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Kent State Emphasizes Commitment to Its International Students During Town Hall Meeting

We are here to help. That was one of the main messages international students at Kent State University heard during a town hall meeting held July 9 to help answer questions and share the university’s response to a recent announcement by the federal government regarding Fall 2020 international student enrollment requirements. 

Global Communication and Fast Fashion in the Classroom

Students in the class Communication in a Global Society worked in teams throughout the Spring 2020 semester to educate audiences about one specific aspect of globalization and ecology: fast fashion.

An airport staff member guides an incoming aircraft into position during a past Aviation Heritage Fair at the Kent State University Airport.
Kent State Aviation Professor I. Richmond Nettey Chairs National Academy Research Committee

I. Richmond Nettey, Ph.D., professor of aeronautics in Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering, has been appointed the new chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Airport Terminals and Ground Access at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

10 Questions about Contact Tracing App With Gokarna Sharma
10 Questions With Gokarna Sharma About the Contact Tracing App

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. Gokarna Sharma, assistant professor in Computer Science, recently answered 10 questions about the new app based on his professional opinion. Sharma is experienced in algorithms, blockchain and smart technologies such as this.

Hands of Gratitude
Kent State Professors and Students Team Up With Community Groups to Provide Helping Hands

Two Kent State professors partnered with the Summit County Juvenile Court and Hands of Gratitude over the summer to teach juveniles how to assemble prosthetic hands for children in Central America and were featured in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Tara Smith gives insight on what measures are useful when fighting viruses
Epidemiology Professor Featured on Mindscape Podcast

Kent State University College of Public Health professor Tara Smith, Ph.D., was featured on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast to talk about the novel coronavirus (and its associated disease, COVID-19) pandemic. Smith gives insight on what measures are useful and which are probably not.

Melbourne, Australia by Acacia Freeman
Kent State Magazine: Picture This

Each year, Kent State students participate in off-campus study away/study abroad programs and internships in locations across the country and around the world. And they take photos—lots and lots of photos.

Special Guest Lecture with Dr. Michael W. Beck
Renowned Marine Scientist Michael Beck to Discuss Coastal Conservation on March 4

Renowned marine scientist Michael W. Beck, Ph.D., will discuss the importance of coastal conservation at a free lecture on March 4. Beck, a research professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, focuses on conserving our coastlines in an effort to reduce the risks of storm surges and flooding to property, people and our planet and will speak at 7 p.m. March 4 in Auditorium 101 in the Science & Nursing Building at Kent State University at Stark.

Lauren Kinsman-Costello, assistant professor of biological sciences at Kent State, stands in a field in the arctic circle, in Sweden.
Kent State Biologist Joins Tennessee, Toledo Colleagues to Study Arctic Climate Change Effects

In early February, scientists reported the hottest temperature on record in Antarctica: 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Studies show climate change is disproportionately affecting the poles, warming them faster than anywhere else on Earth, and raising questions about what kinds of changes we can expect in arctic ecosystems as temperatures rise. 
A Kent State University biologist has teamed up with some colleagues in an inter-institutional effort to answer some of those questions.

Beluga Whale
Kent State Research Review: Researchers End Ongoing Beluga Whale Debate

A new collaborative study between researchers at Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has confirmed a way to determine the age of beluga whales - a topic that has been the center of much debate.

Students in the Chinese Course Play a Chinese Board Game
Kent State Research Review 2019: Growing Global Citizens

Kent State hosts STARTALK Foreign Language Academy, where 20 accepted high school students in Northeast Ohio are immersed into either Russian or Chinese language and culture. The Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies received federal funding for the 12th year to host this academy on campus.

David Ward, professor of Plant Biology
Kent State Research Review: Shrub Encroachers Friend or Foe?

Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. David Ward, Ph.D., the Art and Margaret Herrick endowed professor of Plant Biology in Kent State’s Department of Biological Sciences, and international colleagues and graduate students want to know what happens when these changes interact?

Ashley Rutkoski and Michelle Bebber at Kent State's Eren Lab
Kent State Research Review: Cutting Edge Archaeology

The Eren Lab at Kent State University’s Department of Anthropology is among the university’s busiest and most prolific. Because of the lab and guidance from Metin Eren, Ph.D., two students have achieved great accomplishments in archaeology.

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How a Florentine Palace Changed Studying Abroad

What’s a must have for U.S. universities overseas? A Florentine palace, according to a recent Times Higher Education article. Fortunately, Kent State has one, and students have noticed.

Record-Breaking Attendance at the 2019 Ohio Latino Education Summit
Record-Breaking Latino Education Summit Hosted at Kent State

The 2019 Ohio Latino Education Summit broke the record for registration numbers when Kent State University hosted it for the first time in November. The Ohio Latino Education Summit is an annual event that brings students, educators and congressional leaders together to discuss issues that impact the education of Latinos in Ohio.

Stuart Chen-Hayes, ‘94, and Lance Chen-Hayes at the LGBTQ+ Center with Luncheon Guests
Kent State Was ‘Critical in the Formation of This Family’

A clear intention to pursue social justice led Stuart Chen-Hayes, Ph.D. ’94, NCC, LCPC, to Kent State in 1990 to pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education. What he learned at the university – and what inspired him – significantly changed the course of his life, professionally and personally.

The cast and crew of "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" smile for a group photo.
Kent State Faculty and Students Reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, different countries, cities and communities around the world – including the Kent State University community –  have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. As Kent State’s population of Hispanic and Latino students continues to grow each year, students, faculty, organizations and departments are taking the time to acknowledge the month through a series of discussion, events, dancing and even theatrical plays.

A computer rendering of the Liberty of Poetry statue (shown here) was used by Kent State University to create the 3D-printed reproduction of the statue.
Kent State University Partners With Opera di Santa Croce to Present ‘Sisters in Liberty’ Exhibition at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Kent State University and the Opera di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, will celebrate a collaborative partnership around the creation of “Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy, to New York, New York,” an exhibition opening on Oct. 17, 2019, and running through April 26, 2020, at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island in New York. 

High school students from Portage County and surrounding areas hold Chinese hand fans during a past STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Camp at Kent State.
Model Kent State Language Academy Continues With 12th Year of Federal Funding

While the daily news is full of tumultuous conversations about Russia and China, Kent State University has been helping some area high school students learn to converse in Russian and Chinese to facilitate greater global understanding and a less contentious tomorrow.

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NSF Award Helps Kent State Anthropologists Expand International Partnership

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Kent State a three-year, $298,000 International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant that will allow graduate students to travel to Kyoto University in Japan to study primates and human evolution at the world-renowned Primate Research Institute.