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A new collaborative study published by researchers at Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University provides evidence that thick layers, preserved in the teeth of beluga whales, may help determine their age. You have likely seen one at an aquarium. It is the friendly creature with the oversized head that swims up to the glass with what looks like a smile on its face. Beluga whales are extremely social mammals that are often called sea canaries because of their high-pitched chatter, or melonheads for the enlarged and flexible area above their eyes that...

Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., compared neurochemical profiles in the striatum, a brain region that modulates social behavior, among humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys and found a unique profile in humans. Biological anthropology researchers in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences have again shed new light on the very old topic of human origins. In two new journal articles appearing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report likely explanations for the evolution of human social behavior...

Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., compared neurochemical profiles in the striatum, a brain region that modulates social behavior, among humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys and found a unique profile in humans. Recent research has uncovered that up to 5 percent of the DNA of many modern humans originated from ancient interbreeding with Neanderthal populations. This raises the broader question of whether a species’ genetic makeup includes genes brought together through occasional episodes of hybridization. Are we an amalgamation of DNA from a variety of...

Cameron Lee, Ph.D., (left) and Scott Sheridan, Ph.D., (right) from Kent State University’s Department of Geography have teamed up to secure two research grants to study climate change and weather patterns. A pair of Kent State University geographers have teamed up to secure two research grants totaling more than $550,000 for separate projects to study climate change and weather patterns. Geography Professor and Chair Scott Sheridan, Ph.D., will lead a project titled “Using a Synoptic Climatological Framework to Assess Predictability of Anomalous...

Kent State University Geology Professor Joseph Ortiz, Ph.D., and student Andrew Congdon take a few moments between collecting measurements of surface reflectance in Sandusky Bay this summer. (Photo credit: Sunny Dickerson, Bowling Green State University) The conditions in Lake Erie continue to pose several health risks to Ohioans in coastal communities, making it difficult to maintain good water quality for citizens, state and local policymakers. A recent publication in Frontiers in Marine Science shows how researchers in the Great Lakes region are working toward innovative solutions. John Lekki,...

Kent State University Geology Professor Joseph Ortiz, Ph.D., and student Andrew Congdon take a few moments between collecting measurements of surface reflectance in Sandusky Bay this summer. (Photo credit: Sunny Dickerson, Bowling Green State University) The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG) held its 40th annual conference, themed “40 Shades of Purple: Four Decades of Feminisms,” Oct. 5 – 8 in Omaha, Neb.  Suzy D’Enbeau, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Kent State University School of Communication Studies, along with COMM...

Kent State researchers use EEG caps to study the brain activity of monks during a debate. Electroencephalogram (EEG) caps are helping Kent State University researchers unlock the secrets of the mind. David Fresco, Ph.D., professor and director of Kent State’s Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL) and co-director of the Kent Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory (KENL), returned to the Sera Jey Monastery in...

Kent State University researchers use indents and boarders on plates to study how optical illusions help people choose smaller portions. It’s that nagging question you ask yourself every Thanksgiving after you have piled the food sky-high on your plate and savored every last morsel: “What happened? Were my eyes bigger than my stomach?” For many years, doctors and dieticians have focused on overeating as part of the reason for the obesity epidemic in America. There is sound...

Prashanth Shanmuganathan receive a prestigious award from the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Prashanth Shanmuganathan is one of only two winners to receive a prestigious award for the most outstanding thesis related to research conducted at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Shanmuganathan is a 2016 physics Ph.D. graduate of Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. His thesis, titled “First Moment of Azimuthal...

WKYC-TV talks with Kent State researchers about the Acting White Accusation. It’s called the Acting White Accusation (AWA). Researchers say it arises when a Black adolescent's racial identity is perceived by other Black adolescents as being not Black enough. Researchers also say the accusation of Acting White can cause anxiety and isolation. Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychological...