February 08, 2024
Kennesaw State University’s Academic Learning Center, home to student honors and research facilities, now bears the name of the University’s largest family benefactors. In front of an audience of KSU deans, faculty and scholarship recipients who have benefited from the gifts of Audrey Morgan and her late sister Bobbie Bailey, KSU leaders unveiled on Tuesday the newly named Morgan and Bailey Academic Learning Center. Philanthropic support from Morgan, Bailey and the Bobbie Bailey Foundation totals more than $17 million, making the family the largest family donors in KSU history.
January 17, 2024
Most of the estimated 300,000 babies born every year with sickle cell disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder, live in sub-Saharan Africa in nations where there are few resources to treat them. Kennesaw State Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Paul Lee said it is his life’s mission to reduce the likelihood that children born with sickle cell disease will die from strokes, one of the most common complications. Lee has received $426,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a three-year study aimed at developing a more economical testing device to determine an affected child’s risk of stroke.
January 02, 2024
The brainchild of three Kennesaw State University professors will introduce concepts of calculus into high school math earlier to help students be more successful when they get to college. The National Science Foundation awarded Kennesaw State a $2.5 million interdisciplinary grant for a project being called “Calculus for All.” The thought behind it is relatively simple – if students are exposed to concepts of calculus in high school, they stand a better chance of passing calculus classes in college and can pursue STEM-related careers.
November 28, 2023
Weeks after finishing his undergraduate degree in biology, Tyler Hill opened his email to a notice of a master’s degree program at Kennesaw State University that would serve as a stepping stone to a doctoral degree. The email told him about the Peach State Bridges to the Doctorate Program at Kennesaw State. Hill’s success highlights the effectiveness of the Bridges program. Thanks to stories like Hill’s, the program recently received a new five-year training grant renewal worth $2 million from the National Institutes of Health, with professors Melanie Griffin, Martin Hudson, and Kojo Mensa-Wilmot serving as co-principal investigators on the renewal.
November 13, 2023
A decade-long effort to study protein and enzyme binding could be the key to understanding and preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer. Equipped with a three-year, $405,650 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Kennesaw State University professor Carol Chrestensen will further investigate the binding process with the help of undergraduate researchers.
October 30, 2023
Student teachers face a common challenge in their academic careers – they have limited opportunities to interact with elementary school children prior to their final year of college. To fix this, a Kennesaw State University researcher is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to give education students lifelike interactions with a virtual student earlier in their training.
October 23, 2023
In what could provide a significant boost for national defense, Kennesaw State associate professor Jianming Wen is working to create a building block of a new form of computing that is faster and more secure than today’s best supercomputers. To help build and equip his laboratory, Wen has received a $796,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand study of the physics of quantum computing, making KSU one of 22 universities receiving funds through the NSF’s $38 million ExpandQISE (Expand Quantum Information Science and Engineering) initiative.
September 28, 2023
Kennesaw State University associate professor of psychology and associate director of the AMES Research Center, Israel Sánchez-Cardona will embark on a five-year, $6 million research initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at developing partnerships between researchers and community organizations to address structural issues affecting health in Puerto Rico.
September 20, 2023
Occasionally, big ideas are birthed from small beginnings. Kennesaw State University assistant professor Jian Zhang got the idea to study joint movement after hearing about his friend’s toddler who developed some serious sleep issues. Zhang, who has a background working on robotic systems and is interested in how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can improve our daily lives, thought there might be a way to combine artificial intelligence and clothing security tags to help find a solution.
September 15, 2023
Kennesaw State University student Edwin Trejo-Rivera said that having opportunities to conduct research is an experience he never expected to have at an undergraduate level. The junior psychology major from Marietta not only had that opportunity but, over the summer, presented his research on a global scale at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Paraguay.