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Theresa Benyo already had an exciting and fulfilling career as a project manager at NASA. With a great job, a house, a husband, two kids, and hobbies like musical theatre what more could you want? Academically speaking, she’d already earned a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Kent State University (1988) and master’s degree in computer science from Case Western Reserve University (1995). But, for her, there was still something missing.

Photo of Maxim DzeroMaxim 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 elect

Rendering 1 of Integrated Sciences Building - South ViewThe groundbreaking for Kent State University’s new Integrated Sciences Building will be Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The groundbreaking for Kent State University’s new Integrated Sciences Building was held Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. The event was free and open to the public. Following the groundbreaking, Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences hosted a showcase of science and technology demonstrations, along with refreshments, music and fun, on the Student Green. Kent State President Beverly Warren and James Blank, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State, spoke at the event.

Photo 1 of Bjorn LussemA 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.

Photo of Michael StricklandA 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). 

What does it take to become great in your field? Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration? For young scientists, that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field. 

What does it take to become great in your field?  Certainly motivation, dedication and creativity are important, but what about inspiration?  For young scientists that inspiration can come from a variety of places, including interactions with colleagues and especially the top scientists in their field.

Kent State University faculty members have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years in biology, physics and the science of liquid crystals.

The awards will fund basic research on:

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.

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