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The demand for clinical research associates is high, and the field continues to grow. In 2013, clinical research associates ranked ninth in CNNMoney/Payscale’s 100 Best Jobs in America, which lists the top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employer demand for clinical research associates will rise by 22 percent through 2022. To help meet this need, Kent State University’s College of Public Health is now offering a new Clinical Trials Research concentration in its Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Kent State University scholar Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., is all heart, an academic who lives and breathes research, almost literally. Zullo, an associate professor of epidemiology in Kent State’s College of Public Health, has spent a significant portion of her professional and academic career studying the best practices for helping cardiac and respiratory patients heal.

Tara Smith shares how she incorporates zombies into her professional work.

Kent State University’s Shanice Cheatham is one step closer to helping health care workers stop the spread of disease in underdeveloped countries. Cheatham took first place and won $4500 in the PITCH U elevator competition at the University of Akron, with the generous support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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.

The green and blue colored algae that grows out of control, and often washes up on the shoreline of Lake Erie, is not only unsightly but harmful to many species including humans.

In Ohio, the western basin of Lake Erie has experienced some of the worst harmful algal blooms in recent years. The blooms have been detected this summer, as they were last summer when the area saw a harmful bloom of record size. And, in August of 2014, cyanobacteria from a harmful algal bloom contaminated the City of Toledo’s water supply and residents were forced to find alternative water sources.

Kent State University’s Online Learning Team in the Office of Continuing and Distance Education has earned national recognition for outstanding work in online education. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology presented first- and second-place awards to Kent State for its faculty training courses, “Online Classroom Examples and Ideas: A Showcase Course” and “A Pathway to Excellence: Kent State’s Online Faculty Development Program.” These training courses were designed to assist faculty members who teach online courses.

The State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education awarded Kent State University a $510,000 Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills grant.

In 2009, Shanice Cheatham, who received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2013 and is pursuing a graduate degree in environmental health sciences at Kent State, was told that her father had a 10 percent chance of living after being infected with MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a type of staph bacteria resistant to antibiotics used to treat general staph infections, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Scholar of the Month
Willie H. Oglesby III
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
College of Public Health

Willie Oglesby is a member of the founding faculty at the College of Public Health. He is an associate professor of health policy and management and also serves as the assistant director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships.