Enter Kent State on the CNN.com Web site

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Enter Kent State on the CNN.com Web site search engine and Owen Lovejoy, Kent State University professor of anthropology, will be one of the top responses. Because of his expertise on the origin of humans, Lovejoy was among the experts sought by international journalists when scientists in Italy discovered 350,000-year-old tracks that may be the oldest known footprints made by Stone Age man.

Lovejoy was interviewed by phone and e-mail by several journalists CBS, Associated Press and European news organizations. As an internationally known expert, Lovejoy was sought for his take on the news story. CNN picked up the AP wire story and played it prominently on its Science and Space Web page.

Researchers already knew people of this age (350,000 years ago) had entirely modern post-cranial anatomy such as the development of the foot and had been that way for two million years or more. Its the connect of having left footprints in a dateable medium that makes the story somewhat interesting, according to Lovejoy.

KSU also made CNN news when CNN Newsnight with Aaron Brown aired an extended news story about student activism at KSU. CNN sent Beth Nissan to KSU to do the story Kent State Revisited that aired March 13 on Segment 7.

Among the several people interviewed were Patrick Bravo, student activist; Jerry Lewis, sociology emeriti professor; Ben Fischer, Stater editor; and Greg Jarvie, student ombudsman.

The tie-ins for doing the story were the anti-Vietnam War activism on campus in the 1960s, the events of May 4, 1970, and the present war in Iraq.

Mary Lou Holly, director of the Faculty Professional and Development Center, said KSU was well-represented when the universitys Teaching Scholars for Junior Faculty Learning Community participated in the two-day Lilly West Conference The Arts and Crafts of Teaching.

Jane Becket-Camarata of political science began the session on enhancing student learning and using critical thinking. The suggestions that followed demonstrate that the Junior Faculty Learning Community are looking at innovative ways to make classes truly an interactive and intriguing experience and so much more than the traditional lecture format of professor speaking to students who dutifully take notes and rarely ask questions.

Questions on the table for discussion included use of literature to help students comprehend science, use of National Public Radio streaming audio clips in urban geography, integrating a Web-based course and videoconferencing to make the traditional classroom come alive and other ideas that make class an adventure.

In addition to Camarata and Holly, faculty representing KSU included Shawn Banasick, geography; Andrew Barnes, political science; Jonathan Fleming, architecture; Yuko Kurahashi, theater; Scott Sherer, art; Jay D. Sloan, English; Mathew Weinstein, teaching, leadership, and curriculum studies; Don A. Wicks, library and information science; and Kathleen O. Williams, adult nursing.

Reminder: The Celebration of Scholarship: Creating Research Partnerships is from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the KSU Student Center.

The event is open to the public. Displays and exhibits, performances, a panel discussion and Distinguished Scholar Awards Ceremony are among the highlights. Visit the Web site www.kent.edu/rags-alpha for more details. The University Research Council organizes the event to support research and creative activity at KSU.

With a line like, Nothing to be alarmed about. Cannibals are perfectly rational human beings, a reader cant help but wonder, whats up with this? Whats up is On the Verge, billed as a journey through time and space for the KSU School of Theatre and Dance Spring Finale.

On the Verge runs April 17 to 27in the Wright-Curtis Theatre of the Music and Speech Building on the Kent Campus.

The production is described as A frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion.Three Victorian explorers travel not just through physical space jungles and ice fields but through time as well, finally discovering who they are in the future.

The script by Eric Overmyer features a variety of characters from cannibals to a yeti. Eric van Baars directs this unique look at feminism. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There will be no performance April 20 due to the Easter holiday.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (330) 672-2497. For more information on the School of Theatre and Dance, visit the Web site www.theatre.kent.edu.

Have a suggestion for a column item about Kent State University or local Kent organizations? Contact Margaret Garmon at (330) 678-1450 or e-mail her at mgarmon@kent.edu.

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