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Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

What was even more of a departure than taking classes remotely? Many summer research experiences were moved online this year as well. Fortunately, with creativity and an open mind, there are lots of opportunities to do important scientific research using online tools and data. In summer 2020, the Environmental Science and Design Research...

Torsten Hegmann, director of Kent State Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI) soon will be home to a new X-ray scattering instrument capable of examining materials in scales from as small as a fraction of a nanometer to as large as several micrometers. The state-of-the-art machine, with unique capabilities and options, is one of just a...

Photo of Jim Tudhope The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant to Kent State University College of Nursing research faculty member Jim Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC (principal investigator) and his team, Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate...

A black and white print of North American Lobelia species, made by Kent State student Jaret Arnold Scientists have long recognized that biodiverse ecosystems are more stable and productive. What makes ecosystems diverse is having many species living together in the same place. But what factors allow for the success of the species in diverse communities? Are there some species that just can’t live together while others can? A pair of Kent State...

Michael Kavulic, Ph.D., speaks at Project GRAD Akron’s 13th Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration Gala. Note: The following essay was crafted by Michael Kavulic, Ph.D., director of research strategic initiatives in Kent State University’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.  ------------- I wonder if I responded well enough when my almost 5-year-old daughter asked me if anyone was going to kill her best friend, a young black girl she...

A black and white image of a chest X-ray The National Science Foundation believes two Kent State University mathematicians are having worthwhile conversations about some age-old unsolved problems, and it has provided support to keep the discussion going for another three years.   Artem Zvavitch, Ph.D., and Dmitry Ryabogin, Ph.D., professors in the Department of Mathematical...

Kent State Robotics Team Places Receives Third Place Award in NASA Robotics Mining Competition For the second straight year, Kent State University’s robotics mining team will not compete. The COVID19 pandemic canceled this year’s event at Kennedy Space Center, and last-year’s was reduced to a virtual event after the government shutdown held up NASA’s schedule. However, a new $5,000 Student Innovative Creative Hands on Project...

An airport staff member guides an incoming aircraft into position during a past Aviation Heritage Fair at the Kent State University Airport. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted or even completely halted air travel on national and international scales, and raised new questions and challenges regarding airport terminals and passenger health and safety. These are just a few of the problems that I. Richmond Nettey, Ph.D., professor of aeronautics in Kent State University’s College of...

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Torrance Gaskins and Kaitlin Shvach, first place winners of 2020 ESDRI Symposium Poster session The COVID-19 pandemic halted Kent State University’s plans for the 2020 Environmental Science and Design Symposium, but it hasn’t impeded the spirit of the conference. In late April, Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI) leadership, in collaboration with representatives from the university’s Design Innovation (DI)...

Blake Stringer, Ph.D. (right), associate professor of aerospace engineering at Kent State, and research assistant Kendy Edmonds study the power needs for a new larger generation of drones for a research grant funded by the Army Research Laboratory. It’s the year 2020, and while flying cars have yet to materialize, the next wave of airborne transport technology may be hovering on the horizon. Thanks to a contract through the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), Kent State will play a part in developing the software to integrate “sky taxis” and large-scale logistics delivery drones into...