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A graphic of Earth wearing a mask on a yellow background As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches a one-year mile marker, the temptation and opportunity to socialize, party, and indulge in public events grows increasingly stronger. Perhaps now more than ever it is important for people to understand the risks associated with COVID-19.  “People need to understand the...

A student wears a Kent State mask during the COVID-19 pandemic Two Kent State University professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free. Christopher J. Woolverton, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, and Richard E. Ferdig, Ph.D., the Summit Professor of...

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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 the...

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Man wearing a virtual reality headset Two Kent State University sociology researchers are moving toward gaining insight into how people’s brains react in a variety of threatening situations using innovative virtual reality (VR) technology funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Army.  Josh Pollock, Ph.D., assistant professor, and William Kalkhoff, Ph.D.,...

Photo of a globe with the word Recently, a group of Kent State University researchers sought to examine the impact of these pandemic-related changes upon physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically sitting, across the university population. Monday, October 5th 2020, 8:03 PM EDT by Brandon Brown Has COVID-19 Knocked Us Onto Our Backsides? Kent State Researchers Study...

Photo of a brain Congratulations to Cynthia Hunt, a graduate student in Sociology at Kent State University, for her award-winning presentation at the Brain Health Research Institute's Eighth Annual Neuroscience Symposium! Her work was supported by HCRI faculty members, Dr. Christopher Woolverton and Dr. Joel Hughes, among other faculty members and peers, including...

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Research Exchange Ideas The Healthy Communities Research Initiative (HCRI) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 HCRI Seed Grant Awards! Three research teams at Kent State University were funded. Recipients include: Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett (Psychological Sciences). Co-PIs: Javed Khan, Mary Hogue, Tameka Ellington, and Arden Ruttan "Stress Out" Drs. Helen...

Photo of the two award recipients mentioned in the article Two award recipients of the 2020 Kent State University Online Undergraduate Research Symposium are Rebecca Jindra and Jordan Smith. Both of these students are pursuing degrees within the College of Public Health. Their project was titled ‘A Qualitative Exploration of Newly Resettled Congolese Refugee Women...

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Virus and medical worker stock image It seems like years have passed since the world first heard of an “atypical pneumonia” circulating in the Hubei province of China in December 2019. When we’ve seen similar reports in the past, the illnesses have had a variety of causes, but all were eventually containable. In the late 1990s, it was “bird flu,” an influenza virus that...