Cameron Gorman

News Intern

Cameron Gorman is a junior journalism major at Kent State. In student media, she has worked for the Kent Stater, The Burr and Transitions. She has also interned for WKYC, Cleveland Magazine and the Akron Beacon Journal.

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A Kent State University geology professor says the road salts are having an impact on our local ecosystems.

Dr. Anne Jefferson studies watershed hydrology in human-altered landscapes. Her research group has been looking at the issue over the past five and has found that the amount of chloride in ground water has increased. 

Jefferson says researchers are looking for safer alternatives to de-ice the roads.           

A photo of Tamiflu packaging and pills.

The flu is worse than usual this year, due to the vaccine’s limited protection against the current strain. Now it may be even harder to deal with, due to a recent shortage of generic Tamiflu in Northeast Ohio. Tamiflu is an antiviral which is used to shorten the course of the illness.

Dr. Neha Vyas, a Cleveland Clinic family physician, says the name brand medication is still available, but can be expensive.

Photo of University of Akron

The University of Akron is looking to recruit more Ohio athletes for their sports programs as a means of also bringing in more state funding to the school.

Funding is awarded for every course a student completes, as well as when they graduate— and President Matt Wilson says Akron’s athletes graduate at a higher rate than the student body.

A photo of Kent State Ashtabula Dean Susan Stocker and Kim Laurello, co-owner of Laurello Vineyards.

Kent State’s Ashtabula campus is partnering with a Northeast Ohio vineyard to produce its own labeled wine. The collaboration with Laurello Vineyards is part of the university’s wine degree program.

Ed Trebets, the director of the program, says this will allow students to get real-world experience.

“By offering them the online component, it’s more flexible for them. They can fit it into their lives. Now, with teaming up with Laurello’s, now they have an opportunity to get the online experience, but also to get the hands-on experience.” 

An effort by doctors to buy Affinity Medical Center in Massillon seems to be coming up short.

Dr. Nash Gabrail has been spearheading an effort to try to save the hospital. Its private, for-profit owner announced three weeks ago it was shutting it down.