Research

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...

Visiting Researchers to Discuss Study of Communication Between Humans, Robots on April 21 A Kent State Visual Communication Design (VCD) class is stepping outside the box this semester. VCD students from Assistant Professor Jessica Barness’ Interaction Design class have teamed up with a group of students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to reimagine the Akron Innerbelt.   Barness was approached by...

Gemma Casadesus Smith, an associate professor in Kent State’s Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. */ /*-->*/ Research shows that women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men by a 3-to-2 margin. Some scientists believe this is because when women reach menopause, their bodies cease to produce estrogen, and the pituitary gland begins over-producing another hormone, luteinizing hormone (LH), to try to...

The students in Molly Taggart’s Organizational Communication Training and Development class have started a company to utilize what they are learning in their coursework. On Tuesday, May 2, the Organizational Communication Training and Development in the School of Communication Studies will hold a showcase of its diversity research work on the third floor of the University Library. It is open to the public. Refreshments will be available at 12:15 p.m. with the program beginning promptly at 12:45 p.m. To help the...

Pictured is a collection of Clovis point replicas and casts in the archaeology lab at Kent State University. Approximately 13,500 years after nomadic Clovis hunters crossed the frozen land bridge from Asia to North America, researchers are still asking questions and putting together clues as to how they not only survived in a new landscape with unique new challenges but adapted with stone tools and weapons to thrive for thousands of years.  Kent State...

Course Project to Build Awareness, Gather Donations of Feminine Products for Kent State Women’s Center Kent State University School of Communication Studies students are producing a persuasive health campaign to gather donations of women’s feminine products, or money to be used for such products, for the Kent State Women’s Center pantry. This project is for the course Communication and Influence which is taught by COMM Assistant Professor J.D....