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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are implementing a revised Biographical Sketch format required for most proposals submitted on or after May 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.

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Kent State Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Grant to Discover Why Some Messages Go Viral

We have all seen them explode on social media. They are the posts that feature the outlandish, the cute and the funny messages that go viral.

But how does one message catch on and others do not?


Maxim Dzero, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been granted $302,796 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Spins and Knots: The Rise of Topology in F-Orbital Materials

Maxim Dzero, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been granted $302,796 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project titled “Spins and Knots: The Rise of Topology in F-Orbital Materials.” The focus of this project is to conduct theoretical research aimed at better understanding electron-electron interactions and how they can create novel states of matter.

Kent State Researchers Use Digital Devices to Dispense Medications Safely
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Organizing prescription medications in a traditional pill dispenser is not effective enough when patients are taking up to 20 different drugs seven to nine times a day. 

Not taking the medication at the right time or taking too much results in 700,000 emergency room visits a year, 325,000 hospitalizations and 125,000 deaths.

“It’s a trillion dollar problem to deal with medication nonadherence,” said Joel Hughes, Kent State associate psychology professor and director of the Applied Psychology Center at Kent State University.


Smartphone Study

Admit it. We have all used our smartphones at inappropriate and inopportune times: while driving, during family meals, in the bathroom or even the bedroom.

We are a society glued to our phones, but when is it considered out of our control?

According to researchers at Kent State University, the answer depends on the user.


A Kent State University professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has received a grant from the Binational Science Foundation to continue his development of a combined LED (light-emitting diode) and organic transistor that could be used in flexible displays. Bjorn Lussem, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics, was awarded $180,000 to use vertical transistors to create organic displays that are more power efficient and could potentially have a higher resolution. 


A physics professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University recently received a $307,000, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of a novel approach to studying non-equilibrium dynamics in the quark gluon plasma (QGP). 

Using a local supercomputer that he built at Kent State, Michael Strickland, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, hopes to better understand the conditions of the early universe and the Big Bang. 

Paul DiCorleto Named New Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Kent State
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Photo of Paul DiCorleto - photo credit: Cleveland Clinic Following a national search, Kent State University has selected Paul E. DiCorleto, Ph.D., as its new vice president for research and sponsored programs. DiCorleto comes to Kent State from Cleveland Clinic, where he has served as Sherwin-Page Chair of the Lerner Research Institute since 2002, and from Case Western Reserve University, where he has served as chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine since 2003. He joins Kent State on Aug. 17.

Kent State Researchers Identify Positive and Negative Effects of Smartphone Use During Exercise

Kent State students exercising on treadmills

Kent State University researchers Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., as well as Kent State alumni Michael Rebold, Ph.D., and Gabe Sanders, Ph.D., assessed how common smartphone uses – texting and talking – interfere with treadmill exercise.

The researchers, from Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, found that when individuals use their smartphones during exercise for texting or talking, it causes a reduction in exercise intensity. 

Kent State Biological Sciences Researcher Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant for Chronic Wound Healing
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Photo of Min-Ho Kim The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Kent State University’s Min-Ho Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $1,842,350 five-year grant. The grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research is to develop “nanobombs,” a nanotechnology-based therapeutic platform that can treat biofilm infection in chronic wounds. 

Kent State Awards Three for Outstanding Research and Scholarship

Recipients of Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards

Three top researchers in literary studies, liquid crystals and post-traumatic stress received Kent State University’s 2015 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony and reception held April 14 on the Kent Campus. The awards are sponsored by the University Research Council and Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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


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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