Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

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Women bored on her phone looking out the window. It would not be surprising if you have a social media app open right now; however, you may not be getting the enjoyment out of it that you think you are. In a recent publication in “Computers in Human Behavior,” two Kent State University professors examined the relationship between social media usage and boredom. Students may be surprised by...

Division of Research & Sponsored Programs

Looking at the clouds of a hurricane from above Climate change can now be measured on a global scale using multiple weather variables, according to new research from Kent State University. In 2018, Cameron C. Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State, began researching how weather types have changed over a 40-year period....

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Devan Mathie (right), an undergraduate honors student, stand in Wahoo Ditch in Ravenna, Ohio. Kent State University’s David Costello, Ph.D., is passionate about identifying what trace metals lie within Northeast Ohio’s streams and what the effects of these metals are on the surrounding environment. Costello, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received a $718,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to...

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Devan Mathie (right), an undergraduate honors student, stand in Wahoo Ditch in Ravenna, Ohio. What was even more of a departure than taking classes remotely? Many summer research experiences were moved online this year as well. Fortunately, with creativity and an open mind, there are lots of opportunities to do important scientific research using online tools and data. In summer 2020, the Environmental Science and Design Research...

Old Woman Creek: one of the wetlands that is part of H2Ohio Initiative Wetland Monitoring Program. Researchers will assess how effective wetland restoration, construction, and management projects are at removing polluting nutrients from inflowing water. Researchers from the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN) have been enlisted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to form the H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring Program, to assess the effectiveness of wetland projects associated with Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative, a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving...

Old Woman Creek: one of the wetlands that is part of H2Ohio Initiative Wetland Monitoring Program. Researchers will assess how effective wetland restoration, construction, and management projects are at removing polluting nutrients from inflowing water. We are proud to announce that two of our Master of Landscape Architecture students have been recognized by the Ohio Chapter ASLA. The two faculty nominated students presented to a Zoom Jury in April to three ASLA professionals. They will be recognized at the Ohio ASLA Annual Meeting and Gala that will be held (tentatively) in October. Maci...

Eunice Foote Most would agree that the main goal of science is to work toward better understanding by sorting out competing hypotheses to find the underlying theories. So, isn’t it ironic that the history of science is sometimes quite messy, for a variety of reasons? When you add decades of systemic oppression of women scientists to the mix, getting at the...

Dr. Mou examines algae growing in the lab Research to protect our water supply continues at Kent State University in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaozhen Mou, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Cleaning Up Toxins from Algal Blooms Along with Dr. Teresa Cutright (Professor, University of Akron), Dr. Mou recently received new funding from Ohio Sea Grant to study removal of toxins during...

A black and white print of North American Lobelia species, made by Kent State student Jaret Arnold Scientists have long recognized that biodiverse ecosystems are more stable and productive. What makes ecosystems diverse is having many species living together in the same place. But what factors allow for the success of the species in diverse communities? Are there some species that just can’t live together while others can? A pair of Kent State...

BioBlack Team Poses with their bacteria-dyed tote bad and dress dyed with bacterium A team of Kent State students was recently honored for its efforts to create a sustainable black dye alternative.  The BioBlack team of Janda Van Dyk, Jordan Smith, Kirsten Thieman and Lizeth Ramirez received the Outstanding Science Award from the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020.  The fashion industry currently uses synthetic dye to create the...