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Research Magazine

      The 2014 Research for Life magazine explores how a “connect the dots” strategy carries out a collaborative, problem-solving approach to research and scholarship. The results of “connecting the dots” can be exhilarating, leading to innovating solutions to challenging problems facing society – in health, public policy, energy and sustainability – and in fostering new ideas.

      For a print copy of the magazine, contact us.


      Invested in Water

      Water is a sound investment for a region’s economy — in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, recreation or power generation. Unlike most other investments, water is vital to life. Mindful of that reality, concerned Ohioans and Kent State researchers are fully invested in water through avocation, research and community activism.


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      Clearing a career track for brain-injured students

      Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can derail young adults in their college years, just when they are primed to prepare for a career and their life ahead.

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      The Tidepool and the Sea

      Writing is a solitary act. William Wordsworth saw it that way, calling the making of a poem “emotion recollected in tranquility,” a way of revisiting the moment to make meaning of what transpired in our lives; such reflection requires us to be away from the busy world.

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      Losing it can be good for the brain

      A map of the United States prepared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) includes a color key: blue for states where less than 20 percent of the inhabitants are obese, and red or tan for states whose obese population exceeds 20 percent.

      There are no blue states on the map. Nearly 36 percent of U.S. adults, and 30 percent of people in Ohio, are obese, reports the CDC, which calls obesity “common, serious and costly.”

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      The Flexible Future

      The future is flexible, the future is now, and the future is actually here in Northeast Ohio…particularly in the realm of electronics.

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      How place and space shape crime

      Funded by a new Department of Justice grant, three faculty members from different disciplines have combined their skills to take a close look at crime hotpots in Northeast Ohio

      “Neighborhood Watch” takes on a new meaning in the work of three Kent State University researchers who are investigating what makes an urban area a crime hotspot.

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      Cool Tools

      It took four hours for nine undergraduate architecture students in Brian Peters’s lab to build their own 3D printer one day last fall, using a kit.

      The skills they are learning will prepare them to use the new tools of their trade and the trend toward “anytime, anywhere” manufacturing.

      Peters, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, is harnessing the tools of digital fabrication to create innovative building materials and processes to upend traditional building design methods.

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      Profiles: Margarita Benitez

      Margarita Benitez can light up a room with the wave of a hand.

      Benitez, assistant professor of fashion design, looks for ways to harness new technology in expanding creativity in fashion.

      One of her recent digital fashion projects was to design a sleeve pocket that holds an iPod programmed with software to capture and project sound and imagery. Its public debut was in the costumes of Travesty Dance Group of Cleveland.

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      Profiles: Christopher Banks

      Christopher P. Banks, professor of political science, has written books about the U.S. Supreme Court and its judicial decision-making. He can speak easily and authoritatively about the Court’s policy-making, politics and personalities.

      But he harbors the uncomfortable memory of one of his first visits to the Court, when he was a graduate student in political science at the University of Virginia (UVA).

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      Profiles: Oleg Lavrentovich

      Oleg Lavrentovich is known internationally for his research in the physics of liquid crystals. A Trustees Research Professor at Kent State, editor of the journal Liquid Crystals Reviews, and the principal investigator on a long series of major grant-funded projects, he often communicates in the specialized, technical terms of his scientific subject.

      Yet his delight in studying liquid crystals is simple and spontaneous.

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