Research

Dementia affects one-third of all people older than 65 years in the United States. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, irreversible brain disease that results in impaired cognitive functioning and other behavioral changes. Humans are considered uniquely susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, potentially due to...

The center of a public health debate is whether parents should have their children vaccinated. Tara Smith, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Kent State University’s College of Public Health, challenges statements made by influential individuals who oppose the widespread use of vaccines, and she calls upon her colleagues in the scientific...

Kent State professor Hanbin Mao (middle) co-authored a paper with graduate students Sagun Jonchhe (left) and Prakash Shrestha (right) on the genetic factors influencing the formation of cancer cells. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2017. These numbers are stark and sobering, and worse yet, we still do not know exactly why cancer develops in its victims or how to stop it. An online publication in Nature Nanotechnology this week by...

Kent State University researchers study the link between Pokémon GO and increased exercise. Pokémon GO’s worldwide release one year ago sent crowds hiking through parks, meandering into streets and walking for miles in search of Pokémon, those cute little digital characters that appear in real locations on your smartphone. Capturing the little monsters isn’t just fun for the players, it might be good for their health. Too often we...

Kent State Liquid Crystals Professor Robin Selinger examines new material that propels itself forward under the influence of light. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Kent State University in Ohio have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To achieve this, the scientists clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame. When illuminated, it goes for a walk...

Kent State Liquid Crystals Professor Robin Selinger examines new material that propels itself forward under the influence of light. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Kent State University in Ohio have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To achieve this, the scientists clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame. When illuminated, it goes for a walk...

Kent State Liquid Crystals Professor Robin Selinger examines new material that propels itself forward under the influence of light. Kent State University faculty and students in the Department of Physics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently played a key role in using a new silicon detector technology to examine nuclear collisions that recreate the Big Bang on a tiny scale in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, on Long...

Kent State Professor voices concerns about budget cuts to environmental research. Anne Jefferson, Ph.D., associate professor of geology at Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is speaking out about White House budget proposals that could impact Lake Erie and the surrounding areas. Jefferson is passionate about finding solutions to growing environmental problems. The core of her research focuses on studying...

immigrant women grocery shopping A School of Peace and Conflict Studies Instructor, Anuj Gurung, just completed an important applied research project worth noting and celebrating…   Political Science doctoral candidate and SPCS instructor Anuj Gurung worked as a Research Consultant for the International Institute of Akron in the fall of 2016, carrying out a much-needed...

Visiting Researchers to Discuss Study of Communication Between Humans, Robots on April 21 The School of Communication Studies will host a robotics demonstration on the third floor of the Kent State Library, Rm. 330, Friday, April 21, from 2:30-4 p.m. Chad Edwards, Ph.D., and Autumn Edwards, Ph.D., will discuss the role that perception plays in human-robot interactions. The team investigated the relationships between humans and social...