University of Akron

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A house in Doylestown is getting international attention for its Christmas lights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on a holiday display that anyone can control online.

Tom Hammond manages the Wayne College MakerSpace, a lab that features 3D printing and other high-tech, small-scale manufacturing devices. His contacts – including Keith Westley, Barry Romich and Rod Steinbach -- in what’s known as the “maker community” have helped him put together an animated Christmas light display for the past three years.

Donald Trump speaking at one of his rallys
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The University of Akron will be offering a class this spring about the new president of the United States, Donald Trump. The class will focus on Trump’s policies on trade and immigration, and the concerns of the white working class who voted for him.

Matthew Akers is assistant director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. He’ll be teaching the Trump class, which, he says, will address the new president’s strengths and weaknesses.

Luncheon in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering buiilding
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The University of Akron’s Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering program got a boost today from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Foundation is funding the W. Gerald Austen Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to the tune of $3 million.

University of Akron Trustees
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Matthew Wilson is no longer “interim” president of the University of Akron.   

Just three months after selecting him “interim” leader of the university the University of Akron Board of Trustees voted in special session to drop the interim pat of the title for Mathew Wilson.

His original appointment as interim was for eighteen months, Wilson said stabilizing the university is a priority.

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The University of Akron’s interim president held his first town hall with students today.

Matthew Wilson has been on the job for eight weeks, after spending two years as the dean of Akron’s law school.

During the town hall, Wilson took questions about the future of graduate assistantships, programs that may be cut and even how to recruit new students. Cassandra Durell is a senior mathematics major, who said she was reassured by Wilson’s commitment to transparency.

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