Kent State Geographer Describes Novel Weather-Typing Model in New Paper

An image of the globe over North America, showing increased warm weather in a yellow-to-red scale

Research into the air masses that drive changes in our day-to-day weather has been limited by land-based and regional studies, leaving wide gaps in our understanding of these impactful phenomena. A new paper by a Kent State University geographer has just filled in most of those gaps.

NSF Supports Inter-institutional Project to Develop Chemical Sensor Technology

Military personnel in camouflage put on ventilator masks before an exercise involving airborne toxins

Toxic air pollutants such as chlorine and ozone are hazards for civilian workers and public service employees like firefighters, police and military personnel. Some airborne chemicals can be difficult to detect at low levels with high specificity, though, and relevant technologies like wearable sensors have been slow to catch up. 

NSF Award Helps Kent State Anthropologists Expand International Partnership

A bonobo stares back at the camera while another walks away
A new federal grant will help Kent State University expand an international relationship and provide invaluable opportunities for some graduate students.

Kent State Researchers Receive $1.48 Million NSF Grant for Extended Reality Technology in Teacher Training

Karl Kosko, Ph.D., and his colleagues use virtual reality goggles and 360 videos to help train future teachers.

A trio of Kent State University researchers has landed a large federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to apply a novel video technology to train future teachers.

Acclaimed Photography Exhibition Returns to Kent Campus

Kent State's "We the People" Exhibition on Display near the Esplanade Arch in May 2019

Kent State University is pleased and proud to announce the return of “We the People,” a photography exhibition that shines a light on our common humanity.

NIH Continues Support of Kent State Alzheimer’s Researcher with New 2-Year Grant

Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith, right, associate professor of biological sciences, works with a student in her lab.

Once it begins, Alzheimer’s Disease progresses systematically and aggressively, attacking victims on multiple fronts. But scientists studying the disease operate the same way — like Kent State University’s own Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith.

NIH Funds Kent State Psychologist’s Project to Teach Children Food Allergy Safety Skills

A woman sits at a table with small children eating healthy food.

A Kent State University researcher with a background in safety training models — and a very personal motivation — has devised a method to help some children with food allergies stay safe, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just granted him the funding to test it.

Kent State Researcher and Professor Elected to the European Academy of Sciences

Dr. Quan Li, Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute

One of Kent State University’s most prolific and renowned researchers has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences.

Quan Li, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, joins the prestigious Brussels-based organization that includes about 660 members from 45 nations, including 65 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners.

NSF Awards Kent State Researchers $1.3 Million to Nourish Children’s Minds, Fill Their Bellies

A man in a chef's hat shows young children how to make food.

Science is complex, and it’s difficult to discuss it with children under the best circumstances; it’s even more difficult when they are hungry. Two Kent State University researchers may have cooked up a way to solve both of those problems, and the National Science Foundation just awarded them a three-year, $1.3 million grant to determine if their recipe works.

NSF Awards Kent State Researcher Nearly $1 Million for Separate Liquid Crystal Studies

Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D. (second from left), works in a microscopy lab with a colleague and Kent State students.

Trustees Research Professor Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., a chemical physicist in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI), just received nearly $1 million between two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for separate studies with potential applications in biomedical science, commercial electronics and beyond.

Research Initiative Pilot Project Shows Akron Children What Being a Scientist Is All About

Kent State Department of Geology graduate student Kortney Cole shows Schumacher Elementary School sixth grader students how to collect soil samples.

Bridget Mulvey, Ph.D., associate professor of science education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and David Singer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently merged real geology research with community service in an effort to show some Akron Public Schools students that science is not just a benefit to their community but a viable career option, too.

Kent State Biological Sciences Researchers to Lead Study on the Effects of the Spreading Eastern Red Cedars

Close up image of an Eastern Red Cedar branch with berries. (Photo by Sheila Brown,

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $914,000 grant to Kent State University to lead a collaborative research project to study how and at what rate the geographically most widespread native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar tree species (Juniperus virginiana), spreads across the landscape.

Model Kent State Language Academy Continues with 12th Year of Federal Funding

High school students from Portage County and surrounding areas hold Chinese hand fans during a past STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Camp at Kent State.

While the daily news is full of tumultuous conversations about Russia and China, Kent State is helping some area high school students learn to converse in Russian and Chinese to facilitate greater global understanding and a less contentious tomorrow.

Four Kent State Teams Accepted into Summer 2019 I-Corps Program

Kent State University will represent a full third of the 12 teams accepted to the I-Corps @ Akron Summer 2019 Cohort. The University of Akron Research Foundation announced the selections on May 29.

NSF Extends Kent State Anthropologist’s Study of Human Brain Evolution

An artful black and white image of a human woman sitting and laughing with a gorilla.

While scientists have long believed human behavior developed with the expanded cerebrum, a Kent State University researcher has shown that our path diverged while our brains were still comparable in size to those of chimpanzees.

Ohio Renews TeCK Fund

Drs. Elda (left) and Torsten (right) Hegmann show off a liquid crystal nanoparticle sensor they're designing with Merck Materials, one of three KSU projects supported by the TeCK Fund

State Approves Round 2 of Kent State-Cleveland State Innovation Partnership


State of Ohio officials have renewed a $600,000 technology commercialization partnership between Kent State University and Cleveland State University.


Kent State Chemists Create Microscopic Environment to Study Cancer Cell Growth

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2017.

These numbers are stark and sobering, and worse yet, we still do not know exactly why cancer develops in its victims or how to stop it.

An online publication in Nature Nanotechnology this week by Kent State University researchers and their colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan, however, may offer new understanding about what turns good cells bad.

Kent State Foreign Language Academy for High School Students Funded for 11th Year

Kent State Language Professor Tatyana Bystrova sits in front of the Honors College with high school students enrolled in last year's STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Academy

Federal grant funds Kent State summer foreign language academy for 10th year

A Kent State University summer program that teaches foreign languages to high school students has just received federal funding for the 10th consecutive year.

Professors Brian Baer and Theresa Minick of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies received two grants last month totaling $180,000 to host the 2017 Kent State Regents-STARTALK Foreign Language Academy.

New Podiatric Product Developed by Kent State Students and Professor Can Be Used by People With Diabetes and Athletes

Kent State University students Nilin Rao (left) and Craig Verdin (right), and Exercise Science and Physiology Professor Ellen Glickman, Ph.D. (center), have invented an insole to help people with ulcerations on their feet.

Kent State University students Nilin Rao, Ph.D., and Craig Verdin, and Exercise Science and Physiology Professor Ellen Glickman, Ph.D., are the co-founders of TheraPod Medical LLC, a wound-care company that is looking to transform the field of podiatric medicine.

Kent State’s Torsten Hegmann Named Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Torsten Hegmann

One of the top publishing societies in the world names a Kent State professor a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Kent State Students to Collaborate With Kyoto University Researchers

Kent State study in Japn

Kent State University students will travel to Japan for collaborative research with the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, studying evolutionary genetic analysis, Alzheimer’s disease and aggressive behavior.      

Scholar Gets Students, Kent State on the Move

Jacob Barkley (left), associate professor of exercise science in Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, oversees research activities with several students in a classroom in the MAC Center Annex.

Kent State University’s Scholar of the Month for December would prefer that you read this standing up, or even doing some calisthenics. Go on, get moving.

Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science in Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. During his 10 years with Kent State, he has earned a name for himself as a scholar who wants to get people thinking about how they move, and moving better so they can think better.

November Scholar Puts Communication on Display

Jessica Barness (right), assistant professor of visual communication design at Kent State, reviews a student’s work in the Art Building.

Scholar of the Month
Jessica Barness
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design
College of Communication and Information

The word “communication” likely makes you think of language, but November’s Scholar of the Month has spent her entire career researching design as a language of its own.

Across various media, Jessica Barness, an assistant professor in Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design, creates her own design-based research model that merges the making of artifacts with critical inquiry.



Scholar Explores Productive Exchanges Between Architecture and Comics

Jon Yoder, Ph.D., associate professor of architecture at Kent State, teaches a seminar in the new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design.

Scholar of the Month
Jon Yoder
Associate Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Paul DiCorleto, Kent State University’s vice president for research and sponsored programs, likes to say that “innovation occurs where fields collide,” and October’s Scholar of the Month is certainly a testament to the idea that has become the university’s new research tagline.

Kent State Epidemiologist Leads Study That Refutes Assumptions About Depression In Heart Attack Patients

Kent State University Professor of Epidemiology, Dr. Melissa Zullo

Studies have shown that people who suffer from depression are more likely to have heart disease or heart attacks in their lifetime. Worse still, similar research shows that heart patients who have depression face lower survival rates.

For decades, conventional wisdom has fostered the idea that heart attack patients with clinical diagnoses of depression also are not likely to enroll in cardiac rehabilitation programs, adding to the already high likelihood of an unfavorable prognosis.

The study led by Dr. Melissa D. Zullo, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Kent State’s College of Public Health, however, reveals that heart-attack patients with depression diagnoses were four times more likely to enroll in cardiac rehabilitation programs than those who did not have a diagnosis of depression.

“The data also showed that patients with depression were more likely to complete cardiac rehab compared to those without depression,” Zullo said. “What these findings mean to the medical community is that referring depressed patients to cardiac rehab is not a waste of time or resources because they do go and they do complete the program.”


Jihyun Kim, PH.D., Identified as Top Contributor to Fashion Marketing Research

Jihyun Kim, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Kent State Fashion School

Jihyun Kim, Ph.D., associate professor at Kent State University's Fashion School, has been identified as one of the top researchers in fashion marketing, according to a new analysis of contributions to the field.

Three of Kim's colleagues at the Fashion School — Jonghan Hyun, Ph.D.Kim Hahn, Ph.D., and Catherine Leslie, Ph.D. — studied academic publishing in fashion marketing over an 11-year period in order to identify the publications, researchers and institutions with the greatest impact. Their impartial review of authors with the most appearances in leading scholarly journals revealed Jihyun Kim among the most widely published researchers.

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Scholar Navigates Complex Systems to Help Address and Improve Public Health Concerns

Dr. Brian Castellani

Scholar of the Month
Brian Castellani
Professor of Sociology
Kent State University at Ashtabula

The Kent Campus is big, but still not big enough to fit all the great scholars who are part of the Kent State University family.

So much of Kent State’s great research is happening at its Regional Campuses, and Sociology Professor Brian Castellani, Ph.D., of Kent State University at Ashtabula is just one of the shining examples.

Kent State Honors 2016 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award Recipients

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.

Kent State Researchers Publish Breakthrough in Leading Scientific Journal

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. 


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National Institutes of Health Announces Significant Changes for 2016 Grant Applications

Kent State to Host ICAM/I2CAM Conference in May

Kent State University will play host this year to one of the most prestigious scientific conferences in the world.

The annual international conference of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter will be held May 16-18 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

Kent State has been a member of of the Institute since 2003, but this is the first time it will host the event.

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National Institutes of Health Announces Significant Changes for 2016 Grant Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released changes to their policies, instructions and forms for grant applications. The changes will be effective in two phases. The planned changes focus on: rigor & transparency in research, vertebrate animals, inclusion reporting, data safety monitoring, research training, appendices, font requirements and biosketch clarifications.

Phase 1 changes are effective for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2016.  This phase implements a subset of policy changes using the existing FORMS-C and updated instructions. Anyone submitting a proposal to the National Institutes of Health for programs with due dates after January 25 and/or May 25, 2016 should review the updated requirements carefully prior to preparation.  Be sure to use the correct application guide when preparing your proposal.  You should plan additional time to make changes from previous submissions.  More information concerning significant updates in each application guide release is available at the link below.  Read More

National Science Foundation Releases New Proposal and Award Guide

The National Science Foundation has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective January 25, 2016. There are several new proposal requirements investigators should be aware of including a new proposal document for Collaborator and Other Affiliations information, more strictly enforced submission deadlines, and inclusion of internal funding in Current and Pending documentation. In terms of awards, investigators should be aware of a new public access requirement for publications and clarification of project outcomes and final report deadlines. A more detailed synopsis provided by the Sponsored Programs Office can be found at the following link.

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Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Research and Scholar Awards

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs is seeking nominations of Kent State faculty members for the 2016 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award.  Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, this award is intended to honor Kent State’s exceptional researchers and scholars.  The awardees will be selected based on the quality of research and scholarship and its impact on society.  A ceremony and reception sponsored by the Provost’s Office will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2016 at 4 pm as part of Faculty Recognition Week.   

Nomination Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM

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Updated NIH/ARHQ Biosketch Format

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are implementing a revised Biographical Sketch format required for most proposals submitted on or after May 25, 2015.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to sciences and the historical background that framed their research.

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Kent State Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Grant to Discover Why Some Messages Go Viral

We have all seen them explode on social media. They are the posts that feature the outlandish, the cute and the funny messages that go viral.



But how does one message catch on and others do not?



Maxim Dzero, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been granted $302,796 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Spins and Knots: The Rise of Topology in F-Orbital Materials

Maxim Dzero, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been granted $302,796 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project titled “Spins and Knots: The Rise of Topology in F-Orbital Materials.” The focus of this project is to conduct theoretical research aimed at better understanding electron-electron interactions and how they can create novel states of matter.

Kent State Researchers Use Digital Devices to Dispense Medications Safely

Kent State Researchers Use Digital Devices to Dispense Medications Safely

Organizing prescription medications in a traditional pill dispenser is not effective enough when patients are taking up to 20 different drugs seven to nine times a day. 

Not taking the medication at the right time or taking too much results in 700,000 emergency room visits a year, 325,000 hospitalizations and 125,000 deaths.

“It’s a trillion dollar problem to deal with medication nonadherence,” said Joel Hughes, Kent State associate psychology professor and director of the Applied Psychology Center at Kent State University.


Smartphone Study


Admit it. We have all used our smartphones at inappropriate and inopportune times: while driving, during family meals, in the bathroom or even the bedroom.

We are a society glued to our phones, but when is it considered out of our control?

According to researchers at Kent State University, the answer depends on the user.



A Kent State University professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has received a grant from the Binational Science Foundation to continue his development of a combined LED (light-emitting diode) and organic transistor that could be used in flexible displays. Bjorn Lussem, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics, was awarded $180,000 to use vertical transistors to create organic displays that are more power efficient and could potentially have a higher resolution. 



A physics professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University recently received a $307,000, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of a novel approach to studying non-equilibrium dynamics in the quark gluon plasma (QGP). 

Using a local supercomputer that he built at Kent State, Michael Strickland, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, hopes to better understand the conditions of the early universe and the Big Bang. 

Paul DiCorleto Named New Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Kent State

Photo of Paul DiCorleto - photo credit: Cleveland ClinicFollowing a national search, Kent State University has selected Paul E. DiCorleto, Ph.D., as its new vice president for research and sponsored programs. DiCorleto comes to Kent State from Cleveland Clinic, where he has served as Sherwin-Page Chair of the Lerner Research Institute since 2002, and from Case Western Reserve University, where he has served as chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine since 2003. He joins Kent State on Aug. 17.

Kent State Researchers Identify Positive and Negative Effects of Smartphone Use During Exercise

Kent State students exercising on treadmills

Kent State University researchers Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., as well as Kent State alumni Michael Rebold, Ph.D., and Gabe Sanders, Ph.D., assessed how common smartphone uses – texting and talking – interfere with treadmill exercise.

The researchers, from Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, found that when individuals use their smartphones during exercise for texting or talking, it causes a reduction in exercise intensity. 

Kent State Biological Sciences Researcher Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant for Chronic Wound Healing

Photo of Min-Ho KimThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Kent State University’s Min-Ho Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $1,842,350 five-year grant.

Kent State Awards Three for Outstanding Research and Scholarship

Recipients of Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards

Three top researchers in literary studies, liquid crystals and post-traumatic stress received Kent State University’s 2015 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony and reception held April 14 on the Kent Campus. The awards are sponsored by the University Research Council and Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Tracing Twitter’s Impact on Ebola Response

Eric Shook with a map showing all the tweets about Ebola sent in the U.S. Researchers collaborate to study Twitter's impact on Ebola response.

How well does Twitter represent public perceptions and behavior in a public health crisis?

Researchers at Kent State University are conducting a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study of what social media activity on Twitter reveals about perceptions of last October’s Ebola scare on campus and how perceptions influenced behavior.

Inside the Human Chromosome

Hanbin Mao, Ph.D., left, in his laboratory with graduate student Yue Li from Kyoto University. Mao collaborates with scientists in Japan on single-molecule studies of a chromosome structure.

A Kent State scientist has received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a study of the workings and dynamics of a structure inside the human chromosome.

Hanbin Mao, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, will study G-quadruplex structures (GQs), which are located in the telomeres at the end of chromosomes.

Researchers Develop Mobile App for National Park

Meditation Effective in Reducing Blood Pressure

Meditation Effective in Reducing Blood Pressure


Two researchers at Kent State Universities have found that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can reduce high blood pressure, which affects nearly 60 million adults in the United States.

MBSR, which involves the practice of meditation, body awareness and some gentle yoga, has been shown to be effective in preventing and treating depression and anxiety and alleviating stress, but scientific studies of its effects on blood pressure are rare.

Lake Erie's Algae Monitored from Space

Lake Erie's Algae Monitored from Space

Ortiz at Lake Erie

Over the vast expanse of Lake Erie, sampling the water to test for potentially toxic algae blooms may seem like using a medicine dropper in an ocean. It takes days to collect enough data from enough spots to determine if the algae pose a danger.

To cover a larger area more efficiently and better predict future algae blooms, Joseph D. Ortiz, Ph.D., professor of geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is gathering data from an instrument on board the International Space Station – a hyperspectral imager. From space, it can image the entire lake in two days.

Landslide 21 Million Years Ago Rivals Largest Known

A Double Twist Reveals a Liquid Crystal’s Deep Blue Color