Research

The team in Alaska is (left to right) Jonathan Mills, undergraduate geology major; Kiersten Duroe, geology M.S. candidate; Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D., assistant professor of geology; and Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, two Kent State University professors are researching climate change in Alaska. Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D., and Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., assistant professors from Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, spent a week in Fairbanks, Alaska, in June studying how climate change...

Dr. Brian Castellani Scholar of the Month Brian Castellani Professor of Sociology Kent State University at Ashtabula 2002-present The Kent Campus is big, but still not big enough to fit all the great scholars who are part of the Kent State University family. So much of Kent State’s great research is happening at its Regional Campuses, and Sociology Professor Brian...

In this digital age, with phones at our finger tips, you would think that access to constant communication would make us feel closer to one another. But a new study by researchers at Kent State University shows that may not be the case. In fact, cell phone use might actually lead to feeling less socially connected, depending on your gender or cell...

James Tyner, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s Department of Geography, discusses his research in his office. Scholar of the Month James Tyner Professor College of Arts and Sciences 1997-present Selecting a single renowned scholar from Kent State University’s largest college is not an easy undertaking, but the work of Geography Professor James Tyner, Ph.D., over the past year made the decision a little bit easier for the College of Arts and Sciences...

Michael Fisch (center), assistant professor in Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, works with students in an X-ray lab in the Science Research Building. Scholar of the Month Michael Fisch Assistant Professor College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology 1999-present With faculty like Michael Fisch, Ph.D., on hand, it is no wonder that Kent State University identified materials science as an area of research focus. Nor is it hard to see why Fisch, an assistant professor in the...

Kent State Professor Rick Ferdig, Ph.D., lead investigator on a National Science Foundation grant, partnered with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks to develop a new learning app. Educators, scientists and technologists from Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Kent State University and Cleveland Metroparks have partnered to develop a new learning app that is now live and freely available on iTunes. The app, called ParkApps, features a number of different resources aimed at educating park visitors as they run, hike and bike...

Kent State Professor Rick Ferdig, Ph.D., lead investigator on a National Science Foundation grant, partnered with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks to develop a new learning app. A group of researchers in Kent State University's College of Arts and Sciences have published a breakthrough article on new properties of liquid crystals in the May 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The article, which describes some recent surprising results involving nematic liquid crystals induced by a high magnetic field, is currently...

Joshua Ishihara created a glove to help communicate with the ASL community. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary black glove with a white palm. But if you take a closer look, you will see it is equipped with sensors and a speaker. The glove is in the early stages of helping those who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with those who do not. In his senior year at Kent State University, in the College of...

Gemma Casadesus-Smith, Ph.D., (center), an associate biology professor at Kent State, stands in a lab with two graduate students. For decades, biologists researching a cure for Alzheimer’s disease have remained in the dark almost as much as the ailment’s victims. A Kent State University professor, however, is looking to stop the disease before it starts. Gemma Casadesus-Smith, Ph.D., an associate biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies...

Yanhai Du (center), Kent State assistant professor in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, teaches students about fuel cell technology. The basic concept of a fuel cell is simple – it converts chemical energy into electricity. To hear Kent State University Assistant Professor Yanhai Du, Ph.D., in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology tell it, however, the impact of modern and emerging fuel cell technology is anything but basic. Fuel cells have the...