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College of Nursing donates PPE to EMA of Portage County. Since COVID-19 struck the nation, medical staff have been finding that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves and gowns have become a commodity. That is why Kent State University’s administration, faculty and staff have stepped up to collect the university’s PPE to donate to local entities in dire need of medical...

College of Nursing donates PPE to EMA of Portage County. Since COVID-19 struck the nation, medical staff have been finding that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves and gowns have become a commodity. That is why Kent State University’s administration, faculty and staff have stepped up to collect the university’s PPE to donate to local entities in dire need of medical...

Irvin Cardenas and Yuqiao Xu load donated safety supplies that they delivered to Summa Health in Akron. “We have to start knitting masks. My director of health just emailed the entire staff.” For Irvin Cardenas, a robotics researcher and computer science Ph.D. student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, these were the worst words he had ever heard from a close friend working at one of Cleveland’s top hospitals. With...

Public Relations students Since October 2019, select public relations students at Kent State University have been working hard to complete a campaign for the 2020 Annual Case Study Bateman Competition client: the United States Census Bureau. The National Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosts this competition each year challenging participants to develop...

College of Nursing donates PPE to EMA of Portage County. Since COVID-19 struck the nation, medical staff have been finding that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves and gowns have become a commodity. That is why Kent State University’s administration, faculty and staff have stepped up to collect the university’s PPE to donate to local entities in dire need of medical...

Virus and medical worker stock image It seems like years have passed since the world first heard of an “atypical pneumonia” circulating in the Hubei province of China in December 2019. When we’ve seen similar reports in the past, the illnesses have had a variety of causes, but all were eventually containable. In the late 1990s, it was “bird flu,” an influenza virus that...

Mapes (left) and Koopman (right) They remember the sights and sounds of helicopters and trucks as the Ohio National Guard moved into their small college town. They remember the smell of tear gas. They remember the chants of the protesters against the Vietnam War and invasion of Cambodia. They remember the panic and fear that ensued immediately after they heard that four students...

Hands of Gratitude Two Kent State professors partnered with the Summit County Juvenile Court and Hands of Gratitude over the summer to teach juveniles how to assemble prosthetic hands for children in Central America. Kristy Pytash and Lisa Testa, both associate professors in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, received a grant to do the three-week program last...

Tara Smith gives insight on what measures are useful when fighting viruses Kent State University College of Public Health professor Tara Smith, Ph.D., was featured on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast to talk about the novel coronavirus (and its associated disease, COVID-19) pandemic. In her time as an epidemiologist, Smith has extensively researched and written about diseases such as ebola and MRSA. She is an active...

Welcome to Mississippi, U.S. 61 Northbound UPDATE: Please note that this trip has been canceled. In lieu of traveling to a crowded beach for spring break, some Kent State students will opt for a more informative spring break trip. From March 22-26, 2020, students will head to Jackson, Miss., to learn about the complexities between the Kent State May 4 shootings and the Jackson...