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Kent State Bridges Gap With New Cybersecurity Major

The gap between the number of trained cybersecurity professionals and the number of available positions has increased in the past few years. To help bridge the gap, Kent State University’s College of Applied and Technical Studies will be offering an associate degree in cybersecurity starting fall 2021.

Ryan Claassen, Professor of Political Science in the Classroom
Political Science Professor Talks Bias and Perception of Political Misconduct

Ryan Claassen, professor of political science at Kent State, conducted research during the fall semester finding that American voters think politicians view situations differently depending on party affiliation. Claassen’s research was recently featured in an article from the Record-Courier. 

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Kent State Salem Makes Progress With Solar Panel Additions

Kent State University at Salem has made its next steps in the university’s Energy Master Plan by installing sustainable, cost effective solar panels. A recent story by Salem News detailed the project’s importance and the progress made so far by the Salem and East Liverpool campuses.

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Kent State’s Online MBA – Business Analytics Program Ranks No. 25 and Online Master’s in Nursing Program Ranks in Top 100 by U.S. News in 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has named four Kent State University programs as U.S. News Best Online Programs for 2021. Kent State is recognized in the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, Best Online MBA Programs, Best Online MBA – Business Analytics Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs rankings.

A gold–gold collision recorded by the Heavy Flavor Tracker (HFT) component of the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). (Image courtesy of STAR Collaboration)
Nuclear Physicist Tracks Rare Collided Particles to Better Understand Big Bang

Congratulations are in order for Sooraj Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Kent State University College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics who performs research in experimental nuclear physics. His data analysis of some rare particles called “charm quarks” that may have existed in the first microsecond of the Big Bang, the emerging point of our universe, was highlighted in a recent issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Science Bulletin.

A man and a women on Kent State's Risman Plaza
Senior Guest Program Helps Community Members Keep Minds Active

Kent State University’s Senior Guest program provides an opportunity for senior citizens to get back in the classroom - for free. Similar programs are available across the state, thanks to a 1999 Ohio revised code that says every public university in Ohio must allow those 60 years and older who have lived in the state for at least one year to enroll in courses tuition free.

Kent State paused to honor Martin Luther King during a virtual ceremony on Jan. 21, 2021
President Diacon Asks That We Think Globally, Act Locally in Honoring MLK

Kent State President Todd Diacon delivered the opening remarks during the university's virtual ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Kent State Scholars Team up with Bournemouth University to Create Election Project

Since 2015, Bournemouth University’s Center for Health and Media Research has conducted an election analysis, including rapid responses and contributions from several leading U.S. and international academics, which, this year, includes four from Kent State University.

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Kent State Researchers Use Liquid Crystal to Control Bacteria Movement

A liquid crystal research group at Kent State led by Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., is knocking on the doors of the biomedical industry with its current project. The recent publication of research explains a technique of controlling bacteria movement with liquid crystal structures that could have a potential impact in many areas of research and medical care.   

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Kent State to Honor the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. With Virtual Program Featuring Bakari Sellers

Kent State University will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, to celebrate King’s life and legacy. Serving as this year’s keynote speaker is CNN political analyst and former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers. The virtual program is free and open to the public.

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Literature (Virtually) Brings People Together, Despite Pandemic

While gathering an isolated community together in the time of COVID-19 may seem nearly impossible, one organization has created a safe space for its clients to push togetherness to the forefront of their daily lives. Books@Work has worked tirelessly to bring both companies and communities together through literature. The participants for these meetings come from 26 states across America, with 30 university professors selected to facilitate these meetings. The organization and its Kent State connection were recently featured in a WEWS-TV (Cleveland) story.

A student wears a Kent State mask during the COVID-19 pandemic
Kent State Professors Research Proper Use of Face Masks to Better Protect from COVID-19

Two professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free.

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Biology Professor Says Vaccine Development "Not a Surprise" Thanks to Scientific Developments

Jean Engohang-Ndong, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, credits technology with speeding up vaccine breakthroughs.

Asiatic Bittersweet, photo credit to Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,
Biological Sciences Faculty Take on Invasive Plant Species of Ohio in New Book

Three faculty members in Kent State University's Department of Biological Sciences recently co-authored a 384-page hardcover book, “Problem Plants of Ohio,” published by the Kent State University Press.

Alan Canfora
Alan Canfora's Life, Legacy to Be Honored in Scholarship Fund

 Donations will benefit students in Kent State's Library Science program.

Alan Canfora giving a tour on the May 4, 1970 shooting site
Alan Canfora, Wounded on May 4, 1970, Dies at Age 71

Canfora was one of nine students wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers during a peaceful protest. 

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Community Partnership Spans County Lines

Kent State University and Akron-area foundations have partnered to support students in the Greater Akron community in a time of dire need through a collaboration that prioritizes positive regional impact and improving lives through education. 

Volunteers from Kent State, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the National Guard assisted more than 200 families during the snowy  drive-through food distribution event on Wednesday at Dix Stadium.
Campus Kitchen Teams Up With Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to Help Fight Food Insecurity in Portage County

Kent State University’s inaugural drive-thru food distribution event on Dec. 16 in partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank served more than 200 households. The foodbank said more than 26,000 people in Portage County face food insecurity – 30% of those seeking assistance for the first time due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  

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Kent State Police Department Maintains National Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Kent State University Police Department was recently awarded national accreditation for the ninth time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. in the Law Enforcement program. The Kent State Police Department was first accredited in 1991.

Members of Kent State University's Undergraduate Student Government Painted "Flashes Take Care of Flashes" on the Rock on Front Campus.
Kent State Establishes Policies and Procedures for Painting Campus Rock

Kent State University will implement a new administrative policy regarding painting the Rock, which is located on Hilltop Drive on the Kent Campus. The policy, which goes into effect Jan. 11, 2021, is one of the institutional responses to racially offensive language that was painted on the Rock in 2020 and aimed at African American students.