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Researchers in the News

  • Elections in Egypt showed the absence of organized civilian politics in the country, said Josh Stacher, assistant professor of political science who specializes in Middle East politics.  Washington Post, May 29, 2014.
  • Owen Lovejoy, distinguished professor of human evolutionary studies, is the only person from an Ohio institution elected to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Cleveland Plain Dealer, Apriil 24, 2014.
  • Why do fans riot after sports wins, like the recent NCAA men's championship won by the University of Connecticut? Sociologist Jerry Lewis explains.  WNPR News, April 8, 2014.
  • The New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps had a huge impact on what became Cuyahoga Valley National Park, according to a new book edited by Kenneth Bindas, professor and chairman of the history department.  Akron Beacon Journal, April 7, 2014.
  • Gun violence hot spots in communities can be pinpointed like cancer clusters, said Eric Jefferis, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, at a conference sponsored by the Ohio Public Health Association. Columbus Dispatch, April 2, 2014.
  • A new book by Kenneth Bindas, professor and chairman of the history department, and his students, tells the story of how the Civilian Conservation Corps helped build parts of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the 1930s. Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 1, 2014.
  • Thin people may naturally burn more calories, a Kent State research team reported in the journal Endocrinology and Metabolism. Colleen Novak, associate professor of biological sciences, said that naturally thin rats burned more calories in exercise than obesity-prone rats. Yahoo Health, March 26, 2014.
  • Bioanalytical chemist Hanbin Mao and colleagues at the University of Arizona and Arizona  State University reported at the American Chemical Society meeting about folded DNA structures known as i-motifs. Their findings suggest a way to make cancer cells more vulnerable to existing drug therapies.  Chemical & Engineering News, March 17, 2014.
  • Crime hotspots in urban Northeast Ohio areas will be identified and mapped in a Department of Justice-funded study led by Eric Jefferis, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences., March 17, 2014.
  • Infectious disease expert Tara C. Smith, associate professor in the College of Public Health, says that a virulent virus spreading through hog farms probably was transferred from bats to pigs., March 10, 2014.
  • E-cigarettes, the subject of a new ban in Los Angeles, could lead to an increase in smoking by teens and young adults, says Deric Kenne, assistant professor in the College of Public Health. The Christian Science Monitor, March 5, 2014.
  • Two Kent State researchers received Ohio Third Frontier grants in the latest round of funding: Vladimir Gurau, assistant professor of engineering technology at the Tuscarawas campus to automate fuel cell assembly through the use of robotics; and Quan Li, senior research fellow and adjunct professor, chemical physics and Liquid Crystal Institute, for energy-saving glass and window technology. Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • The lack of toxicological data on MCMH, the chemical leaked into a West Virginia River that tainted the water supply, is staggering, says Brian Lutz, Kent State biogeochemist who studies the environmental impact of the coal industry. National Geographic Daily News, Jan. 13, 2014.
  • A community health study led by Willie H. Oglesby, assistant professor of health policy and management, is guiding Summit County hospitals in addressing community needs. Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 12, 2014.
  • Adults who are the "sandwich generation" between caring for elderly parents and their own children is the subject of a new book co-authored by Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr., professor and director of the Center for Disability Studies, and two Kent State alumni. In a WCPN Ideastream radio program, the authors are interviewed and answer questions. WCPN, Jan. 8, 2014.
  • Joseph D. Ortiz, professor of geology, explains how changing patterns in Arctic sea-ice drift are signs of a warming world.  WKSU-FM, Jan. 9, 2014.
  • The coldest day for wind chill in Ohio is thought to be Jan. 25, 1985, according to Thomas Schmidlin, professor of geography and an expert in weather and climate.  Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 6, 2014.
  • The long-predicted (in theory) existence of a new type of liquid crystal, a twist-bend nematic, is now confirmed in research led by Oleg Lavrentovich, Trustees Research Professor. Materials 360 Online, Dec. 12, 2013
  • A survey of college students and their cell phones shows that many high-frequency texters associate cell phones with stress, in research by Andrew Lepp, associate professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management who has studied the intersection of cell phone use and leisure .KABC TalkRadio, Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 2013 (podcast)
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The Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 9, 2013

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 9, 2013

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 4, 2013

  • Op-ed writer Thomas B. Edsall cites research by Michael Einsley, associate professor of political science, in his column, "Why American Political Parties Can't Get Beyond the Left-Right Divide." The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2013