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Symposium on Flexible Liquid Crystal Devices to be Held Sept. 26-27

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Kent State University will hold a two-day symposium from
Sept. 26-27 to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid
crystal research and showcase the latest developments
in flexible liquid crystal devices.

Kent State University announces a two-day symposium to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid crystal research and showcase the latest developments in flexible liquid crystal devices: displays, e-writers, eyewear, photovoltaics, sensors and biomedical devices. It will feature presentations from technology and business leaders in each field and a poster session reporting the latest research and developments from members of FlexMatters, the Northeast Ohio collaborative fostering the growing regional cluster in flexible electronics.

The symposium, to be held at the Kent Student Center Kiva, Sept. 26-27, will bring together academic and industry researchers, regional business leaders and students who have an interest in the science and promising new flexible liquid crystal device technology.

The symposium will provide a platform for local and international research and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and hurdles inherent in flexible electronic devices, including research, development and manufacturing challenges.

Kent State University's Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI), established in 1965, is the world's most comprehensive research, technology transfer and education program of its kind. Building on their extensive research in displays and electro-optics, Kent State researchers are exploring new frontiers in energy and medicine through their work on flexible organic photovoltaics and flexible implanted bioelectronics for diagnosis and therapeutics.

The keynote speaker, Michael McCreary, Ph.D., will give an overview of flexible electronics. He is the deputy chief technology officer for E Ink Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of displays to the eBook industry, which appear in products such as the Amazon Kindle. At E Ink, he is responsible for creating a portfolio of advanced technologies that will enable new generations of novel display products. McCreary is a 38-year veteran of the imaging industry and held a number of leadership positions with Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) prior to joining E Ink, including serving as the general manager of the company's microelectronics technology division. In that role, McCreary had responsibility for Kodak's solid-state imager business, including research and development, engineering, manufacturing, business development, marketing and sales. In addition to his E Ink responsibilities, McCreary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Display Consortium, and the Technical Advisory Board of MC10. McCreary earned a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Principia College and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also attended executive business programs with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Other speakers include:

  • Asad Khan, Kent Displays
  • Bahman Taheri, AlphaMicron
  • Byron Clayton, NorTech
  • Shizuo Tokito, Yamagata University
  • Miko Cakmak, University of Akron
  • Joe Klinehamer, Genvac Aerospace
  • John West, Kent State University
  • Jan Lagerwall, Seoul National University
  • Deng-Ke Yang, Kent State University
  • Nicholas Abbott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University
  • Matthew Putman, Columbia University and Nanotronics Imaging
  • Christopher Malcuit, Kent State University

Registration is required for this event, which is free to students, faculty and staff of Kent State University. To register, go to:

All non-Kent State registrants must pay a registration fee of $150 at the online registration site:

To learn more about the symposium, visit the event home page:

Immediately following the symposium, NorTech will host its Fall FlexMatters Cluster Meeting. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required, and lunch will be provided. FlexMatters successes, challenges, and exciting next steps as a cluster will be discussed at the meeting. Adam J. Bartsch, Ph.D., director of the Spine Research Laboratory at The Cleveland Clinic, will speak about his experiences at the clinic and the need for integrated smart technologies to help mitigate the risk associated with these injuries. A tour of the Liquid Crystal Institute labs will be offered at the conclusion of the meeting. To RSVP for the meeting, please visit:

For more information, contact Jim Maxwell at

Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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Kent State Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Kent State University’s Latino Networking Caucus (LNC) and the Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) are presenting a diverse lineup of events for National Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration is to recognize the contributions that Latinos and Hispanics have made in the United States.

“Hispanic Heritage Month allows people to learn more about the Hispanic culture and community,” says T. David Garcia, Kent State’s associate vice president for enrollment management and chair of the LNC. “At Kent State, we have faculty, staff and students from different Latin American countries that have their own traditions of music, food and dance. I invite everyone to attend one or all of our scheduled events to learn more about the Hispanic community.”

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15.

The following is a list of Kent State events marking National Hispanic Heritage Month:

LNC/SALSA Festival
The festival took place on Sept. 15 at the Risman Plaza and featured music, food and fun for the entire family.

Guest Speaker John Quiñones of ABC News
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., Kent Student Center

John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning anchor of the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20.” This event is free and open to the public.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m., Progressive Field, Cleveland
Former Cleveland Indians player Carlos Baerga will be the special guest. Tickets are $10, $25 and $50.

Noche Caliente
Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Eastway Dining Hall, Kent Campus
The public is invited to enjoy Latino cuisine (for purchase) and learn how to salsa dance.

Kent State Homecoming 2012
Saturday, Oct. 20, various times:

Breakfast and Parade
The Latino Networking Caucus will participate in the Kent State’s 2012 Homecoming Parade. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the public is invited to enjoy free breakfast and great seats for the parade at the Williamson Alumni Center.

The LNC Alumni Awards Luncheon

The LNC Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. Registration at is required.

Homecoming Football Game
The Kent Golden Flashes take on Western Michigan at 3:30 p.m. at Dix Stadium.

Dinner, Music and Dancing
Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing at Ritchie Hall.

For more information about Kent State’s Latino Networking Caucus and related events, visit or call T. David Garcia at 330-672-4050.

Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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Kent Reads Features Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and Wife

Petros share co-authored book with Kent State community

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Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Jim Petro and
his wife Nancy Petro will present from their co-authored
book, FALSE JUSTICE: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent,
at the Sept. 28 Kent Reads program.

Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Jim Petro and his wife Nancy Petro will present from their co-authored book, FALSE JUSTICE: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the Quiet Study Room of the library for the Kent Reads program.

Kent Reads features various Kent State faculty, administrators, alumni and students, who share meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings and non-fiction.

False Justice monitored the development of DNA testing over the last decade. The nonfiction book describes Jim’s awakening to wrongful criminal conviction. Digging deeper, Nancy and Jim share what they discovered, exposing eight common myths about the criminal justice system and providing recommended reforms.

“It’s an interesting blend of memoir and also it has the research we uncovered,” says Nancy. “It covers three wrongful conviction cases in Ohio. Jim had something about each case that touched him.”

Jim’s career consists of 37 years as an attorney and 28 years as an elected public office holder. As Ohio attorney general, Jim was part of a nation-leading effort that added 210,000 DNA profiles to the national DNA CODIS database. Multiple matches were found resulting in the immediate solving of dozens of cold cases, hundreds over the following months and years.

Nancy has served as the 20-year principal of a graphic design firm, founding editor of a national high school sports magazine and CEO of a sports statistics technology company.

“I had a background in business management and graphic design; nothing related to law, but I became involved with the book,” Nancy says. “Over the past six years we’ve been researching and our book was published January 2011.”

Nancy says they look forward to sharing the book with students and other members of the university community.

“We wrote the book because we believe it will take a change in public perception in order to ease the kind of reforms needed to change the justice system,” Nancy says. “We really look forward to discussing the issue of wrongful conviction.”

Posted Sept. 17, 2012 | Megan Confer

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Kent State University Planetarium Presents “Introduction to the Autumn Sky”

The Kent State University Planetarium will present the first in its series of free public shows for the 2012-2013 academic year. The program, “Introduction to the Autumn Sky,” will be presented by Brett Ellman, Ph.D., planetarium director, and will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, Saturday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. nightly, in Room 108 of Smith Hall.

In his presentation, Ellman will showcase the prominent autumn constellations, point out celestial objects that are visible to the naked eye and tour our neighbors in the solar system.

This show is free and open to all, but it is not appropriate for children under age six. Because seating capacity is limited, reservations are recommended by calling 330-672-2246. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to call at least one week in advance of the show.

For more information, visit

Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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State Representative Kathleen Clyde Celebrates Constitution Day at University Libraries

State Representative Kathleen Clyde will help celebrate Constitution Day at Kent State University this Monday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. on the first floor Quiet Study Area of the library. The event is free and open to the public.

University Libraries is holding an event to honor the day featuring Rep. Clyde’s special presentation on “The Story and Promise of Gideon v. Wainwright and the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel.”

Gideon v. Wainwright was the 1963 landmark Supreme Court case where a unanimous ruling declared that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to provide counsel in criminal cases when the defendant is unable to afford an attorney. This was then extended to the federal government under the Sixth Amendment.

For more information about the event, visit

Posted Sept. 17, 2012 | Nicole Winkleman

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“Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” Offers Free Lunch to Kent State Faculty, Staff and Students

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"Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” event will take place on Thursday,
Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m. Free lunch will be served by Laziza
to all participants.

Kent State University faculty, staff members and students are invited to walk or ride a bicycle along the Kent State University Esplanade to the downtown Kent restaurant, Laziza, during the second annual “Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” event on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 11:30 a.m. Free lunch will be served by Laziza to all participants, and valuable coupons for Main Street merchants will be available.

The event offers the opportunity for participants to hear about new shops coming to Acorn Alley II in downtown Kent, and learn biking tips from the Portage Cyclery experts.

Registration tables for the event will be located by the information desk in the Kent Student Center, which also is the takeoff point for the walk and bike ride. Participants can choose to ride their own bikes or get a free rental from FlashFleet at the Kent Student Center.

Students earn 500 FLASHperk reward points by participating in this event.

Organizers of the event say the support of the Kent State community is key to the success of local downtown businesses. Downtown Kent merchants hope to complete the overall Kent State community and college town experience.

“Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” is sponsored by Kent State’s Taskforce on Sustainability, Laziza, Miracle on Main Street (M.O.M.S), Main Street Kent, OneKent, Portage Cyclery and TransPORTAGE.

For more information, contact Alex Piteo at 330-673-6115 or Marty Mundy at 330-672-9618.

Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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The 46th Kent State Folk Festival Comes to Kent, Sept. 20-22

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The five-member group Delhi 2 Dublin will perform a
free concert on Manchester Field on Thursday, Sept. 20,
as part of this year's Kent State Folk Festival.

(Photo provided by Delhi 2 Dublin)

The Kent State Folk Festival kicks off this week with two Thursday concerts. On Sept. 20 at the Kent Campus, Delhi 2 Dublin will whip the crowd into a folk frenzy with their Celtic-Asian meld, while singer/songwriters John Gorka and Tracy Grammer offer a more reflective show at the Kent Stage. Friday night is Folk Alley ‘Round Town with dozens of free performances throughout the city. It’s the one night each to really let your folk flag fly! Fan favorites Over the Rhine and openers Girlyman take over the Kent Stage for Friday’s mainstage performance.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, immerse yourself in music at free workshops open to the entire community. Topics include clog and Russian dancing (with participation), songwriting, instrument styles, the business of music and much more. Workshops have moved into many of the ‘Round Town venues in downtown this year. The 46th Kent State Folk Festival concludes Saturday evening with Legends of Folk featuring singer/songwriters Tom Paxton and John McCuthcheon and the Red Clay Ramblers.

Find the complete schedule – including ‘Round Town and workshop line-ups in the new issue of WKSU Station Break and online at Out at events? Use the hashtag #votefolk for your Tweets and post your pictures to the Kent State Folk Festival Facebook page!

Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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