Kent State University

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Kent State University is expanding its Center for Applied Conflict Management and refining its mission.

The center, which used to be under the university’s political science department, will now be called the School of Peace and Conflict Studies and will have its own full-time faculty.

The school’s director, Patrick Coy, says the change will give Kent State a bigger profile for its work in conflict management and social change.

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A new state study reports that Ohio college students are doing more to educate themselves in sexual violence prevention.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education used data from a series of questions about university responses and education about sexual misconduct. From 2016 to 2017, students receiving prevention training at public universities grew from 29 percent to 56 percent. The number of students getting that training at private colleges also nearly doubled.

Robin Selinger

Researchers from Kent State University and Edinhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed the world’s first material to convert light into kinetic energy.

The polymer material, which is the size of paper clip, propels itself forward when it comes into contact with UV light.

Graduate students at Kent State took part in the project along with professor Dick Broer  at Edinhoven.

Kent State professor Robin Selinger assisted and says the experiment has been in the works for a few years. 

Ibrahim Albadri

Paying for school is a challenge for most every college student, but for students in the U.S. from Libya, many have the money but can't access it. Libya has become increasingly unstable and it's harder for citizens to get money to the U.S.

WOSU's Esther Honig reports on one student from Kent State University who is doing all he can to complete his degree before he's forced to drop out.  

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Two Northeast Ohio universities are going smoke free starting July 1.

The University of Akron and Kent State University both say the goal is to make their campuses healthier.

University of Akron’s spokeswoman Lisa Craig says the smoking ban encourages fitness. 

Craig says it’s a “self-reporting” policy, which means those who see others smoking are asked to report it to a university official.