Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy, one of the world's leading authorities on physical anthropology, has developed what some consider a grand unified theory of early hominid evolution. Dr. Lovejoy is also widely known for his analysis of the famous "Lucy" skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. And he's part of an international research team that recently discovered one of Lucy's ancient ancestors. For such accomplishments Dr. Lovejoy was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, a select group of scientific pioneers that includes Einstein and Edison.
Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute® lured nanotechnology expert Dr. Hiroshi Yokoyama from one of the largest research organizations in Japan. He holds one of the coveted Ohio Research Scholar positions created by the Ohio General Assembly and coordinated by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Dr. Claudia Khourey-Bowers, who teaches middle childhood education at Kent State University at Stark, was invited to work at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization headquarters in Paris in conjunction with the International Hydrological Programme. She is developing a water-education curriculum for distribution to UNESCO member states.
Dr. Thomas Froehlich, director of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, received the Dialog Quantum2 InfoStar Award, making him a member of a highly select group of world leaders in the field of information architecture. The award is given to no more than 12 individuals worldwide per year. Under his leadership, Kent State's program offers one of only two master's-level, online certificate programs in knowledge management nationwide.
Dr. Katherine A. Rawson was among 100 researchers named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the 2009 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on research professionals in the early stages of their careers. Winners are selected based on their work at the frontiers of science and their commitment to community service. Rawson's psychology research focuses on text cognition, including how to optimize text learning.