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Kent State University researchers have received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study affective disorders. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are currently living with depression. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50 percent of people with depression do not get treatment. Depression, like other affective disorders including anxiety and...

Pictured are members of Kent State Robotics. The team will compete in May at NASA’s 2018 Robotic Mining Competition. Kent State University student Madison Spreitzer spent her childhood building robots out of cardboard boxes and paint. Now, she builds them out of aluminum. And they work. They work well. Well enough to compete against other robots in NASA’s 2018 Robotic Mining Competition. Ms. Spreitzer is the president of Kent State Robotics, a student group...

Student-athletes from Berkshire High School pose with John Epprecht (left) and Kurt Epprecht (right) after the announcement of a $2 million gift to the school. (Photo courtesy of John Stoddard) Smile and say “cheese.”   That is what members of Berkshire Local Schools in Burton, Ohio, and their partners including Kent State University are doing as they are all smiles after hearing the news.   On April 13, Great Lakes Cheese, a premier manufacturer and packer of cheeses based in Hiram, and its owner, the Epprecht family, announced a...

Kent State University alumna Amy Robyn Krystosik, Ph.D., and her team are currently in Kenya collecting data through spatial videos (SV) that will be converted into a GIS map of disease risk factors. It takes a flight of nearly 20 hours to get from Ohio to Nairobi, Kenya, where students and an alumna from Kent State University’s College of Public Health are making an impact on the lives of people who reside in the slums.   The team is collaborating on a project that uses a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze risk factors in...

Mark Polatajko, Kent State’s senior vice president for finance and administration, delivers remarks at the College of Business Administration building design presentations held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. On April 12, future generations of business leaders got a first look at design concepts from several firms competing to develop Kent State University’s new College of Business Administration building.   Hundreds of students, faculty, business leaders and community members gathered Thursday evening in the Kent Student Center Ballroom for the...

Representatives from Kent State University, the city of Kent, AAA and Portage County Safe Communities are collaborating on a campaign to promote safe driving practices. The campaign Wait2TXT targets both distracted driving and walking. Did you know that if you are driving and have a passenger, are eating or drinking and send a text, your chances of crashing increase by 1,139 percent? April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Kent State University Police Services has brought the Wait2TXT campaign to the Kent Campus. This campaign targets both distracted driving and...

Kingsly Berlin, lecturer in the veterinary technology program at Kent State Tuscarawas, works with students at the campus. Clients who make use of veterinary services may soon be meeting with registered veterinary nurses instead of registered veterinary technicians if a bill currently before the Ohio House of Representatives is passed. For some veterinary technology professionals, that change in title does make a difference. Faculty members from Kent State University...

Andrew Konya, co-founder of Remesh and Kent State University alumnus, successfully raised $10 million from a Series A funding round for his company, which he started as a Kent State student. Through a series of company-building steps, programs and funding, Remesh, what started as the idea of a Kent State University student, has become a star in the Northeast Ohio tech-startup world. The company recently raised $10 million from a Series A funding round led by General Catalyst with participation from seed-round lead investor LionBird...

Linda Spurlock, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Kent State University, also serves as a forensic facial reconstruction artist for several medical examiner and coroner’s offices throughout the region. Strength, tenacity, courage and unrelenting persistence. These attributes describe the women who have shaped America’s history, by overcoming great obstacles to accomplish great achievements. Women’s History Month in March was an opportunity to recognize and celebrate them. Linda Spurlock, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at Kent...

Rochelle Hostler (on the right, holding the sign), early childhood educator at Kent State University, celebrates with her students after being notified of her Outstanding Teaching Award. Experience and passion mixed with a strong dose of critique for both the students and the professor led Rochelle Hostler, lecturer in Kent State University’s School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, to be awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award. The Outstanding Teaching Award is the...