Cynthia Roller, Ph.D., R.N., CNP, CNM, was a passionate nurse practitioner and researcher who passed away suddenly on Feb. 28, 2016, after a tragic accident. Earlier this year, she was selected by Kent State University’s College of Nursing as our Scholar of the Month for April. As a way to honor her and her research, the college and her family requested that we continue with our plan to feature her. Our academic community mourns the loss of an extraordinary colleague.

Photo of Jacqueline N. CrawleyKent State University’s fourth annual Neuroscience Symposium will cover the latest research findings on “The Neuroscience of The Social Brain” on April 7-8 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center located in downtown Kent, Ohio.

Photo of Quan LiSenior Research Fellow Quan Li, Ph.D., and his research group at Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute®, in the College of Arts and Sciences, have published a research article in the March 17 issue of Nature that could lead to a variety of breakthrough device applications and other industrial opportunities. 

Scholar of the Month
Xiaoling Pu
Associate Professor of Finance
College of Business Administration

Xiaoling Pu is an associate professor in the Department of Finance at the College of Business Administration. She holds the Olga A. Mural Risk Management Fund Associate Professorship.

Science teacher Richard Dudley of Coventry Local Schools’ Coventry High School is the $20,000 Ohio winner of the 2015-16 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Dudley and his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) elective students designed an innovative STEM project that they are bringing to life through a video and website. Contest winners were announced for each state.

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.

Anne Jefferson, Ph.D., assistant professor of geology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, was one of 15 climate change researchers to be named a 2016-17 Public Engagement Fellow of the Leshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Scholar of the Month
Cassandra Storlie
Assistant Professor  
College of Education, Health and Human Services

Cassandra Storlie is an assistant professor in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences at the College of Education, Health and Human Services. She has built a research program that addresses important diversity issues.

Photo of Kent State graduate student in labLiquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), essentially rubbers with liquid crystal properties, can do a number of fascinating things, especially in the fields of optics, photonics, telecommunications and medicine.