October 08, 2021
Early this year, Clint Penick’s voice floated over the airwaves on NPR and the BBC. His words appeared in scores of print and online media outlets, too. The assistant professor of biology at Kennesaw State authored a paper on a new discovery about ants—that they can shrink and regrow their brains—which appeared in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. He found himself in virtual chats with print and broadcast journalists from around the world, explaining the ability of Indian jumping ants to regenerate brain tissue.
September 27, 2021
Whether it’s in the shallows along the Florida Gulf Coast or a stream near Atlanta, Kennesaw State assistant professor of biology Troy Mutchler often finds himself knee-deep in his research. Mutchler studies human effects on underwater plant ecosystems, and he sought to find out why some coastal plants were dying at increasing rates.
August 20, 2021
Kennesaw State University senior Ethan Wagner’s research into a durable polymer that can conduct electricity won the top prize on Thursday at the Birla Carbon symposium, where the College of Science and Mathematics recognized its 11 Birla Carbon Scholars.
August 10, 2021
Jade Lugo became a researcher almost by accident. Now, the Kennesaw State 2021 biochemistry graduate has secured a postbaccalaureate research position with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Lugo, who had pursued several majors before deciding that she wanted to be a neuroscientist, will participate in NIH’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program, which allows college graduates pursuing advanced degrees to spend one to two years conducting biomedical research with leading NIH scientists.
July 30, 2021
Hope Didier forged her own path at Kennesaw State – an academic journey that blended divergent passions in dance and the sciences. The July graduate will earn two bachelor’s degrees this week in fields not typically paired: dance and molecular and cellular biology.
July 29, 2021
Barrett Upton enjoys staying ahead of the game. He arrived at Kennesaw State in 2018 with college credits in hand through a dual enrollment program. By the end of his sophomore year, he realized that, with diligence, he could finish his undergraduate degree ahead of schedule and get an early start on becoming a chiropractor.
July 12, 2021
Aside from the rush of traffic from Interstate 75, European starlings could think they’ve found a nice spot in the country as they build their nests around Kennesaw State University’s Field Station on Hickory Grove Road. Nearby, KSU assistant professor of biology Sarah Guindre-Parker strolls up to one of the 100 or so nest boxes she built for her research on the starlings’ physiology and behavior, hoping to find signs of life—eggs, nesting materials and maybe an adult bird incubating the eggs. She sets up a ladder, climbs the two steps, lifts the lid to the nest box and peers inside.
July 02, 2021
Kennesaw State University associate professor of biochemistry Michael Van Dyke has received a renewal of a grant from the National Science Foundation worth more than $300,000 over three years. This grant also includes funding to engage undergraduate researchers in the process.
July 01, 2021
From a young age, Emily Bagwell knew she wanted to be a scientist — to work in a laboratory, to wear a white lab coat every day, and to be an expert on her topic. At Kennesaw State University, she picked up the wide range of skills that helped her achieve that goal, earning a recent promotion to firearms technical leader at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, five years after joining the GBI as a firearms analyst.
June 16, 2021
Diagnosed with hypertension at a young age, Ami Eho sought to educate herself about cardiometabolic health issues that afflicted her and her family. Now she is immersing herself in research at Kennesaw State this summer, thanks to a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.