Kent State Research Review 2019

Brain Health

BRAIN HEALTH as a Window into Disease: How the Brain Health Research Institute is helping transform research at Kent State and beyond.

Read more.



Paul E. DiCorleto, PhD








Research and Innovation

Welcome letters from Todd A. Diacon, PhD, president of Kent State University, and Paul E. DiCorleto, PhD, vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs.



News Briefs


Kent State Robotics Team places third in NASA's 2018 Robotic Mining Competition | Team from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design participates in Chinese ice-building competition






From Kent to Cambridge: Recent graduate to study neuroscience at Harvard University | Kent State to Co-Lead New Center of Living Architecture | Young researcher invited to Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting






Geography professor elected president of American Association of Geographers | Chemistry professor named deputy editor of Science Advances






2018 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award Winners | National Science Foundation awards Kent State researcher nearly $1 million for liquid crystal studies | Kent State undergraduates named 2019 Goldwater Scholars for science research



Brain Image - KSU Beyond the Brain







Brain Health Research Institute

Beyond the Brain

How the Brain Health Research Institute is helping transform the culture of Kent State. By Dan Pompili



Michael Lehman, PhD, and Lique Coolen, PhD







Dynamic Duo

This husband and wife neuroscience team is helping launch a new collaborative at Kent State that aims to make Northeast Ohio a national center for brain health research. By Dan Pompili


Brain Health Researcher Highlights:

Fertile Ground | Overcoming Teen Obesity with Mindfulness | Tracing the Triggers of Affective Disorders | Finding How Fear Memories Form | Understanding the Neurochemistry of Human Brain Development | Exploring Oxytocin’s Role in the Developing Brain | Identifying Child Injury Victims at Risk for Chronic Stress


Torsten Hegmann







Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystals (AMLCI) Institute

The Future is Now

The new director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute sees a bright future for the institute, as it takes on a broader range of research and collaborates with nontraditional partners to develop the next phases of advanced materials science. By Lisa Abraham

Focus on Fuel Cells The Next "Little" Thing | Drone Disrupter



JR Campbell







Design Innovation (DI) Initiative

Partners by Design

Kent State’s Design Innovation Hub is setting the stage for transformative research and innovation across disciplines. By Dan Pompili



Liquid Crystal







Tech Innovation

Bringing Innovation to the Market

State of Ohio officials renew a technology commercialization partnership between Kent State and Cleveland State. By Dan Pompili

Kent State TeCK Funded Project A STEP in the Right Direction | Virtual Reality Promises Real-World Results


Dave Costello, PhD







Environmental Science and Design Research (ESDRI) Initiative

Researching River-Based Ecosystems

A Kent State ecologist is part of a global collaboration to answer pressing questions about climate change. By Jim Maxwell

Long in the Tooth | ESDRI Seed Grants | Shrub Encroachers Friend or Foe?



Healthy Communities Research (HCRI) Initiative

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A Kent State gerontologist has developed a social intelligence training intervention to improve the well-being of custodial grandfamilies. By Dan Pompili

Fighting Cancer on a Molecular Level | Studying Lipid-Protein Interactions


Global Understanding and Research (GURI) Initiative

Growing Global Citizens

Kent State’s summer Foreign Language Academy immerses high school students in language learning—and prepares them for living and working in our global world. By Dan Pompili

Strengthening Self Control | Tribute to Refugees | Causes of the Cambodian Genocide

Student Research


Raissa Mendonca

Students at all levels are encouraged to participate in research projects at KSU. We highlight seven students whose research shows promise.

Taking on Toxic Metals Finding New Methods to Lose Weight | Pursuing a Potential New Species | Cutting Edge Archaeology | Boosting Antibody Production | The "Fog" of Lupus