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2011-04-13 14:13:08

John Gunstad, an associate professor in Kent State University's Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers have discovered a link between weight loss and improved memory and concentration. The study shows that bariatric surgery patients exhibited improved memory function 12 weeks after their operations. The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the Official Journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The...

2011-02-24 15:34:19

A group of researchers have studied the history of drought in the Pacific Northwest during the last 6,000 years, a time that spans the mid-Holocene geological epoch to the present. The goal of the research was to improve the understanding of drought history because the instrumental record of drought only goes back a few hundred years and at relatively few locations. Their work extended the drought history of the Pacific Northwest back much longer than the tree ring record, which provides...

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2010-12-03 09:51:30

Better understanding of the long-term history of El Nino will help enhance short-term prediction of this global climate phenomenon and help mitigate associated natural disastersFor more than a decade, Dr. Joseph Ortiz, associate professor of geology at Kent State University and part of an international team of National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers, has been studying long-term climate variability associated with El Niño. The researchers' goal is to help...

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2010-11-10 08:38:28

One of America's favorite seafood is shrimp. Did you know that they fossilize as well? Rodney Feldmann, professor emeritus, and Carrie Schweitzer, associate professor, from Kent State University's Department of Geology report on the oldest fossil shrimp known to date in the world. The creature in stone is as much as 360 million years old and was found in Oklahoma. Even the muscles of the fossil are preserved. Their study will be published in Journal of Crustacean Biology. "The oldest known...

2010-10-15 01:18:16

Although most people assume that tests are a way to evaluate learning, a wealth of research has shown that testing can actually improve learning, according to two researchers from Kent State University. Dr. Katherine Rawson, associate professor in Kent State's Department of Psychology, and former Kent State graduate student Mary Pyc publish their research findings in the Oct. 15, 2010, issue of the journal Science. "Taking practice tests "“ particularly ones that involve attempting to...

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2010-08-11 13:57:19

Supercomputers have determined that a Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less from any position. The international team used a bank of supercomputers at Google to help solve the 30-year quest to find the minimum number of moves needed to solve each of the billions of configurations.  "We now know for certain that the magic number is 20," Professor Morley Davidson, a mathematician from Kent State University, told BBC News. The results show that there are about 100 million starting...

2010-08-03 08:21:00

KENT, Ohio, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing the need for companies and agencies to work smarter and harder in a world with smaller budgets, reduced staffs and stripped-down resources, Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication has announced a four-part public relations series devoted to the strategies market leaders are using to succeed in a new economy. Titled "Post Recession Communications: Facing the New Realities," the series will feature speakers from across...

2010-07-27 10:00:00

West Coast witnesses and participants are invited to record their stories First New Media Truth-seeking Initiative Documents 1970 Campus Shooting of Kent State University Students SAN FRANCISCO, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Aug 7-8, 2010 filmmaker Michael Moore will livecast the hearings of the Kent State Truth Tribunal, streaming in real-time the accounts of participants and witnesses to the events surrounding the 1970 Kent State shootings, that left four students dead and nine...

2010-04-30 09:56:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio Third Frontier, an unprecedented and bipartisan commitment to create new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs, is the key that opens doors for student interns and research scholars working in jobs of the future. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071107/CLW113LOGO ) The Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program is developing a pool of talented workers for Ohio's businesses, helping to create enriching student...

2009-12-09 20:07:51

In a study that elevates the role of entropy in creating order, research led by the University of Michigan shows that certain pyramid shapes can spontaneously organize into complex quasicrystals. A quasicrystal is a solid whose components exhibit long-range order, but without a single pattern or a unit cell that repeats. A paper on the findings appears in the Dec. 10 issue of Nature. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University collaborated on the study. Entropy...


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