Year of Science

Theresa Benyo already had an exciting and fulfilling career as a project manager at NASA. With a great job, a house, a husband, two kids, and hobbies like musical theatre what more could you want? Academically speaking, she’d already earned a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Kent State University (1988) and master’s degree in computer science from Case Western Reserve University (1995). But, for her, there was still something missing.

Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University and one of the top researchers in the field of advanced materials. His recent research is focused on nanomaterials (specifically nanoporous carbon spheres), photocatalysts and semiconductors with applications in the biomedical, water treatment and energy fields. He was listed as one of the most highly cited chemists in 2015.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host “Explore Kent Chemistry Day”, a visitation program for high school juniors and seniors interested in chemistry and biochemistry majors, at Kent State on Saturday, February 6 from 10 am to 2 pm in Room 110, Williams Hall on the Kent Campus.

“Explore Kent Chemistry Day gives an excellent introduction to the chemistry and biochemistry programs at Kent State University,” said Michael Tubergen, Ph.D., chair of Kent State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Kent State University football player Jordan Italiano, a senior safety from Canfield, Ohio, has been selected by the National Football Foundation as a 2015 National Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments. Italiano is the first Kent State player to earn the honor.