Division of Research and Sponsored Programs

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...

Kent State professor John Gunstad and his research assistants Hanna Schmetzer and Victoria Sanborn demonstrate using the voice pattern technology that is part of his Alzheimer Kent State University psychology professor John Gunstad, Ph.D., has received a grant of nearly $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand his Alzheimer’s disease research into a national study. Gunstad is studying how speech patterns in older adults can be used as an early detector of Alzheimer’s, the progressive...

Rachel Armstrong, of Newcastle University (U.K.) stands near a beach at night. Just like the research that goes into understanding and applying a complicated concept like biodesign, holding an entire symposium devoted to it is no small undertaking. So, when a world-renowned scholar on the subject agreed to come do some of the heavy lifting, Kent State University was elated to welcome her.
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Lauren Kinsman-Costello, assistant professor of biological sciences at Kent State, stands in a field in the arctic circle, in Sweden. In early February, scientists reported the hottest temperature on record in Antarctica: 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Studies show climate change is disproportionately affecting the poles, warming them faster than anywhere else on Earth, and raising questions about what kinds of changes we can expect in arctic ecosystems as temperatures rise. 
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