Research & Science

A rift along the Larsen C ice shelf from the vantage point of NASA Scientists report that nearly 14,600 years ago marine-based regions of the Eurasian Ice Sheet melted rapidly, contributing to a major sea-level rise. Does this rapid collapse of massive ice give us clues as to the vulnerability of Earth’s remaining ice sheets? Joseph D. Ortiz, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair in the College of Arts and...

10 Questions about Contact Tracing App With Gokarna Sharma Apple and Google partnered in early April to create a new smartphone app that uses Bluetooth to track coronavirus cases. Using a technology called contact tracing, the app alerts a user when they come in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. Apple and Google focus on a promise of privacy and data security, however,...

A rift along the Larsen C ice shelf from the vantage point of NASA Scientists report that nearly 14,600 years ago marine-based regions of the Eurasian Ice Sheet melted rapidly, contributing to a major sea-level rise. Does this rapid collapse of massive ice give us clues as to the vulnerability of Earth’s remaining ice sheets? Joseph D. Ortiz, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair in the College of Arts and...

Autism Research is represented by an image of the brain April’s observance as Autism Awareness Month is coming to a close, but research into the whys and hows of autism is always ongoing at Kent State University. Michael N. Lehman, Ph.D., director of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State, said the university supports autism research that focuses on basic discoveries within the brain, as...

Caitlyn Lenhoff, a masters student in Computer Science, demonstrates the ATR_FLUX augmented reality user interface There is a very good chance that technology, incubated at Kent State University, could play an integral role in improving NASA astronauts’ performance on the next space missions to the moon and Mars. For months, an interdisciplinary team of 12 students and four faculty advisors have been working collaboratively to research and develop new...

Inner vertex components of the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (righthand view) allow scientists to trace tracks from triplets of decay particles picked up in the detector Nuclear physics researchers at Kent State University and all over the world have been searching for violations of the fundamental symmetries in the universe for decades. Much like the “Big Bang” (approximately 13.8 billion years ago), but on a tiny scale, they briefly recreate the particle interactions that likely existed microseconds into the...

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...

BioBlack Team Poses with their bacteria-dyed tote bad and dress dyed with bacterium The words “biology” and “design” might not typically intertwine; however, Kent State University’s Biodesign Challenge course was created to challenge the idea that the two separate disciplines could not collaborate. During the fall of 2019, 24 students from seven different majors worked in teams to create a biodesign project. Biodesign,...

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...

Laboratory research using a microscope. As the country adjusts to the new normal of working from home, schooling from home and living lives of social isolation, Kent State University professor Tara Smith, Ph.D., said people need to realize this new normal may need to continue for a long time. “It really would not surprise me if this lasted for at least eight weeks or longer,” Smith...