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It could be argued that no science is more valuable to us than that which helps to ensure the survival of our species by solving the problems that challenge it.

Physical activity is essential to fighting obesity, and scientists are constantly working to make this activity more effective and beneficial.

A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help biology professor Colleen Novak, Ph.D., from Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences better understand how the body allocates energy and burns fat.

Kent State Biology Professor Studies How Selfish Genes Cause Male Sterility in Flowering Plants

Why are plants often sterile when their parents are from different species? How do species remain separate entities in nature?

A Kent State University epidemiologist has refuted some age-old assumptions about depression in heart attack patients.

Studies have shown that people who suffer from depression are more likely to have heart disease or heart attacks in their lifetime. Worse still, similar research shows that heart patients who have depression face lower survival rates.

Photo of Cynthia BarnettThe fourth annual Water and Land Symposium at Kent State University will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent, Ohio. This year, the symposium is co-sponsored by Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Cleveland Water Alliance.

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, two Kent State University professors are researching climate change in Alaska. Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D., and Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., assistant professors from Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, spent a week in Fairbanks, Alaska, in June studying how climate change affects the availability of plant nutrients in arctic and sub-arctic ecosystems.

The grant teams up two of Kent State’s newest researchers.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman, Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Ohio Humanities Council and the Cleveland Public Library have partnered to organize a symposium that celebrates the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture and feminism. Centering on the Wonder Woman figure and her heirs, the Wonder Woman symposium will be held at the Cleveland Public Library and other locations from Sept. 22-24.

Scholar of the Month
Brian Castellani
Professor of Sociology
Kent State University at Ashtabula

The Kent Campus is big, but still not big enough to fit all the great scholars who are part of the Kent State University family.

So much of Kent State’s great research is happening at its Regional Campuses, and Sociology Professor Brian Castellani, Ph.D., of Kent State University at Ashtabula is just one of the shining examples.

Kent State University, Ohio-The Uumbaji Gallery located in Kent State University’s Oscar Ritchie Hall is pleased to present Retold: African Culture and fables reinterpreted into fashion, an exhibition of African-inspired fashion by award-winning designer, Tameka N. Ellington, Ph.D.  An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Remarks from Dr.

As part of a campus wide commemoration of veterans, the Kent State University Uumbaji Art Gallery is requesting artwork submissions of any subject matter and various mediums.  The work will be displayed at the gallery in honor of veteran artists. Entry forms must be submitted by Sept. 3, 2016. You can downloaded them at