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Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., a professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences, recently received a $450,000 grant to study the role that oxytocin plays in the developing brain.

Labeled by some as “the bonding hormone,” oxytocin is well known for helping pregnant mothers with uterine contraction while in labor, milk letdown while breastfeeding and a feeling of euphoria when cuddling with their infants. But, there is still much that researchers do not know about how this hormone works in the brains of children.

At the 16th Annual CitiesAlive Conference recently held in New York City, a consortium of Ohio universities was selected as one of the first four North American regional centers of living architecture by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Green Infrastructure Foundation

The Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI) was excited to be able to offer competitively awarded seed grant funding to research teams in Spring semester 2018.  ESDRI was established in 2017 to support faculty efforts to achieve continued scholarly success in areas of research concerning both natural and built systems.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has announced $3,723,765 in federal research grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation to be awarded to Kent State University.

The greenhouse effect is one of the most widely known causes of global climate change. It is currently caused by an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuels. Some natural processes can help slow climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere. For example, plants filter CO2 out of air and transfer carbon into soil where it can be sequestered for decades to centuries.

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies has named communication scholar Paul Leonardi, Ph.D., the L. Leroy Cowperthwaite Communication Lecturer. Professor Leonardi will visit campus Sept. 17-19 to meet one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to review their research agendas; to visit classes to discuss his areas of expertise; and to give a free, public lecture on the university’s campus.

Kent State University’s University Teaching Council (UTC) awarded Aaron Bacue, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), a 10-week Summer Teaching Development Grant (STDG) to test two software applications aimed at improving student-learning outcomes in COMM’s basic communication course, Introduction to Human Communication (COMM15000). Bacue served as the interim basic course director from August 2017 to May 2018.

Veronica Dexheimer

Kent State Astrophysicist Wins NSF Grant to Search for Exotic Matter in Neutron Stars
Kent State University’s only theoretical astrophysicist just landed a grant that will help her to better understand dense stars while encouraging young female scientists to reach for them.

Beth Herndon

Kent State Geologist Wins Grant to Study Climate Change Factors & Inspire Young Scientists
The Greenhouse Effect is one of the most widely-known causes of global climate change. It is currently caused by an excess of carbon-dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuels. Some natural processes can help slow climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
One of these factors is the focus of a new study by Dr. Elizabeth Herndon, Assistant Professor of Geology in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Björn Lussem

NSF Grant to Study Organic Transistors Also May Help Students to Better Understand Physics

While wearable technology is all the rage among high school and college-aged Americans, the average student may not know much about the science behind their high-tech apparel.
A grant from the National Science Foundation will help a Kent State physics professor make progress on both fronts.

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