NSF Funds Kent State Research Team’s Interdisciplinary Study of Plant Biodiversity
Scientists have long recognized that biodiverse ecosystems are more stable and productive. What makes ecosystems diverse is having many species living together in the same place. But what factors allow for the success of the species in diverse communities? Are there some species that just can’t live together while others can?
A pair of Kent State University researchers will explore this question thanks to a new $580,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Kent State Mathematicians Win NSF Grant to Study Complex But Important Geometry Problems
The National Science Foundation believes Kent State University mathematicians Artem Zvavitch, Ph.D., and Dmitry Ryabogin, Ph.D., are having worthwhile conversations about some age-old unsolved problems, and it has provided support to keep the discussion going for another three years.
Ohio Space Grant Award Helps Kent Robotics Team Prepare for Long-term Success
For the second straight year, Kent State University’s robotics mining team will not compete. The COVID19 pandemic canceled this year’s event at Kennedy Space Center, and last-year’s was reduced to a virtual event after the government shutdown held up NASA’s schedule.
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.
Kent State Aeronautics Researchers to Help Develop “Sky-Taxi” Software
It’s the year 2020, and while flying cars have yet to materialize, the next wave of airborne transport technology may be hovering on the horizon.
Thanks to a contract through the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), Kent State will play a part in developing the software to integrate “sky taxis” and large-scale logistics delivery drones into existing air traffic systems.
Kent State Biologist Secures NIH Support to Expand Study into Muscle Thermogenesis
Scientists have long since established that the effects of stress on our bodies are largely negative. But understanding stress as a trigger for using calories and burning fat also could lead us to better mechanisms for healthier behaviors.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently funded a Kent State University researcher to continue her efforts toward that goal.
Kent State Chemist Follows up on Baseball Core Study, Refuting MLB Findings.
In 1901, the 16 Major League Baseball teams produced 455 home runs. Players were discouraged from attempting it. Nearly 120 years later, players couldn’t seem to help themselves, and MLB smashed all previous records. More homers might mean more exciting games, but some people question why the spike happened. A Kent State University chemist thinks he has some clues about this unusual surge in home runs.
NSF Grant Supports Kent State Researchers’ Plan to Help Students Improve Study Habits
The “C” in “college” might as well stand for “cramming.”
Studies show students are notoriously bad at adopting and adhering consistently to high-impact study habits that help them retain knowledge long-term.
Researchers and faculty at Kent State University, however, are collaborating on a new project to put a modern technological twist on a tried-and-true study tactic.
Kent State Biology Lab Publishes Paper Describing Potential for New Male Contraceptives
The first rubber condoms were manufactured in 1838. Along with abstinence, they would remain the only effective and widely available means of male contraception until the vasectomy became a common procedure in the mid 20th century.
Kent State Physicist Joins Inter-Institutional Research Project to Study Light-Driven Materials
Kent State University continues to march in the vanguard of technological advancement. A KSU researcher has joined a cutting-edge collaborative study into light-driven materials. The technology has the potential to replace electric motors unilaterally.
The Office of Naval Research awarded a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant for a five-year project led by Polymer Scientist Dr. Ryan Hayward at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with five other participating institutions, including KSU.
Kent State Geographer Describes Novel Weather-Typing Model in New Paper
Research into the air masses that drive changes in our day-to-day weather has been limited by land-based and regional studies, leaving wide gaps in our understanding of these impactful phenomena. A new paper by a Kent State University geographer has just filled in most of those gaps.
NSF Supports Inter-institutional Project to Develop Chemical Sensor Technology
Toxic air pollutants such as chlorine and ozone are hazards for civilian workers and public service employees like firefighters, police and military personnel. Some airborne chemicals can be difficult to detect at low levels with high specificity, though, and relevant technologies like wearable sensors have been slow to catch up.
NIH Continues Support of Kent State Alzheimer’s Researcher with New 2-Year Grant
Once it begins, Alzheimer’s Disease progresses systematically and aggressively, attacking victims on multiple fronts. But scientists studying the disease operate the same way — like Kent State University’s own Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith.
NIH Funds Kent State Psychologist’s Project to Teach Children Food Allergy Safety Skills
A Kent State University researcher with a background in safety training models — and a very personal motivation — has devised a method to help some children with food allergies stay safe, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just granted him the funding to test it.
Quan Li, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, joins the prestigious Brussels-based organization that includes about 660 members from 45 nations, including 65 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners.
NSF Awards Kent State Researchers $1.3 Million to Nourish Children’s Minds, Fill Their Bellies
Science is complex, and it’s difficult to discuss it with children under the best circumstances; it’s even more difficult when they are hungry. Two Kent State University researchers may have cooked up a way to solve both of those problems, and the National Science Foundation just awarded them a three-year, $1.3 million grant to determine if their recipe works.
NSF Awards Kent State Researcher Nearly $1 Million for Separate Liquid Crystal Studies
Trustees Research Professor Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., a chemical physicist in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI), just received nearly $1 million between two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for separate studies with potential applications in biomedical science, commercial electronics and beyond.
Research Initiative Pilot Project Shows Akron Children What Being a Scientist Is All About
Bridget Mulvey, Ph.D., associate professor of science education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and David Singer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently merged real geology research with community service in an effort to show some Akron Public Schools students that science is not just a benefit to their community but a viable career option, too.
Kent State Biological Sciences Researchers to Lead Study on the Effects of the Spreading Eastern Red Cedars
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $914,000 grant to Kent State University to lead a collaborative research project to study how and at what rate the geographically most widespread native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar tree species (Juniperus virginiana), spreads across the landscape.
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 is helping some area high school students learn to converse in Russian and Chinese to facilitate greater global understanding and a less contentious tomorrow.
NSF Extends Kent State Anthropologist’s Study of Human Brain Evolution
While scientists have long believed human behavior developed with the expanded cerebrum, a Kent State University researcher has shown that our path diverged while our brains were still comparable in size to those of chimpanzees.
Kent State Chemists Create Microscopic Environment to Study Cancer Cell Growth
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2017.
These numbers are stark and sobering, and worse yet, we still do not know exactly why cancer develops in its victims or how to stop it.
An online publication in Nature Nanotechnology this week by Kent State University researchers and their colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan, however, may offer new understanding about what turns good cells bad.
Federal grant funds Kent State summer foreign language academy for 10th year
A Kent State University summer program that teaches foreign languages to high school students has just received federal funding for the 10th consecutive year.
Professors Brian Baer and Theresa Minick of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies received two grants last month totaling $180,000 to host the 2017 Kent State Regents-STARTALK Foreign Language Academy.