A slew of state funds awarded to Kent State University's Liquid Crystal Institute and Davey Resource Group in Kent will enhance the mission of each respective entity.
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced the release of $635,710 to the groups Monday. Of the total, $459,000 will go to the LCI and the remaining $176,710 will go to DRG.
The LCI's funds will cover the cost of some new equipment enabling KSU to expand into biomedical liquid crystal research. Earlier this year, the university announced the creation of new bioengineering research program that will collaborate with the LCI and to spur the development of biomedical applications for liquid crystals and other advanced materials.
Meanwhile, the $176,000 for Davey, which is headquartered in Kent, will pay for a comprehensive analysis of the Ohio Department of Transportation's current roadside vegetation practices.
The purpose of the study is to provide recommendations to improve safety, cost effectiveness, environmental compliance, and efficiency, according to the release.
"Davey's collaboration with ODOT will make an important impact on the safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability of roadways throughout the entire state of Ohio," Clyde said.