Division of Research and Sponsored Programs

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.

For decades, biologists researching a cure for Alzheimer’s disease have remained in the dark almost as much as the ailment’s victims.

A Kent State University professor, however, is looking to stop the disease before it starts.

Gemma Casadesus-Smith, Ph.D., an associate biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies Alzheimer’s through the lens of the aging process.

“In my lab, we’re trying to understand how age-related events can cause Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “My work is not in treating existing illness but in preventing it.”

The basic concept of a fuel cell is simple – it converts chemical energy into electricity.

To hear Kent State University Assistant Professor Yanhai Du, Ph.D., in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology tell it, however, the impact of modern and emerging fuel cell technology is anything but basic.

Fuel cells have the potential to deliver on the promise of the elusive cold-fusion theory of the 1990s – clean, super-efficient, affordable energy that could reduce carbon emissions exponentially.

Physical therapy is usually a component of treatment for patients of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative and motor system disorders.

Now, a Kent State University professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services has designed a piece of equipment that serves that purpose and sets the bar for exercise therapy higher.

Photo of Angela RidgelPhysical therapy is usually a component of treatment for patients of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative and motor system disorders.

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

Photo of Cassandra StorlieWhat keeps some students in low-income, ethnically diverse school districts from succeeding?

A Kent State University researcher suggests it may have a lot to do with their ability to envision bright future career pathways.

Photo of 2016 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award RecipientsThree Kent State University faculty members were honored with the 2016 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony that took place on April 5 in the University Library.

Scholar of the Month
Willie H. Oglesby III
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
College of Public Health
2009-present

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.

Reminder: Summer/Fall 2016 Practicum Orientation Sessions on

Wednesday, February 24th at 9:00 AM & 4 PM (200 White Hall, Read Room)

For additional information, please contact Kathy Bergh (kbergh@kent.edu or 330-672-5380)

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