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Celebration of Scholarship, March 23-25 Events Schedule

Posted Mar, 17, 2010

Annual event held March 23 to 25 recognizes, rewards and supports the culture of research and creativity at the university 

Kent State University hosts Celebration of Scholarship, an event that showcases the creative activity and exploratory nature of university scholars, on March 23 to 25. This year’s theme is “A Century of Curiosity: Local Collaborations That Have a World Impact.” The three-day event acknowledges, rewards and supports the culture of research at Kent State.

“Celebration of Scholarship is a yearly event,” said Dr. John West, vice president for research at Kent State. “We hold it really as a means of highlighting the best and brightest and the latest research that’s happening across the campus. This latest one will have a variety of offerings, ranging from poetry readings, art exhibits and music recitals to lectures on the latest discoveries in anthropology.”

Photo of Dr. C. Owen LovejoyThe keynote panel for the 2010 event is a panel discussion featuring Kent State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy to discuss Ardipithecus ramidus, or “Ardi,” the oldest fossilized hominid skeleton that Lovejoy helped unveil to the world this past October. Free and open to the public, the “Discovering Ardi” panel discussion will take place Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. “Ardi” lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The research findings on “Ardi” change the way we think of human evolution, and it was declared the 2009 Breakthrough of the Year by Science and its publisher, AAAS, the world’s largest science society.

In addition to “Ardi,” Lovejoy is well-known for the reconstruction of the skeleton of “Lucy,” a fossil of a human ancestor that walked upright more than three million years ago. A resident of Kent, Ohio, Lovejoy has taught at Kent State for 40 years. He is a widely published author, with more than 100 articles in prestigious publications. He also holds the honor of being one of the Institute for Scientific Information’s “Most Highly Cited” authors in social sciences. In 2007, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States.

Lovejoy will be joined by three Kent State alumni  and former students of Lovejoy who also worked on the “Ardi” project: Dr. Bruce Latimer, Case Western Reserve University professor of anthropology, anatomy and cognitive science and former director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Dr. Scott Simpson, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and research associate at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Linda Spurlock, biological anthropologist and director of human health at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Other notable events at the 2010 Celebration of Scholarship include:

• Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva – The College of Nursing kicks off Celebration of Scholarship by hosting a discussion titled “No Health Without Mental Health” by Dr. Beverly Malone, chief executive officers of the National League of Nursing, and Jonas Thom, director of the Ohio Coordinating Center for Integrating Care. This event is free and open to the public.

• Wednesday, March 24, at 12 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom – The Distinguished Scholar Awards will be presented. The Distinguished Scholar Awards recognize excellence in action in Kent State faculty each year during the Celebration of Scholarship event. Since the program's inception in 1997, 36 faculty members have been selected as winners of the honor for their contributions to their fields and to Kent State. Kent State faculty members annually nominate their tenured/tenure-track and emeriti peers for the Distinguished Scholar Awards.

• Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony – The Inventor Recognition Ceremony takes place. Sponsored by the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, 27 individuals who have helped develop the university’s newest technologies and innovations will be honored. For more information on this by invitation only event (members of the media are welcome to attend), contact Sheila Pratt at 330-672-0701.

• Thursday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva – The College of Business Administration hosts a presentation by David T. Abbott, executive director of The George Gund Foundation as part of the Pilliod Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public.

• Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24, at various times and locations – The College of the Arts will host art exhibitions, tours of the School of Art galleries, a textile lab demonstration, student musical recitals, a musical theatre showcase and a behind-the-scenes tour of a production. Visit for specific dates, times and locations.

For a complete schedule of Celebration of Scholarship events, visit

Since 1995, the University Research Council at Kent State has sponsored the annual Celebration of Scholarship event. To watch a video about this year’s Celebration of Scholarship, visit

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Photo Caption:
Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy, Kent State University professor of anthropology, headlines the university’s Celebration of Scholarship. He will be joined by three Kent State alumni, all former students of Lovejoy, for a panel discussion on Ardipithecus ramidus, or “Ardi,” on March 24 at 7 p.m.

Media Contacts:
Jim Maxwell,, 330-672-0731
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595