Kent State Flashes Forge Ahead

Kent State is providing the research, experts and resources to help the fight against COVID-19, so that the Kent State community and the world can continue to move forward during this unique time.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, students in  Kent State University’s College of Nursing have been employed in hospitals throughout Northeast Ohio, where they have honed their skills and observed healthcare professionals on the front lines.

  • Apple and Google partnered in early April to create a new smartphone app that uses Bluetooth to track coronavirus cases. Using a technology called contact tracing, the app alerts a user when they come in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. Gokarna Sharma, assistant professor in Computer Science, recently answered 10 questions about the new app based on his professional opinion. Sharma is experienced in algorithms, blockchain and smart technologies such as this.

  • Kent State’s famous food truck, known for its mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches and fresh-cut french fries, is now becoming known for giving back to its community. The university is loaning its campus food truck to Aramark to provide meals to students from Kent, Elyria and Lorain City School Districts who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Today’s Flashes of Inspiration is from tenor Timothy Culver, who since 2002 has been an assistant professor of voice at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • Today’s Flashes of Inspiration comes from Eric van Baars, director of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, an associate professor, and executive producer for the Porthouse Theatre, who offers an inspirational pep talk to all of us confined at home.


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