Research & Science

Brain Health Research Institute is helping transform the culture of Kent State Kent State University introduced a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience in fall 2019, and since the launch, the major has had tremendous growth. Enrollment is projected to surpass majors that have been at Kent State for years. “We currently have about 45 students enrolled in the major,” said Wilson Chung, Ph.D., associate professor in...

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...

A black and white image of a chest X-ray The National Science Foundation believes two Kent State University mathematicians are having worthwhile conversations about some age-old unsolved problems, and it has provided support to keep the discussion going for another three years.   Artem Zvavitch, Ph.D., and Dmitry Ryabogin, Ph.D., professors in the Department of Mathematical...

FANUC Cobot Student On June 1, Kent State University was approved to move forward with the purchase of $143,233 worth of equipment through the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS 4) program. The RAPIDS initiative allows for equipment investments that support postsecondary institutions’ workforce...

car glass Experiencing the burn of a leather car seat in the heat of the summer or catching a nosy neighbor peering into your kitchen window could soon be things of the past with the new dual-mode liquid crystal smart glass material. Yingfei Jiang, a College of Arts and Science graduate student in the Chemical Physics...

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...