Division of Research and Sponsored Programs

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. The...

Grassland in Magersfontein (near Kimberley, South Africa), 1900 Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. What happens when these changes interact? That was the topic of a recent paper published by David Ward, Ph.D., the Art and Margaret Herrick Endowed Professor of Plant Biology in Kent State University's Department of Biological Sciences, and international...

Grassland in Magersfontein (near Kimberley, South Africa), 1900 Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. What happens when these changes interact? That was the topic of a recent paper published by Dr. David Ward and international colleagues and graduate students in the journal Scientific Reports. Although climate change is often viewed as the overriding global...

John D. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. People who suffer trauma will, with few exceptions, never forget what happened to them, but a Kent State University researcher may be able to offer them the hope of living without constant fear and anxiety. John D. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences in Kent State’s College of Arts and...

Blake Stringer, Ph.D. (right), assistant 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. A grant from the Army Research Laboratory has a Kent State University researcher flying high. The grant provides more than $130,000 for Blake Stringer, Ph.D., assistant professor of aerospace engineering in Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering, to study propulsion systems for a new generation of...

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, was awarded a $450,000 grant to study how oxytocin affects the development of the female and male brain. 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...

Workers install a green roof onto the lower roof of Taylor Hall at Kent State University. The plants will help insulate the building, control water runoff and provide less glare. 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.  Faculty from Kent State University will join colleagues from the...

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Workers install a green roof onto the lower roof of Taylor Hall at Kent State University. The plants will help insulate the building, control water runoff and provide less glare. 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. The...

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (left) meets with Kent State University professors whose research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation. U.S. Rep. Ryan visited Kent State’s campus on Sept. 10. 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. “Kent State University has been at the forefront of academic research and education,” U.S. Rep. Ryan said....

Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D, assistant professor of geology in Kent State University, received a five-year, $487,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. 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...