This university publication features research and scholarship conducted by faculty, staff and students at Kennesaw State University as well as spotlighting alumni who have made impacts in their fields.
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We are proud to present the spring issue of The Investigator and share with you the impactful and relevant research conducted by KSU’s researchers.
It is more important than ever to be active in community outreach and to continue creating meaningful partnerships amid the coronavirus pandemic. This issue highlights the research efforts of KSU faculty, staff, and students who contribute to our community and beyond. The cover story introduces the new addition to the Office of Research—the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement, highlighting recent initiatives developed to make KSU a more involved and proactive partner.
This publication would not have been possible without the visual aesthetics of KSU’s creative services team and the diligent editorial contributions of our freelance writers: Heather Hankins, Kaelyn Ireland, Alyssa Ozment, and Jacob Segura. In addition, a special thank you to Joëlle Walls, who launched this research magazine in 2019, for her editorial and creative efforts in this year’s edition.
Meagan Lowney, Editor
We are proud to present the spring issue of The Investigator and share with you the expansion of diverse research and scholarly activities occurring at Kennesaw State. Although this year was met with challenges, KSU’s research enterprise has thrived and grown.
In this issue, Pamela Whitten discussed the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Innovation Initiative, an internal funding program to spur new collaborations focused on KSU’s research themes. And alumni Carl Saint-Louis and Karen Armstrong, featured in our cover story, have returned as faculty to mentor the next generation.
This publication would not have been possible without the visual aesthetics of the creative services team and the diligent editorial contributions of undergraduates Dorothy Corbett and Jacob Segura and of volunteers Emily Berreth, Heather Hankins, Travis Highfield, and Kaelyn Ireland.
Joëlle Walls, Editor
We are proud to present the spring issue of The Investigator, giving you an inside look into the varied research and scholarly activities taking place at Kennesaw State.
In a new interview, President Pamela Whitten discusses KSU's growing research reputation and lessons learned from her own experiences as a researcher and mentor. Similarly, our cover story follows three First-Year Scholars as they explore the possibilities of research in Martin Hudson's lab through a new Office of Undergraduate Research initiative.
This publication would not have been possible without the contributions of the editorial team, including undergraduates Kaelyn Ireland, Geena Lawrence, Landon Mion and Mezi Mulugeta, as well as the creative services team. They brought the stories of KSU's amazing researchers and scholars to life!
Joëlle Walls, Editor
We are excited to launch The Investigator, a new magazine which will be produced annually by the Office of Research at Kennesaw State University. You will find stories that span the spectrum and which impact the community through the research, service and creative activities conducted by KSU faculty, staff and students.
One feature describes how Jonathan McMurry and John Salerno partnered to create KSU’s first incubator company, New Echota Biotechnology. Another feature details the first year success of KSU Upward Bound programs, implemented in Polk and Paulding county high schools which help prepare students for college.
You will read how Lisa Lock uses her theater experience to make her choreography come alive for audiences, or how Matt Marshall guides his mechatronics engineering students as they are creating automation solutions for Georgia-based flooring manufacturer Mohawk. You will also learn how Emily Bechke, who recently earned her master’s degree, is contributing to research in physiology and exercise health.
In our cover story, President Pamela Whitten discusses her plans for defining KSU’s future in research, including the significance of hosting the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April. KSU students Erin Ryan and Jay Strickland, who are profiled in this issue, will present their research at NCUR, the largest conference of its kind in the country.
These are just a few examples highlighted in The Investigator which shows how the work of our researchers is making phenomenal impacts in each of their respective fields that benefit our society in a multitude of ways.