For Robert Twieg, Ph.D., a professor in Kent State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the recent news of his longtime collaborator William E. Moerner winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was actually no surprise at all. In fact, he believes that “he’s deserved it for a while.”
I. Richmond Nettey, Ph.D., associate dean at Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, has received the University Aviation Association’s William A. Wheatley Award. A resident of Stow, Ohio, Nettey is the first African-American and first at Kent State to be conferred with the prestigious award. He received the award at the 2014 University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference on Oct. 10 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The University Aviation Association’s 2014 Fall Education Conference was hosted by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
On Nov. 15, members of Kent State University’s Greek community organized and participated in Songfest, an annual philanthropy event. Together, they raised $30,000 for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention.
Songfest, which is hosted by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, brings the entire Greek community together for a good cause through singing, dancing and acting. The skits are themed to showcase the event’s beneficiary in positive and entertaining way.
Kent State University has enhanced safety on campus and in the surrounding area with the introduction of Dexter, the university’s newest officer and explosive-detection canine. Funding for the canine and its ongoing care is provided by Ohio Homeland Security, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, through a federal grant and Ohio Homeland Security budget funds.
A catastrophic landslide, one of the largest known on the surface of the Earth, took place within minutes in southwestern Utah more than 21 million years ago, reports a Kent State University geologist in a paper published in the November issue of the journal Geology.
Kent State University students Samantha Phillips, a junior athletic training major from Euclid, Ohio, and Essien Cobham, a senior mathematics and computer science major from Kent, Ohio, were at the right place at the right time to save a life, but it almost didn’t happen.
On Nov. 4, Phillips had planned to walk outside to enjoy the sunny and unusually warm fall day, but at the last minute, she decided to cut through the Kent Student Center. She is glad she did.
Inspired by the interest to create more opportunities for female entrepreneurs in the region and modeled after the recent success of the TechPint/Flashstarts “Pitcher” competition, Blackstone LaunchPad and Bad Girl Ventures are teaming up to present an evening of female mentoring and networking by offering the first-ever #GirlPower Pitch Night for collegiate female entrepreneurs on Nov. 19.
The Kent State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Kent State University Alumni Awards. These awards recognize graduates in the area of leadership, service, character and professional development.
Kent State University will feature Lisa Shannon, a passionate activist for the safety of women in Congo, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series for International Education Week on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.
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