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Updated NIH/ARHQ Biosketch Format

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are implementing a revised Biographical Sketch format.  The new format will be required for most proposals submitted on or after May 25, 2015 but can be used on any proposal submitted after January 25, 2015.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to sciences and the historical background that framed their research.  Read More

Register for Neuroscience of Aging

Registration is now open for the third annual symposium on neuroscience, The Neuroscience of Aging, April 9-10 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Mark Mattson, chief and senior investigator in the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health. Register now and learn how to submit a poster. Read More

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Tracing Twitter’s Impact on Ebola Response

Eric Shook with a map showing all the tweets about Ebola sent in the U.S.

How well does Twitter represent public perceptions and behavior in a public health crisis?

Researchers at Kent State University are conducting a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study of what social media activity on Twitter reveals about perceptions of last October’s Ebola scare on campus and how perceptions influenced behavior.

Inside the Human Chromosome

Hanbin Mao, Ph.D., left, in his laboratory with graduate student Yue Li from Kyoto University. Mao collaborates with scientists in Japan on single-molecule studies of a chromosome structure.

A Kent State scientist has received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a study of the workings and dynamics of a structure inside the human chromosome.

Hanbin Mao, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, will study G-quadruplex structures (GQs), which are located in the telomeres at the end of chromosomes.

Researchers Develop Mobile App for National Park

Richard E. Ferdig, Ph.D.

A $952,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at Kent State University will result in a mobile device application to help visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park learn more about the park’s history and ecology and become “citizen scientists” by sharing their findings with others.

The Origins of Aggression

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences, is looking at how exposure to the hormone oxytocin early in brain development affects aggressive behavior in adulthood.  Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation. 

Meditation Effective in Reducing Blood Pressure

Meditation

Two researchers at Kent State Universities have found that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can reduce high blood pressure, which affects nearly 60 million adults in the United States.

MBSR, which involves the practice of meditation, body awareness and some gentle yoga, has been shown to be effective in preventing and treating depression and anxiety and alleviating stress, but scientific studies of its effects on blood pressure are rare.

Lake Erie's Algae Monitored from Space

Ortiz at Lake Erie

Over the vast expanse of Lake Erie, sampling the water to test for potentially toxic algae blooms may seem like using a medicine dropper in an ocean. It takes days to collect enough data from enough spots to determine if the algae pose a danger.

To cover a larger area more efficiently and better predict future algae blooms, Joseph D. Ortiz, Ph.D., professor of geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is gathering data from an instrument on board the International Space Station – a hyperspectral imager. From space, it can image the entire lake in two days.

Landslide 21 Million Years Ago Rivals Largest Known

David Hacker, Ph.D., points to pseudotachylyte layers and v eins within the Markagunt gravity slide.

A catastrophic landslide, one of the largest known on the surface of the Earth, took place within minutes in southwestern Utah more than 21 million years ago, reported a Kent State University geologist in a paper published in the November 2014 issue of the journal Geology.

A Double Twist Reveals a Liquid Crystal’s Deep Blue Color

Researchers who collaborated on the research are, l t o r, Nick Diorio, Oleg Lavrentovich, Antal Jákli, an d seated at the TEM, Cuiyu “Tracy” Zhang.

Twenty years ago, Antal Jákli’s research specialty, bent-core liquid crystals, took him to Germany, where he and his labmates joked that the material they were studying looked like opals – it was so solid and colorful, it could have been used in jewelry.

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