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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.

Educators, scientists, and technologists from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Kent State University and Cleveland Metroparks have partnered to develop a new learning app that is now live and freely available on iTunes. 

Scholar of the Month
Lawrence Osher
Professor
College of Podiatric Medicine
1982-present

An accomplished doctor and academic, a highly regarded colleague and educator, the June 2016 Scholar of the Month is Dr. Lawrence Osher of Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine, a decision made unanimously among the college’s leadership.

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.

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies will host its annual Cowperthwaite Communication Lecture on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. in the Kent State University Library, third floor lobby. This year, the free lecture will be given by Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., department chair and Willa Cather professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Her lecture, entitled, “100 Years of Communication and Counting,” will examine how communication takes shape and plays a, if not, the, central role in who we are and how we live our lives.

Kent State University School of Communication Studies assistant professor Jihyun Kim, Ph.D. recently collaborated with Gachon University associate professor Hayeon Song, Ph.D. on a study titled “Celebrity’s self-disclosure on Twitter and parasocial relationships: A mediating role of social presence.”  

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.

Scholar of the Month
Terri Kent
Professor
College of the Arts
1991-present

An accomplished director, actor and educator, Terri Kent is a professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at the College of the Arts. She is the coordinator of the musical theatre program and is the producing artistic director of Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s summer professional theatre.

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