Research

Scholar of the Month
Gregory Smith
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
College of Education, Health and Human Services
2001-present

Photo of Gemma Casadesus Smith (center) with graduate students in her labGemma Casadesus Smith describes herself as a scientist who likes to investigate ideas that run counter to prevailing thought.

The series will feature monthly discussions that will showcase many various research areas conducted by faculty at Kent State. Suzy D’Enbeau, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, will introduce the series.

Kent State University chemistry senior Caitlin Crosier combined creativity and science for her yearlong project on circadian rhythms and will present those findings at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 11.

“The main goal of my research is to validate this method as a way to look at the circadian rhythm structure of an entire population because most current human circadian research is conducted on very small populations and controlled environments,” Crosier said.

Kent State University researchers will launch three new studies of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in Lake Erie this spring as part of an overall $2 million water quality initiative by the Ohio Board of Regents. 

Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie can produce toxins that make water hazardous to drink and force cities to use additional treatment steps to remove the toxins. In August, nearly 500,000 of the city of Toledo’s customers were without safe tap water over a weekend due to the HAB in Lake Erie. 

Scholar of the Month
Mark Bracher
Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences
1985-present

Photo of Eric ShookHow well does Twitter represent public perceptions and behavior in a public health crisis? 

Scholar of the Month
Rui Liu
Assistant Professor
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
2013-present

Rui Liu is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research primarily focuses on resilient infrastructure, especially in the areas of innovative construction materials, intelligent design, inspection, rating, maintenance and repair of infrastructure for sustainable development.

Kent State University student Andrew Wyatt’s research evolved from flipping through pages of scholarly writing in Kent, Ohio, to viewing the walls of historic museums and libraries in Trieste, Italy. 

With the help of his participation in Kent State’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Wyatt, a senior English major and Italian minor, was given the chance to enhance his research on author Italo Svevo with a study abroad experience in Italy. Svevo was an Italian modernist author whose works take place and involved the city of Trieste. 

Unlike in mathematics, it is rare to have exact solutions to physics problems.

“When they do present themselves, they are an opportunity to test the approximation schemes (algorithms) that are used to make progress in modern physics,” said Michael Strickland, Ph.D., associate professor of physics at Kent State University. 

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