar Award.  Leff's research focuses on microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on bacterial ecology of streams and the responses of microorganisms to their environment. She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and has brought approximately $5 million in funding to Kent State.  

Jonathan Maletic (Department of Computer Science) received an award from the National Science Foundation which will provide $600K in scholarships to academically promising KSU undergraduate students in biology (excluding pre-medicine), chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics. Maletic also received a $120K research grant from ABB, Inc. to investigate methods and tools to visualize and understand very large software systems.    

Marilyn Norconk (Department of Anthropology), anthropology graduate students, and Ms. Caroline Tannert organized the 8th annual meeting of the Midwest Primate Interest Group on Kent campus October 15-16, 2011. Dean Tim Moerland gave the opening address and Dr. Karen Strier, Professor of Anthropology at University of Wisconsin and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, gave the distinguished presentation. More than 40 posters and papers were presented, providing primatology graduate students and faculty from the Midwest an opportunity to discuss new and preliminary research.   

Alison Smith (Department of Geology) received a $59,631award from the National Science Foundation to conduct two symposia for US/European collaborative initiatives in freshwater ostracode (microscopic crustaceans) research. The first workshop took place Graz, Austria in July 2011 and a second symposium will be held in Charlotte, NC in fall 2012. Smith is also currently participating in the development of a North American Nonmarine Ostracode Database (NANODe) of ostracode biogeography and environmental ranges in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Illinois Geological Survey. 

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