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Alison Smith will become the new dean of Kent State University’s Honors College, effective July 1. Smith currently serves as the acting chair in Kent State’s Department of Geology and has served in various administrative, research and teaching roles at the university.  “Alison Smith brings a wealth of experience and excellence to this position,” says Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is an accomplished researcher and scholar who combines this success with a fierce commitment to our students. The Honors College will be well se...

An innovative new partnership will soon help accelerate the process of bringing faculty innovations to commercial markets in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Cleveland State University and Kent State University a grant to develop a joint technology commercialization and startup fund. The program will give university faculty and startup companies access to an $800,000 fund that will assist in accelerating commercialization of university technology and bringing innovative new products to market. “CSU and Kent State have unique research portfolios th...

Approximately 13,500 years after nomadic Clovis hunters crossed the frozen land bridge from Asia to North America, researchers are still asking questions and putting together clues as to how those early inhabitants not only survived in a new landscape with unique new challenges, but also adapted with stone tools and weapons to thrive for thousands of years. Kent State University’s Metin Eren, director of archaeology and assistant professor with the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and his colleagues are not only asking these questions, but they also are testing ...

According to the American Cancer Society, the U.S. will see an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in 2017. These numbers are stark and sobering; and worse yet, we still do not know exactly why cancer develops in its victims or how to stop it. An online publication in Nature Nanotechnology this week by Kent State University researchers and their colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan, however, may offer new understanding about what turns good cells bad. Hanbin Mao, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, alo...

Celebrating College Teaching, sponsored by the University Teaching Council, has issued a call for abstracts for the 24th annual conference to be held on Friday, Oct. 20. This is an open call, but those who received funding from the University Teaching Council are obligated to submit an abstract and present their work. Proposals will be considered in two divisions: roundtables and poster sessions. Because of the limited number of roundtable spaces, authors may be asked to present in an alternate division. Roundtables will be presented in two 40-minute morning sessions from 9-10:30 ...