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.

Dr. Jinhui Chen attended an award ceremony (see photos) this month in Denver, Colorado, where American Physical Society President Michael Turner presented him with the 2012 George E. Valley Jr. prize. This prestigious award recognized discoveries by Dr. Chen while he was a postdoc at Kent State.

Candace Perkins Bowen, associate professor and director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, has been named the 2013 Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award winner by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). The award recognizes a journalism teacher who “through excellent instruction inspired others to pursue scholastic journalism teaching and/or advising.”

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural Internal Post-doctoral Seed Program.  In this initial round, 12 proposals were selected which resulted in awards for the support of 14 post-doctoral associates for one year.  In addition, each of these awards was augmented by the investigators' departments and/or colleges to provide a total of two years of post-doctoral support.  Proposals were submitted by both individual research investigators and groups of investigators.

Former KSU postdoctoral researcher Jinhui Chen has been awarded the 2012 George E. Valley, Jr. Prize by the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of work done while he was a Kent employee. 

By Hannah Baughman

Colonel Writer

In his 35th and final year of teaching, physics teacher Jon Secaur was honored with the title of Portage County Teacher of the Year.

Every year, the Coleman Foundation picks a teacher in the county who has been nominated by his or her peers to win the award. This year, the science department chose to nominate Secaur for the award to honor his long career before he retires, and the Coleman Foundation chose him from the pool of other applicants.