May 07, 2021
When it came to selecting a university, Basirat Olorunlambe said her main criterion was to find a school with a strong science program, where she also had a supportive community. Now a senior biochemistry major who is set to graduate this month, Olorunlambe said that Kennesaw State’s Advanced Majors Program (AMP) was exactly what she had in mind. Olorunlambe is part of the inaugural cohort of graduates in AMP, housed within the College of Science and Mathematics.
April 14, 2021
Among most species of ants, there can only be one queen. In the case of Indian jumping ants, however, multiple workers can ascend to the throne with a bit of neurological flexibility—which could have implications in the study of regenerating brain tissue in humans. Kennesaw State assistant professor of biology Clint Penick and his co-authors published these new findings today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
April 09, 2021
Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, professor of molecular and cellular biology in Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics, has received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue his work on human African trypanosomiasis, a disease found in sub-Saharan Africa.
February 26, 2021
Kennesaw State University professor Anton Bryantsev has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study organization of the cell nucleus. The grant, more than $400,000 over three years, will help fund Bryantsev’s research focused on making gene manipulations safer and more efficient while also examining how proteins concentrate in isolated bodies within the nucleus of a cell.
February 24, 2021
Three undergraduate researchers will represent Kennesaw State University at the Posters at the Georgia State Capitol, a showcase of the state’s best undergraduate research, on Feb. 24 from 1-5 p.m. The event gives selected participants from Georgia’s colleges and universities an opportunity to present their research to state leaders. Sponsored by the Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective, the 2021 poster session will take place as a synchronous online virtual conference.
February 18, 2021
Oyster, shiitake, and portobello – these are but a few popular varieties of mushrooms finding their way to cooktops in homes and restaurants in the U.S. and across the world. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the U.S. market for culinary mushrooms includes 900 million pounds of production worth $1.2 billion annually. Yet, these spore-bearing fruiting bodies of fungi are still underutilized in the predominately plant-based agricultural economy. Kennesaw State University researchers Christopher Cornelison and Kyle Gabriel are exploring the possibilities of improving the food supply chain by leveraging technology to expand the opportunities for mushroom production in Georgia.
February 05, 2021
Best known as the morning meteorologist at Atlanta TV station WXIA, Chesley McNeil also teaches environmental and atmospheric science at Kennesaw State as an adjunct professor. Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, so with that in mind and as part of Black History Month, McNeil reflects on combining his loves of science and television, acknowledging his role models in both television and science, and giving back by teaching and talking about meteorology.
February 01, 2021
Only months after earning a degree in computational and applied mathematics, Jessica Reyes is making waves in the data science industry and giving back to the academic program that set her on her path to success. As a data scientist at Equifax, Reyes leverages her skills in data and analytics to understand financial lending trends in mortgage and auto industries and to provide her clients with sound decision-making.
January 22, 2021
Kennesaw State University senior Basirat Olorunlambe’s research on the use of bacteria to reduce infections from MRSA, an infection caused by a type of staph bacteria, in healthcare facilities, won the top award at the College of Science and Mathematics Birla Carbon Symposium. The annual event recognizes 11 student scholars and their research.
December 02, 2020
Kennesaw State University’s Office of Research is hosting a one-hour web show every other Friday at 4 p.m. to showcase the varied research being conducted by KSU faculty members. “Research with Relevance” spotlights Kennesaw State researchers in a live interview followed by an interactive question-and-answer session with the virtual audience. In this week’s episode, Mario Bretfeld, assistant professor of biology in the College of Science and Mathematics, will discuss his research on the thermo-biological properties of organic and conventional tomatoes grown at the KSU Field Station. Before the presentation, Bretfeld answered a few questions about his interest in research and the ways in which he involves students.