Health

A microscope for scientific research Michael N. Lehman, Ph.D., was named the inaugural director of Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute in January 2019. We asked him to share his thoughts after a year on campus and much activity within the institute. Q: You have been director of the Brain Health Research Institute for more than a...

Hands of Gratitude Two Kent State professors partnered with the Summit County Juvenile Court and Hands of Gratitude over the summer to teach juveniles how to assemble prosthetic hands for children in Central America. Kristy Pytash and Lisa Testa, both associate professors in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, received a grant to do the three-week program last...

Tara Smith gives insight on what measures are useful when fighting viruses Kent State University College of Public Health professor Tara Smith, Ph.D., was featured on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast to talk about the novel coronavirus (and its associated disease, COVID-19) pandemic. In her time as an epidemiologist, Smith has extensively researched and written about diseases such as ebola and MRSA. She is an active...

Kent State nursing students leave Henderson Hall after class Kent State University’s College of Nursing will welcome its first nursing cohort into the Ph.D. in Nursing revised program in the fall semester 2020. The newly developed, state-of-the-science curriculum was thoughtfully constructed to prepare students to address emerging areas of nursing science by gaining essential knowledge in areas such as...

First Place 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Kent State molecular and cellular biology and psychology student Haley Shasteen’s personal battle with lupus has pushed her to research what really causes certain frustrating symptoms. Shasteen participated in the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, taking first place for her research project, “Cognitive Impairments of those with...

Aleisha Moore, a postdoctoral fellow in Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women, roughly five million nationwide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to infertility, PCOS increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders—and there is no cure. The name suggests it originates in the ovaries, but Aleisha Moore,...

Dean Tondiglia (right), Kent State University police chief and director of public safety, goes through the PulsePoint Respond app on his phone while Kent Fire Chief John Tosko (left) looks on with an automated external defibrillator (AED) in front of him. Sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, is the leading cause of natural death in the United States. It claims an estimated 325,000 lives each year. When the heart stops beating, every second counts to get the person the help they need. If not treated quickly, sudden cardiac arrest usually results in death. ...

Kent State University faculty and staff, along with mascot Flash, enjoy a spin class at the Fac/Staff Rec & Play Day. On the heels of being honored by the American Heart Association for its highest workplace wellness award, the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) has awarded Kent State University the 2019 Healthy Worksite Gold Level Award for its healthy worksite practices. The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to...

Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate programs at Kent State University’s College of Nursing, stands with Jim K. Tudhope, DNP, the first Kent State Peg’s Foundation Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholar recipient. Kent State University’s College of Nursing recently received a grant totaling $165,000 from Peg’s Foundation, formerly the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation that supports mental health programs in Northeast Ohio.  Brain Health Research Institute member Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for...

Students De-stress with Dogs on Campus Pet Therapy Program. What could be better to reduce end-of-semester stress than petting a dog? How about petting multiple dogs and digitally dunking with LeBron through esports? This year’s Stress-Free Zone, which is from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10, will be hosted on the first floor of University Library. Cynthia Williams, director of marketing, communications and...