Though she had an interest in science at an early age, Raissa Mendonca had no idea she would end up over 4,000 miles away from her hometown of Recife, Brazil studying and doing award-winning ecological research in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She probably did not expect to be wearing a bug net over her head in Manitoba either. Now, while pursuing her Ph.D. at Kent State, Mendonca conducts research in Costello’s lab that focuses on ecotoxicology and biogeochemistry and how environmental disturbances affect aquatic communities and ecological processes. One of her recent projects resulted in her being first author on a peer-reviewed journal article and earned her a $5,000 award to continue pursuing her research.
Raissa Mendonca gets a sample of the water at West Branch State Park as part of a biogeochemistry project at Kent State University. (Photo taken by Jim Maxwell)
Kent State’s College of Communication and Information was recognized with the 2018 Unity Award for Diversity for implementing a variety of diversity courses as part of its curriculum, creating successful diversity programs, and dedicating faculty and staff to diversity initiatives within the college and the university.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Student Leadership and Distinguished Teacher and Advisor Awards, which is sponsored annually by the College of Arts and Sciences. The student award recipients, who are nominated by their departments, have shown leadership in academics, university service, community service, and other special programs.
The award recipients were honored at a dinner and ceremony on April 23 in the Kent Student Center.
Graduate students from Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the combined home of the urban design graduate program and the public service activities of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, won the Excellence in Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association of Ohio (APA-Ohio) on Sept. 27.
The Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS) selected Satyendra Kumar, Ph.D., professor of physics at Kent State University, to receive the Distinguished Award of Council. The award will be presented at the 66th Annual ACESS Honors & Awards Banquet on Nov. 7 at Guy's Party Center in Akron.
Florence Nightingale battled a bumbling bureaucracy, Clara Barton famously dodged bullets, but today’s nurses face challenges all their own as the linchpin of a high-tech healthcare system that asks them to be a skilled care provider, information sharer, wellness educator and quality control expert, all wrapped into one. Nurse educators excel at teaching the technical knowledge and skills, but how do they teach students the qualities that make certain nurses so memorable? How do they teach students to have “the nurse’s touch?”
Kent State University Professor of Psychology Mary Ann Parris Stephens, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2013 Developmental Health Award by the Aging and Health Committee of the American Psychological Association. Stephens will receive the award and give an invited address at the association’s 121st annual convention taking place from July 31 to Aug. 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The American Psychological Association’s Developmental Health Award is a biennial award established in 1996 to recognize individuals for their scholarly contributions to health and aging.